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Milarepa
Ranked #25 of 27 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Reviewed 25 January 2008

We had a great 4 days here. The staff was great and the restaurant was great. Perfect location to stay still and relax. No need to leave.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank canucks10
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Reviewed 11 December 2007

My husband and I just returned from Costa Rica. We spent five days at Hotel Milarepa and couldn't have been happier.

We checked in at 6pm and were greeted by Sammie who was absolutely charming. She got us settled in our ocean view bungalow where a bottle of wine awaited us (per my husband's instructions when reserving the room).

After a quick clean up in the open air bathroom and a change out of our travelling clothes, we hit Soma for a lovely dinner by candlelight.

As we had arrived in the dark, we were very excited to see the property in the daylight. The tropical trees lent the perfect amount of shade and, best of all, were home to a family of howler monkeys. The other three bungalows were just as lovely as our's. Each tucked into the landscape perfectly. Nothing is overdone yet it's all very elegant without ever losing the casual vibe so prominent in Costa Rica. The teak furnishings have my husband and I re-thinking our decor choices here at home.

We ate most meals at Soma and must sing the praises of Chef Jim. The food never disappointed be it scrambled eggs with avocado or fish tacos or sesame crusted tuna with ginger sauce. And the portions, well I just called them "guy size" as they were so generous. The wine list was limited but we never picked a bad one. Beer was a reasonable $2.50 a bottle and made for the perfect late afernoon refresment.

Along with Sammie, the other staff members who aided and abetted in our wonderful escape from real world were Lorenzo, Christina, Trish and Carmen. They were all wonderfully knowledgable about the area and how to get about. Co-owner Phillipe was the perfect host inquiring without ever hovering.

Should you ever need to completely unwind and tune out the rest of the world, you must book a bungalow at Hotel Milarepa.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Pamwidmerpool
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Reviewed 4 December 2007

Milarepa is set in the middle of nature... it was such a natural delight. It had only four bungalow which kept the grounds intimate, super-quiet, and very cozy. It felt like we were the only ones on the property even though all four bungalows were filled. The beach in front is extremely rocky, but only about 5 mins. either direction will take you to a beautiful wide open beach setting.

The BEST part of Milarepa is by far their restaurant... it was truly some of the best dining we have ever had. Every dish we had was unbelievably fresh, and truly exquisite... so yummy.

Also the staff was tremendous!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2007

My husband and I were married at Milarepa in May. It was the perfect location for a small wedding. We booked all 4 bungalows and the restaurant so that we could have the place to ourselves. It was the most amazing place to be married as it was so intimate and romantic. The bungalows are beautiful and the furnishings gorgeous. During our 3 night stay we ate most of our meals at Soma and the food was the best we had in our month in Costa Rica. If you're in the area it's worth going for a very romantic dinner or delicious breakfast.

  • Stayed: May 2007
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2  Thank CarrieDWhistler
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Reviewed 19 May 2007

My wife and I just returned from a a fantastic trip to Costa Rica. The absolute highlight being our time spent at Milarepa. After a week of "roughing it" we decided to treat ourselves to a grand finale to our vacation. We stayed in Bungalow 4, which was located directly on the gorgeous white sand beach and wide open to nature. The personable staff members made us feel welcome without that overbearing approach I've found in other places. Caroline (the owner) informed us the tide pools, right out front, that became our low tide hide away. The restaurant (Soma) far exceeded our expectations. The tamarind pork ribs are the best I've ever had (and I've tried a lot). And our server, Samantha, makes hands down the tastiest mojito we've encountered, anywhere. Maybe too good.... We've already booked for next year!

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Perry212
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Reviewed 15 May 2007

We spent two nights in one of the open air bungalows on the beach at the Milarepa. It was gorgeous. The bungalow opened out to the ocean, so we'd fall asleep to the waves crashing into shore. Even though there are other bungalows, they are far enough away from each other that you feel like it is your own private place on the beach. There is just a peaceful and romantic charm exuded at the Milarepa. They also have a great restaurant and we had probably our most romantic dinner ever there. This was my favorite accomodations for our honeymoon.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank agplatters
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Reviewed 15 April 2007

We just returned from a week at the Milarepa although after 2 nights we left and moved into a villa next door. The first evening we arrived (Saturday) the restaurant was closed for a private party, although it worked out fine since we were invited to eat and drink at no cost to us and we met some very nice people. The second day the restaurant was only open for breakfast and everyone left at 7:00PM. The property is very secluded with very little lighting and the power goes out all the time. The receptionist did leave us some candles just in case the power went out. We decided to go next door for dinner and we walked on the beach to get there. It was so dark it was impossible to see anything. Before we knew it there were crabs crawling all over our feet, to the point that when we finally made it to the restaurant, I had a crab claw attached to my sandal that I had kicked off my feet. It was like a horror movie. The restaurant gave us a flashlight to get back to our bungalow's which helped us avoid being attacked by crabs again. When we returned to Milarepa not only was the property infested with crabs, but the entire swimming pool had been invaded by crabs. It was 9:00PM and we had no where to go but to our bungalows, which not only had crabs, but if you kept the light on the bugs swarmed you. The ceiling fans did nothing to cool the rooms off so you would lay in bed in a pool of sweat. It was the worst night. No one gave us a heads-up about the crabs, there were no flashlights, very minimal lighting, and at one point someone was walking around the property in the middle of the night and we were all alone. If there was an emergency we had no idea how to reach management or anyone.
On day 3 we decided to move next door to a villa. What we found was that the crabs came out after rain and the only way to get around after dark was to have flashlights since the crabs tend to run away. The villa did have crabs on the property, but it was very well light, and they had flashlights for our use. The ceiling fans were great. We were able to sleep comfortably (without nets over the beds). The management was right on the property so it felt much more secure.
When we decided to move, we explained to the receptionist we wanted our family to be together instead of separate bungalows and we didn't want to make a fuss or complain. We didn't ask for a refund, but said we would like to use the pool etc. during the day. On day 4 the owner of Milarepa Caroline came by our villa and was very rude, accusing us of stealing her keys to the 2 bungalows we had rented. We explained we planned to still use the pool and possibly the showers since we were still paying for the bungalows. We were immediately put on the defensive. Not only did we not complain about our experiences and pay for an additional 5 nights we didn't use, but Caroline wanted her keys back right then and there. She was throwing us out but refuse to give us a refund.
To top it off , when we woke on day 3 after packing our stuff to move the night before we we missing 4 tee shirts, 3 pairs of shorts, and I pod and a pair of sunglasses. We are not saying someone at Milarepa was to blame for this, but the night when we were all alone and we went to dinner, anyone could have come up from the beach and taken our things. There was absolutely no security and very little lighting. We didn't want to believe some stole our clothes and held out the possibility we fogot to pack them. It was not so. It could have been the airlines, we will never know what happened to our things.
Again, we tried to stay on a positive note with Milarepa and not make waves, but when Caroline the owner came by with an attitude after all we had gone through we though our experience deserving a write up on this web site!

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Milarepa

Address: Oceano Pacifico 101, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range: £72 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Milarepa is located on beautiful beachfront property at the Northern End of Santa Teresa. Our 4 open air cabinas and restaurant are surrounded by tropical foliage. Our resident howler monkey's can be found in the mango trees above your cabina on any given day and the sounds and vibrations of the Pacific will rock you to bed at night. At low tide there are gorgeous natural tide pools located just in front of the properties and the sunsets are unforgettable daily event. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Milarepa Hotel Santa Teresa
Milarepa Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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