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Ari's place (Casa Colina) is a very beautiful, peaceful place. The location is great--it's a short walk to the beach and shops/restaurants yet away from the hustle and bustle down the hill. Note her driveway is extremely steep, a little tough even for our 4x4 rental until we got the hang of it. Ari is very sweet and helpful and makes a nice breakfast. I love her pups. We booked room 1 and got room 2, so keep that in mind, although they are almost the same. The bed is large and comfortable. Just be careful of the bugs since there are no screens on the windows. Even with the mosquito nets, we still got some bites. It can be helpful to repair holes with a sewing kit. April is very hot and humid and there is no AC, but there was a good breeze and nice ceiling fan, so we still slept well. There is a mini fridge for cool drinks and security box in the room. We really enjoyed this part of Costa Rica and look forward to coming back!
Ari is a lovely person and makes a healthy and delicious breakfast each morning. The house is perfectly located up the hill so you get both a magnificent scenery and the proximity to the beach. The room itself was spotlessly clean and nicely decorated. This we can absolutely recommend to stay with Ari.
P.S. We really loved the dogs!
Ari's house is elegant and comfortable, with a stunning view. It's a very short walk from all local amenities. I felt welcome there and would highly recommend it.
Ari was very nice and helpful with our many questions about the area. Breakfast was good and different each day we were there. Very beautiful and safe area. Ari even let us borrow towels to take to the beach.
As mentioned in previous reviews there are no screens in windows and no a/c. So you probably need to leave the shutters open at night to circulate air and leave the bug net on the bed down.
Ari's home is a beautiful open-air space. We had a very comfortable stay there and enjoyed the delicious breakfast. It is a good location, with easy access to the beach and town without being noisy. Also the view from the room is beautiful. You can see the ocean. Ari provided specific and helpful directions in advance so we had no trouble finding it. Definitely recommended as a lovely place to stay in Playa Carmen.
We had a very nice stay! It's a nice place with a wonderful view that could fool you into believing that you were sleeping in the middle of the forest as opposed to the center of Malpais. Ari was very helpful, welcoming and accommodating. I would highly recommend staying with her.
Great location near beach and shops. Beautiful house with well equipped kitchen. Rooms are open to let the breeze in which is great, the downside is the noise travels between guest rooms and surrounding properties
My boyfriend and I felt very comfortable at Ari's home. I loved the feeling of being outside when we were inside. I was travelling Costa Rica for a week before arriving so Ari's home cooked breakfasts were amazing! We had an early zip line tour one morning and Ari was very accommodating in making breakfast early so we could eat before leaving. I found the description of the house accurate and was possibly even better than I expected. The area wasn't what we had expected and since we are not surfers the small surf town feel wasn't for us but I could definitely see it's appeal to others. Overall we really enjoyed Casa Colina, Ari and her animals!
Ari's home is beautiful as you can tell. Perfect location, they weren't lying about the 4x4 very steep climb. The pets are cute and it was so nice to sleep hearing the ocean from your bed.
A cool place to visit and stay at.
We only spent 2 nights there.
Be aware of bugs and other flying things as there are no windows in this room. The shower did not drain properly for the first night, but then Ari fixed it.
If you are driving a small car, the chances are you will not be able to make it all the way to the house.
The roads are horrible in that little town. Be patient and drive slow.