Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Book this 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom house in Dominical today! A total of 12 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a pool, deck, and outdoor grill among other amenities offered by this rental.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 48 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $4,040.00 to as high as $5,018.00, depending on travel dates.
The owner responds to 80% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar 12 days ago.
Shelter from the Storm Villas with Hotel Service Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Additional Location Information
Seven kilometers south of Dominical and 9 kilometers north of Uvita. Just 1 1/2 minute drive off the beautiful coastal highway.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Mountain nearby, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Quepos , 25 miles
Car is essential
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Dominical Attractions
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Dominical Attractions
Last updated on September 15, 2016
Rates shown in $ USD
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the owner’s discretion.
- Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the owner
Ask about our discounts for rentals from April 16 until Dec. 15th.
- A/C or climate control
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Alarm Clock
- Hair dryer
- Linens Provided
- Cleaning Service
- Local Guides/Maps
- Washing Machine
- Ceiling Fans
- Housekeeping Included
- Towels Provided
- Clothes Dryer
Phone / Internet
- Wireless Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
- Ocean or water views
- Secure parking space
- Mountain Views
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Boat available
based on 38 reviews
of guests would stay again
“Paradise and more...”
This was our second trip to Costa Rica and our first to the Dominical area. After staying at Sfts hopefully it will not be the last. For 2 couples traveling together, we rented Villa Las Rocas ( 2 separate units in the same building) and could not have been happier. Each unit allowed for separate entrances, sleeping and patio, but the upper unit with full kitchen allowed us to cook and eat together and share the magnificent views. There are stairs leading to these villas;inquire about the other rentals if this is a problem. I cannot add to what has already been written ; this is a place you must go to comprehend the beauty and magic of the area. I truly fell in love with my surroundings. We were there 4 nights, I would not do any less. There is ample to see and visit; beaches, horseback ride to the falls, restaurants, watch surfers, or best of all, just "be" at Sfts. Donna and Daryl are the ultimate hosts and upon arrival we were treated like family. Donna stocked our fridge with breakfast staples, pineapple, cookies, delicious bread, jam, juice and milk. We savored it all the first morning we awoke to the sun rising and pouring in through our bedroom window. Interestingly, you will also see the sun set when you walk up to the clearing each evening! Daryl welcomed us with margaritas and popcorn after helping us unload luggage and giving us a quick overview of the villas. The rancho with honor bar and the pool area are so welcoming and the view from the pool patio so beautiful. These hosts will make tour arrangements ,offer suggestions on stores, restaurants etc. They are a wealth of info. on the area and most accommodating. So clean, so beautifully landscaped, well furnished, comfortable, safe... did I mention monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds, and toucans in full view ! You need a 4 wheel drive to get to Sfts but I suggest a 4 wheel if you plan to do any exploring in Costa Rica. I dream of a return visit and another round of popcorn and margaritas!
“Like staying with life-long friends in a world-class villa!”
I traveled to Costa Rica for the first time in October 2013, and stayed at Shelter from the Storm (Sfts) for 6 days. I had reservations elsewhere in the Dominical area, but a fellow traveler at a resort earlier in my trip recommended that I stay at Sfts when I got to the Pacific coast. Her recommendation of Sfts was so positive that I almost had no choice but to check it out, and I'm so glad I did. I was able to change my reservations to Sfts with only a couple days notice, and Donna and Daryl were so accommodating via email ahead of time. The information they provided me before I arrived (and after I arrived as well) was comprehensive, with almost unlimited day trip suggestions and contact information for everything I needed. Meeting Donna and Daryl in person was even better than advertised, if that's even possible...they are the most real people I've ever met, and the hospitality was first class in all aspects. And if Daryl offers to make you some of his "circus popcorn" don't even think of passing it up...it really is the best popcorn I've ever tasted and was a great treat. I stayed in the Monkey House, which was an incredible experience. There really is a "monkey highway" right outside the Monkey House villa, with the white-face monkeys swinging through the trees every morning and evening. The howler monkeys were also around, and I loved hearing their unique sounds, all while sitting out on the balcony enjoying the Pacific ocean air. I came to Sfts looking for some tranquility and good hiking opportunities, and Sfts did not disappoint at all in either aspect. Donna and Daryl were more than accommodating to ensure my stay was everything I wanted it to be. I could write a book about all the great attributes of Sfts and Donna and Daryl as hosts, but will end this review by just saying: "Go stay at Sfts, you will not be disappointed!" When I return to Costa Rica again, I will definitely include Sfts on my itinerary.
My partner and I spent a bit more than a week at Sfts. This is somewhere we definitely would come back to visit. Donna and Daryl and all of the pets were great! We loved spending time at the pool, exploring on day trips, sitting on the patio, and simply experiencing a simple and peaceful vacation. I have no hesitation in recommending anyone to visit Sfts. Costa Rica is most wonderful. Stayed July 2013-August 2013
My boyfriend, his son and I spent 11 days at Sfts. We were there during a busy time and we couldn't find somewhere that could accomadate us for the entire time in one rental. Donna arranged it so that we could stay on their property the entire time. We had the priviledge of testing out all of their villas (Which was quite fun). All of the villas had their own verandas with beautiful views and an element of feeling secluded, even with neighbors being near by. All of them also had air-conditioning and didn't leave you wanting for anything, with beautiful decor and american friendly bathrooms (no need to put your tp in the trash can, like 98% of CR) Abajo was the smallest, but perfect for a couple that is probably going to eat out most of the time (per small kitchen). Arriba was my favorite, because the kitchen was was the best stocked and arranged for doing a lot of cooking, not to mention there was a gass stove! The layout and the veranda were also the most comfortable for me, especially with three people. To me this one was also the most beautiful, with the wood work and the view. The monkey house was really fun. We weren't lucky enough to see any monkeys, however, you really felt like you were in the rain forest. This was probably the most peaceful location with all of the green and is my second favorite. La Cuesta was our last part of the tour and we were not disappointed. This one has the furthest distance between beds if that's important to your group, and it has the most space. The veranda wraps around two sides and has yet another beautiful view. One of the best parts about Shelter from the Storm had nothing to do with the accomodations, it was the two amazing hosts, Daryl and Donna. Not only were they the most excellent concierges, but they felt more like we were visiting the coolest aunt and Uncle you could wish for. In Colorado we have a saying that transfers across generas..."We don't do swag!" Well, there's no swag here, it's all dank!!!
Spectacular views and a warm welcome! We had a wonderful time during our 3 day stay at "Shelter from the Storm" during our last few days in Costa Rica. Thank you Donna and Daryl for all your hospitality and great travel tips. We stayed in the Las Rocas abajo suite which had an amazing view of the ocean. During our stay we had a fantastic time doing horseback riding to nearby Nauyaca Waterfalls (a trip which Donna booked for us ahead of time) and hiking in nearby Hacienda Baru. It was also very relaxing just hanging out by the pool/rancho lounge area or on the patio of our suite at "Shelter from the Storm". Highly recommended!!!
“Million-dollar View, Symphony of Nature”
Shelter from the Storm was our mid-January escape from Pennsylvania winter, and it provided us with images, sounds, and experiences we'll remember forever! Upon our arrival, Donna showed us our villa, which was beautifully appointed with local art work,had a generous kitchen, and opened up to a spacious patio where we could lounge and read or dine. Donna had graciously stocked us with eggs, croissants, coffee, and pineapple so we could enjoy breakfast and relax in the morning. The highlight of our stay at the villa was definitely waking up to see the sun rise from our bedroom (I know this is the West Coast, but yes, we could see the sun rise!) and hearing the jungle come alive with birds chirping and howler monkeys swinging through. Every morning we had coffee on the patio and soaked in the priceless view of the Pacific Ocean below us. It was so relaxing and therapeutic! Besides Donna's warm welcome to our villa, Daryl made us margaritas and popcorn "on the house" as a welcome, and we sat and chatted in the Rancho with Daryl, Donna, and the other guests. Throughout the week D & D recommended beaches, restaurants, and tours and took care of any reservations needed. We had no responsibilities and no worries! All their recommendations proved to be excellent, resulting in a memorable week experiencing diverse aspects of the area, such as the hippie/surfer town of Dominical, the cave-framed beach of Ventana, a horseback ride to beautiful waterfalls, and the cosmopolitan restaurants of Ojochal. Our villa was extremely clean and maintained several times by the housekeeper Blanca. Throughout our stay we felt that we and our belongings were safe. We came home saying that we'd love to return to live among the natural beauty of Costa Rica once again, and we would definitely want to return to Shelter From the Storm. We highly recommend this lovely escape where we were greeted like family and treated royally.
New York, USA
“Villas better than a 5 star hotel - Dominical's finest”
We spent a week in January 2013 in Las Rocas arriba at Shelter From the Storm. The villa was better than and of the best hotels we've ever stayed at. We spent holiday week in December at Sofitel in London. That was a definate 5 stars - yet Shelter From the Storm beats any hotel you could ever find! You have luxury accomodations, from comfortable beds, great linens, all the towels you would need. You also have modern conveniences - if you want to prepare some local food - you have the facilities at your fingertips to do so. Having a refrigerator and kitchenette are amazing perks - that you don't get at even the best hotels.. The Rancho - which had the swimming pool - the bar - wi fi - and satellite TV was a fun place to hang during the evening - or when taking a break during the day. We saw a wide array of wildlife on the property. From toucans to an amazing number of monkeys. We heard the howlers in the distance, before they paraded by. We had about 20 whiteface go from tree to tree. The area around Sfts offers fun activities, from white water rafting (great), horseback rides to the falls, and great beaches. We visited a local rain forest - and halfway through our hike over suspension bridges and up the mountain - we reached the crest over the rivers - and wouldn't you know - it starts pouring. We never had a worry about security - while at Sfts or in the local area. We always felt quite safe, both our property - and ourselves. We did always keep the SUV locked while in any part of Costa Rica. The property gives you a secure feeling. The hosts Daryl y Donna were great. Daryl would make circus style popcorn nightly - with locally hand pressed coconut oil. Wow what a treat! And they offer a wealth of local information and knowledge. The honor bar was well stocked. Most hotels try to hit you with extras, especially drinks (sodas or alcoholic) that can really add to the bill. The honor bars prices were so reasonable at Sfts.
“The most peaceful place on earth!!”
I will admit I had no idea what to expect when my flight landed in San Jose but boy was i amazed when i Got to Shelter From The Storm. No words can truly describe just how beautiful this place is. Seemingly every little detail has been thought of to make your stay as relaxing, memorable, and enjoyable as it can possible be. I was amazed by how much character the room had. I stayed in Las Rocas arriba and it was flawless. A beautiful and very large porch to eat, drink, and relax on. Fully equipped with a huge shade that you can put up or down however you choose (we kept it up during the day to let the ocean breeze come in and down at night as it may rain.) The wood work throughout was beautiful and you simply cannot beat sleeping to the sound of the waves just down the mountain. Best of all was waking up every morning and looking to the left out the patio doors to the most beautiful sight of the pacific and mountains. Wifi was available everywhere on the property which was nice to check your emails and such. Costa rica is an amazing place and Sfts is in a perfect location with everything and anything you could want or need close by. Don Lulo's horseback trip to the falls is a must and zip lining at osa mountain was great as well. All of which Donna and Daryl will arrange for you, all you have to do is say the word. Costa Rica has many amazing people and Donna and Daryl are no exception. I have been a lot of places in my life and nothing compares to the week I spent at Shelter From The Storm. I cannot wait to go back!!
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We had a terrific time at Shelter From the Storm. We really didn't know what to expect on our first trip to Costa Rica and can't stop thinking about this place. We've traveled a lot to Carribean and Mexico and this place stands out with the most dramatic beauty . Donna and Daryl have built a paradise in the rain forest. The villas are architecturally beautiful with gorgeous native hard wood ceilings amazing views from the outdoor living space. it's also a great location being close to Dominical. Donna and Daryl have great suggestions for activities. They know where to zip line, hike, beach and horseback ride. we can't wait to go back.
“Shelter From The Storm is a rare gem in a gorgeous country.”
Daryl and Donna truly went above and beyond to make our stay an incredible one. Not only did they provide excellent accommodations, but they also enriched every other aspect of our stay with their hospitality and knowledge of the area. It's rare to come across hosts like this, they cared very much that we were enjoying our time in Costa Rica and did whatever they could to help coordinate our daily adventures with the local tour companies. They were very attentive to any need or request that we presented to them, making us feel as though we were family. Upon our arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to find a welcome basket with local fruit, coffee, and other items. The villas were clean, quiet, and comfortable. Having breakfast each morning, watching the sunrise and hearing the jungle come to life, all while sitting at our outdoor dining room table was a perfect way to start each day. If you get the chance to have one of Daryl's world-famous margaritas, be sure not to miss it. Winding down in the evenings while sitting next to their open-air bar was a great way to end an adventurous day.
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