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“Wonderful stay - trip exceeded our expectations!” 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 #1 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
“Wonderful stay - trip exceeded our expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Gorgeous views, delicious breakfast, great hospitality, lots of fun activities that Roger and his staff will coordinate for you, and very romantic rooms. Perfect for the traveler looking to be pampered, but also wanting to enjoy some adventure. We couldn't have been more happy with our stay!

Room Tip: All of the villas are excellent. You can't go wrong with any of them!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Everything about Hotel Vista de Olas is perfect. I stayed with my girlfriend for four days, and there were times we wondered why we ever left the hotel. We found the hotel through a Groupon deal, and it was spectacular. The deal included a BBQ dinner, happy hour, daily breakfast, bottle of wine, ATV tour to Montezuma Falls, and either horseback riding or zipling -- we chose to go ziplining. The meals at the hotel are as close to Costa Rican" food as we had the entire time. Many restaurants in town -- while absolutely delicious -- were Italian, Japanese, or heavily influenced by American cuisine. At the hotel, it was the best fish I ever had, plantains, rice, salads.... the food was fresh and flavorful.

The rooms are beautiful -- nestled right in the trees with ocean views. We saw monkeys in the early morning and were lulled to sleep every night by the sounds of the jungle. Occasionally, an unwanted bug showed up in our room, but nothing tragic. (Plus, it's Costa Rica. What do you expect? BRING DEET. It will save you.) The outdoor shower is awesome, the decoration is lovely, and the hotel has the only toilets we saw that you can actually flush toilet paper down.

Roger, his wife, and his sons (Mikey and Swen) are warm, personable, knowledgable, and a lot of fun. His staff -- especially Javier and Carolina -- are amazing. The hotel is only about a mile from town, so you can walk or rent the ATVs from Roger, which are super fun. Perhaps the best part of the hotel is the infinity pool, pool bar, and views of the jungle and ocean. We could have spent all day there. For a few hours (4pm to 9pm) the pool is open to the public, and it only got crowded one night. Otherwise, it was all ours all day. No complaints.

Room Tip: All of the villas are AMAZING. You can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Stay here for a fantastic view and great hospitality. The view from both our villa and the pool/bar area were spectacular, and Roger and his staff were extremely accommodating. You might not find a better bed anywhere.

Room Tip: Villa 5 has the best ocean view
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Traveling around Costa Rica, this place is really unique, far from the action in a good way. The views are breathtaking, particularly while taking a dip in the pool watching the sunset. The staff was great. I put on quite a show for them (and my friends) when a gekko fell from the rafters of the restaurant, surprising both me and the gekko when he (or she?) landed on my shoulder! All in good fun...I will remember my stay here forever!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Rhetorical question of the day:
Is it worth it to stay at a place that you will immediately miss, the moment that you leave?
Yes, yes, a million times yes!

I came here for a solo week-long trip, knowing that I would be able to find a good time in Costa Rica. What I didn't expect was to find it so effortlessly in one place. Vista de Olas, as pure real estate, is stunning all on it's own. Horizon stretching views make pool-side relaxation otherworldly. The private rooms make it feel like you have the place to yourself. Howler monkeys and hummingbird show you the beauty of being in a rain forest. All the available diversions, atv trips, zip lines, surfing, and more, ensure that you will have a great time every day.
But, what really sets this place apart are the people. The staff become friends, and Roger, Heidi, and their boys make you feel like one of their family.

There are simply not enough good words to say about this place! If you have even the slightest interest, book this place now! I will be back here again.

Nathan

  • Stayed August 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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Grimes, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

They view is the best in the area. Roger went out of his way to see to it that our trip was what we expected. The bed was the best I have ever slept in period. the excursions that we took with them were the best. Advice: Fly to Tambor from San Jose and pick up your 4 wheel drive car there.

Room Tip: wifi was up at the resturaunt and bar area. only 5 villas to choose from and ours had the best view...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here in April of this year. We were looking to discount from the world and enjoy a vacation away. This is a place for the self-sufficient traveler and adventurer. Our desire on this vacation was to explore Costa Rica by day, spend time on the beach and have a nice place to go back to at night and this was the perfect place for that. The hotel grounds are very clean, well kept and safe. Our room was cleaned everyday and the staff was always nice and courteous. The view from the pool is incredible and I enjoyed every sunset from there while we were there. Yes, the pool area is open to the public and you get a lot of younger people for Happy Hour which for some would be annoying, but we ended up finding very entertaining and made for a good laugh. A simple breakfast is served every morning and you can have dinner at the hotel in the evenings from the grill. One day we were given an ATV tour from Roger's son to Montezuma waterfalls which was extremely fun. He was a great tour guide and very informative. We ended up renting the ATV for the duration of our stay which made getting around the country side extremely easy and fun. Another day, Roger setup a canopy tour for us. We ended up becoming friends with Roger, his wife Heidi and their sons by the end of the trip. We talked to them a lot about all their adventures and they gave us good recommendations for day trips we could take and place to see. We had a great time at Vista de Olas and would go back in a heart beat.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 Green Hotel in Mal Pais
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
#4 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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Vista De Olas Mal Pais
Hotel Vista De Olas Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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