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“Pura Vida Paradise” 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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Berlin, Maryland
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“Pura Vida Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

With so many great places in the world to explore, it's tough to find a spot so compelling that we will continue to return to year after year, especially when the location presents an arduous trek. However when the destination is so sublime, the long expedition becomes a combination adventure/pilgrimage to return and restore your connections with an incredibly special place and people.

Brad and Tara have created the perfect atmosphere for enjoying the best of Santa Teresa and Costa Rica. With their handful of guest villas on stunning stretch of Playa Hermosa, the atmosphere feels much more akin to that of extended family than "resort". We've never stayed in the very cute "Honeymoon Villa", situated beachfront, but haven't felt as if we had any lessening of our experience by staying in one of the poolside villas. Each of the poolside villas offers an identical layout of 2 generous sized bedrooms with 2 large baths, spacious living/family room, kitchen and dining area. The construction is new, the plumbing and air conditioning work beautifully and we've made frequent use of the kitchen to make meals, keep snacks and cocktails as a supplement to the very good local cuisine. The gas grill and outdoor kitchen by the pool is also a excellent place to feast on the best of the local fare, as you grill up fish under the stars.

Speaking of food, Christy's breakfasts are not to be missed. There's no better way to start your day (after surfing dawn patrol) than local organic eggs, fresh fruit and waffles washed down with Costa Rican coffee. Another bonus to their location is that Koji's (the best sushi Resturant on the Nicoia peninsula) and Pranamar (fantastic yoga and solid cuisine) are within easy walks of Villas Hermosa.

Last but not least, Brad stocks a a very nice quiver of boards suitable for surfers of various skill levels and surf conditions for the sweet local break just down the beach.

  • Stayed December 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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Kennewick, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Tuanis - costa rican adjective for a general sense of well being. This place will set you straight. You can make it what you want. Want to lounge at the beach? Check. Want to experience some of the most remote beautiful locations in the world on a ATV? Check. Want to enjoy some of the best food in the world? Check. Want to meet wonderful people everywhere you go? Check. We celebrated our 10th anniversary here, and can't wait to return. Everything you have read is very true, and it is no wonder that even when you talk to locals, they say that Tara and Brad at villas hermosas is the only place to be. The staff top to bottom was top-notch! It was safe and comfortable. They even have Reef the dog to follow you to the beach and watch your belongings while you play in the ocean. TUANIS! We didn't mess with anywhere else in CR, because that would be a waste of time. All vacations are ruined because nothing will compare to this place. Almost didn't want to write this because I want it to myself. The journey to Santa Theresa is not simple, but the villas will blow your mind!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Union, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

Serenity
It would be entirely quiet if not for the sound of the pacific ocean waves crashing onto the beach that's 100 yards away. Laying down on a day bed just feet from the love of my life is awesome. What a beautiful and peaceful place this is. It feels like it will be this way forever.

Relaxation. Just breathing this air, it's different. It's so very clean. I don't have anything to compare it to because I've never breathed in clean air such as this. It's so clean that it feels like it can heal the soul. It can repair broken hearts. It can probably mend broken promises.

Sunset. A place where the setting sun and the rising tides meet. A place where the sun fades away and the moon takes over. But not before making a spectacular show of colors and lights. A show of natures almighty strength and grandeur. A display of natures' awe inspiring beauty and magnificence. It feels like forever, it's like the stars align for you.
It's a place that will take your breath away and replace it will pure air. It fills you with happiness. It makes you realize how minuscule you really are in this world. And if you have been misguided this place will remind you what's really important. What matters most in life. The small worries and discomforts of every day life are not such a big deal anymore. Are they really discomforts? Or are they moments where things didn't go your way?
Why worry about it? Just let yourself enjoy everything about this beautiful time that we call living life.

The hills on the countryside feel like home. It feels like where you wanna be. The nature and green pastures feel like they embrace you and remind you what life's all about. The friendliness and kindness is never-ending.

Villas Hermosas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Pura Vida is the phrase that comes to mind. The villas are set up beautifully. We stayed in the Blue Villa which is near the pool. We had two bedrooms and two baths, a kitchen, dining area and two patios. The living room boasts a cathedral style ceiling that by my guess must of been at least 15 feet in diameter and 30 feet high. It was astonishing to look at. It has ambient lighting within the ceiling which makes it glow at night.

The staff are extremely friendly, pleasant, helpful, resourceful and really compliment the beauty that surrounds. The hotel has a stretch of beach which is relatively unvisited by many people. If your looking to walk a 1 mile stretch of beach and only see surfers in the distance, locals fishing patiently and your other half (husband, boyfriend, wife or girlfriend) smile and love it all, then this is the place you wanna be.

I've been to several places around the world and the on-going theme at "tourist destinations" is that I've felt like everyone around was looking to make a quick dollar off of me. Aggressive vendors are a total turnoff for me when I'm on vacation. At Villas Hermosas you will not feel that way. There are no vendors patrolling the beaches and the stores in the town of Santa Teresa are run by some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

If you want to go somewhere to cleanse your soul, ponder what direction your life should take, and start over with a renewed outlook on life then you need to go to this hotel.

The owners Tara and Brad are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Down to earth is an understatement if I'm going to describe them. They make you feel at home but are never in your way. They are so welcoming that i feel like if i don't see them every year I will truly miss them.

Brad is probably my brother from another mother. I didn't get to say goodbye before I left, so ill see you next time bro.

Their good-hearted ways are so obvious and just enhance your vacation ten-fold. If you need something from them, just ask.

Brad runs a quad (ATV) tour which takes you through some of the most beautiful countrysides and greenery that I've ever seen. It's an all day tour but definitely a must do activity if you want to see one of the most beautiful spots in CR. this place is only accessibly by ATV. It's guaranteed to take your breath away.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I wouldn't think I'm going too far by saying that Villas Hermosas is a beautiful place. They have gardens throughout the property that have awesome looking flowers and plants of all kinds which are meticulously cared for by a local gardener. When you see the garden you will agree that he has a beautiful mind along with a very green thumb.

My wife and I are foodies and Tara knew just what we needed. Tara arranged for a private chef to come and prepare a dinner for us. It felt like we were Live on a Food Network Show. It was a really cool experience.

I think I've said enough. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then this is where your next vacation should be.
Now the secret's out!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haymarket, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Villas Hermosas is exactly what we wanted. Originally hearing about it from a co-worker, and looking at the good reviews here, we decided to book the trip to celebrate being married for four years.

IT. WAS. AWESOME.

We stayed seven days in the honeymoon suite. Not only is the beach literally only a stone throw away, but the accommodations are fantastic. It's very clear that Brad and Tara (owners) go great lengths to ensure customers are satisfied.

It is a remote location (which is great) so be ready to travel a few minutes to get dinner, etc.

As a foodie, I can say that I didn't have a bad meal the entire time. It is all local places, so you know they are going to take care of you.

Make SURE to take advantage of Brad's ATV tour - I hear he only does it about once a week, so ask when you first get there when he plans on doing it. You won't regret it.

Thanks again for a wonderful trip.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any room. The honeymoon suite is the closest to the beach, but is the s...
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Royal Oak, MI
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We had a fantastic time at Villas Hermosas. Brad and Tara are such amazing hosts. They make you feel right at home during the whole trip. It's as if you hired some friends who are experts in the regional activities to consult with daily. All of their recommendations were spot on. The accommodations are very classy without compromise:

Take Brad's ATV tour, so much fun!

Here is a video montage from our trip, enjoy... https://vimeo.com/49982658

  • 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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Brunoy, France
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Villas Hermosas is the perfect place for your stay in Santa Teresa.
The Villas are right on the beach and on the best spot.
Villas are very comfortable and everything is available for your convenience (barbecue, rancho, TV, DVD, volley ball,...)
Staff is very professionnal and is always looking for your happiness.
The pool is great for kids (and not only for kids...) and the garden is just amazing.
Brad and Tara will make sure you'll have a wonderful stay and are always available.
Just enjoy !

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

After seeing glowing reviews of the Villas Hermosas, I planned the absolutely most perfect getaway. The cabin on the beach was divine, the appointments impecable; it was spacious, had ample storage, a comfortable bed beautifully dressed with a diaphanous canopy, equipped with a hammock on the porch - and views of the surf right out the front door that are priceless. Pictures don't do this lovely place justice...

With surfing right out the front door, and snorkeling in a tide pool down the beach a bit, there was something for everyone.

The first morning I awoke to notice a troupe of howler monkeys high above making its way through the trees. The complimentary breakfast served by the well maintained pool was prepared to perfection, and served with a smile.

The owner, was helpful in booking special events and outings, and recommending some fine restaurants.

What a stellar place this was to visit!

Room Tip: There are only 4 cabins - none would be a poor choice.
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  • 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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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
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 4
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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