The Jade House.
The name itself carries a certain mystique on Costa Rica's southern Pacific coastline.
Ask a local and they can recall tall tales of a breathtaking property located high in the tree forest, complete with multiple swimming pools, an outdoor billiards table and swim-up bar, and a crazy kids' room that's only accessible through a super-secret entrance in the wall.
All of these stories are true, by the way.
The Jade House isn't just a luxury vacation villa that provides ideal -- and well-earned -- tanning opportunities under clear-blue skylines. The Jade House is a full on life experience. It's the kind of place you visit with friends and family, and 10 years later you're still laughing about the trip. The memories, the photos, the good times -- it never really leaves you.
So let's paint the picture:
This stunning villa is located in the hillside community of Escaleras, between the coastal towns of Dominical and Uvita. The home is ideal for groups of 4-10 adults. There is also capacity for as many as 6 other guests in the kids' room, for a maximum of 16 total guests.
With tremendous joy each year, we welcome highly anticipated friends and family reunions from visitors across the globe.
As far as layout, there are five bedrooms for adults, four of which have on-suite bathrooms and king-size beds. The fifth bedroom has a queen bed with a bathroom down the hall. Each bedroom comes with air-conditioning. There is also a kids' room downstairs with three bunk beds, a restroom, AC and plenty of space to play. Because of its unique design features, the kids' room is a huge hit for children in the 3-10 range. There are also a pair of air mattresses available if teenagers need to use the room but are too big for the bunk beds.
Three of the five adult bedrooms are located on the upstairs floor, and each of those rooms features sweeping views of the nearby Pacific Ocean as well as easy access to a large wrap-around balcony. Each room features a king bed, on-suite bathroom with double shower heads and AC. When the ocean tide is low, this upstairs area is the best spot in town for viewing the world-famous Whale's Tail reef toward the south.
The living area, kitchen, master bedroom and fifth bedroom are all located on the main floor. This is also where the swimming pools and outdoor living and cooking space are found.
While the temperature is pretty much always perfect, there is a warm Jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom that's great for winding down after a long day of river rafting, or surfing, or sport fishing -- or maybe your eyes are just tired from reading too much at the pool. Swing open the master bedroom's large glass doors and feel the cool ocean breeze whip through the night as you enjoy the bubbling tub and the unique sounds of the surrounding jungle.
Prepping meals in the kitchen is a cinch, too, with a spacious countertop for food prep and a jumbo, double-door fridge for storing plenty of items. In addition, the dining room table seats 10 comfortably. In the living room, you'll find soft sofas and a flat-screen television that comes equipped with a Netflix movie account. There is also wireless internet and high-quality speaker surround sound throughout the property, both indoors and outdoors.
Now we've devoted quite a bit of time to the villa's interior, but the truth is most of your non-sleeping time will be spent outdoors enjoying Costa Rica's amazing climate and geography. Simply put, the Jade House has the best outdoor living space in the region.
There are three -- three! -- swimming pools. So the kids can be in one pool making stadium-level noise while splashing water at the toucans, and Uncle Joe with the bad jokes can be pouring drinks at the swim-up bar, and that gives you a third option to get away from it all and relax at your very own pool, maybe even do a few laps for exercise. It's a perfect setup!
When you're not in the pool, you can play a game of billiards or kick back on one of the many poolside lounge chairs. While this is going on, someone else can fire up the gas grill and Spanish frying pan and start cooking fresh fish, local veggies and gallo pinto for dinner. For the best part, you can repeat this routine day after day at your leisure. In fact, you don't even need to go inside to eat because the outdoor dining table fits 10 as well.
All the type of things that make a vacation go smoother -- privacy, convenience, live-on caretakers, a washer and dryer, an ice machine, tour and transportation reservation services, in-home massage and chef scheduling -- are included at the Jade House.
If you're looking to combine all the comforts of modern, upscale living with the creativity of jungle-influenced design for your next vacation, a stay at the Jade House is exactly what the doctor ordered. It is a magical, mystical place, and the legend only continues to grow.