My wife and I stayed for five days at Rancho Pacifico for our 10 year anniversary and had an absolutely wonderful time and absolutely intend to go back one day.
As pointed out in several other reviews, the key highlights of this property are:
1) The stunning and amazing views. The views never got old. It is magnificent and relaxing every time you look off into the horizon.
2) The staff is amazing. Certainly on par with, if not better than 5 star hotels in the U.S. They will make your vacation exactly what you want it to be, which is a huge reason to choose this hotel. They will take care of everything for you. They treat you like family from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart. Every question we had was answered and every problem we had was made right.
3) The food from chef Alex is also amazing and again, on par if not better than many fine dining restaurants in the U.S. Every meal was fresh, local, organic and bursting with flavor. My wife and I are big foodies and this place did not disappoint.
In reading these Trip Advisor reviews, you are probably wondering if it is worth the rather significant cost to stay at a property like this? My wife and I were on an anniversary trip, so we were less concerned about the cost on our trip, but I wondered if it would be worth it since it is not inexpensive, even for a short stay. I would say that we were glad we stayed and we had an incredible experience and you will too if you go in with the right expectations. In no way should these considerations be interpreted as “cons” or “negatives”, just information to help ensure your expectations are in line with the experience you’ll have. If you get these points and plan accordingly, you’ll have an amazing time, as we did.
1) Understand the location: You are staying on a mountainside retreat teeming with wildlife. All of the rooms are unique and uniquely integrated with the property, but generally are very open. This was hugely appealing to us, but others may find being that close to nature overwhelming or the specific location on the property not fully meeting your expectations. We had no problems whatsoever with bugs or creatures in the room, but you will hear the wildlife most of the day, including at night where it is very difficult to isolate yourself from nature given the nature of the windows/screens/doors being so open, which again, is sort of the point for choosing a property like this. Just be prepared to go to sleep and wake up to the sounds of nature.
2) Understand the rooms: The rooms have spectacular views and great amenities but not every window has a curtain and not every room in the suite is completely enclosed. The bedrooms are generally fully enclosed, but we didn’t see every one so I can’t say for sure. Some bathrooms however are not fully enclosed, but the open wall is into the forest. All suites have very open floor plans and generally open to the outside on many walls, many times without screens or curtains. So some rooms might not be as private as you might hope or expect (i.e. we could see the massage tables in the spa as well as our neighbor through a window without a curtain). Again, the open nature of the rooms was a huge selling point for us, but you can’t just go into your room, shut the doors and turn on the A/C and turn on the T.V. If that is what you are looking for than this property is not for you. The best advice I can give is to review the pictures for the individual rooms on-line and then call Rancho Pacific to be sure all of your questions about location and suite design are answered.
3) Understand the transportation: you can either rent a car or have someone drive you. We opted for the latter and were glad we did. Costs were reasonable and although we lost some control over going when and where we wanted and had to put up with “Costa Rica time” (i.e. they are consistently ½ hour late) we were glad we did. Arranging transportation to the property from any airport and to and from activities is very easy. If you prefer to have a car, you can drive and it’s not quite as hair raising as some of the other reviews suggest, but you do need 4WD. I also strongly suggest arriving in daylight when it is not raining.
And that’s basically it. So if you are interested in an upscale property where you can relax and recharge, dine on great meals with wonderful people, all in a place that is wonderfully integrated with nature, go for it. If you need a quite, dark, temperature controlled room with a T.V. to sleep or a want bustling environment with lots of bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment, this may not be the place for you.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.