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Vista Ballena Hotel
Ranked #2 of 14 Uvita B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

rainy season is a challenge if you want stay in this hotel. it takes a while to get up to the hotel on a slippery road. it was a good hotel but we tought the price was a bit high if you looked at condition the room was in (just some extra look at detail in bath and bedroom)...the view did it all....we got to enjoy it a little befor the rain. the sunbeds were broken..pool was good and again the view did it. staff tryed very hard to make our stay a good one... later on we learned that the owners are doing all they can to make something out off this hotel and they have been working really hard to make it look a lot better than when it did when they started....only two years ago.....i hope that they can focus on the rooms as much as they did on the pool lobby and restaurant

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We stayed 2 nights and were totally impressed with everything this hotel had to offer. The food was amazing as well as the staff. Johnny is a very attentive member of the truly sincere staff members.
The owners Tim and Tiffany are so accommodating and we will be back.

Room Tip: All units have A/C choose an ocean view and perhaps see some whales from your balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

We have stayed in this area a few times, this was our first visit to Whales and
Dolphins. We were pleasantly surprised by the amenities,cleanliness, comfort, value, hospitality, as well as the incredible view of Whales Tail. Johnny was especially accommodating, making sure we had an early breakfast ( due to departure flight in San Jose) well before the regular breakfast was available. This hotel will be tops on my list for our next visit to the area,

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
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Reviewed 11 June 2013 via mobile

We met Johnny (a worker at this restaurant) in the super market. He told us about the all you can eat tues buffet ( just in June) , so we decided to check it out. It's a steep drive, but possible to do without four wheel drive. The views are stunning, we sat at the bar and had a few drinks, enjoying the view. The buffet was excellent and very reasonably priced $10. Per person. After dinner we had a ball spotting all the nearby wildlife, there were so many toucans nearby, we also saw a sloth. The people that run this hotel are extremely nice , as are all of the employees. I cannot speak for hotel part but the restaurant was very enjoyable.

Stayed June 2013
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Breda, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

Just by chance we followed the sign "Whales and Dolphins, Ecolodge and Boutique Hotel" and driving on the coastal highway near Uvita we turned to a small, steep but well-paved road up into the hills for about one kilometer. At the end of the road we found this small hotel, beautifully located on the hills, overlooking the Pacific Ocean from far Corcovado to Manuel Antonio. We were welcomed by the soundmaking toucans high up in the trees. The reception area and airy restaurant are located in one building, connected with a nice terrace with infinity pool, lounge chairs and cocktailbar. From there the accomodations are reached following stairways down to two seperate buildings. At the time of our visit only the first three-story building was in use with twelve comfortable rooms all with its own balcony. The staff proved to be very friendly and professional. We enjoyed nice dinners and breakfast at the restaurant area, adjacing to the pool. We were so impressed by this perfect place that we decided to return on our way back from Drake Bay to San José.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

We read about this place in the Ballena Times and a neighbor to our rental property in Ojochal also highly recommended it for happy hour. The pool and sunset view complete with 8 plus toucans were the most memorable from our trip to Costa Rica. We did not stay here but plan to stay on our return trip to the area based on what we saw. We were more than impressed with the views and drinks plus the service was over the top. We were greeted and welcomed as soon as we entered the restaurant. The bartender and server couldn't make us feel more welcomed. We met the new owner and he is very sincere about making everyone's stay here the best experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

What makes a memorable stay at a location is the food, comfort, and a wonderful view---and this place has all of it. The food is top quality and heavenly...our favourite was the jumbo cocktail shrimp! The drinks are fantastic & I would recommend trying the signature drinks such as the Shark, Whale, Seahorse, and Dolphin. The place is only a few minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and has a lovely view of the Whale's Tail. You can see dolphins and whales from the crystal-clear infinity pool. It is not unlikely to see sloths, toucans, and kudamundis hang out next to you peacefully in the trees.

If you already have accommodations planned, it is most definitely worth planning an evening visit just to have an amazing dinner and watch the sunset as it fades along the horizon, with colours ranging from vibrant yellows to a dazzling orange to a coral pink and blue-cotton-candy.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Vista Ballena Hotel
Address: Jardines del Morete | 17 Km. Sur de Playa Dominical, Uvita de Osa 1 Puntarenas, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Whales and Dolphins)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Vista Ballena Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vista Ballena hotel, perched in the hills of Costa Rica's wild southern coast, is more than a tropical resort. Here, in the world's most ecologically diverse setting, you will discover nature's hidden treasures and sustenance for the soul. Our 20 room hotel is set high among the mountainous jungles of Costa Ballena. Enjoy exquisite views of the “Whale’s Tail” sandbar as it extends into the warm ocean waters and witness humpback whales cresting as they pass. Surrounded by lush rainforest and pristine coral-lined beaches, Vista Ballena is a place of solace and discovery in an otherwise untouched land. Paradise after all, is not just a destination, it is what stirs inside us when we set our eyes on the sublime wonders and wisdom of the natural world. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Whales & Dolphins Ecolodge Hotel Uvita
Whales And Dolphins Ecolodge
Vista Ballena Hotel Costa Rica/Uvita

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