Architect: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
The Floating House, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
From approx £3,000
The Floating House, designed by award-winning Costa Rican architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, offers a unique living experience floating above the canopy of the jungle. It combines expansive ocean views, luxury interiors and an infinity swimming pool, within walking distance of the beach.
The house is made up of three pods, connected by bridges and walkways. It is fitted with sustainable teak floors, solar water heating and UV water filtration systems.
The main open-plan living space has a solid teak dining table that seats eight. The kitchen is fitted with a breakfast bar and central island, complete with stove and cooker, for preparing meals whilst looking out towards the jungle. The lounge, framed by floor-to-ceiling glass concertina doors, has low sofas and handmade love chairs for relaxing in and making the most of the jungle and ocean views.
An impressive 24m corridor connects the main living space to the two upstairs bedrooms and the huge open-air, bamboo-lined, spa bathroom. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, with the second bedroom containing a queen-size and a single bed. Both rooms have wooden concertina shutters that open onto the terrace, with views of the waves rolling in. The third bedroom, downstairs, is more compact with a double bed, en-suite toilet and shower. All of the bedrooms have air conditioning and a ceiling fan.
The infinity swimming pool, which sits below the house, allows you to enjoy the sunset, watch the waves and listen to the chorus of parrots and monkeys which live alongside you in the tree canopy.
The beaches of Santa Teresa are consistently voted the best surfing beaches in the region on TripAdvisor, with Hermosa being the hidden gem. For the more adventurous surfer, there are several beaches and breaks along the peninsula.
The bay of Hermosa offers excellent dining options within walking distance, including the renowned Koji sushi restaurant, and Colour Cafe, run by chef Sebastian Reigner. The Pranamar open-air restaurant and yoga retreat is a ten-minute walk along the beach. A ten-minute drive takes you into the hustle and bustle of Santa Teresa, a surf town where you can find restaurants, bars, a French bakery, organic fruit and vegetable stalls, shops and ATMs. Further afield are personal nature tours to Curu, kayaking, zip-lining, mountain bike tours, gourmet-dining tours and snorkelling.
At the Floating House, a private massage therapist, private babysitter, and a private chef can be organised, and groceries can be delivered at check-in.
There is a refundable damage deposit of $500.
The nearest airport is Tambor (35km), and the nearest ferry port is at Paquera (60km).
May-Jun $4,200 per week
Jul-Aug $5,075 per week
Sep-Oct $3,500 per week
Nov-Apr $5,075 per week
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