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“Beautiful villas in a beautiful location (though difficult to get to)” 4 of 5 stars
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Villas Hermosas
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400 mts sur de la escuela Hermosa Valley | San Martin de Cobano, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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“Beautiful villas in a beautiful location (though difficult to get to)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Nicely constructed villas at a comfortable walking distance to beach. There is a reef right in front of property which means that you have to walk about a quarter of a mile to get to the gorgeous beach. Decent breakfasts each morning and very laid back hosts. Pool is a good size and is clean. Be prepared for wildlife (monkeys at 5 am, lizards the size of your leg, and even scorpions - yes, this is the jungle). The kitchen was basic but served our needs sufficiently. The one improvement I would make to the place is to have the Ir conditioning filters cleaned with vinegar (the AC really did smell awful). Be sure to bring your boogie board!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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VillasHermosas, Owner at Villas Hermosas, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Hello ajtraicoff,

Thank you for your recent nice review of our hotel! We are so glad that your family enjoyed themselves during your stay.

Agreed, our area is difficult to get to. This is generally the first thing mentioned about our remote town if someone researches all of the wonderful destination options in Costa Rica, including on our website. If it were easy to get to you would have been sharing our gorgeous beach with hundreds, instead of a dozen people. Generally our guests find this a great trade-off.

Costa Rica is in the jungle, in the tropics, and is one of the 20 countries with the highest biodiversity in the world, which is the reason many tourists come here. Since we have built our homes on their homes you will certainly run into some fun and interesting wildlife during your stay! Our villas are tightly-sealed, concrete, and screened, so very few get inside, but if these things aren't to your taste Costa Rica is likely not the right country for you. =) The vast majority of our guests love that part of their stay and appreciate that they and their kids can learn so much about animals while enjoying a beach vacation.

In almost six years of operation this is the first and only mention we have ever had about any smell coming from any a/c unit. We had every unit on the property professionally cleaned and maintained, inside and out, a few short weeks ago when we reopened for the season in mid-November, but even when they are not recently cleaned they should never smell. So the only thing we can think of is that if there was a smell possibly a gecko or something crawled in the pipes, died, and that is what you were smelling. This hasn't happened before, but we've seen a lot funny things over the years running a hotel in the jungle! After reading your review we sent you an email asking if you could specify which unit was causing the problem. I haven't heard back from you, but we did ask the family who checked in the day you left, and they said they have used all 4 units in the house and have experienced no issues at all. We wish you had something while you were here, or even when you were checking out, so if there was an issue it could have been rectified immediately.

Thanks again and Happy Holidays,
Brad & Tara, Villas Hermosas
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Ok, no angels singing, but the sound of howler monkeys probably makes up for it. My partner and I had 8 nights there towards the end of November 2012. Wow. We had already been a week in Costa Rica sampling the delights of the rain forest and cloud forest prior to our arrival at Villas Hermosas and were ready for serious chill out on the beach. We could not have chosen a better place. Tara and Brad were fantastic - nothing was too much trouble - and being Brits we (Brits always apologise for asking for anything) were made to feel at home and "part of the family". Breakfasts were great. Villa's superb. Beach awesome. Weather incredible. I could go on and on but one thing is for certain if Costa Rica is on your "bucket list" (oh and if it is not it should be!) then make room for staying at Villas Hermosas in Santa Teresa you will not be disappointed.

There are numerous ways of getting there but by far the easiest is to fly to the local airport (Tambor) from San Jose about a 45 min drive. We were driven all the way down from the Arenal area to Santa Teresa (about 6 hours including ferry). Note the roads are pretty rough at times and you will defo need a 4x4 vehicle when you get there although there are two very good local restaurants within 10 mins walk from Villas Hermosas and the Villas do have cooking facilities if you are that way inclined - who cooks whilst on holiday though? However, Brad and Tara will advise on where to eat and there is an excellent folder in the villa(s) with everything you need to know about the area.

Finally, a must do thing while with Tara and Brad - do Brad's quad/(ATV) tour - awesome and the best fun in ages (although you do get a little dusty - well a lot actually). Sunglasses a must if you wear contact lenses!!!!!

This world is far too big to visit somewhere twice, as my partner keeps reminding me, but even she says she would like to go back to Villas Hermosas! High praise indeed. Incidentally regarding Costa Rica as a whole, I have been lucky enough to travel to many places in this world and Costa Rica is up there with the best, if not THE best country I have ever visited. My partner likened it to a compact version of Australia (but without the desert).

  • Stayed November 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
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Brad and Tara are perfect owners. Visably fun and energetic, yet very relaxed, they quickly became friends of our whole group of approx 20 people. We were there for a full week to celebrate the wedding of Eddie and Amy which took place midweek of our stay. Brad and Tara gave wonderful help in the planning of our outdoor adventures such as renting Quads, Snorkeling and Zip-Lining and would always take us up on our invitation for them to join us whenever their schedule permitted. They always added extra fun for our group. Their staff were all very polite and seemed to take great pride in their work to keep accommodations in tip-top condition at all times. Very attractive, fun,and informative also was Christy, who prepared us each a full and delicious breakfast daily cooked to order. The villas were spacious, clean and very well air-conditioned. We immediately fell in love with Costa Rica very much due to the fact that our stay was at Villas Hermosas. The beautiful beach there within walking distance was great for those of us that enjoy the surf. A nice note that recycling was very important to the staff and they were dilligent in saving any suitable food scraps for the jungle animals nearby such as the monkeys. The pool was beautiful and the surrounding area was spacious with plenty of available shade and perfectly manicured. I could go on and on with only good things to say about our stay with Brad and Tara at Villas Hermosa. It is simply an excellent choice for anyone who wants a great atmosphere and a perfect vacation spot. We had many fine dinners at restaurants nearby. Who could ask for more? Cathie Stevens...Baton Rouge, LA.

  • Stayed December 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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I don't have the words to adequately express how thankful I am that we chose Villas Hermosas for our destination wedding. Tara (owner/manager) was amazingly helpful and her recommendations are spot on from restaurants to excursions and even her suggestions on who to use for my wedding. This is one place that is even more beautiful in person than in the pictures. It's perfectly maintained, the housekeeping is great, the breakfast by Christy in the Rancho awesome, the pool is gorgeous, and the sunsets on their beach breathtaking. Brad and Tara are so much fun and just made our stay even more of a blast. We had a large group and were so spoiled by the accommodations that we spent our last day trying to figure out how we could make a living there to stay for good! Whatever you do: listen to Tara. Everything she told us to do was so much fun and the food was great. Don't miss Brad's ATV tour. Even their dog Reef is accommodating and will escort you to and from the beach as well around the property. We will be back as soon as we can make it. And, Tara will always have a special place in my heart for making my wedding beyond anything I could have imagined. I wouldn't change a thing and wish I could live the trip all over again!

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  • Stayed December 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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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed at Villas Hermosas and let me just say - It is absolutely everything that I could have ever expected, hoped for, and more. We went during the "spring" season for our Honeymoon and were not disappointed.

For starters, Villas Hermosas is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It is truly an unreal experience to see it for the first time. For those who have been to Costa Rica before, prepare to be surprised because Villas Hermosas will still take your breath away. The gardener/general handyman Ernesto does a wonderful job at maintaining the grounds and keeping them amazingly beautiful for the guests. The pool and rancho area (as shown in the pictures) are also quite pretty. The concrete work on the pool is very ornate and at night, the pool even glows green/blue.

While on our stay, my wife and I stayed in both one of the Villas as well as the Honeymoon Suite. In our opinion, the Villas provide a perfect place for families or larger groups to travel. They are just as beautiful inside as they are outside, and have all the amenities of home (i.e. TV, Kitchen etc). Plus, they are HUGE! We had far more space than we needed. We preferred the Honeymoon Suite out of the two because it was much more "our style." It was cozy, right on the beach, beautiful, and the perfect place to relax and enjoy your honeymoon. The decorations in all the accommodations were spot on, and the furnishings were comfortable and relaxing. The hammock on the porch was the perfect place to take a quick nap while the wife wen't to Yoga at Pranamar! Interesting fact: the Honeymoon Suite is 8 meters x 8 meters and 1 meter off the ground, yet, still manages to be the perfect size for a vacation for two. Also remember that both the Villas and the Honeymoon Suite could very well be lived in as a full time home - so you can expect all the amenities of your own home.

Santa Teresa was definitely the place to go. The town, although a little far from Villas Hermosas (get a ride of some sort), had everything you needed during your stay. The vibe in town was great! Lots of locals and surfers just there to live pura vida!

The staff at Villas Hermosas is fantastic. Brad and Tara are great people. They both are extremely helpful and will mostly help you plan out any adventure you wish to undertake. Brad even helped me set up surfing lessons at 8pm the night before I wanted lessons. Christy and Nidia make breakfast in the morning and both of them do a STELLAR job! Plus, you can ask both of them just about anything from what to do around town to what "tunanis" means. Just make sure you have Gallo Pinto - The Costa Rican breakfast standard. We loved Christy's so much that I've been trying to copy it here at home! The maids and groundskeepers keep everything tip-top and Villas Hermosas wouldn't be the same without them.

I did not feel unsafe or threatened ONCE during my entire time in Costa Rica. It was an added comfort to know that Brad, Tara, Reef (the dog), and the Security Guard all watched over the Villas as the guests slept. So for those of you who are worried, DON'T!

The only slightly negative aspect to mention is that getting to Villas Hermosas can be a chore. It will definitely require some travel time. Be prepared! The only other aspect to consider is that Villas Hermosas is located right on the outskirts of town. Personally, that's how I wanted it, however, if you want to socialize and walk to all your destinations, Villas Hermosas may not be the right fit for you. Just do your research!

I would like to end by saying that my wife and I are already dreaming/planning of when we can return to the Villas Hermosas to have another amazing vacation!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#1 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#2 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 
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