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Villas Hermosas
Ranked #7 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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North Carolina
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“Best Service, Hands Down!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2010

For our honeymoon, my wife and I picked Villas Hermosas over going to Fiji because we heard the service was amazing, we were totally psyched for surfing lessons, and we didn't want to waste an entire day flying... We had an absolute blast! Brad and Tara treat you like king/queens and family at the same time. They make themselves available 24/7 and drop everything they are doing to help you. If you want to order pizza, but don’t speak Spanish, they will recommend the best place to you and call in the order themselves. They setup all of our excursions and gave us detailed directions to each place around the peninsula (scenic tour versus normal route). INCREDIBLE SERVICE!

The family is super helpful and nice, and even make whatever you want for breakfast each morning – including excellent omelettes and fresh exotic fruits. Tara was so kind to give us one of the family villas (which was huge and very up to date) for the honeymoon price since we were on our honeymoon, but the honeymoon villa was already booked.

The grounds are very clean and the staff is always sweeping, raking and keeping it looking beautiful. They are all extremely nice and welcoming as well. Now I don’t think the cleaning ladies were supposed to do this, but they even did our dishes on a few occasions. We felt so bad and told them that they didn’t have to do all of that.

It was cool to see iguanas, howler monkeys (which sound like huge gorillas!), frogs, and baby crabs everywhere.... It was awesome having a beach pretty much to ourselves. But the beach was pretty rocky in parts. Brad explained that during the green season (US Summer), it rains so much that the rivers dump large amounts of rocks and debris into the ocean, which ends up on the beach. Apparently during the peak season (~January/February) the beaches are beautiful/sandy. Either way, VH had the BEST view from the resort on the whole stretch of beach. I know this because we walked the entire Hermosas/Santa Teresa Beach the first night.

It was sad to see families/couples leave throughout the week, but then a day later you’d have new friends to meet. It was like one big, happy family!

Things you must do:
1. Zipline Tour and Waterfall jumping in Montezuma. What a rush!
2. Brad setup surfing lessons for us just a 5-minute walk north of the resort.
3. Brad’s 3-hr ATV Tour on the beach and through several towns in the peninsula was a blast!
4. RainSong Animal Sanctuary ($5 donation)... Ever had baby monkeys climb on your head? And you get to meet Tarzan the one-armed adorable monkey!
5. Curu for kayaking and a howling monkey nature tour – a deer even walked up to our car at one point (apparently they love popcorn!)
6. We had a private 5-star chef cook us a 4-course meal that was absolutely incredible! I highly recommend this if you are on your honeymoon.
7. They supplied us with free snorkeling gear for the tidal pools that form during low tide. Brad/Tara have a tidal chart setup so you can always see when the best time would be each day to snorkel, surf, swim, or just walk the beach.
8. Explore!

Best Restaurants (all open-air so you can enjoy the view):
1. The Papaya Lounge & Restaurant (Mal Pais) - Best overhead view of the beach/sunset, awesome food!
2. Ambrosia (Santa Teresa) – Best/biggest burger I have EVER eaten!
3. FloraBlanca (Santa Teresa) - Excellent Filet Mignon and local Sea Bass
4. Dayka (on Brad's ATV tour) - Awesome overhead view of the jungle, it's authentic Costa Rican food, they have a pool, and the fries are yummy!
5. El Sano Banano (Montezuma) - Just two words: Coffee & Bailey's!
6. Cafe Organico (Montezuma) - All organic ice cream, including Dragonfruit ice cream that you have to try!


Notes to know about Costa Rica before going:

1. You have to be cool about ants and bugs. Just about every store, restaurant, or building had bugs walking around. They aren’t in your food or anything, but it is just normal around there. You will probably have several bug bites by the end of the trip, but this is typical going to any country that is not very well developed. I hate ants but they surprisingly didn't bother me much. It was a blast regardless!

2. Santa Teresa/Mal Pais are technically “tourist” towns with several restaurants that charge in both Colones and US Dollars. For this reason, you don’t need to trade in your currency, as USD are very well accepted everywhere. Many of the waiters and waitresses also speak English.

3. The plumbing isn’t the best… You will just have to get used to putting all toilet paper in the trashcan next to the toilet, instead of in it. It is like that throughout the country. At least the VH staff cleans out all of the trashcans every morning!

4. *Take the commuter flight from San Jose to Tambor! This will save you about 5 hours of driving from San Jose to VH. You can book this small airplane flight for ~$90 through either Sansa or Nature Air (*Sansa tends to cancel flights when it rains however).

5. Driving on the roads is an adventure. Most of the roads are not paved and have huge hills. A 10-minute rain can turn into a huge mudslide. Driving at night is also scary since there are no reflectors in the small towns, no lines on the roads, and several bridges don't have railing...

I highly recommend getting a manual 4-wheel drive vehicle from Budget.com. ***But make sure you reserve one on the US website and NOT the Costa Rican website. We got ours for only $123 for 7 days versus people we met that spent 5 times as much on the CR website. Others also spent up to $1000 on an ATV for the week. ATV's are nice until you have to drive far or drive in the rain.

6. The mixed drinks are excellent... The beer has a looong way to go.

7. Football fans: One of Tom Brady’s houses is about a mile or two north of the resort. It’s a huge gray mansion off of the beach.

*If you have any questions about Villas Hermosas or the area feel free to send me a message. This was my first time out of the US and now I think I'm spoiled after going to Villas Hermosas. The only question is, when can we go back?!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2010

We stayed at Villas Hermosas in Mal Pais for the second half of our Costa Rican trip from May 27-30th and it was by far our favorite place of our whole trip! Brad and Tara make you feel like you are part of family and the whole place feels like your own home away from home. We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite, which has a deck that looks out to the ocean, and found it to be perfect and comfortable. Large bed, large shower and a good sized kitchen for two people. We only wished we could have stayed there longer! We visited the Rainsong Sanctuary and Tara gave us easy directions to get there on our ATV. I got to hold a prehensile-tailed porcupine, which was the cutest and friendliest little guy! We also took Brad's ATV tour on Saturday, which was quite the experience. We tried to cross the Rio Negro and all of our ATVs got stuck. The guys in the group had to push them out in knee deep mud and they got covered in it. It was such a blast! We didn't eat in town much, instead we bought groceries and cooked ourselves, which we really enjoyed as it made the villa feel all the more like our own home away from home. The property is breathtaking! We saw tons of iguanas, lizards, birds and even Howler Monkeys around the villas, not to mention the villa dog, Samsona, who was such a sweet girl. We enjoyed our short time at Villas Hermosas and cannot wait until we can go back and stay for a longer period of time. Brad and Tara have really made this a special place!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Foster City, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2010

Brad and Tara were great hosts and went out of their way to be sure our experience was second to none. The accommodations were excellent and we wanted for nothing. While the property is beautiful and detached from the small city life of Santa Teresa, we all enjoyed the little town and hope against hope it will be frozen in time upon our return. There were plenty of good places to eat at all price levels and the area abounds in natural attractions. If you can, take the back road to Montezuma for the Zip Line Tour. Guaranteed a memorable experience, particularly after flash flooding.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2010

We truly enjoyed our stay at Villas Hermosas, we only wish we could have stayed longer! We held our wedding on the property and it was amazing. Brad and Tara really made our friends and family feel at home and taken care of. Tara also did a phenomenal job of helping answer our questions while planning the big day.

The suites are top notch, the breakfast is delicious, and the rest of the staff is friendly and helpful (Carmen rocks!). Definitely don't miss the homemade yogurt and Brad's ATV trip is a must. Overall, we couldn't have been happier with our stay and definitely plan on returning to Villas Hermosas.

Note: We had a really hard time getting a consistent internet connection in Honeymoon Suite, but it worked great throughout the rest of the property.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Swansboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2010

We stayed at Villas Hermosas with my fiancés family for his sister’s wedding. There are not enough good words to describe Villas Hermosas or its owners. Brad and Tara are so helpful and willing to do anything to make your stay perfect. No worries of cleanliness or safety here. The beach is amazing with beautiful views and is the perfect place to enjoy a little “sunset tv”. The mornings are started off with breakfast in the rancho with fresh fruits and Kristi's amazing omelets :) The pool is relaxing and a nice escape from the beach. Definitely take the ATV tour with Brad!!! We absolutely had a great time at Villas Hermosas and can’t wait to get back to the jungle to see our new friends again!!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Swansboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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
#5 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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