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8 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Playa Ocotal, Province of Guanacaste

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amcandy
Barrie
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5 reviews
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“Our version of Shangri La...”
Reviewed 28 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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El Sueno de Ocotal is our version of Shangri La, defining it as an idyllic, peaceful, and picturesque hideaway on Playa Ocotal, an easy 3.7 km from the hustle and bustle of exciting Playa de Coco, and only a 5 minute walk down a natural path to the most exquisite and quiet beaches we have ever seen.

We stayed in the modestly decorated, yet clean and comfortable huge one bedroom apartment with king size bed located on the first floor of a beautiful Spanish style villa, with its own wing, and very large outdoor patio dining area which is adjacent to the crystal clear pool we used for cooling off, and swimming lengths.

The kitchen is equipped with a two burner electric cook top with adequate cooking and storage containers, a toaster oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishes and utensils for four. Although basic, it does the job very nicely. All food except that are in airtight containers (including food waste) is best stored in the refrigerator, as it will attract insects.

The bathroom is quite large with ample space to store toiletries...we brought our own travel size body wash and shampoo etc. as none are provided, but that is perfectly fine, as we prefer using our own anyway. Dish soap and hand soap are both provided. Upon request Calin and Silvia were more than happy to oblige my request for the use of a hairdryer for the duration of our visit.

We chose to stay at El Sueno de Ocotal because it offered us the opportunity to cook for ourselves, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural environment, was an easy and very pleasant 45 minute walk (which we did daily) to the tourist area of Playa de Coco...most of all, it was a trip to unwind and get a feel for what it could be like to live in Costa Rica, and so far this is our favourite spot by far! Words cannot adequately describe the feeling of waking up and seeing the spectacular blues and turquoise of the Pacific Ocean from one’s bed – nothing sets you up for your day like that.

Having said all this, the true highlight of the trip was to spend time with, and getting to know our hosts Calin and Silvia - an absolutely delightful couple. They provided us with the most enriching opportunities to experience the local area, as well as the Guanacaste region as a whole...from shopping at the grocery store the locals use, buying fish from a local fisherman whose location would never been known if not for someone taking you there, visiting a very remote waterfall, experiencing the mud baths at Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs at Miravalles Volcano, accompanying them on their visit with friends at the luxury resort Rio Perdido Hotel and Thermal River, and shopping for fruits and veggies at the Farmers Market in Liberia. Most of all, we enjoyed cooking dinner for them... enjoying cocktails, good wine, ‘breaking bread’, and lively dinner conversation. We feel we have made friends for life.

We highly recommend El Sueno de Ocotal, in fact we are hoping to rent the 2nd floor 3 bedroom apartment (that spans the entire first floor) next year for ourselves and my in-laws to share 2-3 weeks in paradise together. El Sueno de Ocotal has excellent cost/value, is an easy drive from Liberia Airport, and in easy access to many of the other fantastic beaches along the coast. If you are looking for an upscale luxury resort experience, this is not for you...but if you are interested in experiencing more of the real day-to-day living in Costa Rica, hands down, stay here; it’s as close to authentic as you can get without losing any of the comforts of home.

Pura Vida,
Anne-Marie & Paul Candy, Barrie, Ontario, Canada

P.S. It’s much better to book directly with Calin at: info@elsuenodeocotal.com

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Liked best: The authentic Costa Rican experiences
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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CEThigpen...
Colorado
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“Remarkable and memorable.”
Reviewed 14 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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My husband and adult son and I loved our stay at the Villa El Sueno and getting to know Silvia and Calin. We are delighted to leave the highest review. We enjoyed the upstairs suite with beautiful views of the ocean and islands. Spacious, luxurious, quality construction. Beautiful furniture, granite counter tops, BBQ, gazeebo. We took advantage of the breakfast offer and were so glad we did. Delicious, hearty food. Great hosts.Comfortable beds, several balconies with views all around. We loved the patios, garden and pool also. Lovely couple, WONDERFUL PLACE and FABULOUS VIEW!

Travelling group: Extended Family
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MrRnR68
Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Great place,great views,great host”
Reviewed 27 June 2015 for a stay in January 2015

We went down with family for a week.We were 7 adults and rented upstairs and one of the rooms downstairs .Calin was great at keeping in touch with me and dealing with some changes that took place leading up to vacation and helped in with whatever was asked during our visit.He arranged airport pickup which is recommended because there are no addresses there and can be a bit trying when dealing with taxis
His recommendation of tour company run by Giovanni and driver Walter were great.He met with us one afternoon to go over what tours we maybe interested in,all at fair prices.I must add though that if going to Miravalles canopy tour which is a zip line tour.Watch what they charge you ! Do the math before giving them your money.they knowingly charged an extra person to my tab even after I asked twice if charges were correct.I asked because as the worker was Imputting charges into calculator the manager came in and casually told him to charge for 4 in spanish.I can understand a good deal of spanish and so i questioned theyre charge.they insisted it was right.It wasnt til i checked online later they indeed did charge me extra and confirmed my suspicions. must've been tough times I guess because we were only group there.I must reiterate though that it had nothing to do with tour company itself just the actual park.Giovanni was instrumental in sorting it all out and getting back my money .
Thanks Giovanni!
Things to do in area.of course there's father roosters on beach 5min walk.If you dont mind a 20 min walk go to picante restaurant.great food ,great views on way in scenic cove just south of Calin's. Hike in forest surrounding villa and see the howlers.If your there at right time they end up right in front of villa.Coco beach is great and energetic lots of shops and restaurants,only $6 cab ride.$8 to come back for some reason.Hermosa beach was great ,a little quieter but had shops and restaurants on beach as well.That 20$ cab from villa.Further then that use tour company.
All in all I recommend .great deal for what you get. I had better time here then in Tamarindo(1 hr south) which we went to second week. will be back soon!
Thanks Calin .

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Management Response
29 Nov 2015
I am glad you appreciate our efforts. We try to accommodate our guests and give them the best advise regarding tours, activities and trips. Always we put our clients interests up front. We consider our guest part of our family even if they stay for short time. Thank you
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Twoswedis...
Stockholm County, Sweden
1 review
“If your looking for a really relaxing stay in a great house with a fantastic host, this is the place for you.”
Reviewed 27 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We rented the entire second floor of Calins "mansion". Two families with 4 kids in total from the ages 6 months to 3 years. The upper floor has three rooms with double beds and 2 bathrooms and a large kitchen/ livingroom area. Absolutely perfect for kids with plenty of space to run around and also perfect in the sense that the bedrooms are on each corner of the apartment hence at night the kids did not wake eachother up. We cooked almost all our food in the well equipped kitchen. A couple of times we went down to father roosters restaurant at the beach. Lovely place, fabelous drinks and very kid friendly.

So the apartment is very spacious and well planned andon topof that there is a lovely terrace where we had all our meals and also a well taken care of pool which the kids could not get enough of. Everything you need when you are travelling with kids.

Calin is a great host. We felt more like family rather than just guests. He gave us a lot of information about the area and helped us get a great price on our further transportation. He also took us grocery shopping twice during our one week stay. We would highly recommend casa sueno, especially for families travelling with kids.

PS. On the bottom floor there was also one apartment (for 4 persons) and 4 studios with chared kitchen.

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Tempe, Arizona
Reviewed 20 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Liked best: Staying at our guest's beautiful property and feeling like a friend there.
Liked least: Having to say good-bye to our host's and go home.
Travelling group: Friends
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