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“Pacific Coast Pura Vida!” 5 of 5 stars
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TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   12Km South of Dominical, Finca Achiote, Uvita, Costa Rica   |  
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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“Pacific Coast Pura Vida!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Our group of 4 couples stayed in mid November and would recommend Tiki Villas to anyone looking for a great place to visit the west coast. The view of the ocean and the jungle sounds are an experience that will last forever in our conversations about our wonderful trip to Costa Rica. We would wake at dawn to the sounds of the Howler monkeys getting their troops together for the day's adventure. Breakfasts of TicoTypical foods were the best way to start our daily adventures and a relaxing swim in the infinity pool before dinner and drinks was wonderful. Any problems were quickly solved and our stay could not have been any better, only longer. We hope to return again soon.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 December 9, 2012

My wife and I stayed for a week Dec 1-8 on our first trip to Costa Rica. We had read all the good reviews, and found TikiVillas to be the perfect place to stay for anumber of reasons:
*The views are incredible. From our balcony, we could see the Pacific in one direction and the rainforest in another. Toucans passed by frequently. And the plants and flowers that adorned the grounds were just beautiful.
*The facilities and service were top-notch. They designed and built TikiVillas to be the kind of place they would want to stay when traveling. Their care and attention to detail shows in everything. The facilities are not rustic by any means. From the infinity pool to the candle-lit pavilion to the rooms, themselves, everything was so polished and well thought out.
*The owners, Thomas and Cindy, provide amazing service. The breakfast they serve every morning is delicious. They will talk to you about what you want to see, where you might want to eat, and make good recommendations. They will even make your reservations for you.
*The location. You can easily get to remote beaches, more crowded ones, hiking trails, boat tours, etc. Great access to good restaurants.

In short, it's a great place to stay. It will exceed even lofty expectations. It did for us.

Room Tip: All villas are great. We did not need air condition at all.
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  • Stayed December 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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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Four nights there was not enough! You do need a 4WD to get there, but it is worth it. The owner was wonderful and attentive. Breakfast was delicious. The setting and view was beautiful...especially from the infinity edge pool. There was so much to do in the area, but I didn't want to leave the pool or the bungalows.
I can't wait to go back!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

to get to the hotel you need a 4WD! once you get there it is stunning. you will be welcomed by the nicest owner tomas and the best cocktail you have ever had. the lodges are unlike other hotelrooms very private, very clean and very special! from your private balkony you have an overview over the pool area to the great ocean. we loved it and we would ALWAYS come back! thank you tomas

  • 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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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

After a five-night stay in mid-November, we can assure you that all of the positive things other reviewers have said about TikiVillas and its proprietors are absolutely true. As you can see from the online pictures, the property is beautiful, from the buildings to the landscaping to the setting (you’ll love the outdoor shower). The breakfasts are freshly prepared and delicious. And Thomas and Cindy are wonderful hosts. They are always available and happy to assist you in any way. In fact, it is their quiet attentiveness to guests’ needs that makes TikiVillas stand out from other such properties. To give a couple of examples, on the first or second evening of our stay it started to rain right before we headed out to dinner. We had brought one small umbrella with us, but it really wasn’t suitable for two adults to share. When we opened our villa door to walk down to our car, there was a large umbrella propped up against the wall waiting for us. On another evening, the whole region had a power outage as we were driving back from dinner. The power had literally been out for only a couple of minutes when we got out of our car at TikiVillas, and Thomas was already present with a flashlight to light our way up the steps.

Another very nice aspect of TikiVillas is its location. Although Uvita is a very small town, it has several good casual dining options and a decent grocery store. It is along a nice stretch of coastline with various beaches and preserves within a short distance to the north and south, along with excellent dining options in the town of Ojochal, a very easy 20-minute drive south of TikiVillas. The town of Dominical is about 15 minutes to the north, and there are several outdoor recreation outfitters there, along with more restaurant options.

There are just two things of which you should be aware if you are going to enjoy a stay at TikiVillas. The first is that you will want to rent a vehicle so that you can drive to the various beaches, preserves, and restaurants. And as many reviewers have made clear, it absolutely has to be a 4x4 both for TikiVillas’ steep driveway and for the many unpaved local roads. Second, it is a tropical setting, so it will be warm and humid by day; you will hear the sounds of rainforest critters during the night and early morning; and there will be an assortment of small insects and lizards around, a few of which are bound to find their way into your villa. The good news is that it really does cool down to very comfortable temperatures at night, so we were fine without A/C (and almost no local hotels or restaurants have it), and there were no mosquitoes or other biting insects around. As long as you are cognizant of and comfortable with the ecological realities of this part of Costa Rica, you will definitely enjoy the tropical luxury you will find at TikiVillas.

As a final note, Thomas and Cindy will give you all the input you want about the local sights, activities, and restaurants. Some of the things we would highly recommend include waterfall rappelling with Costa Canyoning, exploring the beaches at Playa Ventanas and Playa Uvita/Marina Ballena Park, and eating at Mamma e Papa, Exotica, and La Fogata. We also recommend hanging out at TikiVillas’ infinity pool with banana and pina coladas. We look forward to being there again the next time we visit Costa Rica, and we hope we will have a chance to return Thomas’s hospitality the next time he is in The Woodlands.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morrisville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My husband and I recently stayed here for part of our honeymoon, and it was amazing!! We decided on staying here because we read awesome reviews and they were 100% accurate! The rooms were beautiful, and we loved having a king size bed! The bathroom was nice, and the outdoor shower was really cool. We had an A/C room, but we really didn't need it too much, just for a few hours at night.

We had the place to ourselves every night we were there except our first night, and the other couple that was there was also on their honeymoon, so we got to make new friends. The grounds are just beautiful and the views are stunning. Seeing monkeys and toucans from our porch or while swimming in the AWESOME pool was just so cool!

Even though we went during the slowest time of the year for them, Thomas and Cindy were so accommodating and friendly. They truly made our time there special, from the delicious banana coladas to arranging dinner to be delivered to the fantastic breakfast. Thomas would gauge what kind of activities we were into and gave us great recommendations of beaches to go explore. He was very pleasant to talk to. Thomas also lit all the candles every night and created a wonderful atmosphere which was just so romantic for me and my husband! It rained every day we were there but we wouldn't have changed a thing, it was nice to just hang out in our room or out by the pool and just enjoy the scenery.

We would definitely recommend TikiVillas to anyone looking to stay in the Dominical/Uvita area. It is a great couples' escape for sure!!

Room Tip: A/C Unit room is nice to have because the humidity is insane and you are free to turn the unit on/of...
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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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed at TikiVillas in Uvita for 5 nights for our honeymoon. We chose TikiVillas mainly because of all the great reviews on TripAdvisor. And I have to say we were in no way disppointed. The room was great (we stayed in Villa#1). We kept the room opened up almost the entire time. The only time we would close it down was around 5:30 or 6am when the sun would start to come up.
Some of our favorite things about TikiVillas were the great breakfasts (definitely order the Gallo Pinto and the pancakes), their banana coladas, and the infinity pool.
Thomas and Cindy are more than happy to give recommendations for restaurants and things to do. They'll even call and make the reservations for you.

Room Tip: We stayed in Villa #1. I would think any room would be great!
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  • Stayed September 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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Address: 12Km South of Dominical, Finca Achiote, Uvita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Uvita
#3 Romantic Hotel in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nature, Relaxation, Fun and Adventure that's what Costa Rica is all about!We invite you to join us at TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge & Spa, located in one of the most breathtaking regions of Costa Rica. Scattered within the rainforest paradise of Osa near Uvita, TikiVillas is a small "Balinese Style" Eco Lodge. Offering nine individual, spacious villas set on a mountainside 120 meters above the Pacific Ocean and just a short distance from the beaches at the Ballena National Park. TikiVillas is the perfect jungle and beach getaway. Couples and honeymooners can immerse themselves in our 13 acres of private rainforest reserve and lush tropical gardens with close access to miles of deserted beaches and jungle trails. ... more   less 
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