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Villas Alturas
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
“Absolutely Spectactular”
Reviewed 6 May 2012 via mobile

Everything about this place is truly stunning. The views are spectacular, staff is exceptional, and the rooms were absolutely beautiful.
They all went out of their way to make sure that our trip was fabulous, and it truly was.
I cannot think of a single complaint and all I can say is they did a wonderful job of making our stay beautiful. This place is highly recommended and I wouldn't think of going anywhere else if I was within 100 miles of Dominical. Bravo Cindy and Dave, our host and hostess, thank you so much for a wonderful trip. And thanks to Francisco for being such an attentive host as well. Hope to see you again.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

One of the best views of the coast I have seen! Postcard perfect. villas Alturas offers spacious villas and rooms with commanding views from high above the coast. The new managers, Cindy and David have done a nice job creating a welcoming retreat with a relaxed and casual feel. Under their management, I am sure the experience will only improve. Bedrooms have air conditioning and the pool is a refreshing escape from the heat. Again...the view from the pool area is jaw-dropping fantastic! We were planning some excursions to some nearby water falls but skipped it and just the enjoyed the view from the pool. Very comfortable beds with nice quality bedding.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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cbpeck2000, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 10 May 2012
Thanks for your kind words! It is so nice that we have many enjoyable, interesting people staying at the Villas. All of our guests are wonderful, but we don't always get to spend time with them, as we did with you and Wendy. We are happy to count you as new friends! Please come back and visit us soon. Cindy Peck
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Newark, Delaware
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

My wife and I have been to Costa Rica on several occasions and were positively delighted by Villas Alturas. Nestled in the hills above the ocean, our villa provided breathtaking views of the sea morning, afternoon and evening. The sound of howler monkeys from the jungle side of the property and the variety of toucans and other birds that can be seen from your patio adds a distinctly Costa Rican touch to this unique place.

The villa itself was extremely comfortable with air-conditioned bedrooms with comfortable king-size beds, good WiFi access, and a fully equipped modern kitchen-although given the gourmet quality of the meals, you probably won't want to cook. The bathroom and shower are both spacious and comfortable-something that you don't often find when travelling.

Cindy and David, the owners, were very attentive and concerned that we found everything to our liking, asking us when we wanted our meals, arranging for an onsite massage for my wife, even providing us with a cooler, drinks, and beach chairs to take to nearby Playa Hermosa for the afternoon. We truly found them as both perfect hosts and new found friends and look forward to seeing them again.

Access to Quepos, Uvita, Manuel Antonia, the Diamonte Falls and other Costa Rican attractions in the south-central Pacific area is convenient by car. If you are looking for a truly inviting escape from the "typical" resort with stunning views, great service, friendly and courteous staff, all with the unique Pura Vida vibe that makes Costa Rica so special-Villas Alturas is your destination. Thanks again, Cindy and David

Pura Vida,
Lou and Kim

Room Tip: Just tell Cindy or David what you're looking for and they will do all they can to make it happen
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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cbpeck2000, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 27 April 2012
Thanks Lou and Kim! Can't wait for your move to Costa Rica! Always great to meet new friends and so happy you like Villas Alturas. Thanks for the great review!! See you soon!
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

This was a perfect stay . We had a beautiful villa with the most beautiful view in Costa Rica.
Beautiful scenery of the jungle on one side and the wonderful sea view from the other side.
Villa has a great kitchen if you want to cook your own meals. The place is very clean ,beds are very comfortable and shower is very good. , The food in the resturant was delicious and we enjoyed the best dinner we had in Costa Rica .
Cindy and David were just great ,taking care for each detail , and making sure that we will make the most of our vacation. Pool is great , and this was the perfect place for us to rest and enjoy.
We just didn't want to leave the villas.
It's very easy to get to Manuel Antonio from here and see all wild life around , we found this place much nicer to stay than in manual Antonio or Quapas.
Thank you Cindy and David for such a wonderful vacation.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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cbpeck2000, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 26 April 2012
Thanks so much for the kind words! Means alot to us as we just took over the management of Villas Alturas. Please come back and visit us and we will make you an entire Passionfruit Pie just for you!!
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Durham, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

My wife and I just stayed just stayed here and had a wonderful time. I would not give this a 5 star rating unless Scott and Russell were there making sure everything got done like a 5 star resort.It was amazing; they unloaded the car as soon as we got there. This was before we had even thought of it.
If you stay here bring 4 wheel drive because you are going up a gnarly hill that ends up in a heavenly location, high above the Pacfic. You are in the jungle looking down at birds soaring in the breeze. The pool and dining area has an unbelieveable view of the whole thing.
We stayed in the handiecaped room by the parking lot. I would not recommend this room because it was a little ackward if you can believe it. There is one room and I do not know the number which has the best location. Try to get that one!
I think that we paid approximately$150/night.For this place it was a steal and that is another reason for the 5 star rating. It is not the Ritz, but I would rather stay at Villa Alturas

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Weatherford, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

If you want a great place to relax and enjoy your vacation! These Villas are your answer! Enjoy a wonderful sunset view from the front porch, nice weather and a comfortable bed. What more can you ask for? Come and enjoy Villas Alturas for yourself, you'll never want to leave!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Wow where to start. We just got back from our 6 day trip to Costa Rica. We stayed at Villas Alturas all of those days but the last. The view is amazing. While staying there, many people visited just to see the view. We even had a local have to bring us a new rental car and he took pictures from the balcony because he had never seen a view like the one at Alturas.

Honestly though, Scott and Russell are what make Villas Alturas a place you should visit. They set up all our excursions for us before we arrived, they helped get us a new rental car when we had an issue with ours, they made everyone feel so welcome, and they were just great people that were fun to be around.

The food at the villas was great too. At Breakfast you got a great fruit plate to start and then whatever the special of the day was. But if you weren't interested in the special they would make anything upon request. Truly cater everything to their guests.

If it had not been for Scott and Russell I am sure that we would not have enjoyed Costa Rica as much as we did! Villas Alturas is great whether you are on a trip to relax or one for adventure! Loved it and so will you! The only thing you should be aware of is the drive if you fly into San Jose, it is about 3 to 3 1/2 hours and getting a rental car there is a bit of a painful process. Not that it was hard to get to, just a long drive that you need to be aware of.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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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 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
#1 Family 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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