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
- READ MORE: Costa Rica for Everyone
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
My husband and I absolutely loved every minute at Rancho Pacifico! I cannot express enough, or even try to put into words how perfect our stay was. Every single employee was fantastic and super polite/helpful. The food was phenomenal, and our favorite part. It was like living in a dream world. Rancho Pacifico is a real paradise and we were so lucky to have been able to experience it!
We visited Rancho Pacifico as a part of our first trip to Costa Rica. We wanted to explore the country and traveled in a rental SUV. The trip up the mountain to Rancho Pacifico was part of the adventure as you definitely need a 4x4 to get there.
We were greeted as soon as we arrived by the friendly staff. The views were incredible along with the sounds of the rain forest. However the staff really made the stay special. We conversed with the bartender, the manager, the waiters, the chef and the administration staff and they all seemed genuinely interested in making our stay memorable.
The room was a modern design with a lot of glass to see the views. There were not any TV's in the hotel and our "big screen" was waking up to see the ocean, the forest and the clouds to the sound of howling monkeys and birds.
The owner of the property even took the time to speak with us by phone while we were at the hotel to make sure everything was meeting our expectations. Again, a very special touch.
We ate breakfast and dinner at the hotel and then traveled during the day to explore. All the meals were outstanding and delicious. The 4 course dinners were great value and a true gourmet experience.
We would definitely recommend visiting Rancho Pacifico and I am sure we will be back in the future.
If you want to know who you meet in heaven and what it looks like, this is it. Staff: Alex, Salome, Vianney, Andrey, Chef David, Ana, the owners Mark and Marlo, just wow you are all beautiful humans! The stay was more than comfortable. We gained more peace than ever believed possible. Thank you Rancho Pacifico Family for an amazing experience. I cried when I was leaving. You are loved.
My husband and I (early 40s) had the pleasure of staying at rp for a week at the beginning of May. We benefitted from both the lower rooms rates and occupancy level during the off season.
Our treehouse suite was luxurious, private, cleaned twice a day, and gave us the feeling of being completely ensconced in nature. There are no blinds or shutters - you wake up with the sun. The layout is open-concept, meaning there are no walls in the interior, including between the bathroom and the rest of the suite - there is just a partition blocking off a view of the toilet to the bedroom area.
There are no superlatives that can adequately do justice to the natural beauty of rp. As the clouds blanket the landscape after a storm, the place takes on an ethereal, dream-like quality. We enjoyed hiking the trails and lounging at the infinity pool and hot tub, which we often had to ourselves. On the grounds we saw monkeys, toucans, lizards, owls, frogs, butterflies and countless other birds and insects.
The food was delicious and the portions generous. Breakfast is free of charge, served a la carte with muffins, coffee or tea and fresh squeezed fruit juice included. Dinner is $44 for a four course meal, with the menu changing nightly. I don't eat meat and they happily made substitutions for me where necessary. The drinks were exceptional too, and the bar is generously stocked. My husband enjoyed their Costa Rican rum, while I opted for the pineapple basil martinis and cilantro celery gimlets, made with fresh herbs from their garden.
The 'adventurous hike' excursion ($80 pp) was a highlight of our trip. We were hosted by a lovely family at a coffee farm where we ground coffee beans, made tortillas, were treated to a traditional farm lunch, ate exotic fruit right off the tree and even milked a cow! The hike portion saw us climb a steep mountainside and trek deep into the rain forest, seeing 69 waterfalls along the way with two knowledgeable guides. Note that this hike should only be attempted if you are in very good physical condition - it is dangerous in parts, exhausting with the Costa Rican humidity, and a good portion involves uphill climbing. My husband and I were up for it though and we loved the experience.
A big thank you to owners Mark and Marlo, and staff Yolanda, Salome, Alex, Andrey, Hannah, Vianney, and the house keepers and maintenance staff for their warm hospitality and attentive service. If you like jaw-dropping views, luxurious accommodations, delicious food and drinks, and are up for an authentic rain forest adventure, then rp is the place for you.
Jen and Nick
I was looking to spend serene holidays with my significant other in a nature/ forest setting, and Rancho Pacifico was absolutely perfect. The treehouse we rented had incredible views. Special mention for the chefs who really blew our minds away with their fresh, fine cuisine - some dishes would easily get a Michelin star based on my experience.
We'll be back!