Let me start by saying I devoted an absurd amount of time to researching places to stay while in Malpais/Santa Teresa. I spoke to nearly every hotel and guesthouse in the area and, when I arrived, even checked out most of the places in person (in between eating surfing and drinking smoothies). As such, I consider myself something of an unofficial expert regarding accommodations (and dining for that matter) in Malpais/Santa Theresa. So hear me now...your search ends here! Vista de Olas is an absolute paradise!
The property is set high in the hills overlooking the entire coast which provides some of the most breath-taking views you will ever see. And the sunsets...oh the sunsets. We initially had our hearts set on staying on the beach but soon found out that there are development limitations near the beach and, as a result, there is a limited number of places to stay near the surf. Those that are there are generally overpriced, noisy and somewhat dilapidated. Vista is literally a 4 minute drive from the beach (everybody drives 4x4s or ATVs anyway) and is unique in that its set within the jungle which makes for some unbelievable wildlife experiences and some great hikes in and around the property.
The hotel is run by two expats (an American contractor Roger and his Swiss wife Heidi) and their 2 lovely Costa rican-Born sons. They have lived in the area for 20 years and are always willing to offer advice regarding activities, dining and various logistical matters.They are amazingly hospitable and two of the kindest, most laid-back people you will ever meet. And the hotel is a reflection of that. Beautifully landscaped with uniquely designed and comfortable cabinas. All have huge king size beds, outdoor showers and amazing views.
When we were there, it was the low season and the BBQ was not open (although we could have used it if we wanted) but in the high season Vista offers a unique outdoor dining experience where patrons choose from a huge variety of meats and seafood, which they BBQ themselves and then everyone eats communally. Its apparently super popular amongst both locals, travelers, and even some visiting Hollywood celebs!
Our time in Malpais was monumental and much of it had to do with Roger, Heidi and the boys. They managed to create a truly magical place that really cannot be captured in words. Every moment there generates a smile, every view is breathtaking, every second a memory. I can't stress enough to disregard any negative feedback you have read regarding this place. People are different and ultimately have different expectations. But if you're looking for the best view in the area, beautiful jungle surroundings, probably the best pool area you'll ever lay eyes on, the cleanest and most uniquely designed cabinas in the area, and a most hospitable and kind family...look no further.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vista de Olas is a refined hotel in Mal Pais perched on top of a peaceful hill. From this vantage point our guests are treated to sweeping views of Mal Pais and watch the most memorable sunsets. The hotel offers 6 sumptuous, secluded deluxe villas with ocean view, AC, open-sky bathroom, and private porch. Hotel amenities include fast WLAN, a luxurious infinity pool and jacuzzi, pool lounge, and the best BBQ restaurant in Mal Pais. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vista De Olas Mal Pais
- Hotel Vista De Olas Costa Rica/Mal Pais