When I was planning my group trip to Costa Rica I knew I wanted to stay in a treehouse. And boy do you have a lot to choose from. Treehouses and Eco-friendly accommodations are some of the most common unique accommodations in the country… is that an oxymoron LOL.
As a disclaimer, the following review is solely based on my experience at the treehouse I stayed in. It does not represent other treehouse accommodations in Costa Rica.
I stayed here in January 2020.
I found the treehouse I stayed at on Airbnb. They make it super easy as you can search for unique stays, and one of the options is “treehouse”. I believe there are also hotels that you can stay at that are also like staying in a treehouse if you do not want to book on Airbnb.
I can really only speak about my experience when using the booking platform. Which was great. The owners were responsive and answered any questions we had.
However, I have talked to other people that have used Airbnb that had unfortunate experiences, such as misleading photos, and even break-ins. It is important to understand that these kinds of things can happen everywhere.
What was good? So much! I stayed at Casa Kupu-Kupu. It accommodates up to seven people, and we were a group of seven so it worked perfectly. It consisted of three bedrooms. A master with a King, another with a double and a single, and an additional hut beside the treehouse with another double.
Another factor that makes this treehouse stand out is its location. It is less than a five-minute drive to one of the most picturesque beaches in Costa Rica Playa Carrillo, and a ten-minute drive to the beach town of Samara.
One thing to note. We were not aware when booking that there is an office attached to the little hut beside the treehouse, that someone works out of. So someone will probably be on the property during the day, however, you pretty much just see them when they arrive/leave.
Top floor of Casa Kupu-Kupu. There are amazing jungle views, and an open air bedroom. (also bats, or at least there was during our stay)
The outdoor space is what sets this property apart from the rest. Not only is there a pool and a lounging area with patio furniture and a hammock, but there is also an outdoor dining area.
There are three bedrooms on the property. In the main house, there is a master bedroom and a second bedroom with a double and a single bed. The single bed is up against the window and therefore has way more bugs than the double. In a separate bungalow to the side of the main house is another bedroom. Each room has its own bathroom.
On the main floor of the house, there is a large living room, dining area, and kitchen. The Kitchen has everything you might need.
Tip: Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink, there are ants. This is to be expected at any place that’s off the beaten path in Costa Rica.
It is important to know that everyone has different levels of comfort. The owner’s description of the accommodation is on point. They warn you are in nature, so there will be bugs. All the reviews of the places also say the same thing. I’ll just flat out say so there is no confusion, you will be sleeping with the bugs. Know that going in.
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t, but two of my friends said they 100% would. However, looking back on it, I am glad we stayed there. I had a great time (minus the sleeping part LOL) and got to chill on the patio with my friends. #noregrets