My girlfriend and I purchased the Living Social "Adventure Package," and we loved our six nights at the Vista. To start, Malpais/Santa Teresa itself is certainly off the beaten path. We flew in to Liberia, drove to Arenal for a night, then made the drive down to Malpais. If you choose this route, be ready for the final stretch (about 90 kilometers) of very bumpy, dirt and rock roads. Another (seemingly preferred) option is to fly down from San Jose to Tambor (no direct flights from Liberia to Tambor). Once you get there, the hotel itself is great. Roger, his family and the staff feel like friends by the end of the trip; however, they maintain a degree of professionalism such that anything you want or need is just a request away (do yourself a favor and ask Ty or Dustin to make you a blended fruit drink). The activities (ATVing, horseback riding, ziplining, diving from waterfalls) were quintessentially Costa Rica. The staff know EVERYTHING there is to do and see in the area and will take care of all reservations... couldn't be easier. The pool is gorgeous, and the sunset views have to be amongst the best in Costa.
The extreme minority of average to negative reviews seem to bemoan the lack of modern and resort-like amenities. No, there are no TV's in the villas, and no, the Vista is not the Peninsula. The villas are, however, extremely spacious, clean and comfortable, and if you're on vacation to watch TV, this probably isn't the right place for you anyway! There is wifi in the main area for those news and sports junkies. Thanks again to the whole gang for making it a great trip. Pura Vida!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vista de Olas is a refined hotel in Mal Pais perched on top of a peaceful hill. From this vantage point our guests are treated to sweeping views of Mal Pais and watch the most memorable sunsets. The hotel offers 6 sumptuous, secluded deluxe villas with ocean view, AC, open-sky bathroom, and private porch. Hotel amenities include fast WLAN, a luxurious infinity pool and jacuzzi, pool lounge, and the best BBQ restaurant in Mal Pais. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vista De Olas Mal Pais
- Hotel Vista De Olas Costa Rica/Mal Pais