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Outstanding Villas Hermosas
Villas Hermosas was excellent. My wife and I spent a week in the lap of luxury. This property is located right on a beautiful and secluded beach. Snorkeling, body surfing, and surfing are all available within 100 to 400 yards of your villa. The peace and quiet is unbelievable. We saw a wide variety of birds and butterflies. We spotted monkeys traveling across the property twice. We enjoyed the meticulously manicured flowers, trees, and shrubs surrounding the villas. The owners and employees are friendly, competent, and always willing to assist their guests as needed.
A Hidden Gem
What a surprise to find such wonderful accommodations in such a remote area! Our family of 4 was stunned by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Villas Hermosas. The villas were spacious, extremely clean, and meticulously cared for. The choice of swimming in the gorgeous pool or stepping onto the amazing beach made this a luxury jungle get-away for our family. Brad and Tara went out of their way to make this a memorable trip with their incredible hospitality. Brad even taught our two sons to surf! We are looking forward to our next adventure in Costa Rica at Villas Hermosas and have already highly recommended it to our family and friends.
If you are looking for a tropical holiday in paradise, may we suggest Villas Hermosas in Mal Pais, Costa Rica.
On our arrival, we were pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous setting. The layout of the 3 larger villas around the Rancho/Pool area works very well, close enough to the pool and lounge area but far enough away for those quiet times. The honeymoon villa, facing the ocean, has a wonderful outside deck to sit and watch those fantastic sunsets.
Our hosts, Brad & Tara were very knowledgeable of the area and very helpful in arranging our day on the quads and another highlight, our Zipline tour. Their adorable little daughter, Monica, kept us from missing our own grandchildren so much. Their staff were also very accommodating, friendly and everything was kept very clean and tidy. And the breakfasts every morning at the Rancho-make sure you try the chocolate waffles-Yummy!
There is lots of great restaurants and sports bars in the area and
if you choose to cook in, the villas are fully equipped with everything you need. We enjoyed a few meals of fresh shrimp from the fish truck that comes by at least twice a week.
Our holiday was so very relaxing, watching the monkeys jumping from tree to tree, walking on the beach, swimming and relaxing by the pool, eating, drinking - what more could one want? Another 2 1/2 weeks in paradise - you guessed it.
My wife and I have just returned from our vacation in Costa Rica. The most disappointing part of our trip was that we left our stay at Villas Hermosa until last and only for a few days. We had spent the previous 12 days of our trip in the mal pais/santa teresa area and this is the only place that I will take the time to write about.
The picturesque setting and outstanding amenities were surpassed only by the gracious hospitality of our hosts Brad and Tara. They went to outstanding lengths to ensure that our stay was a memorable one.
In fact, it is with great hesitation that I write this review for fear of jeopardizing the future availability of this little piece of paradise. With only 3 villas and a honeymoon suite (where we stayed), the intimacy is unlike anywhere we have stayed before.
The surf was always up, and the sunsets cant be beat.
Ryan and Margo
Nice enough but...
We had a decent stay here but I do think their website is a tad misleading. In reality, it is not as nice as their web photos display. The photos on this travel site are more accurate and I highly suggest looking at these to get a true feel for the place. The location is nice in some ways(ie. beach right there) but it is quite far to get to most shops and restaurants. It seems to be more suited for families with small children. I also think the price only makes sense for families. It was a bit steep in price for the facilities. It was nice having a separate housing unit but it certainly was not luxurious. It had more of an inexpensive apartment feel inside. We did enjoy the area but did feel out of the way from things.
We stayed at Villas Hermosas at the end of a 10 day trip and couldn't have been happoer. We only wish we had stayed there longer. The villa was perfect. Great layout, clean, nice and very comfortable. The property is in a nice quiet location with easy access to the beach and great surfing. Tara and Brad along with the rest of the staff made us feel welcome and as if we were long time friends. They gave us great recommendations for two of the best dinners we have had anywhere.
Overall a fantastic place and we look forward to coming back soon. My only concern is that it will become too popular and hard to get into, but they were such nice people, I can only hope for their success.
Amazing. I didn't want to leave.
My husband and I were delighted to stay in the Honeymoon Suite for 6 nights. It was so calming to hear the ocean at night and see it from the romantic canopied king bed in the morning.
Breakfast in the Rancho was great with a variety of everyday options and one daily special so you don't get bored. The pool was cleaned everyday and the grounds were meticulously tended. The owners were very friendly and arranged a massage and a fishing trip that was the highlight of my vacation, and it was my first time fishing!
I saw many kinds of animals on the property: howler and capuchin monkeys, bats, iguanas, anteater, and lots of geckos. The beach is beautiful. The pool is a great place to cool off. I loved napping in the hammocks.
The Honeymoon suite has a more rustic feel with the handmade wood cabinets. The bed was comfy and the water pressure in the shower was fantastic. Geckos do gather near the porch lights at night and one or two did get into the suite. If you are scared of small lizards, maybe Costa Rica isn't for you. I got to see one of the family villas and it was thoroughly modern and beautiful, clearly brand new.
I can't wait to go back. Pura Vida!
Amazing Beach and Sunsets, Comfort, Privacy...Beautiful!
Villas Hermosas is a real gem. We will definitely be back. Owners Brad and Tara are excellent and hard working hosts, their staff are wonderfully friendly, courteous and helpful, and their gardens are truly amazing! Perhaps the nicest thing about Villas Hermosas - aside from the delicious breakfasts under the dining/relaxing rancho, and the space and privacy that the villas offer - is that it offers many of the creature comforts that we enjoy at home, just a minute walk from one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Ancient Pochote trees, surfing waves for all abilities, tropical jungle, beautiful tide pools and Tico culture make up just a short list of things you can spend time exploring within walking distance... To top things off, the sun sets right in front of the property over the sea, through the monkey-friendly almendra trees that shade the way between the villas and the beach itself.
We have no doubt that Villas Hermosas will once again provide us with some high quality relief from the often cold and gray days of winter in Vermont.
Beauty and Tranquility!
After a long, cold winter in Colorado, we began our Costa Rican vacation at Villas Hermosas. The peace, the quiet, and the surrounding beauty found there, was exactly what we needed! The grounds of the property are very pretty, and well kept. The beach, (right there!), is wild, nearly deserted, and absolutely gorgeous! The Villas themselves, are quite spacious, comfortable, and stocked with all the necessities.
Unfortunately, we did not get to meet Tara and Brad, who were off in SJ for a few days, but their stand-ins, Christy and Pete, were worthy substitutes. They were very friendly and helpful, as were all the staff.
Should we return to the Mal Pais area, I would not hesitate to return to Villas Hermosas.
The Only Way To Go
This is where you need to stay, although once the word is out it may be hard to get in. Because there are only 4 villas, it is quiet and remote feeling while only being minutes from town. Other then sightseeing though there is no reason to leave the beach that is at your doorstep. It' s beautiful and private with spectacular sunsets. The grounds are exceptional and immaculate. The villas are nicer than they have to be and the bathrooms are over the top.
Brad and Tara could not be more wonderful in helping with any plans or activities. The staff is small and wonderful. You leave there feeling like you have a group of new friends. While enjoying our fantastic breakfast we'd get the "local" scoop on the places to go and see and how to get there.
The best part was feeling like we were remote and removed from the "other tourist" but we really were centrally located to explore the areas north and south. Definitely rent quads--they are fun and make it easy to get around.
We went to dinner at Flor Blanca one night to make sure we weren't missing out on a more "exclusive or upscale" resort, and while the food was great we realized we made the right decision to stay at Villas Hermosas. We didn't have 40 other tourist sharing a pool with us or competing for the best beach chair. At Villas Hermosas you can be totally alone if you want or you can seek out the few other guest if you need some chit chat.
While there are cheaper places to stay, if you're not willing to rough it on vacation but you'd still like a Costa Rican experience then stay here. You will not regret it!!!