My boyfriend and I just spent 6 nights at Vista de Olas, and loved every minute. The staff knew us by name, and felt like friends.
Staying here feels like staying at a friend's amazing beach resort. It's cozy, and has everything you need. If you like huge, all-inclusive resorts with room service and televisions, this place is not for you. Vista de Olas is casual and homey.
The owner, Roger is warm, honest, and hilarious, and his sons and wife complete the picture. Roger and staff will go out of their way to set up anything you need, from taxis to adventure tours. Just ask, and it shall be done. For example, I had a wonderful massage in our villa and enjoyed horseback riding on the beach.
The pinnacle of fun was the ATV tour led by Roger's son, Swen. Swen is hilarious, kind, and incredibly knowledgable. We had a blast looking for howler monkeys in the trees and eating a traditional Tico lunch in Montezuma. Make sure to jump off of the waterfall! It's worth it!
Although this place was perfect for us, here are a few things people might be turned off by:
WIFI is only available in one spot on the pool deck and is very slow. It's good for web browsing and email only. But, who cares?
The mattresses are thin and firm, but it didn't bother me! The towels are thin as well.
The salad bar left something to be desired, but the experience of grilling alongside Roger and his family was worth it. There are plenty of upscale restaurants in town that you can check out. I suggest grilling at Vista the first night, then venturing out the rest of the time.
Our trip was fabulous, and I recommend this place to everyone! If you're uptight and very detail oriented, you might look elsewhere. We're incredibly easy going, so everything was perfect for us!
- 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