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Villas Alturas
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Alturas de San Martin Norte, Dominical 8000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Dominical
Tel Aviv
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“PERFECT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

This was a perfect stay . We had a beautiful villa with the most beautiful view in Costa Rica.
Beautiful scenery of the jungle on one side and the wonderful sea view from the other side.
Villa has a great kitchen if you want to cook your own meals. The place is very clean ,beds are very comfortable and shower is very good. , The food in the resturant was delicious and we enjoyed the best dinner we had in Costa Rica .
Cindy and David were just great ,taking care for each detail , and making sure that we will make the most of our vacation. Pool is great , and this was the perfect place for us to rest and enjoy.
We just didn't want to leave the villas.
It's very easy to get to Manuel Antonio from here and see all wild life around , we found this place much nicer to stay than in manual Antonio or Quapas.
Thank you Cindy and David for such a wonderful vacation.

  • Stayed April 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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cbpeck2000, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, April 26, 2012
Thanks so much for the kind words! Means alot to us as we just took over the management of Villas Alturas. Please come back and visit us and we will make you an entire Passionfruit Pie just for you!!
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Durham, New Hampshire
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22 hotel reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

My wife and I just stayed just stayed here and had a wonderful time. I would not give this a 5 star rating unless Scott and Russell were there making sure everything got done like a 5 star resort.It was amazing; they unloaded the car as soon as we got there. This was before we had even thought of it.
If you stay here bring 4 wheel drive because you are going up a gnarly hill that ends up in a heavenly location, high above the Pacfic. You are in the jungle looking down at birds soaring in the breeze. The pool and dining area has an unbelieveable view of the whole thing.
We stayed in the handiecaped room by the parking lot. I would not recommend this room because it was a little ackward if you can believe it. There is one room and I do not know the number which has the best location. Try to get that one!
I think that we paid approximately$150/night.For this place it was a steal and that is another reason for the 5 star rating. It is not the Ritz, but I would rather stay at Villa Alturas

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Weatherford, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

If you want a great place to relax and enjoy your vacation! These Villas are your answer! Enjoy a wonderful sunset view from the front porch, nice weather and a comfortable bed. What more can you ask for? Come and enjoy Villas Alturas for yourself, you'll never want to leave!

Room Tip: All the villas are nice with comfortable beds and a great kitchen, if you want to cook? A great home...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

Wow where to start. We just got back from our 6 day trip to Costa Rica. We stayed at Villas Alturas all of those days but the last. The view is amazing. While staying there, many people visited just to see the view. We even had a local have to bring us a new rental car and he took pictures from the balcony because he had never seen a view like the one at Alturas.

Honestly though, Scott and Russell are what make Villas Alturas a place you should visit. They set up all our excursions for us before we arrived, they helped get us a new rental car when we had an issue with ours, they made everyone feel so welcome, and they were just great people that were fun to be around.

The food at the villas was great too. At Breakfast you got a great fruit plate to start and then whatever the special of the day was. But if you weren't interested in the special they would make anything upon request. Truly cater everything to their guests.

If it had not been for Scott and Russell I am sure that we would not have enjoyed Costa Rica as much as we did! Villas Alturas is great whether you are on a trip to relax or one for adventure! Loved it and so will you! The only thing you should be aware of is the drive if you fly into San Jose, it is about 3 to 3 1/2 hours and getting a rental car there is a bit of a painful process. Not that it was hard to get to, just a long drive that you need to be aware of.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

This was by far the best hotel we stayed in on our trip in January.The views from the villas are breathe taking,The food was gourmet.The innkeepers were excellant and went above and beyond to make you feel like family.The wild life we saw from our villa was incredable we saw Howler monkeys,Toucans man exxotic birds and one of the guests saw a jaguar while on a walk near the resort.I can't reall say enough good about the resort..My only regret was we only spent two nights there next time we will spend five nights there.

Room Tip: Villa Del Mar the best view
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

I'm a firm believer in trip advisor reviews when planning my vacations. During our 9 days stay in Costa Rica we stayed at Hotel Belmar(Monteverde), Villas Alturas(Dominical), and Costa Paraiso(Dominical).

It's safe to believe the other reviews that have been posted. Villas Alturas was hands down the best hotel and experience of the three. Scott and Russell provide a level of service that is equivalent to a 5 star resort in the United States. The views and grounds were amazing and tons of birds(including Toucans) seen daily.

Where to begin: When we arrived and decided a rental car was neccessary for all the exploring we wanted to do in the area. Russell offered us a ride to the Marino Ballena National park - also tried to help us get a car that day. When no car was available until the next morning, guess who drove us down to pick it up? That's right - Russell.

On top of that, they are both great people - so down to earth and easy to have fun with. We had some great times with them hanging out at the bar playing cards.

When it came time to take care of the guests, they always put them first!

Azul restaraunt was unbelievable - Fresh fish of the day wrapped in banana leaf over over flame...TO DIE FOR!!

For those of you on the fence between Villas and Costa - it's an easy choice. Costa isn't even close.

Thanks again to Scott and Russell for giving us such a great experience.

-Eric and Maureen

Room Tip: We liked Toucan - no one will walk by your villa to get there. It's a little more private.
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  • 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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Fremont, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

After a long drive from San Jose, the last stretch up the road to Villas Alturas couldn't end quickly enough. We pulled up and were immediately greeted by both Scott and Russell. We instantly knew from their kindness and the overall stunning beauty of the place, we had made the right decision with our lodging situation. We spent the rest of the day drinking the amazing concoctions which Russell blended up for us.

The place itself was absolutely gorgeous with its panoramic views of the ocean/coast/jungle. The villa we were in was immaculately clean and took no time to adjust to. The food which was provided for breakfast, lunch & dinner was masterfully cooked. The suggestions which Scott & Russell had for activities, beaches & restaurants were all spot on. The guys were extremely knowledgable and pointed us in the right direction for canyoning (the best activity we did on the trip).

DO NOT PASS ON THIS PLACE!

Scott & Russell, Amy, Jon, Tiffany and I wish you both all of the best in the future! I sincerely hope we get another chance to get down there. PURA VIDA!

  • Stayed February 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: Alturas de San Martin Norte, Dominical 8000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
#1 Family Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas Alturas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas Alturas offers the perfect combination of peace and quiet, views, sun, beach and adventure. Situated in the Costa Ballena area, only 35 minutes south of Manuel Antonio, you can enjoy the cool beachy vibe of Dominical 15 min away, explore the Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita or sample the international cuisine offered in Ojochal. Villas Alturas offers a complimentary breakfast every morning and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day. We will plan and book all of your tours as well as help you to connect with all of the local free adventures. Barbque grill, free parking, a/c bedrooms, great pool area with an incredible views! Our road was improved in December, 2013 very easily accessible. We can accommodate 30+ people for your parties, destination wedding or any other event. Time to breathe . . . ... more   less 
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