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“A piece of paradise in Costa Rica” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Moana
Mal Pais, Mal Pais 0000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland
1 review
“A piece of paradise in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We stayed in the junior suite, and it was like living in your own private treehouse! So secluded and surrounded by jungle. A beautiful suite, spacious and spotlessly clean. The restaurant is also elevated with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, and the food was excellent. The hotel organises a great choice of outdoor activities nearby - boat trip to Torguga Island, deep sea fishing, zip-lining, surfing and horseriding. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We just got back from our trip in Costa Rica and had to tell all about the Moana Lodge.
Mal Pais is a very dusty place this time of year. If you eat outside in town you will have to contend with a cloud of dust with your food. I tell you this because, as we drove into town before finding the hotel I was worried how the hotel would be. As it turns out, the hotel is nicely situated on top of the hill away from the dust.

We reserved the most modest of the rooms available. It was clean and comfortable with nice decor. Pool was almost outside our door but still secluded via landscaping.

The staff and owners went out of their way to make sure we all were happy. Always available for our request. We were leaving at 4:00am and they came by that night to say bye and to give us a breakfast to go (never had that happen before).

The resturant was on the very top of the hill with a GREAT view of the ocean. I wish I could say the food was as wonderful as everything else but it had a lot to be desired.

We wanted to ride horses and they set that up for the next day. Horses were on the premises and were well taken care of. Two hour ride was only $40 each (thats a deal).

This was one of our favorite places we stayed in Costa Rica

Room Tip: Small rooms no walk to the pool. Deluxe rooms view of ocean, easy walk to restaurant.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

A quiet room in the tree tops overlooking the Pacific Ocean during sunset! We had a great time at the Moana Lodge. A short drive to restaurants, market, shopping and the beach. The uniqueness of the rooms is a selling point, and worth the rate. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Miami
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67 reviews 67 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I was hesitant to stay at a boutique hotel but what a pleasant surprise.

We stayed in a junior suite and the honeymoon suite. Both with incredible views and decorated just right. Wood floors and nice touches by owners. breakfast at moana was included in price and it was fantastic. Only down side are the many stairs but they disclosed this so no surprise there. Owner operated so lots of passion involved. From what we saw the best boutique hotel around.

if you are wondering which is the best beach around worry no more. Its playa hermosa in santa teresa. Worth the 15 minute ride for beautiful sandy soft beach. have fun!

Room Tip: The suite and jr suite are incredible!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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tuscaloosa, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying in the Deluxe Suite the weekend of Christmas 2012. The place is amazing, with beautiful views tucked away on a jungle mountainside. The suite has a lovely bathroom with a large tub that is surrounded by windows and looks out over the Mal Pais beaches. A comfortable bed and a well stocked mini bar round out a perfect room. Mike the bartender was always ready with a drink and a smile at The Papaya Lounge. The staff was always working in the background to ensure the property was clean and well taken care of. Aiden and Vicky, the owners, went out of their way to ensure that we were taken care of. Vicky was always quick with a smile and a "Hola!" She was always helpful in setting up a tour and even recommended a wonderful Argentinian steakhouse when we got back to San Jose. A++

Room Tip: If you can handle the steps, go for a deluxe or junior suite. A good value for the quality of the ro...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed at Moana for five nights in early December. We read tons of hotel reviews and did a lot of research on different parts of Costa Rica before settling on Moana. It turned out to be a fantastic place. The restaurant (with a view!) was great - high quality ingredients and attention to detail. It was closed between breakfast and dinner, however, so if you want an afternoon drink it's going to be a beer from the minibar. The rooms are really clean and comfortable with great showers.

The owners are really friendly and helpful. It's obvious that they love what they do. The area is absolutely gorgeous and being off the beaten path made it worth the effort to get to.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington, D.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We (a family of three) stayed for 5 nights over Xmas 2012 in the Moana Lodge. It was a wonderful experience. All the staff is terrific, beginning with the owners, Aidan and Vicky. Our spacious and attractive room was lovely with an amazing view. We enjoyed breaksfast (fabulous banana bread french toast), drinks, and all our dinners in the Papaya Lounge, which has a spectacular view of that area of the Nicoya Pennisula. We saw many beautiful birds, lizards, iguanas, and monkeys. We took various trips (with helpful arranging from the hotel) to Isla Tortuga and several different playas. You do have to climb steps to get to your room and/or the restaurant but after a few days, it isn't a big deal. If you are renting a car, we recommend that you get an SUV and a GPS because the roads aren't great, even in the dry season. A truly great vacation that we hope to repeat!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Mal Pais, Mal Pais 0000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Moana is a small luxurious ocean view hotel nestled amongst a rich backdrop of wildlife and jungle. Inspired by Africa for its choice of décor, the beautiful rooms offer tranquility and comfort to all of our guests. Enjoy being served breakfast while you gaze out over the Pacific Ocean. Later hang out at the wonderful pool area and fall asleep on a suspended day bed while the waves crash in the background, paradise awaits! ... more   less 
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Moana Hotel Mal Pais
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