2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen, lounge, terrace, garden, 10 min stroll to beach
- english, spanish, portuguese
I have been travelling most of my life initially through my previous work in commercial productions, which for 15 years took me living and working all over the planet. I first discovered Costa Rica back in 2000 and visited frequently but within the last ten years i had not returned. As I have been working and living in Brazil. Then last year I was invited to visit from close friends to the beautiful wild Osa Peninsula. I loved it, both my love of yoga practise and surfing makes this place a real gem. Any lover of natures dream. So now here I am back and to stay for a while. Look forward to meeting you and making your time here a real lifetime experience.
Richard purchased this House in 2008
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Every morning while relaxing on the sofa in Casa Amplatoa we were happy watching the Howler and Spider monkeys playing in the trees and just hanging out enjoying their day. You need to bring binoculars to see them well as they jump and free fall through the tall trees. Across the road from the house, we were lucky to be able to get a close up experience with some squirrel monkeys. The monkeys were definitely the highlight of our stay at Casa Amplatoa. The house is exactly as pictured and has comfortable beds, a well- equipped kitchen, great showers. The small garden is lovely and beautifully landscaped.
We felt that the below description was misleading. We were very much looking forward to “cooling off in the midday heat” in the river but found that you have to hike up the middle of the river to get to the waterfall and there was not a path through the jungle to the waterfall. “The 1 acre garden runs all the way to the river below, where you can cool off in the midday heat and take a hike through the jungle to the waterfalls.” You can not access the river from the property and it turned out that it would be more difficult to access the river for a swim and the waterfalls.
The beaches are beautiful and a close walk from the house but the times when we were there, the water was too rough to swim in; however, that turned out to be fortuitous for our monkey viewing as we spent about an hour watching a troop of about 40 monkeys of all ages travel through the trees.
Richard the caretaker was very kind and accommodating. Coffee is not provided as stated and you need to bring soap for bathing and the internet rarely is accessible.
Casa Amplatoa was a perfect size for 3 of us (but would certainly suit 4) and the grounds were absolutely beautiful, there were tons of fruit trees and baby pineapples and plumeria that the giant blue morpho butterflies seemed to love early in the morning. The Matapalo area of Osa is a very deeply special place and Casa Amplatoa was nestled in perfectly to the magic. The kitchen was very workable and we enjoyed eating our morning meals with the resident fruit-eating ctenosaurs and macaws flying overhead. It would definitely be nice if there was one screened in area to get some relief from the bugs, but we understand that insects are a necessity in such a richly biodiverse place (make sure you put essential oils or products with essential oils in the fridge, or biting ants will be attracted to them). The ordinary caretaker, Richard, was away, so our caretaker was Angus for our trip. We don't have enough nice things to say about Angus. He was truly a reflection of the Pura Vida spirit, a calm, peaceful person who took care of everything we needed, even food recommendations in San Jose once we had entirely pulled out of the property! He obviously had a lot of love for the property and for the environment, which fit right into this truly vibrant and mystical place. Our only issue was that the wifi at the house is really spotty, which would usually be fine, but we were trying to keep in touch with an ill family member at home and it made things a little tricky. Otherwise you wouldn't need wifi in such a gorgeous living place. It's so important that you have respect for the surrounding environment when you develop anything in such a unique and sacred place in the world, and this place was created with that respect in mind. Osa is a wild jungle and roaring surf, it Is one of the most humbling places I've ever been, and this is an excellent home base to enjoy it from. Pura Vida!
Maybe best kept a secret..sssssh
One is always reluctant to leave overly positive reviews for a vacation rental knowing that you very well risk the chance of revealing a "best kept secret". Myself and my partner spent the month of February at Amplatoa (Matapalo) . This delightfully "ZEN" property sits in an oasis of calm . Wildlife , the species of which are too numerable to mention, would visit during coffee and martinis, idly strolling or swinging by in their natural habitat whilst we manically grappled for the binoculars in order to glimpse a close- up of their splendor. In fact this property presented more diversity in that regard than a trip into Corcovado National Park , not that it disappointed either , but Matapalo is kind of an extension of the forest , an eco-system in and off itself and the diversity of species did not fail to disappoint. A ten minute stroll takes you to the beaches and on most days you can peruse a novel on Backwash Beach with maybe half a dozen fellow travelers passing by for the sun and surf. For all of this rental's wonderful attributes I would stress , however , that it is important to embrace some preparedness in order to fully enjoy your stay . Namely , stock up on supplies from B+M supermarket in Puerto Jimenez, rent a car as depending on the length of your stay, as you will need to replenish the fridge. A SIM card from Kolbi , which you can purchase at San Jose airport came in very handy .At the date of writing this review we have to confess that the wifi at Amplatoa and indeed the surrounding area was often patchy and non-existent . The owners told us they were about to update the modems and service, so I'm sure that will be done promptly. Lastly , we would be amiss in our reporting if we did not mention Richard , the caretaker and go-to person for information on all things pertaining to Matapalo, the Osa and beyond , and of course your stay at the house....thank you Richard . We emphatically recommend this property as a unique place to experience all that the Osa Peninsula has to offer.......sublime indeed. Hope you enjoy your stay as we did 👍� Pura Vida
This was a great stay, in the middle of the jungle and close to beautiful beaches. The property was
This was a great stay, in the middle of the jungle and close to beautiful beaches. The property was exactly as represented in the pictures. The roads to Puerto Jimenez are good and then you drive 30 km on the gravel road to this lovely cottage. Richard, the host lives close by and was cordial and so helpful. This area is very far off the regular tourist world and we loved it! Martinas bar, a funky open air bar and restaurant is close by with great food, howler monkeys outside our door, comfortable beds, nice bathroom, etc. The cottage is very modern yet fits in well with the surroundings. It was a 400 km drive from Manuel Antonio but if you have the desire for adventure off the beaten track, I would highly recommend the Osa Peninsula and particularly this cottage. One note: buy your groceries in Puerto Jimenez And fill up with gas as there are no shops close by.
Absolutely delightful family home. Will definitely return.
We've been travelling around Costa Rica for six months and staying in over ten different places. This was definitely the best. The surrounding garden and the variety and frequency of wildlife that passes through is just astounding. We saw howlers, squirrels, capuchins and spider monkeys all in the same day. Hummingbirds every morning. There is even two resident ctensaurs - Eyelash and Spikey.
The house itself being open is at one with the environment so you feel you are actually living in the lush forest. It is sturdy and well built and has all the necessary comforts including hot showers without the crazy electric shower heads!
We didn't really find many reasons to leave the house though there are river walks and different waterfalls in the area. The drive into town Puerto Jimenez is pleasant with sweeping views of Golfo Dulce. The house manager Richard and the gardener Andrey were super friendly and helpful and we were really well looked after.
It's really easy to fall in love with this place - we did!
Fabulous, little piece of heaven
A great place to get away from everything..
Richard was absolutely wonderful..Whatever your looking for from yoga to messagers... so helpful.. The grounds are amazing.. from the moment you pull into the house you realize your in the jungle.. The house has everything you want or need..Monkeys to Macaws.. Walk down the road to the river for a short walk to one of a few waterfalls..The beaches are just a few minutes away to one I
of the best surf.. If your wanting to unwind from the everyday grind I highly recommend staying here.. WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK....
This property is located among primary tropical rain forest and at the entrance to the Corcovado National Park. The Osa Peninsula is home to the largest concentration of animal and plant species outside of the Amazon Rainforest, boasting nearly 2 percent of all animal and plant species found around the world. It is listed in National Geographic’s top five naturist destinations. You will most definitely encounter all types of wildlife and experience intense tropical climate. Although the house is extremely comfortable and clean, we advise all guests to be prepared for adventure and to be one with nature!