We loved our stay in Villas Hermosas. Tara and Brad are excellent hosts and they take good care of you. We flew in and drove from San Jose and we found the drive quite pleasant. Specially the ferry ride (quite festive). There is a point where you arrive where the roads are unpaved and a bit bumpy, but it pays off when you get to the resort.
The villas are beautifully decorated and spacious. We had the luxury in staying in two villas during our stay. The main villas by the pool are quite spacious and can fit up to 6 people in the room. But if you are a couple, you can stay in the honeymoon suite by the beach and enjoy a beautiful sunset together.
The property is very well maintained and the landscape is gorgeous. To add to the value, there is a family of howler monkeys who visit the property daily along with tons of iguanas, squirrels and all kinds of birds.
The resort has a few dogs who are very sweet and well trained. They accompany you to the beach and you can see them play in the water. The beaches stretch for miles and we took a few good walks on them. The beaches are made mostly for surfing, but when the tide is low you can snorkel and relax in the lagoon pools.
The sunsets are gorgeous specially during low tide. Brad has a chart by the pool with the tide schedules so you can plan accordingly.
There are quite of things to do in the area too. You get Tara to schedule you some personal guided tours of the National Parks or you can get Brad to take you on a ATV tour around the area. I strongly suggest you take the ATV tour because it is a ride of a lifetime. You ride on the beach and thru rivers along some very remote areas. A fun adventure
You also can visit Curu National Refuge which I strongly recommend. Tara sets you up with a great tour company that takes excellent care of you. You can either relax on the beaches of isla tortuga, snorkel , scuba dive or take a personal tour of the Curu jungle.
The restaurants in the area are good and a bit pricey, but from my stay in Costa Rica, most tourist places will be.
Overall the stay was excellent. It is a bit of a drive from San Jose, but if your adventure is to be low key and off the beaten path, this place is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The distinctive beachfront hotel, Villas Hermosas, is located in Playa Hermosa of Mal Pais on the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. Please come and share with them their playful surf, thriving jungle, empty beaches, tropical gardens, and inviting swimming pool, while enjoying all the comforts of home! With only four villas, they offer a uniquely intimate experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villas Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
- Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
- Villas Hermosas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa