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Villas Alturas
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews
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“Excellent!!!”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

We stayed with a party of four people for three nights in late February. Scott and Russell were excellent hosts. They are very knowledgeable about the area and can book tours and other activities very easily.

The view and the facilities are incredible. The pool area looks out over the pacific ocean and you can see birds and other wildlife flying back and forth. The breakfast was great - a combination of local fruits and products with good variety. The rooms were clean and very comfortable with A/C in the bedrooms, screens in every window and a complete kitchen. The light that comes into the rooms in the morning is special.

The only negative was the road to the hotel. The roads are paved all the way to the driveway, but the path up the hill is unpaved and rocky. I would strongly advise renting a 4x4 car or arriving before sunset.

That said, when we arrived at 1 a.m. (in a Hyundai Elantra - not a good idea), we called the hotel for help, and Russell drove down to meet us and guide us up the hill. You don't get service like that everywhere, and he and Scott totally made Villas Alturas an awesome place to stay. We would totally stay again!

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Reviewed 28 February 2012

We spent four nights here in February and really enjoyed our stay. The hotel is 7kms south of Dominical, and up a steep dirt road, but you could make it without a 4WD without too much bother. What makes this place is three things. Firstly, the view is extraordinary. You can spend hours watching the sunset and the changing colors on the water. Stunning. Second, the food is outstanding. Excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner. Finally, the guys who run this place are great. They just could not be more accommodating and helpful, which makes for a great atmosphere and happy guests. The only slight negative is the rooms need a lick of paint, and the cleaning is a bit hit and miss. But that's not a lot to complain about.

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Reviewed 28 February 2012

We stayed here in this wonderful paradise for a week! The views were breathtaking & everything about it was beautiful! Great ambiance & very peaceful. Scott, Russell & Francisco were very helpful & provided exceptional service! The food & cocktails were delicious! Very close to the lovely downtown of Dominical, which is great for surfing or people watching! Wish we could have stayed for longer! A week just wasn't long enough! Thank you for such an amazing experience!

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

This was the best part of our 10 day Costa Rica journey. This wonderful villa is about 7 km south of Dominical on the top of a hill overlooking the Pacific. We had Vista del mar a one bedroom, one bath villa with an AMAZING view. We could see the sun rise and set from our front porch or walk up the steps to swim in the pool for the same view. It is a perfect place to relax and explore southern Costa Rica. Breakfast was also included in the price of our stay which was different and delicious each day. From banana pancakes to a typical costa rican breakfast of egg, rice and beans it was all great. A short drive back north was manuel antionio NP that we would definitely reccommend seeing at least once. Also Nayaruca (spelling?) waterfall tour with Don Lulo is a must do while in the area. The owners and the staff are excellent, we can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: vista del mar for a couple is the best!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Eagan, Minnesota
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Great Service, Great Views, Great Food. The Villas were huge and amazing views. Couldn't say enough about Villa Aluras. Will definately be back. Scott and Russell do an AMAZING JOB!!!

Room Tip: Ask for DEL MAR! View is amazing and HUGE
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

We stayed here for a week and could not have been any happier with the experience. The hotel itself is magnificent, sitting on the mountainside overlooking the ocean. Despite all of the amazing things Costa Rica has to offer, you might be tempted to just spend the entire time by the pool, sipping cocktails and dining at the restaurant on site. The complimentary breakfast each morning was delicious and different every day. Scott and Russell who run the place were beyond friendly and extremely helpful, booking activities, making dinner reservations, and providing advice on the region that proved totally on point. I could go on and on, but I will end by saying that we had a near-perfect experience staying at Villas Alturas and I would not hesitate for a second recommending it to anyone and everyone who wants to visit Costa Rica.

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Scott and Russell have a real knack for making guests feel right at home and my wife, infant son and I had a great (but too short) 2 night stay. The meals were outstanding, the blended mojito was a favorite of my wife and the pool area kept our son occupied for hours (well at least 20 minutes). Staff were very helpful in helping us organize rides, restaurants and things to see in the area and our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. The views were among the most incredible we've ever seen. I would definitely recommend having your own vehicle otherwise you might feel a little isolated.

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Property: Villas Alturas
Address: Alturas de San Martin Norte, Dominical 8000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Dominical
#1 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas Alturas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas Alturas offers the perfect combination of peace and quiet, views, sun, beach and adventure. Situated in the Costa Ballena area, only 35 minutes south of Manuel Antonio, you can enjoy the cool beachy vibe of Dominical 15 min away, explore the Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita or sample the international cuisine offered in Ojochal. Villas Alturas offers a complimentary breakfast every morning and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day. We will plan and book all of your tours as well as help you to connect with all of the local free adventures. Barbque grill, free parking, a/c bedrooms, great pool area with an incredible views! Our road was improved in December, 2013 very easily accessible. We can accommodate 30+ people for your parties, destination wedding or any other event. Time to breathe . . . Terms and Conditions ---------------------------------------------- AMEX is not accepted at this time Payment Policy: Rates include breakfast and daily maid service. Sheets are changed every third day. (Breakfast that is included in the rate for a One Bedroom Villa is for 2 people, Breakfast for a Two Bedroom Villa is for 4 people. ) Above rates INCLUDE 13% sales tax for the room only. A 10% service charge plus tax will be added to all restaurant and bar purchases. Management reserves the right to POSSIBLY withhold deposit per their discretion at time of reservation and is as follows: 50% of reservation is due at the time of booking. The remaining 50% is due at check out. The maximum guests in our villas is 2 per bedroom plus one additional if the villa contains a futon. Check-in time is 2:00pm. Check-out time is 10am. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to availability and may incur a charge. High season is December through April excluding holidays. Green season is May through November. Holiday rates apply December 20th through January 5th and require a 5 night minimum stay. Management declines all responsibility for valuables left in the villas. Cancellation Policy: There is no refund if cancellation is made 14 days or less prior to the reservation date. When cancellation notification is received between 15 and 30 days prior to the reservation, a $50 processing fee per room will be charged. Payment will be forfeited if guest(s) arrive after the specific date of reservation or depart prior to final day of reservation. All cancellations need to be sent via e-mail. A cancellation is not confirmed until you have received an email or fax confirmation from us. ... more   less 
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