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
We spent two nights in the hotel (two adults and 2 children of 14 and 16). The villas provide an exceptional view and great comfort. The personnel provides outstanding service and is willing to do the little bit of extra that makes a real difference.
We stayed 5 nights at Vista Celestial and loved every minute of it! The view over the ocean, the birds in the garden, the size of the rooms, all perfect. And the service is impeccable - as there are only 5 rooms it feels like you have your own private staff. The food is just amazing (at a decent price). The 5 houses are below the main building/swimming pool and it’s a quite a few stairs to take to the restaurant, but we could use some calorie burning! And if need be, it’s possible to drive up to the main building.
There can be no more perfect place for a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga retreat with friends! The energy is Pura Vita, the people are so genuinely warm and caring, the food is phenomenal and the views are breathtaking! We love the hiking trails for enjoying the great variety of plants and birds. We saw coati and holler monkeys almost daily. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable. The yoga platform places you among the tree tops from below. We love the pool and the public hot tub as well as the private hot tub outside our room.