As we planned our trip to Costa Rica, we wanted to find a place where we could be adventurous during the day and totally pampered at night. We found that perfect balance at Rancho Pacifico. Perched near the top of a mountain with stunning views of Playa Uvita’s Whale Tail, the resort is small and intimate. The open air, semi-screened rooms offer privacy and a feeling that you’re sleeping outdoors in the jungle, while providing all the amenities, including a comfortable bed, ample seating and a ceiling fan. . The room did not have A/C but we found it wasn’t needed with the shade of the trees, the evening breezes and the fans. . The bathroom was very spacious and the room offered a mini fridge that allowed us to bring and store our own drinks and snacks. . The dual head indoor/outdoor shower & tub concept is unique and liberating. Early morning wake up calls from birds and howler monkeys may cause you to reach for your eyeshades and ear plugs but if you get moving early, you may catch a glimpse of the white faced monkeys or toucans that live nearby
Breakfasts are complimentary, starting with fresh squeezed juices and mini muffins along with a variety of traditional and tasty Costa Rican dishes as well as eggs, omelets, pancakes and Banana Bread French Toast. Dinners consisted of a set, multi course menu, meticulously prepared with the freshest fish, shrimp, beef, pork, calamari and chicken. Alex, the executive chef (and property manager) takes a great amount of pride in his creations and asks the guests their thoughts on new recipes. Each meal was fabulous, filled with flavor as well as fantastic presentation. A shellfish allergy was never a problem as alternatives were available that were equally tasty. The bar and wait staff is top notch, fluent in English, completely attentive and surprisingly learns the names of their guests, making them feel very welcome.
The spa offers a unique experience as it also an open air concept. In lieu of spa music, massages are given to the sounds of birds, monkeys and cicadas. We scheduled late in the day and were able to relax in their anti gravity rockers, enjoying the complimentary lemongrass teas and cookies, watching the sunset as we waited for our massage time. Check into the Spa/Dinner packages as a cost savings if you plan on using the spa. .
The Uvita area and the Osa Peninsula are touted as one of the last frontiers of Costa Rica, Day activities included sea kayaking, waterfall rappelling and a NatGeo Wildlife watching tour that should not be missed. Other guests raved about their horseback riding adventure on the beach. There are several nearby beaches, each unique in their offerings. Adrianna, the concierge, was extremely helpful in scheduling activities and providing directions or anything else that was needed.
While Rancho Pacifico does have available wi-fi, there are no televisions, allowing guests the ability to completely disconnect, something we were very much looking for.
The road to Rancho Pacifico is an adventure in itself and not for the faint at heart if you choose to rent a car and drive it yourself. It requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle with a manual transmission. DO NOT settle for anything less from your rental car company or you will struggle getting up the hill. The resort does offer transportation options but we wanted flexibility and chose to rent a car, a decision we don’t regret.
Rancho Pacifico may not be for everyone. They do an excellent job in setting expectations on their web site, in the section called “Guest Advice Must Read” and with their communications, sent about two weeks prior to arrival. Do your research, pay close attention to their advice regarding what to expect, what to bring and wear and make a choice that is right for you.
This is not your typical hotel and they don’t claim to be. They offer a unique, open air Costa Rican experience. Owners Garrision & Silvia and the Rancho Pacifico staff should be commended for their attention to detail, attentive staff, fantastic food and amazing property. We are raving fans and only we could have stayed longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Pacifico - Where Style meets Nature and the Rainforest meets the sea. Member - Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Deluxe Villas, Suites, & TreeHaus', Jungle Spa, Private Preserve and secluded beaches. Spectacular ocean views and spacious privacy in Costa Rica's last best place. World Travel Award Triple Nominee - Leading Boutique and Leading Green Hotel, Central and Latin America, 6 consecutive years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rancho Pacifico Uvita
- Rancho Pacifico Hotel Uvita
- Rancho Pacifico Costa Rica/Uvita