My husband and I just returned from a week at Villas Hermosas. Our high expectations were not only met, but completely blown away. Let me begin by saying that we are not the kind of people who like to go on holiday and "make friends", but it is impossible to stay at Villas Hermosas and not feel as though you've been vacationing with your pals. The owners, Brad and Tara, are like that cool couple in high school that everyone wanted to hang out with. Fun, engaging, completely accomodating, and surprisingly familiar.
We flew into San Jose and then took a short flight to Tambor...followed by a 1hour drive to VH. I would highly recommend going with the flight and forgoing the 6 hour drive from San Jose. The roads in Costa Rica are kind of like the old logging roads in B.C., but not as well maintained. It's a bit of a trek to get there, but as you'll soon learn, if it were easy to get to, everyone would be there. The beauty of VH, is that you're the only people in paradise.
We stayed in the honeymoon suite. As with everything at VH, the pictures on the website don't do it justice. It is large and beautiful with a full kitchen and a huge modern bathroom. You can always hear the hush of the ocean, and there is a lovely front porch for outdoor dining.
Breakfast is served every morning at the rancho...omelettes, waffles, pancakes, toast, and always fresh fruit and coffee. There are plenty of charming, amazing restaurants nearby, as well as grocery stores if you want to stock your kitchen. On Tara's recommendation, we hired a chef to come cook for us one night, and it was amazing. When in doubt about absolutely anything, ask Tara and Brad. They won't steer you wrong.
The beach is breathtaking. It is not an overly manicured, pimp my beach kind of place, with waiters serving blender drinks and jet skis racing by. This beach is completely untouched. The water is crystal clear, the sand is soft and warm, there is drift wood along the way, and beautiful tide pools form along the shore. Again, pictures don't do it justice. It is vast, and pristine, and powerfully beautiful.
Surfing is a way of life in this area. People plan their day around the tides. Some of the best surfing is just 100 meters down the beach from VH. Brad has boards to rent, and is a surfer himself. Ladies, feel free to give it a try. If you'd rather not, may I recommend sitting on the beach in front of VH and watching the ripped, strapping surfers parade by. Just a suggestion.
My husband and I are in our thirties, we were on holiday with my parents, and we both had an amazing time. It's hard to believe that one small boutique resort can appeal to so many people. VH is a great place for a romantic honeymoon, a safe place for kids, and a fun place for couples of any age.
There are no white gloves at VH. No whirlpool jacuzzis or butlers. There is no aquarobics, no piano bar, and not a buffet table in sight.
There is also no attitude. VH is a little piece of paradise, where you feel like you belong. People remember your name, and will do whatever they can to make your day. VH strikes that perfect balance of feeling like you're on a deserted island, without giving up the luxuries of home.
We loved Villas Hermosas. We will be back.
- 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