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Hotel Vista de Olas
Vista de Olas Dr. | Mal Pais de Cobano Apto.#93, Mal Pais 5361, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Austin, Texas
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11 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Stunning views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Roger and his staff were attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. The villas were all we hoped for, the outdoor bathrooms being unforgettable. We look forward to returning.

  • Stayed March 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We spent our honeymoon here on the living social adventure deal. It was beautiful and very fun. The advertised adventures (an ATV tour led by the owner's sons and a private surf lesson) were GREAT and some of the highlights of our trip. The owner picked us up from the airport and was very helpful in providing advice for our trip. When we arrived at 9 pm, they had on loud hip hop and there was definitely a young club vibe.
PROS: location was beautiful, pool/bar/restaurant has a great vibe and beautiful view, staff helpful, the owner went out of his way to facilitate our activities and travel to and from the hotel. BEAUTIFUL view and beautiful beach. the owner has cute cats/dogs that roam around the hotel. activities provided by the owner were so fun.
CONS: you pay for the view with the arduous trip down the hill to the beach/town, to walk to and from the town at night is near impossible (so you basically add a $12 round trip cab ride to your dinner bill if you don't eat at the hotel). The food at the hotel is just okay and overpriced - definitely not as good as some of the places in town (Brisas del mar, basta pasta, franks place (cheap and great authentic tico food)). The room was not well lit and the bed wasn't that comfortable. Also one door didn't close well (both doors lead outside so we never felt totally "inside").

Room Tip: we stayed in villa 3 at the end of the bottom walkway. it was pretty private and had a nice view.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012 via mobile

I went to this hotel with my husband and two children (6 and 9) at the end of a vacation in Costa Rica and simply loved it! The view was fabulous and elevates the spirit. The owner, Roger, and his team were warm and helpful and their love for the place created a happy vibe. The beautiful pool serviced with a bar was a huge hit especially with the kids who got a great kick out of being able to sip smoothies while in the water. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated and we enjoyed the outdoor bathroom and taking a shower under the stars. The food was tasty especially the evening barbecues! Overall, a wonderful, magical place for a restful, fun time!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

Roger, the resort owner, is super nice. He picked us up from the airport, scheduled all of our activities and really went above and beyond to make sure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable. While at the resort, we went ziplining and horseback riding on the beach. We also took an ATV tour into the jungle with a pit stop at a butterfly farm before ending the tour at a massive waterfall. We took advantage of the awesome one hour deep tissue massage and we both felt like jelly afterwards. The in-shore fishing was totally awesome as well. I didn't think I would like fishing, but it was amazing seeing the sun rise over the ocean and catching quite a few salmon and grouper. On the way back to shore we saw dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays! That night we got to enjoy the grouper we caught earlier in the day. Nothing like having a freshly caught fish.

The turn-down service was seamless also. We would often wake up early (carpe diem!) for the delicious free breakfast and then head out on an adventure. When we would return mid or late afternoon, the room would be immaculate. We never needed a refill of anything.

At dinner time, you can do a bbq at the resort or, if you're feeling adventurous, you can go into town (a short walk away) and eat at a restaurant there. We had dinner at the resort a couple times and the food was always really good. The tropical drinks are made fresh and the salsa/guac and chips...it sounds simple, but it tasted amazing. Again, it's about the fresh ingredients. You really can tell the difference. Also, order the peach iced tea if you can. It's so delicious and refreshing. My only gripe is that there are not a lot of vegetarian options. If you're a meat lover, you'll be in heaven, though. Since there wasn't a lot of variety for me, I would venture into town and get something vegetarian there. Everywhere we ate in town was amazing. There wasn't a single dish I could complain about.

The beach isn't far away from the resort. I'd say it's a 10-15 minute walk down a dirt road and there are two side paths you can use as shortcuts. I'd suggest using those side routes, because it can get really dusty on the roads due to traffic from pickup trucks and ATVs. The beach is vast and gorgeous and there's ocean as far as the eye can see with a huge sun ever looming. Being so close to the equator, the sun seems so much more majestic. As a result, the sunsets are just spectacular. Just remember to bring a lot of sunscreen. I mean A LOT. It was triple digits on at least one day we were there and it's a different kind of hot. I'm originally from Texas, so I know what I'm talking about. Hehe.

The thing I will miss most about the trip is watching the sun set from the resort's infinity pool. It's such a gorgeous sight that it draws people from town and from other resorts. Many an evening we'd share the infinity pool with locals and people from all over the world. We met people from Newfoundland, Montreal, Toronto, Italy, etc.

All in all, we felt so comfortable, relaxed and carefree. If only we could have stayed longer!

P.S. - Don't be alarmed if you hear a zombie invasion in your sleep. It's just the howler monkeys! It's pretty intermittent. It doesn't happen often and after a while you get used to various sounds of the night. ;) We saw many howler monkeys while we were there. We also saw white-faced monkeys and a huge iguana. It's the jungle, after all! =) - Anna

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012 via mobile

Amazing place. Amazing staff. Amazing food. We felt like they knew what we needed before we did. So helpful,so nice. We did the living social deal and felt like we were stealing from them. So much value! Rodger and his family treat you like family. We are homebuilders and were blown away with the quality and detail of the villas and main cabana. WOW!

Best part of our two week trip. Thanks rodger! Sorry it took me so long to write a review. It was hard to come home, after staying in your paradise. The sunsets from the pool are un forgettable.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Vist de Olas is quite likely the best place to stay in the peninsula. Not only is the view amazing, but the staff is extremely friendly and very customer-service oriented. At Vista de Olas you feel like a friend, not just another guest in a resort. Roger and his staff ensured that we had the most comfortable stay and were extremely accommodating. We had a few activities included in our package but we added additional ones, which were completely worth it. We took an ATV tour to waterfalls and a butterfly farm, took surfing lessons, cooking lessons with a chef, bartending lessons, participated in a couple of their BBQ dinners, and had an amazing time relaxing.

The Villas are all well equipped and surrounded by beautiful Costa Rican nature as is the rest of the place. Vista de Olas is known for their amazing view. It sits on a hill approximately 400 feet above sea-level (so be prepared for a climb!). The infiniti pool, which overlooks the Costa Rican beach below is unmatched, especially during sunset.

Malpais is a small community whose focus centers around surfing, therefore the people, both locals and foreigners are very relaxed and friendly; great vibes all around.

I completely recommend staying at Vista de Olas. It was a great experience.

  • Stayed February 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at Vista de Olas in January. When we first arrived, we were so impressed by the amazing view of the beach. Best view of the coast in Malpais, for sure. Food was really good. Sandwiches/salads for lunch and BBQ+salad bar for diner. We booked the 3 hours fishing trip and Roger, the manager, hooked us up with the best fisherman out there. We also rented ATVS for our entire stay. Roger told us about the nicest places to visit and how to get there. Villas were beautiful, large and clean. Vista de Olas is the place to be in Santa Teresa to chill by the incredible infinity pool and enjoying a cold beer & the view, particularly sunset. We just had an amazing time at Vista de Olas and definitely go back!!!!
***We even forgot something in our room and Roger took the time to send it back to us!!

MERCI beaucoup!! :-)

Caroline & Alex.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: Vista de Olas Dr. | Mal Pais de Cobano Apto.#93, Mal Pais 5361, 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 Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vista de Olas is a refined hotel in Mal Pais perched on top of a peaceful hill. From this vantage point our guests are treated to sweeping views of Mal Pais and watch the most memorable sunsets. The hotel offers 6 sumptuous, secluded deluxe villas with ocean view, AC, open-sky bathroom, and private porch. Hotel amenities include fast WLAN, a luxurious infinity pool and jacuzzi, pool lounge, and the best BBQ restaurant in Mal Pais. ... more   less 
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Vista De Olas Mal Pais
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