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Pampering Yourself in Costa Ballena

Photo by David Harris
Exotica Restaurant ~ Photo by David Harris

Our beautiful coast offers a large variety of experiences from visiting national parks and enjoying abundant natural diversity to watersports like surfing or stand-up paddling.

Apart from hiking, climbing and swimming you also find different opportunities to immerse in local culture and culinary events in the area.

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Let The View Take Your Breath Away


At an altitude of 2,000 ft above the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, with Marino Ballena National Park views, sits this spectacular home. A rare contemporary offering for the most discriminating buyer. The property has a great flow with the living area centring the home, an outside grilling area to pamper your guests, offering huge ocean and mountain views, a pool area and a hot tub to relax while the view takes your breath away! The guest bedrooms are quietly positioned at one end of the home while the Master Suite occupies a large portion of the second floor, with a tremendous viewing terrace, walk in closet and a bathroom window facing the tallest waterfall is Costa Rica.


The Meridian House has a view-oriented design, driven by a balance of sustainable practices, comfortable spaces, clean lines, and the desire to be different. The home is situated on east-west axis to minimize direct sun exposure and maximize cross-ventilation along prevailing wind patterns. With high, vaulted ceilings throughout the home, you will feel light as a feather as the clean air and oxygen rejuvenate your body and mind. It is a breathtaking experience, where the winds lift wings.


Spectacular Contemporary Mountain home with unparalleled panoramic ocean views.  Featuring the world-class brands Roca, Daikin, Brizo, Dica, Edimax, Bosch, Bontempo, and more, this newly built home exudes passion in every detail.  With expansive open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and wall-to-wall glass doors this is truly the most pristine luxury home perched along the ridge.


For those who love to entertain, the home comes complete with an infinity-edge pool with hand-set Gres porcelain tile imported from Italy, with a hot tub of course! And to make sure the ambiance is just right, there is a state-of-the-art sound system with Onkyo™ surround-sound home theater in living room and Klipsch™ recessed ceiling-mounted directional speakers throughout the common areas.


25520 Sierra Collection Logo CLR_300The first completed home of the Sierra Collection.

For more information about the sale of the home contact or call +(506) 4001-2343.






A Legend Reborn

Become a part of El Castillo’s transformation from treasured local landmark to luxury landing place.


Locals cherish it, and visitors love it—forever recalling their experiences at El Castillo, a boutique luxury hotel in the heart of South Pacific Costa Rica, some of the most unforgettable travel memories of their lives. The area’s clean mountain air, world-class ocean waves, and hundreds of square miles of diverse jungle give you ample opportunities to explore—with El Castillo as the perfect home base.


The hotel has a storied history, beginning 10 years ago as the most expensive property in South Pacific Costa Rica—the last frontier of untouched land. The original owner achieved his dream of creating an expansive estate with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean. Due to its natural beauty, the property quickly became an iconic landmark to the local village of Ojochal. However, it took a decade to become the elegant retreat that it is today.


Extensive renovations recently elevated El Castillo to five-star standards. Now, “the castle” is a home base for hotel guests and a luxe social gathering place within the community. With zealous hospitality and a doting staff, the pristine accommodations include six rooms with four-poster beds, vast wood-beamed ceilings, tranquil sitting areas, spacious bathrooms, secluded verandas, and French doors encouraging heavenly breezes and beautiful views of the mountains and ocean. Each room includes a private cabana on the brand-new guests-only deck with its own bar, spa services, and Jacuzzi pool overlooking the ocean.


El Castillo’s on-site Mediterranean restaurant, Azul Restaurant & Bar, hosts guests and the public for cocktails, fine wine, and elegant meals. Diners come for the sunsets but stay for the extensive wine list and sophisticated fare—popular dishes include fresh-catch fish tacos, souvlaki with tzatziki sauce, and seafood platters of mussels, clams, calamari, and shrimp. Part of Azul’s charm and vibrancy comes from locals and visitors enjoying the same setting. As a hotel guest, you can be a part of the action—or you can retreat to your exclusive deck for a more intimate dining experience.


El Castillo’s neighbor, Corcovado National Park, is the largest national park in the country, deemed by National Geographic as the most “biologically intense place on earth in terms of biodiversity.” There are endless opportunities to explore the area—and El Castillo will coordinate everything for you. Vacationers can snorkel beneath the Pacific’s crystal clear water, zip line through the jungle canopy, surf renowned waves, horseback ride to waterfalls, go dolphin and whale watching, kayak through lush mangroves, ATV tour the jungle floors, rappel down cascading falls, and catch sailfish in one of the best sport-fishing regions in the world. Regardless of your chosen adventure, you will find a home-away-from-home at El Castillo.

Written by Ali Harrison


+(506) 2786 5543 Costa Rica

+(214) 329 9866 United States



Welcome to the Coast, Where There is Something for Everyone!

Costa Ballena has a little something for everyone, no matter your tastes. If it’s green space and hippie vibes, Dominical is your place. And if you are looking to fine dine and get pampered, Ojochal has just what you need. Uvita, at the centre, is where the Whale’s Tail can be found. What everyone agrees about Costa Ballena is that the surf and the beaches, are superb and pristine. From kayaking, diving and snorkelling, to day trips on the ocean, and riding horseback to a waterfall, these are just a few of the activities that allow you to play. Come check out what we’ve got going on, there’s plenty to see.

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The Natural Evolution of Tropical Building

The spirals in flowers and seashells have inspired many to create manmade masterpieces along more natural lines for centuries. By paying attention to the spiral paths that air and water prefer, for example, we are better able to manage such elements. In the tropics, many times inspiration, as well as solutions, come from Nature. Continue reading

Culture Cures Boredom

Are you feeling restless? Are you unsure of what your next steps in life are? The answer may be travel. Travel not only provides a sense of adventure and newness, but also opens one’s eyes to how different cultures of the world live. These new perspectives can lead to more appreciation for what you do have, and shine a light that unveils where your true interests lie. In addition, some types of travel can provide a feeling of connectedness with our ancestral roots, while inspiring one to further develop their inquisitiveness. And so, if you find yourself yearning for more, you are on the right path and are ready to explore!

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