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Vista Ballena Hotel
Ranked #3 of 14 Uvita B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Huntington Beach, California
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87 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fantastic view!”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We did not stay at the hotel but experienced a wonderful time at the bar and restaurant. Johnny greeted us and introduced himself before he took our drink order. The kids played in the pool while we enjoyed the sunset and spectacular view of the Whale's Tail at Marine Ballena down below. We had such a great happy hour, we decided to stay for dinner. The food, service, view and experience was wonderful. The place is easy to get to up a steep road about 3 minutes from the Coast Highway.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Memphis, Tennessee
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
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Charleston, SC
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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
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Florida
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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
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14 reviews
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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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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Vista Ballena Hotel

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 #3 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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