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“Beauty and peace at the top of the world” 5 of 5 stars
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Horizon Ocean View Hotel and Yoga Center
Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
San Francisco, California
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“Beauty and peace at the top of the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Every morning, you wake to the sounds of the ocean. That sound will be with you the entire time you're at Horizon, which is one of the many benefits of not being at sea level! (Another is not dealing with the dust, which is ubiquitous down in the town during dry season.) Perched up on the hillside, you look out into the clear sky, over green trees and blue water. It's the perfect place to rest, relax, reset.

The rooms are clean and minimal - it's kind of like staying in a grown-up tree house, actually. There's running water, a kitchen with a fridge, air conditioning (grown-up) but there's also a hammock, the sounds of nature all around you (and sometimes in your room, don't worry, it's harmless), and a rustic aspect (tree house), which makes it truly unique. The owners are lovely people and a big part of what will make your stay so wonderful. They provide helpful notes in the rooms, but they are also available throughout the day, whether to teach one of the top notch yoga classes in the most amazing place I've ever practiced yoga (in an open pavilion overlooking the ocean, wow), whip up a delicious smoothie, or to answer any questions about the many things to do in the lively surf town of Santa Teresa.

This review is actually depressing me, because I'm sitting behind a computer in San Francisco and not laying in a hammock at Horizon ... Hmmm. Go. Leave now. You'll have to fly into San Jose, take a commuter plane to Tambor, and then take a cab to Santa Teresa, but it is worth it. You will get there and you will instantly understand - it is worth it. Take me with you!

Notes:
- You have to pay the balance of your bill in cash or you can pay by credit card but there is a 10% fee.
- For the beauty of the view and the peace of being above it all, there is a slight trek to the beach (down a hill, to the right on a dusty road, across a little bridge, to a path leading to the sand - about 7 minutes).
- Other reviews reference a pool you can swim in, but I only saw the dipping pool beneath the Tea Pavilion. If you're interested in the grounds, be sure to ask!

  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This was the first of two stops for us on our first visit to Costa Rica, and we couldn't have asked for a better place to call home for 3 days.

Service-Fantastic. We were want for nothing. They set up our cab to and from the airport, our stand-up paddleboarding excursion (with transportation), and our ATV rental. No question went unanswered.

Accomodations-Slightly rustic, but extremely clean and comfortable. Great views. Fairly quiet, although not sound-proof, by any means. But we were never disturbed.

Location-Central to everything in Santa Teresa. You are up a steep hill, and the property has many stairs, so be forewarned.

Food-Great. The fruit juices are worth the trip alone. We only sampled the breakfasts, and they were really well done. Go with the wheat bagel. Their teas are made from herbs grown on the property, and are perfect.

Negatives-This would be nitpicking, really. We stayed in Cabin 1, and the WiFi was spotty. But if that's the only complaint, you're doing okay. I mentioned the steep hill, and you're a 5-10 minute walk to the beach, but like I said, if you know that going in, you should have nothing to worry about.

(Also be forewarned-like most places we went, you don't flush your toilet paper. It's really not a big deal, and is never noticable here.)

Overall, a fantastic place to stay, especially for the rates they charge. You'd have a hard time doing better in Santa Teresa, or anywhere else in Nicoya Peninsula.

Room Tip: Cabin 1 is a little spotty on the WiFi, and is right next to the road (but traffic is very minimal).
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

If you want to feel better with your body and soul, this is the place! the rooms are great, you have privacy and everything is green, the view is amazing, the food is delicious and healthy, a jeep is recommended for going up the heel a few times a day...

  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Horizon for 11 nights in January 2013.
Everthing about our stay was fabulous. The accomodations were very nice. The food was outstanding~!!! The yoga was excellent. Yoav and his wife are beautiful people and they run a first class hotel.
Santa Teresa has some of the best beaches in Costa Rica- a great place to vacation.

Barry Debbie Culkin

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I cannot sing the praises of this hotel enough. The accommodations,the landscaping,the food,the yoga and most of all the owners. This hotel will not disappoint. Look no further in this town which can be hot and dusty. This hotel is a piece of paradise.. Make sure you book tours through them as we'll because they will steer you towards the best guides.

  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

There was so much to love here I'm not sure where to begin. Yoav and his wife have made the most out of this resort. First off, the room quality is excellent and amazing for the price. The kitchen is tiled and surrounded by windows. You have everything you need there along with a bar/counter to sit and eat. The bedroom faced the ocean and the bathroom was large and spacious. The place was very very clean and well maintained. The next thing we noticed the next morning was the delicious breakfast. Yoav and his wife are of Israeli descent and cooked amazing breakfasts with toasty, light bagels and served with little sides like an amazing yogurt dip. My favorite was the shakshuka (eggs in a tomato sauce with a perfect blend of onions, herbs, etc...; dip the bread in here and you have a full breakfast) and their homemade hot sauce. So incredibly good and sets you off in the morning right. Next, we did yoga in the morning in a beautiful wooden, open space that you could see the surrounding trees. The spa treatment was perfect in their secluded, open air, private gazebo area. The pool and meditation chair swing were also a lovely detail. I can't recommend this stay more and three nights for us was not enough. Santa Teresa was one of our favorite places we visited in CR and the food (Koji, Brisas del Mar, and Chicken Joe's were our favorites) in the town was some of the best we had in CR. I can't recommend these guys enough and hope to find myself down there again soon.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I have been coming to Santa Teresa since 2007! Horizon continues to be the best place to stay despite new and upcoming places around town. The views from the rooms and pool are gorgeous, the staff is beyond excellent, and the food is delicious. I was not disappointed by one single thing. The yoga and Pilates teachers at horizon are amazing no matter your experience you will definitely enjoy it! I look forward to going back every year!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any of the cabins from a single to a 2story cabin they are all excellent...
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  • Stayed January 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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Additional Information about Horizon Ocean View Hotel and Yoga Center

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 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#4 Family 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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