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Dalip Khalsa

Member since: 2009
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Home Surrounded by 'Rainforest Preserve, Dominical'

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this Puntarenas holiday house

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Well off the beaten path (which requires a 4x4 vehicle), our home offers a private and intimate experience connecting with the wonders of the rainforest. Built on a ridge with mountains behind, the home looks over the canopy of our private wildlife reserve project and out to the ocean beyond. The home's focus is open-air living and features both outdoor dining and living areas, as well as an outdoor, screened-in bedroom - a favorite of many guests. With two other bedrooms and two full baths, the home sleeps eight in beds, with foam mattresses for additional guests as needed. The pool, which adjoins the master bedroom patio, has a walkway cantilevered over the rainforest.

A true nature lover's paradise, the Rainforest Preserve Lodge and the surrounding Preserve offer so many ways to encounter and experience a wide variety of wildlife - watching toucans and other birds from the balcony, waking to marauding coatimundis in the trees or monkeys passing by. You never know what you'll see next. Our land is in the midst of the 'Path of the Tapir' biological corridor. We are developing a system of trails through the Preserve to enhance the opportunities to view wildlife and witness the exceptional natural beauty of the property. A morning walk with our caretaker (and nature guide extraordinaire!) to Hummingbird Falls or into the mountains is always a magical learning experience.

Our sunset platform, which overlooks 40 miles of coastline, is a great place to enjoy a picnic supper at sunset and look for whales below. The seven or eight beaches within a half-hour up and down the coast each offer a different ocean experience. Swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking to sea caves, boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, rappelling down waterfalls or just relaxing are all available close by. Whatever level of adventure you enjoy is waiting for you.

So come and relax in the pool and watch the rainforest unfold in front of you, or explore the many areas of Rainforest Preserve, Dominical.

Above all, feel welcome!

Keywords: Lodge

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Dalip Khalsa (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Dalip Khalsa

The owners, Kaye and Guruatma, and Dalip purchased our land in 2001 to save the parcel from development, and put it aside permanently as a reserve. Since that time we have been enhancing the habitat by planting fruits and food for the animals, and creating trails thru the forest. We have all been involved with several groups for over 30 years, and to continue that community spirit with the focus of caretaking such a wonderful piece of property is certainly a joyful experience. We are grateful when others who share the same energy are able to share in the ever evolving adventure.

What makes this house unique

Completely private, fantastic views and wildlife, cozy and delightful!

Guestbook comments from the owner

One of my joys in being there is bringing other people to the lodge and see and hear their delight!
Jan 2009
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based on 6 traveller reviews

Home Surrounded by 'Rainforest Preserve, Dominical'
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Simply amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay in the Rainforest Preserve. Located in the jungle the house is beautiful and very well maintained.

We were a family of ten (including 4 kids) and the house was perfect. We enjoyed a few hikes around the house and the caretaker family was really welcoming.

If we ever go back to Costa Rica, we will definitly come back to this house :)

A 4 wheel drive is mandatory to access the house.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great jungle hide-out

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful month in the Rainforest Preserve Lodge in Dominical with our young family and we loved it! It's really well situated between Dominical and Dominicalito, but is set deep enough into the jungle and up the hill to feel isolated and deep in nature.

The drive up the hill is a little intimidating the first time, but soon becomes fun and the views down to the ocean are amazing. Definitely rent a 4x4. The pool hanging out over the jungle is a highlight - our 6 year-old daughter spent most of her time in and around the pool.

We saw plenty of nature from the balcony (capuchins, toucans, butterflies, coatis, vultures etc) and there was a large iguana who came to sunbathe by the pool most days. We didn't see any howlers, but would definitely hear them in the evenings and mornings. The views across the jungle and down to the ocean are really stunning, and the sounds of the jungle (day and night) are quite something!

The house is great with a range of sleeping options and decently stocked kitchen(s). It's definitely designed for outdoor living, which is great, but doesn't have so many options for lounging inside after dark if you want to escape the bugs. The wi-fi was workable, but didn't have a massive range (mainly worked on the up-stairs level), but you're probably not visiting Dominical for the internet ;-)

Edwin (the care-taker) was really helpful and took us on a nature hike to the nearby waterfall, pointing out all sorts of flora and fauna along the way. His wife also provided fast and cheap laundry services.

We loved staying there and would definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Week in Dominical

  • 5 of 5

Our family absolutely loved the Rainforest Preserve house in Dominical! There were seven of us and we had plenty of room and more for all of us. We especially loved the outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, and the pool. We discovered the sunset platform the last night we were there and wished we had found it earlier. The sights, sounds, and activities were amazing. I could have stayed another week. Everything was clean and if we ever needed anything, it was taken care of right away. Dahlip and Cindy were great about answering any questions and giving us suggestions on what to do. We enjoyed several different beaches, Manuel Antonio park, Osa Zipline, Nayuka Waterfall and a few local "soda's". I would recommend this to anyone that wants a secluded place, away from the hustle and bustle of resorts. I would stay here again if I could. Thank you for helping us have an amazing week in Dominical.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Amazing big family trip!

  • 5 of 5

It may be hard to imagine 11 family members in the same house for 10 days having a wonderful time. Yet the Rain Forest Lodge made that possible. We took advantage of the newly completed tent platform that includes its own private shower and toilet so that each of the four family units had their own sleeping space and privacy. It was absolutely perfect! Each morning we had coffee on the upper deck, watching and listening to the abundance of wildlife while enjoying a spectacular view overlooking the rain forest and the Pacific Ocean. Howler and Capuchin monkeys, toucans, vultures, iguanas and more were present every day. The pool (the best babysitter ever) was wonderful and especially enjoyed by the grandkids! The lodge was great for cooking for a large group with two kitchens, one at ground level and one on the upper level, and a dining area with a large table that seated all of us. The caretaker and his family live 3 minutes away and were extremely helpful in answering questions and maintaining the pool and lodge. When we could tear ourselves away from the lodge and our relaxing mornings, we ventured out to discover fabulous beaches, national parks, a wildlife sanctuary, restaurants, waterfalls, zip lines, a snorkel tour, surfing lessons and more.

We plan to return again and can’t recommend the Rain Forest Preserve Lodge more highly.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise in the Rainforest

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica and the highpoint was having Rainforest Lodge as our base. Each morning we awoke early to see what wildlife might visit us - we could consistently count on the howler monkeys and toucans. The entertainment provided by marauding capuchin monkeys and Iggy the resident iguana was better than the Dominical nightlife. A hike to and swim at Hummingbird Falls was enchanting. The "treehouse" room is the best. Make sure you also check out the sunset platform. Both Manuel Antonio and Marina Ballena Parks were must-sees, as was Hacienda Baru for the zip line tour. The owners leave a great notebook of tips and suggestions. The road to the house is an adventure not for the faint of heart, but the views and experiences make it well worth the trip.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I have been to Costa Rica many times, and I haven't found a setting more beautiful than this. Amazingly private with beautiful jungle and ocean views. I could (and did!) sit on the porch watching the birds and monkeys all day.

Nature trail to the Rainforest Presreve waterfall is a must.

If you are looking for a great beach, try domincal for surfing or dominicalito for swimming. Both are only a 5 minute drive.

I will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Quepos-small planes
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Dominical, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Holiday season
15 Dec 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection A$82

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
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