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“Best Costa Rican Adventure Ever !!!”
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Villas Hermosas
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Certificate of Excellence
Swansboro, North Carolina
1 review
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“Best Costa Rican Adventure Ever !!!”
Reviewed 17 May 2010

Villas Hermosas, is the place you want to stay in Costa Rica. Brad and Tara the owners make you feel as the place is yours. I have stayed in Costa Rica before, but Villas Hermosas gave me a total different view of this beautiful country. Brads ATV tour is the best. You must do it if you go. Thanks Brad and Tara, can't wait to get back.

  • Stayed May 2010
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 May 2010

My husband and I just returned from a fabulous vacation at Villas Hermosas. Our family and friends spent the entire week at the resort to witness our gorgeous sunset wedding.

Going into this trip, we knew the quality reputation Villas Hermosas had, however what we experienced far exceeded our expectations! Upon arrival, the owners (Brad and Tara) greet you as if you are family and take full responsibility in making sure your needs are taken care of. It is apparent how much time and effort they have put into making this resort truly one of a kind.

You are greeted every morning with an array of breakfast items, all fresh and all homemade. The grounds are freshly manicured each morning making you feel as if you are walking through a true tropical paradise. Your day can be easily planned out by Tara, whether you want to go snorkeling, ziplining, or even take the famous ATV tour offered by Brad himself! After a day of adventure or a day spent relaxing at the pool, you can always count on a breathtaking sunset to complete your afternoon.

If you are planning to vacation in Costa Rica, we HIGHLY recommend you make Villas Hermosas your choice destination!!! We will certainly be making a trip back there in the near future!! Thanks again Brad and Tara for helping to make our wedding an unforgettable experience :o)

  • Stayed May 2010
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Jupiter, Florida
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Reviewed 12 May 2010

Whether you're coming on vacation to relax or for an adventure, Villas Hermosas has it all! It's very quiet, secluded and quant with a beautiful pool and beach front view. The scenery is just amaxing! Every night, we sat out on the beach and watched the sunset. The owners and staff are wonderful! They will definitely take care of you and will show you a good time. They can recommend local excursions and tours such as snorkeling, ATV tours, Ziplining, surf lessons, fishing, etc.

I would definitely recommend renting an ATV for trips to the local grocery store, shops and restaurants.

Villas Hermosas is also perfect for a destination wedding! If theres enough people traveling together, you can rent out the entire resort for the wedding party. All the villas are roomy and very clean! There are 3 two bedroom villas and a honeymoon villa. The owners, Brad and Tara, can recommend the best chefs, florists, photographers and officiants in town to take care of it all!

They cook breakfast every morning by the pool and it's delicious! ... very yummy omlets, fresh fruit and apple pancakes! :)

Would definitely stay here again!!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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ontario
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

we stayed in the 'honeymoon' villa...beautiful, private and spacious. a great view of the beach which is just a few steps away. tons of birds, howler monkeys, iguanas and geckos, hermit crabs and land crabs, giant toads...wildlife everywhere! we even saw an armadillo!
we snorkled at low tide at the spot just down from our room and saw octopus, sting rays, eels, puffer fish, and loads of other amazing fish.
my hubby had two surfing lessons with teachers recommended by brad and tara and enjoyed them both.
took a trip to cabuya to the rainsong wildlife sanctuary. if you time it right, you can hang out with the baby howler monkeys when the volunteers feed them. an amazing experience.
took a short drive from there to montazuma where we went 'zip-lining'. fun times...

brad and tara were there when we first got there, but were out of town for the rest of our stay. carmen held down the fort like a pro though! she and christy made the most wonderful breakfasts, they were very helpful and informative thoughout our time there. i must have eaten about 12 of carmen's homemade chocolate/peanutbutter bars. so good!
all the staff there were helpful and friendly.

we ate at ambrosia twice. the food is beyond delicious. and we ate once at the sushi place in town. it was also good.

villas hermosas is a place for people who want to get away, but not have the hassle of the typical 'resort atmosphere.'

more than worth the harrowing roads to get there. we will be back!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Medfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 April 2010

My husband and I stayed at Villas Hermosas for a family wedding. All 4 villas were filled with extended family and the wedding took place on site. This is a perfect place to stay for a large group or if you are traveling just as a couple or family of 4. I would also highly recommend it for someone looking for a small destination wedding site.

The villas were spacious, clean and very well maintained. They are easily large enough for 2 couples to stay in without feeling cramped. Additionally, the grounds, pool area and rancho were gorgeous and again, very well maintained! And since there are only 4 villas on site many times it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. This is definitely a great place if you want quiet and relaxation.

Plus Villas Hermosas is right on the beach and the beach is amazing! It is perfect for surfing or just being in the waves. And the beach was never crowded. On a "busy day" I could see maybe 10 people on the entire beach.

Finally, my husband and I especially enjoyed the homemade breakfasts each day made by Carmen. She was so friendly and made great eggs! And the owners Brad and Tara were very friendly, gave good recommendations for places to eat, etc and Brad took us on a great ATV tour (which I highly recommend)!

My husband and I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Summit, NJ
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Reviewed 4 April 2010

Villas Hermosas is an amazing place to stay. Brad and Tara are fabulous hosts who make you feel like you are longtime friends. This was our second visit in the last 12 months and this trip was as good as the first. The 4 villas are very comfortable, spacious and well equipped, the grounds are immaculate, and the staff very friendly. After the alarm call from the howler monkeys in the trees above, breakfast under the Rancho is a great way to start your day and make new friends, and Brad and Tara will help set up any activites you want to do during the day as well as restaurant reservations at night. (The choice and quality of restaurants is extremely good and they are almost all inexpensive)

The surfing in the area (out front of the hotel, Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen) is fabulous but there is so much more to do than surf. My son (11) and I did the ATV tour with Brad - one of the 10 best things I have ever done. The zipline tour (which we did last year) is another highlight. You can stroll on the beach, explore the nearby rock pool, or just hang out by the hotel pool.

We have travelled extensively around the world and this is one of our favorite places ever. I was unsure about doing this trip the first time we went having never been to Costa Rica and being someone who enjoys comfortable surroundings rather than the jungle. Brad and Tara made us immediately feel very comfortable and right at home, and pretty quickly we just fell in love with the place. If you want a friendly, cozy, comfortable place to stay that is as comfortable as a big hotel but so much more intimate, in a beautiful, laid back location, with a stunning beach, and the best proprietors I have ever encountered, then Villas Hermosas is a place you must visit.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Eagle, Idaho
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Reviewed 30 March 2010

We were part of 4 families with kids ranging from 6 to 13- (7 adults and 10 kids) who decided to make Villas Hermosas our springbreak get away. Accomadations were outstanding. Tara and Brad (owners) were extremely helpful with our requests for activities and dinners. We loved our trip! It was so easy and laid back. Location is perfect. Steps from the beach and a great pool when we got tired of the sand and surf. Morning breakfast was always a treat... something new each day and very filling...Christy was great she is a very good chef. Beach is good for surfing and for children the tide pools were close and fun to investigate. We felt very safe the whole time we were there. I think this is a great spot for anyone looking for a beach vacation with a little adventure thrown in. The roads to get here are not great but very accessable...just rough. But well worth every bump in the road. This place is a gem! We love it!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Villas Hermosas

Property: Villas Hermosas
Address: 400 mts sur de la escuela Hermosa Valley | Playa Hermosa de Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The distinctive beachfront hotel, Villas Hermosas, is located in Playa Hermosa of Mal Pais on the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. Please come and share with them their playful surf, thriving jungle, empty beaches, tropical gardens, and inviting swimming pool, while enjoying all the comforts of home! With only four villas, they offer a uniquely intimate experience. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Villas Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
Villas Hermosas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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