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Rancho Pacifico
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Rancho Pacifico Road, Uvita, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Uvita
Ocean, NJ
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

A bit of heaven can be found here at Rancho Pacifico. Everything from the spectacular location, the inviting accommodations, and the outstanding meals to the wonderfully attentive staff and owners make your stay an unforgettable vacation memory. If you are looking for a place that is unique and relaxing RP is it. We miss it already and will return again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

The drive up the hill to RP is definitely an adventure but the oasis at the end is worth every minute. The staff make it their goal to learn your name and address your personally. The food was stupendous. A great balance of local dishes as well as fine dining. No matter where you stand, sit or sleep at RP, there is not a bad view. One thing I truly admired was the surrounding plants and trees were incorporated within the layout, it really gave the feeling if an untouched jungle. Like the land was being respected in all the building plans. I hope to return very soon.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Weston, Florida
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

There are no words to describe the beauty and hospitality of RP. All of the staff are wonderful, the food is amazing, the setting/views stunning....I could go on and on. Bottom line: If you want to have the vacation experience of a lifetime, go to R.P.!!

  • 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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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

1. THE FOOD was wonderful and incredibly varied. I loved the way they changed up the theme and format for each meal. One night we had traditional Costa Rican Barbeque set up for all a the guests, one night was Italian-influence, another evening we had a multicourse local ingredient feast which included the best clay-pot chicken I ever had. Breakfast was equally good – with particularly amazing coffee. The cost of the dinners is really very reasonable for what you are getting – I’d expect to pay double for this quality food in a fine restaurant. Lunches can be shared and done informally poolside – which was pleasant and helped us save room for dinner.

2. THE SPA – Very well done couples massage (Swedish and Hot stone) in open air spa, at sunset, serenaded by toucans.

3. THE HIKES – We did both the Waterfall and the Mountain Hike during our stay. Both are challenging, and you have the private trails entirely to yourself. The Mountain brought us eerily right up into the clouds, while the Waterfall offers big payoff in the end.

4. THE BAR glows at night – and it is awesome to be able to dine on canapés and have a cocktail before finding your table for dinner. The wine list isn’t huge – but we were happy with everything we tried. We enjoyed delicious coconut, ginger and fresh fruit cocktails each evening (and all day poolside)

5. THE POOLS – Amazing view from the main pool, and from its nearby covered hot tub –which is perfect for a rainy afternoon. The infinity pool under the restaurant is a secret spot – with a private little deck all of its own. Perfect place to camp out, spend the day and have lunch.

6. THE ANIMALS - Howler Monkeys will start to yell in the jungle around 5:30 am. Tree frogs line the hikes. A Toucan serenaded us at breakfast and landed on our balcony. A Blue Morpho butterfly lived by our door. I spent one particularly relaxing hour watching Leaf Cutter ants devour a bush.

7. THE TREEHOUSE VILLA – While not an actual treehouse, you do feel like the ground is far below you in this huge suite. We loved the modern design and the (very) open concept. We used the wet bar to make pre-dinner rum and cokes and the living room to play Scrabble. The villa is open air, with screens, and we didn’t have any big problems with water or bugs coming in. The huge deck has lounge chairs and open air soaking tub. The beautiful shower has two fountain heads and a door that opens outside onto the deck. It was cleaned spotlessly everyday, and turn down service included fresh flowers. Amazing!

8. THE VIEW – You are seriously up a mountain. After a few rides you may opt to stay up there rather than undergoing the rough ride down to sea level too many times. Those 20 minutes are no joke. Once you get up there, though – you really feel like you are a world away. With the ocean view far below you and the clouds hovering around you its like another world.

9. THE STAFF - Marlon, Mel, Oval, Vianny and Anna were some of the warmest servers, bartenders, and resort staff we have ever met. They are always available and attentive but never in the way, and somehow always seem to know when you need a new drink down by the pool. They are so caring and entertaining – truly one of the best assets of Rancho. On my 30th birthday – they banded together to throw me a beautiful, private candle lit dinner on the pool deck (with cake!) It was a meal I will never forget. (Thank You, guys)

10. THE MANGROVE TOUR – Others have said this tour was a long drive to get too– but we found it really reasonable 40 min. We were back at RP before 3:00. It’s a rare privilege to have a boat and tour guide all to yourself. We got lucky and saw an incredible amount of animals – including all three local monkey species. (Squirrel, Howler & Capuchin) Even if we didn’t have so many sightings– I think we still would have loved it. Our guide had a staggering level of knowledge – he was truly an expert – that could identify birds by beak shape or by sound. He was a wealth of knowledge about the habitat, and was full of scientific and biological facts about everything we encountered. This was truly professional and a cut above your average show-and-tell.

Other Tips
• Wifi is great – reached all the way to our treehouse.
• Not too much of a gym, one bike, so get your exercise swimming or hiking.
• They are building a media room – but it wasn’t yet finished in Sept.
• You are in the clouds. It’s a very damp all the time. Don’t bring anything you can’t live with getting wet.
• All of Costa Rica really does seem to prefer USD – the ATMs even give USD!
• We did the 3 hour car transfer from the airport. It is a long drive – but the pickup was prompt. We felt like we arrived just as fast as we would have if we waited for that second flight transfer.
• A few small comments we had about possibilities for improvement were

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Hutchinson Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We enjoy traveling a lot and found this resort 'all that we haved hoped for and more'. We 'finally' found that 'quiet' place, where you can totally escape from it all. It was as though you are the only people there. Did we mention the views? INCREDIBLE!. The service is 'the best'. The entire staff is always there to make your stay one you will never forget, yet they give you total privacy. Ahh, and than there is 'the food', It is so fresh, and right up there with the best we have experienced while traveling. We give Rancho Pacifico top billing and plan to return again in Jan 2013.

Room Tip: There is not a bad room, they are all magnificent.
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Resort was beautiful and the staff was fantastic. Everyone from Chef Alex/General Manager Alex to Oval our trusted waiter was smiling, gracious and extremely helpful. Our trip wouldn't have been the same without any of their welcoming faces, especially Pena! We stayed in the 3 bedroom villa with 2 other couples. Very nice, comfortable and clean. House keeping staff was also top notch. Loved the food, loved the wildlife, live the pools and spa. We will be back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

No one in the party wanted to leave, two of us thought about asking for jobs. We were met by Eric, "The Driver", at the small airport and were brought to the grocery. After provisions were secured, up the mountain we went. I have a terrific fear of heights, yet he made the ascent very calming. The 6 of us were met by Adrianna, Alex, Mel and Oval. Oval is the man. Alex welcomed us, gave us the tour with Adrianna and then took us to the house. Wow! No TV, radio, computers... I admit we were a bit lost for the first few hours. We went down for food and beverages. Alex Segura is an amazing chef and very open to feedback, but what could we criticize? Everything was very, very good. We did not get to meet the owners as they were taking a very well deserved vacation, but the rest of the staff was superb. Anything you ask for you get. 5 days was not enough. If you go ask to meet Pena, he will show you things that only an experienced jungle guide can pick up on, and he can fix anything. We only left once for dinner to switch things up a bit on the last night, they recommended a place called Poseidon. It did not disappoint. Thank you again Adrianna, Alex, Mel, Oval, Pena, "Benny" and the great environmental services staff that kept our house pest free for the week. The girls will have you speaking Spanish by the end of your trip! Great job guys.

Room Tip: House #3 is where we stayed. Has a great courtyard to the side with a little pool and patio. Pena...
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  • Stayed September 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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Additional Information about Rancho Pacifico

Address: 1 Rancho Pacifico Road, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room 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:
#1 Spa Hotel in Uvita
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Uvita
#2 Romantic Hotel in Uvita
#2 Luxury Hotel in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rancho Pacifico 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rancho Pacifico - Where Style meets Nature and the Rainforest meets the sea.....Your Adult-Exclusive Hideaway in Costa Rica's Last-Best Place. One of the World's Most Awarded EcoLuxury Hotels. Member - Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Deluxe Villas, Suites, & TreeHaus', Jungle Spa, Private Preserve and secluded beaches. Spectacular ocean views and spacious privacy. Trip Advisor Traveler Choice - 4 consecutive years. World Travel Award Finalist - Leading Boutique and Leading Green Hotel, Central and Latin America, 6 consecutive years.....and many more. ... more   less 
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