Shanta Pura is a Large New Home, Close to the Beach, Private Chef Included!!
About Rick Wilkins
Shanta Pura was built in 2013 and was the vision of two families from Texas (Houston and Dallas). When we designed the house, we envisioned a home that would comfortably accommodate 2 large families, 4 couples, and other large groups. Also, because we had younger children, it was important for us to be located close to the beach. This was also our inspiration for the "colonial-style" setting with the pool in the middle of the house and all surrounding areas open to the pool. We have been visiting Nosara yearly since 2005, and realized there were no large homes for rent in the K Section that were located within "walking distance" to the beach. We were very fortunate to find our lot, and 1 1/2 years later, Shanta Pura became a reality. When the house is not being rented, we are there, enjoying it with our families, and maintaining it for our future guests.
Rick Wilkins purchased this House in 2013
What makes this House unique
Shanta Pura is the only home in the area that comes with its own chef. With each weekly rental, we include our house chef for 5 meals, your choice (food costs to be paid by tenant). Beyond the 5 meals, you can request the chef for as many meals as you wish, for a modest hourly rate. Additionally, we have several surfboards and bicycles available for use by our guests. No need to rent!
Minimum age of primary renter:37
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
The best house
Fabulous house with EVERYTHING
We recently stayed for a week in Shanta Piura and can't say enough positive things about this place!! Walking distance to the beach, amazing house all around - everything you see is what you get! We enjoyed the pool morning, noon, and night! We were two families so everybody had their own bed! Isa cooked for us breakfast lunch and dinner when we asked her to. Adolpho was also very friendly and very helpful! Daniella was in constant contact with us to ensure that we had everything that we needed. The only thing that I could think of that would make it better, would be a few extra bath towels. Other than that they provide you with everything from beach towels to Yeti cups keeping your beverages cold at the beach! We rode the bikes on the beach every day, we surfed every day, and truly had one of our best vacations ever! I recommend paying for a shuttle from the airport to the house because it is a long drive and if you arrive at night it would be very difficult to find. Also while you are there, I recommend renting golf carts to get around town because there are great restaurants and other parts of the town to see. Go see Chico for surf lessons and rentals! I hope other families enjoy it and take care of it as much as we did! Pura Vida!!
We rented Shanta Pura for a week and it was amazing!! The house is beautiful!! Isa cooked lunch for us everyday. That was delightful, and her food was great! She even made a birthday cake for one of us!! Having the surf boards, bikes, beach chairs available was great, made it so easy for us to head to beach to play. The house is a short walk to the beach. Hope to rent this house again!!
Unbelievable home. Open air house! Bedrooms air conditioned! Truly beautiful. Beach 1 minute walk. It's like staying at a five star resort but better. Breakfast lunch dinner cooked for you while you swim in the pool inside the home! Great local restaurants friendly people and one of the greatest places to learn to surf. Slice of heaven. Can't wait to return! Well done boys well done.
We had a girls week this January at Shanta Pura with six of us. What an incredible home to retreat to from our hectic lives. The layout of the house is so cool. The pool is the centerpiece with all the living areas opening up to the outside. Coming from cold temperatures at home, it was great to breathe the fresh air and soak up the sun. The decor and amenities are very high class and high end. You can tell the owners took great thought and care in how they decorated the house. The house is just a minute or two walk to the beach. It was easy to take early morning walks on the beach and take our beach chairs in the afternoon. The owners make available a cook, Isa, and she is phenomenal. We had some of our best meals at the house. What a treat to not have to do the cooking or cleaning! We also loved the location as you aren't too far from some of the shops and restaurants in town. Like some of the other reviews say, the pictures don't even come close to how great this beach home is. If you are looking for a relaxing, laid back get away with the comforts of home, look no further! The worst part of the trip was leaving! I'd come back in a heart-beat.
We had a total of nine people with a mix of family and friends. The property was spectacular and we were very comfortable. We enjoyed hearing and watching the howler monkeys in the back yard. We went ziplining, horseback riding, surfing, bike riding on the beach, shopping, and enjoyed all of it. Fishing was terrible but that might be my luck.
One of the best features of Shanta Pura is the cook, Isa, and the gardener, Rodolfo. Isa is a very talented cook and we had great meals. She was a joy to talk to as well. The pool was refreshing. Property is well maintained and the property manager, Josh, was helpful in countless ways. He acted as our personal concierge setting up activities and giving us recommendations on restaurants etc.
Nosara is a bit out of the way but definitely worth the extra time it took to get there. Roads were terrible and road signs are few and far between but that is part of the adventure. My advice to others traveling by car is if you think you are lost just keep going. We made it from Liberia without any real problems other than thinking we were lost about half the time.
The native Costa Ricans, referred to as Ticos, were very nice and very helpful. I felt very safe the entire time we were in Nosara. I had a good time bantering with the street vendors. A great spot for surfing and yoga. I am not a surfer but I enjoyed the beach and the area. Lots of young folks here.
The only negative comment I have is that the streets are very dusty and full of ruts. I wouldn't recommend this area if you have asthma or disabilities.
A great vacation destination
Miss Sky Canopy Tour - Zip Lining / Canopy Tours. Located approximately 5 minutes (drive) from the house. Miss Sky is known as the longest Canopy Tour in the world (the next longest is less than 50% of the length of Miss Sky Canopy).
All lines are double wired and double harnessed with secondary oversized, sturdy cables and all redundant equipment of the highest quality. The resulting ride is completely smooth with no spinning and hands completely free of the line if desired, ensuring a smooth stop at the arrival pads.
Ostional Turtle Nesting Refuge. The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately 15 minutes (drive) is one of the two most important areas in the world for nesting of the Olive Ridley turtle. Impressive 'arrivals' of these massive and simultaneous nesting of hundreds of thousands of sea turtles generally take place once a month, for three to five days at this beach. This is the only place in Costa Rica where you can observe sea turtles nesting during the entire year with a high probability of success, even on nights without 'arrivals'.