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“Gorgeous, intimate and absolute perfection!”
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Rancho Pacifico
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Uvita
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 February 2013

We were so privileged to hear about Rancho Pacifico as we were planning our June 2012 honeymoon. It was the intimate setting we were looking for that offered R&R, a bit of adventure, and pampering. Rancho Pacifico completely exceeded our expectation and I truly feel we had THE BEST honeymoon because of the entire staff at Rancho Pacifico.

We were at Rancho Pacifico for 7 nights and it was absolute perfection. We arrived late; I believe around 8-9PM, and were greeted by the manager, Alex, who welcomed us to the dining area to enjoy dinner. We had delicious, fresh pasta while enjoying the breathtaking view and outstanding service. Then Alex then told us our bags were in our one-bedroom suite and said no need to check in, they’ll take care of it tomorrow. He also informed us were were going to be upgraded in the morning to the two bedroom/two bath villa, which was spectacular. We felt so grateful, and still do, for that gesture. After dinner, despite it being dark, we knew we were in paradise.

The next morning we walked out to breakfast and were greeted by the lovely concierge, Adriana. She assisted us everyday with what we might want to do (zip lining, horseback riding, exploring, hike to the waterfall, driving to the beach, etc. which were all a blast!). She made the reservations and even drew maps and provided us with directions.

We spent our first two days at the pool and enjoyed the spa treatments. I cannot stress how friendly and welcoming the staff was. Several guests were gone during the day and we felt we had the whole place to ourselves. The service was top notch, the food was outstanding and I've ever eaten so well in my life. Alex helped us arrange deep sea fishing. It was a long day but looking back a pretty amazing experience. We only got one bite (but it was a big one) and I was able to sit at the front of the boat and watch the dolphins swim next to us which was pretty amazing. We also had a catered dinner in our villa which was pretty special. Our last night at Rancho Pacifico we moved to a one bedroom suite and I have to say, all three rooms/villas we stayed at were phenomenal. Of course, nothing beats the villa, but all the rooms were certainly beautiful with breathtaking views and unique in their own special way.

I want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to to entire staff, from the gentleman that guided us at night with a flashlight, to the bartenders and that kept those delicious made from scratch cocktails come, to the chefs and servers, to Alex and Adriana, who took such great care of us. THANK YOU and we can't wait to come back! We were so blown away and grateful that we had the opportunity to show our gratitude by tipping every single person. We tipped our bill 100% (essentially doubling our bill) and it was 100% worth it!

One tip - get directions to the airport. We had car service from the airport to Rancho Pacifico but rented a car on day 3 and drove that to the airport. I don't know what we were thinking by not asking for directions to the airport as we were lost once we got to San Jose. We ending up missing our flight and saying another night in Costa Rica... in a AmericInn, so not Rancho Pacifico.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

Rancho Pacifico is truly in a class of it's own. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left this whole experience exceeded our expectations. We have stayed at superb 5 star resorts before but I have to admit, Rancho Pacifico is without a doubt the best we have experienced to date. As they say..it's the little things that make a difference and that combined with the wonderful staff they have really does make this place flawless. If you stay at Rancho Pacifico, you have to treat yourself to a spa treatment and make sure you schedule it in the late afternoon when the light is beyond amazing and the Howler monkeys begin a symphony in the rainforest. It's incredibly private, peaceful, and well designed. Each different room/villa is unique and sighted to allow for unobstructed views of the ocean and rainforest.
I have never experienced a staff so professional and caring. Each person on the staff made the experience at Rancho Pacifico over the top from the moment we arrived. The food was such a highlight. Every meal was beyond perfect. This was my second visit to Costa Rica and on this stay, I only left Rancho Pacifico two times to go to the beach for a few hours. It is the first time I have ever enjoyed myself so much at a resort...that I really didn't leave. I also appreciate that the owners took the time to greet each and every guest and welcome them to Rancho Pacifico. We, like so many other visitors, will absolutely be returning to this special place year after year. WOW!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

We just returned after 5 nights at Rancho Pacifico and it was truly perfect in every way. We were celebrating my wife's 40th birthday in search of a place that provided both activity and relaxation. Rancho Pacifico delivered on both accounts.

Right off the bat you notice that Garrison, Silvia and the staff at RP treat you like long lost friends the minute you arrive. Adriana, Mel (not Gibson), Ronny, Vianney, Alex, Anna, etc. were fantastic. They took very good care of us. Everyone here does multiple tasks and are empowered by Garrison and Silvia to make decisions so your stay is perfect.

There is plenty of activity right near by. There are two nice hikes (one to a waterfall and one up through the clouds) that literally start right outside your door. They were moderately difficult, but not impossible. We went Ziplining at a place nearby that provided a small informative nature hike through a preserve and then the thrill of 9 ziplines. We also went horsebacking riding along the beach and enjoyed some lively entertainment in Dominical. This was also set up by Adriana after we arrived and we were delivered and picked up perfectly. You don't need to worry about it before you go.

As far as relaxation, there are two things that really add to the experience. First, the spa on property is incredible. First rate overlooking the deep expanse of the rainforest. Had light rain one day that only added to the effect. Recommend the signature, but the hot stone was fantastic as well. Second, the food and drinks were really second to none. We looked forward to seeing Mel and Vianney at the bar and then the works of art that Chef Alex created each night. Local foods and fresh ingredients. We met some very nice people during dinner and would share experiences from the day before. (Probably would not have gone horseback riding but for this).

It takes a little bit to get there, but you are up in the rain forest surrounded by toucans, howler monkeys, etc. It should take a little bit to get there if you want to unplug and get away. I really can't think of a bad thing to say about Rancho Pacifico. It was paradise. We will be back (and soon).

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Greg K
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Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful place to get away. The drive up is an experience but worth it. We rented a treehouse and loved the open plan. It was cool enough with the fans. If you want a great massage visit Marco. Dinner and breakfast were good. Drinks were beautiful but over priced.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

Coming all the way from Europe, I enjoyed the tranquillity of Rancho Pacifico. The views are out of this world, the accomodation is very comfortable and the staff is the most charming, relaxed, effective and smiling! In Europe we don't usually know the names of every staffmember,- here you do!
The food was always very nice and beautyfully arranged and served.
I have to mention, though, that you need a car to get anywhere, and if you are used to exercise you will find the gym a little boring (and running in the mountains very difficult!).
Afterall, no doubt: would love to come back bringing my husband!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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2  Thank Kirsten_Sonderby
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Additional Information about Rancho Pacifico

Address: 1 Rancho Pacifico Road, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Uvita
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Uvita
#1 Luxury Hotel in Uvita
#2 Romantic Hotel in Uvita
Price Range: $755 - $1,048 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rancho Pacifico 4.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rancho Pacifico - Costa Rica Luxury Resort. Come for the adventure. Come for the romance. Situated in a pristine tropical rainforest nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, with majestic views of the Pacific Ocean, Rancho Pacifico is Costa Rica’s finest adults-only luxury boutique resort. When time is your most valuable commodity, days spent in our luxury rainforest hotel are days very well invested. Let us pamper you in our award-winning spa. Enjoy our world-cuisine inspired dining. Allow our amazingly friendly and attentive staff to meet your every need. Hike to our waterfall amid the bounty of nature that surrounds us. Come for a vacation experience you will remember for a lifetime. ... more   less 
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