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Reviewed February 25, 2012

We have just returned from a heavenly month at Casa Melray where we stayed in the spacious and well appointed guesthouse. Our entire trip was wonderful! Mel and Ray are welcoming and charming hosts who are happy to share their intimate knowledge of Costa Rica and all the local must-sees. My husband spent a morning fishing with Mel and Ray's son Steve who runs Costa Kayak, a fishing and kayak tour operation He had a wonderful time and brought home freshly caught fish for our dinner! Can hardly wait to go back for a month next year!

Willow and Eric

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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raymond G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2012

We really enjoyed your company and the guests that came to visit you. .
Looking forward to your return visit next year.
Pura Vida
P.S. Soma is missing his early morning walks.

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Reviewed February 24, 2012

My experience at Casa Melray was one of the best vacations I have ever had. For starters the facility is gorgeously designed with superb finishes, beautiful furnishings and lush landscaping. It is located right on the beach with breathtaking views of ocean, sand, mountains and sunsets. But what really makes Casa Melray the jewel that it is, is the warm and easy hospitality of its owners, Mel and Ray. One feels welcomed into the fold as Mel shows up with freshly baked treats (crazy cinnamon buns!), homemade guacamole and salsa and a glass of wine - but one's space is also respected when you just feel like reading or quietly enjoying time by the pool. Whenever we wanted to do something, whether it was sailing, kayaking, snorkeling or finding the best place to eat Mel made it happen. The other guests I met during my stay there were really lovely people and I think it probably has alot to do with the kind of people that Mel and Ray attract. I would go back to Costa Rica just to hang out with Mel and Ray again! I really cannot speak highly enough about Casa Melray - my only worry is that if word gets out about how great it is I'll never be able to get another reservation!

Beverly February, 2012

Room Tip: The two bedroom guesthouse where we stayed was separate from the main building and has lovely privacy and a porch. The penthouse has an amazing view of the beach.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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raymond G, Owner at Casa Melray, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2012

It will be great to have you back again next year Bev. We will certainly keep a room for you.
Pura Vida

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Reviewed February 23, 2012

My husband and myself stayed a week at Casa Melray while attending some friends wedding. The service was outstanding, the facility absolutely beautiful and the hospitality provided by Mel, Ray and Stephen exceptional. They make you feel like family and absolutely give you the five star treatment in everyway. They are helpful whatever your needs...just ask. I highly recommend Casa Melray and this is the place I would go back to stay in Costa Rica. You can't go wrong.

Carla/Jim

Room Tip: When booking your visit just let Mel know who will be coming and what your trip is going to be about and she'll find that special place at Casa Melray for you.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Casa Melray was a wonderful experience. Mel and Ray were so amazing and warm. They made us feel like we were at home. Up in the penthouse we got to experience the wonderful view of the pool and the ocean because of the wrap around balcony. We enjoyed waking up to sunlight every morning and watching sunset on the beach. Mel and Ray were glad to tell us all the hot spots of costa rica. The trip would not have been the same without their advice. We really enjoyed hanging out by the pool and the bar at night. Best of all was experiencing sunset with Mel and Ray at their apartment. We were really happy to see that the house was really what is shown in the pictures, even better! It is beautiful. Mel, Ray, Steve, Luiga, Nelson, and all the people staying in the house made our trip.

Room Tip: The penthouse was big and private with a nice size kitchen!
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

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!

Room Tip: All rooms are luxurious - we were ocean side in the frog suite but if you were travelling with another couple - Mel showed us the guest house - and it has 2 bedrooms full kitchen and dining room, living room and out door patio area with BBQ with view overlooking pool and gardens.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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