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Horizon Ocean View Hotel and Yoga Center
Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 25 hotels in Santa Teresa
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Incredible experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I am just on my way home from an incredible 6 days at Horizon. My sister and I chose the yoga and surf package and stayed in one of the villas. Absolutely everything, from the morning fruit / protein shakes and yoga classes, to the surf lessons (incredible!), to the other add-ons (massages, horseback riding) were incredibly executed.

Gali and Yoav were extremely accommodating, flexible and hospitable. When we wanted to shift the timing of our surf lessons or our delicious brunches, there was absolutely no problem doing so. You can tell that they put love into what they are doing and truly believe in the holistic lifestyle that Horizon promotes.

One of the great differentiators at Horizon is that it not only has a fantastic kitchen that serves a refreshing morning shake and brunch, but it also provides guests with dinner vouchers for restaurants in town - so, we were given the opportunity to discover some delicious local cuisine!

Yoga classes were fantastic - other reviewers mention the view, but it was also the quality of the teachers (one of whom is Yoav) that made them stand out.

We stayed in one of the villas, which was a clean and beautiful 2-storey wooden structure with its own swimming pool, two balconies, two washrooms, a kitchen, two AC units (very needed this time of year!).

Overall - great experience. I would come back here in a heartbeat and recommend to any of my friends. I hope you have an equally incredible time!

Room Tip: Villas are lower and do not have an ocean view (but do have a private pool!). Simpler cabin rooms ar...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

My BFF and I spent 3 days at the Horizon at the end of February to celebrate our 50th birthday and had an outstanding experience. The hotel itself is built into a mountain (not optimal for those easily fatigued) and is breathtakingly beautiful. Of course the highlight is the yoga space at the top of the property that looks out to the Pacific. It's like practicing in a dream. We took two classes and, though the classes are for those of all levels, experienced yoga practitioners will not be disappointed. We watched the sunset every evening, went horseback riding on the beach, got Thai massages on property and spent hours walking the beach. It was just what we wanted and needed. With the beach across the (very dusty - this is a big deal in dry season) road, it's so easy to go back and forth. The couple who own and operate it, Yaev and Gali, are warm, lovely people. They were also extremely helpful. Take their recommendations for everything - where to eat, what to do, how to do it, and you cannot go wrong. Our particular villa wasn't the best becaus it was at the bottom of the property so we missed the ocean view and breeze. There was also quite a bit of noise from the restaurant next door. Nonetheless, my only real complaint is that I wish we could have stayed longer. Five days would have been perfect.

Room Tip: We had a hard time sleeping because the air conditioning was such that it seemed too hot or too cold...
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  • Stayed February 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

It was like waking up in a tropical dream every morning, it was truly the most stunning horizon view to wake up to. Me and my boyfriend travelled around Costa Rica for 3 weeks and this was definitely the highlight of the trip and we ended up extending our stay. Yulaf and his wife were so lovely and helped us out with everything- you can really feel that they have put alot of love and effort down to make this the most relaxing place ever. The same when it comes to the food, it was delicous and they have alot of super healthy foods and shakes/ fresh juices/ fresh coconut! The atmosphere up in the reception/lounge/breakfast area is just super chilled with some nice music and a whole lot of great books and magazines. As we were there during low season we spent some rainy days just watching the thunderstorms from the main porch out on the ocean. And on sunny days it was great for checking out the breaks before surfing..
The wooden casitas are completely made out of natural materials and feel luxurious yet "homey" with a personal touch. If you are looking for a hidden away, private, luxury, organic place that makes you feel one with nature - this is the place for you. I can't say enough great things about this place. Oh and of course; When I am doing my yoga classes in London I try to keep the view of the horizon from the yoga deck in my mind. It's the most zen yoga location I have been to so far.. It was upsetting to leave this place but atleast I got a homemade superfood cookie for the journey from Yulaf - and it was so good I was sad when finished it.. haha.. We felt so grateful to have the opportunity to stay at Horizon and we definitely hope to be back in the future.

  • 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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Melbourne, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Horizons Hotel and Yoga Retreat Center sits on the side of a steep hill, the landscaping is exquisite and lush, and its wooden casitas are charming and comfortable, each with its own private balcony that looks out to the huge blue Pacific Ocean. Ours is the highest up the hill, and even though these little cabins are fairly close, the vegetation provides privacy — you can lie in your hammock, sip pipa (coconut water), or write love letters home (like i’m doing right now) …. a lovely Israeli couple, Gali and Yaev, are our hosts as well as the chefs of the wonderful vegetarian cafe here. They extend their high quality care for their guests into every detail of what’s here, the physical beauty, the options for massage and healthy delicious foods, the arrangements for cabs and shuttles for excursions, their genuine warmth … and to me, the loving vibration of Gali and Yaev merge with the high energy of Gaia here to become a very sweet little piece of paradise.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Jönköping, Jönköpings Län, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The most beautiful shala in the world... A breathtaking ocean-view... Delicous vegetarian food... Sweet luxury in every little detail... Perfectly small, almost private pools to relax by... Great hospitality from the staff... I can go on and on... It was just amazing! A peace of paradise in the paradise, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica... Namaste.

Room Tip: The one bedroom villa was really nice if you want a litte bit more of a luxury staying. The bungalow...
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  • Stayed February 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We've led a group retreat to Horizons for several years now. The location is beautiful, the staff and owners friendly, and the food at the cafe is truly in a class by itself. For a couple, the 3 cabins at the top of the property are the places to be, with fabulous views. The only downside is that this property is up a steep hill, so be aware that those who are physically challenged may have difficulty. Otherwise, you'll love it! Another good thing is that Horizons is far enough up the hill to avoid the clouds of dust on the dirt roads down by the beach.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

My husband and I just left Horizon Ocean View Hotel, otherwise known to us as "paradise". We stayed in the ocean view room #1 and it was much more than we had expected. It is a very cute cabin-like room with a full bathroom, nearly full-service kitchen, and most importantly, a view of the ocean even as you are laying in bed! As many previous reviewers have already stated, Gali and Yoav could not be more generous/gracious hosts. They are very kind, helpful, and efficient! We merely mentioned a few of our interests while we were in Santa Teresa and Gali was on the phone immediately arranging whatever activities we wanted. We took surf lessons with Ben at Nalu (wonderful!) and the Zuma tour to Tortuga Island (very enjoyable). Gali's veggie meals at the Teahouse were divine (all eaten while looking out on the ocean view and feeling the ocean breeze from the open air patio) and Yoav's yoga class was a unique and amazing experience. I could go on and on. If you email Gali and Yoav ahead of time, they will arrange transport from the airport in Tambor (Luis, right on time and comfortable ride). I've never before been able to come home from a trip and state that the accommodations were "perfection" but that is how I felt after a week at Horizon.

Room Tip: Room #1 had a fabulous view but was right on the road which could be a bit noisy at times, although...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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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 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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