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Even though we were in Costa Rica for a week last month, we were once again excited to be returning to this beautiful country. This time we were renting a 4X4 and going to be adventurous on our own. We didn't know what to expect and kept an open mind. And I should mention, Jeff and I speak zero Spanish, except for a few pleasantries & the …
Yesterday morning, before we left on that hideous adventure, Jeff signed up for snorkeling at 9am this morning. I'm a chicken poo-poo & decided to bow out on this adventure.
We have been getting up at exactly 7:30am every morning. The first thing Jeff has always done in our 22 years of marriage is make coffee first, and there better …
We ended up having a great night last night with our new New Zealand friends & another couple from Connecticut at the bar. The local tequila is called "Four Feathers" ~ like the bird, and you must put four fingers above your head to imitate them & then drink. Thank goodness, the women didn't have to participate & I stuck with my …
If this is Sunday, it's kayak day ~ my favorite! Had to have our energy, so made sure we went early to breakfast. Started out with a nice cappuccino & then hit the buffet. We have never been big breakfast fans, so we have to be creative on this meal.
Headed to the beach for our 8:45am outing. It was us & a family from New Zealand …
Woke up all excited for the day. Had Costa Rican coffee on the terrace & mapped out where we wanted to venture to today. We decided on Tamarindo Beach, south of where we were staying & known for their surfing. Sounded great!
Went to the restaurant for breakfast. Never get tired of coming here because the view is spectacular & …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort Playa Hermosa
Visited the Villas Sol mid June. Didn't really know what to expect after reading the up and down reviews. For an all-inclusive, though, reviews are important, as you'll spend a lot of time at the resort. Here goes...
Would not return
I sell time share at a 5 star gold crown resort listed with RCI and I have traveled and stayed at resorts all over the world so I have some knowledge about what I'm talking about! At this resort which is listed as a gold crown resort which it is not--maybe a 2 star, you are a captive in the sense that you are far removed from anything nearby. you would think that at a resort that caters to primarily Canadians and North Americans that the staff would speak fluent english but thats not the case and the food they serve there is very bland, over priced and nothing to write home about, there are other places to stay in the area that are more resonably priced, my suggestion is if you are going just check out the various places to stay when you get there!
We just returned from a glorious week at the Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It was a time-share exchange in a 2-bedroom villa. We traveled with two of our best friends. We arrived on Saturday, April 23 around noon at the Liberia Airport. We had arranged for a van to pick us up at the airport and drive us to the resort. Check-in wasn't until 4 pm but we got in right away. Our villa was situated half way up the hillside overlooking the Papagayo Bay and Pacific Ocean. The villa had a spacious living area, dining area, and full kitchen on the first level with two bedrooms and a bath on the second level. The rooms were well appointed and clean and very roomy for two couples. The balconies on both levels had a fantastic view. Daily maid service was included. Shuttles ran every 15 minutes to take you to the beach or anywhere within the resort. There were two restaurants, two bars, two pools (our favorite was the swim up bar/snack bar), a gym, tennis courts, a hotel gift shop, a tour desk, and a small convenience store. We were located close to the pools and restaurants, so we usually took the steps and got a lot of exercise.
I was a little weary going here after looking at reviews on trip advisor and the pictures posted on the web. Perhaps I had such a great time due to the fact that I had low expectations??? The pictures on the web are awful and don't do the resort any justice. The staff was fabulous, we even got invited to go dancing in Coco Beach with them, which was fun. The food and drink was maybe 3 star quality (great meat). Very clean, no bugs in the room which is a statment in itself as you are surrounded by thick forest. A lot of local family's come on the weekend, even though we speak Spanish I didn't find them very plesant. Yes it is a lot of up hill...I lost 10 pounds while I was there! Costa Rica itself is awsome. You won't find a lot of white sand beaches in the Gunacaste province but there is so much to do we found we didn't have a lot time for the beach. The Mega Combo tour is excellent-definatly worth the money. Tamarindo is only 30 mins away and has great surfing...if you need an instructor go to Iguana Surf and ask for Chile. There is also Conschell Beach which instead of sand has about 1 mile of shells. There is fishing (we caught Tuna and saw sword fish jumping) and ATV tours and Volcano tours by day and night. Also you are only about an hour away from Nicaragua so you can go on a day trip by bus. I would recommend this resort to people who are a little adventurous and who are willing to try and have a fun, rather than being catered hand and foot.
We are a family of four on a quest to see more than half of all the countries in the world...our travels have brought us to many interesting places and we try to appreciate each place for it's own qualities.
January 2005 Summarized, most people that were there had said they would never go there again. One couple that were there for 2 weeks regretted it. When we arrived there, we were assigned a room that was not cleaned yet, were told to have supper then come back, came back and were given another room next to the lobby. We complained about it and they were very unfriendly. The food was terrible, greasy and every day, the same. The beach was awful, black sand and the water smelled. There are no life guards there, as one poor guy found out, if it were not for the other guests he would not be alive. Nobody from the hotel were there to help him. The resort is old and walking around is difficult as it is very steep. No nightly entertainment. Pool was cold. I could go on but this letter would be too long. Is there anything good here, yes, the room was clean. You should consider a different resort.
I fell in love
I've traveled the world...and the first time I went there I sincerely didn't want to leave....because of the charm, peacefulness, friendliness of the staff...nestled in the hills it offers spectular viewx..close to all attractions and a new airport! We have been back on many occasiions...just relax.
My boyfriend and I came to villas sol playa hermosa for spring break and it was perfect. i have travelled all over the world, and always intended to go to a different place each time. my vacation to guanacaste changed that. we had an amazing time! the beach is nearly deserted and BEAUTIFUL. the pools are great, the food is ok, the drinks are fabulous, the rooms are clean, the water pressure is high, and the staff is AMAZING. This is not a huge party resort, but is great for a relaxing and romantic time. we highly recommend the super adventure tour that gives you a canopy tour, a mud spa, and a huge jungle waterslide. we LOVED it at villas sol and are returning this year.