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
- 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
Myself and my partner just finished a week at Vista Celestial, honestly the experience cannot easily be put into words. The attention to detail by the staff is nothing I have experienced before, little things like towels being sent to the room when they knew you had a beach visit planned, freshly cut pieces of Aloe Vera sent to the room for sun burn (😂), conscious efforts to show us the local wildlife around the resort when they were present (such as one audacious monkey during dinner one evening), and many more small acts of kindness.
As others have mentioned the resort is isolated up the mountain with a steep incline which must be reached by 4 x 4, but contrary to some reviews below, this is what makes the resort more special, its remoteness and tranquility. You cannot have the isolation the report enjoys and easy access, that is a conflict. We chose taxi transfers ourselves, both from the airport and to and from activities (you can expect to pay $50 return from each activity).
I would recommend arranging all excursions through the resort first before you arrive so you have a good plan to stick to when you arrive, because you do not want to miss out on any experiences. I would strongly recommend:
1. The horse back trail through the rainforest
2. The Corcovado National Park (note 1.5 hour boat transfer each way)
3. The coffee plantation (incredible experience where you get to pick and process your own coffee - real
Insight into life for locals)
4. Zip lining through the jungle canopy
5. Massages in the resort themselves. Incredibly good.
In short, this resort cannot be recommended enough, I have travelled quite a bit throughout the world and the staff professionalism, resort quality and rawness of this area is second to none.
Truly, what an amazing place. The other reviews of "True Bliss" and "off the charts" are both dead on. Excellent for couples, especially if you're after quiet and relaxing. Not good for kids really. And if you can't live without a TV for a few days, it's not for you. Great rooms, amazing views, birds everywhere, fantastic food. The staff is truly fantastic. They all do an excellent job; perhaps the best service I've ever encountered, and we travel a great deal.
We moved on to the Marco Antonio area after Vista, and our next hotel was a big let down. All we wanted to do was go back to Vista C...
You do need a 4 wheel drive to get up the road to the hotel.
We'll be back as soon as we can.
Vista Celestial was off the charts fantastic! From planning the trip, to our actual stay, everything was handled with professionalism and kindness. The location offers a taste of everything, with amazing ocean views tucked away in a secluded part of the mountains. Cool hiking, waterfalls, and other adventures located on site and nearby. The villas were outstanding, and the bar/restaurant setup was perfect. The real gem of this location is the staff. They make the difference in making you feel special, not just another customer. Isaac, Edgar, Mike, Juan, Fabi and the team were a blast to be around. They went above and beyond to make sure our stay was everything we could have wanted. Extremely thoughtful, respectful, and fun. We plan on returning one day, and will absolutely be coming back to Vista Celestial. Pura Vida! Tuanis!
This beautiful villa is 4 miles up the mountain in Uvita, Costa Rica.
The views were breathtaking! It was so quiet and comfortable.
I woke up to the beautiful melodies of birds, crickets and other animals. The villa has a full glass front, which gives the full view of the scene of the lush forest around. The ocean stretched as far as my eyes could see. That feeling was magical!!
The staffs were so friendly and foods were fresh. The villa we stayed in was spacious and clean. Also there was a private hot tub where you can just chill and take in the beautiful surrounding.
A beautiful place for a treat!!
There isn't much more I can say that what hasn't been said below. It is one of the most memorable places we have ever been and we have traveled a lot. They helped us celebrate our 15yr wedding anniversary with champagne and a dinner we won't forget. They made us feel like the most special people in the world the whole time we were there. We had the place to ourselves! I loved talking to each of you and learning about your culture and families. Isaac, Juan, Michael, Ricardo, all of you-THANK YOU.
Ginger martinis, Tico sours, the food-Oh my!