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LagunaVista Villas
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Reviewed 27 November 2010

I've just spent 6 nights at Laguna Vista Villas and had a wonderful experience. The managers Amy and Bruno were generous, convivial and professional, anticipating my needs by meticulously organising activites and also affording me as much privacy as I desired. 3 hearty meals a day plus food and tea/coffee are included in the rates and prices for wine and liquor are kept low. I enjoyed all the activities I partook in, such as a guided kayak tour of the lagoon below the villas, a walk to the local waterfall and the 7 hour guided trek through the Corcovado national park. The villas are clean, safe with good lighting. The bed overlooks a deck with direct views to the beach. I particularly enjoyed the indoor/outdoor bathroom and the mini plunge pool and hammock on the deck. There was wildlife in close proximity with monkeys, hawks, toucans and little lizards all visible. Luckily I got to meet Polly, the resident wild Scarlett macaw that drops by the villas every once in a while. All in all a magical experience.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Kegrob, Owner at LagunaVista Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2011

Thank you for these encouraging words regarding our lodge and your experiences during your visit. Our staff described your visit and how nice it was for them, too, to look after you. We hope the rest of your travels went well and you will remember your stay at LagunaVista. Best regards from the owners and staff.

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Reviewed 21 February 2010

We stayed at Laguna Vista Villas for four nights this February and had a great time - we would highly recommend it. We stayed in one of the villas which had a wonderful view of the lagoon and the Pacific and its own soaking pool on our private deck. Kenya and the rest of the staff (Freddy and Macho) were very welcoming and always cooked great food for our meals. A new infinity pool had just been built, which was very nice (see pics). We spent a lot of our time hanging out on our private deck, watching all the wildlife (scarlet macaws, so many different birds, and monkeys on several occasions) that was passing through the jungle right in front of us. The villa had a very open feel (no walls in the bathroom, including the shower, but still private) and caught a nice breeze . The bed was comfortable. The design of the villa also left it open for lizards and insects to be in the living space, but the mosquito net worked well, and overall it added to the experience of feeling like we were really living in the jungle (albeit with a nice bed and pool).

We spent two days in Corcovado Nat'l Park (they drove us as far as the road went - 10 minutes to Carate, and then there was a beautiful 30 minute hike along the beach to the park entrance) - would HIGHLY recommend a guide, and they helped us with these arrangements. We also kayaked in the lagoon (saw a lot of waterfowl, cayman, and monkeys) and walked down to the beach several times (15 minute walk down the road, or we could have asked for a ride).

LV Villas is a ~90 minute drive from Puerto Jimenez - they can arrange transportation (which we did) in a Land Rover, or I suppose you could hire a taxi if you were feeling more adventurous. The airstrip in Carate has recently been paved and commercial flights may start soon; that would only be a 10 or 15 minute drive to LV villas.

Overall, we had a great time and would highly recommend it - wonderful location and villa, great staff, and the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado were fantastic.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Kegrob, Owner at LagunaVista Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2011

Thank you very much for your very positive message regarding our lodge. This helps us a lot and encourages us in our efforts to provide the best facilities and service to our guests as possible. We really appreciate your comments and hope that we will see you again at LagunaVista. Best regards from the owners and staff.

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Reviewed 4 October 2009

I can highly recommend this place.

The scarlet macaws fly overhead, below in the lagoon are the crocodiles and the monkeys come for a visit, all the time while you are soaking in your mini-pool.

Great place.

It is a bit of a trek to get there, but worth it.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2009

We stayed at Laguna Vista Villas for 4 nights. We were not sure what to expect, as this is not a typical hotel / lodge, but then again you are not in a typical place... i nthe Osa Peninsula. The owners, manager, and staff were extremely friendly and accomodating. We spent days on the beach, relaxing on our deck with180 degree view of the ocean/ lagune, and hiking in Corcavado National Park. Food was good home-cooked meals. We had wonderful time!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2009

Laguna Vista Villas was one of the great surprises of our trip to Costa Rica. We arrived late by night so it was very dark and were thus not able to see the view from our villa. The next morning we finally saw the amazing view of the lagoon and behind the Ocean: mesmerizing!!

We were 2 couples and shared a villa with a great deck facing the ocean. The villa itself is very clean an opened to the nature. Laguna Vista Villas has 8 villas all with ocean view.

The service is absolutely excellent, and everything is made to make your stay unforgettable. All the meals are included and the food is really good. They even proposed us one night to have diner at our villa and they installed for us a table on our deck.

The villas are located just 5km form the Corcovado National Park. To get there you will need to walk 45 min on the beach (very scenic walk) to get to the entrance of the park.

We paid 260$ / night for the villa with the meals included. [65$ per person which is very cheap compared to the other places in the region].

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2017
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Additional Information about LagunaVista Villas

Address: | Playa Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park 60702, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Carate
Price Range: £160 - £292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — LagunaVista Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our lodge comprises 8 Mediterranean style villas, a large swimming pool and restaurant. It sits on a small peninsula inside a fresh water lagoon bordering it on three sides and a Pacific Ocean beach 200m across the lagoon, accessible by our boats and kayaks. We run on solar power, our water is from a fresh mountain spring and we produce fresh food daily from our biological garden. ... more   less 
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