CASITAS del RIO - Cool Chic Retreat

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Rachel And Steve
Your host, Rachel And Steve
18 Reviews
Response rate: 56%
Response time: within a day

The Space

"Casitas Del Rio" (little houses on the river)

We offer 3 individual studio-style "jungalows", on the river near the Pacific ocean. We are located near Playa Uvita, a small coastal beach town. Each casita sleeps 2 people, so if there are 2, 4, or 6 people in your party, you can rent 1, 2, or all 3 casitas.
IMPORTANT NOTE about our RATES: The nightly rate is $95 per night, 1 jungalow, sleeping 2 people. If you want 2 or all 3 units, multiply the rate accordingly.

Each casita has a queen bed, dining table for 2, bathroom, and a small kitchenette complete with dishes and utensils, a 2 burner stove-top, mini-fridge, microwave oven, toaster, coffeemaker and sink.

Hidden in a private cove on the Morete River, surrounded by forests and nestled between tall mountains and the sea, our casitas offer tranquil river views and sounds of Mother Nature right from your porch. Bring your camera and binoculars -- flora and fauna abounds and surrounds. Each casita has all the comforts of home - a kitchenette, a quality queen bed and linens, a/c, hot water, and wi-fi.

Outside, surrounded by 2 acres of tropical gardens, each casita has a covered porch with a magical view of the river and forest. Hear the howler monkeys howl, watch the toucans fly from tree to tree, dip your toes in the cool clean river right in front of your porch, or hike up-river to discover the natural swimming holes and a hidden waterfall.

We are conveniently located only 1 kilometer off the main paved Costanera highway. Our location offers quick and easy access to beaches, grocery stores, restaurants, banks, and adventures. From your casita it is a 5 minute drive to the small town of Uvita and the lovely beaches of Playa Ballena, Playa Colonia, and Playa Hermosa. Dominical, the infamous surf town with its funky bohemian-beach-bar-surfer-dude vibe, is only a 10 minute drive north.

Come rest, relax, escape and enjoy a perfect little get-away!

YOU WILL LOVE IT HERE! It's simply magical. Promise.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This amazing place exceeded our expectations in every way! We hoped that it would be half as nice as the pictures portrayed it to be, so we were blown away when we got there and discovered it was far and away more beautiful in real life! Quiet, beautiful, peaceful, private, completely spotless, comfortable....and the hosts were amazing! We never go to the same place twice, but guaranteed, we'll be back next year!!

    April 2014
    Karen & Axel
    Response from Karen & Axel:

    Hi Mary Jo-
    What a lovely review-THANK YOU so much for your kind words. We are sooooo happy we exceeded your expectations. See you next year!

    April 2014
  • What can one say about a touch of heaven. This is an idyllic spot on the bend of a river. This tranquil spot will help you unwind from the stresses of every day life. The gardens are beautiful and the Casitas are excellent. You will dream your nights away on excellent beds. We were welcomed with wine and fruit by the most wonderful hosts. You are not far from a village with grocery stores and a bank. The beaches in this area are beautiful. You will be supplied with places to dine and places to see that are so well researched, just follow the direction. We were never disappointed. Welcome to heaven and the best hosts you can imagine. Thank you

    April 2014
    Karen & Axel
    Response from Karen & Axel:

    Dearest Allan and Eva,
    We are soooooo happy that you had a wonderful time at our place. Thank you so much for the kind comments. You both were the perfect guests and now are friends! Hope to see you again soon.

    April 2014
  • Casita del Rio was the highlight of my honeymoon in Costa Rica. First of all, Axel and Karen are fabulous hosts who were extremely friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We found the location thanks to Karen's unbelievably detailed instructions. The location is up a long, steep dirt path, so its extremely private and safe. We're grateful for our 4wheel drive!

    The casita was absolutely adorable and yet so modern! We were blown away with how nice the area and accommodations were. It had everything we needed, a cute little kitchen (I cooked breakfast every morning), a large comfy bed (slept in late every day), a nice, modern bathroom (shower for two!) and air conditioning, which came in handy since it was so hot during our stay. The casita was also very private, with black out shutters and surrounded by lush plants. We felt like two people in the middle of a tropical jungle.

    We really loved our stay and wished we could have stayed longer. We loved the area, which offers lovely beaches and cute little eateries/bars. We'll definitely be back!

    March 2014
  • CASITAS del RIO is probably one of the most beautiful vacation settings I have ever experienced! The grounds are amazing: alive with life and colour, on a lovely river, and deep enough in the forest to be surrounded by a constant hum of nature. The Casitas' are gorgeous! Every single convenience designed and executed with care and elegance. I can't provide adequate praise for how much I loved my stay :)

    Karen and Axel were phenomenal hosts. Karen ensured we had seamless instructions and ensured we arrived stress-free. Unfortunately we didn't get to spend much time with her as she had to be away during most of the time we stayed, but Axel made sure we genuinely enjoyed our experience! We had fresh fruit from the grounds (coconut water straight from a coconut - cut in front of us with a machete! SO COOL!!). There were numerous recommendations for activities and delicious establishments.

    Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer.

    Karen and Axel and their Casitas del Rio are truly gifted hosts with a beautiful, peaceful and idyllic property. They get 15 out of 10 from us!

    Emily and Matt

    March 2014
    Karen & Axel
    Response from Karen & Axel:

    Wow, Emily and Matt-you just made our day with all your lovely compliments. I too am sorry that I did not get to spend much with you due to my trip to Florida, however Axel told me all about how wonderful you both are. I am looking forward to our paths crossing again soon. All the very best to you both. Karen

    March 2014
  • I had the most amazing time at Karen and Axel's casita!! These hosts are truly special people. My trip would not have been so memorable if it hadn't been for them. I really did not want to leave, and already know that I will be going back because of them. As soon as I arrived, they both made me feel like family. Because I didn't have a car, they always made sure that I could get where I needed to go. One evening, they even cooked me a delicious Yucca dinner that Axel picked off the property that day! And the property itself is incredible! I would've been content just staying there and not going anywhere! (That's sort of all I wanted to do) So comfortable and clean, and the river with the pools to cool off in can't be beat:) Even after I left, they checked in with me to make sure I made it home safely. I can't say enough good things about how much better they made my trip!!

    February 2014
  • Karen and Axel's bungalow was very charming, very beautiful setting! They were wonderful hosts and very helpful and friendly. Uvita and the surrounding areas are very peaceful and beautiful. Would love to visit again and stay longer. Thanks for a great mini getaway Karen and Axel!

    February 2014
  • I can't recommend this place enough! The room is absolutely perfect and the hosts, Karen and Axel, are a wonderful couple that I now call friends. So, the room: it was so comfortable that I spent almost a whole day there, instead of going out!! The river is steps away from your door, and a short hike takes you to a pristine waterfall. You can hear the sounds of the jungle, and relax on your porch enjoying the beautiful flowers. The hosts: I am not exaggerating when I say that I have never seen so much care and love from people you have never met before! These guys are amazing, they recommend places around the area because they WENT there and tried for themselves. They will tell you who's the best guide for your tour, what's the best dish at a restaurant and where's the spot to watch the sunset, depending on what kind of ambiance you want. And just as important: they are so much fun and amazing to hang out with! My trip was amazing, thanks to them.

    January 2014
    Karen & Axel
    Response from Karen & Axel:

    I just got goose bumps on my skin when I read your lovely words-seriously! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are honored that you consider us your friends and we feel the same about you. Meeting remarkable and special people like you is our biggest reward for our work here in the jungle of Costa Rica. Please come back soon!

    January 2014
  • It was such a great pleasure to stay with Axel and Karen. The casita we stayed at was by far the nicest place we stayed in Costa Rica and at a price that amazed us in terms of the lodging and location. Axel provided us with water, wine for our first night, a water cooler, his personal boogie boards, more than we could have even dreamed up. Our second night there, we ended up having beers with Axel and the other guests and it turned into an awesome mini party at Axel and Karen's place where we all got to know each other and even order in pizza! I've never stayed with people so friendly and generous. It genuinely felt like we made new friends. And, honestly, I read all the other reviews and thought, what are they putting in the kool-aid for these reviews??! But, man, my cynicism disappeared quickly with their genuine hospitality. Don't miss staying there if you can. It was truly exceptional.

    January 2014
    Karen & Axel
    Response from Karen & Axel:

    Hi Tobi,
    Quit drinkin the kool-aid! LOL. So so so happy you all had a great time here at our magical little river place. Axel said you both were AWESOME and he enjoyed you all so much! Please come back soon.
    Karen and Axel

    January 2014
  • Our stay at Karen and Axel's casitas were one of the highlights of our trip in Costa Rica. The grounds were spectacular with plants and flowers, the river was outside our door. Axel told us about some swimming holes up the river where we spent two glorious days. The casitas were gorgeous, clean and well stocked. Karen and Axel were gracious, friendly and helpful in many ways. Thank you so much! We highly recommend their casitas!

    December 2013
  • We booked 3 nights before leaving, because the casitas in the jungle, along the river, seemed a perfect spot to relax near the region of Uvita. We finally spent 5 nights with Axel and Karen and we would have stay our whole vacations to their place if it would have be possible.
    That place is more than amazing, Uvita is a small town off the grid, but with spectacular beaches and a lot of things to do around (just to name a few : Sea kayak, jungle tour, Canopy Zipline, Waterfall, scuba diving ... )

    The casitas are great - Isolated, calm, comfortable, modern ; the location makes that place unbelievable, the river in front is just for you - you can bath, walk to the waterfall, or just chill under the porch for the day, starring at the jungle and watching the monkeys and Toucan playing around.

    Finally, Karen and Axel are so welcoming and warm couple they could be the only reason to spend time in their place. They're here for you if you need and leave you intimacy if they feel you want to stay alone, they have golden tips on the activities around, restaurant, bars, and everything else you need.

    We could add so many things, the other comments are true, Axel and Karen are lovely hosts with an amazing place in a beautiful part of the country.

    Étienne & Léa

    December 2013
    Karen & Axel
    Response from Karen & Axel:

    WE MISS YOU BOTH! You were such a joy to be around with your contagious positive energy and enthusiasm about our place and all your adventures. You are always welcome here and we hope our paths cross again soon. Thank you for your lovely review!
    Karen & Axel

    December 2013
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Hello we are Rachel and Steve, your hosts and very proud owners of Casitas Del Rio. Having both recently retired from the British Army (Rachel as an Education and Training Officer and Steve as a Sports and Recreational Manager), we were searching for our next big adventure. We both love meeting new people, hearing their interesting stories and having new experiences. In our personal life and careers we travelled to many places around the world and dreamed of finding the perfect place to settle down and combine our interest in people and nature and own a boutique guest house. Leaving the British Army after 26 years, Steve joined the Australian Army and served 3 years. On leaving Australia, in preparation for our next move, he re-trained as a professional butler at The International Butler Academy in the Netherlands. He was then employed at the world renowned Savoy hotel in London as a personal Butler to the rich and famous dealing with Royalty and Hollywood stars from around the world. His professional service as a Butler instilled the high standards expected for ensuring guests receive the service they expect. When looking for the idyllic location to visit or settle in, everything we read about Costa Rica said we should come and explore this amazing eco-friendly country, so we did. After doing a bit of backpacking around and meeting the wonderfully friendly local people, we decided the beautiful Costa Ballena was the most exhilarating, charming, relaxing place we had ever come across. We enlisted the help of the United Kingdom TV show called ‘A Place in the Sun’ (known as house-hunters International in warmer climates) to find us the place we had dreamed of. The research team combed the area and found the perfect place for us in Casitas Del Rio, just outside Uvita. We bought the place with the 3 gorgeous casitas in a heart-beat. from a wonderful couple who are now close friends and love the area so much they decided they want to stay and be our neighbours! We fell in love with Casitas del Rio, the ‘little houses on the River’ the moment we saw them, and we are sure you will too. It is the perfect get away from it all; peace, quiet and tranquillity combined with the soothing sound of the river.
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