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“Gorgeous Views, Wonderful Service, Good Food!”
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Costa Paraiso
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
Atenas, Costa Rica
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“Gorgeous Views, Wonderful Service, Good Food!”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

We just got back from our stay at Costa Paraiso. What a gem! There are five villas on the property - four of them have two queen beds, and one (the Toucan Nest) is tucked back into a more private space and has a King bed. We rented two villas, the Toucan and Pelican. Both villas are immaculate and so well equipped. They have fans and airconditioning, beautiful furnishing and great porches with ocean views. The sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks in front of the property was dramatic, but soothing. The pool on the property is cute and pristine. It is semi-shaded, which was very nice for us. Hammocks are spread throughout the property, which is covered in beautiful iguanas and colorful birds. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the food at the restaurant was very good, with the exception of the pizza (bland and unseasoned). Nearby Dominicalito Beach is perfect for an early morning walk and shell collecting, though not great for swimming.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thank you for your stay at Costa Paraiso, we are glad to be part of your great experiences in Costa Rica, we look forward to seeing you next time.
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Georgia
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Very much enjoyed our stay. Cute little duplexes on cozy property. This was our first night in CR and the lush foliage and crashing waves started out trip out with a great frame of mind. Our room had a nice kitchen, but the meals were EXCELLENT. Breakfast was especially good. Pizza was a bit of a disappointment. The room had two queen beds with curtains between, which suited us just fine. The bathroom could use a paint job, but nothing to worry about. Rocks give the coastline character and the beach is a very short walk.
This is a great place. Book it!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
We are absolutely happy you started your vacation with a great experiences in Costa Rica, thank you for your stay at Costa Paraiso and your positives feedback, We review it and fix it recently, we look forward to seeing you next time.
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Banff, Canada
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Stayed for four nights end of February along with my adult daughter in search of beach time and a little surf after a week on the Carribbean coast. Beautifully appointed low key operation (?only 5 suites) that is totally chill. Room was clean with a well supplied kitchen, though we took advantage of the great on site , oceanside restaurant with a creative menu. There are many little carved out spaces you can call your own...a top deck above the restaurant or a quiet table down by the rocks. pool area is not huge, but there are enough nice hammocks and loungers. grounds are lovely with dramatic smashing waves on rocks when tide is high...fabulous sunset views. We didnt have a vehicle which could be challenging for some, but we walked into Domenical on the beach and took taxis when needed...we were in no rush, but if you really wanted to cover more territory a car would be useful.
Staff was EXTREMELY welcoming and helpful with suggestions for getting around....from the ever-smiling Sandra to Kate the chef, the wait staff and the owners themselves. We tried to extend our stay..but they were full, yet still helped us find some accomodation nearby. Book now!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thanks so much for your positive feedback – we are so glad you had such a great vacation and we hope to see you back here again as part of our international family!
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed here for seven days with friend and overall were very satisfied with the level of service and the location. The hotel is in a very pretty location overlooking a rocky shoreline with a great view of the ocean and sunsets. Unfortunately this is not true of the rooms, which though very comfortable do to not afford the same view.
There are three sets of rooms, we stayed in the Monkey which overlooks the back of the restaurant. The rooms itself was very dark, (there is only so much you can do with Ikea low wattage light bulbs several of which were missing) Sandra the manager, did provide us with some additional lighting. The bed was comfortable and overall the rooms was kept very clean. There is a lack of storage space for cloths and it would be difficult if more than two people were sharing this room. The water was an ongoing problem as it ran out each day, so if you need a shower take it while you can. Also beware of the shower heads, they have point of use heater located in the the shower head itself, and if you happen to touch them you will get a shock, though nothing that will cause serious harm. (just a good wake up call!), also is not advisable to drink the water, though they do proved drinking water at the restaurant.
The room we stayed in had a microwave and a small fridge and some utensils, there very little counter space and realistically not practical for making more than snacks. The level of service was excellent and the staff went out of their way to help. The restaurant provided a good breakfast, though the dinner menu was disappointing and other than the specials each day provided nothing more than snacks and poorly made pizzas.
This a great location with a wonderful staff a small swimming pool and a beautiful view proving you are in the right area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thanks very much for your feedback, and your positive and constructive comments. In response to some of the minor issues you raise I can provide the following explanations.
We are reviewing our website to ensure it is clear that views from some rooms are of the gardens rather than the sea. The hotel is sourced by a spring as part of our ecological commitment and in dry season this can mean occasional low water flow. There is an outdoor shower by the pool which guests are welcome to utilize also as well as the ocean itself! The issue with shower heads and drinking water is usual across Costa Rica and Central America, which locals and regular travellers are familiar with – however clearer signs may be helpful so thank you for this feedback.
The lighting in the rooms is yellow daylight bulbs which are designed not to attract mosquitos and also provide ambience, but we are always happy to accommodate guest’s requirements. In terms of utensils provided, the rooms are not really designed as full self-catering as we have an on-site restaurant, as you suggest they are really to allow guests to make snacks. We have made some changes in response to previous suggestions and feel that it’s about right at the moment, but we do continue to review our service in line with guest feedback and expectations. We are reviewing the restaurant evening menu and would welcome further suggestions.
We’re glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back again soon!
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Salt lake city
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We just stayed at Costa Paraiso. What an amazing place. The rooms are beautiful and the setting and view are amazing. The staff were so helpful. Quiet, peaceful and beautiful
We will be back and spend more time. Animals everywhere and big Iguanas in all the trees.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Dear Beth, thank you so much for your feedback, we are really glad that you and your son enjoyed Costa Paraiso. The special friends that you have here are missing the love and attention that you gave them! We hope to welcome you back here soon.
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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed in mid Feb 2013 and loved it. It is very nice, but not over the top. The property was super well kept. The managers were top notch, friendly, helpful, welcoming and very open. The meals were delicious. They made a Valentine's dinner of ahi tuna and the dining area with a view over the pool to the ocean was just as amazing as it looks on the site. We went to playa Hermosa 5-10 min drive to body surf and run the beach every day. We heard some howler monkeys. Internet was solid. Rooms all seemed to have good views. The beds were clean and comfortable. The bathrooms and kitchen were well designed and a great treat. We had only one issue - we didn't have a 4wd and it took us a few tries each day to drive up the steep drive, but we switched to a 4wd and had no trouble after that.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
We are absolutely happy to be part of your great experiences in Costa Rica and thank you for your stay at Costa Paraiso, we look forward to seeing you next time.
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Dominical, Costa Rica
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Coming to such a Paradise .....2 Km south of Dominical...a virtual Paradise..... pero mas grande .... offering silence from the city life..... falling asleep to the crashing waves..... the smiles of the people in Costa Paraiso , their willingness to help , their joy for a simple life...... their eagerness at communicating with you , wanting to learn english , yet a pride in teaching you the language of their birth..... this country Costa Rica is changing rapidly, no longer are the books of information people purchase to travel here, honest or current....... they offer a great deal of superb information, but this is not a third world country by any means... be prepared to invest in your holiday stay with more funds than expected....... yes there are hostels, great places to stay for minimal funds, but if you seek a great , comfortable , english speaking place , for less than $100.00 per night , you delude yourself....... With regards to food..... you can pay little for some food.... and there are great local typo comeda costa rican food places in abundance.... many with great local food.... and for less money..... yet if you seek more with a budget to seek different food , it is not offered at a cheap price, less than Canadian prices for sure , but perhaps more than a person from the USA would pay.
If you are a family or a person, or a couple who want a semi secluded place, with the most stunning views, easy access to a wonderful , long , almost private beach , glorious sunsets, and a restaurant which can offer you a Can/Tico taste of food here in Costa Rica.....a place to come , relax, enjoy good , plentiful food, at a fair trade cost, Costa Paraiso and the restaurant ? Por Que No? is the place for you. The food is served with a great deal of love and pride.... come and experience this awesome place for yourself, close by is Dominical Super......a place where you can find almost anything you seek..... the prices might be a bit more, but when you compare the gas and time price , or the cost and time for bus to Uvita the difference in price is negligable..... this is a life changing experience .... Don't miss the opportunity!!!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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CPManagement, General Manager at Costa Paraiso, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thanks so much for your positive feedback, we look forward to seeing you next time for longer and wish you have a great memories of this beautiful country.
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Property: Costa Paraiso
Address: 2km South of Dominical | Rocas de Amancio Rd, Dominical 12345, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Dominical
#2 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Costa Paraiso is an oceanside boutique hotel located near Dominical on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you will find several hideaways to relax along with a refreshing swimming pool. The onsite restaurant Por Que No serves delicious Tican-fusion dishes along with a Chef's Daily Special.On the beach, the hotel backs onto the north entrance to Playa Dominicalito. Only a 5 minute drive to Dominical, you have access to all the adventure tourism the region has to offer...surfing, kayaking, scuba, stand up paddleboards, canyoning, ziplining, atv, horseback riding and yoga. ... more   less 
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Costa Paraiso Hotel Dominical
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