Web site developer, traveler, adventurer, mom of three. Love of nature, cultures and ethnic foods. Can't live without trees and birds, but have to make do for the time being in NYC.
I've tried writing a review for this beautiful location on three different days. And each time I start writing, my eyes well up with tears. This was our first trip to Costa Rica, and I fell in love immediately. Now I sit in a frozen Atlanta mess, looking back at last week, and all I want to do is sit in Villa Mountain Serenity, look over the green hills, watch the toucans and hummingbirds, and cook a great meal while watching the sun set over the Pacific.
I was doing all of that last week. I also surfed, zip lined, watched dolphins (but no whales), jumped off Nauyaca water falls, and lounged on Playa Ventanas, Playa Dominicalito, Playa Dominical, and the beaches in Manuel Antonio park.
This region has it all, and no house could've been better than Villa Mountain Serenity. Do your life a favor and book it. Pura Vida!
This place is fantastic. The photos don't do the view justice. And the pool! What a treat.
Our mornings were spent watching the butterflies and hummingbirds feet from the upstairs balcony while enjoying wonderful Costa Rican coffee. If we were up early, we were able to catch a glimpse of the Toucan that spent his mornings in a tree down the hill.
Dominical and the surrounding area were a pleasure to explore. There are days of great hikes at Hacienda Baru, beautiful beaches in both directions up and down the coast (make sure to check out the beaches in Matapalo and Ventanas!), and great restaurants with friendly staff abound.
The internet at the house is slow, but workable - exactly as the hosts described. Myself and my wife were able to successfully use (website hidden) and (website hidden) Voice for VOIP calls while at the house. Here's a speedtest:
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Can't wait to come back!
The Villa Mountain Serenity may be the most beautiful place on earth. Our family spent two months in this luxury 3BR mountain perch with incredible views of the jungle valley. We traveled around Costa Rica during our stay, but the location of this villa on the southern coast was our overall favorite spot... remote enough to enjoy the peace of seclusion of nearby beaches (our favorites were Ventanas, Hermosa, etc), but close enough to enjoy an abundance of restaurants and American-friendly activities.
The villa is located in a small gated community called "Cascada Azul" which was mostly empty lots, providing the quiet retreat were were looking for. We appreciated the detailed directions from the airport to villa, which we would have been lost without... make sure to follow them closely. And don't be afraid of the intimidating drive up the mountain, we grew to love it! There is a huge private waterfall on the property within walking distance of the villa, and many more less than a 15 minute drive away. Every week we swam in a new waterfall! Our favorite waterfall spots were the Dominicalito tarzan rope (the closest), Uvita (which had delicious fish tacos), and one hidden in Ojochal (if you're looking for more of an adventure)
In the mornings, our favorite thing to do was enjoy a local fruit smoothie next to the villa's infinity pool, which honestly was the best part of the whole trip. The property around the home was well maintained, with a steep backyard trail winding through a variety of beautiful tropical plants. The home was completely stocked with towels, pots/pans, games, guide books, and spices... really all the necessities for everyday life. The staff was very attentive, including pool maintenance every few days and a cleaning crew every two weeks. Shari was super communicative and accommodating, answering all of our questions.
The Dominical area was perfect for us! We'd recommend the "Bookstore by the Seashore" that rents books and movies, so you don't have to pack them. Fruit smoothies are offered at lots of locations around town, which we loved. San Clemente was a fun stop for ping pong and the fastest internet speeds were at Arena Y Sol.
We would recommend Villa Mountain Serenity to anyone looking for a comfortable and quiet mountain paradise with easy access to the ocean and jungle! We loved our stay!
This house was amazing! The road to get up the hill really wasn't that bad, as some roads can be pretty rough. As long as you have a 4x4, which you should if you're driving around Costa Rica! The house was big enough for the 5 of us to sleep comfortably. We all really enjoyed the layout and the open kitchen allowed us to make dinner and still participate in fun conversations about all the exciting things we did that day. The pool is GORGEOUS and the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Pacific and rolling hills. You can grill in the outdoor kitchen and eat outside, which I highly suggest! Pretty much the perfect house for our trip! There were plenty of towels, a washer and dryer in case you needed to do laundry, a cooler if you wanted to bring it to the beach, etc. Everything you could ask for was there!
To describe Shari's place accurately would take far more words of praise than can possbily fit here. Suffice it to say our week was all that we had hoped for: a wonderful, restful stay in a fabulous house in an extraordinarily beautiful part of the sorld. "Villa Mountain Serenity" is most aptly named. Every moment was precious: waking to watch the mist rise slowly from the mountain valleys, listening to the calls of toucans, parrots, and tanagers in the yard; watching hummingbirds dart about the golden trumpet flowers; enjoying the gardens, the heliconia flowers, the hibiscus; watchinng from the terrace the amazing sunsets over the pacific...what else can we add? That we actually saw a long-tailed coati ambling about the Cascada Azul property? That we photographed a snowy Costa Rican white hawk in the forest near the house? That our children spent hours in the infinity pool gazing at the mountains? That the house is fully equipped with everything one could possibly need on a "get away from it all" vacation? That we were only 15 minutes from world-class beaches? Thanks to Shari and her family, this was simply one of our best family vacations ever. We are sure it will be one of yours as well if you are wise enough to visit Villa Mountain Serenity.
We, 5 adults, spent a week at Villa Moutain Serenity.
When we got there, everything was clean and prepared for our arrival. The house is just as it looks on the pictures. Beautiful pool with warm water surrounded by flowers, a cascade and a fire, comfortable hammock and a BBQ ! The yard really stands out.
About the house, it had everything we needed. Enough towels, glasses, chairs, etc. It's really like a paradise hidden in the moutain. The house is also well situated, near Playa Hermosa (Uvita), Hacienda Baru, Dominical and about 1h30 from Manuel Antonio.
We would recommend this place to anybody and repeat the experience at anytime.
We had a wonderful stay at Villa Mountain Serenity. My husband and I stayed there for part of our honeymoon and we were so happy with the accommodations. The view was amazing! We spent alot of time in the private pool and grilling out. The villa is about a 10 minute drive from the little surf town of Dominical. Shari suggested a horseback ride to the waterfalls in the area as well as surfing lessons. Both were great! We hope to one day return to the area and the Villa.