What We Love
- With a remote location at the top of a mountain in Uvita, there’s a natural air of romance
- The gourmet dinners are all fresh and organic
- Massages in the open-air spa, which overlooks the jungle and ocean
- Lounging in antigravity chairs by secluded infinity pools and hot tubs, all of which overlook Bahia Ballena and its famous sandbar
- Units are spacious, and some have private outdoor showers, spiral staircases, plunge pools and observation balconies
- The Zen-meets-modern design is highly conducive to relaxation
- Couples can escape to the private nooks by day, but the predinner wines and appetizers are social affairs
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What To Know
- There's a three-night minimum
- This is more of a romantic retreat for couples; children 17 and under are not permitted
- The property is about a 15-minute drive up a steep, bumpy road; there’s a shuttle on the property, but independent travelers will prefer to rent a 4X4
- There’s no need for room keys, and you won’t be getting one
- Costa Rica’s dry season lasts from December to April; expect daily showers the rest of the year
- The hotel has a special policy regarding bedroom linens and bathrobes: If you damage them, you will be charged for the replacement
- There are no televisions or phones in the units, the better to help you relax
- The owners have their own villa on the property
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Romantic, secluded retreat with spacious villas and suites, a tranquil spa and organic fare
For a pampering getaway in a rain forest setting, you can’t do much better than Rancho Pacifico. On a 250-acre private reserve in southern Costa Rica’s Uvita community, this intimate escape has a naturally romantic vibe defined by stone, bamboo, cascading fountains and modern architecture. With just 10 luxury units on the premises – five villas and five suites – personalized service is the default at Rancho Pacifico. The sizable units (Deluxe Lodge Suites are 400 square feet, while Three-Bedroom Luxury Villas are 1,600 square feet) are done up in beige stone and dark wood, with modern furnishings and super-comfy beds that make it impossible not to unwind. There are no in-room telephones or televisions, so this is a property for those who don’t mind soaking up the nature. Between sipping mojitos and basking in poolside antigravity chairs, visiting the spa and feasting on organic cuisine, guests also find time for adventures in some of the best-preserved nature Costa Rica has to offer.
In the Area
At Ballena Marine National Park, you can hike out to the whale tail-shaped sandbar and spot dolphins, turtles, fish, birds and monkeys. From December to March and July to October, you can also see humpback whales. Uvita is one of just three Costa Rican destinations where you can take an airborne tour in one of several lightweight crafts for a bird’s-eye view of the majestic scenery. There is no better way to enjoy a drizzly afternoon than on one of the Tranquila Spa tables, which overlook the jungle and the ocean. The hotel chef, Alex Segura, creates gourmet organic breakfasts, lunches and dinners from scratch. The dinners are events in themselves. Rancho Pacifico can arrange various activities, including ATV treks, waterfall adventures, mangrove and estuary explorations, and sunset horseback rides on the beach. If you insist on partying, the nearby beach town of Dominical is the place to do it. Check out Maracatu, an “almost vegan” restaurant that often turns into a dance club, particularly on Thursdays and Saturdays.
How to Get There
We chose Rancho Pacifico for its spectacular view and seclusion and were blown away by the culinary delights. If you are looking for a combination of beach time and jungle living, this is the place.
While there are plenty of excursions available, we chose mostly to enjoy our lovely Treehouse room and spaces around the property. From the pool to the waterfall hike, the scenery is captivating and exciting.
The staff is ever available, friendly, and willing to help make your stay as pleasurable as possible. Our room was always clean while our privacy respected.
Every meal was delectable. Wonderfully fresh local ingredients put together in creative combinations that always left you wanting more.
I can not imagine a way in which a guest could be disappointed with a visit to Rancho Pacifico.
I spent many days researching our two-week vacation in Costa Rica - we were celebrating my 40th birthday and had never been there before. We stayed at three separate locations to get a good feel for different parts of the country. Rancho Pacifico was our last and favorite stop, and it exceeded our highest expectations by far! Everything was perfect - location, amenities, staff, service, food and drink. We stayed in both the Mono Congo Treehouse and the Villa Romantica, both were exceptional! You absolutely cannot beat their mountaintop views, and it's unbelievable how much luxury they provide in the middle of the jungle! We rented a car so we could travel freely and we are glad we did - it was a great part of the adventure driving up the steep, windy mountain roads! The whale tail was one of our favorite beach spots and the waterfall hiking trail was some of the most fun we've ever had! We had already experienced most of the excursions during other parts of our trip so we spent most our time at RP relaxing and being pampered (we highly recommend getting a mountainside massage!!). We were hesitant to go during the rainy season but most mornings were clear and beautiful and some days it didn't rain at all. I LOVE the fact that there aren't TVs in the villas, there's nothing like listening to a gentle storm in the middle of the rain forest! Everything there was beyond amazing, but we cannot speak highly enough of the staff. The 1-to-1 ration of staff to guests (sometimes even more than that) was fantastic, and each person we came in contact with was kind, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and seemed genuinely happy to be there. They even pointed out visiting monkeys and sloths! We felt like family, not paying customers. Unfortunately we did not get to meet the owners in person but I received emails from then upon booking as well as a phone call on the day we checked out thanking us for staying! I've never felt so valued and taken care of, there was great communication from the start so we had no questions or uncertainties (which is incredibly helpful when traveling to a foreign country)! We frequently travel and rarely visit the same spot twice, but we'd go back again and again!!
My husband and I travel to Costa Rica each year. It’s our favorite vacation destination. This was our first time in this part of the country and absolutely loved it, mostly due to our amazing stay at Rancho Pacifico. The staff at RP make you feel like you’re at home. They handled all of our requests for excursions, walked us to the trail heads around the property and laughed and visited with us each night during drinks and dinner. The food was delicious and a surprise each night. The accommodations are awesome. My husband was hesitant about the lack of A/C, but it was not an issue. It was almost chilly in the evenings. We loved that we were truly surrounded by nature. There was no need to leave the property to see sloths, monkeys, toucans and parrots. RP is an absolute gem in Costa Rica. We’ll be back next year!