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“Halfway to Heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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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 10 hotels in Dominical
Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Halfway to Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Villas Alturas has been strongly imprinted in my memory of what I hope heaven is like. The sea views, the surrounding jungle, the simple but tasteful design and decore of the villas, the pool/restaurant/lobby area are, to quote another review, ' perfection' . We stayed only 2 nights, and right from the start felt very well taken care of by Eric and Dave. Dave, who is the manager had lots of suggestions for us of places to visit. For breakfast there was lots of fresh fruit, cereals, breads and a terrific homemade oatmeal. On one morning, Eric made us Gallo Pinto (rice with beans) with our favorite Costa Rican sauce. We had a lively evening in the restaurant with an exquisite supper served and cooked by 'Chef' who is from Italy. Both nights I woke up at some point, so went out to see the night sky. It was magical.You can't go wrong staying here.

Room Tip: Villa #3 - unrestricted view
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  • Stayed December 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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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you for your kind words! We recently hit #6 in all of Costa Rica for Service, and we are so appreciative of guests like you who helped us achieve that award. Thank you for your business!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Stayed at the Villas Alturas for a destination wedding --- a fantastic location at the top of a hill – private but close to town. Cindy, David, Oscar and Victoria went out of their way to make the weekend special with one delight after another. The villas are arranged for privacy, yet grouped around a pool and lanai where we would relax, eat, drink and enjoy the view. It was also a great place for the wedding ceremony with the ocean as a background. I’m not sure how they arranged it, but after the ceremony an incredible rainbow appeared in the sky. Once the sun set Cindy brought out Japanese lanterns that we launched into the night to bring good luck to the bride and groom. Cindy and her staff were such a part of the celebration that we had to make sure they were included in the wedding pictures! Can’t think of a more comfortable and unique location to celebrate a special occasion.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

You must visit this gorgeous hotel. It is heaven on earth! My husband and I got married at Villas Alturas on Dec. 8 and had the most wonderful, unforgettable experience. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The views are utterly indescribable. You have to see it to believe it. At night, the sky is astounding. All of us were memorized by the infinite number of stars you could see. I think each of us saw at least 1 shooting star!

The rooms at Villas Alturas are extremely clean and comfortable with the perfect amount of privacy. Our room was very spacious and offered kitchen amenities and a huge shower. The hammock on the balcony was a staple for me.

Perhaps the best part of this hotel is the staff. As other reviewers mentioned, we felt like family. Our family joined us, for a total of 10 of us staying at Villas Altruas. We all had such a great time. The staff made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. Cindy is so sweet, laid back, and accommodating. Victoria and Oscar were lots of fun and catered to our every need. They would frequently check in with us to make sure all was well and to see if we needed a cocktail, water, or anything at all. David cooked all of our meals, which we enjoyed very much. He baked our wedding cake (carrot cake), which was to die for! Cindy, Victoria, Oscar and David made our stay and wedding day so special and perfect.

I would love to go back Villas Alturas and will certainly recommend it to all of my friends. Next time, we would like to stay even longer. What a special, magical place. Also, if you're looking for a gorgeous and unique place to get married, Villas Alturas is the place to go!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

My husband and I spent a week at Villas Alturas in early November. We enjoyed taking in the view from our expansive private balcony while eating fresh mango, which became a daily habit. We found the villas to be conveniently located with easy access to the highway and several beaches. The managers were very knowledgable about the area and provided great Southern Hospitality. Howler monkeys and Toucans were visible from our villa each afternoon. The pool was immaculate and overlooked the ocean, we couldn't have asked for more!

  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
We appreciate your kind comments, Hailey! We hope you come back to see us very soon.
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Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My girlfriend and I spend 3 nights at Villas Alturas in early October, 2012 and it was fantastic! First, I want to say I spend lots of time in Costa Rica and have travelled most of the country, so I'm not some young, impressionable Costa Rica Virgin! Second the Property - it's a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica. Views are incredible and it's only a 10-minute drive or so to a couple of different little towns (Dominical and one I honestly can't recall). The villas are very private and come with safes, kitchens, porches, etc. Finally, Cindy was hosting some of her family members while were there and they adopted us and made us feel totally at home. There was a big "family" dinner one night, another night we had the massage people from town up and everybody got massages and one day we all caravanned down to Quepos and took the boat tour together. All it all it's a fantastic place to stay!

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
That is always our goal, to make you feel like family! We want you to be able to kick off your shoes around the pool deck or in the bar/restaurant and then come looking for them in the morning. :) So glad you felt like one of the family. Please come back anytime, we enjoyed your visit.
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North Richland Hills, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Villas Alturas was everything we had hoped it would be. We love to cook and our villa gave us that opportunity. We love to meet new people and this was the place to do that. Cindy was such a pleasure to be around and even shared my birthday with us at a great place. The views at from the villas are breathtaking. Privacy is important to us and we got it here. You can do as much or as little as you want. We enjoyed most evenings at our villa or at the pool area. Cindy knows the area very well and can always help with things to do. We will be going back in July. There is no other place we would stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in villa 3. Our view was breathtaking.
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  • Stayed October 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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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
We really enjoyed your visit, you definitely fit right in with the Pura Vida lifestyle in Costa Rica, we look forward to your return in July!
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DeSoto, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I love Costa Rica and wanted an opportunity to submerge in its total beauty and comfort. Booking a week at Villa Alturas was the perfect solution. The location is unbelievable. The views from our porch were amazing. Just what I was looking for to rest and revive from a busy schedule. The food was totally wonderful. David is an amazing chef and everything was terrific. The frozen drinks were also superb. All the staff were so attentive. Anything we needed was attended to immediately. What a skilled, loyal and attentive group.
Not sure what activities are available in the area? Looking for thrills or just exceptional scenery? Cindy will arrange most any tour or activity offered in the area.
Want a gourmet restaurant experience (staying at the Villas offers that on site as well), that can be arranged as well.
Transportation from the airport in San Jose is easily arranged as well. We can with a small group of friends and everything was arranged.
It was a spectacular total experience. You really can't beat this if traveling alone or with a group.

Room Tip: They are all wonderful rooms. No need to choose to get a good one.
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  • Stayed July 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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Also Known As:
Villas Alturas Hotel
Villas Alturas Hotel Dominical
Villas Alturas Costa Rica/Dominical
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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 hotels in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas Alturas 3.5*
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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