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“Super Nice Jungle Resort” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vista Ballena Hotel
Ranked #4 of 14 Uvita B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Memphis, Tennessee
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Super Nice Jungle Resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

While we did not stay at the hotel we sure did enjoy the restaurant and bar! Very nice people and superior service in the edge of a remote juggle. The property has recently and still is being renovated by own Tim Fenton and family. The property has the feel of luxury with a personal touch. The staff is beyond excellent, friendly, knowledgable. English, no problem.

The view of the Whale Tail sand bar from their mountain top lookout is the best view to be had in Uvita. A cool breeze washes this mountain top all day and the night sky is filed with stars.

The rock road is well maintained and in fact I found it fun. Who wants to be on a paved highway when in the jungle!

If your looking for that special home for retirement or just a get-a-way Tim will be more than happy to show you the properties near by. His legal and major resort management background offers a local view of properties and opportunities.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Charleston, SC
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

We did not stay here because we prefer smaller resorts but we did go here 2 nights in a row for sunset cocktails. The view is incomparable! The staff was great. We were the only ones in the whole place because we were just before the busy season, but the staff nonetheless made us feel very welcomed. I loved that the staff was taking pictures of the sunset too! Some things in life never grow old. I'm sure you would enjoy a stay here, but you must at least go for sunset.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DJTA
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Florida
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

We had no trouble with the road/driveway,but it was dry during our stay. We liked the pool area the best. The view from the room,pool,and grounds was outstanding. The hotel grounds were beautifully landscaped. The nachos and breakfast were delicious (fried eggs a little overdone).
The staff was friendly and very helpful. The room was great,everything worked well. We would stay here again.

Room Tip: we liked the top floor,great view from the balcony
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank curlysmom
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Karin K
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Kelowna, Canada
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kelowna-travellers
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Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Riorico
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Maryland
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263 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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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 #4 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):
Our hotel is dramatically located on a bluff overlooking Ballena Marina Park, the pacific coast and Cano Island, This national park includes the largest coral reef on the pacific side of Costa Rica. This wildlife sanctuary protects different species of whales and dolphins together with other marine life. We can offer you the best of both worlds: rich rainforest combined with abundant marine life. Walk into the "green world" of immense biodiversity right on your doorstep. ... 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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