We had heard how great Casa Mel Ray was from other family members that had stayed there so were looking forward to our vacation. We weren’t disappointed! We just got back from two weeks there and it was the vacation of a life time! The accommodations surpassed our expectations. We stayed in the frog suite ocean front with our own private patio to watch sunrises and sunsets on. The air conditioned suite was spacious with a luxurious king size bed, sitting area, big screen TV, wifi so we could stay in touch with our kids at home, even a bar fridge, lots of cupboard and closet space, immaculate bathroom with walk in shower, a room safe to keep our valuables in. When we arrived, there was cold beer in the fridge and a bottle of wine awaiting us. We were able to do laundry right at Casa Mel Ray as well half way through our holiday which was a life saver.
We arrived late at night and were glad we had followed Mel and Ray’s advise to take Ecotrans from Liberia to their house – wouldn’t want to drive in the dark first thing . We arranged for a rental car after we arrived but should have followed Mel’s advise to arrange online in advance as we did not get as good a rate as some of their other guests that followed her advise.
Potrero is a small fishing village in the Guanacaste area and we were impressed with the number of beautiful beaches – we spent many morning walking the beach with Soma – Casa Mel Ray’s friendly watchdog and cattle herder, watching the fishermen, even doing Tai Chi to the sounds of the ocean - Steve Gertz (Mel and Ray’s son) took our group out sea kayaking from the beach in front of the house and we were surprised how easy and comfortable they were- you sit on top and pedal instead of only paddling and it was an easy pedal over to have lunch at Lola’s. It was so much fun we went again and tried our hand at fishing from the kayaks – Thanks Steve! We preferred the quiet beaches for swimming, snorkelling and boogie boarding but Casa Mel Ray is close to Flamingo Beach if you want jet skis etc and there were paddle board rentals close by , surfing beaches at Tamarindo. So much to do in the area! The weather is perfect – we are used to spending holidays with at least some cold and rainy weather so this was great – spent lots of time in bathing suits and flip flops! The beaches were fantastic but really appreciated Mel and Ray’s pristine pool to revive ourselves after a day of touring or being out at the beach – I was able to keep up my morning lane swimming as the pool is large enough for laps even while other guests swam .
Mel and Ray are great hosts and so knowledgeable and helpful they went out of their way to make us feel welcome and at home– thanks for the recommendation to go on the catamaran – the Lazy Lizzard – they arranged the booking for us and we just had to show up and enjoy! The crew were excellent and the cruise included unlimited rum punch and beer, lunch, snorkelling we saw a puffer fish, octopus and many other varieties of fish during our stop at Honeymoon beach Saw manta rays jumping! During our stay Mel and Ray were an invaluable resource on where to go and where to eat and we made the most of our time there. The two weeks went by so fast and we feel like we have made many new friends in Portreo – Mel gave us a tour of the other rooms between guests and we are definitely going to go back and have already recommended the penthouse suite to an engaged couple for their honeymoon and would love to get friends from home share the two bedroom guest house with us for a month. The guest house has a full kitchen, living room and patio area with it’s own barbeque.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country and is so full of life! Casa Mel Ray was the perfect base to tour from. I really appreciated coming home to the luxury and security of Casa Mel Ray after a day of exploring. Now it back to work until next time! Thanks again Mel and Ray for a memorable holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to paradise at Casa Melray, a sensational beach front accommodation only steps to Potrero Beach, Costa Rica. Located in the stunning province of Guanacaste, Canadian operated Casa Melray has every amenity you can think of. Enjoy our contemporary boutique guest house or take a dip in our sparkling pool. Feeling adventurous? Try some kayaking, surfing, or nearby fishing. Hungry? You have to try the mind blowing restaurants in the area. Wander down the marina or hop in the car. You're only a five minute drive from the breathtaking tourist destination, Flamingo Beach. You're not dreaming. ... more less