After hours and hours of research on where to go on vacation and then which place to stay at I chose Villas Hermosas due to the outsanding reviews. This was my first trip to a villa type stay vs a big resort type vacation.
I must say when we were driving to Santa Theresa I was a bit nervous...the roads were nothing like I was used to but it is all part of what made this trip so unique. Then we get to Villas Hermosas and the smile could not be hidden on my face. The ground there are so beautiful, the villas are great looking, the pool was just the right size, and the friendly faces of Brad and Tara to welcome us. Tara walked us towards the ocean towards our honeymoon villa and it was even more romantic and beautiful then any picture could capture. I was so excited to have such a spacious villa so close to the ocean!
This vacation was unique in so many ways. I loved the lizards roaming around everywhere, geckos by our door each night, the monkeys that would make noises through the trees and even hang out above your head in the pool. I loved the seashells along the beach...ohh the beach! Well, the beach was so private. I must say I you will feel as if the beach belongs to you!! You might have to share it with a couple surfers off in the far distance that give you a little show! Sunsets are amazing here--you almost plan your whole evenings around them--don't want to miss them.
Brad and Tara (and their darling kids!) are all people you wish you could take home with you! They are so much fun and radiate such positive energy. It is impossible not to have a laugh around them. They are so knowledgable about Costa Rica and will share this with you or help you plan your acitivities for the day/evening (and only the best I might say!). I will say I have never had service like they give you---with such personal individual care--and yes they really do care!
Like I had read before---the ATV tour with Brad is totally worth it. A must for sure---you get a peak of the area that you just can't any other way. We did the zipline Tara set up and it was fun too. Thanks to Tara letting me borrow some shoes so I could go on it. We fell in love with an amazing resturant Tara recomended that had a view of the sunset that was unreal. The food there was so amazing--we couldn't get enough and went twice during our stay.
Next time I think we might rent an ATV to get around town. And girls don't worry about packing a lot!! Seriously...I am a bad over packer and you really only need a couple swimsuits, coverups, and some shorts/tanks, or fun casual sundresses. It is so casual around here and you are mostly in your suit that you don't need a lot! If you over pack anything it should be sunblock and lotions!
Villas Hermosas grounds are beautiful and well taken care of. Everything inside is so clean and the housekeepers are very sweet. Breakfast is cooked by the wonderful bubbly and friendly Kristy who makes great eggs! We no problems with bugs actually never really saw anything flying around. A crab tried to get in our room once and a gecko in our suitcase (we found it pretty amusing) but that was it! And if you don't want to the store or run out of food the honor system fridge is perfect---must say the ice cream in there tasted pretty good come mid afternoon!
Funny thing was we just couldn't stop talking about our next trip here. Or if our next trip we wanted to take others to show them how wondeful it was or keep it to ourselves!! This vacation was unlike any other trip I had taken but that is something that made it so special. Sometimes it is nice to go out of the norm you know? I see it being great for something like we did (romantic couple trip), fun for a group of couples, or fun for the whole family!
Only wish we would have stayed a little bit longer!! We miss it all--the ocean, the beach, the wildlife, Villas Hermosas, the pool with the waterfalls, Brad, Tara, and their kiddos! Can't thank Tara and Brad enough for everything--they made this trip amazing and they are a fabulous team!
- 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