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Beautiful Villa with Pool on Backwash Bay

Bedrooms 4
Space 10,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bungalows, Master Suite, and Pool with Ocean View

Mindugar is a premier rental property on the Southern tip of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. The home offers luxury in an extraordinary jungle setting. Take in breathtaking views of Costa Rica’s natural wildlife from the privacy of this eight-acre estate. The property rises gradually from Backwash Beach and stretches across a section of lush tropical gardens backing up to a mountainside draped in abundant rainforest. The home is situated at the base of the mountain, approximately 35 meters above the water and less than 100 yards from the sand; and boasts garden and ocean views. The open-air design of the home takes advantage of both mountain and ocean breezes throughout the day. Mindugar is the ultimate in tropical coastal living. The attention to detail and amenities provided ensure comfort in a secluded setting.

Spanning roughly 10,000 square feet, Mindugar consists of a large communal area known as the Casa Grande, three detached bungalows, and plenty of outdoor living space. The Casa Grande contains a master bedroom suite, kitchen, dining area, bar, living room, guest bathroom, pool and patio. A spiral staircase made from tropical hardwoods takes you to the master bedroom which is furnished with a king size bed, ceiling fan, closet space, and large bathroom with his and her sinks. The living area contains bamboo-framed sofas, chairs, a coffee table, satellite TV, and an iPod docking station. The kitchen is fully equipped with a professional gas range, two chest style refrigerators, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, and all the cooking utensils one needs. The dining area features an oversized table custom made from local hardwoods. The table seats twelve people comfortably. Just off the dinning area is a bar with a small sink, sofa, and bar stools. A full size guest bathroom is also located on the main floor. The focal point of the Casa Grande is a large infinity pool that disappears into the tropical scenery and blue waters of Backwash Bay. The pool includes a shallow area great for sunbathing, as well as a deep end that measures 15 feet deep. Each of the detached bungalows is equipped with two queen beds, ceiling fans, full bathroom, closet, outdoor shower, and patio space. Manicured trails lead to each of the bungalows from the Casa Grande.

Throughout the booking process, you will work with a full time property manager. The property manager is able to assist with travel arrangements and answer any questions you might have. Once you arrive, they will provide a concierge service assisting with tours and providing information about the area. The house is cleaned daily, and linens are changed every three nights. There is also a 24hr onsite caretaker that can handle maintenance issues during your stay.

Mindugar is perfect for families or groups of friends looking for adventure and relaxation in a remote jungle setting. Offering luxury and privacy, you’re sure to enjoy your vacation in style.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Cantón Golfito

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , His and Her Sinks
    Pan Dulce Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , outdoor shower
    Backwash Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , outdoor shower
    Matapalo Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , outdoor shower
    Casa Grande Bath - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Aside from the bathrooms in each bedroom, there is a full bathroom located off the dining area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Pan Dulce Bungalow - 2 large double bed
    Backwash Bungalow - 2 large double bed
    Matapalo Bungalow - 2 large double bed
  • The master bedroom is located at the top of the spiral staircase in the Casa Grande. The bungalows are detached. Each have their own bathroom, patio, and outdoor shower.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Mindugar is fully equipped and set up to function as a full service property. If you're interested in adding meals to your reservation, just let us know and we can arrange for a private chef.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful Villa with Pool on Backwash Bay
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
Byron, MI

Beautiful place and location!

  • 4 of 5

Wow... we just got left Mindugar on Backwash bay and already missed this gem of a spot. The main house and 3 other villas are amazing. Gretchen (manager), Olman (pool and grounds), and Maria and her family (caretakers) work hard in making your stay comfortable. The infinity pool is the best pool in the Osa in my opinion. With it being 15 foot deep, the kids and adults too, had a blast jumping off the balcony and watching the surfers and wildlife around Backwash bay! I don't think we went 10 minutes in our 4 night stay there that we didn't see a monkey or a parrot. This area is truly rich in wildlife!

We hired Marjery on our first night in cooking and was blown away in what she made for us with the little groceries that we provided her. I do recommend her, but make sure you think of everything when getting groceries in Puerto Jiminez, becuase it's the closest place for groceries (30+ minutes). Make sure you buy ice. You definetly need a truck or suv to get to the property because the Matapalo road is rough. The kitchen has everything that a culinary chef could ask for with professional grade oven and an awesome table that could seat 12. Excellent water and pressure for there own private well. Beautiful sun rises :)

We did the following tours in which I recommend all of them: Dolphin Tour with Changing Tide Tours -- Phoebe is Awesome and totally recommend it. We saw over 300 dolphins!!! Night tour at Lapa Rios lodge -- Jose is Awesome! Day pass and dinner at Boscque Del Cabo -- a must; beautiful grounds and eco lodge and the food and drinks are yummy! Rented surf boards next door at Encanta resort.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is becuase it didn't have AC and the three villas that our on ground level need weather stripping on the doors. But to be fair, they didn't advertise AC. The three diconnected villas, we had some problems of the abundance of Halloween crabs in April working their way into the bedrooms. However, we got wiser the following nights and blocked the door on the bottom with towels to keep them from working there way in. All the beds (7 in total) have bug netting; but the bugs aren't that bad suprisingly. We had no issues with bugs or mosquitos at night. You have to keep in mind that you are in the Rain Forest and off-the-grid for a reason!

We can't wait to return and soak up nature at it's best! We truly love this place!

Pura Vida!

  • Review Submitted: 10/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation spot on the Osa Peninsula

  • 5 of 5

Mindugar is a gorgeous and gracious place! There is an extraordinary amount of wildlife at its doorstep as well as the warm, clear waters of the Gulfo Dulce. Faustino and Maria and family, the caretakers of the property, were warm, welcoming, and very helpful, as was Gretchen, the property manager. Mindugar's main house and three casitas offer spacious accomodations and multiple gsthering areas including a lovely pool extending from the dining area. The Matapalo area has much to offer and Gretchen was able to set up our varied adventures.

  • Review Submitted: 06/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

So beautiful!

We enjoyed our time at this amazing property. We came 3 families and found the villa very comfortable, unique, well attended.

From the moment we contact Gretchen (manager) we felt the warmth through emails. We met Kate at the property and she took good care of us, checking daily if everything is OK.

The care takers of the property are great people, living on site.

Thank you so much for a great experience! Very recommended! Will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Mindugar is perfection: the setting (jungle surrounds the home on three sides, view of the ocean on the other), the house and grounds (pool with a balcony that kept our kids entertained with jumping from the balcony into the deep pool, generously proportioned common areas lots of room to spread out, gorgeous dining table that easily sat our group of 12, comfortable and spacious cabinas for each of our three families) and last but not least the staff (Gretchen came by daily to check that all was well and to help us arrange activities, Maria's family kept the grounds and house in order, and the cook we hired for dinners Margery made amazing meals). Could not have been better!

  • Review Submitted: 16/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Trip of a Life Time !

  • 5 of 5

I Highly recommend a long stay at this wonderful home. A week of Natural Beauty for the senses ( Eye's & Ears). This is a great place to disconnect and recharge your soul. This home provides all that you need to feel comfortable and safe but still appreciate the raw beauty of sleeping where the jungle meets the sea. The staff and the connections provided by the Mindugar team are A++.


  • Review Submitted: 20/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Home

  • 5 of 5

Mindugar is an absolutely charming home nestled in the lush jungles of the Osa. We rented the property with 8 adults and 2 children and we never felt cramped. The overall property and the layout, with the separated home concept, boasted more than enough square footage to really spread out and relax.

One of the best features is the infinity pool, as it was definitely well received during the hot part of the day. For surfers, Backwash is seriously only a 150 m walk to the beach. It took longer to paddle out than to walk down there. If your into a little more or less challenging surf, Pan Dulce and Matapalo, respectively, are about a 15 min walk. Be sure to be on the lookout for the monkeys, iguanas, and the ever-elusive sloth along the way. For non-surfers, check out hiking trails, waterfalls, zip-lining, yoga, bird watching, and beach-combing.

It is important to shop for all your provisions prior to leaving PJM since there are no other stores once you get out to the property. Gretchen is a great host and an indispensable resource for recommendations on what to bring and procuring any reservations you may need. The place comes with daily cleaning service, and Maria, Faustino, and Fifo are wonderful on-site caretakers. Another treat was having a local chef prepare dinner for the group on a few nights.

We can't wait until next year to rent the place again!

Pura Vida!

  • Review Submitted: 13/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Buena Esperanza
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Puerto Jimenez to Golfito
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Encanta La Vida
Nearest Beach
Car: not necessary

Cabo Matapalo, known by the locals as simply Matapalo, is a small community located 15 km south on a bumpy dirt road from the town of Puerto Jimenez. The area consists of a scattering of eco-lodges and rental homes with one local bar. There are no banks or grocery stores, so make sure to stock up in Puerto Jimenez before heading out. Over the years, Matapalo has become a surf destination. It borders a beach along the Pacific Ocean that routinely ushers in large swells. There are several areas to surf. The waves vary in difficulty, allowing for beginner to expert surfing opportunity. The abundant wildlife also makes this area popular among travelers. Four species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, sloths, agoutis, and coatimundis are just a small sample of the wildlife that one sees on a regular basis. The Audobon Society has named Cabo Matapalo one of the premiere bird watching venues in the world. Matapalo is where travelers go to be at one with nature and find ultimate relaxation.

The pristine rainforests and rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Declared one of the most biologically intense places on Earth by National Geographic Magazine, the Osa Peninsula has become the premier eco-tourism destination in the country. The Osa Peninsula is a secluded nature wonderland, playing home to many of the country’s rare and endangered animal and bird species, including squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and other forest cats. With a large chunk of the peninsula forming the Corcovado National Park, this area has the single largest expanse of lowland tropical rainforest in Central America and is one of the tallest rainforests in the world. The area hosts more than 375 bird species, a fourth of Costa Rica's tree species and more than 4000-5000 vascular plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. The rain forest is made up of 700 tree species — the greatest diversity of tree species in all of Central America.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the Cantón Golfito

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$55 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2019
1 Dec 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$55 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years 2019
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
High Season 2020
14 Dec 2019 - 30 Apr 2020
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$55 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years 2020
28 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$55 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are set for up to 8 guests. Additional guests are $40/person/night. Maximum occupancy is 12.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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