My husband and I stayed at Vista de Olas back in the first week of December, and we absolutely loved it there! It had a stunning view of the ocean and we felt surrounded by the soothing sights and sounds of nature -- including watching the howler monkeys nearby! We truly missed it when we left. Not to mention that the owners and staff were amazing and friendly, always making us feel so at home and relaxed.
Our villa was beautiful and felt like our own personal retreat. It is so cool that it is unattached and private, and there were windows halfway around the room to enjoy the gorgeous view. It was a large space and large bed, with AC and a ceiling fan. We were very comfortable using only the ceiling fan. The woodwork and tiling throughout the villa and bathroom were beautiful. The outdoor shower was so wonderful .. I wish I could have one at home!
I also have to mention how fun the ATV tour to the waterfall was ... I highly recommend it! We got to take two different trails/roads, one with breathtaking ocean views and another really fun one through the mountains. Roger's son led the tour and he told us fun things about the trees and plants we would walk by on the short hike to the waterfall, which let us experience just a little bit what it might have been like growing up in Costa Rica, if even for just a moment. This again made us feel so welcome there. On vacations I think there is just no replacement for getting to learn from and share experiences with locals of the place you are visiting. The rope swing at the waterfall was a blast. What an experience!
I also recommend renting an ATV for a day, to explore town and surrounding beaches. It's an adventure that you don't get as easily at the more developed fully tourist destinations, to get off the beaten path and find secluded beaches ... plus the getting around is fun in itself! Not to mention, they are very practical with the roads there.
I could go on forever but this is too long already so just to sum it up, we loved this place and wish we had more time there. It is so much better than an impersonal huge resort. We cannot wait to visit again. Thank you Roger and Heidi and family, as well as all the staff!!
P.S. Try a piña colada at the swim-up bar .... mmmmm
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vista De Olas Mal Pais
- Hotel Vista De Olas Costa Rica/Mal Pais