first night in Costa Rica was quite an adventure-we
drove ourselves from the airport at night in the
rain! Everyone was so nice when we arrived,
it was like spending the night in a tree house.
We’d love to come back. Loren
exceptionally beautiful retreat with unparalleled
views and ambience. The staff has been beyond
an amazing first night for our 5th anniversary trip!
Somehow words just can’t quite capture the
beauty and serenity of this place. We loved
the privacy of the bungalows and the landscaping
around the grounds. An early morning hike
to the waterfall was a fantastic way to wake up!
Take the opportunity to visit with the other
guests during the delicious home cooked meals. Happy
(the dog) defiantly deserves a lot of loving. Thanks
for the warm welcome; we look forward to staying
here again on our last night in Costa Rica. Karla
rooms, magnificent views, scrumptious meals, the
most welcoming and accommodating staff, what a very
wonderful way to kick off our Costa Rican adventure!
Thank you for the unforgettable memories!
beautiful oasis was the perfect place to spend the
first night of our honeymoon on our first visit
to Costa Rica. We have been so impressed by
your staff. Brooke secured all our transportation
expertly, and she greeted us with a warm welcome.
Maureen provided a lovely tour and we received
gracious and friendly service from our dinner servers
and all the staff. And your chef is outstanding!
Thank you for creating this heavenly place
and for your respect and stewardship of the ecosystem.
We will be back in one week and we are already
looking forward to it!
grounds here at Vista del Valle are as beautiful
as we have seen and as life-long nature lavers we
have sought and found some lovely spots in our travels.
The bamboo is not only beautiful; the creaking
sound it makes in the breeze is magical and relaxing.
We also appreciate your gracious staff; they
are friendly, helpful and have made our stay enjoyable.
The service is what we expect buy sadly do
not receive in all vacation spots. We will
spread the word about this slice of heaven. We
hope that this piece of paradise continues to stay
in good hands. Jeri
Hello Jo, It only took
us 6 months to coordinate our schedule but we finally
were able to make a visit to your Oasis. It truly is.
We had the best time. Your staff was very courteous
and helpful. We only stayed for a day and a night, but
next time we will definitely come back for longer. You
were able to incorporate every part of the establishment
into the natural surroundings and it created such a
peaceful and tranquil setting. (except for maybe my
three year old running around-next time it will be adults
only) "...I was impressed by so many things but
these are just a few from the top of the list.
food was top notch.
- The climate was perfect (warm,
but not too warm in the day and cool at night)
horses were very well kept (this is a rarity in my travels
in Costa Rica)
- The decor of the rooms was beautiful.
The rooms were very neat and fresh with many ingenious
and functional ideas used in them. We will be sure to
incorporate some of these into our home in San Jose.
can't believe how close you are to San Jose. It was
like stepping into a totally different world right next
door. It only took us 40 minutes to get their in heavy
holiday traffic and then 20 minutes to get home. -And
lastly, whoever created the trail to the Waterfall was
truly a Master. It was in very good condition and we
did not feel our lives were in danger at any time. That
is saying a lot seeing that it is the middle of the
rainy season and the trails that I have been on in the
past have a tendency to be half washed away at this
time of year...."
The only negative to the visit
was that we were not able to meet you and Mike. But we
are coming back soon and will make sure that it is a
time that you both are there. I have a bunch of
questions for you when you have some time. " ...Thank
you again for keeping such a nice place, we had a great
Keith and Paula
waited until after the holiday rush to tell you what a lovely place
you have and how much I appreciated the warm and generous help from
everyone at Vista del Valle when I stayed the night late December. I
arrived in the dark, rainy night...slept like a rock and woke up
to a little paradise. Too bad I couldn't stay for several
I am back in Marin County now and, you now have another convert to
spread the news of your very special inn. Thank you! Thank you again
and very Happy New Year,
Thank you so much for a wonderful experience (unfortunately so
short!). Vista Del Valle is just incredible and I am just sick that we
only had 15 hours with you! I did not have an opportunity to get the
recipe for the Carrot Cake that we had with dinner Wednesday night.
Can you please E-mail it to me? I would like to take it to my Mother's
for Thanksgiving. Again, we were so impressed with the property and
you hospitality and look forward to our next visit, Regards
and Eric Schaeffer..."
My children and wife enjoyed ourselves immensely during our stay at
your beautiful plantation inn. Thank you very much for your
hospitality. I have been told by my children the highlight of their
trip to Costa Rica was the horseback ride through the coffee
plantations near your inn. My wife though still a little sore from the
trek down to the waterfall fell in love with the sight. Thank you
again for the warmth of hospitality you showed to us.
Dear Mike & Johanna: I felt compelled to once again thank you
for having such a peaceful and beautiful resort. Steve & I
were overwhelmed, and that doesn't happen very often to us. Your staff
is very professional and helpful. We couldn't believe you had an air compressor available so quickly when our tire was flat
as we were departing for the airport yesterday. Hope to see you again
Steve & Linda Blande ..."
We stayed at Vista del Valle for three nights starting March 3 rd. We
had a great time and wanted to thank you for your friendliness and helpfulness.
The setting is incredible. The food was great. My wife and daughter
said that the horseback ride they went on was the best they had ever
had. Thanks again for a wonderful stay.
"... What a treasure to find Vista Del Valle and
so close to San Jose!
We had reserved one of their "Exotic Wood Suites" with a
Queen Bed and a futon bed. The said that they'd put an extra futon bed in for
child. We stayed in the "Ceibo" suite overlooking the
canyon. I believe this has the most beautiful view of all their cottages!
It was gorgeous! And, it connects to a matching room on the other side
with a kitchen between the two rooms that has an outdoor bar and table.
They gave us the whole complex for no extra charge! Our kids thought
were pretty special with their own room! The rooms are quite
beautiful with all the wood and tile. We changed quickly into our hiking boots and headed down the trail to
the 300' waterfall. It was so pretty! A great trail that
required ladder climbing in one section! I was so glad we did this that
it was raining when we came back on our last night of our trip.
last night we were in the "T-House garden cottage" which was
just as nice but nothing like the view out over the canyon like our first
night. The grounds are immaculate - like botanical gardens.
We got to meet and visit with Mike and Joanna, the owners. The kids loved
their two rockweiler dogs, Nita and Ray. It was very cool temperatures
so refreshing - 60's in the morning - unlike the 100 degree heat we
left in Texas! We actually pulled the blanket off the bed in the morning to sit on the front porch! I was really glad we brought
wind breakers/light sweaters as we even wore socks with our sandals for dinner! Speaking of dinner, it was cooked outside in their
outdoor kitchen/bar overlooking the canyon with the lights of the city in the distance. The food was superb! We had fresh fish both
times, but they also offered chicken or beef. The sauce/toppings on the fresh
fish were delicious both times as were the salad, homemade bread, veggies, and
starch. And dessert was a coconut flan with some sort of fruit
that was to die for! We had no desire to dine anywhere else and besides
we thought it was very reasonable. They were very accommodating in
fixing spaghetti, chicken tenders, etc. for the kids. It is about $20
per adult before all the government taxes. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Not only very delicious but also very relaxing and excellent service.
We loved it there ... because they were so elegant, but not
commercialized, and they made us feel as if they were there solely to serve our
family! Breakfast is included with wonderful fresh fruit and cereals and made
to order eggs, omelets, pancakes, etc. Very fresh and good!
The fresh squeezed Orange juice from their trees on the property was also a
treat! ...... We have never, in all our vacations, felt so strongly affected by a visit someplace. I am so glad that the people that visited Vista
del Valle took the time to share their experiences on fodors.com. It
was a vacation of a lifetime and one we believe our children will never forget. I don't know if we'll ever duplicate it! Got to go
- got tears in my eyes - I want to go back to paradise on earth!!