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
- 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 just returned from spending four nights in the romantic villa of Rancho Pacifico. We enjoyed the adventure getting to the resort which requires a steep dirt road through the jungle above Uvita. We arrived to find an oasis paradise with an incredible view, gorgeous accommodations, and a staff that was as friendly as can be. The resort's staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, and the villa felt very private with a view that cannot be matched.
Waking up to howler monkeys in the morning and watching toucans in the trees was special and something we'll never forget. But most of all, we will remember the wonderful Costa Rican staff that welcomed us like family during our stay. Thank you!!
Just returned from a week in the Mono Congo Treehouse. It was spectacular! Loved the Howler Monkeys waking us each morning to the custom cocktails at sunset. But, the most memorable part of our vacation, was the over-the-top customer service and attention given to us and other guests but all members of the staff. Even the gardener found tools and helped repair our luggage - those darn handles that get stuck.
We enjoyed just walking the grounds with all the tropical flowers and birds.
We went on the National Geographic Tour as well as found several waterfalls in the area. Carla, the concierge, has a book of excursions / adventures to recommend. It was nice that at least one member of the staff has experienced all their recommended activities and offered good insight on what to expect.
The meals... oh, the meals! Creative concoctions, fabulous presentation, perfect portions and DELICIOUS! They certainly aim to impress and please.
Can't wait to go back!
Rancho Pacifico is unlike anywhere I've ever stayed -- I can easily say that it's the coolest, nicest, and most interesting 'hotel' I've ever been to, although the word 'hotel' doesn't quite capture the experience. There's only a small handful of suites, villas, and treehouses, so RP has a very private & personal feel. It was perfect for our honeymoon -- even though there were others staying there, it often felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The staff is very professional & super friendly, and we even had several conversations with the owners, who were very approachable and down to earth. We were sad to leave but my wife and I knew in our hearts that it would not be our last time visiting!
My wife and I spent a wonderful week with two other couples at Rancho Pacifico in February. We stayed in Villa 3 which is a short walk from the main resort area which provided our group with complete privacy. The villa was perfect with views that can only be called amazing. The individual rooms were spacious and comfortable (especially the beds).
We spent most of our week at the resort and taking hikes of various levels of difficulty all of which originated at the resort. It was so convenient to be able to do these hikes without traveling from the resort. The waterfall hike was great and the more arduous mountain hike to an elevation of 3000 feet provided spectacular views of the entire area including the ocean (whale's tail beach) and the mountains surrounding the area. Truly great vistas.
As for the resort how many great things can i say? Marlo and Mark the owners were ever present ensuring we had everything we needed to make our stay special - literally the nicest folks you could ever meet. Their staff, most of whom have been working at the resort for many years, are not just the friendliest and most hospitable people you will meet but they also seem so happy doing their jobs. And both show in the level of attentiveness and service that each person showed to our party and the other guests at the resort.
The resort itself is spectacular, from the open air bar and dining area to the infinity pool to the wonderful spa area where my wife and I had massages one afternoon it is an immersive experience. If you are into seeing the wildlife in the area you will not be disappointed with the monkeys and birds ever present.
There is nothing on which to improve - but is is especially worth noting again that the owners and their staff really make everything that could be just "great" into a constantly superior experience. We will return!!!
It’s been two days since we returned home and I’m still looking at my pictures in disbelief! Stunningly beautiful- every detail is spot on- unique- private and SUPERB service. Everyone was so welcoming and accommodating- food was delicious, linens were luxurious, spa services by sunset- fantastic. Sloths in the trees, beautiful birds and waking up to views of the Pacific everyday....ahhhh...Truly can’t say enough.
We stayed in the one bedroom casita- so romantic- the perfect way to celebrate 15 years of marriage. I can’t wait to go back!