We were lucky enough to stumble upon Playa Cielo while going to every hotel and trying to find a room along the beachfront. The driveway was innocuous, but we decided to see what was there. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of our vacation. The property was gorgeous and had immaculately maintained grounds that surrounded it. You felt as if you were somewhere completely different within 50 feet after turning off of the road from Mal Pais.
3 small "villas" flowed down to a gorgeous pool that was steps from the beach. Each of the villas had an amazing view of the garden, pool and all the way down to the coast. Inside of the villas was just as good. The amazingly comfortable 4 poster bed looks out onto a porch that continues to the views. A small kitchenette provides a place for your beers and space to make small meals. The bathroom is beautifully tiled, with the best part - an outdoor shower that "indoors." The porch has a comfortable hammock perfect for viewing the beach and pool, and reading books in the sun. A small table outside provides the perfect place to eat the wonderful bread and fresh croissants you get for breakfast. The pool has comfortable chairs and umbrellas for lounging, and the beach entrance leads you to a surfing beach to the left or a smaller more "swimmable" beach on the right, both with plenty of sun, shells, and shade. This is what my boyfriend and I enjoyed the most - each day, we went to the beach, read, went swimming, took a small break to cool off in the pool, and then came back for the sunset. Truly a relaxing time.
This property was a find, and we were lucky to find it so soon after it had opened. The pictures and descriptions don't give enough of what the property is really like- you should truly see it for yourself. Everything was impeccable and beautiful, from the gorgeous flowers tucked in the towels, to the hammock, the granite in the bathroom, to the feather pillows on the bed. The owner, Sol, was charming and always helpful in his recommendations for something to do or where to eat. Whatever he says, trust him! We had one of our best meals ever on his word. Yum. I hope to go back here sometime, but for now, I'll tell everyone they SHOULD be here because there is no reason not to enjoy it. Perhaps if you're the type that needs a spa, concierge, restaurant, and constant contact with the outside world, maybe you won't be impressed. But vacation is a vacation and it's time to relax and enjoy...and I recommend this property as the place to do that.
Lastly, the Mal Pais area is beautiful, but you don't need to fill your time with expensive activities or tours. Enjoy the beaches, the sunsets, and the food and you can have a great time. I only wish we could have stayed more than 3 days here...
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Playa Cielo Hotel Santa Teresa
- Playa Cielo Costa Rica/Santa Teresa