Villas Hermosas is our new favorite place in Costa Rica and we have been traveling to Costa Rica for ten years. We have been home for a month and we still miss Villa Hermosas!! We just recently stayed at the Villas Hermosa in March for 8 nights with another couple ( the "Paradise Found" couple) and we had the most amazing vacation!!!! Brad and Tara are the most wonderful owners and from the moment that we met them, we felt like we were staying with friends and we knew that we were in for an awesome vacation!! Tara was truly the hostess with the mostess!! She sat down with us every morning and we would plan our upcoming activities and she would book them for us and she would also make reservations for us for dinner
Tara knows everyone and she was able to reserve Torsten, the 5 star private chef for us and he created the most delicious 4 course dinner for us and we highly recommend it!!, And, she also made us a reservation for the Lobster night with Damien which was also a treat and please try the oysters too!! They were so fresh!. Our favorite day trip was to the Curu Wild life refuge and Isla Tortuga (snorkeling) and we didn't get a chance to go on the ATV tour along the beach but we heard that it was a blast!! We also loved snorkeling at the tide pool in front of the hotel and you can borrow snorkel gear from Brad and Tara.
The family villa that we stayed in was just beautiful, immaculate, cozy, modern, safe, and well air conditioned. There was a great hammock on one of the two porches and there were humming birds,iguanas, parrots, howler monkeys and white faced monkeys in the beautiful trees just steps from our porch. I love anlmals so I was just delighted to see them everyday!! There was also a very cool surfboard rack in our living room and when my husband saw that he was stoked!! He went surfing everyday on the beautiful beach right in front of the hotel ( which was never crowded!! ) and Brad who is an expert surfer, has the all the beaches wired. Just ask Brad where and when to go surfing. He knows everything and next time we will not bring our own surfboards. We will just call Brad and ask him to rent us some boards and we know that he will hook us up.
Mal Pais/Saint Theresa is a very cool town. The roads getting there are a little bumpy and narrow but that is all part of the fun of being in Costa Rica!! Villas Hermosas is just outside of town which is great because the town is very busy, and it looks like Tamarindo 10 years ago. We would go into town almost every night for dinner, except when we caught fresh fish and in that case we would grill our fish in the Rancho and hang out with the other very friendly guests. The food in town was great ( the green awning restaurant across from the Hostel had the best Casado ) and Brad and Tara's restaurant guide was very helpful and accurate and I'm still trying to figure out the recipe for that delicious chimichurri sauce at Las Piedras. We also felt very safe at night because they have a security gaurd that carefully protects the hotel all night and more importantly, Samsona ( their beautiful, friendly and mellow Rotti) also protects the guests all night. Furthermore, Villas Hermosas was always so quiet and peaceful at night and we would sit in the lounge chairs and gaze at the beautiful stars and constellations. We would also enjoy some ice cold beers, chips and Ticos from the "Honor System" Fridge in the Rancho and the last night we just didn't want to leave our new found Paradise.
Thank you very much Brad, Tara and Samsona!! We had a wonderful time and we are looking forward to more bonfires on the beach at sunset!!! Pura Vida!!
Brian and Jenny
- 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