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“50th Birthday Trip!” 4 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
Boca Raton, FL
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“50th Birthday Trip!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband & I drove @ 5 1/2 hours, including the ferry, from San Jose to get there. It was worth the trip!
Gorgeous location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, helpful owners, fun excursions. Only thing I missed was attempting to surf, as the waves were too high when we were there.
Loved the floral bouquet Heidi put together for me that my sister requested for my birthday!
Met lots of interesting people from AK, KS, CA, etc.
Must eat at The Bakery, Al Chile Viola & Habanero's.

Room Tip: Villa 3...closest to ocean...farthest away from other villa's....
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This destination is certainly worth the time it takes to get here! Roger is the owner and he personally greeted us shortly after our arrival. He and his staff are attentive and hospitable. They are very helpful if you want suggestions for excursions or other guidance while you are in Mal Pais.

The property itself is breathtakingly beautiful, as it is situated in the rainforest, overlooking the coast. The grounds are meticulously maintained and the villas are outstandingly designed.

Vista de Olas truly provides the opportunity for folks to absolutely "unplug" from the rat race. The environment is conducive to connecting with nature, listening for monkeys, and anticipating the next phenomenal sunset.

The food was delicious, so if you do not want to venture away for dinner, stay and enjoy! They serve fresh salads that rival any we have enjoyed in fine restaurants. Breakfasts are well-portioned and the offering is different each day.

Room Tip: All of the villas are ocean view, you can't go wrong...must see!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

I definitely recommend this place to anyone interested in coming to Costa rica, the view is breathtaking, the service is unlike no other (I genuinely miss the staff) and the location couldn't have been better. Thank you Roger and the entire staff for a wonderful experience. Pura Vida!

  • 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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Omaha, Nebraska
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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.

Room Tip: The hotel is located within a tropical rainforest. The rooms are very nice, but do not plan on spend...
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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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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!!!!

Room Tip: Any room will be the perfect room!
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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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Additional Information about Hotel Vista de Olas

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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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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Also Known As:
Vista De Olas Mal Pais
Hotel Vista De Olas Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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