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“Best Vacation Ever!” 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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Oklahoma, United States
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“Best Vacation Ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We enjoyed our stay so much this is the first place we KNOW we will return. Tara was absolutely wonderful handling all our destination, travel needs, activities, and restaurant reservations for us. All her recommendations were spot on and we could not have had such a wonderful experience without her guidance, suggestions, and help. Our villa was spacious and cleaned daily. The walk to the beach was short, with beautiful raked sand leading our way. We found ourselves rising early to sit and watch the sunrise and making sure we were somewhere close to the water at sunset. Just gorgeous! Villas Hermosas has a perfect view of the sun setting. We didn't miss breakfast if we could help it with various items that included a rice and bean dish, fruit, and choice of omelette type daily. Some days waffles and yummy banana pancakes were available as well. One of our favorite parts of our stay was their dog Reef. He was the first to show us the way to the beach and almost every morning without fail would greet us on our way to sit and watch the day start, then every time we went to the beach he would come along wading out into the water with us, and sitting beside us when laying out to dry. He kept us company when we played cards at the rancho and walked us to our door some nights, He was an added bonus! He's also an equal opportunity dog. He would take off to accompany other guests or play/nap on his own. The beach itself was not overly busy and we could easily relax and watch the surfers or wade out and enjoy the waves ourselves. The hotel is beautiful and every day we saw workers keeping the sidewalks swept, the pool clean, the sand raked. Just a beautiful place to stay and very friendly. We highly recommend Villas Hermosas especially if you don't speak much Spanish. Brad and Tara will take care of you to where it doesn't even matter. We visited another hotel for our massages (Tara set it up and AMAZING) but so glad we were at Villas Hermosas. This other place was very nice but didn't have the laid back, comfortable fell, and home away from home that Villas Hermosas did. Best vacation ever!

Destinations and activities with the help of Tara:
Couples massage
In-shore fishing (where my husband caught a gorgeous sailfish - like a marlin -that isn't supposed to be in-shore! Wonderful guides and experience. The sailfish was released and unharmed.)
Zip-lining and trip to Montezuma - Tara recommended a jewelry shop that I loved! Very affordable and beautiful handcrafted jewelry in silver and various stones, pearls, etc.
Wildlife refuge tour in Curu and snorkeling around Isle of Tortuga
Rented ATVs the whole trip and so worth it and fun! Tara lent us bandannas for the dust since the gringos were not prepared. ;)
Tara made all our dinner reservations and the places were amazing. We never went hungry or had a bad thing to say about any of the restaurants. Tara also arranged for one of the restaurants to prepare the tuna we had caught on our fishing trip!

  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We spent 6 nights at Villas Hermosas for the 2nd year in a row, and I can't imagine staying anywhere else. We visited a few other resorts while on vacation (had meals at their restaurants and poked around a bit to see what they had to offer) and NOTHING compares to Villas Hermosas.
We enjoy staying in the Villas for more space (although the Honeymoon Suite is spectacular, too!) - the cleanliness is amazing, and their support staff show huge smiles and enjoy talking to us while they take care of the property during the day. The traditional Costa Rican breakfast, coffee, and juice is delicious every morning, and the guests that visit VH are awesome. Both years we've visited we've come home with new friends. This is the only place (I've been to) in Costa Rica where the guests enjoy socializing with one another, and also with the fantastic owners, Brad and Tara. Everyone is so friendly, and since VH is smaller, we really had a chance to get to know the Shaw's, their sweet family, and the guests they attract. Added bonus: Reef was a fantastic walking companion on the beach at sunrise (their dog) and a sweet "porch/guard dog" on our Villa at night!
The staff at VH make a really huge effort to make sure their guests feel safe and at home. They are readily available all day to answer questions, book day trips, make dinner reservations, rent quads for their guests, share a pizza with, and enjoy the sunset - a favorite at VH!
Upon leaving and paying our bill, and just like last year, we have our next trip booked already for 2014. Villas Hermosas is an extraordinary spot on the beautiful Santa Teresa Beach, and we can't wait until next year to return, and with our family!

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  • Stayed February 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

I have to say that the Villas look much better in person than in pictures. The swimming pool is beautiful and one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica is right in front of the hotel. They have breakfast, but don't have restaurant, the good part of this is that you get to go to the delicious restaurants in town or you can order from some local restaurant and dine in the rancho or at the villa. It is a very quite place, so if you are looking for party, it would be a good idea to come with a group.
We came with our teenage daughters and they did not complaint at all. We will come back for sure.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I would recommend the Villas Hermosas to anyone, and can't wait to stay with Brad and Tara again! Our first trip to Costa Rica was amazing due in no small part to the hospitality of the proprietors of this amazing vacation spot. Endless, uncrowded beaches (literally steps from the front door of your own villa), adventure excursions (don't miss Brad's ATV tour), surfing and - bonus - Villas Hermosas is across the "street" from the greatest little sushi spot in Santa Teresa (trust me). We spent four nights at the Villas, and easily could have stayed so, so much longer. If you are headed anywhere on the Nicoya peninsula, stay here. Period. (And give Reef a scratch behind the ear for us.) My only regret about writing this review is that I am back home. Until next time...

  • Stayed January 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 January 28, 2013

We spent six wonderful nights in the Villas 'honeymoon' cottage celebrating our 30th anniversary in mid December. Wonderful time on the beach, exploring the countryside on the ATV (our 'rental car') and dining on amazing food. Tara and Brad were wonderful hosts, and made everything work well on our itinerary. They strike just the right balance of hospitality -- they are there when you need them or want them, and they let you set your own tone for your stay. We will be back!

  • Stayed January 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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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

After reading all the excellent reviews, we finally booked our trip to VH for my wife and I to reconnect after spending a year apart in Afghanistan. We poured over the different options to get to VH and decided that we would save the money of renting a car and booked a flight via Nature Air to Tambor. We arrived in the evening to SJO, gathered our luggage and caught the shuttle bus to the Hampton Inn near the airport. The next morning we caught a taxi ($28.00) to San Jose Pavis airport (different airport) to catch our Nature Air flight to Tambor. (We were limited to 40lbs each plus 10lbs for carry on) The flight to Tambor was exciting and a great way to start our adventure. Upon landing at Tambor, Tara arranged for a taxi ($50) to transport us to VH. ($2.25 airport tax per person upon landing) The reviews on the roads are correct, so I left the driving to someone else and enjoyed the scenery. After reading all the great reviews, we finally got to see what everyone was talking about....it was absolutely beautiful. Brad meant us and carried our bags to our villa. The villas are much larger than I thought and exceeded our expectations. The grounds of VH are beautiful and full of tropical plants and flowers. The beach is just a short walk from the villa and you feel like you walked into a post card. It has the best of both with a rocky landscape with tidal pools full of life and a long sandy beach for walking. We woke early one morning and enjoyed a private walk along the beach with "Reef the dog" as our guide, seeing a small sting ray, small lobster, octopus and sea urchins. We keep waiting for the "Black Pearl" from the Pirates of the Caribbean to round the corner as you felt like you were a cast away on a beautiful secluded island.

We decided to rent an ATV instead of a car as the insurance on the car rental almost doubled the cost and we found this the best option for us. What a great way to experience CR and the surrounding sites via ATV. The nearby town is just a short ride full of great restaurants, bars and interesting sites. Our first day was just relaxing around the pool/ocean followed by a wonderful sunset dinner at Brisas del Mar. On our second full day we decided to do the zip line and waterfall tour with the couple in the next villa. We jumped on the ATV and headed for Montezuma, an fun adventure in itself. The zip line tour was great and mid-way thru the tour you stop at a swimming hole above the waterfall to swim. This is where my dream vacation was cut short as I broke my leg on the rope swing jumping into the water. It was my fault as I swung to close to the edge and hit my leg on a rock under the water. Vacation over, new adventure starts!

Let me just say that braking your leg in CR is not ideal. But we had the help of some amazing people on the zip line tour, V & J from the villa next door and locals who drove us in their car to a medical clinic and then back to VH. They even lent us their cell phone to call Brad & Tara. Local medical care is limited and without an x-ray machine the decision was made that I needed to get to San Jose. While I was en-route to VH to gather our belongings, Tara and Brad made arrangements for us to get San Jose and seek medical attention. Within 45 min of arriving back at VH, a taxi was waiting for us to drive us to the ferry and another taxi (friend of Brads) drove us directly to the hospital.

Long story short, I had surgery in CR. (FYI not all medical insurance is accepted there)Generally you pay first, and then submit to your insurance later. We got wonderful care and physicians in CR and meet some truly amazing people along the way. We went for an adventure and that’s exactly what we got. Plans change sometimes and you have to roll with it. We went to reconnect and we did. Our time in CR and VH was cut short, but Brad & Tara and the people of CR have a genuine heart and kind spirit. Our taxi driver stayed 2 hours at the hospital with us and made sure my wife was settled as I headed into surgery. He is our newest friend on Facebook. We learned allot more than we lost in our short time at VH. It opened our eyes to our surroundings, the people and the beauty of CR! We will return? ABSOLUTELY....I missed Brads ATV tour.....

Things I would recommend.

1. Forget the rental car....fly to Tambor.
2. Rent ATV for transportation. Must be 16 to drive (bring goggles & bandanas for dusty roads) Tara had ours waiting upon arrival.
3. Beach walk early morning with Reef the dog/Stars at night are amazing.
4. Small US dollars $20 most common. No need to exchange.
5. Sunset dinner at Brisas del Mar. Great food.
6. Water shoes for walking around tidal pools.
7. No need for fancy clothes, bring several swim suits/sunglasses.

Villas Hermosas is a private secluded getaway; there are no crowds, no lines, and no running to the beach to get your beach chair & umbrella before there gone. It’s the kind of place if you left your camera at the pool it would still be there later. You will meet some amazing people, make new friendships and discover a truly hidden paradise. CR is awesome and VH is an amazing & beautiful place to have an adventure...broken leg and all!!!

Thank You Brad & Tara for all your help. See you next time!!!!

  • Stayed January 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 January 26, 2013 via mobile

My hubby and I have been home for a week now, and I've been putting off writing this because it means that our trip is really over! We had an absolutely perfect time. We chose Villas Hermosas for our honeymoon solely based on reviews like this one on Trip Advisor, and we were not disappointed! Listen to your peers!
I'll admit that it was quite the journey getting there, but it was well worth it once we arrived. We flew into San Jose, stayed the night and then took a small plane into Tambor the next morning. The flight was only 25 minutes & really beautiful. This was a little expensive, but well worth it (another couple at the hotel said that it took them almost 7 hrs by rental car!). Tara had a taxi meet us at our plane & 45 minutes later we arrived in paradise!
We stayed in one of the pool-side villas which was really nice. There was a ton of space, the bed was really comfortable and we both had our own bathroom (bonus!). We rented an ATV to share for all 8 days that we were there, and we're so glad we did! Taking "our ride" into town and exploring some if the back roads was one of our favorite parts of our trip! You get filthy dirty though, so girly-girls beware! I'd also recommend some big sunglasses and a bandana for your face. But it really is so much fun.
We did the waterfall zip-line tour- really fun and worth doing. Also, rent a surf board or boogie board from the office and give the waves a try! It's the first thing people will ask if you tried when you get home, so be able to tell them yes! And of course, Brad's ATV tour is as great as everyone says - it was kind of like a booze-cruise on quads! So much fun.
This really was a perfect vacation. We wanted to get away from the really touristy parts of Costa Rica and experience more of the culture. That's exactly what we got from Santa Teresa. If you're looking for a beautiful and comfortable place with a laid-back vibe, this is right up your alley. It's a plus if you like kids and dogs, which we happen to adore! Brad, Tara, their kids and their amazing staff (we miss you, Kristi!) really made our whole experience wonderful. We can't wait to go back with our future kids someday!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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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): $$$
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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Villas Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
Villas Hermosas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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