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Nautilus Boutique Hotel- Wellness Retreat
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   75 M East Of Brunellas, Santa Teresa 12112, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 31 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
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“We can't wait to go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Words cannot describe our incredible experience at Nautilus! Arik and Adi were the most gracious hosts and made us feel like family...they are truly the salt of the earth! As soon as we arrived, we knew we picked the best place and felt right at home! We were warmly welcomed with a delicious smoothie, and they were more than accommodating when we arrived several hours before check-in.

We were extremely pleased with our room--it was so beautiful, modern and immaculate! The hotel grounds were stunning...Nautilus is paradise! The pool was wonderful, and we were usually the only ones in it. So relaxing and peaceful. Also, we loved having a room right next to the AMAZING hotel restaurant Olam (see separate review).

What sets the hotel apart the most are the owners behind it. We fell in love with Arik, Adi and their passion for this place! Their service is truly unbeatable, and we just loved being around them. Not only did they recommend the best activities and restaurants Santa Teresa has to offer, they didn't hesitate to book reservations for us. We never had to worry about a thing...I know our trip wouldn't have been the same if we had stayed somewhere else.

To say we highly recommend Nautilus would be an understatement! We've told just about anyone who will listen that they should book a trip here as soon as possible. This trip to Santa Teresa was the most amazing vacation we've ever been on, in large part thanks to Arik and Adi! We came as guests and left as friends. We can't say enough about them and their beautiful hotel...we are already planning our next trip back!

Kelsey & Ryer

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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English first
Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Everything about this place is amazing !!! Eddy & Gal were the best hosts we could imagine. They organized our transfer from Tambor airport straight to the door & were very welcoming when we arrived. Nothing was out of the question they organising our surfing school, fishing charter,daily taxis, restaurant bookings, dirt bike hire everything you could imagine to take the stress out of your holiday. We originally booked for 7 nights but felt so looked after we booked in for longer. !!! The food each morning,coffee & service was just the best!! Its the best place in Santa Teresa & all the staff there are brilliant!
Highly recommended.
Loved it !
Thanks
Rodd,Jessica,Polly,Jessie

  • Stayed February 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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hotelnautlius, Owner at Nautilus Boutique Hotel- Wellness Retreat, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you guys so much for being here with us , it was a pleasure to have you .

We never forget you

Hope to see you soon

Take care

The Nautlius Team
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Durand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

My wife Tina and I spent a very refreshing 9 days at Hotel Nautilus. Eddie And his wife Gayle were very accomodating. They made us feel like family. Later, we met his brother Eric and his wife with their new baby. The rooms are large. There was a full kitchen with pots, pans, & everything you need to make your own meals. Also, a fullsize refridgerator. It is just a 5 minute walk to the beach, and what a beautiful beach it is. We aren't surfers, but I could see why they flock to Santa Teresa. Big enough waves to get a workout. Also, on the hotels site is a fantastic natural foods restaurant called Olam. The best smoothies, breakfast, & lunch entrees. Above the restaurant is their yoga retreat. Once again, if you wish to have a relaxing or stimulating stay I would recomend Nautilus.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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hotelnautlius, Owner at Nautilus Boutique Hotel- Wellness Retreat, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thanks Mike thanks Tina we had So muhc fun having you here with us, please do spread the word, Now that you know that Santa Teresa is much fun !

Wishing you a great year we will be in touch for sure !
Best regards
Arik
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Nautilus is a fantastic find in Costa Rica. We just returned from our second visit and have nothing but good things to say. Rooms are large and beautifully taken care of. The restaurant is absolutely the most fresh and delicious foods made with love. Location is just across from a pathway to the beach and in a more quiet part of town. Adi the owner is absolutely amazing. She makes you feel like family. We cannot wait to return to this magical place.

  • 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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hotelnautlius, Owner at Nautilus Boutique Hotel- Wellness Retreat, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thanks again for your 2nd visit , we had a pleasure having you as always.
See you next time
Pura Vida
Adi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

5 stars is underrated as far as I'm concerned. Like the other reviews, we were greeted warmly by Edi & his wife Gal. The hotel is as described and much more. These large rooms with well equipped kitchens and relaxing terrace are a short walk from everything- great restaurants, grocery and best of all the Beach. How could forget the restaurant on site-Olam, go for breakfast and hit up the yoga studio above!

Early the next day we sat with Edi and he outlined exactly what we could not miss-- he hand drew us maps to places only the locals know. This reason alone is why you should book here--from the best restaurants to private waterfall. Take his advice and you'll have an amazing trip. I really can not say enough about the lovely owners and their beautiful property- our trip wouldn't have been the same with out them! This I the only place to stay in Santa Teresa!

  • 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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hotelnautlius, Owner at Nautilus Boutique Hotel- Wellness Retreat, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts about your stay with us .
We are so happy to hear you had such a good time with us .

We hope to see you soon

Love

The Nautilus Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I went to Santa Teresa with my good friend and spent 5 nights at Nautilus. My friend was the one who took the initiative to find a hotel for us, so I wasn't really clued into the situation; the extent of my research was making sure Nautilus' Trip Advisor review was ok before we sent in our 50% deposit over Paypal. The moral of the story is to believe all the excellent reviews on TA about this place. It was PERFECT for our Costa Rican adventure!

Edi and Gal (recently married - mazel tov!) were the owners in charge when we stayed here. The other owners (Adi and Arik) were in San Jose for the duration of our stay, so we unfortunately had no interaction with them other than via email (to which they were still remarkably responsive, by the way! This was one of the best things about choosing Nautilus even before we got there). Edi and Gal made our trip amazing while we were Costa Rica. They had great recommendations for restaurants and activities, were fun to chat with and learn more about the area, and went out of their way to make our stay complete! The masseuses Edi and Gal booked for us were AMAZING, like the best we've ever had amazing. All the activity providers we booked through Edi and Gal were also awesome (surf, paddleboard, ATV, etc.). I really can't say enough. We missed them as much as we missed Costa Rica when we left - thanks, guys!

The facilities of the hotel were very nice. Olam (separate restaurant review) was DELICIOUS. The yoga classes/studio there were relaxing and nice, and classes cost $10 each. They take place a 9 am and 6 pm (we wish yoga had been at 4 pm so we could've done class then seen the sunset afterwards! we probably would've done more if this had been the case). Masseuses can be booked to come on premises to the yoga studio area. The pool was small but clean and peaceful. We were always the only people using it when we were there. The hotel's proximity to the beach was also excellent - a 3 min walk. We were within 5 minute's walk to an excellent dinner restaurant, Alma (separate restaurant review). The entire hotel had a modern serene vibe. The villas/rooms were basic but had a nice modern/chic vibe and had all you needed for a beach retreat in Costa Rica. Our room had a kitchen with a fridge, dishes, coffee maker, toaster, etc. Our villa/room had one remote-controlled a/c unit that heated and cooled the rooms. It worked plenty well to cool the entire villa/room.

The only (tiny) negative about the hotel was its proximity to some roosters across the dirt road. This woke us up every morning at 4:30, and, while this impacted my sleep quality rating on this review, it also was kind of charming at the same time. The same goes for the howler monkey noises that sometimes mixed in with the roosters. Though obviously it impacts your sleep, it is pretty cool to be in a place that has monkeys roaming around! But, please don't take this as a reason not to stay at Nautilus. I just thought I would explain the 3/5 sleep quality rating I gave. This is what it means to stay in a tiny town in Central America!

We had an excellent experience here and would absolutely recommend Nautilus to friends and family. It was exactly what we were looking for in a relaxing, renewing, and healthy tropical retreat. We loved it!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotelnautlius, Owner at Nautilus Boutique Hotel- Wellness Retreat, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you very much for reviewing our hotel .

We love what we do , and hope you enjoyed your time here .

Looking forward having you again .
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

As my taxi pulled in I was greeting outside with a hug by Gal and knew I made the right choice in hotels. She showed my to my room and a few minutes later a pineapple, cucumber mint smoothie arrived as I unpacked. Gal and Edi go out of their way to make your stay complete - from booking a massage, to making a dinner reservation to renting an ATV to calling a taxi they are there for you! Each room has a kitchen and a living room and after a few days I really started to feel like I was home and not on vacation. I liked it there so much I changed my flight and stayed a few extra days. The location was perfect - just a short walk to the beach, the market and a few restaurants. The pool area was so peaceful and the yoga classes were amazing. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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hotelnautlius, Owner at Nautilus Boutique Hotel- Wellness Retreat, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the rest of the world.

We hope to see you soon.

Nautilus Team
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Address: 75 M East Of Brunellas, Santa Teresa 12112, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nautilus Boutique Hotel- Wellness Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Nautilus Boutique Hotel - Wellnes Retreat Yoga Deck - Healthy restaurant - Surf & yoga Retreats. Our villas capture the exotic character of Costa Rica, surrounded by lush tropical jungle, seamlessly blends into beautiful open-air terraces. Fully equipped kitchen. Large bedrooms Spoiling showers. Flat screen with Cable TV. King size mattress. 100% organic bath amenities. Daily housekeeping service. Refrigerator. Personal safe. Air conditioning. ... more   less 
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