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“Luxury in paradise awaits for the adventure traveller at Playa Cielo” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Cielo
Main Street, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #7 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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“Luxury in paradise awaits for the adventure traveller at Playa Cielo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

Without an itinerary, reservation or plan, I was looking for a place to spend a few nights. Upon entering the property, I was warmly greeted and shown the accommodations. I need not look any further; paradise found! My single room bungalow was spacious, elegant and luxurious. I was delighted with the thoughtful, eco-conscious design and local materials used. From the king size bed (very comfortable by the way) in the center of the room, I opened the French doors and watched the surf. The bathroom had an enclosed, open to the sky shower/tub. It just kept getting better. Each morning, a platter of fresh fruits was left on my table. The beach was clean and sparsely populated, with beautiful waves where I watched the surfers play. This is also a great place for sunsets over the Pacific. The grounds and pool were well maintained and enough to keep you from exploring further. But within walking distance are some local restaurant/bars worth checking out. There was no down-side to this trip. I would have to return to the same location for future vacations, knowing a sure bet awaits.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

While looking for a place to stay in Santa Teresa, we decided to check out Playa Cielo. After seeing what was available around the area, we weren't expecting much but were pleasantly surprised when we saw inside one of the bungalows. It has high ceilings and was clean & nicely furnished with an American touch. It has a comfortable king size bed, a large flat screen TV, a small kitchenette with a coffee maker, stove and refrigerator, safe, an air conditioner and ceiling fan. It has a sofa with pull out bed so 4-5 people can stay in the room. The bathroom is modern with an enclosed open sky shower. The porch has 2 hamlets and faces the ocean and pool and we had breakfast of fresh fruits, delivered to our room every morning, outside in the serene surrounding. It was paradise as we left all our troubles behind for a few days.

There are 3 bungalows inside a safe, quiet and gated area. The only other neighbors around were the monkeys in nearby trees who came to welcome us in the early evening of our first day. The staff is hardworking and alert. Adele, the proprietor, is originally from NYC and is very friendly, and is very hands on and can always be contacted when needed.

The only minor inconveniences that we experienced during our stay were the Internet connection was slow and sometimes unreliable, the open sky shower is awkward when it rains and that there’s a hefty fee when a credit card is used to pay.

Overall, we love this place and would definitely go back! We will also recommend it to all our friends and anyone who visits Santa Teresa.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

Loved the accommodations. Very comfortable and clean with excellent on-beach location. Beach is not great for swimming, but very beautiful. Adele (owner) was very helpful in recommending and setting up activities.

The main part of Santa Teresa was a bit of a walk, but a market was in short walking distance.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Highland Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

Place was to American standards and then some. Clean bueatiful room on the sand. One of the nicest in cr

  • Stayed May 2011, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

We stayed with our 3 young children and had a great time. I believe it is the best place in Santa Teresa. The casita was very nice, the kids loved the outdoor shower! We walked the 50 yards to the beach every morning and the kids really liked stopping by the pool to release the crabs that had fallen inside during the previous night. The pool are was also very nice.
We found it to be a great value too.

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  • Stayed April 2011, 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
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Boulder, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

I HIGHLY recommend Playa Cielo. This amazing heaven was everything that my Mom and I needed and more...for the perfect getaway in Santa Teresa. The owners, Adele and Shlomi cater to your every need with the utmost care.

Stayed April 2011
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New York, New York, USA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

When we were looking for a place to stay in Santa Theresa, we started out with some high expectations. Mainly we were looking for three things: We wanted a place right on the beach, that had a pool, and a view of the ocean from the room. At Playa Cielo, we found that and so much more. Not only are the cabanas poolside with an ocean view, but they are truly on the high end of casual luxury. The beds are comfortable and sumptuous, the shower opens up pleasantly to the sun and sky, there's air conditioning and a convenient little kitchen to prepare meal, all of which is rare to impossible to find in Santa Theresa in this rate which incidentally includes a delightful breakfast of local fruit, croissants, and fresh made bread. If that were all we found when we got there we would have been overjoyed. However, much to our delight Playa Cielo came with so much more. The property's owners and managers, Sol and Adele, took what would have been a terrific vacation and made it truly spectacular. There warmth, willingness to help, and the sheer pleasure of their presence provided an element to our trip that ratings can't measure. We look forward to our return to Playa Cielo in the future and would heartily recommend this special place to anyone looking for a uniquely memorable vacation experience.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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
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Additional Information about Playa Cielo

Address: Main Street, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#8 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful, luxury beachfront villas each with amazing ocean views. Centrally located to supermarkets and restaurants.Relax by our beachfront pool or lounge in any of the available hammocks by the ocean. ... more   less 
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Playa Cielo Hotel Santa Teresa
Playa Cielo Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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