We (myself, husband and 8 year old daughter) had the great pleasure of staying at this boutique hotel June 25-July 2. We absolutely LOVED our time at this tropical paradise home.
If you are someone who is high maintenance, who likes everything to be perfect, with the finest linens, towel animals and staying at the Hilton/Hyatt – look elsewhere! If you like a laid back, comfortable, feel like you’re staying at a good friend’s home type of place – this is IT! In our opinion, La Hacienda was a perfect place for us to stay.
When I was researching where to stay in the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area I looked at a lot of hotels, home rentals, B&B’s, etc. I also e-mailed many people to get information about their places. It’s hard to tell everything about a place, even when they have a website with information and photos, as some of them can be very misleading. Maryann, one of the owners of La Hacienda, was amazingly helpful in my research. She immediately got back to me every time I asked her a question. She was willing to answer any and ALL (I had many) of my questions, unlike other locations who had the attitude of “not being able to be bothered” with my questions. Looking online I thought that the place looked nice, but it was really my e-mail communications with Maryann that made me decide to choose La Hacienda and I was not disappointed.
This is a small hotel (large home really), with 5 rooms and 2 cabinas to rent. It is the perfect size, in my opinion! There is a gorgous pool out front that is surrounded by trees and tropical plants. I remember in my corresponding with Maryann she kept telling me how much our daughter would like the pool. At the time I thought, “Who cares about a pool! We’re by the ocean!” However, she was absolutely right. We did enjoy our days at the ocean exploring, but it was always very nice to come back to La Hacienda and take a dip in the refreshing pool. My daughter pretty much lived in the thing any time we were at La Hacienda. We stayed in the Gogan Suite and it was perfect! It was quite a large room and perfect for all of our stuff! They do have A/C in the room and it works quite well. It is cool that the doors open up onto the pool area also if you want to have it open. We had a private entrance into our room just outside the main door of La Hacienda. That door opens up into a living room open area with couches. The other rooms have their entrances in this area. It also has a spiral wood staircase that leads up to a library loft with hammocks and bean bags. This was one of my daughter’s favorite places to hang out. There is also an upper area from the living room area with more seating, a TV and a picnic table eating area. My daughter would spend her time after her bath before bed watching Spanish soap operas with Vincente, the caretaker of La Hacienda. He is such an awesome guy! He really makes this place. He is one of the friendliest, kindest people ever! He would take care of everything for us from cleaning our room, cooking breakfast (when you order it $5/pp), getting me a pillow for my quad butt (3 of us rode on one and I was on the bar), giving recommendations and just being a friend chit chatting about each day’s adventures. WE LOVE VINCENTE! He is the best!
I think that La Hacienda would be a wonderful location for a large family or group of friends who wanted to all stay in one spot. You could rent out the whole location. It’s perfect for this kind of thing. We did not have a kitchen in our room, but there was one inside the main area and they told us that we could use it to cook if we wanted. We did make breakfast one morning, but mostly just went out. There is a WONDERFUL restaurant (soda) right across the street called Caracolas. It was our favorite place to eat in Mal Pais, not only for the food, but the beautiful location. We ate breakfast there once and dinner THREE times. The sunsets are amazing from the yard overlooking the ocean.
I also think that the location of La Hacienda was perfect for what we were looking for. It’s kind of on the south end of Mal Pais close to the jungle road to Cabuya. In my mind this is perfect, as it was far enough from town to not really get the constant noise of people driving by all the time, but close enough, as it was just a five minute ride down the road. Again, I had researched several places online and when we were finally there and saw them in person, I was so glad that we did not select one of those places.
We did not have a car, but rented a quad from La Hacienda for the week. In my opinion, this is the best mode of transportation for this area. All three of us rode on it. We drove it all up and down the coast. It was great for exploring on our own and going to more secluded beaches. We also made a few trips to Montezuma to the waterfalls and to shop. In addition another day we went to Cabuya and did a snorkel/spearfish tour with Jeffry of Solo Bueno Tours. I highly recommend his tours. Please see my review of this here http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g635754-d2706170-Reviews-Solo_Bueno_Tours_day_tours-Cabuya_Province_of_Puntarenas.html
We also did a zip line tour with the guys at Mal Pais Canopy and highly recommend them. Carlos is a fantastic guide and was so awesome with our 8 year old.
Paul organized a fishing tour for us with a local fisherman. It was a fun excursion. Everyone except for me got skunked. I caught a BIG fish! Paul and Maryann cooked up the fish for us that night and we all had dinner together. It was very delicious.
La Hacienda is located in a spot so that you can do as little or as much as you want. It is a place that you could just go to relax, lay by the pool, walk to the beach or go on many adventures like we did! If you plan on staying anywhere in the southern Nicoya Peninsula – I say RUN to La Hacienda!
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