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“Excellent location, great staff very relaxing the perfect get away!” 5 of 5 stars
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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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“Excellent location, great staff very relaxing the perfect get away!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Excellent location, great staff very relaxing the perfect get away. Tranquil enjoyed snorkeling and the company of other guests! I will be back! Loved it! The General Manager was very helpful. Louse is a great fishing captain, knows right where the fish are biting!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Woodridge, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We flew into LIR Liberia International Airport which is about a 30 minute drive to the resort. The resort arranged transportation to/from the airport for us, two families traveling together a group of eight for $80 US total each way.

The resort has nice four unit bungalows, and each unit is spacious with air conditioning & a balcony. Our room had a small kitchen, and we made a quick trip to the nearby market to have some snacks, drinks and cereal. Very helpful.

A short walk to a private beach with kayaks which are free to guests. The resort is located on a bay which has almost zero surf. They said there are plans to acquire a few standup paddle boards, which their location would be ideal.

The pool area is nice, and includes a couple of hammocks to enjoy. The restaurant/bar area is nice and open to the outside. Breakfast is included, and we ate most meals at the resort. The food was good, and the staff was very friendly.

A short taxi/drive to Playa del CoCo (15 minutes taxi/drive) there is a large beach, restaurants, and shops for buying gifts/souvenirs. Playa de Hermosa (10 minute taxi/drive) has a couple of nice restaurants and another large beach too. Both cab rides one way with tip $20 US.

The resort arranged a snorkeling trip which picked us up right at their private beach, which was a great experience. Our group of 8 took up the whole boat. Aerial & Luis took great care of us, and showed us a really cool cave (at low tide) & two different snorkeling locations. Great time. We also went zip-lining which the resort arranged, as well as transportation to/from which was a great time. Zip-lining was only about 30 minutes away i believe. We all enjoyed the snorkeling & zip-lining very much.

James and the rest of the crew at the resort were great! Super helpful & had great recommendations for excursions & other areas to explore.

  • Stayed March 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Vista Bahia for a week in April 2013. We enjoyed the number of activities that the resort itself offered, such as well-maintained hiking trails, beautiful views of sunsets, a lookout on the point, a private beach (La Playita), and easy walking access to Playa Panama. Note that because this resort is located on a bay, the beaches most near it do not have big waves for surfing. The resort itself has a number of amenities, including a pool, hammocks, and a restaurant/bar with complimentary breakfast.

The employees are very friendly and helpful. The room was very spacious, included A/C, and had two nice balconies overlooking the bay.

One thing to note is that this hotel is not near any towns. The closest (very) small town is Playa Hermosa, which is about a 45 minute walk (5 minute drive) away. The next larger town is Playa del Coco, which is about a 15 minute drive down the coast. You can take a taxi to either of these locations for about $15 USD (one-way) or rent a car to access them. Playa del Coco is an active town with a great beach that has larger waves.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This resort has really nice large condo style units with deck, and super quiet grounds, which are far removed from the crazy beach bar scenes!! It has its own small private beach, altho too many jelly fish for comfort along the beach & in water!! Super place for couples or young families! I really liked the open air bar/restaurant area, but the bar itself needed some cooling fans!! Good quality for the price!!
Not for the heavy partyers unless maybe during peak season!

Room Tip: Most rooms have deck or view overlooking Playa Panama, but maybe ask irrequest!?
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed here after arriving from NYC in Liberia. It was a perfect place to start our tour of Costa Rica: spacious, clean rooms in small 4 unit bungalows each with a balcony, a short walk to the beach, kayaks free for guests to use, a pool perfect for children or lounging, the food was adequate and the staff very friendly. We liked it so much that we came back with our daughter and finished our tour at the Vista Bahia as well. On our last morning, they arranged for a boat to ferry us over the cove to a coral reef for snorkeling. In the off-season, the rates were excellent - 50% of what we paid for elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 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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POrtland, OR
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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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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Additional Information about Vista Bahia Beach Resort

Address: Papagayo Blvd, Playa Panama, Costa Rica (Formerly Monarch Resort)
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*
Number of rooms: 34
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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