If you're looking for the perfect place to stay in Paradise, this is it. You're welcome.
The pictures don't do it justice. Villas Hermosas is a beautiful family owned an operated resort on one of the best beaches in the world. Tara and Brad, are incredibly hospitable hosts who work tirelessly to insure their guests are comfortable and happy. Their boutique resort is situated about 15 minutes outside of Santa Teresa proper, nestled in the trees right next to the sand. It's a really wonderful set up, as it's very homey and private.
The Villas – two bedrooms with air conditioning, TVs, DVD player, full kitchen, dining area and two full bathrooms. There's also a futon in the living room, so plenty of room for a group of friends or family. They are situated around a lovely pool area and "rancho" which is the covered community dining and lounging area. Breakfast which was included in our rate is served here btwn 8-10 every morning. The beach is about a 45 second walk away.
Quad Tour – Tara's husband, Brad gives an ATV tour that is pretty spectacular. It's such a fun way to see the town, country side and neighboring beaches. A wonderful way to spend a day. I read about it in almost every review, so it was a must for me. And, I have to say it was the highlight of my trip. I absolutely loved it.
Private Chef – Tara arranged for a private chef to cook for us one night. It was $70/person including tip. He prepared the food in our villa and we dined outside in the rancho. It was a wonderful way to spend an evening. I highly recommend it.
Surf lesson – You're in Costa Rica. Do yourself a favor and Surf! Easily arranged by Tara upon arrival. It was $45/person for 2 hours. Our instructor's name was Chris. GREAT guy. We had a lot of fun.
Sunset drinks – We'd meet Tara, Brad and whomever was at the beach around 5:30 each night to watch the sunset. They are spectacular and we were even treated with a DOUBLE rainbow one night. Amazing.
ATVs – We kept our ATVs for a few days after the tour. I'd recommend doing this. The "quad" as they refer to it, is the fastest (and most fun way) to get around. The roads are all dirt with lots of pot holes, so it's way faster for an ATV to navigate than a car. Although, a bit challenging to pick up a pizza. Do delivery. Learned that one the hard way. :)
Zip line - Yep. Go. It's fun. We did "Sun Trails" in Montezuma. There were 9 lines of varying lengths and speeds. You also stop to swim at a waterfall. Doesn't get more tropical and jungle book than that.
Misc – I did yoga at the resort next door for $12. There's a surprisingly good sushi place next to the resort. Several little grocery stores in town, as well as, surf shops, restaurants, bars. Santa Teresa is a charming and tiny town. It feels very untouched. It hasn't been invaded by gross mega resorts or McDonalds. It's a very authentic and local experience. One of my favorite mornings was playing on the beach with the local dogs. Reef is the house dog and Ossa is the next door neighbor. I played with them and their friends for a few hours one day. Just throwing the stick and running around. I'll never forget it. Was so fun.
Honor fridge – there a refrigerator in the rancho with drinks which was awesome. You just sign for whatever you want. There's sodas, wine, beer etc. It's great in a pinch if you haven't been to the store.
Final thoughts – We stayed 6 nights and could have easily stayed longer. It really is a wonderful place to just check out and relax. And, I can't say enough about Tara and Brad. They're just great people. Get to know them if you can. Now book your stay! You won't regret it.
- 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