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“Great beach location!”
Review of Hotel Luz De Vida

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Hotel Luz De Vida
Ranked #26 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
San Francisco, CA
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great beach location!”
Reviewed 23 March 2010

Santa Teresa/Mal pais was the 2nd stop in our trip of Costa Rica. First, I would like to say that Santa Teresa/Mal pais (the two areas are so small they kind of merge as one) is beautiful, peaceful and has a definte hippy vibe. Being from San Francisco my bf and I loved it. Beachfront hotels are scarce on the Nicoya pennisula and I found that Luz de Vida was the beachfront hotel that was more reasonable in price. We stayed in one of the poolside bungalows and while we enjoyed the private porch which was surround by lush greenery the room it self was okay. It was a little dingy (see pictures). But it worked and we were rarely in our room anyway. We spent most of our time on our porch or on the beach. The BEST part of this hotel is the beach location. It wasn't cluttered with tourists since the hotel itself is small but you could tell that it was where the locals were at. Each sunset was absolutely stunning swinging on one of the hamocks on the property. During our stay my bf did some surf lessons through Luz de Vida. Amid was the surf instructor and he was great! Very personable and my bf got up on the board on his first try! If you are looking for a beachfront hotel without breaking the bank while mingling with locals, Luz de Vida is the place for you!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2010

The location is great but te pool was a little dirty and the room was unimpressive. There were ants everywhere and they invaded our toiletries and luggage. The bed was not comfortable and there were holes in the sheets. It did not feel clean and I never walked around with out my flip flops on, not even in the shower. The private sitting area in front of our bungalow with the hammock was nice but the traffic was loud. The room down te street (although 200mts from the beach) was 1/3 the price and WAY nicer. If the price was 1/2 what we paid (100$) it would be doable but you can hang out on the beach for free and that is really the est thing they have to offer. My advice: stay somewhere else and spend the extra money on a hammock that you can hang in one of the trees that line the whole area!

  • Stayed January 2010
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 16 February 2010

Very artfully and tastefully done. It's all about relaxation in the rainforest - no TVs. New construction and super-friendly owner and staff (Argentinians). The place is up above the dust (very important) and a short ways from the beaten path.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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chicago
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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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Bronxville, NY
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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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Frankfurt
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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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Additional Information about Hotel Luz De Vida

Property: 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:
#6 Spa Hotel in Santa Teresa
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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 
Also Known As:
Resort Luz De Vida
Luz De Vida Hotel
Hotel Luz De Vida Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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