We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Why we will come back to CR”

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Dominical
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Shelter from the Storm
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 October 2008

Our family of 4 (11 & 16 yo) spent a week with Donna & Daryl in July, having spent time in Playa Hermosa (meh) and Arenal (fine). We were driven from Arenal by Danny - who was superb incidentally - and then hired a car in Domenical that we drove back ourselves to SJ at the end of the week.

D&D are just absolutely lovely people, great hosts and straightforward owners. During the booking process we had some questions about things like room configurations and transportation, which they helped with quickly and clearly. When it became obvious over email that neither Daryl or I could count properly or read a calendar, he just jumped on the phone and sorted things out.

The property is a collection of 4-5 individual detached buildings containing the rental rooms, D&D's home and the pool clubhouse. We had both levels of the Rocas, which gave us wonderful views of the ocean. Rooms are well sized and equipped and are basically exactly what you see on their website (shelter-from-the-storm dot net). There is plenty of wildlife around - seeing it may be a right time/place thing - rooms may well be optimized for ocean or wildlife views....ask when you book.

The property is well designed, so each building feels very private. The pool is great for cooling off and letting the kids work off energy - but don't plan on doing laps ;-). The clubhouse is great (my kids thought they were in heaven: pool, satellite TV, fridge full of drinks, hammocks etc.). Things like the honor bar and D&D's approach meant that we oldies felt at home very quickly too.

The property is situated in between Domenical and Uvita and is up a long, steep rocky path. Unless you are going to be content to cook for yourself and lounge by the pool all the time, don't even think about coming here without wheels.....and don't even think about driving round here without 4x4: bits of it are really steep - we had to kick the kids out when we were leaving because our Hyundai Tucson 4x4 couldn't make it out fully laden!

In any case, there are so many great places around here to explore and good restaurants to experience that your own transport is pretty much a no-brainer.

We were very beach-oriented and explored a load. It was slightly irritating that the major public beaches wanted to charge parking/admission - about $20 for a family of 4 for 24 hours - for minimal (and I'm being generous here) service provision. We ended up really liking the one with the caves (figure it out when you get there), We ate out every night and never had a bad meal. In fact every place we went was really good!

We really liked the general vibe of this area, which is (currently) pretty much unspoiled by developers. The non-local resident population seem to be either 20-somethings focussed on the surfing life or early retirees soaking up the ecology. Both groups naturally appreciate the local environment and seem to assimilate well with the indigenous population, making for a community with a very laid-back, welcoming feel (it reminds me of Chamonix or Argentiere in the French Alps 15-20 years ago).

Great location, great vibe, great beaches, great wildlife, great hosts....... we still have some more parts of CR to explore, but we will definitely come back here.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Thank Chamonyx
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (233)
There are newer reviews for Shelter from the Storm
See the most recent reviews
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

189 - 195 of 233 reviews

Reviewed 18 September 2008

Our stay at Shelter From The Storm was amazing. Donna & Daryl have done an excellent job with the villas. We stayed in the Monkey House which is high up, tucked away and very clean and well furnished. Everything at SFTS seems to be very new and in great working order (which seems to be a rarity in Costa Rica). The drive from San Jose is long but if you are mentally prepared for it ahead of time you are going to be fine. A 4x4 is needed to get up to the property but once you arrive you will be rewarded with an amazing ocean view, rancho/bar area, pool, and a plethora of natural wildlife which surrounds the area. 3-4 of the days we were there we watched a sloth on a tree right in front of the Rancho which was very cool! The monkeys come through every morning, and afternoon (we somehow missed them), but other guests staying in the villas had seen them almost every day!
All in all, a great trip to remember. We will definitely be back... Thank you Daryl & Donna!!!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
1  Thank joshc320
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 September 2008

This was our second trip to Costa Rica. On our first visit, we spent only one day on the Pacific west coast. That one day convinced us to spend the bulk of this vacation in that area, without our children for a big change! We were looking for "an affordable paradise" and began our search by reading reviews at the TripAdvisor website. The reviews (and pictures) for "Shelter from the Storm" near Dominical looked too good to be true. The reviewers didn't just rave, but made it plain that, if it were at all possible, they would be there now. Having just been there myself, I feel the same way......

"Shelter from the Storm" is beautiful, and not just because of the lush surroundings, the scent of tropical flowers, or the view of the Pacific Ocean from everywhere on the premises. The owners (Daryl and Donna) have obviously poured their hearts into making it so. Each of the three villas has its own personality and the attention to detail is clear. If a table or chair is placed in the room, it's because that specific table and chair were carefully selected to be there. Sit there with your morning coffee, and you find yourself looking through the rainforest at the Pacific ocean. You can hear the waves crash onto the rocks. A troop of white-faced monkeys is making its way through the trees. Hummingbirds and toucans are doing whatever hummingbirds and toucans do. Each villa is totally private, while the bar/sitting area and the pool offer the opportunity to socialize, have a drink from the "honesty bar" and use the grill for an outdoor meal.

Normally it takes me at least a week of vacation to have that first sigh, but we did it here in a day and a half! "Shelter from the Storm" is close to Dominical, a surf town right out of the seventies. Dominical is just off the main road, but you can pass it any number times and not realize it's there. We found this to be true of many of the places we visited. There are signs along the highway, but often they're hard to spot. Many of the best beaches, restaurants and other attractions are a bit off the beaten path. You find yourself driving a few kilometers down an unpaved road; convinced "this can't possibly be right"... and suddenly you're there. If this were an un-touched paradise the food wouldn't be quite so excellent. Untouched or not, "Shelter from the Storm" is paradise.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Thank rfinell
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 July 2008

We recently returned from our honeymoon to Costa Rica. Our stay at Shelter From the Storm was amazing. The owners, Daryl and Donna, make you feel right at home. When we were leaving, my husband and I felt as though we were departing from a family visit.
From the very beginning of our planning, Daryl and Donna were extremely helpful and patient. They answered all of our questions (and more) about SFTS and about day trips, restaurants, etc..... They even booked some of our activities for us. When we arrived, we in awe of the views and the location. You are surrounded by the rainforest, ocean, and sounds of wildlife. It truly is paradise.
We stayed in La Cuesta and the villa was beautiful and clean. The wrap around terrace is where we spent most of our time while "indoors". The terrace has two fans as well so you stay nice and cool. The villa has a/c, but we never had to turn it on and utilized the ceiling fans at night. The doors off the bedroom to the terrace, allows for nice cool breezes and exotic sounds from the rainforest. The pool was lovely and relaxing too. There are towels, books, magazines, hammocks to relax on, TV, music, and an honor bar. This place is great. When we return, we will definetly be staying at Shelter From the Storm.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank mscar1024
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 July 2008

After a day hiking in the rain forest, or riding the trails on horseback, returning to SFTS is pure luxury. And if you stay in the Monkey House, you've still got the jungle right outside the door! Many of the visitors seem to be young honeymooners, so we were the old fogies of the crowd, but Shelter from the Storm felt like a second honeymoon for us. Daryl and Donna took care of us like family, and helped us find activities that suited our level of stamina. They also slipped us a few secrets about fabulous restaurants in the area. (Beans and rice is nice for a while, but...) Even if you just want to crash and not do any strenuous activity, this is the place to be. You can do all your cooking, hang out by the pool, schmooze over beers down at the rancho, and still get a glimpse of monkeys, toucans and exotic birds and flowers, because the rain forest is all around you! The views are stunning - you have the Pacific ocean on one side, and the tree tops on the other. The room was immaculate and comfortable, and the pool is gorgeous. If we go back to Costa Rica, we wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank 2Js
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 May 2008

Shelter From The Storm is not just a place to stay, it is an experience to be at one with nature in absolute luxurious accommodations. It is difficult to put into words the feeling of pure and absolute peace a traveler ( namely myself ) feels when reaching this destination.

I stayed in both the Baja Las Rocas and the Arriba La Rocas. Both places are beautifully decorated, supplied with great music (cds), which open out into the mountain side and the Pacific Ocean below. It was if I could just roll back the curtains (open up all the doors) connecting the Arriba La Rocas to the greatest story ever told - "Life". Everything is alive, and "air conditioning" need not apply! :o)

The mountain breezes and Pacific coastal waves spoke with volume of the animals (birds, monkeys, Sloths, etc. etc. etc.) that lived in the jungle surrounding SFTS.

The pool was being worked on, but it was hardly even noticeable with the warm and beautiful Pacific Ocean within walking distance and the jungle around full of undisturbed life. The Pool house was a very nice place to sit and read and...yes...watch the news, if you must.

I found myself exploring the southern pacific region (down to Panama) and down/over to the Osa Peninsula. They are both closer than I had originally thought. It was great to know I had SFTS to come back to in the evening on that day trip.

The Nauyaca Falls are very close, where one can horseback ride to the falls, swim out, climb up and jump OFF! :o) The Baru Natural Reserve which is minutes away, sends you back in time as a guest to the inhabitants (trees and animals) paradise.

The best part of Shelter from the Storm was Donna & Daryl, the owners. They are such kind and caring people, I felt like I knew them for most of my life. They made SFTS so warm and welcoming with their sweet and adorable pets Boomer, Ocho, MJ, Chancletta, Balboa, Cortez, and Isabelle.

It really felt like a home away from home. This is so much so, that going home seemed like the second best option. I shall return! :o)

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
2  Thank Galileo321
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 May 2008

We stayed in the "Monkey House" villa at Shelter from the Storm for 3 nights of our Costa Rica trip. In short, the reviews are correct...this place is wonderful! While I was a little worried during the ~0.5 mile steep dirt/gravel driveway (4WD highly recommended, as for much of Costa Rica), what is at the end of the road is a beauty! Large room with ocean view, kitchen, bathroom, and porch with forest view. We saw lots of wildlife: toucans, geckos, and, true to its name, a group of white-faced monkeys came through one day. There are lots of little perks that you don't get in your average hotel: beautiful vases of fresh flowers in room, list of beaches and restaurants that only the locals know about, wonderful hosts (Donna and Daryl) that will do everything to make sure you are happy. The place is about a 5 min drive to Dominical or Uvita, so you'll have to drive to any restaurants. If you don't like steep roads or being secluded, this place isn't for you, however if you are adventurous and like the outdoors (which is probably why you're going to Costa Rica), this place is the best. It was our favorite stay of our trip. PS- I think they're doing construction on the pool in the next month or two, so ask about this.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
1  Thank drsurfgirl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Dominical
0.3 mi away
Villas Alturas
Villas Alturas
#4 of 14 in Dominical
420 reviews
3.6 mi away
MAVI Surf Hotel de Dominical
2.8 mi away
TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.3 mi away
Villas Rio Mar
Villas Rio Mar
#3 of 14 in Dominical
584 reviews
8.8 mi away
La Cusinga Eco Lodge
La Cusinga Eco Lodge
#5 of 13 in Uvita
515 reviews
4.5 mi away
Waterfall Villas
Waterfall Villas
#6 of 14 in Dominical
213 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Shelter from the Storm? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Shelter from the Storm

Address: San Martin Sur, Dominical 80000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Dominical
Price Range: £81 - £244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shelter from the Storm is a group of 2 villas perched on a 5 acre mountainside point, 60 meters above the Pacific, high enough to give dramatic views of the coast to the Osa Pennisula, but low enough to hear the waves breaking on the rocks below. Hotel rates for your own private place! Ammenities: Shared pool adjacent Entertainment Rancho with honor bar, BBQ,satelite stereo tv & dvd, washer/dryer, & much more.... ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Shelter From The Storm Hotel Dominical
Shelter From The Storm Costa Rica/Dominical

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing