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Oxygen Jungle Villas
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Camino de Suenos | 1,5 km NE del Catarata de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 11 hotels in Uvita
Billings, Montana
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“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

The property, views and "feel" of this hotel are magnificent. We stayed here two nights - split our time between this hotel and the Gaia in Manuel Antonio so that is all we have to compare it to as far as other hotels in Costa Rica. The villas at Oxygen are incredible and the property is breathtaking. We rented a car, and I would suggest such for staying at this hotel - so you do not have to pay for a cab every time you want to leave to go into town. We found the Uvita area charming and much less populated than Manuel Antonio, and thus was our favorite between the two. The staff at Oxygen were wonderful (not overly attentive, but responsive and always willing to please). As the villas are glass, you do hear more noise and yes, there are bugs (however, this is expected - you are in a rainforest!) but that did not detract from our experience at all. It was wonderful to hear all the bugs, frogs and monkeys at night and in the morning. In the morning, having a coffee outside on the patio of our villa was unbelievable. We ate dinner here once, and the food was good - but, since we enjoy eating at local, traditional food establishments in foreign countries, we ate at many of the local soda restaurants around the area instead. We ate at an amazing bakery just on your way up to the hotel and I would recommend anyone stop there at some point during their stay. Thanks to Oxygen for making our experience in Uvita simply amazing. I would hands down suggest this hotel to anyone looking for tranquility, romance and relaxation.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doung_Wodja, Team Oxygen at Oxygen Jungle Villas, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
We love the great reviews. Oxygen is definitely a tranquil hotel that will leave you totally relaxed. Being near the very small town of Uvita, you may also take in the local vibe, which is much less hectic than you will find in other resort areas. These factors make our resort a step off the beaten path and well worth traveling to. We hope to see YOU soon!


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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

It would be easy to be bowled over by the amazing view from reception and the infinity pool, as well as get caught up in the soft buddist atmosphere. I didn't find that the experience lived up to the hype. It IS a romantic setting...and when you are in love...the setting will enhance that. I would say for those of us looking for great service, and not just service with a smile, attention to details and cleanliness...for the expense...this place is not worth it. I found my sheets dirty and knew better than to get the staff of 3 to try to come change it for me at 9PM, while they were still serving dinner. I found the dinner good but having dietary restrictions it was challenging to eat "dinner surprise." The chef was wondeful and personable so I feel with better planning you COULD customize your meals for your limitations. I was hoping the M&M's from the mini-bar would be a good after dinner snack but they were ruined by humidity. I personally feel that attention to detail is critcal when you are asking high-end prices for rooms. I think they need more staff to keep the quality of the rooms, cleanliness and details in order. Some of the dangerous pathways were unlit, there was no bag service and finding the place was brutal, I will add however, that the bedding and towels had a wonderful scent. There are many other places in Costa Rica that will offer more than a good cocktail and a charming atmosphere. My fiance says I am being a little harsh, as he insists I am spoiled. He would give the place an 8 for being in the southern zone of Costa Rica...and I gave it a 6...so...let's call it a 7. :-)

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We had an unbelieveable experience at Oxygen Jungle Villas and would return anytime for another relaxing vacationes!! It was our first time visiting Costa Rica and we rented a 4x4 (a must for this property) in San Jose which is a 4 hr drive away. It was a difficult drive getting out of the city but then it was easy to find Uvita. The sun was setting by the time we arrived and although we did ask for directions to find Camino de Suenos, we did find the hotel. It is funny how directions in the States (where we are from) are different than in Costa Rica (imagine that) so at first that may have been a little frustrating, but once we made it to the resort, it was too beautiful to worry about a thing. :) We were greeted by Howard on our first evening and we had to apologize for being grouchy from being hungry and having a long travel day. He was so calm and pleasant and made us a cocktail, helped us bring our bags to our villa, and even arranged for a pizza to be delivered because we did not make arrangements to have dinner at the hotel that evening. Thank you Howard for being so helpful!! Actually, the entire staff was very helpful and pleasant at all times. Gabriel, the Manager, was cheerful and interesting and usually nearby if you needed something (loved his dog too)...and Marco came in on our final few nights and was just as wonderful as Gabriel and Howard! The property is pristine and the villas are ridiculous!!! Imagine waking up at 5:30am every morning because the room is enclosed in glass and you do not want to shut the curtains because you might miss some animals...and tucans are flying right in front of your villa! Hummingbirds are flying around, parrots, you can hear the howler monkeys calling...birds of so many colors and sizes are flying and chatting about the day! I really felt like a bird watcher and it was never an interest for me. The Pacific is in the distance and you can see the edge of the Whale Tail Beach too...just so wonderful! The drive is a hike, we can grant you that, but it's sooooo worth it!! It's secluded and remote and quite and you really get to relax. They have free wi-fi if you must stay connected because there are no televisions or phones in your villa but it is pure relaxation with nature. Walking the grounds and down to their waterfall area...that is a nice adventure too! Uvita is close enough to some of the busier towns like Dominical (about a 10-15 minute drive) but far enough away from all the busy stuff that you really feel like a local! The staff at Oxygen really helped make this trip so memorable. Playa Ventanas which is just a short drive away was also a hotel reco and we are so excited to say that we went (at low tide). It was like having a private beach all to ourselves. And visiting Manuel Antonio Parque was a real treat too because we saw squirrel monkeys, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, deer, 2 and 3 toed sloths, halloween crabs, and so much more! Muchas gracias Oxygen Jungle Villas y Gabriel, Howard y Marco!!! We hope to return some time!! Cheers!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doung_Wodja, Team Oxygen at Oxygen Jungle Villas, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
We at Oxygen are so happy to receive all of these positve reviews. Our hard work at improving our customer service seems to be paying off. We can't take credit for all the natural beauty we are blessed with,but we are certainly glad that we are able to guide our guests in the enjoyment of it. Please visit us and we will do our best to make this your home in paradise, if only for a little while! Team Oxygen
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place is hands down one of the best we've ever stayed in. The location is absolutely gorgeous, very secluded and private. The villas are cozy, beautiful, and very romantic. The staff is special, they really add to the overall experience. They're friendly and helpful. Very likable people. We enjoyed the surprise dinners every single time. You can tell they love what they do and it shows in what the put on your table and the way they present it. On top of that, the cook is an outstanding and appealing character. We loved everything about this place, especially the concept and honest philosophy around the whole experience: The absolute care for the environment, the spirituality infused in everything that sits in the property and everything they offer their guests. We fell in love with this place. We totally recommend it, without a doubt.

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Doung_Wodja, Team Oxygen at Oxygen Jungle Villas, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
At Oxygen, the atmosphere is always relaxed. There is no need for the hustle and bustle of many resorts. From the quiet, contemplative music floating around the pool, to the natural sounds of the jungle in the early morning into the evening, Oxygen is committed to having our guests relax, stress free, in the most positive manner possible. Please visit and experience a truly carefree vacation! Team Oxygen
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here in 2011 after reading many great reviews. Our experience was a little different, not bad just not at the level we were expecting. While the Villa units themselves are nice, they lack in functionality and privacy. An all glass enclosure sounds great, not so much if everytime you want to use the shower, bathroom or walk around without full clothing you have to struggle with the multitude of blinds and screens. The reason being is that these units are all right next to each other with frequent traffic of people walking back and forth to their rooms. I felt this to be rather annoying, all of these units are semi-private. The pool is great, although I about burned the skin off the bottom of foot on the pool decking which was in bad shape and painted black. Just like a hot pad, ouch. Anyways we had great service and the one dinner we had in was very good. We had a couple lights out in our unit that were never repaired, even after multiple requests. I can see how people like this spot but to us, it just felt a little disconnected from Costa Rica in general. Up a gnarly dirt road which I usually find pretty fun, communting up and down got old in a hurry. The "ocean" view rooms do have views but you are so far from the ocean, the clouds seem closer and from our room (next to the pool) the available views are mostly of bushes. . The walk down to the river from the villas is very nice. A side note, the soda on the left hand side as you head up the dirt road is pretty good and cheap if you want a more authentic and inexpensive meal. All and all I would not tell people not to go here, but it just wasn't for us.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Best way to describe this place with a few words is paradise in the jungle near the ocean.

I am not sure where to start from, the vacation was supposed to be a birthday gift to my girlfriend and not only it was amazing but it surpassed my best expectations.

We rented a car from San Jose and drove down south. Nature is stunning along the way, all locals we met were very friendly and helpful. Driving up the little dusty road from Uvita with 4x4 makes it even more exciting and rewarding when some minutes later you discover this little oasis in the dark in the middle of nowhere and the clean perfect swimming pool with gorgeous open view of the area and the ocean. The villas are similarly gorgeous, we had one with an ocean view. There are a few villas in the jungle, not far from them along a short trail there is a small river passing through the private property where we went on day two during sunset. There is a naturally formed basin next to the tiny waterfall which is juts perfect for dipping in, cooling off and sort of breathing or feeling the jungle from within.

The villa was amazing, had a great view, very comfortable king size bed, fridge packed with drinks and snacks, perfectly cleaned every day by the friendly personnel. We loved the sounds of the jungle during the night and the clean air, it put us to sleep right away and we always woke up very fresh even after a few hours of sleep. When combined with rain it would probably make one of the best background music mp3s to listen to when trying to fall asleep in your big city apartment.

We did a few of the activities offered, horse riding on the beach - absolutely beautiful, the canopy tours - a lot of fun, we tried some of the restaurants in Ojochal - food was excellent with Citrus being our favorite.
We went to Ventanas beach one afternoon and ended up being the only people there, all of its beauty and wilderness for us, it was one of the most exciting and picturesque beaches we visited, looked like a setting out of one of the pirate movies.

We did spend a couple of days just relaxing at the villas, enjoying the swimming pool, the view, the sunset, the food and the outstanding service.

Perhaps the part I will always remember is the service, the great crew running the place which took excellent care of all small details and made us feel very special as if they were there only for us waiting all year to help us during our one week stay. Starting from Gabriel who is managing the place with an ease and a smile, made sure we had the best of everything and any problems were taken care of on the spot. Same goes to Marco, who welcomed us with a refreshing cocktail and treated us throughout with warmth and grace. Great thanks to the chef, he always checked on us, asked us if we have any special requests or intolerances. Food up there was with the best upscale restaurants in New York, lots of attention to detail, executed and delivered perfectly, it was hard to believe we are in the jungle and not in some Manhattan haute restaurant du jour.

Nothing but praise for everyone there, if I missed someone it is because I did not remember their name. They really went out of their way to make our short stay unforgettable, from washing our clothes and shoes, to cleaning our bathroom and fixing our car bumper which someone hit while we were parked. Also booking our activities in the last minute, making restaurant reservations, preparing special dinner in the last moment because of our gluten intolerance, offering discounts for extra nights we stayed because of the hurricane and cancelled flights and all the million other small things which are just too many to count and fit on a page.

But what was most important and touching was that all that was not executed because it was their job and they were paid to do it but because they really enjoyed it, were proud of their little oasis and all that it offered and really truly cared to ensure that our vacation was perfect. Which is what it was

Room Tip: All are great, it just depends if you prefer ocean view or jungle wilderness.
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  • Stayed October 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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Doung_Wodja, Team Oxygen at Oxygen Jungle Villas, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Well, we are a little humbled by this review. Since we have been upgrading Oxygen,we have tried to take into account all of our guests needs and requests, along with friendly personal attention,and it seems to be working well. We are extremely proud of our little Paradise in the jungle and hope that everyone who visits has the same wonderful memories to take home with them! Thanks to you all! Team Oxygen
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Kralendijk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed our 3 last days of our honeymoon at Oxigen. The perfect mix of style, beautiful view, really helpfull staff, good food, unique house...We weren't lucky with the wetter, quite a lot of rain, but our stay was still unforgettable. Everything what you see is well thought...100% stylefull.
We definitly recommend this place and make sure that you don't miss a nice cocktail and while you enjoy the beautiful the view in the pool.

John & Sharon
Bonaire

  • Stayed October 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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Doung_Wodja, Team Oxygen at Oxygen Jungle Villas, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Another Honeymoon couple! We are fast becoming THE resort on the Ballena Coast for couples searching for a secluded, exquisitely serviced, and undeniably beautiful location. The absence of crowds and the tropical setting are drawing guests worldwide. As word of Oxygen is circulating more and more, we are receiving inquiries from couples wishing to celebrate many of life's special events.Weddings,(of which we have the best wedding coordinator in Costa Rica,we think!), Honeymoons, renewed vows, birthdays, anniversaries and more! Please join us at Oxygen for your special day too! Team Oxygen
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Address: Camino de Suenos | 1,5 km NE del Catarata de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Oxygen Jungle Villas 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oxygen Jungle Villas is a small-scale and exclusive Balinese style boutique hotel. Located in Uvita, in the middle of the Costa Ballena, Costa Rica’s South Pacific hotspot. We guarantee individual and personalized service and a maximum of 24 guests (adults only) at all times, staying in one of the only 12 one-bedroom villas on the Oxygen estate. All this only minutes from some of the most pristine beaches in the world and centrally located between Costa Rica's most beautiful National Parks. ... more   less 
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