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“Best Vacation Ever - Can't Wait To Go Back!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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400 mts sur de la escuela Hermosa Valley | San Martin de Cobano, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 25 hotels in Santa Teresa
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“Best Vacation Ever - Can't Wait To Go Back!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Believe everything you have heard. Villas Hermosas is absolutely perfect. We considered many locations and hotels for our honeymoon but couldn't have chosen a better place to spend it. Santa Teresa is beautiful, the beaches are unbelievable, you feel so secluded. Brad and Tara are the absolute best hosts you could ask for; they make you feel like you are old friends! Their recommendations and help with excursions and reservations were priceless. Their dogs (especially Reef) and kids make you feel like you are part of their family and provide great entertainment. The villas are spacious, very clean, and very well decorated. The grounds are beautiful and extremely well maintained. Breakfast at the Rancho is delicious and the honor fridge is great. We didn't eat a bad meal the whole time, the food in town is spectacular, don't miss Koji's, Brisas del Mar, Chicken Joes, El Pulpo, or Burger Rancho. As far as excursions go, Brad's ATV Tour was the best thing we have ever done; we wish we had a chance to do it twice. Tara also set us up with a zip-lining tour in Montezuma and massages at Flor Blanca's Spa, which were both amazing. We feel like anywhere else we ever travel will never live up to Villas Hermosas, so we may never go anywhere else! We can't wait to go back! Book your trip now, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed July 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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Torrance
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

The great reviews are spot on; the villas are intimate, beautiful, spacious, and comfortable, and Brad and Tara couldn't have been better hosts. When my husband and I were deciding where we wanted to go on our honeymoon, we both decided we wanted to be around the beach and friendly people, and we wanted plenty of activities and nature along with a small town atmosphere. We chose the Villas based on the reviews and the price. We knew we were in for a good time when we arrived and there was a sign on the office door telling us to find our hosts on the beach. It was awesome. We stepped out, and there was the whole family just enjoying Paradise.

Right when we arrived, Tara helped us ditch our rental car (she arranged for Toyota to pick it up for us) and had an ATV brought to us. We spent the rest of the vacation on an ATV. Brad took us on an awesome ATV tour, and they were there to give food recommendations and directions to anywhere we needed to go. Mmmm. Don't miss out on the Tuna Ceviche just in town at Rancho Burger. Breakfast was really yummy and nice, and it was super cool that they had a fridge in the rancho next to the pool stocked with drinks and munchies. I just don't think you can find this type of service and intimacy at the big hotels. My husband and I honestly felt like we were hanging out with our friends from home. I find myself telling all of my friends that they not only need to go to Costa Rica, but that they are crazy if they don't go stay with Brad and Tara at the Villas Hermosas.

  • Stayed May 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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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Is this review TL;DR? Let me summarize by confirming all of the positive reviews for this property.
This 4-unit (plus owner's unit) property felt like it was a million miles from anywhere - only you could easily drive into town for supplies and restaurants. The beach immediately adjacent to the property was pretty rocky, but just walk a short ways down the beach and you have a giant beach practically to yourself (and a handful of local doggies). Brad and Tara are just a cool and fun as the other reviewers say. DO NOT MISS Brad's quad-tour! Tons of fun and the best value of any local attraction. The accommodations were very nice, grounds are beautiful, and the pool was refreshing and relaxing. One note, this is a family-friendly resort so you will likely encounter children, the owner's kids are adorable, but there most certainly will be children present for some portion of the visit.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Where to start with so many great memories from our honeymoon.

We stayed in the honeymoon suite at Villas Hermosas for 11 days and 10 nights at the end of May into the first few days of June 2012. 

We decided to fly in through San Jose and then puddle jump to Tambor using Sansa Air. Once in Tambor we rented a car from Budget. This worked for us and I would recommend this approach to others. The Sansa flight was easy and Budget was friendly and met our needs. If you can follow a road and read a sign I would not pay the extra money for a GPS. It was very easy to find VH with Tara's directions.

Upon our arrival we were instantly introduced into the relaxed culture of Santa Teresa. We were greeted by Brad who hopped out of the pool, carried our bags and gave us a short tour of the amenities. We found the honeymoon villa to be spacious and it contained everything we needed. The villa is right on the beach and I will guarantee you will not be disappointed, we weren't.

Each morning we were greeted in the rancho by Kristi, a true asset to VH. She not only prepares a great breakfast and makes a mean banana bread but is also a wealth of information about the area. It was on her recommendation that we followed the river next to VH into the jungle, had a great massage, learned fun facts about Costa Rica and found the best soda (local food) in town. Be sure to pick her brain on your visit.

As others have said at length, Brad's ATV tour is not to be missed. We enjoyed it so much that we went on a second trip. Both with memories that will last a life time. The trip is packed with great views, river crossings, rides on the beach and even a stop...or two for drinks and/or a bite to eat. Brad has a knack for assuring everyone has a great time on the excursion.

Although we found the restaurants to be more expensive than we expected, there was something for everyone and Brad and Tara are happy to recommend and even make reservations to the hot spots. I would recommend Brisas Del Mar for a delicious dinner and a great seat for the sunset. Also try Pita for a well priced and delicious lunch. Habanero was great for drinks on the beach and the food was very good. Al Chile Viola had a delicious menu as well.

Another great seat for the sunset as many have mentioned is on the beach in front of VH. This is surely not to be missed. The array of colors and relaxing sound of the surf will hopefully stick with us until our next visit.

Thank you to Brad, Tara and the entire VH staff for an unforgettable honeymoon.

  • Stayed May 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, CA
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

There is simply no other way to say it because Villas Hermosas seriously gave me the best vacation of my life. I cannot thank Brad and Tara enough for everything they did to make our trip so perfect.

Costa Rica was a place I had always wanted to go and the experience exceeded my expectations. Everyone we met was extraordinarily friendly, the food was delicious every place we ate, the scenery even more beautiful than I imagined and the adventures could not have been more invigorating or fun.

I spent about 8 days at Villas Hermosas with 13 of my closest friends and there were days where the biggest decision we had to make was whether we should be swimming in the ocean or drinking champagne in the pool. The next day we would jump on our ATV's, hike to a waterfall (off of which we jumped), zip line through the jungle, rope swing into watering holes and then race the sunset as we crested over the mountain on our four wheelers headed back to our "home" for the week where we ended the day night swimming and dance partying.

Every morning we were greeted in the rancho with a scrumptious made to order breakfast. I haven't been so spoiled since I lived at home with my parents! The villas made our stay so comfortable. They were extremely clean and cozy with plenty of space for us all to stretch out, get some privacy when we needed and enjoy the common areas together. Every staff member who worked on site was kind, respectful and super friendly.

The most fantastic massage therapist ever came to our villa. Twice! We went horseback riding on the beach where our guide brought the horses to US at the almond grove on site and then let us run those beautiful creatures through the waves. It was the most glorious horseback riding experience of my life. Reef, my new favorite dog who lives at the Villas, would escort us out to the beach and not leave our side until we returned home. He was so loyal and happy. We couldn't help but laugh watching him jump through puddles and waves with such abandon. It is simply impossible not to relax there.

I could go on about this place forever but the bottom line is I could not recommend staying here more. It's a beautiful part of the world and Villas Hermosas is the ideal place to experience everything Costa Rica has to offer! I know I will be back and cannot wait until that day comes. I know Brad and Tara will take care of me and anyone I bring along. They run a beautiful property and now they are friends forever.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montclair, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We are a family of 5 (3 kids, 14, 12 & 8) and it was simply the best family vacation we have ever had. Villas Hermosas is amazing, as are Tara and Brad! Accommodations were great, location perfect and all activities at your fingertips and flawlessly arranged by Tara & Brad. Its a no-brainer! I just wanted to confirm all the great reviews...it really is all true.

Also, Tara arranged for horseback riding on the beach with Katarina, she was awesome with our 8-year old and gently helped her get over her fear of riding.

Room Tip: Plan ahead, with all the great feedback, they get booked early.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Boise, Idaho
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Villas hermosas is nestled in an edenic parcel of land on Playa Hermosa(one of the most visually stunning beaches I have been to.) The grounds are open and inviting but the impeccably maintained garden wraps its arms around you also. Tall Jacaranda trees shoot into the starry night, while travelers palms and guanacaste trees hold howlers monkeys and green lizards in the surrounding the relaxing pool. There are only 4 villas so you feel as though you have rented a private villa. Kojis sushi is 50 meters away(unreal.) Pranamar is 100 meters down the beach if you want a romantic stroll down the beach among millions of crabs at night.

Tara and Brad have a unique gift. They make you feel as though they actually love having you there- almost like you are at their house and they have thrown a weekend soiree where people are free to come and go to do their thing but if you need anything they are there. The uniqueness is that you find yourself delighted to run into them at sunset, almost hoping they will be around to spin an interesting funny story. Another thing I want to say is that my wife and I helped their neighbor take an injured howler monkey to the vet and the next day we found a bottle of wine and a thank you card in our villa- It is that touch that brings someone back.

I can't give 5 stars simply because the interior of the villas-though perfectly appointed for all your needs- I thought would be as visually stimulating and interesting as the outside of the villas. The brick dome and lighting are stellar but the surf photos on the walls don't mesh- small thing..... not a biggy at all.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Address: 400 mts sur de la escuela Hermosa Valley | San Martin de Cobano, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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

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