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Villa Buena Onda
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Marvelous Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

We had a marvelous time staying at this Villa. The staff treat you even better than royalty. They treat you like family and friends. One of the gems about this resort is the intimacy. There are only eight rooms available. Not only do you get to know all the staff by name (and vica versa), you also get to know all the other guests by name. Truly, you feel like you are staying at a friend's home.

If all of that is not enough, the personal attention and care is top notch. I have many dietary restrictions. They contacted me in advance to make sure they had food on hand that would fit my needs. They made special trips to the grocery charge on my behalf without additional charges. The food was spectacular in flavor and presentation.

I saved the piece de resistance for last. This whole trip centered around renewing our wedding vows. Jennifer, the General Manager, contacted me in advance. She created a perfect day. Every moment was beyond expectation. She went so far above and beyond that I cannot begin to describe her attention to detail and expended energy. She kept our budget in mind and made us a lavish day.

We began our day chauffeured from the Villa to the beach where we were met by Jennifer; Mariano Grane, our photographer; and Eddy the owner of Pacific Coast Tours and his boat Captain George. Jennifer greeted us with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers! She had asked me what type of flowers I like, and she created pure beauty from there.

With the wind in our hair (mine especially), our day was filled with boating to spectacular locations for photos. We felt like the rich and famous with our own personal paparazzi. We climbed to the very edge of a cliff to experience a magnificent backdrop. We got our feet wet for water cave shots. We meandered through tree root lined waterways, while indulging in fruits, wine, and beer.

We arrived at the location for our renewal. As we discussed as a possibility, if we decided to perform our vows on paddle boards, they were ready to go. The sea was a little too rough that day to go that route. Eddy picked a perfect beach for our ceremony, with the sunset framed by mountains as the finale. Jennifer surprised us with ceremonial champagne . She officiated our heartfelt ceremony.

While we were in the midst of our ceremony, Eddy was creating delectable food on a make-shift grill in the sand: lobster ceviche, tenderloin, roasted beets, crushed plantains, sautéed vegetables, and dark chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Everything was scrumptious!

Everything throughout the day was orchestrated perfectly, right down to the kissing swan towels and heart arranged on our bed when we returned to the villa. It was a day of love, laughter, beauty, and adventure!

We cannot say enough about Villa Buena Onda!! The personal attention you receive there far surpasses the money you spend!

Room Tip: We stayed in both an ocean view and pool view rooms. Both were nice rooms. We enjoyed the added priv...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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English first
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

My husband and I honeymooned at Villa Buena Onda the first week in April 2014. As we are an older couple, we sought a romantic destination venue exclusive to adults, with privacy, and limited guests. We are foodies, and a bit fussy about our food, wine, and cocktails, thus our gastronomic expectations are high. I can't say enough about our experience. The staff is attentive to every detail and request. By the end of the week, we felt like old friends with them all. (did I mention the staff to guest ration is 2 to one?!) There was champagne waiting for us on arrival with rose petals spread on our bed, then a private patio dinner that was impeccable, a couples massage on the upstairs balcony, and the list goes on and on. We were greeted by Shelly, an ex-pat surfer girl with a heart of gold, who gave us cultural insight and suggestions for intown dining and shopping. Lamenting our departure, we are already planning our return.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms on either end.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Audreikae
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Parrish, Florida
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

Excellent Resort to Relax. The staff was OUTSTANDING!!!! Jennifer, Shelly, Javier and Rosa were especially helpful an treated us like old friends. I would highly recommend Villa Buena Onda to anyone visiting Coast Rica's west coast. One recommendation would be to rent a car if you would like to see an travel to different areas. We rented from Adobe Rental. They will deliver the car to Villa an pick it up when your ready to leave. Great vacation spot. Highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms for best view
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

My wife and had a great stay at Villa Buena Onda. It was chosen as the final boutique hotel of three we stayed at during our Costa Rican honeymoon. We ended on a high. The staff were great, funny and accommodating. The hotel itself was all we had hoped for with great views of the ocean. The shuttle meant getting into town was a breeze. We spent four nights and did activities on three of the days. These were all organised by the hotel management and all delivered to our expectations. We did the zip line tour, scuba dived with bull sharks and did the hidden beaches tour with some deep sea fishing. Food was great and plentiful, cocktails were yummy. Free and fast internet, shower with a view etc etc. Recommended and we will be back!

Room Tip: We were on the second floor corner room and were very happy with it. It has a balcony and a shower...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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gloucestershire
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

This hotel lives up to the excellent reviews.It is small & personal with exceptional staff that make you feel like a treasured guest. The extra touches made our trip special - the free lesson in making totillas, the " shuttle" which actually meant Sergio taking us in to town, waiting for us when we shopped, stopping at various shops on the way back to the hotel & showing us the local sights & views . He then took us to the beach & watched our belongings whilst we swam & sat & waited until we were ready to return - an exceptionsl & complimentary service. The rooms are lovely, cocktails great & the food nice. We went on to the Four Seasons after bit Villa Beuna offers just as good an experience but in a different way, it us intimate & unique.

Room Tip: All nice, we had an upstairs room .
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jaclmoore
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Crestwood, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

We chose Villa Buena because it was a Boutique Hotel and didn't allow small children. The Villa is beautiful in every aspect, spacious rooms, beautiful grounds, PHENOMINAL staff! Never before have we received such personalized service from the concierge, Chef, Bartender, and even the complimentary shuttle driver...we couldn't have made a better choice to meet our expectations. The Ocean view was visible from our room, our shower, the pool, and while dining, yet we were far enough removed from the ocean to provide peaceful solitude. The quaintness of the Villa allowed for the development of new friendships with not only the staff but other couples . We will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kathleen J
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Sanford, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

We recently stayed at Villa Buena Onda in Playa de Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This little 7 suite boutique hotel was absolutely stunning. Full course, and muy rico, breakfast (desayuno), lunch (almuerzo), and dinner (la cena) are included with your stay. The foods range from local fair to American and European options, with full menu service and drinks with every meal. The waiter doubles as the bartender and will also make drinks for purchase, which are also delicious. Christen and Javier are the waitstaff/bartenders and one or the other will serve you your meal- both very courteous, friendly, helpful staff. The chef is amazing- the food is absolutely out of this world- like something you'd expect at an exclusive luxury resort. The front desk staff, Jennifer, Dayana and Shelley- are incredibly helpful, friendly, and courteous. The entire staff will practice your Spanish with you, or speak English if you prefer, but either way there is no difficulty in communicating with such a wonderful staff. There are only 7 rooms, so the entire grounds are quiet, peaceful, and it is easy to find yourselves the sole inhabitants of the pool/terrace, and we had neither children nor noisy/obnoxious guests while we were there. There were several other couples at the resort with us who gave us helpful tips about treasures and deals on yours in town, and who were very pleasant to enjoy dinner with at night. The rooms were luxurious and amazing, the balcony views breathtaking, and the local iguanas, howler monkeys, and birds enjoyable. We are definitely going back to Villa Buena Onda whenever we go to Costa Rica- it was a one of a kind experience.

Room Tip: The ocean view balcony cannot be beat, but the poolside rooms have direct access to the pool, bar, d...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jessica K
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Property: Villa Buena Onda
Address: From the Ancor Sculpture 200 Meters East and 700 Meters South, Playas del Coco 50503, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playas del Coco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Buena Onda 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury, boutique hotel overlooking the Pacific ocean. Located just 20 mins from the Liberia International airport. Service includes three a la carte meals served daily. Nearby half a dozen beaches, fishing spots, surf breaks and under an hour from the Rincon de La Vieja (hot springs, mud pits) National Park. Fine decor, two-tier swimming pool with a swim-up bar and stunning ocean views make this a special place to visit. Fantastic food and exceptional service can be expected. ... more   less 
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