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“A spot of heaven” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Horizon Ocean View Hotel and Yoga Center

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Horizon Ocean View Hotel and Yoga Center
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Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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“A spot of heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

We spent a week here and were fortunate to get one of the villas. There is a kitchen, outdoor veranda downstairs and bedroom on the first floor. Room service was excellent. It's ideal if you want to cater for yourself and enjoy the restaurants close by. It's five minutes to the beach and just up the hill to the yoga centre.

There is wifi available as well as a library of DVDs in case you did want to chill out. Although in place like this there are quite a few better ways to spend the time! There is a night guard and we felt safe and secure throughout.

The only thing we missed were some more shelves or places to put stuff in the house but didn't feel this interrupted us in any way. It was the perfect place to stay. Brilliant. Would definitely go again.

  • Stayed January 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

The Horizon hotel surpassed our expectations. I went with my husband who is not super into yoga as I am and this little place fit our needs perfectly. I was able to yoga every morning, with him when he wanted to, and then do a fun activity with him the after noon (zip lining ect.) Gali and Yoav are awesome and will help you plan your trip perfectly to fit your needs. The tea house is DELICIOUS! They are Gali's own vegetarian recipes and her fruit shakes are amazing and refreshing! The little bamboo villas with a kitchenette are adorable and contemporary with amazing ocean views that greeted us every morning. They are very clean, safe and quiet with filtered water you can drink out of the tap. We stepped out next door into the tranquility pool which is also an extremely peaceful way to pass the time. All in all, an amazing trip. Just the r&r we needed. Would definitively love to come back and visit again.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Brentwood, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

My wife and I just got back from a two week trip to Horizons that was incrediably healing. We have been traveling to CR and S.T. since 02 and have stayed and practiced yoga at many places. The customer service, staff, yoga, Tahini Power Shakes, Shaksuka for breakfast, location, security(hola Jesus), cleanliness and the owners Yoav and Gali are only a handful of wonderful experiences you will experience @ Horizons.
If you are going to practice yoga, you will experience a wide varity of excellent instructors who mix practices up daily. There is very little repitition in practices from day to day. From beginner to expert all students are involved and recieve attention.
After your practice head down stairs and refuel on some coconut water, a shake, or one of many ridiculous, fresh, health and organic breakfast options. There are too many to mention. Fyi.. The Musili kicks a#$. The deck in which you will be refueling from will offer you some incrediable views of the ocean below and the surf lineup if you choose to paddle out. If paddleing out , like anywhere; know the rules of the lineup and respect the locals(who by the way are very nice if treated like you want to be treated).
Location is a 10. It's 5min walk to the H20. The beach is nice and clean. The beach is a surf beach though so if you are not a strong water person always be cautious. If you are looking for a fun family beach head north or south 15 min and you will be fine.
Lastly I would like to mention the owners and the staff at Horizons. Gali and Yoav are two amazing people who can fill your soul with lots of healing ,relaxation and peace. They both just seem to know what works and what doesn't. Their staff(Tico's) are friendly,honest and respectful.Tip with respect! If you are looking for a relaxed vibe with or without some yoga I promise you Horizons is the place for you. We will be back for years to come. At least until we are permenant in ST.

Room Tip: If traveling with a family you will need the bigger units.
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  • Stayed February 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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Lawrence, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Although we live in Costa Rica, there are still places that we haven't been to. We'd never gone to the Nicoya so we asked our friends and family for suggestions. My son and daughter-in-law had stayed in Santa Teresa at the Horizon Hotel and highly recommend it. We weren't disappointed. It's a lovely small hotel consisting of several cabins and villas high enough off the street to have an ocean view, ocean breeze and no dust! There are several pools scattered around and the ocean is an easy walk away. We had breakfast there one morning and it was wonderful! There are also many restaurants within easy walking distance. The staff was extremely friendly and made arrangements for us for day trips, dinner and massages. I would go back there and recommend it to anyone who wants to visit that area!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

It's hard to write a review for horizon without making you think I get paid for it but it is simply the best hotel in a surfing location that I've ever been to. Yoav and his wife are brilliant hosts and great cooks and the rooms are well thought out and simply wonderful. They even installed a blind on the porch so you don't get hit directly by the sunlight while sleeping in your hammock.
Simply awesome. I'll be back as soon as I can.

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

We stayed at the Horizon for 7 nights in mid-February. The accommodations were simply perfect. The room was comfortable with both a fan and an air conditioner. The kitchenette was sufficient for putting together some simple meals like eggs, toast and coffee in the morning. And the deck, overlooking the ocean, was a perfect spot for enjoying our breakfast and coffee or for escaping the strong afternoon sun to read a book. We stayed in a one bedroom cabin (essentially a small studio), which suited our needs (two of us, a couple) well.

The Horizon is up the hill from the main road. It takes no more than 5 minutes to walk down to the ocean. Walking up the hill is a workout, but only a 2 minute one. And we appreciated being off the main road. Also, we surfed nearly everyday, and the the surf shop where we rented boards (Nalu) was happy to let us store them there, so we never had to carry our boards up hill.

The yoga and pilates classes are very enjoyable. The organic cafe puts out great food. The wifi signal was a little weak in our cabin (#2), but we viewed that as a positive thing. It's more than sufficient for checking your email or looking something up. Finally, the owners Yoav and Gali are kind souls looking to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

  • Stayed February 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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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We had such a great all around experience at Horizon. We stayed in a one bedroom villa which was very clean and comfortable. It has 2 floors and 2 decks, the top floor had a hammock and the bottom floor had a hanging single bed on the deck. Having 2 floors is great if your partner wants to sleep in while you sneak out quietly for an early morning surf session. It is up on a hill so until the sun shines in at about 3pm the cool ocean breeze makes the room very comfortable. The food and service is great, all cooked with fresh ingredients. I had a watermelon and peppermint smoothie every day I was there! Although I did not do any yoga, my girlfriend said it was great. We did get 2 couples massages and the quality was very good and the price is also good. It takes about 10 minutes to walk down the hill, across the main road and down the path to the beach. There are also many great restaurants, grocery stores and surf shops close by. When we come back we will definitely stay at Horizon again for part of the trip, and probably try to stay at one of the highly rated hotels with bungalows on the beach for the other part. I have to stress the quality of food and drinks here is amazing for breakfast and lunch, they do not serve dinner. There is also a very nice guard who walks the property in the afternoons and at night.

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  • Stayed February 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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Address: Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Horizon ocean view hotel and yoga center. Our cabins and villas are fully equipped luxury units. Located on a hill side just above the center of town, only 5 minutes walk from the white sands of the amazing Santa Teresa beach, with its famous surfing points. We have three different pools dipping in wild tropical gardens, tea house & fresh vegetarian kitchen. The panoramic ocean view yoga deck is located at the highest point of the hotel. We parctice yoga daily as well as Pilates, and offer various types of massage treatments. ... more   less 
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