When Does a Vacation Rental House Feel Like Home?
Imagine rehabilitating orphan orangutans in Borneo, photographing mountain gorillas in Rwanda and pampering retired elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand. At every turn you’ll discover a new and fascinating element unique to this home – and to none other — anywhere in the world.From the moment you enter the Discovery Beach House you’ll feel the difference. This is no ordinary vacation rental.
The well-traveled owners’ adventures have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, and are vividly illustrated in tribal artifacts, a floating photo gallery, custom-made art tiles, and hand painted sinks. Evelyn and David built the Discovery Beach House as their dream home. The love and passion they poured into it is evident everywhere.
The Discovery Beach House has everything you need; beach towels, beach chairs, pool floats, a video library, family board games, a Barbecue grill, Air Now Heating & Cooling system and a fully stocked kitchen with an array of spices and condiments, just like home.
Guest, Sel Unite says, “The staff treated us like we were in our own home, like part of their family. We’ve never experienced anything like it.”
Relax on comfy leather sofas with 4 recliners overlooking a soothing garden framed by giant traveler palms. Everything you need in home entertainment is here. Enjoy SkyTV, a 42 inch plasma screen, DVD Player & Library, CD Player, and Wireless Internet.
This room has a stunning two story vaulted beamed ceiling and is surrounded by French doors that open onto a Spanish tile terrace and an emerald palm-lined garden. A gorgeous mission style two tier wrought iron chandelier is suspended over a hand crafted dining table with a carved monkey accent. It opens up to seat 12. This room was designed without walls for free flowing conversation between the kitchen, dining room and living room.
The kitchen is generously stocked with spices and condiments, just like home. Professional appliances and custom designed cabinets are a cook’s dream. This colorful Mexican kitchen was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo’s own kitchen at her Blue House in Coyoacan, Mexico. Hand-painted tile reproductions of Frida’s famous fruit themes grace the splashboard behind the sink. “Roots” and “Frida & Diego” adorn niches in the breakfast bar. The bright red, blue, green and gold colors make the kitchen especially inviting and festive. Why not take it a step further and pamper yourself by hiring our chef?
This suite has generous closets, a loveseat, its own entrance, patio and bathroom. No need to disturb your family if you wake up early. Just take your morning cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee out onto your private patio and appreciate the tree garden and early rising monkeys.
This 1st floor bedroom features a Queen size bed, spacious closets and ultimate privacy.
1st Floor Master Bathroom
The focal point of the 1st Floor Master Bathroom is a hand painted sink featuring 2 African women with musical instruments and carrying babies on their backs. It was inspired by a t-shirt owner David bought in Uganda. A hand painted tile shower niche features a mountain gorilla reproduced from one of Evelyn’s photographs.
The Monkey Bathroom
Also on the first floor, the Monkey Bathroom features a pedestal sink with hand painted mother and baby howler, capuchin and red-backed squirrel monkeys. The shower niche was inspired by an experience the owner had while volunteering on the Orangutans Project in Borneo. Also featured is a carved monkey mirror.
This romantic bedroom was inspired by an African lodge Evelyn and David stayed in on a trip to Murchison Falls in Uganda. The focal point is the four-poster canopy bed draped in a designer animal print fabric. The bed frame was crafted by a local Costa Rican artisan and features exquisitely hand carved posts. This room includes a window seat perfect for reading, watching wildlife or for sleeping an extra person. An expansive terrace with a locally crafted tiled table is the perfect place to enjoy your first morning cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee or a sunset view while you drink in the view of the pool, rainforest and the ocean beyond.
2nd Floor Master Bath
If ever there was ever a romantic bathroom, this is it. Hand-painted double sinks were reproduced from Frida Kahlo’s “White Flowers” painting. The green and white tile walls are gracefully adorned with hand painted calla lillies. The oversized bathtub is big enough for two and looks out over its own private tropical garden.
Suspended over the living room, this bedroom boasts a 320° view overlooking the Great Room, garden, and rain forest. If you hear noises on the roof in the morning, don’t worry, it’s likely capuchins or red-backed squirrel monkeys taking a shortcut. They can often be seen leaping from the roof onto the palm trees right outside this room. Prefer complete privacy? Simply pull the curtains down. The king size bed can be separated into 2 twin size beds. A welcoming window seat provides extra seating and can convert into sleeping accommodations for a 3rd person.
2nd Floor Tree House Bathroom
This full bathroom has gorgeous wood finishes and opens out onto a second story garden.
Floating Photo Gallery
The owners’ volunteer work has taken them to the remotest corners of the world and is a chronicled in a Photo Gallery that features Evelyn’s photos of orangutans in Borneo, mountain gorillas in Rwanda and elephants in Thailand. Unlike built-to-rent sterile vacation homes, the Floating Photo Gallery gives you glimpses into the lives of its owners making you feel even more at home in their distinctive Discovery Beach House.
The Discovery Beach House has the largest vacation rental home swimming pool in Manuel Antonio measuring 18 ft. x 40 ft. It’s also one of the best maintained with daily pool service included. The pool is fully tiled with aquamarine and navy blue tiles. It has 3 swimming lanes. A volleyball net can be set up upon request for added fun and friendly tournaments. The pool’s infinity edge appears to spill right into the ocean, only steps away.
On hot days the monkeys may be seen dipping a leg or an arm in the pool to cool off!
This oversize hot tub is one of the largest in Manuel Antonio measuring 9 ft. in diameter and seating up to 12 people comfortably. It’s located below a rooster palm where monkeys often bed down for the night. If you enjoy taking a hot tub at sunset you’ll sometimes see them arrive overhead. Our hot tub is fully tiled in aquamarine and navy tiles.