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Hotel Luz De Vida
Ranked #27 of 27 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Reviewed 5 December 2009

Definitely pay a little more for the bungalows - they are super charming and the location can't be beat. We loved sitting on our porch in the rocking chairs and lounging in the hammock while drinking Imperials from the fridge. Woke up to howler monkeys at night. This is one of the few hotels with beach access in Santa Teresa, and definitely one of the most affordable. Don't expect a lot of attention from the staff, but the rooms are super clean, charming and comfortable. Recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2009

Luz de Vida was a fantastic find! Bungalows were charming and the location couldn't be beat. The resort has a rustic vibe that was exactly what I hoped for, and each bungalow had it's own porch with rocking chairs, hammock and clothesline. The pool was a great place to rinse of from the beach, which was a only a few meters away. Staff was helpful when requesting tours and info. The only people I wouldn't recommend it to are those who wish for homogenous, full service hotels with no personality.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 May 2009

The waves are large, the pool is tranquil, the restaurant and swim up bar are great. The pool side games rock, we had an awesome time. Great place for kids. Request your own cabin, looks to be same size as the shared dwellings and same price, but way more privacy. Yoga on the beach was incredible with a fantastic instructor. Having the surf boards and lessons at our disposal was another bonus.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2009

We decided to get married in Luz de Vida after a short staying the year before. I am from CR and my husband is from Germany.

ANd i just can say that everything was perfect! The staff from the Hotel take care of every little detail that I wanted, right on the beach, the altar, the flowers, decoration, food drinks, etc... We live in Germany so all the planning was thru emails, and even though they made it! The food was also amazing delicious!

The hotel is located in front of the beach, with rooms and bungalows, in between a beautiful garden, they are very nice, clean and comfortable, the pool and restaurant are on the beach side. Which made it so special for such a ceremony, from the entrance to the celebration. It isa perfect place to relax and enjoy.

Our wedding was right on the beach, and the dinner also, so they set up the tables right on the sand, with a BBQ dinner style. It was picture-perfect! Post-card paradise!

I just can't wait to renew our vows to do it all over again at Luz de Vida!

Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 March 2009

This place was amazing! They messed up our reservation but sure made up for it. Great surf right out front, big clean pool, great american and mediteranian food. They have a ping pong table and billiards table that is on the beach. Lots of hammocks and we saw monkeys on the property. Also just a short walk to lots of other bars and restaurants. This place has it ALL!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2009

There are of course, a ton of options in Mal Pais & Santa Teresa, and as I mentioned in my 2006 review, we've stayed at or visited many of them. While Luz is not a 5-star hotel, we're not comfortable with the concept of a 5-star hotel in this place (although we love an occasional meal at Florblanca :-). So, given the ideal being a rustic bungalow as close to the beach as possible, with a pool, a bar, a good restaurant, and a beautiful setting, we continue to find ourselves drawn to Luz, and extremely happy there. Yes, the bungalows are best, but the rooms have been upgraded and the upstairs ones are really pretty cute. Things go wrong at every hotel (trust me on that)... remember where you are, remember the pura vida mantra... hit the beach and enjoy. This place provides the perfect base for a perfect time in a wonderful area. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 February 2009

My husband and our friend stayed at Luz De Vida three nights in January 2009. The positive things are that it's right by the beach, the pool area is nice and the people in the reception were helpful. However, I was not impressed with the experience because I thought it was way overpriced.

The cabin we got was really simple, not at all as nice as the pictures on the web site shows. If it hadn't felt so worn I would have thought it was brand new and they weren't done docorating it yet. The walls were totally bare and there was no storage, just some open shelfs that did not feel clean enough to put clothes on, and there were no lights by the beds so we could read at night. The curtains had a big stain on them that looked like blood, which i sincerely hope it was not. They seem to have some problems with the water and toilets but nothing that bothered us too much. We had a problem with our safe and tried to get help from the reception, and a guy came after we had been there several times and he only opened it without explaining how to use it, so we still could not use it. The restaurant is ok for lunch, but we went there for dinner the first night and it was the worst meal we got during our 4 week stay in Costa Rica (and the most expensive too, I think). We all ordered different dishes and all of them were really bad.
Overall it was not a terrible experience but I don't think it's worth the money at all. There are much nicer places in Santa Teresa to a much lower cost, for example Zula Inn a bit north or Buenos Aires a bit south. None of those are by the beach however.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Luz De Vida

Address: Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa 02254, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Santa Teresa
#7 Spa Hotel in Santa Teresa
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range: £72 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 8 garden view rooms and 5 pool view bungalows, all of them equipped with a/c, phone, safe and hot water. We also have an international cuisine restaurant, a spa and pool. We have a nice kids area, and a volleyball field. We are a beautiful beachfront resort in a nice piece of paradise. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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Resort Luz De Vida
Luz De Vida Hotel
Hotel Luz De Vida Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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