stylebook goes to costa rica: casa de frutas

For once, I was not the one planning our family vacation. If my husband and I are traveling alone, then inevitably the details of any trip fall to me. This time, however, we traveled with his family and my mother-in-law handled everything. I truly had no idea what I was getting into.

She booked our weeklong stay at Casa de Frutas, a privately owned home at the Tulemar Resort in Quepos, Costa Rica. I had seen photos of the house online, but nothing compares to the real thing.

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We honestly did not do much other than lounge by the private pool and beach taking in the views and particularly the sunsets…sunsets that rivaled and perhaps even topped those I saw in the Greek isles.

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Beyond just the beauty of the home and the truly unsurpassable view, the service at Tulemar and Casa de Frutas in particular is exceptional. Mauricio, the concierge, and the owner of the home, Dave, because friends near the end of the trip. They pointed us toward the best restaurants, most gratifying views, most unique experiences and helped every step of the way. The staff at the home was equally exceptional ensuring laundry is done every day and that the house is refilled with fresh flowers and plants in every room of the house at least once a week. Private masseurs, yoga instructors and chefs are at your disposal. The resort features three gorgeous pools and a private beach. Monkeys greet you (from several feet away in the trees) in the morning, and everywhere you go you feel as if you have somehow found heaven on earth.

Upon our return, so many have asked us whether we enjoyed Costa Rica. The answer is that Costa Rica is a magical place. But I attribute most of the magic to Casa de Frutas. Several of you asked where we stayed while in Costa Rica, and I encourage all of you to visit Tulemar’s website and to drop Mauricio an email. If you’re looking to get out of this snow, you simply cannot top Casa de Frutas.

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