We found our new "happy place" and its name is Villas Hermosas!
From the moment we pulled up to this beautiful resort, our vacation reach another level. It's SOOOOO comfortable and I loved coming back to this place to relax between all the activity and adventure! Brad and Tara made us feel like old friends right away (my kids were sad to part with theirs when we left) and were quick to share information about some of their favorite beach spots, restaurants and activities. The grounds are beautiful and the villas are immaculate and fully equipped with all the comforts of home. Our kids (3, 5 and 8) could not have been happier in our 2 bedroom/2 bathroom villa that looked out onto a pristine pool that we enjoyed several times a day. They also enjoyed the howler monkeys that came to visit us daily.
Our villa was just steps from the beach and the path to get there took us through a shady, breezy almond grove that provided the perfect spot for watching the magnificent sunsets. The beach area to the left is more rocky and a 5-10 minute walk in that direction at low tide will bring you to some great tide pools, where we were able to snorkel and check out all kinds of colorful and interesting sea creatures. The beach to the right offers silky sand, pretty pink shells and some great surfing. My family enjoyed exploring in both directions.
During our stay, Brad hooked my husband and 8 year-old son up with surf lessons from Chris, who was terrific. Brad and Tara also helped us rent a car (4x4 a MUST) when we decided we wanted to do a bit more exploring and directed us to Manzanillo, where we had long stretches of gorgeous beach entirely to ourselves.
There is no restaurant at this resort, but there's a nice breakfast in the mornings right by the pool and the villa has a book with a variety of menus for restaurants that deliver to the hotel. There are also a couple of restaurants just a short walk up the beach. If you have a car, I highly recommend a sunset dinner at Brisas del Mar. Yum! And if you have kids, bring bathing suits - mine were very upset that they didn't have theirs on when they saw the pool.
We will definitely be back. I'm missing it already!
- 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