I have been fortunate enough to visit Costa Rica for 11 years, some 37 trips, I have surfed or driven to just about every beach area, some without even a hotel, with the exception of Pavones/Zancudo in the Osa area near Panama.
My wife and I and inspected all 5 places on the beach in Santa Teresa, and budget was a issue of under $250, as we just wanted privacy and no frills, great beach views and to hear the surf. This boutique hotel was one the best values, and best feeling properties in the entire country, and ranks up there with Thailand and Burma for a tropical setting but with the luxuries of modern touches. The outdoor showers are the bomb, and the beds are comfy and romantic. Te bungelows only number 3, and have nice verandas with chez lounges to chill. The cafe is top notch and the cuisine as good as anywhere in CR.
Lastly, the location is superb, as its next door to Blancaflor spa, and Latitude 10, both stunning properties and top of the hill for CR, we used the Spa for massages and had dinner, a good value as well, a great wine list.
If you want rustic Tico charm, boutique chic setting, privacy and a surf break 1/4 mile walk down the desolate beach, this is it. The owners have the formula right on, and fact its further from Mal Pais then all the others, is a good thing, the road and distance filters out the whiners, complainers and typical tourist that are best to stay in town.
I travel 150 days a year for work, in 4-5 star, and 8 weeks a year for leisure,I prefer cabinas/lodges and boutique settings, some luxury, and one thing I avoid, is resorts, paved driveways, rooms with a tele or TV, and even no AC, in the tropics, the nature is my entertainment...(they have free Wifi for those us that have to work on vacation)
If only more properties were like this in CR and the world, we will be back in Feb 2010.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Milarepa is located on beautiful beachfront property at the Northern End of Santa Teresa. Our 4 open air cabinas and restaurant are surrounded by tropical foliage. Our resident howler monkey's can be found in the mango trees above your cabina on any given day and the sounds and vibrations of the Pacific will rock you to bed at night. At low tide there are gorgeous natural tide pools located just in front of the properties and the sunsets are unforgettable daily event. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Milarepa Hotel Santa Teresa
- Milarepa Costa Rica/Santa Teresa