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“Pura Vida” 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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“Pura Vida”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We love this place!
The amazing couple that owns Horizion have put their heart and soul in every inch of this incredible space. The detail, the care, the love is felt as soon arrive. The stairs that lead to the Tea House wakes your body up and reminds you, you are alive. And the Tea House view of boundless ocean while enjoying fresh organic food and juices is like Heaven.

If you are looking for a place were you can recharge, surf, practice yoga, get healthy,and enjoy the pure vida then we highly recommend this place.

Can't wait to go back!

Carolyn & Giuseppe. :)

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

I have one criticism about Horizon... The website does not do it justice!! Seriously, the grounds and villas are far more beautiful than the photos online depict. I stayed in both a villa and a cabin. Both were fantastic and had everything one would need. Fully stocked kitchen in both, filtered water, air con etc and everything is clean and in working-order. The rooms are far more luxurious then I expected, complimented by either the ocean view or tree canopies. The yoga here is fantastic and they really want you to learn and excel. It is also practiced amidst stunning surroundings, you really can't get much better than that! Last but certainly not least, the food! Oh WOW. My only advice is to try as much as you can! But I was there a long time so if you don't have time for that I highly recommend the tahini powershake, the muesli, the anti pasti and the shakshuka. Overall, a 10/10 stay with no complaints whatsoever. The owners, Yoav and Gali, are ever present and always of service. Not only are they there to greet and meet but they are the culinary genius's behind the incredible food and predominantly run the yoga classes (the other teacher is awesome too). They are the heart and soul of the place and you can really tell they know what they are doing. A huge thank you to Horizon, Yoav and Gali, for taking such good care of me and for creating this haven of tranquility. I urge anyone considering to stay here to not think twice about it.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

our yoga studio hosted our first retreat at horizon earlier this month and it went smashingly. gali & yoav were supportive as we planned our week, they were prompt in answering all of our email questions before we got there, and their website photos are truly authentic- this place is everything we hoped it would be!
the entire staff was super friendly and helpful, everything was clean, gali & yoav interacted with everyone from our group: knew our names, made everyone comfortable, etc. we included breakfast and lunch in our plans and every meal was amazing, they were sympathetic to food allergies, they gave us to-go meals on days that we had excursions, and made us local restaurant reservations.
highly recommended for a smaller group retreat. every room and every view was great- especially the ocean (and sunset!) view from the yoga deck!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This place ist just great!!
Super nice rooms and extemly clean. The stuff does it's best to give the place a very special romantic and firendly athmospher. The cuple that is owning the place takes really care about everything. Yoaf is a yogateacher and the whole place carry's that spirit. We always felt like in some kind of luxury yoga-heaven. Also the pool and the garden are built in that style. The location of the hotel is great everything in playa carmen is withing walking distance and nevertheless you are a few steps away from the busy main street. The palce is the main reason we return to Santa Teresa every year.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for three nights during a month long stay in Costa Rica and was by far my most favorite place in the whole country. The owners are so hospitable and nice and the yoga was superb. Great surfing hook up as well and the kitchen was delicious. Nothing bad to say about this place. The view was absolutely amazing. I could be content swinging in the hammock on the porch of my cabin forever. Definitely will be returning. Thank you horizon for such a great stay!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

My family and I have been staying at Horizons for four seasons now. It is by far my favorite place to stay in Santa Theresa/Mal Pais. The cabanas are private all equipped with bed hammocks, regular hammocks, private pools, and amazing views/wildlife. There is security in evening hours which is also great. This place has my favorite yoga I've ever been to with the best breakfast to start your day. Yoav and Gali who run Horizon also teach yoga and I would highly recommend taking a class with either of them, you feel their peace and inner positive energies with every class. We always have breakfast at the tea house, every day were here! It's the best in the country! Yoav pre marinates his vegetables and ensures each meal is cooked with beauty and pure health. My favorites are the shakshuka, antipasti is out of this world and the regular breakfast is also a nice assortment of amazing! The smoothies are also to die for and the staff is attentive and appropriate. This is the ultimate oasis. Bravo to them for creating such a paradise!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We booked a week yoga and surf retreat for 6 nights, for 2 people. Reading through the reviews gives you a sense of how peaceful, wonderfully located, and what an incredible relaxing, magical environment is created by Yoav and Gali. We spent 4 nights before Horizon at Nayara in Arenal de la Fortuna area -a top resort rated by T&L in Worlds Best Awards and were completely thrilled and delighted with Horizon.. The grounds are beautiful, our cabin was a fun open welcoming modern space with gorgeous views and even a hammock outside which we utilized frequently, as well as the outdoor shower. We got up most mornings, had coffee provided in the room, walked 2 minutes to the beach and ran. Then we came back, cooled off while overlooking the ocean and headed to the main building which houses the delicious little restaurant and reception area, with the yoga platform above it. We had power shakes and coffee each morning before the AMAZING yoga classes. We loved Gali and Yoav's classes equally. I came away with a new appreciation for my body, other people and feeling more in tune and open in years. Then a delicious brunch afterwards overlooking the jungle and ocean, followed by rest time back at the yummy cabin. Ben took us out each afternoon for surf lessons. We often shopped in the little town for small things like wine and surf shorts then siesta time followed by a different delectable dining experience each night. Yoav and Gali set up the dinners each night at different place and told us where to go in our itinerary. There wasnt one dinner we didnt like. Transportation to and from the Tambor aiport was easy with a 45-60 minute trip over rough dirt roads, but really fun! We didnt need any transport b/c everything is so close in town and Ben transported us to different surf spots. PS Ben the surf instructor is, well, just as incredible as Yoav and Gali. We truly enjoyed everything from the yoga, to the surfing, food, shakes, cooking skills of Yoav, organization, cleanliness, and gorgeous grounds. Oh.... i almost forgot the massages. We got 2 each and wish we had time for more. Ask Yoav and Gali to set you up with their amazing recommendations for massage which is in an open air room next to the tiny but refreshing dipping pool. We WILL Be back. Only one thing to note-we didnt realize that payment is in cash or face a hefty credit card fee. Know what your bill is and bring the total in cash! Also the great restaurant at the top of the hill from the hotel is busy weekend nights so make a reservation.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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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
#1 On the Beach 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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