This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we researched a lot of places to stay, we were looking for somewhere suitable for a family (kids are 15 and 12) where we could experience an authentic taste of the country rather than a tourist resort with luxury accomodations. Bella Vista was on our shortlist because of location, price and other reviews. Bert was so helpful in the planning stage with questions about car hire, places to see etc that we knew this was the place to stay. Our expectations were exceeded, the lodge is a traveler's paradise. We stayed in one of the cabins, the porch a perfect spot to capture the beautiful views. Perched high above the ocean in the midst of the jungle we woke every morning to the sound of howler monkeys. We went during the "green season" so daily rain was a given but not a hindrance. There is no air conditioning but you don't need it, the breezes keep you comfortable and mosquitoes are not a problem. Bert was a wonderful host, happy to share his extensive local knowledge and help with making bookings for an array of activities. (Don't miss the horseride to the waterfall, it was a wonderful day out) Breakfast and dinner was available on request. Bert is a great cook who prepared a varied menu using fresh, local ingredients. Meal's were taken on the porch at the main lodge with our fellow travellers. Stories and laughter shared as easily as if you were staying with friends. Truly a wonderful experience that we hope to repeat!
- Also Known As:
- Bella Vista Hotel
- Bella Vista Hotel Dominical
- Bella Vista Lodge Costa Rica/Dominical
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bella Vista Lodge is perched 1200 feet above Dominical with panoramic Pacific coastal views of Manuel Antonio to the north and the Osa Peninsula to the south. There are 4 guest rooms with private baths in the Lodge as well as the dining deck. Cabins are also available equipped with small kitchens as well as private decks. A truly authentic Costa Rica experience! Horseback riding to Nauyaca Waterfalls, white-water rafting, surfing, sport fishing, hiking, zip lining, birdwatching, whale watching, scuba and snorkeling--all within minutes away. Restaurant by reservation only. Fresh ingredients are gathered at the local markets -- fresh, fresh, fresh. Groups welcome! Family reunions, weddings, photo, music, cooking, and art seminars, yoga/spa/massage, and birdwatchers. ... more less