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
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
My newly married wife and I arrived at RP 2 days after our wedding in Brooklyn in early July. We could not have been happier with our choice of places to visit Costa Rica from. Located high up a mountain that offered breathtaking views over a deep jungle, split by a beautiful river flowing into the ocean, with a perfect glimpse of a picturesque if distant beach that forms the shape of a whale’a tail, this place turned out to be an exquisite nature escape.
We stayed in the treehouse, which felt like the perfect mix of very comfortable luxury mixed with quiet natural landscapes. The view over the veranda was amazing, especially from the comfortable reclining chairs, hot tub or couples shower, all of which offer privacy amidst the trees.
RP has an incredibly friendly and generous staff (the head chef even noticed and then replaced a flat tire for us that we had no idea about)! Everyone was super nice and helpful, whether assisting with organizing fun tours (white water rafting, mangrove/river tours), recommendations for beaches or bars and nearby waterfall hikes, serving excellent cocktails or just pleasant conversation.
The food was really good (we weren’t sure how often we’d eat there but since RP was located pretty high up the mountain which meant driving down wasn’t always so convenient, especially at night), we ate dinner there every night and loved it. One night we were joined by a beautiful owl that perched 6 feet away from us and even offered a free show where he snatched a giant moth up, so he enjoyed a good meal just like we did! We also sprung for the couples massage and got to enjoy it on our balcony, which just added to a magical and incredibly relaxing experience- the massages were excellent and came with glasses of champagne!
We woke to the sounds of beautiful song birds and relaxed in the evenings as monkeys and other exotic (for us) jungle creatures played around in the trees surrounding us.
The whole atmosphere is incredibly peaceful and serene and we would recommend this to couples or families without any hesitation.
We definitely needed a 4 wheel drive vehicle and the drive up the mountain was a little arduous (not too bad though- it just added to the adventure for us), we saw crews working on the road while we were there and have heard since that the trek up the mountain has been dramatically improved.
We spent our honeymoon at Rancho and even after 5 days could not get used to the amazing location of this resort. I struggle with how to put into words what this experience was like, but otherworldly keeps coming up when we talk about the trip. Whether we were having a meal overlooking the ocean, waking up to the sounds of the jungle, or watching sunsets over the mountains, we were constantly in awe at the beauty of our surroundings. Our one-bedroom romantic villa was GORGEOUS - private infinity pool, bedroom balcony, and his and her showers - and the common spaces were just as luxurious. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our every need was met (Alex and Salome were particularly helpful) and the food and drinks were amazing. We ate a different themed dinner every night (Peruvian was our favorite) and enjoyed a selection of fresh fruit and delicious dishes for breakfast every day. We did the adventure package and it was the perfect way to explore the beauty of Costa Rica by air, land, and sea.
We were looking for the right combination of luxury and adventure that was still affordable. A friend randomly discovered Rancho on pintrest and it was the best find of our life. We can't wait to come back for a future anniversary!
We held a 25 person wedding at Rancho Pacifico and were absolutely blown away by every detail, big and small, the staff and owners put together for us. It was truly an extraordinary experience to host our wedding and reception there! Every person on the staff truly made us feel like we were part of their family. Each one of our guests was speechless with how beautiful the property is.
Since we rented the entire property we can personally attest to how amazing every room is. No matter which one you pick you'll be treated to excellent facilities, amazing views, and an experience not like anything else.
The chefs and bartenders are top notch! Each night we were there we had easily the best meals we've ever had in the country.
For the wedding ceremony they perfectly attended to every detail. The flowers & bouquets were all sourced from the property itself, they had hair & makeup services available, and they worked with us to build a custom food & drink menu that fit our guests needs as well as our budget.
We cannot wait to come back and visit the RP family again. This place is so much more than a resort or a hotel - we are so glad to have had our special day here, and we will always hold it in a special place in our hearts!
Okay. I have to write 200 characters. I don't know enough adjectives. Staff, rooms, owners , animales, birds, rain forest, amenities, food. Bartenders, gardeners, owners, staff. Stop browsing , and just book the hotel. Disregard ancient ratings. Poor prior ow ner. PS. There's a frog outside my room whose chirp is like a Bell's chime.
I have never felt more like a VIP than I did at Rancho Pacifico. I have stayed at many high end hotels, but RP is more than just a hotel to stay at while on vacation; RP is an experience. The views are breathtaking, the cleanliness is top notch, the rooms are all unique with their own character, and the food/drinks are incredible. Most of all, the staff is what made our trip so memorable. The owners, Marlo and Mark, have a clear passion for Rancho Pacifico and truly care about each guest they host. The manager, Alex, went out of his way, driving an hour to pick up a dress shirt since I had forgot to pack a specific color for the wedding we were there for. Vianney, the bartender, made the most incredible drinks. We really enjoyed his company and the care that went into each individual drink. The concierge, Salome, made sure every last detail of our stay was up to, and exceeding, our expectations. In summary, when we return to Costa Rica, we will be staying at RP and will be recommending it to friends and family as the one place in Costa Rica that you absolutely have to experience.