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Las Catalinas Housemoms: A Local Take on Service and Luxury

While staying in Las Catalinas, guests have the opportunity to become a true resident of town, settling into the easygoing Guanacaste way of life and connecting to the spirit of this lively community. A big part of this experience are town’s Housemoms, who act as your host for the time that you’re in town. Like staying with a family friend, their work helps make your stay in town easier and provides a great way to get to know Guanacaste.

It’s a different perspective on service during vacation. Housemoms cook breakfast to start the day, prepare guacamole, smoothies, or fresh fruit for an afternoon snack, and help keep things tidy with housekeeping service and laundry, helping you out with all of the details that make a vacation feel like a vacation. But, more than that, they’re a friendly face to help ease into life in town, a great partner to practice Spanish with, and a connection to the local food, community, and way of life.

Read on for a look at the Housemom experience, which covers every house in the Bon Vivant collection.


The Story Behind HouseMoms, and How They Came To Be

When the Housemom service first started, it was a small team of local women who helped out with the few homes clustered along the beaches of Playa Danta. Las Catalinas was very different back then, with a dirt road leading into town, much of the forest still recovering pasture land, and the town still in its infancy.

A special bond formed in the early years between the original Housemoms and the early homeowners and visitors of Las Catalinas, one that endures to this day. In a small walkable town it’s very easy to get to know the people around you, and the Housemoms became fast friends with the homeowners. Out of this friendship, the Housemoms began to feel more like the hosts of the homes than just part of the team looking over it. Making breakfast and snacks became a fun way to chat and get to know each other, and before long the Housemoms had become a crucial part of the heartbeat of town.

As town grew so did the Housemom program, with more Housemoms joining the team from the surrounding areas. The close connection between town and the Housemoms persevered, and even as more homes and more families joined the growing beach town, the Housemoms were ever-present. In a way, the House Moms are a pillar of the heart and soul of Las Catalinas, representing a constant connection to Guanacaste and the surrounding areas that remains to this day.

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The Heartbeat of Las Catalinas | Day to Day with the House Moms

Today, the Housemom team is made up of dozens of women mostly from the towns around Las Catalinas, who work together to cover homes in the Bon Vivant collection. As a whole, most of the Housemoms have been around town for many years, keeping an eye on things as attentive hosts of town’s homes and a constant link to the soul of Las Catalinas. They have formed strong friendships and bonds with the homeowners and guests, become like family to many of the people in town, and continue to make town a lively, interesting, and more wonderful place to stay year after year.

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As de-facto hosts of the Bon Vivant Collection, the Housemoms are working in the home before guests arrive, double-checking to make sure that the home is ready for a visit, preparing local snacks and fruit, or other treats like their signature lemonade with mint. From there, throughout the day the House Moms check in to tidy up, making sure that guests are able to focus on the most fun parts of vacation.

Breakfast with Your HouseMom | The Desayuno Típico

One of the biggest times of day for Housemoms is preparing breakfast. Housemoms arrive in the morning and use the ingredients guests have to prepare breakfast for everyone in the home. They’re very skilled cooks, and can prepare continental, American, or one of the most popular options is desayuno típico, or the Costa Rican (Tico) breakfast.

Housemoms shine with desayuno tico, preparing a breakfast of gallo pinto (specially prepared rice and beans), fried ripe plantain, eggs, natilla (a type of custard or sour cream), corn tortillas, fresh seasonal tropical fruits and Costa Rican coffee. No Housemom’s preparation is quite the same, as particular recipes are passed down within the family, so each bite of fresh made breakfast has a rich multigenerational history.

For guests, breakfast time with your Housemom can be a memorable part of the trip. You can practice Spanish, and even those who don’t have much experience in the language can find other ways to communicate perfectly well. Apart from the occasional translation app, most guests and Housemoms find that they can understand each other just fine no matter what language they speak.

In this way, breakfast is an immersion in Guanacaste. You can learn to cook from your Housemom, getting the best tico tips and learning recipes that they’re happy to share. Having everyone together at the beginning of the day is an important part of life here, a moment of family time before setting off for the day’s adventures, and your House Mom is your host for the experience.

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After breakfast, the House mom is in charge of cleaning and tidying of the home, and she’s not alone. Working with guests and the Concierge team, she pays special attention to any preferences to washing and cleaning, and can work through concierge to prepare your grocery lists to stock the fridge beforehand. During the day, she makes sure everything is tidy and clean, before preparing special snacks and treats for the afternoon.

If you come home from a long bike ride or a day out on the beach to find guacamole and tortilla chips, along with a sliced fruit plate of watermelon, pineapple, and mango as well as a few smoothies or signature lemonade with mint, you can thank your Housemom.


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The Bon Vivant Collection | Enjoy the Hospitality of HouseMoms

The Housemoms are a central part of the Bon Vivant Collection, and provide their unique take on hospitality to all homes. It’s an experience that’s not just focused on pampering, although the Housemoms’ hospitality is definitely luxurious. Instead, having a Housemom is the chance to be hosted by a local Costa Rican, join them as part of the family, get a taste of Guanacaste culture, and be a true resident of the region during your stay in Las Catalinas.


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