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... toward the beach and found a pleasant looking house where a young lady was sweeping the porch and talking on a cell phone. She was startled and indicated that she needed more time to finish the house cleaning. We sat quietly on the porch while she finished and then explored the house and the property. There is an outdoor living room and dining room, attached to the kitchen. Behind the kitchen is an indoor family room. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms, one more like a dorm room with 3 twin ...
Took a 45min cab ride with the Lake Tahoe crew from Montezuma to the surf town of Santa Teresa. There is basically 3 small towns lined up along 5k on an amazing beach centered around surfing. There is supposed to be some great food, surf, and good people. Looking to hang here for a few days before heading up to Nicaragua. Meeting a lot of people talking up Nicaragua for the cheap prices and great seafood (big lobster tail for $5). But for now, this place is pretty ...
... cloud forest, where we will zip line over the forest canopy, walk hanging bridges and hopefully see a bunch of wild life, drink beers and eat more great food. To appreciate Costa Rica to its fullest, you need more money then we have. Everything seems to cost 35, 40 or even 50 $ per persons to do anything. You want to surf lessons? 40$, water rafting? 50$, you get my drift. You also need to like crapy beer to spend any among of time in this country. If you like Bud then my friend ...
... get a good salad and they are very seldom part of the meal. Maybe because eating something like lettuce/tomatoes can be a little iffy if you do not know how clean the kitchen is or were they washed correctly. Washed our veggies thoroughly so did fine.
Sitting around the table having some great conversations, sharing stories and a lot of laughs. There are people from so many varied backgrounds that the conversations can take some ...
... Tonight I sit here horribly sunburned (despite loads of sunscreen), I have managed to already lose my phone/wallet, I am covered with a weird rash from my surfboard, there is a very large, scary insect that lives in the overflow hole of our bathroom sink, and there was a live crab halfway up the on the wall of Vivian's bedroom tonight?! But oddly, I am peace with it all. I guess maybe some of the relaxed surfer attitude brushed off on me too.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Moana Mal Pais
A great place, we stayed 9 days and did very little, just walked on the beach used the pool and the place had a fantastic restaurant up high with amazing views.
Rooms were modern and clean and all the staff were really friendly.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Moana Mal Pais
My wife and I travelled to Mal Pais for our honeymoon in January 2007. We had such a wonderful time in the area and did so enjoy our stay at the Moana Lodge. The grounds are wonderfully maintained, the accomodations extremely comfortable, and the staff incredibly friendly and helpful. We are the types who spend alot of time exploring areas we visit and we were always very happy to return to our accomodations at the Moana. The pool area is extremely inviting! And Mal Pais is awesome! I'm going back in a month!
Best Place in Town
This place is no doubt the best value in town. The rooms were exotic, spacious, and extremely comfortable. The staff was absolutely incredible. An Irish gentleman and his Costa Rican girlfriend run the place and they could not be more accomodating. They have standard rooms and deluxe rooms, and the prices vary upon the season, but I believe no doubt the best bang for the buck in town. I could lay in my hammock on my porch and listen to the ocean at night, or chill out in the very cool pool and hot tub area which happens to have some of the most comfortable swinging beds in the world! There are only 7-10 rooms so it was very private, and was very relaxing. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world and one of the best places to eat in town are just a few hundred meters away. Overall I would say if you want to have a very relaxing, comfortable escape into paradise, the Moanna Lodge is the place to stay. The places in town that are less expensive are not nearly as comfortable. The air conditioning and bathrooms were the nicest in town. I visited a lot of places in Mal Pais looking for different places to stay and better bargains, and I ended up staying at Moana for my entire trip...and even extended my stay. I'm 30 and my dad's 60 and we loved the place equally and I have already recommended it to friends and family. Give Aiden or Vicky a shout and they will take care of you...
WOW! Simply FANTASTIC! No really....
What a JOY to find that there are still hotels where the personal touch takes precedent.
I was overwhelmed by the hospitality and professionalism of the hotels (relatively) new owner Aidan and his partner Vicky.
I decided to take a short break from my business trip in San Jose and emailed the hotel to see if a room was available. I got a quick, positive, and friendly reply and the deal was done.
OK... The basics: my deluxe air-conditioned room was spacious, airy, clean and elegantly decorated with an African motif. The four poster bed was so comfortable I had barely seconds to appreciate it before passing out. The walk-in shower and bathroom area has all been recently refitted and is in great order.
In short: the room was a delight.
The pool and jacuzzi is situated at the rear of the hotel surrounded by jungle. You can float on your back and admire the hummingbirds, frigates, and monkeys as you listen to Aidan's iPod groove from Salsa to Jazz and back again.
The area is surrounded by loungers and two deluxe swinging 'mattress hammocks(?)' which make for a doze-tastic way to catch up on your holiday reading.
The setting is great - although I would recommend hiring a car or ATV if you are visiting Mal Pais.
But what really makes me enthuse about this hotel is the personal care and attention Aidan invests in his guests. I was travelling alone and it was great to be taken out and entertained by this gregarious proprietor and his partner.
Is this a hotel review written by a friend to corrupt the impartiality of the TripAdvisor ranking system...
But I had such a great time at this hotel, I just can't rate it highly enough. Is it possible to add a sixth star? It's just so refreshing to find a funky, stylish, and utterly fab hotel run by someone who really does give a damn...
Recommended? You betcha...! See you soon at the Moana...
A couple's paradise
Situated on the scenic mountain side of Mal Pais, Moana Lodge is a true gem with beautifully manicured gardens, African themed rooms, and luxurious amenities. Out of the over 6 places we stayed while touring the coast of Costa Rica, this was undoubtedly the highlight.
The owner Aidan went out of his way to ensure we had everything we needed during our stay - recommending local restaurants, romantic beach spots and cool surfer lookouts. Each morning we woke up to a fresh homemade breakfast of local fruits, yogurt toast and juice - a perfect start to the day!
Just a day before our arrival to the hotel, our car was broken into and we unable to make it for our first reserved night. Aidan was very compasionate to this and didn't charge us for the missed night.
Overall, an incredible hotel that we'll never forget. Especially since we'll be visiting again.
A great place for our honeymoon
We had a lovely stay at Moana Lodge for our wedding and honeymoon in december 2006. The new owners went out of thier way to make our stay really special.
In short....beautiful rooms....a relaxing atmosphere....wonderful views....a great choice of restaurants near by....fantastic surf. A little slice of paradise.
Many thanks to Aiden and Vicki
Sian and Henry
Great Place to stay
I stayed at the Moana Lodge from December 29, 2006 through January 2, 2007, and I could not imagine a better lodging experience in the area! The hotel was clean, neat, had a wonderful view, was across the street from the beach, and had a fantastic pool/jacuzzi. The owners of the establishment, Aidan & Vicky, were also a joy to be around. They helped us set up activities in the area, and even cooked dinner for the whole hotel one night! Highly recommend.
A Little Bit of Paradise
We just came back from a family vacation in Costa Rica during Christmas break. It was a lovely trip but the highlight was staying at the Moana Lodge. After the endless driving from the Punteranus ferry on the dirt roads and arriving at the lodge to the welcome of Aiden and his staff is like arriving home. The accomodations are simple but elegant, the bedding clean and comfortable. The layout of the property is peaceful, quiet and zen like yet the area offers some great restaurants, great surfing, awesome beaches and just funky nightlife. It was nice to be so pampered while we there....I want to go back. Make sure you sit by the pool or in the jacuzzi and take in the sights of the ocean across the tree tops.
Intimate, beautiful, awesome hospitality,...
Moana Lodge was great. We couldn't ask for better hospitality. The 3 nights we spent at the Lodge wasn't long enough. No restaurant, no problem, there's a great restaurant accross the road on the water. The room we stayed in was very well lit, cool, comfortable, but why the hell would you spend time in the room when you could lay out by the pool in the swinging beds. This was a great place to relax and enjoy our engagement. thank you Aidan and Vicki
--Josh and Robyn
A Real Getaway
Stayed in Moana Lodge for a week at the end of July.
The fact that we had no TV in the room was actually a bonus for me. A real get-away from day to day living!
Moana is in a fantastic tranquil location. The only noise to wake you in the morning was from the singing monkeys and chirping birds in the trees above our hut - a real jungle experience!
The variety of colorful flowers and fruit trees was also a highlight in Moana - a really charming setting.
I also found it very clean. The other place we stayed in Santa Teresa was close to the main road and quite dusty with all the traffic etc.
When we were there they were just finishing building a Jacuzzi which looked amazing. Other upgrades were planned which should make it a very special place.
The new young owner and the staff were very friendly to us and helped out loads in organizing canopy/surfing etc. He even took us down to a tiny fishing port nearby where I bought some freshly caught tuna. Yum!
Would definitely go back!!
My favorite in this area
I stayed in Playa Carmen, in Santa Theresa and at the Moana Lodge in Mal Pais for a total of a month. These three quaint little communities are all withing 2 km's of each other.
My favorite place i stayed in the area was the Moana Lodge, which i ended up staying at for 2 weeks. The staff was courteous and the management spoke english and spanish. It was within walking distance of Playa Carmen and is located in Mal Pais.
The pool area was great as well as the new hot tub that had just been installed. They have a nice lounge area by the pool as well as a foos ball table that was great to have around.
There was also a great little common area with a large dining table, full kitchen, shared refrigerator, couches and a television (connected to Sat TV....use the Alt Audio button on the remote to get the channels in english.) as well as a DVD and a large library of movies to watch if the mood struck you...like hundreds of DVDs.
I stayed in a bungalo room with two twin beds, a small refrigerator and air conditioning. The rooms were simple and clean, i actually liked them very much. I had no problems with bugs or pests of any kind in the rooms.
All in all I loved this place and for the price, especially compared to the surrounding places, it can't be beat.
I'll certainly be going back to this area and i'll DEFINITELY be going back to the Moana Lodge.