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Villa Buena Onda Adults Only Hotel Playas del Coco

Soaking up the Good Vibes at Villa Buena Onda
After a week exploring Costa Rica, I was off to Villa Buena Onda, located in the Guanacaste province. It proved the perfect spot to rest, relax and rejuvenate.

Guanacaste happens to be the fastest growing tourism province in the country, so I imagine that in the next couple of years, Villa Buena Onda will be in even more demand than it already is among guests. That said, there are only seven rooms in the property, so no matter how popular the area gets, this quiet resort will stay nestled among nature.

This resort surprised me in the best of ways. It's all inclusive and adults-only. Right there, I was hooked. Based on other all-inclusive resorts I've stayed at though, the food always underwhelmed. Luckily, there are no buffets here; instead, guests are offered three meals a day during set times, all ordered a-la-carte and complimentary. Non-alcoholic drinks during meals times are also free.

I had recently suffered from a mango allergy, so it was nice that the chef was so eager to alter any and all items to make sure that I'd be happy. The same thing goes for those who are gluten-free or have other dietary restrictions. I found the portions quite large, so I was never hungry in-between meals. Every night there's a special but besides that, all three menus—breakfast, lunch and dinner—offer at least ten options each.

There's also a special happy hour deal from 5-6 but since I wasn't drinking on this trip, I skipped this perk. Instead, I hydrated with water from my balcony, which suited me quite well.

Another benefit of staying here is that there are twice daily free shuttles to three different beaches. One of these beaches includes access to a fancy beach club where there's an infinity pool, food to order and lounge chairs. That said, I found the pool and lounge area at Villa Buena Onda lovely, so never ventured to the beach club.

As for my room, I was able to snag one of the four ocean-facing rooms on the second floor of the villa. There's a comfy hammock on each, made from fabrics typical of the region, along with chairs and a table to watch the sunset.

Since it's adults-only, you'll see lots of couples although not necessarily honeymooners. Even though traveling solo had its awkward moments, I found all the couples super friendly and the staff warm and welcoming. On the off chance you get bored, (I didn't!) there are books and couple decks of cards in the lobby.

On my first (and only) full day on property, I booked two tours, both of which were only a twenty-minute drive away. First up with an ATV ride through the local town, the countryside where horses and cows graze, lakes and even a waterfall. Then it was canopy time, where I conquered my fear of heights over 11 cables.

The vibe here is super chill and the staff is really accommodating. They gave me a late checkout on my last day and even packed me lunch-to-go. That, and they extended lunch for me when I returned late from my excursion. Good vibes, indeed!

Del Ancla 200 este y 700 sur, Provincia de Guanacaste, Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
+1 800-414-0159
Sun - Sat 7am - 10pm