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Reviewed December 5, 2016

Wow, holiday destination for sure! Mel & Ray offer a warm and luxurious accommodation right on the beach! We watched the spectacular sunset every evening from their private beach chairs! We stayed with a large group of people and thus got to see most rooms up close, not one complaint from even one person! What is not to love? Clean, modern, safe and most of all comfortable. Each room was spacious, with a mix of king bed, and single beds in spare rooms, little fridges, spacious living area, and plus a common area kitchen by the pool. Mel stocked the main fridge daily with local fresh fruit. The beach is right there, lots of choices of things to do... restaurants and bars are within walking distance. What ever you desire, Casa Melray has, boogie boards, paddle boards, fishing tackle, snorkeling gear and your favorite activities like Diving, ATV's, horseback riding ,zip lining, Mel will help you arrange! 100%
Awesome destination experience!

Room Tip: All of them!
  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank ZeeSechelt
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Reviewed December 5, 2016

We have just returned from an amazing trip to Costa Rica and a fabulous stay at Casa Melray! This beautiful, comfortable, well laid out property is a combination of a high end boutique hotel coupled with a good friends lovely home. Soma the family dog who is very well behaved hung out with us and kept us company.The suites are impeccably clean and comfortable with high end mattresses and bedding. We were part of a large group so the common kitchen/bar area was a perfect gathering spot for our meals and cocktails which overlooked a nice sized swimming pool. Our wonderful hosts, Mel and Ray were absolutely amazing who went way beyond the call of duty. Unfortunately, we happened to be there during Hurricane Otto and Ray was kind enough to find us to bring us home to safety. As they are very familiar with the area and the people, they had lots of excellent recommendations for all kinds of excursions, restaurants, places to shop etc. The owners also own a bar a few blocks down the road called Perlas which is the hotspot in the area. It is an awesome restaurant/night club which is very well received in the area. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Melray - you can't ask for a more comfortable, safe, beautiful location away from all the commercialism and yet feel right at home.

Stayed: November 2016
Thank SusanK2560
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Reviewed December 5, 2016

We have just returned from the most wonderful stay at Casa Melray. From the wonderful greeting from the hosts to large, meticulously clean, air-conditioned rooms. The pool and area were also beautiful, clean and continually attended by the gardener. The outdoor kitchen/bbq area was a total bonus as well as the outside washrooms and shower from the beach entrance.The beaches were uncrowded and the sunsets were breathtaking. It is obvious that the owners take pride in their resort and do everything to ensure the most pleasant stay possible. The excursions and restaurants they recommended were also all amazing. This resort is above & beyond. We have nothing but praise for this beautiful resort and would return again in a heartbeat!
Steve & Sharon Valley, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank Sharon V
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

To say our time at Casa Melray was worth every penny would be the biggest understatement of the year. From the moment my first email inquiry landed in Mel’s inbox, we were greeted and taken care of with immense care. Melanie was helpful, sweet, kind and genuinely cared about ensuring we were being looked over. We arrived in Liberia, after a long travel day and border crossing from Nicaragua, and Mel sent her husband, Ray, to come get us— for free. Mel realized it would cost over $100 for us to get from where we were dropped off to her home, so she decided to take matters into her own hands and get us herself. That gesture alone speaks volumes about the type of host Mel and Ray are.

Their home, their incredible beautiful home, is everything you imagine a vacation to look like. The constant sound of waves crashing against the black sand beach, the jingle of their dog, Soma’s collar, and the tranquil setting that encompasses their entire property is well worth the journey. White linen robes await your arrival, hanging peacefully in the oversized closet. The most comfortable bed and sheets you’ll find in Central America are right here at Casa Melray.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about our stay. I can only recommend you experience it yourself. Today, when we departed our third floor penthouse, I cried as we were saying goodbye to this beautiful home, the wonderful couple who created it and this special beach in Guancaste. 

Thank you, Mel and Ray, for an incredible honeymoon and we’ll BE BACK.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Amie L
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Reviewed April 3, 2016

We traveled to Playa Portrero with our 18 and 24 yr old sons to Casa Melray for our final spring break. There are hundreds of scenarios that would have been just fine with us, after all we were all together & on a long awaited vacation. What could take a family vacation and turn it into a top shelf family memory?...Casa Melray! There are 1st class accommodations with superb hospitality all over the world. Mel & Ray have mastered both in their paradise in Costa Rica & we were the most fortunate of beneficiaries.

Expectations are a dangerous thing and often fall short of our hopes.
However, I could not be more sincere when I tell you that I can not think of one expectation that each of us may have had or hoped for in our minds that was not
totally exceeded. Every detail & every consideration that might make your stay more enjoyable had been thought of and was provided. Mel and Ray possess special talents and gifts that they freely share with their guests. My only regret is that we did not have an opportunity stay longer & to get to know them better. However, we will be back, that I am sure. Thank you Mel & Ray from the whole Wilson Family.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank Cheryl W
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