What We Love
- Private infinity pool outside every villa
- Stunning views from the rainforest down to the shore, right outside your window
- The freshest of local ingredients at the on-site restaurant — and in your cocktail at the swim-up bar
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What To Know
- The hotel can arrange private van transfers from the airport in San Jose or Quepos
- Vista Celestial is perched 2,000 feet above Costa Ballena, so it’s just minutes from 13 beaches
- Daily afternoon rain during the “green season” (May to November) only makes for more magical views as you watch the clouds roll in
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Situated on 12 acres of rainforest 2,000 feet above Costa Ballena, Vista Celestial truly lives up to its name, with heavenly views in every direction. The five spacious villas have floor-to-ceiling windows, and each comes with a private terrace and infinity pool that doubles as a hot tub. But try to drag yourself away from your private lodging, as the main pool features a swim-up bar with tropical cocktails and a waterfall hot tub. Vista Celestial’s restaurant makes good use of fresh-caught fish and local produce like mangos, papayas and avocados. Take your relaxation even further with an in-room beauty treatment, scrub or massage.
In the Area
Head over to Marino Ballena National Park for a host of sea-based adventures including whale and dolphin watching, as well as various gorgeous landscapes, from mangrove estuaries to sea cliffs to coral reefs. More than 310 bird species have been spotted at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, where you can take a guided hike or horseback riding tour. For a heart-pumping flight through the rainforest, nearby Hacienda Baru offers zipline tours that include eight cable rides.
How to Get There
I can't believe that a hotel can be so beautiful as Vista Celestial is. The Villas are very big, with nice facilities and a incredible view over Uvita. The way this hotel was embedded in nature is crazy and I loved it so much. I felt like I was spending 3 nights in heaven, because everything was so beautiful. I saw some animals, ate delicious food in the restaurant (the meals are so good) and talked to the lovely staff. There were not many other people so i felt like a famous person because they treated me so well. Isaac organized the transfer from Uvita to the hotel and on my last day he organized a bus to the airport and everthing worked great.
Thanks to everyone at Vista Celestial. You're doing a great job and I definitly will come back. Highly recommend this hotel, although it is expensive. It's worth it!
My husband and I and our 5 month baby girl had an amazing stay at Vista Celestial. The villa, the service, and the food was all 10/10. By the end of the stay, everyone there felt like family. We would recommend this place to anyone.
I would have to say this was the best hotel experience I have ever had. upon check in we were greeted by friendly and attentive staff and were seated to a delicious dinner. Our villa was immersed in the rain forest on the mountain over looking Whales Tale beach which was beautiful.Waking up to the wildlife and having breakfast out on the patio of the hotel was unmatched by any other place. The staff here are excellent. They are very knowledgeable about different places to go, very accommodating, friendly and professional. I highly recommend this place especially since the service and the resort was so amazing!
Your Search Is Over.
I was in your predicament, scrolling through TripAdvisor reviews, one after the next. I had heard that Costa Rica offered yoga retreats and, when I began my research, Costa Rica sure did offer yoga retreats – hundreds of them is what it felt like. I slightly panicked. How will I ever choose one? I perused sites and couldn’t keep them all straight in my mind. So, I opened an Excel spreadsheet. Oh, 20 boutique hotels offering yoga surrounded by Costa Rican rainforest offering delicious meals made the list. My family thought I was a bit insane, confident that I’d never be able to make a decision……
I absolutely made the best decision possible when I deleted 19 resorts off my list and booked a flight to Costa Rica, final destination Vista Celestial. Spoiler Alert – my review will sound like all the others you just read with no surprise as to why. VC is paradise on Earth (I’m sure you’ve read that a few times) and I will do what all of those reviewers did before me – try my hardest to convince you that you do not need to look any further. Your search is over. I assure you – you do not need to continue. Stop. You’ve discovered VC. CONGRATULATIONS! You’re done.
Where do I begin? This review is long overdue. I never write them, but VC deserves the highest recognition and every star is the sky above it and, for the fact that I relied so heavily on the opinion of others to make my own decision, it was time to sit down and reminisce about the best vacation I’ve ever taken in hopes of help others just as they helped me.
I contacted VC is November of last year to inquire and Jennifer promptly responded, answering all of my initial questions. If she is reading this, I know exactly what she is thinking right now! About 250 more e-mails were sent her way (Jennifer, I’m so sorry!) and she responded to each one promptly and professionally. While I am very well-traveled, I had never traveled to Costa Rica before, and was embarking on the trip alone, so Jennifer’s friendliness, abundance of information and the time she spent catering to me alone set the tone for the superb service I received throughout my entire stay. THANK YOU, JENNIFER.
I booked a direct flight to San Jose and I booked 1 evening in the city. I recommend it. I had headed out on the morning of departure at 1:30A, so when I finally arrived to CR from NY, I was quite exhausted. Booking one evening in San Jose not only allowed me to settle in and rest on day of arrival but, much more importantly, had I been delayed (I traveled in March from Connecticut which is a snowy month!), it would have cut into my time at VC. Secondly, had I opted to travel directly to VC upon landing, I wouldn’t have arrived until late afternoon. Instead, Jennifer arranged for a very early AM pickup per my request, right from the front doors of my hotel in San Jose! Thus, I arrived to VC at 9A with the ability to enjoy my entire first day in paradise.
The driver who picked me up was a lovely man. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride to VC. Do NOT let the 3 hour ride from San Jose to VC scare you away from this spectacular place. While you can fly to Quepos, I encourage you to enjoy the ride! My driver taught me so many things about CR, stopped at the famous bridge where he allowed me to get out and see a dozen crocodiles (WOW!), was happy to stop if I needed to use a restroom and, before long, we were climbing the mountain to VC, an experience in itself! Your initial thought may be, “Oh my, where the heck are we going?!” … and then you arrive and your jaw drops.
I was greeted by Isaac and July. Isaac chatted with me while July prepared me a fruit smoothly without me asking for one. If you choose VC, be prepared to feel as if you suddenly became the Queen of Costa Rica. I’ve never experienced service like it. Never. …and will probably never again experience anything like it. I can’t imagine service will ever compare again. Absolutely superb each and every second of my entire stay.
The room – beautiful. The view – spectacular from any angle of the resort. Private jacuzzi – whaaat?! Yes. A private outdoor jacuzzi (and outdoor shower!) on the private patio of every villa. …and there’s only 5 villas on the property, so be prepared to feel not only like the Queen of Costa Rica but to also feel as if the entire resort is your own. The sunrises and sunsets from your private jacuzzi will have you in tears at just the thought of ever having to leave. Home? Where’s home?
The property is stunning. Pineapples and exotic flowers growing all around you. A yoga platform surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle. Schedule a massage on the platform! I did. Dreamlike. The pool, refreshing. The hot tub attached to the pool – you can sit in there all day with a book and a smile and that will be enough!
The food. Oh my. From my very first meal, I didn’t think the next could possibly be more amazing and, yet, every single one blew my mind. In fact, I asked to meet the chef, for I just had to tell him how incredible his food was and offer him a home in CT. Every taste distinctly arousing your taste buds. I am a vegetarian and my preferences were accommodated with perfection.
Yoga – how will I ever enjoy yoga again? I performed yoga at sunset on the platform with monkeys and sloths climbing trees before my eyes, by the fire pit at sunrise and on my personal patio at sunset. May you have the fortune of meeting Ella. She is SO much more than a yoga instructor. Ella is a beautiful soul to whom you will feel instantly connected. You will greatly look forward to every moment you get to practice with her. May Ella and I cross paths again someday. She is an inspiration. VC and the yogis she meets are so fortunate to benefit from her lovely presence!
Do not miss a tour of Esteban’s coffee plantation. What a treat! Despite being in paradise at VS, Esteban’s tour was a highlight of my trip! Esteban is a sweet soul as is his wife, passionate about the coffee they produce and about sharing their passion with you. Do not, do not, miss it.
I do not repeat vacation spots, but let me tell you, it will be difficult for me to stay away from VC. I’m typically an explorer, but this trip I knew was going to be different. I only left the resort a handful of times. There was no reason to, especially if you are looking to sit back, relax and decompress. VC is magical. It’s like no other vacation experience I’ve ever experienced. Every Costa Rican I met was a sweet soul with a story to tell and an ear to listen.
I became ill on my second day at the resort (the water is delicious but my body was not used to its microorganisms) and I mention this only because the service I received while being stuck in my room for the day and evening was incredible. Isaac brought me many bottles of water and offered to take me to see the local physician. July brought me broth with rice and, oh my goodness, even my “sick meal” was incredible! Best rice and broth I’ve ever eaten! Who ever raves about the food they ate while sick?! Isaac is always a text away and, when you do text, his response is at your fingertips within seconds, whether he is working at the resort or enjoying a day off!
I don’t know what else I can say to convince you……
It’s truly paradise. You WILL have a trip of a lifetime. You ABSOLUTELY WILL. There is no question. I suppose the only question is how long you’d like for it to last!
I still think of July, Isaac, Juan, Edgardo, Gusto, Esteban and the others, too, and wish I were relaxing by the pool with them again. The place is amazing, but it’s rare to find a hotel where the people are just as amazing. I miss them even more. They will leave footprints on your heart. To give you an idea of how incredible they are, I am planning to send them each a small token of my gratitude for not only how they treated me on a professional level but for their sweet friendship. They are all truly special.
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For all those that end up booking paradise, I am absolutely ecstatic for you.
I attended 7-day yoga retreat at Vista Celestial. This place is simply made for this. With only 5 villas, it caters to small groups of people who enjoy nature, peacefulness and of course yoga. The place is 10 -15 minutes from Uvita on the steep hill, in the remote area. The villas have 2 queen size beds : one in the middle of the room and one Murphy bed , both very comfortable. The giant front window of each villa overlooks the ocean and if you are an early bird , you can watch a sun rising . There are 2 yoga platforms: one in the jungle where we practiced in the morning, and one higher, next to the pool with an ocean view where we practiced in the evening at the sunset .
This place has wonderful staff. Everyone was going above and beyond to accommodate our needs, not only the dietary ones, and those were plenty. Isaac , the property manager was making sure we enjoyed our stay and arranged tours and vehicle rental for us. I highly recommend going for a bird watching tour with him in the local Uvita.
One important thing I have to mention, that this place is for fit people. The walk from the villas to the restaurant is quite steep (77 steps) and it is certainly a cardio workout for everyone and every time .