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 stayed here in November 2018 and had booked months in advance. As the date approached, the staff notified us that the property was undergoing renovations that were taking longer than expected and the pool and restaurant may not be available. We were given the option of a reduced rate or canceling at no penalty and booking another hotel. We chose to stay at Rancho Pacifico and were so glad we did. We have stayed at some of the finest hotels in the world, and this hotel outdid many much more expensive hotels in so many ways.
Indeed, the pool and restaurant were not ready, but they used one of the villas as a temporary restaurant and we ate dinner every night for our four nights there. The food was delicious. We are very much into cocktails and they came up with some inventive and tasty ones that my wife and I both enjoyed very much.
We stayed in one of the two treehouses out in the jungle (they have a nice path leading to them). From our treehouse all you could see was jungle, trees, ocean, clouds and sky (and some very distant lights across the canyon). It was a very beautiful room, much like what I expected after looking at the pictures. The one surprise was the lack of air conditioning and windows (where the windows or glass would be was screens), which gave a true jungle experience. We woke to the sound of the birds and animals every morning. For people who like to sleep in, earplugs are a good idea. We never really got hot because of the fans and breezes, but it was difficult to dry thing out. The villas do have air conditioning, so if that is important to you book a villa instead of a treehouse. Since we ate dinner at one of the villas every night we got a good look at it and it was really nice.
We were super impressed with the hotel staff. Every meal was joy, and the concierges really took care of us. When we were going to the beach, I didn’t bother to ask for towels because our last hotel in the area asked us to not take the hotels to the beach. At Rancho Pacifico, not only did they volunteer beach towels, they also loaded our taxi with beach chairs and a cooler with ice. When we went on an all day hike, my backpack was too small to fit our stuff and the lunch they prepared, but no worries because they were there with a larger backpack to lend us. These are just some examples but they were so helpful in so many ways.
We also had massages in our room. We are both very picky when it comes to massages (must be deep tissue), but we were pleasantly surprised by the professionalism and ability of the massage therapists.
Overall, we were very impressed with this property and the staff (enough to take the time to write my first tripadvisor review).
This place is not like most resorts! They have a select group of highly dedicated staff, with two owners that go out of their way to make their guests feel welcome. The staff is incredibly friendly, kind and accommodating. We got to chat with many of them at length about their life in Costa Rica, which we really enjoyed. It was such a treat to eat and drink at the resort - the food is really delicious (especially the fruit and all the fresh seafood) and the drinks are top notch. Oh, and the coffee is incredible. We had the place mostly to ourselves since they are in the process of renovating. We can only imagine how much nicer it will be when they are done! We stayed in one of the treehouses which meant we got to wake up to panoramic views of the rainforest and the whale's tail every morning. We chose a variety of outings offered by the resort, as well as a couples massage (highly recommended). Staying at RP left us feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. We will be back!
It’s been one month since we stayed at Rancho Pacifico and we have missed it every single day since then! If you are looking for true Costa Rica jungle (but with the luxury) then Rancho Pacifico is for you. From the moment we arrived everyone was so enjoyable! The owners were so friendly and their staff were top notch. The villa was incredible as were the magnificent views. We purchased the romance and adventure package so our schedule was busy- but we stayed at the hotel any chance we had. We had dinner at the restaurant almost every night- every night was a different theme and was delicious. Rancho Pacifico was truly a 5 star experience for us! Don’t second guess yourself- book it!
We would gladly go back!
Great view, comfortable rooms.
We were fortunate to be the only guests so could really enjoy the place.
They are about to remodel so it will be even better.
Had a minor incident (not everything on the menu was available) however, the way they treated us compensated for it as well as their true desire to improve and take care of their customer.
We just returned from Rancho Pacifico and we had the most fabulous time! Our treehouse was absolutely amazing and exceeded what I had envisioned! The views were breathtaking and the staff was incredible! RP went above and beyond for anything we needed. Our vacation was specifically to relax and that's exactly what we did! It was the perfect place!
I would highly recommend Rancho Pacifico to anyone looking for a unique Costa Rican experience. The owners, Mark and Marlo, as well as the entire staff, make you feel as though you are part of the RP family and make your stay all that much better. Our vacation to Rancho Pacifico was truly the BEST time and I cherish the memories we created there! I honestly cannot say enough positive things about our experience at Rancho Pacifico - it was that amazing!!!