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300 m from the beach, ocean view luxury property with pool in the jungle.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms , 3 baths, fully equipped kitchens, ocean & jungle view decks, pool.

"Ginger & Cacao" is a newly opened luxury property of one acre of lush tropical jungle with ocean views at 200 m above the Atlantic and 10-15 min walk to Punta Uva beach. The property was developed with the concept of giving our guests different options to rent a space according to the number of their party. Ginger & Cacao includes two luxury villas and a cottage, beautiful pool with leisure area with pool pavilion, and caretakers' cottage, with the property laundry.

Please note the multiple options for rent : 1. RENT THE ENTIRE PROPERTY - this option includes renting the two villas Ginger and Cacao (current listing #754932) and the White Cottage, separate listing #750426. This option sleeps max 10 people, please contact the host to book; 2. Rent the two villas as listed here ( sleeps max 8; 6 adults and 2 children); 3. Rent one of the two villas; please contact the host for this option. 4. Rent The White Cottage; please contact the host for this option.

Please contact the host with your questions and request for reservation as some of the rental options are not available via INSTANT BOOKING.



"Ginger & cacao" is perfect for individual vacations, family gatherings, small weddings parties and honeymoons.

Each house in the property has its own space and privacy and each one is unique.  High ceilings, hardwood floors, massive wooden doors and large decks complete the villas’ elegant furnishings. Each house has free WiFi and TV/cable. Fans ventilate every space in each one; sliding mosquito screens are installed on every door and window.

Villa Cacao is build at the elevated portion of the property and has fantastic ocean and jungle views from all rooms. The villa has one bedroom with queen size bed and two full bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, with dishwasher including, bar, sitting area and large deck. The sitting area has a dedicated full bath and is beautifully furnished with two twin beds that could easily be set for comfortable sleeping. Villa Cacao has its shared parking near the villa by the pool. A private path takes you to the beautiful pool area.

Villa Ginger is nested into the surrounding jungle with views of it from every single window and deck. The villa has two bedrooms with queen size beds, one full bathroom with jungle views, fully equipped kitchen with dining area and two decks. The villa has its own parking space at the front and sitting area under the nearby almond tree. A minute walk on paved path will take you to the pool area.

Both villas have safe deposit boxes installed in the bedrooms. Please secure all your valuables and close/lock all windows and doors before leaving the property.


Our third property, The White Cottage, is build under huge trees and next to the pool. The ocean views from its large verandas are terrific. The cottage is full of light; its style & design truly reflect the owner’s ideas for beach comfort. This cottage is perfect for honeymoon vacations.

The beautiful pool area, surrounded by jungle and gardens, includes a pavilion with swinging daybeds and a leisure area with chaises and umbrellas.

The pool area is the perfect spot to see large families of capuchin and howling monkeys raiding the treetops and to observe the amazing toucans on nearby fruit trees.

The property is interesting to explore. It consists of authentic tropical jungle with bromelia gardens added around each house and plants with lots of colors and fragrance. The numerous cacao trees and ginger plants inspired the name, “Ginger & Cacao”.

The property is maintained by caretakers. For your service and convenience they reside in a separate cottage on the property by the gate.

‘ Ginger & Cacao” is perfectly located at just short walk to Punta Uva Beach, one of the most striking in the area. A rare place still kept as natural as possible, with a minimum negative impact of over-development. Here is where the jungle meets the white sand beach with its emeralds waters and the almond trees provide a natural shade. It’s not crowded and is very safe for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling.

In Punta Uva one feels the complete connection with nature. There is nothing more beautiful than to get on a bicycle and go for an early morning ride to Gandoca- Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. At this time of the day, there is so much life and activity in the jungle. Howling monkeys call from the tree tops, butterflies and birds fly around searching for food.

Punta Uva is a very private area, removed from the traffic and congestion in areas closer to Puerto Viejo. There are few excellent restaurants and the best supplied in the area grocery store. Within only a 10 min drive, if you choose, you can quickly get to Puerto Viejo.

At night, the action happens here, in Puerto Viejo. It might look a bit shabby, but give it some time and it will grow on you. The somewhat sleepy village turns vibrant, full of life and music, with the smell of food coming from all directions. Ocean-front bars blast reggae and calypso. Shops stay open till late hours.

We are open for business year around.

We, at “Ginger & Cacao”, not only offer an elegant place to stay in the middle of the jungle, but more importantly, we offer a fantastic and memorable experience in Caribbean Costa Rica. We can plan tours for you and guide you to locations that are off the touristic maps. We want you to enjoy your vacation while staying with us and leave with beautiful memories. We understand hospitality, we’ll take care of you.

Hope to see you soon! Best, Zvezda

More Details

Property Manager
Zvezda Colman
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Bulgarian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Zvezda Colman

My name is Zvezda. I'm Bulgarian by origin, lived in the country till 1993 when I moved to Los Angeles. I lived there for almost 20 years. The last three years I've been living in Costa Rica, San Jose- Escazu. In November, 2014 I purchased this property.

I was educated in Bulgaria, have degrees in both Law and Business Management . Following my passion for fashion, art and design, I reinvented myself and opened a store ZVEZDA- Fashion & Art in Santa Monica, CA. We were in business from 2007 till 2011 when I moved to Costa Rica. These four years in business were full of excitement, hard work, creativity and traveling the World looking for unique pieces to add to our collections. Today I'm in Costa Rica because of the business I started in collaboration with very talented local sculptors for their hand-carved from discarded exotic wood sculptures and decorative bowls. Like many other Costa Rica visitors, I fell in love with the country so I moved here in 2011. In 2014 I saw this property and I decided to go for it. That's how my new journey begun!

Zvezda Colman purchased this villa in 2014

Why Zvezda Colman chose Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Because it was beautiful, because it excited me and because it stimulated my creativity. I saw great potentials in developing it into something special.

In general, I find the beauty of nature of the Caribbean Costa Rica striking. I've traveled the world extensively and have seen gorgeous beaches in many places. But this area, with the pristine jungle meeting the white sand beaches with its emerald waters is quite spectacular.

The property has great location. At just 300m to the one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, Punta Uva and with its direct access to it, I found it irresistible. I know the attraction of having a beachfront property. But in this case, its vicinity to the beach, the slightly elevated terrain that opened views of the ocean and caught the breeze, I felt that the property had the best of all. And then, the beauty of nature. Lush and green and full of colors. Whichever way you look around you see only the best of the tropical jungle. The trees are full of life and the only sounds that disturb the silence are the calls of the howling monkeys and of birds that I'm yet to learn their names. The property's terrain and spaciousness allowed me to build two more houses without disturbing the privacy of the existing ones, one cottage for the caretakers and a cottage by the pool - loft style. I felt that a pool in the heart of the jungle with a deck and leisure area around was needed to complete my vision and to offer the best experiences for our guests. The property's name "Ginger & Cacao" came to me naturally, I just looked around and named if after our beautiful cacao trees and ginger plants.

What makes this villa unique

Located in spectacular Punta Uva, at 300 m from the beach, in the heart of the tropical jungle with ocean views and breeze, full of wildlife, colors & fragrance. The pool in the jungle with large pool pavilion with swinging beds, chaises and umbrellas are perfect to relax and have fun while toucans fly over you and monkeys throw fruit at you.

Each villa has its own space and privacy, each one has unique ocean, jungle and botanical garden views. All villas and the cottage are furnished elegantly, providing all the comfort one might need. I didn't furnish with business on mind, I furnished with the best of furniture, art & accessories the way I would've furnished my home. And that's exactly how we want you to feel when you stay with us, at home, your home in Punta Uva, Costa Rica!

All of us, the caretakers and myself will make a combined effort so you enjoy every moment staying at our "Ginger & Cacao" property.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in Cantón Talamanca

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please be considerate of the rented property and keep it clean. No refunds for travel plan changes, earlier checkout, cancelled flights.
  • Please secure all your valuables in the safe deposit boxes, keep all windows n doors locked leaving the property. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS!
  • We charge for damaged or stained bath towels and sheets. Pool and pool area usage is for staying guests only and is allowed till 10pm max.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom at villa Ginger - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bath with jungle views, sliding windows & mosquito screens
    Bathroom at villa Cacao - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Tempered glass shower wall with sugar cane, lots of light.
    Bathroom at villa Cacao - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Outdoor shower with patio and bench. Mosquito screens.
  • All bathrooms were completely remodeled with Italian ceramic tiled showers and floors, custom crafted cabinets, high-end bath accessories and light fixtures, tempered glass with sugar cane shower walls, sliding doors and large windows protected with sliding mosquito screens. Towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • "Red Corrals" - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen size bed with canopy/drapes, bedside tables, warderobe
    "Blue Ocean" - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen size bed with canopy/drapes, wardrobe, console tables
    "White Corrals" - 1 Large Double Bed , Bedroom with ocean views. Wardrobe, bedside tables.
    Sitting - sleeping area at villa Cacao - 2 Single Bed , 2 comfortable single beds with bath and closet space.
  • All three full bedrooms are furnished with queen size canopy beds with drapes, side-tables with lamps, wardrobes with dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, lights on dimmers, console tables and art. The bedrooms have direct access to ocean & jungle view decks through sliding doors with mosquito screens. The sitting area at villa Cacao is furnished with two single beds with multiple cushions and comfortable mattresses, that could be easily set for sleeping. This area has its own dedicated bathroom and closet space.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Any OTHER services listed above are not included in the rent and are charged separately. Please contact us in advance or during your stay for any service and booking you might be interested in. We can help you with that.


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300 m from the beach, ocean view luxury property with pool in the jungle.
average rating of 4.75 based on 20 reviews

Incredible getaway in the jungle

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Zvezda! We had an amazing time. Pablo and Sandra were lovely. We loved the house, all the wildlife and the beautiful pool. For anyone coming to the area, we thought the night walk at La Ceiba up the road was spectacular, and Selvin's was delish (service was great when we were there).

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful well cared for place in jungle and close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The houses were beautiful and well equipped. The location was perfect - you felt like you were in the jungle - we had a toucan visible off the deck most mornings. Punta uva is a beautiful secluded beach great for swimming only 10 mins walk away. Zvezda was very responsive and accommodating and the caretakers on site were helpful. It was wonderful!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Raw beauty untouched by commercialized industry.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for the wonderful stay. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the space. It was beautiful and clean. The guest keepers were thoughtful and helpful. We made several meals and the kitchen accommodations were very nice. We looked at many properties while there and on-line. Your home stood out among the rest and we were happy to be there.

While at your home, we saw many monkeys, toucans, small bright frogs and lovely birds. Just outside our door. The experience was delightful and my children loved it. The pool was peaceful and relaxing. I can't wait to go back again. Did you know that right next door you have a cacao farm and an animal reserve? it was delightful seeing the many beautiful animals and plants. At night, the stars lit up the world around us. During the day, we zip lined, we surfed, we hiked into the jungle, we sunbathed and we shopped at the local stores. Puerto Viego has a constant party vibe. All are happy.

Best of luck with your home and we hope that Limon Province never changes. My favorite part about the area is that there are no big resorts, no fast food, nothing that appears to be too commercialized. it's delightful, raw, beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write us s review, Gloria! We are very happy you enjoyed yourselves while staying with us and exploring our beautiful Caribbean. You were great guests and it was a pleasure hosting you! Yes, I do know about La Ceiba Reserve, our neighbors. Their night jungle tours are my favorite. I too hope that big, commercial development won't come our ways. We are perfect as we are :) Looking forward to seeing you in the future! Best, Zvezda
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Ginger & Cacao, it's a beautiful and very peaceful place. Ideal place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time spend at Ginger & Cacao, the place it's very comfortable and clean. The deco it's well thought. The swimming pool area is truly a piece of paradise.

Zvezda it's a great host, ready to answer any question and provided us with lots of info of the area.

The caretakers in the property are always at hand when needed but without affecting your privacy.

We hope to be back in the future to this beautiful property.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Property is private and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Zvezda is a great owner who pays attention to detail, Pablo the caretaker is awesome as well. We had a private chef come to the villa that Zvezda arranged it was awesome. Book this location

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a wonderful trip to Costa Rica, which included 4 nights at Villa Cacao. Everything was just perfect, and Zvezda was extremely helpful, responsive and gracious. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
350 Metres
Selvyn's Restaurant
Nearest Restaurant
350 Metres
Selvyn's, Pita Bonita, Botanica Organica
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Punta Uva
Car: recommended

One of the best ways to explore the Punta Uva area, to see and to hear the jungle is a walk or a leisure jog early in the morning. It takes less than 5 min to go downhill from the "Ginger & Cacao" property to the main road. At 6am or 7am the jungle is full of life and activities. The howling monkeys make their calls, the toucans and number of colorful birds fly around searching for food, the fragrance of the air, especially after a rainy night, is invigorating and uplifting. For a longer exploration trips, renting a bicycle is the best way to get to know the areas from Puerto Viejo all the way to the Manzanillo National Reserve, on the way stopping at the Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva. If you choose the Punta Uva- Puerto Viejo direction, a bicycle ride will allow you to make multiple stops for pictures, get a refreshing organic fruit smoothy at the Botanica Organica in Punta Uva or enjoy a good shot of espresso and the locally handmade 72% cacao chocolates at the Paul's Caribbean Chocolates in Playa Cocles. If you have time for lunch, park your bicycle in front of Johanna's in Playa Cocles for good Caribbean food or by the Chille Rojo in Puerto Viejo for fresh sushi. An afternoon ride in that direction is good for shopping stops at the multiple jewelry, art & souvenir stands in the village. If you choose to explore the Punta Uva - Manzanillo area, make time for a lunch at the Selvin's or at the Maxi's at the Manzanillo village, both places offering the fresh catch of the day and cuisine with Caribbean flavor. Don't be mislead by the somewhat shabby appearance of Maxi's. The place, with its ocean front restaurant with great views of the beach and of the plaza with the locals hanging around will give you the chance not only to taste Caribbean food but to get acquainted with the local culture. Both will make for a fantastic and exotic experience.

At night, the action happens in Puerto Viejo. My personal favorite for a drink and dinner is the Koki Beach, an ocean front restaurant & bar with fantastic cuisine, beautifully illuminated and inviting.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £30.51
Refundable Damage Deposit £381.35

Travelers can pay via PayPal to or bank transfer.
Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
The house keeping is optional. We charge $15 cleaning fee per house for basic cleaning.
We charge $10 for washing a small plastic bag of laundry, $20 for medium size plastic bag laundry and $25+ for large plastic bag laundry. Ironing is not included. The property laundry is located in the caretakers' cottage.
We charge $30-$50 for any additional to the original reservation guest per night.
No refunds will be issued due to weather conditions, travel changes, traffic impediments, reservation cancellation due to no-payment of due balance or an earlier check out.
All listed optional services such as massage, private chef, car/driver, are not included in the rent and are charged separately.
Parties are only for staying guests, max for 10 people and are to be discussed with the host previously. The privacy and tranquility of all guests sharing the property are to be respected.
For all guests' safety, glass bottles and glasses are not allowed in the pool and around the pool area.
We charge for damaged or stained bath towels: $7 for a small one, $15 for medium and $ 20 for a large one.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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