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“One of the best hotels in Mal Pais” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Moana
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
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11 reviews
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“One of the best hotels in Mal Pais”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

After a long study of all the hotels in Mal Pais and the visit to many of them, I can say that Moana can be considered as one of the best.
Advantages:
1. Perfect location for those with car.
Moana is situated a little bit up, on a hill which gives it a prerogative not to be covered by dust that Mal Pais is famous for. The nearest beach is about 2 km away so it's really important to have a car as the road is again-very dusty and unpleasant to walk.
2. The restaurant is outstanding.
I've visited many good restaurants on the coast like Nectar of Flor Blanca hotel, Brisas del Mar, Habanero etc. but Papaya Lounge from Moana stays the best. It has a fantastic view, delicious cuisine, first class service and relaxing atmosphere.
3. The rooms.
I've stayed at Deluxe room which was nice and simple. Decorated in african style, very comfortable big bad and always clean. No bugs, no spiders, no nothing scary that I was so afraid of to see crowling on my leg at night.
4. The staff.
The owners are very welcoming and helpful. The room service girls are always smiling and whatever problem you have they'll try to help you
5. The atmosphere.
As the hotel in pretty far from the center it's quite and relaxing.

Disadvantages:
A little far from the beach and the center which is nothing if you have a car.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tatiana R
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126 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Have just returned from a three week stay in Costa Rica, most of it spent in this lovely hotel. The room was spacious, spotlessly clean and comfortable. It is set back from the very dusty road, on the hillside and although it is a steep climb up to the restaurant it is worth the trip - both for the food and the view. The breakfasts are very good - we found we didn't need to eat lunch very often and we enjoyed the dinners we had too. All the food is well prepared and beautifully presented, prices are reasonable. The owners, Aidan & Vicki are always at hand and they were both very helpful to us as we had a family medical emergency, they couldn't have done more for us and it was much appreciated. We had to leave very early in the morning on our last day and Aidan very thoughtfully left juice boxes and granola bars for our journey as we departed before breakfast. All the staff were pleasant and helpful and keep the hotel and it's luxurious gardens in immaculate condition. Definitely the place to stay in the Mal Pais area.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Wendy H
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

If you are looking for a laid back but still elegent atmosphere this is your place. The lodges are spaced out well & are surrounded by trees & vegetation. The restaurant, Papaya Lounge, attached has both amazing sunset views & food. Monkeys playing in the trees above the pool. Everything was great. Friendly staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank erin j
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I was very impressed with the low key and stylish atmosphere of Moana Lodge. Our room had great views of the ocean and sunsets. The swimming pool was a nice place to cool down during the mid-day heat of Mal Pais. My favorite part of Moana was the Papaya Lounge where we were able to enjoy spectacular sunsets while eating small plate tapas and some of the best mixed drinks we had anywhere in the Mal Pais / Santa Teresa area. The owners were warm and friendly and assured us of a pleasurable stay.

Room Tip: The suite at the top of the lodge has the best views of the ocean.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shelby Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We spent 5 nights in a junior suite at the Moana Lodge last month and just loved the place. It is a real oasis after a dusty but interesting drive from the ferry. Beautiful Pacific views from our balconey and from the first rate restaurent (high quality breakfast included). Aidan, Vicky and Bruno were very gracious and helpful in organizing fishing and snorkeling outings (and beautifully preparing our catch for dinner), finding secluded sections of beach, other very good places to eat and recommending good day trips.
They have a very nice pool under a beautiful, very large tree as well. It was a real treat to sit in the lounge chairs, sipping drinks from the "honour" bar, while watching a troop of howler monkeys lounging in the tree above us !

Looking forward to visiting Moana again !

Room Tip: Get the junior or master suite- you'll love the views !
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Tony S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

My husband and I just stayed here for our 1st trip away from our children. This luxury treehouse had everything we desired and then some. It was quiet, clean, tranquil and relaxing. It's a little out of the way, but didn't bother us at all. You can't beat the free breakfast and everything is a short walk or taxi ride away. There are no fruity drinks or limbo at the pool- thank god. There is, however, an honesty bar where you leave your room number in a notebook when you take a beer or soda. That sums up the vibe of Moana Lodge.

Vicky and Aiden, as well as all the staff, were accommodating and warm. They set up all of our daily excursions and didn't steer us wrong. There's something for everyone in Mal Pais.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Picton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

In this dusty grubby little town you will find the oases that is Moana Lodge. Very clean and comfy lodgings away from the dusty road with a funky African motif. Good pool and spa area and the best restaurant ever! The breakfasts were unbelievable. Papaya the restaurant serves exquisite tapas. As a couple we shared four wwhich is more than enough and a pitcher of their homemade sangria. All this with a fantastic 180degree view of the coastline and crashing surf. Ok the 105 steps to the restaurant is aerobic exercise but the result is worthwhile.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Moana
Address: Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Mal Pais
#4 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Moana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Moana is a small luxurious ocean view hotel nestled amongst a rich backdrop of wildlife and jungle. Inspired by Africa for its choice of décor, the beautiful rooms offer tranquility and comfort to all of our guests. Enjoy being served breakfast while you gaze out over the Pacific Ocean. Later hang out at the wonderful pool area and fall asleep on a suspended day bed while the waves crash in the background, paradise awaits! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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