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Reviewed 28 January 2012

As we approached the gate to Casa Melray, we knew immediately that we had chosen the most exquisite place, a.k.a, paradise, to spend our vacation. Mel’s warm smile was there to greet us and is forever in our memory. Ray and Mel opened their home and made us feel like we were part of their family, welcoming us that evening for cocktails and view of the most spectacular sunset. Their broad knowledge of the area helped with our many day trips to secluded beaches, fishing, canopy tour, and of course, the afternoon on the catamaran.
I cannot say enough about our accommodations, as the pictures speak for themselves but do not give it justice. Our secluded patio overlooked an inviting swimming pool, where mornings and evenings can be spent discussing the days adventure. No matter which way you turn, you are sure to see a beautiful landscape filled with vegetation, and peaceful beachfront. Not a day went by where Mel and Ray did not check in to make sure that we were comfortable. And if ever in need of anything, rest assured, they have it or at least know where you can find it!
This was definitely one of our most memorable and spectacular trips. My only regret was that it ended too soon. Thank you Ray and Mel for your outstanding hospitality. Casa Melray is one of the best! We can’t wait to come back! Bethany & Vinny

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raymond G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2012

Thanks so much for the great review.
We really enjoyed your company - we will carry on when you return in October.

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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Having spent 2 weeks of our oh so precious vacation days last year, we were impressed enough to come back this year for 2 more weeks. We were not disappointed and this may well be “our spot” for the foreseeable future. On that note this is a long review, The short version is : Words and pictures do not do this place justice , there is a definitive question “would you recommend this to a friend” – we have a definitive answer an emphatic Yes!!! It’s truly a bucket list place to visit.

The longer version starts with a few words about the accommodations themselves. Casa MelRay has a guest house, penthouse suite and 4 , 5 star bedrooms. Daily maid service AC, Wi-Fi and Television also included. There is a beautiful pool in between the quest house and main complex an enclosed outdoor washroom, lounge chairs, plenty of places to bask in the sun or rest in the shade. Out back 2 of the rooms have decks with comfortable rocking chairs overlooking the ocean and there is a common area for everyone right on the beach to watch the nightly majestic sunsets. There were no details overlooked in the facility right down to enough plugins everywhere.

The hosts are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable of the area. Casa MelRay is a relatively new complex however Mel and Ray have been going to Costa Rica since 1995 so they know the area and surrounding areas well. Playa Potrero is a beautiful small town that is unspoiled by the typical tropical tourist towns with vendors accosting you everywhere.

I would recommend renting a car. While there are plenty of places within walking distance and there are shuttle services available for some places – there is so much to see you will want to get out and experiences as much as you can. Mel and Ray can offer suggestions to meet everyone’s needs. On site they offer sea kayaks where you can go fishing, snorkelling or scenic trips. These are pedal Kayaks, very very stable and maneuver with very little effort almost anyone can enjoy this. If you want a leisurely boat ride through a national park, to amazing hikes right up to a thrilling zipline over the Primary forest canopy overlooking a Volcano and a lake and more are short drives away !

Ray and Mel make you feel like family – in fact there were several occasions while we were there that we went for dinner and drinks with some of the other quests. We meet people from Michigan, New York, Ontario and Germany. Everyone was great and we all exchanged Emails to keep in touch – it truly was like a large family atmosphere. Can’t say enough about the hosts and facilities you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: The Penthouse suite and 2 of the rooms overlook the ocean
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

The place -absolutely beautiful right on the beach, sunsets to live for! When you stay here you become part of the Mel and Ray family and they are so much fun. We dropped in on them out of nowhere and they were so wonderful and accomodating, we couldn't have been any luckier! It is obvious they truly love their visitors down to every last detail. The place was amazing, our room so sleek and comfy. Our hosts had great suggestions for area nightlife(which was awesome) and daytime activities as well. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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raymond G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2012

We had a great time on the Lazy Lizard sunset cruise with you guys. There are many other great activities in our area to enjoy when you come back. Pura Vida

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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Wow, what a place! Casa Melray is a beautiful place to stay in Playa Portrero, in fact it's the only place we'd stay at. The pristine beaches and heartstopping sunsets. We stayed in the Penthouse at Casa Melray, its gorgeous, fully loaded, immacutely clean and top notch. There is tons of space with a wraparound balcony that gives you a view on three sides. Mel and Ray, our hosts were so hospitable, gracious, knowledable and fun that you felt like your with family. My husband went on the Kayak Tour that they have available and he loved it. We loved laying by the perfect pool or sitting at the bar or just walking down the beach. There is so much to do and see in Costa Rica that we will have to come back and we highly recommend Casa Melray it's a 5+ star. Thanks Mel and Ray

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Thank you so much for a wonderful start to our trip. Mel & Ray couldn't have been more wonderful. We arrived late at night and they welcomed us in with beers and told us to stop by a blues fest up the street. Next thing we knew we were surrounded by our new Canadian friends. One of our bags was lost by the airport. They were unbelievably helpful. Take the Lazy Lizard boat ride, relax in the hammock, play with Soma the dog. It really is heaven. Will recommend everyone go visit Casa Melray. Don't be scared of the gravel roads. It's all part of the slowing down process.

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raymond G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2012

We are blessed with many great music events in the our area such as live bands and Karaoke. I hope the rest of your travels in Costa Rica were memorable as well.

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