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Milarepa
Ranked #24 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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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!

  • Liked — the views
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2007

We booked our trip to Costa Rica through Solimar Travels. They are a wonderful resource for first time travelers to Costa Rica.

Milarepa is a great place to go if you just want to get away and relax. It is completely private as there are only 4 bungalows. We were often the only ones on the beach during the daytime so it is definitely not a haven for tourists. If you want something that is off the beaten path but still somewhat luxurious, this is the right place for you.There is very little shopping and it can be difficult to leave the hotel grounds at night as the road is not well-lit at all. There is not much to do besides walk along the beach and wander around the main road on which the hotel is situated. We stumbled upon the Baraka Cafe which is about 20 minutes up the road from the hotel. It is a great little cafe which is perfect for a snack or lunch.

Soma, the hotel's restaurant has AMAZING food. It is a bit pricey, but definitely worth it since the presentation is beautiful and you can spend a couple of hours enjoying a long meal. The mojitos are the best I have ever had. The only downside is that there were several dogs that wandered around the hotel grounds. They didn't really bother us, but it was a bit irritating to see them lurking while we were trying to enjoy a romantic meal. We also loved the restaurant at Florblanca, which is next door to Milarepa. That restaurant is not as intimate as Soma, but still very good. We especially loved the sushi. Florblanca is about a 5 minute walk from Milarepa. The road is a bit dark so I would caution people to be very careful. That being said, we felt very safe and our biggest concern was running into animals rather than being bothered by people.

We stayed in Bungalow 3 which is simple but beautiful. It was very clean. We had the occasional bug or small lizard, but that is to be expected when you book a place right on the beach and in the middle of the woods. The bathroom was incredibly clean despite being partially open. The staff swept and cleaned our room every day so that helped to cut down on the sand and bugs that may have accumulated.

We got massages by the beach and although this was a nice experience, the massages are expensive and not that great. One note of advice: all of the extra services (ie massages, yoga lessons etc) must be paid in cash while everything else can be charged to a credit card.

  • Liked — It was off the beaten path and right on the beach. There was enough nature around us, but it was still charming and luxurious.
  • Disliked — I didn't appreciate the dogs that were roaming around the restaurant at night.
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank aggupta
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Kingsport, TN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2007

We stayed at the Milarepa for one week in February and fortunately we had the beach front bungalow which is a heavenly location. The simple bamboo and concrete structure with shuttered doors and windows was, in my opinion, exactly right for a beach location. The restaurant has gourmet food at dinner. I can't say the same for breakfast.

Now the negatives - The bathroom which is partially open to the sky is fine but the wooden flooring over part of the structure should be replaced immediately - it looks rotten and had spaces where the crabs crawled in. There are no amenities other than soap and towels - no wash clothes, no shampoo or lotion, and no hair dryer. The safe is on the floor so you must get on your hands and knees to open and close it.

Even though there are only four bungalows, the owner or owners never made any attempt to welcome us or see that we had everything we needed for the visit.

I think the owner is basking in past glory since this place has been written up in a couple of travel magazines, including Budget Travel. Right now, I recommend some attention to detail and guests.

Stayed February 2007
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4 Thank PM Travel
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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2007

This place should be called "Mila CRAP a"
It stunk. It was dirty, had not one amenity and charged top dollar for the minimalist look...so basically i paid $150 a night for a bed and that was it.....there were bugs everywhere in the cabin...and i had to put my clothes on the ground bc there were no chairs and i am sure bugs were getting in my clothes. The outdoor bathroom would have been cool if the toilet didn't clog and there weren't huge spider webs all over the outside and I didn't have to use the old soap from the guests that were there before me.. Additionally, the staff was more interested in themselves than the guests and one night were partying and laughing so loud - i couldn't sleep. Also - i was charged top dollar for everything I did outside of the hotel like they arranged a horseback riding tour for $75 and i met some people at the hotel 2 doors down that only paid $30 for the same tour. The same things happened with the taxis. I really regretted staying there and moved to "The Place" that was so much better for much less money. I would also recommend Horizons. But this hotel really really was a major disappointment. You can spend much less money in this area and stay in a much better place.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Everything
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Charlotte S
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montanagirlie
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2006

I dont even know how i would start this... there are so many amazing things to say. This hotel truly makes you feel like you are part of their family.

There are only 4 bungalows, so the service is above and beyond anything you could hope for. Any questions? ask Hillary at the front desk. She is always there to greet you with a big smile and attention to detail. Anything we needed or wanted to know about she attended to with care.

The resturant, Soma is beyond delicious. From the fruit in the morning, to fish tacos for lunch, to a VAST assortment of gormet dinner options, you will not be disappionted. I acctually have an allergy to dairy, and they went out of their way to get me soy milk and a tofu option. Without being asked.

Our bungalow was stunning. overlooking the beach it was the definition of relaxation. The bathroom is open air, so you can shower while watching nature... or if you are lucky, the howler monkeys that inhabit the trees above.

Take a surf lesson from Mic, the aussie surf guru or a mind boggling massage from Chris, a tiny little girl with healing power in her hands....they cater to all your needs. We will be going back. for sure. We wanted to book our dates before we checked out.

  • Liked — oooh to many to name... the view from my bungalow
  • Disliked — kindof far down the main road, rent bikes or atv to aliviate this
  • Tips/Secrets — Talk to hillary! She is the best!
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Thank montanagirlie
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Calgary
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2006

My wife and I recently returned from our honeymoon in Costa Rica and were thoroughly impressed with the country and accomodations in general with one excpetion; Milarepa. If you are a local chum of one of the staff or a rich tourist who likes to flash your money, I'm sure you will receive the attention you desire. If you are a normal traveller you will likely find the staff pretentious.

When we arrived, we checked out our room and found magazines left there by the previous occupants and a large hairball under the sink. The light outside our bungalow was also burnt out and was not replaced in the four days we were there, even though we informed the staff the first day. In another instance, a guide had left a message for us which we never received and thus missed the time change of our appointment.

The hotel's one saving grace was the excellent food. The resaurant was superb. However, it is open to the public so why not stay at a hotel with good service and simply make a trip to the Milarepa to eat?

Having travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, North America, and Oeceana, I can assure you that the value to price ratio of the Milarepa is far below standard.

  • Liked — The location and the food
  • Disliked — The service, the quality of the huts
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't stay if you don't like bugs.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank bebacksoon
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dallas, texas
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2006

My 24-year old daughter and i just returned from a relaxing and memorable stay at the exquisite milarepa hotel. From our first view of the large bungalow with the heavy wooden doors open to the lovely surf until our departure five days later, we had a wonderful experience. The bungalows are spaced apart for absolute privacy and quiet and better to enjoy the sounds of nature abounding: howler monkeys, birds of all kinds, iguanas (alright, no sounds but fun to watch); they are decorated in lovely indonesian furniture with mosquito netting over the beds, large open bathrooms with a huge tilled shower open to the sky, and spacious patios. The young chef prepares fresh fish with lovely sides comparable to any asian-fusion restaurant, breakfasts are hearty burritos or egg scrambles with fresh fruit and absolutely delicious; i took a pot of freshly brewed coffee to my patio every morning to start the day. The owners are lovely and laid-back and the staff will arrange anything you want to do; we went on a fishing trip with a local and saw whales and dolphins up close, took surf lessons, rented a four wheeler to drive around town.

This is not a luxury property in the class of the four seasons hotel with the service and accomodation like every other four seasons around the world; rather it is an opportunity to enjoy a lovely authentic small hotel in a beautiful setting with luxury that is unique to costa rica and a refreshing change. We loved every minute of our experience at milarepa!

  • Liked — lovely open-air rooms on a gorgeous beach with amazing restaurant
  • Disliked — no fault with anything...it was close to perfect
  • Tips/Secrets — fly in and out of tambor/road travel is tough due to very poor road conditions
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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2 Thank sassynwugrad
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Property: 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:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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 
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Milarepa Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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