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“Mid-July at Vista De Olas” 5 of 5 stars
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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 10 Hotels in Mal Pais
Omaha, Nebraska
1 review
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“Mid-July at Vista De Olas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My wife and I wanted to get away from the large crowded commercialized beach front resorts. We found exactly that at Vista De Olas. We arrived to find a private villa with a beautiful pool and amazing view of the ocean. The service was great, because the service of the hotel is provided by the owner, Roger, and his two boys. Don't let the intimate setting of the hotel scare you, this turned out to be one of the greatest features of the hotel, because we were able to get to know the staff personally at the hotel. They provided us with honest feedback and directed us in the right direction to have a great vacation. Vista De Olas offers an ATV tour that they place you with other vacationers at the hotel. This allowed us to meet people from other walks of life. It also added to the overall enjoyability of the stay at Vista De Olas, because we often visited with these other couples.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I'm so glad that I did this! My husband and I have always wanted to go Costa Rica, but were unsure where. We found a living social deal to this place. Best decision I've ever made about a vacation! This was better than our honeymoon to Mexico. The pool and the view overlooking the ocean is amazing. The staff were so wonderful and accommodating. We met so many people staying there and people around town. People were so friendly. Roger and his family were great at planning the excursions and doing the tours. I highly recommend the zip line canopy tour and ATV tour to Montezuma waterfalls. It was relaxing and an adventure in the same place. Mal Pais is not a huge American tourist destination like Cabo in Mexico, but that's what we loved about it. So if you are looking for an adventure and a place to relax in paradise, this is the place. If you worried about not being able to speak Spanish, no worries because most people can speak some English. You'll get around just fine. The only thing to prepare you is the airport tax when leaving the country and if you use a smaller airline like Sansa or nature air, there is also a small airport tax. Not a big deal though. Most places accept credit cards, but we found it easy to just exchange our money into colones. I miss vista de olas already! We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 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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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Everything about Vista de Olas is beautiful: from the luxury private villa with outdoor bathroom to the breathtaking views. The hotel offers numerous activities such as ATV rentals, waterfall tours, fishing and snorkeling excursions, evening community fiestas and zip-lining through nature reserves. Roger, the owner, along with his entire staff are welcoming, friendly and helpful ; they intend to make your stay peaceful and unforgettable...and they succeed!

Each morning a fresh breakfast is made near the pool, along with unlimited coffee and toast. The dining options were plentiful -- fresh fish, steak in ever variety, grilled chicken and salad made with local produce.

The villas are private, beautifully tiled with costal decor, fine bedding and a kitchen area.

While there are endless things my boyfriend and I will never forget about our stay, the views, infinity pool, and hospitality are among them. Our stay not only allowed us to spend time exploring the Mal Pais beaches and villages, but also gave us the opportunity to meet friendly people who travel to Vista de Olas from all over the world!

We were able to completely unwind, forget the time and take in every gorgeous moment at Vista de Olas.

We will definitely return and count down the days until then.

Thank you!!!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Incredible stay at a perfectly run hotel. Great staff, great food, great drinks, and that view is second to none! A must stay for those seeking opportunities to discover the area but able to come back to a great hotel after a long day of excursions. Rooms were very well kept and gorgeous. Happy hour watching the sunset from the infinity pool is worth the trip alone. Roger and his family make your stay feel like you are part of their family. A nice relaxing atmosphere in an absolutely perfect setting. PURA VIDA!!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My boyfriend and I were so glad to have found a deal for this hotel on LivingSocial! We stayed for 7 nights and afterwards wished we could have stayed for another few days. The Zaugg family and the staff were so hospitable and ready to do anything to make our stay more enjoyable. We stayed in Villa #2, which has both an indoor and outdoor shower which did have hot water, huge mirrors, and a working fan above the bed. The rooms were kept clean by housekeeping. The only thing I did not like about the room was the bed, which we both found to be a little harder then we like. While there, we went on an ATV tour with Roger's son Mikey who taught us about the areas we were touring (Mal Pais & Montezuma) and took us to a waterfall! We also went zip lining, which was so much fun b/c the guys working there are hysterical and make it so much fun! My bf also went surfing with Mikey (a semi-pro surfer), who he said was a great teacher as he had never tried surfing before yet was able to catch a few waves successfully with his help. We rented an ATV for 4 of the days we were there as it was the fastest and most enjoyable way to travel ($65/day). The ticos in Mal Pais are so kind and many of them speak English. One aspect of our trip that made it especially enjoyable was meeting other young couples staying at the same hotel and getting to know them better during our stay. Since there are only 5 villas, this was easy to do as there are never too many guests staying at one time. We would even go out to eat often and hit the town with the other 3 couples we met.The puppies of the Zaugg's 2 dogs were also super cute and fun to play with! Overall, we highly recommend Hotel Vista de Olas and if we ever go back, that's where we'd like to stay =)

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

...that this rock we are riding through the universe and call Earth is so beautiful and diverse that it would be a crime to visit the same place twice. For Vista de Olas I would commit that crime.

It's not only the breathtaking view: Roger, Heidi and their staff are most probably the friendliest and most helpful people you will meet in Costa Rica. When we changed the hotel once (just to come back two days later ;), Roger even dropped us off there. He runs a great restaurant but will enthusiastically recommend other awesome food places around town to you. What more can I say about the hospitality of these people? We really felt that we have become friends with all of them.
I highly recommend to book one of the packages. They are great value for money. Especially the ATV tour is a must I would say.
We originally wanted to stay in Mal Pais for 3 nights and ended up staying a whole week - enough said. I hope we can come back one day...

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Vista de Olas is well set up: The rooms are big with huge king-sized beds and air conditioning, a mini fridge, a rack to hang clothes, a private attached outdoor shower/sink area (warning, shower does not get hot, but since its hot out usually its not an issue), patio area. All circling a great main dining area with swim-up bar and infinity pool with attached (same temp water) jacuzzi. Tables made to accommodate any size group, a couch area, and plenty of shaded areas. There are nearby flowering bushes that always have tons of butterflies on them too. Also, as far as food and drinks in the hotel, they were superb. I recommend the steak.

The sunsets are amazing: You know you've hit the right place when the locals will show up for it! (pool is open to the public after 4pm when they purchase $16 worth of booze) We had the place mostly to ourselves up until then, but it was a fun and entertaining environment, and it felt good to be the insiders. It was almost like the party came to you.

The Vista de Olas family are sweet and inviting. Makes you feel right at home. Roger helped us plan out our vacation with his knowledge of the area. We walked to a river where freshwater shrimp nibbled on our feet, hands, etc because of him, and it's a memory I won't soon forget. The rest of the team was also great, fun to talk to, and they were always right on top of what they needed to be doing.

Activities - they were all so much fun!: Ziplining Canopy Tour - I've been on several and never have I done the stunts performed on this one... (i'll keep it a surprise!). Surfing - I have tried unsuccessfully before, but with Mikeys instruction, I felt like I was improving tremendously. A great experience. ATV tour - absolutely beautiful landscape - like driving through a movie, you get to learn about different animals, plants, and we jumped in the montezuma waterfalls, before eating at a nice local restaurant. Snorkeling was fun too, although visibility was suffering that day, we still got to see large school of fish including Barracuda!

The Mal pais area and people were easy to get along with, and we made plenty of fast friends in town. It had a nice small town feel - not commercialized, but touristy enough where you could certainly get by fine. We followed Rogers recommendations on food and always had good meals. The taxi into town was 3000 colones ($6) or a 15-20 minute walk (which I frankly never did). There was beach access closer, more like 10 minutes.

I would highly recommend Vista de Olas for both a couple of friends or a romantic getaway. Great mix of fun/adventure and relaxation. Seriously, you will not regret it.

Oh, and bring bug spray or buy it at the grocery store. You may need it.

Room Tip: Vistas 4 and 5 share a patio area, so if you're planning on booking 2 rooms, these are the ones...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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: 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:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
#2 Family Hotel 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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