"Most beautiful place that we have ever stayed."
5 of 5 stars. Reviewed July, 2018
In Early June my wife and I traveled to the Southern end of the Osa Peninsula and stayed 3 nights at Laguna Vista Villas. Just getting there was an adventure. We flew in a small single prop Sansa Air plane from San Jose to Puerto Jimeniz and then took a 4 wheel drive taxi across the Peninsula to Carate Beach. We saw Toucans, Macaws, Capuchin and Spider monkeys and crossed multiple rivers on the way. When we arrived we were stunned by the beauty of Laguna Vista. Perched high above the ocean and lagoon, surrounded by lush tropical gardens it was one of the most beautiful places that we have ever stayed and we have traveled independently for many years. We stayed in Amapola Villa. It had a deck with a soaking pool that overlooked the lagoon, Carate Beach and the Pacific ocean. The bath and shower were open to the view and the lush vegetation yet were totally private. The rooms were clean and well maintained and featured hardwood trim. We awoke each morning to the bird calls of Scarlet Macaws.
We were greeted by the owners, Greg and Kieko who treated us like we were family. Each evening we joined Greg, Kieko and other guests for dinner and conversation. The food was wonderful but the the conversation even more so. There was a range of very interesting people from many parts of the world. If you preferred a quiet meal with just the two of you there were small tables available, all with a fabulous view.
Greg and Kieko connected us with a local guide, Gary Gomez, to take us into Corcovado National Park. Gary grew up in Puerto Jimeniz and clearly loves the birds, animals and natural beauty of the area. It was an all day trip. Gary has an encyclopedic knowledge of the plants, birds, animals and insects in the Corcovado. We highly recommend Gary if you travel to the Osa Peninsula. Other activities include swimming, horseback riding, hiking, and kayaking.
We are already talking about a return trip. It was a privilege to stay in this incredible place.
"Heaven on Earth"
5 of 5 stars. Reviewed July, 2018
This was truly an amazing experience! The hotel is located in a very unique spot above the lagoon in Carate. Getting there is an adventure in itself as this is a very remote area of Costa Rica, which makes it even more special. The views over the lagoon and the Pacific, both from the room and the common areas, are second to none and each room (cabina) is very private, meaning that bathrooms with no walls make sense! LagunaVista is also pretty unique in terms of wildlife on and near the property. Several types of monkey were often playing in the mango trees overlooking the pool and the cabina patio, and we saw scarlet macaws, many other birds, butterflies, frogs and of course crocodiles and caymans in the lagoon as well as a sea turtle and tapir on the nearby beach. The owners, Greg and Keiko, are the most wonderful hosts and made us feel really welcome. Their story about how they built the lodge up from scratch is worth listening to. They were also able to recommend activities and we went trekking in the Corcovado national part, horseriding on the beach and kayaking in the lagoon, all of which are recommended. We travelled as a family with teenagers and everyone had a great time. I highly recommend LagunaVista to anyone who is interested in wildlife and nature and who wants a comfortable alternative in beautiful Carate.
5 of 5 stars. Reviewed June, 2018
No WiFi, no AC, crocs in the lagoon, mosquitos in the air, monkeys in the trees, and a Men's Room mango tree that makes it a must visit from anywhere on the planet. one night,- no power at all due to rain. Bugs, snakes and outdoor toilets. Friendly staff, amazing location on the planet. Would we do it again?
Secluded location, private villas with spectacular views
We had a great stay at Lagua Vista Villas.
5 of 5 stars. Reviewed May, 2018
The staff were exceptionally gracious and helpful. The lodge and villas were beautiful- a spectacular view across the lagoon and out to the sea.
We went on a day trek in Corcovado with a local guide arranged by the lodge. An unbelievable national park, and the guides were super knowledgeable about flora and fauna in the park. I would highly recommend this day trip.
Food at the lodge was great, and plenty of it! Excellent beer, wine and adult beverage options.
The rooms were gorgeous. We had a small dipping pool and hammock overlooking the lagoon, and the scarlet macaws and parrots would fly over and even stop in the trees on the property. The bed was comfortable and we loved the open air bathroom! The way the villas are built you feel very private and like you are in your own little world.The infinity pool was gorgeous and had an amazing sunset view. There was wifi available in the dining area.
We were able to walk around the area and do some great birding just out the door. Walking on the beach was pretty spectacular as well! Definitely not a "swimming" beach, but the pool makes up for it. If you are adventurous, be sure to ask directions to the local waterfall, a nice day hike.
We will definitely be back here!
Magnificent Laguna Vista Villas
5 of 5 stars. Reviewed April, 2018
My wife and I find this place so magical that we just returned from our seventh visit in six years. It's charm seems to increase with each visit. While absolutely perfect for a couple, LVV would be appreciated by anyone who enjoys being in an eco-lodge surrounded by indescribable natural beauty. The owners and the staff are committed to maintaining and preserving the remarkable environment.
The wildlife continues to be abundant. Our daily routine of kayaking on the lagoon, which included incredible wildlife, fishing, photography, crabbing, etc., never disappoints. Docking the kayaks on the ocean side of the lagoon gave us opportunities to see numerous sea birds in flight, surf-fish, body surf, take long leisurely walks on the pristine, secluded beach, and if lucky, see newly hatched sea turtles babies headed toward the ocean.
The staff continues to be welcoming and eager to please. Santos, the very talented chef, provides abundant, delicious meals made with fresh ingredients, many from the on-sight, organic garden. Dining on the beautiful deck provides not only a spectacular panoramic view, but the opportunity to see a variety of animals in their natural environment.
Our afternoons are usually spent sipping freshly squeezed margaritas in the infinity pool while staring out at the crystal blue Pacific. We've seen whales and dolphins swimming through the waves. Then we head to the private plunge pool on our deck to enjoy the view of the lagoon, the ocean, and the always present variety of animals.
We are already eagerly anticipating our next adventure to LVV. It is simply not possible to get enough of this spectacular place!
"Our SEVENTH visit in the past SIX years!"
5 of 5 stars. Reviewed May, 2018
There is very little I haven't already said about the magic of Laguna Vista Villas in my previous Trip Advisor posts, as we just returned from our 7th visit there in the last 6 years! Each time has been an incredible experience from start to finish, and we already are looking forward to our next stay.
Sitting on top of a hill, Laguna Vista Villas combines unbelievable natural beauty with enough on-site activities (hiking, kayaking, body-surfing, swimming, fishing, sipping freshly squeezed margaritas, etc.) to keep one busy from sun-up to sun-down. You can also choose to do nothing at all but lounge away the day at the spectacular infinity pool over-looking the lagoon and the Pacific. Several of the cottages have their own plunge pools. There is nothing quite like observing a playful troop of monkeys or fascinating scarlet macaws while enjoying a cooling plunge from the privacy of your cottage's deck.
The food is always fresh and utterly delicious, and the beauty of the sunsets is difficult to wrap your head around. The staff could not be more accommodating and go out of their way to make your stay perfection. If you are looking for an action-packed vacation, or a relaxing, "do nothing but vegetate in paradise" type of trip, it does not get better than Laguna Vista Villas. In the past 6 months, we've been incredibly lucky enough to visit Ireland, Zimbabwe, Galapagos, and Laguna Vista Villas twice, and though all are places dreams are made of, for me nothing compares to the remarkable beauty and ambience of LVV!
You MUST Stay Here. Its WOMDERFUL
5 of 5 stars. Reviewed April, 2018
We stayed at Laguna Vista Villas for three nights at the beginning of March. LVV is an eco lodge- its almost at the end of the road, some 45 kms from Puerto Jiménez on an easy to drive unpaved road, and being dry season, no issues with crossing rivers reduced to streams. But you still need a 4 X 4.
Owner Greg promised, and Manager Rob delivered "the best villa"- named Kinkajou. It has a spacious bedroom and large open-air bathroom. But its best attribute is its large private terrace with plunge pool. Each morning, we had the best views of the lagoon, beach and ocean through our glass patio doors and across the terrace. Two mornings we had troops of squirrel monkeys, one afternoon spider monkeys just a few feet off the terrace in the trees. All day long birds of all types flew by- I can only identify macaws, parrots and vultures but so many more. We enjoyed sitting on our terrace vs the luxury pool.
The meals were very good. Breakfasts were juice, fresh fruit, yoghurt and eggs any way you wanted them. Lunch was simple rice, salad and chicken one day and a huge ham and cheese sandwich for our Corcovado hike. Dinner on Day 1 was soup, chicken and vegetables, Day 2 salad, fish and vegetable and Day 3, soup, beef tenderloin and vegetables. Plus, always desert at dinner. There is no choice or menu for lunch or dinner, but Rob did ask if we had any dietary issues, so the chef could cater to each guest if requested.
And an extra word on Rob- manager, bartender, waiter, front desk, concierge. Superb. Rob made our stay extra special
Just what we needed!
5 of 5 stars. Reviewed March, 2018
My husband Jim and I had the great fortune to spend 5 wonderfully relaxing nights at this unique and very special property. I have to admit, when we first arrived I was skeptical about so many nights at such a quiet and out of the way location...but after the first night I knew this was exactly what we needed! Such a paradise with comfortable accommodations. The personal plunge pool was awesome! Falling asleep each night to the sounds of the waves and waking each morning to the sounds of the snarky macaws...what a life! The food was so delicious, the pool area amazing. We relaxed but also took advantage of the great activities in the area - hiking Corcovado, kayaking the lagoon and snorkeling the in the Golfito Dulce. I cannot wait to return! If you are heading to OSA Peninsula, we highly recommend this incredible gem! Many thanks to Rob, who was so helpful and accommodating!