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Reviewed 29 February 2020

My wife Susan and I loved our stay at Villia Buena Onda. Tucked back from the beach with a stunning view of the Gulf of Papagayo, this eight room hotel provides luxury and intimacy that larger scale resorts never could. The staff, from the the front desk, to the waiting staff, to cleaning staff, and even the cook, were professional while being extremely personable. The setting provides all the privacy you could want, while the intimate scale allows you to get to know the other guests. We shared our table at dinner with a number of fascinating couples. There was even dog therapy when the manager let her four-month old beagle Taz out for a visit.

Do the beach in the morning, the pool in the afternoon and meet new friends at happy hour! (...and get the massauge!)

Date of stay: February 2020
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Front Desk VBO, Other at Villa Buena Onda, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2020

Thank you so much for the amazing review! We are happy to hear that you appreciated the features that come with being a small resort! And we appreciate lovely guests such as yourself! Please do come back and visit with us again!

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Reviewed 13 February 2020 via mobile

We had a beautiful 3 night stay at this stunning hotel perched on a cliff overlooking Playa del Coco. With only 8 gorgeous rooms, it was a very intimate and luxurious experience. The staff was there to accommodate any need. The other guests were very friendly. In fact you get to know them each it seems given the intimacy of the place.

The grounds are also stunning. Two pools - one more of a tiki bar the other more substantial that I used a few times a day to swim and get in some exercise. In fact there we’re moments during the day that we had the hotel and grounds mostly to ourselves.

The included meals were also yummy as were the cocktails.

We highly recommend those looking for a more quiet and upscale adult only experience.

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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GMVBO, General Manager at Villa Buena Onda, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2020

Muchas gracias for your review Gafnewyork, we´re happy to read you enjoyed your stay and the intimacy you can find in our little piece of paradise. Thanks for recommending us and we hope you return soon! Pura vida!

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Reviewed 10 February 2020

Villa Buena Onda has just about everything going for it. Excellent staff, superb accommodations and delicious food. We were pampered to no end here. We stayed on the poolside room which was cheaper, but we loved the easy accessibility to the pool, dining area and front desk. We intended to stay for 10 days but were storm stayed for two extra days. It was no hardship and they gave us a hugely discounted rate just out of kindness. Carlos, Alix, Caesar, Mary, Javier and the kitchen and cleaning staff are simply the best. I have traveled extensively and have never found such kind, professional and caring staff. The staff at the spa are so professional. I usually avoid pedis and manis when I'm away, but I have never seen such a clean spa. I would trust them and the facial--which comes with a scalp massage--is to die for. Worth every penny. It is quiet here at night but you can take a taxi into town--Coco beach. If you think you will be ATVing bring old clothes and shoes. You may just want to leave them behind. The beaches are nice with Hermosa being the best and the beaches on the Hidden Beach Tour are absolutely exquisite, clear and warm. The only suggestion I would have is to try to find a way to heat the pool up a bit. We are Canadians and even we found the water cold. Stay a while, it is guaranteed to be one of the best vacation experiences of your life!

Room tip: The poolside room was quiet and very accessible.
Date of stay: January 2020
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GMVBO, General Manager at Villa Buena Onda, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2020

Like one of our reservations agents said today, you know you´ve had a great time when you go home knowing the names of 5 members of the hotel staff!! Thank you so much for your review, for staying with us not only 10, but actually 12 days and for mentioning all the details you loved. We also appreciate the suggestion and are currently looking into the option of solar heating our swimming pool, because specially with our January winds we´ve noticed the water is cooler than usual so we will hopefully have that solved by the time you decide to return. Muchas gracias and muchos saludos from all our staff! Pura vida!

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Reviewed 30 January 2020

If its any indication of how amazing this place is this was our third trip to Villa. We decided to come back again this year in January for a post holiday relaxation trip. We chose to come here again because we knew exactly what to expect and what you should expect is some of the best staff and people who make you not only feel like a welcomed guest buy like friends. After our third trip here we can honestly say we have made friends with the people who work here and can't wait to come back for a fourth time. This being our 3rd time here over 4yrs the same staff has always been here and that to me is a great indication of the not only how great this place is but also how comforting it is to come back and see the same friendly faces who great you with open arms and smiles.
The hotel itself is located on a hillside secluded enough to make you feel like you are away from the real world but a short taxi ride away (5min) from a great nightlife in Coco and another 10-15min taxi ride from two amazing but different beaches, Ocotal and Hermosa Beach, that both provide a real Pura Vida vibe. The rooms are very spacious and they all have amazing views of the property and ocean views. I would always choice an upstairs corner room to take advantage of the corner showers that provide panoramic views that make the rainfall showers even better.
The food deserves its own review and is some of the best tasting food I've ever had. It is alll local sourced and some of the freshest local Costa Rican food. The drink menu is vast and provides plenty of options from wines and local craft beers to fresh made in house cocktails (green iguana is amazing!) They also make the best chiliguaro in Coco and is a personal favorite of ours.
We love this place because of the people. Carlos, Javier, Alex, Cesar, Marijke (and Tasmania!), Christian and the entire staff have become friends and we can't wait to visit our friends again.

Room tip: Choose an upstairs corner room. They have corner showers with panoramic views of the property with amazing views of the bay and ocean.
Date of stay: January 2020
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Marijke M, General Manager at Villa Buena Onda, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2020

Quaylewoman (and man!) there is no better reward for us then to have our guests return AND to read your amazing review about how you feel part of our family! It´s something we can not express in pictures and it makes all of us so happy to know that it´s one of the reasons we can count on seeing you back (aside of the beautiful beaches, rooms and great food of course)!
In name of all of the VBO Team (including Taz of course) thank you for sharing your kind words and we can´t wait for your 4th visit! We´ll make sure it only will get better :) Pura vida!

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Reviewed 21 January 2020

My wife and I are the kind of people who despise huge 600 room resorts when we are on vacation; therefore, this 8 room boutique adult only hotel was perfect for us. The attention and service you get at a hotel of this size is unparalleled. The staff here was fantastic, Cesar, Christian, Carlos, Javier and everyone else were on top of their game. If we did not have a little one on the way, we would definitely be back within a year.

Date of stay: January 2020
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GMVBO, General Manager at Villa Buena Onda, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2020

Thank you for staying with us DerekS231! And for taking the time to share your experience. All the guys send you their regards and we wish you both the best with the little one that´s on the way! Who knows, maybe in a couple of years you´ll be able to escape for a few days back here... Pura Vida!

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