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Villa -
2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

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Katherine...
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Works for a couple or a family”
Reviewed February 2, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

It is hard to say whether we liked the property or its owner better as both were magical. Our original plan was for a couples winter escape of a month but my brother and his wife and two children asked if they could join us for a week - in a 1 bedroom villa. Wendy was cheerfully up for the challenge without even mentioning any extra charges for laundry and cleaning etc. We gave the bedroom to our visitors and Wendy pitched us a king-size luxury tent in the adjoining games-room. She gave us detailed tips on the best tours, arranged some private tours like a boat-trip with her friends, and provided concierge services to ensure we were well looked after. She even came with us to the farmer's market to teach us how to prepare unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, offering simple recipes to highlight incredibly fresh ripe produce. Her unobtrusive assistance made us feel like valued friends.

And the property - simply beautiful and completely private with a pool area to die for (cleaned daily) and 2 acres of jungle garden with a frog pool, hammock hut, and tons of wildlife. She has a bird feeding station beside the bar-be-que where you put your apple cores and melon rinds attracting a huge variety of numerous birds. We have photos with 8 beautiful birds at a time. When Wendy saw our interest she gave us a birdbook to help identify some of the more rare and incredible species.

If you go remember that it is a rainforest so you have to be willing to continue your activities rain or shine but it is so warm, we didn't care. We liked canyoneering best where you rappel yourself down a series of waterfalls in breathtakingly beautiful canyons. And the hiking in Arenal Park - in a 2 hour hike you can pass through the rainforest, a lava field, and a bamboo forest before working your way back to the car. It is a paradise and cannot be missed on any trip to Costa Rica.

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Liked best: Eating my breakfast with the birds
Liked least: The kitchen ony has cold water so this could be upgraded
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed January 7, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

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Chica2014
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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“Five star all the way”
Reviewed December 9, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

We spent a couple days it Wasent long enough.This place has everything you would ever need.I have stayed in five star hotels that didn't come close to this place.The owner Wendy is super friendly and helpful.Her dogs are the best.Will be returning soon!we also enjoyed The Springs with a day pass.I will recommend this place to all my friends and family.Great job Wendy!

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Liked best: How private and peaceful it was
Liked least: That we didn't stay longer
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 10, 2014
Thank you so much. :-) I look forward to seeing you again soon!
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76phila
2 reviews
“Awesome retreat with everything you need.”
Reviewed August 19, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The owner of the Villa Hermosa has thought of EVERYTHING when it comes to the comfort & convenience of a Costa Rican vacation. The property is immaculate. Beautiful outdoor garden, swimming pool, palapa with hammocks. Living quarters were ample for us and our 2 teenage boys with 2 huge beds. Air conditioning to take the edge off the heat & humidity. We are a game-playing family so were well entertained with the pool table, fuzball table, dart board, horse shoe yard, and lots of board games.
The owner is so nice and helped us coordinate all of our activities.
The gravel road to the property is a bit rough; but well worth the destination!

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Liked best: Outdoor kitchen/living area for relaxed downtime & ability to prepare own meals.
Liked least: The gravel road from the highway to Fortuna is VERY rough and an arduous 15-20 minute trek!
Traveling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
Aug 28, 2014
Thank you guys for coming to stay at the Villa Hermosa. I am so lucky to get the best people staying here. :-) Come back again soon!
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AustinAgg...
Austin, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Slice of Heaven!”
Reviewed August 12, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Just returned from a fabulous trip in Costa Rica with our family of four and our stay at the Villa Hermosa was SO wonderful! It is about 10-15 minutes off the beaten track, but what a nice surprise to find a beautiful guest house, pool, lush grounds, large patio with outdoor living space, grill, hammocks, pool table and more! It was a welcome change to our prior hotel stay at the beginning of our trip....much more relaxing and space to unwind and enjoy the surroundings.

Wendy is more than accommodating with great tips on where to go, what to see, tour guides to use, etc. We took her advice on getting the two day pass to The Springs Resort (5 minutes down the road) to soak in their hot springs. This was well worth it as they have numerous pools and a complementary tour of their wildlife refuge. The food there is wonderful and is perfect if you do not want to cook for yourself!

When the sun goes down, we enjoyed playing pool, family games and hanging out on the patio with a glass of wine! It doesn't get any better than this!

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Liked best: The beautiful landscaping
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2014
My favorite thing is to see families enjoy themselves and spend quality time together. :-) I am so happy you enjoyed yourselves. Come back soon!
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San Francisco
Reviewed May 6, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Management Response
May 6, 2014
So glad you all enjoyed your time here. :-) It's my favorite thing to hear that the kids either don't want to leave or they can't wait to come back. :-) Come back anytime!
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tenesbum
Cypress, Texas
2 reviews
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“Amazing and Peaceful!”
Reviewed April 21, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

My mom and I traveled to La Fortuna, Costa Rica and stayed in the Villa Hermosa. Words can not justify how beautiful her place is. Wendy Holt , the owner is just amazing! She made us breakfast every morning and the food was fabulous. We spent a lot of time in the hammock house at the back of her property. I would highly recommend staying at her guest house and will definitely stay there again when I go to Costa Rica again!

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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