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Vista Ballena Hotel
Ranked #3 of 16 Uvita B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

What makes a memorable stay at a location is the food, comfort, and a wonderful view---and this place has all of it. The food is top quality and heavenly...our favourite was the jumbo cocktail shrimp! The drinks are fantastic & I would recommend trying the signature drinks such as the Shark, Whale, Seahorse, and Dolphin. The place is only a few minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and has a lovely view of the Whale's Tail. You can see dolphins and whales from the crystal-clear infinity pool. It is not unlikely to see sloths, toucans, and kudamundis hang out next to you peacefully in the trees.

If you already have accommodations planned, it is most definitely worth planning an evening visit just to have an amazing dinner and watch the sunset as it fades along the horizon, with colours ranging from vibrant yellows to a dazzling orange to a coral pink and blue-cotton-candy.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The drive up the mountain looks treacherous, but is pretty typical of the Costa Rican roads that I experienced. The hotel is beautifully located 1 km up the mountain from Uvita Beach and the Whales tail (only visible at low tide). The hotel itself has been redone by the new owners and they've done an incredible job! The dining room, bar and pool all look out on the most awe inspiring sunsets I've ever seen. As the sun goes down you can hear the calls of sloths and geckos in the jungle surrounding the property. We were lucky enough to even have bee visited by a kudamundi on the patio.

The staff was outstanding and very friendly (especially my new buddy Roger. Get him to make you the signature drink - the shark- lol) As a someone who knows the restaurant industry very well, I have to say that all of the dishes we tried were very high quality. They tasted amazing and you could tell by the artistry of the presentation that the chefs care about their art. I would just like to thank the staff and the new owners TIm and Tiffany. You made our trip spectacular!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank livingtourist
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Stopped by Whales and Dolphins because we heard the views were great. Unfortunately, that's the only good thing about the place. 'Ecolodge' must be a loosely used term in Costa Rica, because the water tanks in their parking lot were overflowing the entire time we were there. We mentioned it to the front desk (maybe someone didn't notice?) and they clearly did not care. We also heard from some locals that this steals thousands of gallons of water from everyone else. Much better, more friendly and sustainable places to stay at in Uvita. Just having Ecolodge in the name means nothing and the views are incredible from many other locations.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

After a challenging 10 minute drive up a very steep rock and gravel road, we were anxious to stay at this place (Ecolodge? No, it's a rundown hotel), located on the west slope overlooking Bahia Ballena and the Whale's Tail. Although the view did not disappoint, everything else did. We were greeted by Raoul (the only pleasant part of this experience besides the view), who was the receptionist, bell-boy and later our waiter when we had a very mediocre meal at the restaurant. He was one of only 2 employees working that night, other than the cook. Really? You're running a 20-odd room hotel with 2 staff members to serve guests?? The next big disappointment was the room. Looks like it had just been renovated - 20 years ago! Uncomfortable bed, ugly decor, noisy A/C (our friends room had no working A/C), old CRT TV with no working remote, etc.. We had the worst sleep of our 4 week stay in Costa Rica here. We would have stayed somewhere else except that everything seemed to be booked because of a festival of some kind in Uvita that weekend. This place was apparently taken over by new owners last Oct/Nov, but it looks as though they haven't done anything to improve it so far (a magazine ad we saw for Whales & Dolphins said it was a newly renovated hotel - right). Don't make the same mistake we did in leaving our accommodation to chance; plan ahead and stay somewhere nice. There are lots of great places in Uvita, but this is not one of them.

Room Tip: Avoid this hotel
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My boyfriend and I went to Whales and Dolphins for dinner and drinks -- twice. We couldn't get enough of the view! Food was great, service was wonderful. Johnny was awesome! Even let us cool off in the pool before dinner, set us up with complimentary towels, even though we were staying at a local hostel. Strongly recommend to watch the sunset!

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2  Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

My husband and I went here with some friends for sunset drinks and Bocas. Let me tell you, the view was BEAUTIFUL! We ordered drinks (you HAVE to have the Whale! I had a couple! LOL). Then we ordered bocas. My husband and I had chicken fingers and fries and our friends had fish fingers and nachos. Delicious! And so much food! The nachos alone could have fed the 4 of us!!! The service was impeccable. The staff mad sure everything was alright and offered to refill our drinks several time. Very nice staff! We really enjoyed our evening and highly recommend this to anyone visiting Costa Rica!

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is an exceptional find. If visiting the southwest coast of Costa Rica near Dominical, Uvita, or Ojochal, this property is well worth your consideration. It was recently purchased and renovated (circa December 2012) and has an incredible view of the "tail" and a terrific chef serving up fresh and tasty local cuisine. The staff are very attentive and anxious to please. English is spoken and welcomed here.

Tim and Tiffany are the new owners. They live close by and want to make sure their guests have a great experience. They are continuing upgrades.

The poolside bar and view of the sunsets are to die for.

Can't understand why others do not consider this a great value for the money. A high quality breakfast included with the room makes this a sweet deal.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank joncra
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Additional Information about Vista Ballena Hotel

Address: Jardines del Morete | 17 Km. Sur de Playa Dominical, Uvita de Osa 1 Puntarenas, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Whales and Dolphins)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Uvita
Price Range: $145 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vista Ballena Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vista Ballena hotel, perched in the hills of Costa Rica's wild southern coast, is more than a tropical resort. Here, in the world's most ecologically diverse setting, you will discover nature's hidden treasures and sustenance for the soul. Our 20 room hotel is set high among the mountainous jungles of Costa Ballena. Enjoy exquisite views of the “Whale’s Tail” sandbar as it extends into the warm ocean waters and witness humpback whales cresting as they pass. Surrounded by lush rainforest and pristine coral-lined beaches, Vista Ballena is a place of solace and discovery in an otherwise untouched land. Paradise after all, is not just a destination, it is what stirs inside us when we set our eyes on the sublime wonders and wisdom of the natural world. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Whales And Dolphins Ecolodge
Whales & Dolphins Ecolodge Hotel Uvita
Vista Ballena Hotel Costa Rica/Uvita

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