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Vista Bahia Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Papagayo Blvd, Playa Panama, Costa Rica (Formerly Monarch Resort)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Playa Panama
POrtland, OR
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“5 star service at a 3 star price! Location, Location, Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Values are getting harder to find these days, but not here. I was treated like a king. Everyone knows you by name. You feel comfortable sort of a home away from home. Great service. Snorkeling and Kayaking are included great private cove to see octopus, sting ray, eels, colorful fish. You can even find Nemo here. I enjoyed it and cant wait to come back again. It is a sanctuary, kind of a secret. Away from the hustle and noise of Playa del Coco, with afterglow sunsets in the sky. So relaxing and peaceful. This is a True Getaway not to be missed. Recharge your batteries here you won't regret it! And such a bargain compared to the other resorts in the area!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We had a bad experience 1/2 mile down the road at an overrated "Villas" place. This Resort was a true Resort with a laid back setting that smoothed our nerves after a disaster of four night at Villa Sol.

The staff at Vista Bahia is great especially Mr. Blue who appears to work the dinning room area from early morning all thru the night. When does he sleep? Staff very helpful and did Kayak trip early in AM with Resort Kayak, very nice. Close to Gingers Restaurant which is best in the area. Quite pool, quite and restful place.

Room Tip: ask for a room in Jr. Suites close to beach trail.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We do not like big resorts and the truth is that when we booked, we had no idea how big this place would be. We arrived and it was almost empty (it was low season) and this made it a bit sad. However, the rooms are spacious (so much so, that we had two wash basins) and clean. The property is quite big, has a small private beach and a couple lovely elevated decks in the middle of the woods, where you can lounge and look at the bay.
The service was friendly and correct. I think that if we had been there when the place had more occupancy, we would not have gotten the impression that the place was a bit sad... at least, for a group of young friends like us. I think that families will greatlyy enjoy Vista Bahia Beach Resort.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Hi! I don't even know where to start...Hmmm I think I liked the people, the views, the accommodations, the grounds, the food, the drinks all equally as well. The trip was great, and I was envious of every traveler staying longer than a week!

We were welcomed with a mixed fruit smoothie at our check in on Sunday night around 8 PM. We were able to get a golf cart to bring our luggage up to the room. This cart was also available throughout the day to get back & forth from the lobby/restaurant/pool area. However, we chose to walk mostly. There is a small hill and a few trails on the property that overlook the bay. The trails on the property are beautiful. They lead to the secluded beach, to the public beach, and just around the property itself. It was easy to walk around.

The Costa Rican culture is wonderful. People are so kind, and the resort staff excel in their service. Azul was wonderful as were all the other waitstaff and front desk attendants. They kindly made accommodations for us to take tours, reserve the kayaks onsite, coordinating cab rides to Playa del Coco, etc. I can't say enough how nice it all was.

The hotel had perhaps 12-15 other guests at the time. As such, I could easily spend half an hour swimming in the pool or relaxing in a lounge chair by myself. However, it was nice that other times guests were also there to socialize with. The pool and beaches were perfect. Temperatures while we were there were in the 90's usually and were so comfortable. It wasn't like a humid Wisconsin day in August.

The fare was exceptional. There wasn't a meal I didn't love and the prices were great. It was usually $15-$20 an entree with additional availability of drinks or appetizers. The seafood entrees were my favorite. The coffee, muah!

The room had WiFi, a shower with great water pressure, tile floors, kitchenette, A/C, and again, a balcony with a great view!

My mother came with me. We had a chance to talk with the staff & owners who were so wonderful.

Ciao! Until next time =)

Room Tip: There weren't fitness facilities or "kids activities" but certainly beaches and pools...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Wasilla, Alaska
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Extremely well run business, which includes clean well kept rooms, delicious breakfast, plus very helpful staff. It's a relaxing atmosphere in a secluded setting surrounded by nature. I'd highly recommend spending some time at Vista Bahia.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

I booked this hotel for it's secluded surrounding for a more authentic visit to trip to Costa Rica. I was extremely happy with my decision!! The staff was incredibly welcoming, especially Gabby who greeted us and gave us a tour of the property. We also love Ariel and Alberto who work in the restaurant area!! Great service. Meeting John, the owner, and James, his son, was really lovely as well. They were both so informative about the area and were incredibly friendly! Food was great too, especially the civiche. The room was very cute and clean, and had a lovely balcony that over looked the beach. The pool was fantastic. I think we spent at least 4 hours a day there, on top of exploring the beaches surrounding the resort. We also had a great experience snorkeling with Luis and his cousin Ariel, catching puffer fish and sea urchins.

I celebrated my 21st birthday there, and it will probably be one of the best memories that I will have. Can't wait to go back and see the renovations/expansions!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

A real bargain on the south side of Bahia Panama. Apparently formerly a condo development, the property which is situated on an elevated point just west of Playa Panama is run by an American, but staffed by a young group of very friendly and helpful Ticos. Property has everything these Canadians want/need including full suites, pool and amenities, private beach, good bar and restaurant, and so on.
James, the owner's son, went out of his way to be helpful. Great location as it is within reasonable driving distance to beaches to west, and attractions north and south of Liberia. The property, as it is in the process of re-birth from condo to hotel resort, has a few minor shortcomings but for the price are inconsequential.
Well recommended.
More Tico than North America and therefore for these tourists more preferable.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Papagayo Blvd, Playa Panama, Costa Rica (Formerly Monarch Resort)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Playa Panama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Playa Panama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vista Bahia Beach Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A development surrounded by flora, fauna and wildlife that offers a natural environment in complete harmony with the surroundings. Vista Bahia Beach Resort is the ideal place to rest, relax and enjoy everything Costa Rica has to offer. Animals seen and photographed on property have included; monkeys, squirrels, iguanas, numerous butterflies, mapaches, and pizotes and many different species of birds, We also have numerous trees, cacti, hiking trails and beautiful gardens. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Monarch Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
Monarch Resort Gulf Of Papagayo
Vista Bahia Beach Resort Costa Rica/Playa Panama, Guanacaste

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