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Very Private, Quiet and Relaxing Home With Spectacular Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Very Private, Quiet and Relaxing Home With Spectacular Views.

Please note: We update our calendar daily.

***Our private yoga shala is completed! For those of you looking to practice yoga, surf, and stay somewhere with outstanding views in one of the The Top 10 Beaches in the World (Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Forbes Magazine, 2010) this is the place for YOU!!**

ABOUT OUR LOCATION: Robin and I chose this home because of its unique location. We're on a small hill about a 5 minute drive to the bustling and fun town of Santa Teresa but it feels like we're in a remote jungle setting. It's very quiet and relaxing. We're on a private road with only 1 other house on it and it's down a steep hill. And it's rare to find that in a popular vacation location.

Casa Toucanet gets it's name from the colorful Toucanet birds that frequent the fruit trees on this beautiful property. The house sits atop a small hill with fabulous views of the Pacific ocean. You can walk down the hill and be at the beach in 10 minutes. The beaches in MalPais are rocky and very beautiful. Walk 5 min. further up the beach and you're at Playa Carmen. An incredibly beautiful sandy beach for swimming and surfing. Further walking will take you to Playa Santa Teresa. There are actually 6 beaches with different names but they're all connected so you can walk for miles. You can also drive to all the beaches in a very short time.

We completely remodeled the house when we bought it in 2013 and it has a bright and airy feel. The bedrooms are air conditioned but sleeping with the doors and windows open is an option that allows you to hear the gentle roar of the ocean and the early morning sounds of the howler monkeys and parakeets.

The home has a small living room (sala) and the sofa is a twin bed that will accommodate an additional person, a full kitchen, dining area, an outside patio downstairs, 2 1/2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a scenic veranda upstairs. All of the doors and windows in the house are custom made from teak. The upstairs floor is also teak and the downstairs floor is finished with a custom made mosaic tile.

The property also has a separate two story casita with a full time renter. Her house is barely visible and she is a very quiet lady. We will be happy to assist you during your stay and coordinate any tours or activities you desire.

The communal pool has a per person, per day fee. Please click pool/spa under amenities for details.

More Details

Peter Vigliano
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

Why Peter Vigliano chose Malpais

We purchased this property because it was away, but not too far away, from the center of activity in Santa Teresa. It's on a small hill at the end of a short and very private road and the views are exceptional. The house needed remodeling so we were able to make the modifications to make it 'ours'. It's not fancy but it is bright, clean and has everything you would need to enjoy your time away from home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Malpais in Cóbano

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • A/C's are for sleeping hours only All sanitary waste must be placed in the waste basket not the toilet
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms are new construction
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Guest - 1 Double Bed
    Master - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Twin is in a small room attached to the Master
  • The downstairs has a twin day bed suitable for sleeping, however this area is not air conditioned.
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
POOL-Our neighbor, Vista de Olas, is a small boutique hotel with one of the best pools in our area. The view is amazing and they serve cocktails and food. They charge $24 per person and the fee can be applied to food and drinks. We go at least once every visit because it is really a special place at sunset. One of the most unique features of Casa Toucanet are the services that are available from our property manager. She is a massage therapist and can provide deep tissue and relaxing massages in the yoga shala. She can also organize fishing trips, quad adventures, waterfall excursions, surfing trips, and much more for you and your group. If you have any further questions regarding the accommodations, services, or local area in general, feel free to call me at 512-680-9903.


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Very Private, Quiet and Relaxing Home With Spectacular Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews

Pictures just don’t do this place justice

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, relaxing, convenient and well appointed. I will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Since my purpose was to just surf as much as possible this was the perfect property. When we came home at night is was quiet and peaceful and in the morning it was close to all the great breaks.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mal Pais paradise

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience we had. Mikey arranged a driver to pick us up at the airport and take us to this very private property. Where we were met with choices of car rentals. The home is nestled in the jungle overlooking the pacific. We even had monkeys in the trees nearby. It is a short drive into town and to beachside restaurants. Sheryl, the property manager, was very responsive. When we accidentally broke a hose outlet on a Sunday morning, she promptly had it repaired in a few hours. The house was spotless and in good repair.

Thanks for a a great visit.


  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This place is ideally situated: out of the fray of Santa Teresa but close to all and with a stunning view of the ocean. You often almost don't want to leave the house if it weren't for the beckoning expanse of gorgeous blue water. Yes you need to have a 4x4 vehicle but you will want one regardless to explore beyond the immediate area. The house itself is extremely well maintained and well appointed and was spotlessly clean when we arrived. Sheryl the property manager was very attentive and always available when we had questions or needed tips about the area. The house is on the smaller side and great for a couple who wants a little more room but could comfortably sleep a family or small group with its design; I wouldn't recommend it for those with small children as the central staircase is open and only has a railing on one side. Bottom line: I can't recommend this place highly enough and will miss it after we leave. One tip: skip the neighboring hotel for a sunset cocktail as it is over run with spring breaker tourists. Instead hit one of the places on the beach e.g. Caracolas right down the hill which has amazing margaritas.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal private getaway

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as described: It sits atop a hill (spectacular views), up the road from a small boutique hotel. This means there is very little traffic (quiet). The view is so spectacular that we would make it a point to be on the second floor balcony every night at 5:30 -- no one wanted to miss a single sunset!

The house and surroundings were exquisitely maintained. I would even say the photos do not do it justice. It really is that beautiful. It was just the right amount of space for 4 adults. My parents loved sitting on the balcony every morning and just listening to nature.

The property manager (Sheryl) was extremely helpful and attentive. She and Mike helped set up massages and yoga classes in the pavilion in front of the house, at reasonable rates.

The trickiest part about this location is transportation. It's a give and take - you give up some convenience for the privacy and seclusion. The nearest beach access is about a 5-10 min walk, and these beaches seemed less crowded than the ones in Santa Teresa itself.

While we really enjoyed the privacy of being a bit outside of the main town, beware that it is a good 10-15 min walk to the edge of Santa Teresa, and probably another 10 min to additional stores (eg, grocery) and restaurants. The road to the house, while short, is a hefty hike up a hill, and definitely requires a 4x4. Rent an ATV, or take a taxi. After you get your first, most drivers are happy to give you their Whatsapp contact for repeat business, so they're only a text away if you need them.

Pro tips:

Caracoles: best restaurant with local style food, beach front views

Vista de Olas = Nearby small hotel with a good pool and a bar (if you need a day off from the beaches).

Yoga and massage offered on-site highly recommended

Overall, this property was the perfect mix of relaxing and unique/off-the-beaten-path. For those of you allergic to all-inclusive resorts, this is the place for you.

10/10 would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Juliana. We're so happy you had a great time. Great also that you could share it with your parents. Also thank you for taking time to submit a review. We're very appreciative that you shared your experience. Regards, Peter & Robin
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An Enchanting Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful, private and serene and open to perfect views of the setting sun - ideal for good conversation on either the lower patio or upper deck. Didn't need the air conditioning in the bedroom - just drifted to sleep on the super comfortable mattress listening to the sounds of the ocean. Had the best ceviche ever prepared by a local who lives in Mal Pais. Cheryl, the property manager, was always available to answer any questions and offer suggestions for activities. A Captivating Getaway!!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Paquera to Puntarenas
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Our 2 favorites-Mary's & Ritmo
Car: necessary

Casa Toucanet is 100 meters from Vista de Olas. It is a very nice boutique hotel with a beautiful pool and bar with breathtaking views.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £214.29

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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