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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Villas Alturas

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Villas Alturas
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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25 reviews
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“What an unforgettable view...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013 via mobile

The two owners, David and his wife are great, frindly and run the hotel very very well. Extremely peacefull place with extraordinary views and high standards for the rooms. Food atvdinner was excellent with a very nice Roman chef (portions a touch too big) and bfast was very good (portions a touch too small and variety a bit limited). Only clear improuvable was the cleanliness of the pool which was really an issue: we did not let our 3 kids swim in it which was a shame. Overall an excellent experience which I would reccomend to any familly with young kids such as purs but toyoung couples as well.

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 11 March 2013
Hello, we are glad you enjoyed your stay here at Villas Alturas! Thank you so much for your business. Around Christmas time we are so busy with so many people in the pool that it is hard to keep the algae out of it. The heat is so intense in December that the pool gets warm and we have to shock it to get the algae under control. I apologize for this inconvenience while you were here. We shocked the pool several times and have to close it when we do that because of high chlorine levels. It becomes clear within about 3-4 days and unfortunately you were here during this time. We maintain a high level of cleanliness here and the pool is a source of great frustration, but most of the time it is in very good shape.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

I spent 4-5 days at Villa Alturas with my 17 year old son. The high ratings you find on TripAdvisor are richly deserved. The view is spectacular, the hotel lovely, and the staff friendly. We wanted to get a bit off the beaten track and have an authentic Costa Rican adventure, so the owner's daughter and the hotel's Tico adventure guide offered to go with us to San Isidro, a decidedly non-tourist destination, to visit a festival, which in U.S. terms could be likened to a county fair. We were the only Norte Americanos there, and enjoyed our glimpse of Costa Ricans having fun in a non-touristy venue. We bought our guides dinner, and they helped get us there and back safely. From our point of view, it was a huge plus that the hotel's operators -- Cindy and David -- were Americans. It was very easy to get the information and assistance we needed to thoroughly enjoy the area. Special thanks to Victoria and Oscar! Take them to dinner at Tortilla Flats in Domenical.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 9 March 2013
Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate your business and hope you come back soon!
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Key Largo, Fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

We met such warm and friendly people. Management and staff were top notch and extremely helpful. Nothing went unattended. Meals were absolutely delicious and we had a great time observing the wildlife. We loved every minute that we were at the Villas. Dominical is a great little town and the beaches are to die for! Oh, and the view is incredible!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Maria F
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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 9 March 2013
We appreciate all of our guests and take great pride in our reviews! Thanks for staying with us, please come again!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

Wonderful location overlooking the water. Our villa (#4) had a tree in front where toucans would sit every morning around 6:30 which was so fun to watch. The staff was nice, especially the host's daughter, Victoria. She and the bartender (and do-it-all-er), Oscar, were exceptionally friendly and went out of their way to offer us anything we could need. We brought our 11 month old daughter and it was nice to have the second bedroom for her to nap in. The location is a short drive to many beaches and the town of Dominical. It was nice to not be in the center of town since we had our baby. VA had nice rooms and a big kitchen. We had planned to go grocery shopping and cook in but couldn't find much to work with in the local market. The grounds were quiet and although the pool is small I never felt it was crowded as most guests head out to the beaches during the day. Dinner is only offered once or twice a week and we happened to be there for a BBQ on our last night. It was nothing like an American style BBQ and was absolutely delicious, with various types of meats, tuna kabobs, salad, ceviche, etc.
A couple of minor negatives:
1.The driveway up to the villas is very long and is in horrendous repair. You absolutely need 4 wheel drive but even with that we ended up with a flat tire. It was not fun going up and down that road and we avoided any extra trips back to our villa if possible. I am surprised it is not maintained with how lovely the villas are.
2. Breakfast was just ok. Basic, not very filling, cheap white bread with eggs and fruit 2 mornings and huevos rancheros one morning. Would have liked some more variety and side dishes.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 9 March 2013
Because of your review we have added more meat to our breakfast ment, and some other choices such as oatmeal, breakfast burritoes, banana pancakes, etc. Thank you for the suggestions!
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

Upon arrival, we were met by a man who told us that he was the only caretaker of the whole property - from doing the gardens to cooking. He showed us to our cottage: a big kitchen, a tiny bedroom and a dark and humid bathroom. On the outside a large deck with a great view, partially facing the sea. The whole place looked as if it had seen better days. Furnitures and colourings in the rooms looked drab; the sofa in the kitchen area was so sagging that it was impossible to sit on it without falling off, lighting was gloomy. Yet, the place was really clean. Then we explored on our own what the rest of the hotel was like, as there was nobody around till evening: the whole place looked deserted, the main area was strewn with dead insects and all of the tables in the pool area were sticky with the remains of other nights. A sign in the lobby that the whole place was for sale with dropping rates did not heighten our feelings. Dinner is only available when there enough guests are interested. It is one fixed dish, cooked and served by the owners themselves and although edible, it is not more than standard home cooking. Breakfast is a fruit salad with rather mushy water melon and a few other fruits strewn in, and, changing each day, another dish: such as two pieces of French toast, banana pancakes or scrambled eggs - not intended for hungry or choosy people. Service throughout is friendly, but erratic: getting a cup of tea, or a knife is a major challenge. There were family and friends of the owners all over the place. While it gave an overall cheerful feeling, we always felt as if we were intruding upon some private party and had to apologise when we needed something. Altogether, Villas Alturas is an ok place to stay for a reasonable price, great views but a rather basic hotel service.

  • Stayed February 2013
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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 9 March 2013
I'm so sorry that you felt like an outsider. There was no family gathering or private party at Villas Alturas. That was the natural comraderie that springs up between individual travelers that stay at our hotel for extended periods. All the people, except for the managers mother who was visiting, were unrelated and had not known each other before coming to Villas Alturas. It is a very friendly place with friendly outgoing people. Our breakfast menu has now been beefed up with more meat, and some other menu items to give more choices. We listen to our guests comments and we strive to please!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2013

The driveway is straight up and rough but the ride is well worth it! The rooms were spotless and clean with very comfortable beds and a spectacular view. The gardener, Renaldo(spelling right?) is one of the warmest, kindest men I have met in a long time and takes great effort in keeping everything beautiful! We felt safe and welcome on our perch over the Pacific! Such a wonderful natural setting with beautiful birds everywhere and nature all around. We were greeted warmly at our arrival and told not to worry about business until the morning - we were tired and it meant a LOT to be immediately relieved of all stress and allowed to relax by the pool, have a cold drink, and settle in for a cozy night. The howler monkeys wake up early so bring earplugs if that's an issue - I personally LOVE it - I sleep like a baby in the sounds of nature. Thank you for making our 18th anniversary something special. I would like to thank everyone there for a wonderful time!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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VillasAlturas, Manager at Villas Alturas, responded to this review, 9 March 2013
Thanks so much for your kind words! We appreciate all of our guests so much! Please come back to see us soon!
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kensington ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013

We were lucky to call Villas Alturas "home" for a week over the Christmas holiday this year. We had already traveled quite a bit throughout Costa Rica prior, so by the time we made it up their steep and rutted driveway (no joke, you need 4-wheel drive), we felt like we had discovered Mount Olympus. The view of the Pacific Ocean is breathtaking which everyone can enjoy from the pool, the bar, the open air dining area. The managers, Cindy and David, will help you settle in even before you arrive with lots of communication via email. The Villas Alturas staff is mostly tico and very friendly and attentive-- our son particularly liked Oscar who played soccer with him and threw him in the pool. We thank them all profusely for providing us such a great experience while we visited-- Oscar escorted a baby scorpion out of our kitchen, Cindy and David booked surfing lessons and boat tours for us, and we enjoyed having breakfast with all the other guests every morning. We also enjoyed having our own kitchen and the convenience of cooking for ourselves and our kids. Perks for us-Wifi worked well, they did laundry for us, they loaned us beach blankets, coolers, took us to a local waterfall hangout, etc.. If you have the time in your vacation schedule, we highly recommend using this as your home base as we did. Also, if you are a party of 2-4, we recommend requesting the room we had-- Room 3-- it is the furthest one away from the main social areas so if you like quiet, you have it, and the veranda has the best view of the ocean as well as the amazing array of birds that live there. We look forward to visiting again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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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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