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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Secluded Costa Rican retreat with a swim-up bar, an organic restaurant and just five villas, all with private hot/cold infinity pools and ocean views

The Lowdown

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

Vista Celestial
2km noreste de Catarata de Uvita
Uvita, 60504 Costa Rica

Reviews

Stunning Private Jungle Oasis
Sarah_Schlecht

If you are looking for the perfect quiet getaway with exceptional customer service you will find it here at Vista Celestial. The views were spectacular & unmatched, the food was top quality & the staff was always there to serve.

Whales Tail equals Whale of a Time
Kris J

I scheduled this trip for the rainy season about 9 months ago thinking it would be less insane and it was. The rain never really came. The Sangria was flowing. The staff was the best I have ever experienced. The town offers a lot to do in a short time when it comes to site seeing excursions and such.

The views from this location is unlike anything I could imagine. Long drive out there but the taxi drivers that the hotel partnered with are 10 star. I left my hat in there and they washed and returned it! Miss this paradise already and would definitely recommend for any avid travler.

Best Place for a Yoga Retreat!
hippie_chick17

I’m a yoga teacher and this is my 3rd year staying at Vista Celestial while hosting a yoga retreat, and I am already planning a trip next year! The views are amazing and the staff is incredible. The staff prides themselves on making sure you are happy!

If you want to do an excursion but aren’t sure what to do, ask Issac, he always has fabulous ideas. Edgardo, Juan, Gustavo and Ronaldo will make sure you have everything that you need (and they all make tasty cocktails). Fabian and Alberto are amazing chefs and will cater to whatever your dietary needs are.

I can’t emphasize enough how much the staff looks out for you. For example, one of my students wanted to see a sloth. Edgardo spent everyday with his binoculars out looking for one. On one of our last days, he spotted one and found my student to show her! Another day, a few of us wanted to go on a hike and we didn’t feel comfortable going by ourselves, so Gustavo stepped in and took us on a great hike in the jungle. One day, an excursion got cancelled due to weather, and Issac instantly came up with a fabulous alternative plan that everyone was happy with. (Ps, Issac is also an amazing Bird Watcher and can identify just about anything). One last story! We wanted to have a beach picnic one day. So Juan and Ronaldo pitched in and took us, they stayed with us so they could watch our belongings while we swam and walked the beach. I could go on and on with story after story.

Visit for the views, stay and relax because of the staff. Either way, it’s my favorite trip every year.