Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property has received Costa Rican CST Certification for Green Business, sponsors local environmental-awareness events, and incorporates an energy saving program for guests and staff.
Dinner overlooking the ocean during a vibrant Costa Rican sunset. Precious time spent with someone special in your life. These moments and more are waiting for you at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The all-inclusive hotel is nestled on a cliff above gorgeous Hermosa Beach, where olive-green forests ring the sparkling Pacific shore. A shuttle takes you to the beach, where you'll enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica.
The hotel features two restaurants, two pools, a swim-up bar, Jacuzzi, and a variety of watersports. Join family or friends for drinks at one of the many snack bars this tropical haven has to offer, or experience a crimson sunset at dinner.
Let go at Paradise Spa and indulge in a soothing massage or special body treatment. Your physical therapist will provide you with the finest and most relaxing services available (fee), including aromatherapy, facial cleansing, and algae mud wraps.
Sip on a handcrafted piña colada at the pool. Enjoy great company, excellent music, and a refreshing ocean breeze. Dine at two restaurants and enjoy a selection of snacks, seasonal fruits, and delightful cocktails at the snack bar. Beautiful gardens and palms surround a lovely outdoor seating area, and views of the Gulf of Papagayo will stay with you long after you've returned home.
Along with high-efficiency LED lights and programs that reduce energy consumption, the resort also recycles and composts 90% of its generated recyclable waste. Guests also have the option of reusing towels and sheets in order to conserve water and energy.
Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort is located in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste; in the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica Central America.
CENTRO COMERCIAL COLON, 350 MTS
Toll Free Phone:
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2
There is a small, square, cliffside pool with a peninsula jutting out, in addition toa larger pool and a children's pool (35 of the villas come with their own private pools).
Melia Playa Conchal - 40 minutes
The Playa Conchal is an 18 hole, Par 72 course with 7,030 yards designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: $
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Court Fee: Complimentary
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Additional Charge
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Set along a cliff overlooking Hermosa Beach, each room features a private balcony with wonderful views of the famous Guanacaste Sunsets. The 54 deluxe rooms offer perfect views of the Pacific, while the 110 modern villas look out upon Playa Hermosa.
Ideal for families, Sol Playa Hermosa features a natural hillside setting. The all Inclusive program includes 3 meals a day and drinks from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., taxes, a disco, non-motorized watersports, and a gym.
Beach: The resort overlooks a breathtakingly beautiful, unspoiled stretch of Playa Hermosa. The beach is long and the water calm, guests are transported to the beach area by shuttle bus down a winding road.
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Total Rooms: 164
Year Opened: 1974
This property is not recommended for the handicapped. The mini-bar in rooms are available for a fee.
ONE BEDROOM VILLA
Built in a typical Spanish style, these villas feature a large terrace with ocean views for guests to enjoy the gentle breezes of Papagayo Gulf. Includes one double bed, a private bathroom, and a minibar.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
STUDIO SUPER SAVER AI
Studio room features two queen beds or one queen bed, and a sofa bed. Room also features a full bathroom with a shower, and a private balcony with garden or mountain views.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
VILLAS SOL DELUXE ROOM OV AI
Rooms are built in a typical Spanish style, and offer a large terrace with ocean views. Include two double beds, a private bathroom, and a minibar.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
TWO BEDROOM VILLA
These villas are built in a typical Spanish style and feature a large terrace with ocean views for guests to enjoy the gentle breezes of Papagayo Gulf. Includes two double beds, a private bathroom, and a minibar.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
THREE BEDROOM VILLA - 6 PEOPLE
These villas are built in a typical Spanish style, and feature a large terrace with ocean views for guests to enjoy the gentle breezes of Papagayo Gulf. Includes three double beds, a private bathroom, and a minibar.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
There are 2 Restaurants at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort:
Heliconia Restaurant -
A ll carte restaurant featuring Costa Rican cuisine. Open from 6:30pm to 10:00pm.
La Bahia Restaurant and Bar -
International specialty restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Land Sports, Water Sports, Aquaerobics.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Daily children's program
Applicable Ages: 4-12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary
Took 3 1/2 hours to get our room. And it was dirty. Dead bugs on the floor, brown stains on the comforter (don't even want to know) futon/sofa very filthy. Nice view that's about it. We were so tired after we got to our room we tried for room service. They told us the were not offering it on that particular night. We went to bed hungry as we could not get A shuttle they all were full. I went to the pool next morning 9:30 am they were out of towels and every chair was a full or people came down early to "save" it. There were SO many people in the pool, no one could swim. Really, they all were just standing in it. Tried to get a shuttle (this property is huge and very steep hills) for lunch 45 minutes later standing in 90 plus degree heat 3 shuttles passed (full). We lasted less then 24 hours. I never write bad reviews no vaca is ever flawless but this place is a fraud. Do not ever ever stay here.
The air conditioning in the room did not serve and their service customer was really bad. It was difficult to sleep with so hot and we had to leave the hotel ahead of time. My family and I had a bad experience
TravelBugF, Menlo Park, California
Wed Sep 16 18:30:47 EDT 2015
We got a huge one bed room unit with kitchen & a nice view! This resort has shuttles pick up- drop off all day long. If you don't want to hike up to your villa or down to the beach. They has a nice set up for fresh-water rinse by the beach. There's a long black sand beach for you to enjoy ar the bottom of the property. You may get approach by some locals trying to sell you maasage, boat ride, fishing trip but they were not aggressive at all.
The resort has 2 pools. One staff call them activity pool & relax pool. Activity pool offers dance lesson, karaoke, morning excercise. Front desk had the schedule printed out for use when we checked in. The staffs were very helpful. We bought a day tour to Nicaragua (17hrs) & the tour didn't have time to stop for food & the hotel staffs were able to set aside some sandwiches with fruits for us as we didn't get back till after 10:45pm. Thank you for saving us that night. Most bartenders there were very quick at filling up your drinks. Our most favorite was "Magic Mike"! I hope I've covered most of the important things that some other reviews didn't mentions.
marinMD2015, Calgary, Canada
Wed Sep 16 02:34:01 EDT 2015
I really enjoyed my stay at this beautiful beach resort . I read a lot of negative reviews, and I am telling you guys, don't believe anyone . people just like to complain all the time :) , the location, landscape is amazing, yes it's on the hill but a little bit of walk won't hurt anyone, the food was good, everyday different , the air conditioning was working excellent, entertainment variable, customer services ,excellent. My safe was't working and they replaced it with a new one , the phone wasn't working as well and they brought a brand new one winch didn't work anyway , I guess it was something wrong with the line, but I stopped bothering them as I didn't really need the phone . Yes it would be an asset if they had wi-fi in rooms and villas , but you can get some free wi-fi in the dining room and on the beach , so that wasn't a big issue .
Costa Rica Adventure - Villa Sol Resort - Part I
Howell_NJSummer1, Howell, New Jersey
Fri Sep 04 16:35:19 EDT 2015
We were a family of 5 adults vacationing for 2 weeks through an RCI timeshare exchange. Villa Sol was very accommodating. They changed our check-in/check-out date from Saturday to Sunday to help us out with a problem we were having with making our airline reservations. Transportation from the airport to the resort was included. We had a 2-bedroom (sleep 6) unit which was on 2 floors - 1st floor consisted of kitchen, dining/living room w/futon & patio; 2nd floor consisted of bedrooms, bathroom & large terrace w/table & chairs for outside dining. A nice place to enjoy the early morning and evening sunset. Air conditioning in unit worked very well. Front desk staff was very pleasant and helpful.
Being on an exchange, we were given the choice if we wished to purchase the all-inclusive option. We decided to purchase a special they were offering - 4 days for the price of 3 with an additional dinner included at their specialty restaurant - Heliconias. All other meals were buffet style. The cost was $60 per person per day. We were able to use the days whenever we wanted over the 2 week period. We just had to let the front desk know in the morning of the day we wished to. The buffet restaurant is very nice and elegant with a beautiful view. Breakfast was fine - omelet station, fruit, etc. Lunch & dinner - rice & beans, fish, chicken or beef, salad, It was okay for how we did it, but if we had to eat there everyday of our vacation, we would have been disappointed. Especially since, there are very good restaurants within walking distance on the beach. Reservations for Heliconias had to be made the morning of in the buffet. They only take a limited number of reservations for each evening and were only open on certain nights while we were there. Get there early to make a reservation - it was worth it. We were actually only 1 of 2 tables dining at the time we were there. Presentation and food were very good and our server was excellent.
There were two pools on the resort. One closer to the villas with wet bar and Jacuzzi, ping pong and entertainment center. The other was by the hotel and buffet restaurant. We preferred this pool over the swim-up pool. It was quieter and had a fantastic view of the water and a perfect spot to enjoy beautiful sunsets. The two bars were located at the pools. Both were supposed to open at 10 a.m., but some days the bar by the buffet didn't open until almost noon. Also, they had a menu of specialty cocktails of the resort, but the majority of them were not available to be made because they didn't have the ingredients. The Wet Bar was opened until 12:30 a.m., but we found it not very appealing the night we stopped by. The other bar was only opened until 10 p.m. There was no entertainment other than DJ music at the Wet Bar. It would have been nice if the other bar stayed open later also and live music would have been a nice addition.
It is a walk or shuttle ride down to the beach. The beach is nice for swimming and snorkeling, but the resort's facilities are lacking. There are two rows of lounge chairs that are chained together and can not be moved. There is a small shack which was manned infrequently by an employee providing water and soft drinks. I think if the resort invested into making this area a little more inviting, it would add immensely to the vacation experience of a true beach resort. If you are on the all-inclusive plan, you should be able to get a drink on the beach in a nice setting.
We enjoyed our stay at Villa Sol, though as I said previously we wouldn't have wanted to have to do the all-inclusive for the whole stay. I'll continue with our excursions in Part II. Hope this is helpful. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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