TROPICAL PARADISE! 3.5 acre property with a privately secluded home surrounded with tropical vegetation and your own private pool, A/C, parking. Only steps away from very private and quiet beach. Monkeys, Toucans, Macaws, housekeeping included too!
We are Michael and Barbra Fox. We became empty nesters in 2014 and decided now it’s our turn. We are very fortunate to find our own little piece of hidden tropical paradise, and the opportunity to open a small beachfront villa mini-resort in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. We found the most amazing but forgotten 3.5 acre piece of Heaven on Earth. With it came three existing homes, all in need of renovations and TLC. When we found the property it densely overgrown, but with lush botanical gardens full of Heliconia, Birds of Paradise, and colorful Orchids. The property was full of life with carefree monkeys playing in the forest throughout the property. Shells were dropping to the ground from the scarlet macaws and toucans eating the nuts from the trees above us. The property sits alongside a quiet remote beach in a very private setting. We have two swimming pools, but taking a swim in the ocean is all too inviting, as the water is smooth as glass. It’s shallow with no waves or undercurrents and safe for all ages with no worries.
It took about a year as we assembled crews of local tradesmen slowly restoring the estate back to its original condition. We rebuilt structures, adding two new pools along with building extensive walking trails throughout the tropical gardens for nature hikes. We opened our doors on December 19th, 2014, booked our first guests one week later and our business was launched!
What makes us different?
We decided our concept would be different. Through our experiences we realized a niche that was being overlooked. We would offer our villa homes as a private beachfront mini-resort, inviting individual parties to use exclusively one group at a time. We provide an all-inclusive alternative to vacationers wanting to receive the same five star amenities of a resort but while enjoying your time together in a private setting, without the masses of a typical resort.
We offer two beautifully furnished villa homes on the 3.5 acre beachfront property, with each one having its own private pool and deck area. Our property sits on the edge of our own private beach, and surrounded by luscious tropical jungle. The Osa is home to about 400 species of birds and it's a natural habitat to four species of monkeys.
Our villas have A/C throughout and sleep 6 to 14 people comfortably. Our Garden Villa is 900 sq. ft.with it own fully equipped kitchen, it's own terrace and swimming pool. The beachfront villa is 3200 sq. ft. and has a very large fully equipped kitchen, a wet bar, and a great room for entertaining social gatherings. The large pool deck and terrace offers a gas grill and seating for more than 20 people, guaranteeing great pool party gatherings day and night.
In the mornings? Well you can expect to sit and drink your coffee on the balcony watching the monkeys playing as they jump from tree to tree. You never grow tired of watching them. You will probably spot a dolphin or two as they swim past the beach. If you're lucky and without leaving your seat, you might even see a launching Humpback whale shoot out of the water.
The Whale Resort is a great choice for group vacations at a very affordable price of about $115 pp per night. This property is one of a kind, offering an opportunity to rent your own exclusive private beachfront resort, with every amenity you should expect with any five-star experience!
We offer a very private out of the way setting, but we are only 10 minutes from Puerto Jiménez, a larger port town that offers every amenity such a grocery stores, clothing and souvenir shopping, restaurants, night clubs, medical facilities, pharmacies, banks, ATM’s and a commercial airport. If you don’t want to make a trip into town, we have the local Canaza grocery and liquor store about 5 minutes from the property.
We have a 24-hour concierge, along with a full-time staff taking care of the gardens, the pool, the house cleaning, and laundry services. We also offer private chef services. We have our own 5 star chef who studied culinary for 3 years in the US. We choose not to limit him with a menu and usually just turn him loose, but you name it, he’ll make it!
The Whale Resort offers several tours and they are designed for all ages.
A Taste of the Golfo Dulce
Our Very Own Private Customized 1/2 Day water tour on the Golfo Dulce Bay where you will be picked up from our beach. The package includes whale watching where you will search for humpback whales as they migrate twice a year to the Golfo Dulce. You will also have the opportunity to swim with the pod of about 300 dolphins that live in the bay year round. We also search or manta rays, sea turtles, schools of fish and sea birds. We also stop along the way to do some snorkeling where you can explore our coral reefs and the colorful fish that surround you. This excursion always proves to be one of biggest highlights of our guest’s trip! We are proud to boast that we have the very best and most knowledgeable guide in all of the Osa.
Hike to the Tigre River waterfalls
This is one of my favorite tours and one you don’t want to miss. We take a short hike up the Tigre River, sometimes through the river, sometimes crossing it to trails and hidden paths. We stop along the way to see the locals panning for gold. They are happy and willing to let you take a swing at it yourself, offering their pan and some quick instructions and before you know it, you will have your own little flakes of gold. It’s common for these panners to mine anywhere from $25 - $50 of gold per day, but sometimes hitting a nice nugget, bringing a nicer pay day. Then as we continue up the river we eventually come to a beautiful waterfall to swim in, and if you want, you can make a couple of safe jumps! You can swim back into a shallow cave and take a quick pic to send back on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) no doubt! The falls also have a nice spot to lay back in to enjoy a nice shoulder massage! We have some fun in the water, then enjoy a beverage and some fruit that we pack with us up the river.
We offer guided horseback tours with two trips to choose from.
Rain forest horseback tour - You can choose an excursion through trails of the tropical rain forest of Matapalo to witness the many types of tropical vegetation and wildlife including various species of monkeys, birds, and maybe even a jaguar along the way.
Beachfront horseback tour - You can choose a trip through Puerto Jimenez to see firsthand some of the cultural sites and meet and great some of the most genuine native Costarican people. We will stop along the way for lunch to enjoy some typical Costarican cuisine, then continue on to the beach to enjoy some one of the richest coastlines the country has to offer.
Zip Lining Tour that also includes a tour of our butterfly garden and serpentarium
Our zip line canopy tour has 11 platforms, two repelling lines, and a Tarzan swing. The guided trip takes you in an air-conditioned van being accompanied by entertaining English speaking guides that will explain various types of plants and tropical vegetation as we make stops along the way. Then we arrive to our ranchero deep into the mountains. There you will be greeted with a fresh tropical drink as you are given a short safety demonstration preparing for your thrill seeking mission to sore like an Eagle through the rain forest canopy course.
Tour of our Botanical Gardens
Once boarding the boat from our beach we take you across the bay to Casa Orquídea, a beautifully landscaped private tropical garden with hundreds of species of ornamental and edible plants along with various species of birds, loaded with too many varieties of humming birds to count. After you enjoy our guided tour, there is time to take a swim on the beach and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Our Sunset Sailing Cruise
Again you will be picked up mid-afternoon from our beach to catch the best breeze coming off of the bay. You will enjoy a tasty meal prepared on board along with your favorite cocktail beverage. We stop along the way and drop anchor to swim and snorkel some coral reefs. Then capping it all off, you will catch a sunset at the mouth of the bay!
A Tour of the Wild Life Sanctuary
You will be taken by boat to the largest wild animal rehabilitation reserve where injured animals are brought in from all over the country. First when coming ashore you will be greeted by ‘Sweety”, a Spider monkey that was rescued and rehabilitated, and never left. This tour is a great opportunity to see up close and in person the many different varieties of wild animals that live in the forests and jungles of Costa Rica. You can see Macaws, monkeys, Ocelots, Spider, Howler, Squirrel, and Cappuccino monkeys, sloths, Anteaters, Agouti, Coatimundi, Ocelots, and even jaguars.
For you surfers, we are just a short drive away from some of the best surfing on the planet.
There is also kayaking and paddle boarding available to have some fun on the water at your own leisure.
There is also some excellent deep sea fishing in the area with a large variety of different types of fishing, depending on what you prefer. The marlin population is very plentiful in the area, so you can enjoy some of the best Marlin fishing on the planet. We also offer our own Marlin Deep Sea Sport Fishing Charter package.
Our Five Star Amenities include:
All Daily Transportation Services
Daily House Keeping Services and Towel Changes
In-House Mani/Pedi Services
Tour Package Planner
Private gated parking
Daily housekeeping including towel changing services
Chef services upon request
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