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Hotel Vista de Olas
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

This individual villa resort was just amazing!! The owners Roger, Heidi & sons and staff went out of their way to accommodate us. Delicious food to the amazing poolside sunsets were incredible. Such a wonderful intimate experience from the typical large resort. You must experience Vista de Olas!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

By far this trip was the most amazing! Hotel Vista De Olas was beautiful and exactly what we expected. Let me start by saying that Roger, Heidi and the boys were awesome, accommodating, and so much fun! We wish we could have had more time with Roger and the Boys as they were away for most of the week on a Surf Competition...Heidi held down the fort and kept us busy and laughing! The staff at the Vista were incredibly welcoming, entertaining, and super nice (also attractive :))
Our Villa (#2) was spectacular, the view is incredible, and the outdoor shower was a nice addition to the overall experience and atmosphere.
The options were endless for adventure, activities, and relaxation. We chose to rent their ATV's and tour around the towns/villages nearby (for 2 days)- i would recommend that. More freedom, and the walk up and down that hill is tough. We were able to get up, and drive to any beach we wanted...secluded, relaxing, not one person (well an occasional wild horse!) in sight.
The boys were so full of energy and took us on a fantastic ATV tour of the jungle and a hike up to the waterfalls for some cliff jumping and rope swinging!
We fished and brought some back and the staff seasoned and and prepared it for us to cook on the grill that evening!! So delicious!!
Prices are great, food drinks, you name it are all reasonable.
We will definitely be back, and will be staying here again...and again.
Take a trip here....you will not be disappointed!!
I could go on about how great the family is, how hard working, kind, and fun!! I just want to bring my family here and hang out with their family!!
Thank you Roger, Heidi, Mikey and Sven!!!!
Jenn and Kate

Room Tip: I don't think you can go wrong with any of the rooms as there are only 5 villas!!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

I have traveled to many places and this by far is one of my best trips ever! We attended my niece's wedding here and the views and pool are fabulous, and the great friendly staff including the owner and his family (Roger, Heidi and sons) just added to the great experience. I would highly recommend it. The food is great, breakfast is to die for. The villas are all separate, so you can have your privacy. To wake up every morning and see the fabulous view of the ocean was just wonderful. You will NOT be disappointed!

Room Tip: I thought I had the best villa, villa #2, which had an indoor and outdoor shower. Some of the other...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

I just returned from a fabulous vacation in Mal Pais and had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Vista de Olas. (If you are staying there, reserve Villa #2...it has TWO showers! This came in handy at times!)From the time we landed in Tambor until our final goodbyes, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The scenery from the pool and our Villa was breathtaking, the accomodations/amenities (pool, bar, restaurant, etc.) were wonderful but most of all our trip was made memorable by the staff and owner. Roger and his staff went out of their way to accomodate our every wish on this trip, they always made us feel welcome and were extremely helpful in every aspect. We participated in several tours and activities that came highly recommended and were arranged by the staff, I encourage potential visitors to experience both the ATV tour and ziplining. We look forward to our next visit and are recommending the property to several friends and family members. Thanks again for a memorable vacation!

Room Tip: Villa #2 has an outdoor and indoor shower, as well as indoor plumbing
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

I just returned from a week stay at the amazing Vista De Olas in Mal Pais, Costa Rica! If you are even considering an escape to Costa Rica, Vista De Olas is the only place I would ever stay. Every aspect of the accomadations is held to the highest standards by the owner (Roger) and his incredible staff. We stayed in Villa 4 which had an amazing view and the pool side view is the best in the country. I traveled with my fiance and we could not have asked for more of a romantic, relaxing and enjoyable week. There are only two bits of advise I would recommend: 1 - If you are going to go horseback riding, bring long pants. 2 - Go no where else for your lodging but Vista De Olas!!!!!

Room Tip: This is simple...... Villa 4
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

We could not have been happier with Vista de Olas! They were extremely accomodating (Roger waited up late for us to check in due to some plane travel snafus), the villa was gorgeous and the main pavilion and pool area has to be seen to be believed. Breakfast each morning was wonderful. We especially liked the rice, beans and eggs. There were lots of great activities to participate in, and we were lucky enough to have a great group of people staying at the same time as us, so we all went on the ATV tour and ziplining together. Both are musts! We enjoyed a couple of days by the pool as well...be prepared, the mojitos are addictive.

AC in the villa was a nice plus, the outside bathroom is so amazing, and even the crazy hill is soon forgotten once you see the view at the top.

Our favorite restaurants in town were definitely Rasta Basta, Las Peidras and Habanero. The margaritas at Habanero are a little pricey, but totally worth it.

Roger, his two sons and all the staff were phenomenal. Ava, David, Dustin, Kristin and Ty- you guys rocked and went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We'll see you soon!

Room Tip: All the villas are set apart and have gorgeous views...we were in Villa 1 and loved it.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Costa Rica. We spent our first five nights at Hotel Vista de Olas. The pool has a gorgeous view of the city and of the sunset. The staff and owner is also very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed the beach as well. The rooms are not luxurious, but they are private and clean. Our only complaint about the hotel would be the food. Breakfast was not very good at all. My husband will practically eat anything, but not even he liked the food! Also, in the evening the open the hotel pool to the public. This didn't bother us at all, but it can tend to become pretty noisy into the night time. We would certainly stay at this hotel again! *Also, we rented a car and I would highly recommend this. The beach is a pretty long walk from the hotel and it was pretty hot. We were also able to drive to nearby restaurants which was a plus.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Vista de Olas Dr. | Mal Pais de Cobano Apto.#93, Mal Pais 5361, 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 Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Mal Pais
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
#4 Family Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range: $242 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Vista de Olas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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