We stayed for 9 days at Moana in one of the standard rooms. They are lower on the hillside, so don't have an ocean view, but were great for us as we were only in the room at night to sleep. There are great views to be had from the bigger rooms further up the hillside and from the restaurant patio. The room was very comfortable with A/C and a nice front porch. The pool and grounds are meticulously maintained, a natural part of the local environment and beautiful. Aidan and Vicky were quick to respond to any questions or requests we had and we enjoyed chatting with Aidan in the evening at the restaurant's bar. We rented a Quad ATV for the week to get around and it turned out to be a really fun part of our trip. Aidan set up surf lessons, a snorkeling tour to Isla Tortuga, the quad rental and made great recommendations for things to do and places to eat. The 4 wheel drive road from Mal Pais to Cabuya was really fun, scenic and a great way to get to Montezuma or the entrance to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. The complimentary coffee and breakfasts for guests were really good. We ate breakfast at Moana everyday that we were there and had dinner there 3 times during our stay. The dinners were prepared fresh, visually appealing and very tasty. The lodge's location was perfect for us, as it is central to many adventure opportunities, close enough to make Santa Teresa very accessible, but not close enough to be disturbed by the noisy nightlife. We highly recommend Moana to anyone and plan to go back soon ourselves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Moana is a small luxurious ocean view hotel nestled amongst a rich backdrop of wildlife and jungle. Inspired by Africa for its choice of décor, the beautiful rooms offer tranquility and comfort to all of our guests. Enjoy being served breakfast while you gaze out over the Pacific Ocean. Later hang out at the wonderful pool area and fall asleep on a suspended day bed while the waves crash in the background, paradise awaits! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moana Hotel Mal Pais
- Hotel Moana Costa Rica/Mal Pais