This was our 7th Costa Rica trip with young children and 2 nights at Villas Hermosas was simply not enough! Our time here was by far the most comfortable and relaxing part our our trip, and the best place I've found in CR for families. Here, you can bring your young kids or persnickety in-laws without reservation. I can't say that about many of the places I stay in CR, even one's I really like. I've already booked our nights for next year so that none of you readers get there first!
Just off the beach and set back from the "main road", Villas Hermosas is quiet and private, yet provides a lot of access. Since the property only has 3 2/Bedroom houses and a smaller beachfront bungalow, it's low key and friendly. The houses are all set around the pool - close enough that doors can be left unlocked and kids can go back and forth as they please while you lounge on a chaise, but separate enough to have your own little oasis.
The pool is FANTASTIC, particularly if you have kids. There are plenty of shallow areas allowing even toddlers some independence. Brad and Tara keep plenty of floating hammocks and pool toys around, too, so there are a variety of ways to play or unwind after a day of adventure. And the large pool deck has plenty of lounge chairs and a couple of hammocks as well. It's just a very easy place to be.
The maintenance staff works hard to keep the the grounds clean and beautifully maintained. And the houses are... well, houses. Spacious, comfortable 2 bedroom houses, with eat-in kitchens and appliances I feel comfortable using, 2 large CLEAN bathrooms, comfortable beds, a great living space and AC in every room if you want it. The kids love the homemade chocolate chip cookies that are left for us when we arrive as well as the extensive list of DVD rentals - awesome to have on a rainy evening.
The beach here is wonderful and diverse. Right out front is a great spot for shell seeking. There are Adirondack chairs in the shade of the almond grove perfectly situated for watching the amazing sunsets. A 5 minute walk to the right is an expansive palm-lined beach, ideal for surfing, swimming and photo-ops - one of my favorite beaches. A five minute walk to the left will take you to Pranamar, where you can enjoy a nice meal or a yoga class... and a few minutes beyond that is a great spot for snorkeling. During low tide, there are some great tide pools where you can easily observe all kinds of cool marine life.
Brad and Tara are also so friendly and accommodating you'll forget they're not old friends of yours. Nothing ever seems to be a problem - there's a smile and a solution for everything. Horseback-riding? Sure, we'll have someone bring one to the beach out front. ATVs? Surf lessons? Dinner reservations or delivery orders? No problem. They make it all very easy.
If you can, have a car. We went without one for most of our trip but rented one for the days we stayed here. It's a nice area to do a bit of exploring and since there's not restaurant on the property, it just makes life a little easier (though not necessary). If you're not intimidated by the hill, head up to Brisas del Mar for a great sunset dinner (wear you swimsuit if you want to take a dip in the pool there).
Forget the Four Seasons - there's a way to feel pampered without feeling isolated from this beautiful country. Just stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The distinctive beachfront hotel, Villas Hermosas, is located in Playa Hermosa of Mal Pais on the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. Please come and share with them their playful surf, thriving jungle, empty beaches, tropical gardens, and inviting swimming pool, while enjoying all the comforts of home! With only four villas, they offer a uniquely intimate experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villas Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
- Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
- Villas Hermosas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa