I hope this does't come across as a complainer but these are the things I would like to know about a hotel.
My girlfriend and I stayed 7 nights in March.
We were very impressed with the glass villas upon arrival but within the first day realized how impractical they actually were. Suitcase contents had to be stacked in "cubbies" located behind the bed in the washroom area. No place to sit within the villa except the bed. Coming from frigid Canada, when ever we travel we enjoy sitting outside on our terrace at night with a bottle of wine. The only option for this was to sit on the most uncomfortable couch. With worn out cushions and a deep seat back caused slouching to the point of intolerable pain. I ended up stealing a chair from the dining area and taking to the villa just to be able to sit. It's a shame because the view of Playa Ballena from these balconies are spectacular. A couple of Tico rockers would be such an easy and cheap fix.
Food from the restaurant was good, although menu very limited and a bit over priced. Most entrées around $20 range, so dinner and bottle of wine averaged $90. Menu only listed breakfast and dinner options, odd that nothing at all offered for lunch. It was on our 6th day before we found out (only by overhearing other guests complaining of this deficiency) that they would prepare for you a club sandwich or grilled cheese upon request. Why not add to the menu?
There were many more small things about this place (like running out of coffee in the rooms for 3 days) that wouldn't take much effort to fix, if only they had some sort of management. This seemed to be lacking. There was this guy in a flower, tourist type shirt that just hung around the pool area most of the day. We had no idea that this was their General Manager until our 4th day we asked one of their employees who this was. As mentioned, we were there for 7 nights and never did this guy approach us. Came across as very arrogant. Not what you would expect from such a small hotel. All of the other hotel staff go above and beyond with hospitality.
The pool area, restaurant and reception was well kept, clean with a very comfortable atmosphere.
The road to Oxygen not near as bad as some of the other reviews. Yes it was bumpy and steep climb, but that is common for any side road in Costa Rica. The scenery on arrival is well worth it. The whole Uvita area is beautiful with lush jungle and exotic wildlife.
We do believe this hotel is a must see but maybe on a shorter stay than ours.
Our conclusion to this place was that we stayed 4 of our 7 nights too long.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oxygen Jungle Villas is a small-scale and exclusive Balinese style boutique hotel. Located in Uvita, in the middle of the Costa Ballena, Costa Rica's South Pacific hotspot. We guarantee individual and personalized service and a maximum of 24 guests (adults only) at all times, staying in one of the only 12 villas on the Oxygen estate. All this only minutes away from some of the most pristine beaches in the world and centrally located between Costa Rica's most beautiful National Parks. Perfect for your Costa Rica honeymoon, or simply to become acquainted with the jungle, toucans, howler monkeys, and the other wonderful wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer. With dozens of tours to choose from, and a zen atmosphere overlooking the infinity pool, there is something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oxygen Jungle Villas Hotel Uvita
- Oxygen Jungle Villas Costa Rica/Uvita