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“iowa father and son loved it” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Vista de Olas
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Mal Pais
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Grimes, Iowa
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4 reviews
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“iowa father and son loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

They view is the best in the area. Roger went out of his way to see to it that our trip was what we expected. The bed was the best I have ever slept in period. the excursions that we took with them were the best. Advice: Fly to Tambor from San Jose and pick up your 4 wheel drive car there.

Room Tip: wifi was up at the resturaunt and bar area. only 5 villas to choose from and ours had the best view...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here in April of this year. We were looking to discount from the world and enjoy a vacation away. This is a place for the self-sufficient traveler and adventurer. Our desire on this vacation was to explore Costa Rica by day, spend time on the beach and have a nice place to go back to at night and this was the perfect place for that. The hotel grounds are very clean, well kept and safe. Our room was cleaned everyday and the staff was always nice and courteous. The view from the pool is incredible and I enjoyed every sunset from there while we were there. Yes, the pool area is open to the public and you get a lot of younger people for Happy Hour which for some would be annoying, but we ended up finding very entertaining and made for a good laugh. A simple breakfast is served every morning and you can have dinner at the hotel in the evenings from the grill. One day we were given an ATV tour from Roger's son to Montezuma waterfalls which was extremely fun. He was a great tour guide and very informative. We ended up renting the ATV for the duration of our stay which made getting around the country side extremely easy and fun. Another day, Roger setup a canopy tour for us. We ended up becoming friends with Roger, his wife Heidi and their sons by the end of the trip. We talked to them a lot about all their adventures and they gave us good recommendations for day trips we could take and place to see. We had a great time at Vista de Olas and would go back in a heart beat.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Boca Raton, FL
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband & I drove @ 5 1/2 hours, including the ferry, from San Jose to get there. It was worth the trip!
Gorgeous location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, helpful owners, fun excursions. Only thing I missed was attempting to surf, as the waves were too high when we were there.
Loved the floral bouquet Heidi put together for me that my sister requested for my birthday!
Met lots of interesting people from AK, KS, CA, etc.
Must eat at The Bakery, Al Chile Viola & Habanero's.

Room Tip: Villa 3...closest to ocean...farthest away from other villa's....
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank princesslia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

This destination is certainly worth the time it takes to get here! Roger is the owner and he personally greeted us shortly after our arrival. He and his staff are attentive and hospitable. They are very helpful if you want suggestions for excursions or other guidance while you are in Mal Pais.

The property itself is breathtakingly beautiful, as it is situated in the rainforest, overlooking the coast. The grounds are meticulously maintained and the villas are outstandingly designed.

Vista de Olas truly provides the opportunity for folks to absolutely "unplug" from the rat race. The environment is conducive to connecting with nature, listening for monkeys, and anticipating the next phenomenal sunset.

The food was delicious, so if you do not want to venture away for dinner, stay and enjoy! They serve fresh salads that rival any we have enjoyed in fine restaurants. Breakfasts are well-portioned and the offering is different each day.

Room Tip: All of the villas are ocean view, you can't go wrong...must see!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Scott D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

I definitely recommend this place to anyone interested in coming to Costa rica, the view is breathtaking, the service is unlike no other (I genuinely miss the staff) and the location couldn't have been better. Thank you Roger and the entire staff for a wonderful experience. Pura Vida!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ecastellanos26
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Omaha, Nebraska
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

My wife and I wanted to get away from the large crowded commercialized beach front resorts. We found exactly that at Vista De Olas. We arrived to find a private villa with a beautiful pool and amazing view of the ocean. The service was great, because the service of the hotel is provided by the owner, Roger, and his two boys. Don't let the intimate setting of the hotel scare you, this turned out to be one of the greatest features of the hotel, because we were able to get to know the staff personally at the hotel. They provided us with honest feedback and directed us in the right direction to have a great vacation. Vista De Olas offers an ATV tour that they place you with other vacationers at the hotel. This allowed us to meet people from other walks of life. It also added to the overall enjoyability of the stay at Vista De Olas, because we often visited with these other couples.

Room Tip: The hotel is located within a tropical rainforest. The rooms are very nice, but do not plan on spend...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andrew J
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

I'm so glad that I did this! My husband and I have always wanted to go Costa Rica, but were unsure where. We found a living social deal to this place. Best decision I've ever made about a vacation! This was better than our honeymoon to Mexico. The pool and the view overlooking the ocean is amazing. The staff were so wonderful and accommodating. We met so many people staying there and people around town. People were so friendly. Roger and his family were great at planning the excursions and doing the tours. I highly recommend the zip line canopy tour and ATV tour to Montezuma waterfalls. It was relaxing and an adventure in the same place. Mal Pais is not a huge American tourist destination like Cabo in Mexico, but that's what we loved about it. So if you are looking for an adventure and a place to relax in paradise, this is the place. If you worried about not being able to speak Spanish, no worries because most people can speak some English. You'll get around just fine. The only thing to prepare you is the airport tax when leaving the country and if you use a smaller airline like Sansa or nature air, there is also a small airport tax. Not a big deal though. Most places accept credit cards, but we found it easy to just exchange our money into colones. I miss vista de olas already! We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Amanda S
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Property: Hotel Vista de Olas
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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Vista De Olas Mal Pais
Hotel Vista De Olas Costa Rica/Mal Pais

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