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“Fun little resort” 4 of 5 stars
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Beija Flor Resort
Mal Pais, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #9 of 10 hotels in Mal Pais
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Fun little resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We had a string of bad luck in Tamarindo that made us leave our stay faster than expected. To which we checked out beija flor! It was a fun experience as the beach was right across the street (albeit not swimmable) and the staff was really friendly. I have to admit the wildlife was awesome here! I had a blast! I hope i can make it back sometime.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

this hotel is very expensive for the facilities it has and what you get. We payed 130$ per night for a room and hotel that are worth no more than 80$. We were so sorry we ordered 3 nights in advance and could not cancel them. It was a big waste of our money. We were in Costa Rica for a month, visited many hotels and this was by far our gratest disappointment. The pool is nice (similar to pools in hotels we paid 60-70$ per night) but the rooms are very basic- only beds. no fridge, no place to sit..and you would expect that for 130$ the breakfast would be at least o.k, but we got really tiny miniature pancakes, how miser can they be? and also, the open air bathroom means you have to lock the bathroom door at all times in order to be safe(because anyone could get into your room easilly), which is really wierd. would advise you to stay away!!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Beja flor is a great place. Clean, safe, and friendly. This resort is situated perfectly away from town and close to the ocean. Covered with trees and palms throughout the resort it is a relaxing place to spend a few days while we our 3 week trip. Comfortable rooms with bug nets. Great outdoor shower and canopy view. Yonathan and the other staff gave us some great recommendations for hikes and places that were a must to do. We walked and atv'd around a huge portion of the peninsula over the four days. Saw sloths, monkeys, & iguanas, everywhere. Really had a great time in the pool and enjoyed the quiet side of the property. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to get away from crowds.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Although the other reviews are correct: the sandy beach is too far away and it is not very convenient if you do not have a car, there is no bar or food after 3pm, and the salon, spa, and yoga are "on demand" outside people who come when requested. That being said... We enjoyed our stay very much. We took a cab to santa Teresa to surf and enjoy the beach and then relaxed at the pool or on our hammocks in the afternoon/evening. when we were at beija flor we felt so relaxed and felt so secluded, it was great! The pool is small but it was quiet and a great place to see wildlife, there were birds, monkeys, and iguanas all around. If u want beach front property or something fancy this is not it. But if you have a car or don't mind taking a taxi to the beach (or a very nice and very long walk - it is possible to walk the beach all the way from Santa Teresa to beija flor) then this is a great place to get away from it all and relax.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

TAs per the recent reviews this place needs a change...It is nothing like what the Beija Flor Resort website describes. It is far from being a resort, it does not offer any services such as yoga, beauty etc. If you do not have a car this place is too far to walk in the heat and dust. The beach across the road (when you walk through other properties) is rocky and difficult to swim or surf....teh breakfast was basic and none of it, and the resturant closes at 3pm therefore no room service NOTHING also, no drink/food service by the pool - very disappointing in general!

At approximately $100 a night it is NOT WORTH IT there are many better located and better value for money places in the area.......

Did not enjoy my stay at all.....seeing Howler Monkeys was cool though!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

When we prepared our stay in Mal Pais we followed the reviews on TA and Lonely Planet. The best recommended place would be Beija Flor, so we booked it early in April, for six nights, not to risk they would be fully booked in December. We checked absolutely everything on this place of "paradise and luxury", yoga and massage and near the beach". Nothing of this is true! The nearby beach s rocky and polluted. The rooms have zero luxury, only a bed with a mosquito net full with holes. Neither a mini bar nor a fridge. No sofa or a chair in the room to sit on. There is not even a wardrobe to put up your clothes. The rooms are VERY basic and not maintained very well and you do not get a clean feeling. Not to forget, the rooms are very noisy, you can hear your neighbour breath.,the bathroom is outdoors, which give you a cool impression, but they lack of any luxury. No hot water at the sink. Our shower did not give cold water (the tap was broken) so we could not adjust the temperature. My husband burned his back when h took his first shower. The common areas are very poorly equipped and do neither offer any comfort nor privacy. There is one little sofa that sits 3 people. The rest has to sit on straight chairs of the breakfast tables with no comfort. The pool area give a nice impression, but when you look a bit better, is poorly maintained and not clean. There are only six wooden sun beds that need to be urgently reprinted and they miss a mattress to give some comfort. During our stay, the pool got cleaned only once, the morning we left..... There was no yoga possible, since the area got damaged during a recent 'earthquake" the same for the spa and massage area. Well, a good manager would get it fixed urgently before the Christmas holidays! Not at Beija Flor. The breakfast which is included in the rate of $ 130 per night, is the poorest we have ever seen. You get 2 eggs and 1 toast. The first breakfast took 45 minutes before we got it. And the eggs were hard as stone. At night the place is very poorly lit, too dark and no music in the bar area. Who cares, the bar is never open. After our strong complaints, the manager gave us the self standing bungalow as an upgrade, but it did not change anything to our feelings if the poor level of standard. We wanted to leave, but we were trapped since we had to prepay our complete stay. The place lacks if management, the manager is hardly ever there. He comes at 8 am to drink his coffee and leaves around 9 am with his surf boards......
The place has completely lost it. Do not stay here, it ruins your days in Mal Pais. There are many better places!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We were so excited by the write up in lonely planet about this place that we pre-paid the full amount of our stay in advance. It was the biggest disappointment of our holidays in wonderful Costa Rica. The place needs a new manager urgently. There is not enough to eat at breakfast, they only start at 8am, an hour after the hungry guests start waiting. The 'included breakfast is the poorest I have ever seen, one toast and two eggs. You have to beg for butter, salt etc. Any extra item is 8 dollars! The coffee is dreadful, the orange juice comes out of a cheap pack with lots of water, there are not enough napkins. There is neither yoga nor spa as advertised. We begged for our money back after 3 nights which the manager refused. There is neither a restaurant nor a bar. the pool did not get cleaned. They have 6 lounge chairs for 32 guests and no relaxing communal area. This place is a con. There are other great places to stay in Mal Pais such as moana lounge next door.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Beija Flor Resort

Address: Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 10 hotels in Mal Pais
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beija Flor Resort is a boutique hotel in Mal Pais, on the southern-most tip of the Nicoya peninsula. Just 2 kilometers from the Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve and steps away from the Pacific Ocean, it provides everything a person seeking relaxation and comfort needs:our eleven spacious rooms and one fully-equipped villa combine warm colors and local materials with a modern design. They are located in a tropical garden, which iguanas, squirrels and many birds call their home. We also offer a fine-dining restaurant, a coffee shop, a pool lounge area, as well as our own spa and yoga deck. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Beija Flor Hotel Mal Pais
Beija Flor Mal Pais
Beija Flor Resort Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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