We had some difficulty finding this hotel due to the lack of road names and signage. However, it was definitely worth finding! The hotel rooms were like small condos, and even though it was a little rough around the edges, we did not come all the way to Costa Rica to hang out in a hotel room. The wildlife on the grounds of the hotel was exceptional - we had a small pack of howler monkey's hanging out in the tree's right outside our room! The Magpie-Jays at the restaurant were cute, but slightly aggressive. We also saw some mot-mots, several iguanas, and one monitor lizard.
The rooms are a small distance from the front desk, and they have you park your vehicle at the front (no vehicles beyond the front desk area - this makes for very quiet grounds, and subsequently, excellent sleep!). The rooms were nice and clean, however, I noticed that the bathtub/shower combination could pose entry problems for people with limited mobility. The combination shower/bath tub has very high sides that were difficult for even myself to get into.
The open air restaurant was fabulous! We went for happy hour both nights we were there, and the bar/restaurant staff were exceptionally friendly. The meals we ordered were fantastic, and the included breakfasts were also great. The bar/restaurant uses the tab system, so you don't even need to bring your credit card/money with you to dinner. On our last night, we brought a MahiMahi that we caught on our deep sea fishing adventure, and the chef prepared an exceptionally delicious meal for us that evening, consisting of the fish, potatoes and vegetables with garlic sauce.
On our last day, we went down to the private beach area to do some kayaking (all we had to do was ask at the desk to use the kayaks, and they arranged for us to have them in 15 minutes). We kayaked around the bay, and saw plenty of tropical fish. We went swimming afterwards, only encountering one jelly fish while there. Finally, we finished our visit to the Vista Bahia with lunch. My husband had the Peruvian ceviche, and I had the Arroz con Camarones. The portions were quite generous, the food was delicious, and the prices were reasonable.
All in all, I would most likely return if we should ever be in the north-west area of Costa Rica again!
- 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