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“Awesome beach location with beautiful NEW casitas” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Cielo
Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Certificate of Excellence
upstate NY
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Awesome beach location with beautiful NEW casitas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

Loved the accommodations. Very comfortable and clean with excellent on-beach location. Beach is not great for swimming, but very beautiful. Adele (owner) was very helpful in recommending and setting up activities.

The main part of Santa Teresa was a bit of a walk, but a market was in short walking distance.

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Highland Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

Place was to American standards and then some. Clean bueatiful room on the sand. One of the nicest in cr

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

We stayed with our 3 young children and had a great time. I believe it is the best place in Santa Teresa. The casita was very nice, the kids loved the outdoor shower! We walked the 50 yards to the beach every morning and the kids really liked stopping by the pool to release the crabs that had fallen inside during the previous night. The pool are was also very nice.
We found it to be a great value too.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

I HIGHLY recommend Playa Cielo. This amazing heaven was everything that my Mom and I needed and more...for the perfect getaway in Santa Teresa. The owners, Adele and Shlomi cater to your every need with the utmost care.

Stayed April 2011
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New York, New York, USA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

When we were looking for a place to stay in Santa Theresa, we started out with some high expectations. Mainly we were looking for three things: We wanted a place right on the beach, that had a pool, and a view of the ocean from the room. At Playa Cielo, we found that and so much more. Not only are the cabanas poolside with an ocean view, but they are truly on the high end of casual luxury. The beds are comfortable and sumptuous, the shower opens up pleasantly to the sun and sky, there's air conditioning and a convenient little kitchen to prepare meal, all of which is rare to impossible to find in Santa Theresa in this rate which incidentally includes a delightful breakfast of local fruit, croissants, and fresh made bread. If that were all we found when we got there we would have been overjoyed. However, much to our delight Playa Cielo came with so much more. The property's owners and managers, Sol and Adele, took what would have been a terrific vacation and made it truly spectacular. There warmth, willingness to help, and the sheer pleasure of their presence provided an element to our trip that ratings can't measure. We look forward to our return to Playa Cielo in the future and would heartily recommend this special place to anyone looking for a uniquely memorable vacation experience.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

Playa Cielo is a beautiful and intimate hotel. The cabinas/cabanas are absolutely lovely and styled in a wonderfully natural and beachy manner. Comfortable beds, pillows, towels, useful small kitchen, cozy outdoor patio area with dining table and chairs as well as two lovely hammocks, made our stay all the more peaceful.
The very short walk across the property to the beach, (with great tide pools for the kids to explore directly in front of the property) could not be more convenient.
With an owner on site daily, the guest/client services were outstanding. They were able to assist us with reservations for dinners, spa services, activities and to make recommendations for everything.
I truly can not wait to return!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

First and foremost the hospitality at Playa Cielo goes way beyond good service. You literally become part of the extended family from the moment you roll in. When Shlomi and Adele described the amount of care, time, and detail they took when creating Playa Cielo you can feel it is not just a place to stay, but a real escape to a magical beachfront oasis.
The location is so central that you can walk to get what you need. Activities abound, and the hosts can help you navigate with personalized recommendations.
Each little villa is so well designed- minimal, but roomy, airy, but not too buggy, rustic, but with all the comforts you would have in a luxury hotel. Morning breakfasts with fresh fruits and croissants (my wife has withdrawals to this day from the croissants), the pool is like being at South Beach hotel, and (drum roll) the beach! Man, this is a special place. You can just feel the sense of freedom and magic as you cruise around.
My advice- go to this place before everyone finds out (I recognize the irony of posting on TA). You will be part of the lucky few to savor this spectacular experience in Santa Teresa.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Playa Cielo

Property: Playa Cielo
Address: Main Street, Santa Teresa 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award winning, luxurious private villas, each with an open sky shower, a kitchenette and outdoor sitting area, tucked in a lush tropic garden. Outdoor, beachfront chemical-free swimming pool with lounge chairs and hammocks on the beach, for the utmost relaxing atmosphere and the best sunset view. Restaurant onsite. Centrally located to supermarkets and restaurants. ... more   less 
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