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“Highly recommended!” 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
South Lake Tahoe, California
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“Highly recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Perfect spot to bring your lady. Beachfront, private, secure, quiet, warm, inviting. Hard pressed to find a cooler place to stay. Thanks to the owners for sharing this awesome place with the rest of us. Would stay again in a second.

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Playa Cielo for our honeymoon in mid Novemeber. This was our first trip to Santa Teresa and definitely not our last. What a spectacular place to stay!
The grounds are beautiful with 4 casitas, a pool, and a restaurant right on the beach. The owners, Adelle and Sol make sure all your needs are met. Carlos set up our fishing trip our horse back riding and our ATV rental. He handled everything, all we had to do was show up. Habanero's, the Mexican restaurant on site is outstanding. Don't expect greasy tacos; think fresh fish served with the most delicious fresh sauces and large portions. Gary the chef was nice enough to cook up the fish that we caught on our trip. He made us an awesome ceviche. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time with no complaints. One of the most beautiful beaches and great relaxed atmosphere. I would recommend Playa Cielo to anybody. I cant wait to go back!

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

There are no words to describe the magic of this place that would do it justice. Perhaps, that is why it has taken us so long to sit down and put together a worthy review. Our 16-night stay at Playa Cielo began on July 11th, and believe us, when the time was nearing to pack and go, we did not want to budge. Even though we enjoyed the other two places we visited, if we had to do our well-planned trip to Costa Rica over, we would have stayed the entire month right in our villa at Playa Cielo.

It was wonderful to find that everything we saw in the traveler photos and read in the reviews was even better in person. The entire grounds were perfectly manicured, from the beautiful stone pathways to the lush gardens of each villa. The villa was perfect! The four-poster canopy bed wasn't just romantic, but was also one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in.
The villa was quite spacious, giving us plenty of room to store our belongings and move around effortlessly. Even the patio was large, complete with daybeds, and hammocks. The bathroom was very unique. The decor was beautiful and although we were a little weary of the open-ceiling shower, we ended up loving it! We could hear birds chirping while showering during the day and see the stars at night. It added just the right amount of tropical influence (and if you are worried about bugs, don't be, because they were nearly non-existent).

The stretch of beach that Playa Cielo sits on is the prettiest stretch out of all that we saw in Costa Rica (and we went to a number of different beaches on both coasts, including nearby Playa Hermosa). It's simply pristine and never crowded. It was even great to relax at the pool and have a beautiful view of this exquisite beach. P.S. The sunsets are to die for!!!

The staff was very friendly and helped in any way they could. Carlos was our go-to guy! He set up all of our trips and adventures, and was very knowledgeable about the area. Jose was also the man and took care of us throughout our stay. Honestly, everyone that works there, including housekeeping and the restaurant staff, were truly amazing.

As for the restaurant, we could have eaten all of our meals there every single day and been perfectly content. We are food lovers who frequent restaurants in the food capital of the world, New York City, and we know a great meal when we eat one. All of the dishes are great, and you certainly can't go wrong with fresh fish straight out of the Pacific!

Last, but absolutely not least, the true reason that made our stay so unforgettable were the owners. Shlomi and Adele were amazing. They not only know how to run their charming establishment perfectly, but they make their guests feel very much at home. Playa Cielo is one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in and we can now confidently say that this is our favorite beach destination (and we travel a great deal). Our trip to Costa Rica was one of our most memorable vacations and a large part of that was due to Adele and Shlomi. We can not wait to return to Playa Cielo and the paradise of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Morro Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Spent a glorious honeymoon week at Playa Cielo. It was the greatest place we have ever stayed. We made ourselves at home, and they made us feel at home..... without being at home. Everything was perfect. Fresh fruit every morning. Extremely comfortable inside and out. Immaculate grounds and room. The staff was AMAZING!!! I cannot stress enough how great it was to be in a foreign country and not have to worry about a thing. Carlos the host, Antonia the housekeepr, and Gerald the groundskeeper were all so over the top helpful and friendly. We saw other places in the area and this place was on a level all by itself. We will be back, and we might not leave next time.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My wife & I just enjoyed celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary staying with the wonderful people @ Playa Cielo, and we couldn't have been happier with our choice & experience! (stayed Nov 11th -18th, 2012) I found Playa Cielo while reviewing Costa Rica Hotels on TripAdvisor, and the great reviews and comment "Get her before it gets changed into a typical resort town" really caught me - and boy was it a good decision. The area is not over run, but very beautiful & quiet, with plenty to do when you want (Fish, ATV, Surf, Snorkel, Zip Line...). With that said, I have to say when we wanted to relax; it was a first class place to relax in the beautiful rooms, around the pool, or at the beach! Their people are wonderful and will help in any way. The restaurant and staff are great with excellent food/drinks, and Gary their chef out did himself when he prepared our fish we caught! (Dorado, Red Snapper, & Mackeral) He served it with some very nice sauces & even made us some wonderful cerveche! - We couldn't recommend a better place to enjoy Costa Rica, the people, and get away!!! - "Get here before everyone else discovers this slice of heaven"!!!
Thank You Again - Adele, Sol, & Staff you are the best!
Jim & Judy
Woodland Park, CO

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

My husband and I spent the first 6 nights of our honeymoon at Playa Cielo and couldn't have picked a better spot to start our trip. We traveled at the end of August 2012 and had such amazing weather and gorgeous sunsets. The grounds are immaculate and we loved our ocean front villa. The porch area in front had the best ocean view and was our favorite spot for relaxing all times of the day! It was such a peaceful stay. Adele, Sol, Carlos and Jose made our trip unforgettable and made us feel apart of their home. Playa Cielo is centrally located which makes it very easy to access surf and restaurants. We walked a ton on our trip and didn't find the need for a rental car. You can set up ATV rental and activities right on the property. We highly recommend Pabros tours! He is AMAZING and such a treat. We had the best time on all his tours! He takes tons of photos along the way and is very informative. Thanks Playa Cielo for a honeymoon we'll never forget!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We spent 10 nights at Playa Cielo in late August of this year (2012). We are a family of 5 with two teenaged boys and a baby and we stayed in the new two-bedroom house at the top of the hill. The house is great, the bathrooms and outdoor showers fantastic, the king sized beds comfortable enough that our sons did not complain about sharing a bed and setting up a pillow wall between them. The owners, Adele and Sol, were incredibly gracious hosts, we saw them every day at the restaurant for drinks. The manager Carlos was wonderful and willing to help us at any time. They will become lifelong friends I am sure. We were awake early enough to see the howlers come down to the ocean, rode horses on the beach, relaxed and recharged our batteries. We highly recommend this jewel. And the low season was great, we felt like the beach was ours alone.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#5 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#6 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 
Also Known As:
Playa Cielo Hotel Santa Teresa
Playa Cielo Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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