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Reviewed March 3, 2012

We went to Villa Sol on Feb 9th-13th & had the trip of a lifetime. Thank you to all our buddies~! If you're looking for a great place, this is the one! You don't have to worry about a thing, they have it all. You can either relax or be on the go... whatever you like.

RESORT: The whole resort is on a huge hill with lots of grounds to stroll & enjoy. The rolling hills & walkways set the scene as you walk to any of 3 pools & different areas. There is a shuttle bus to take you all around the resort or down the steep hill to the beach. I walked most of the time without problems. It’s very safe & you can go anywhere you want.

There are 3 pools: 1 where all the action is, 1 off-set for privacy & the other near the dining hall. All 3 are lovely. The main pool has a DJ & light food all day, & of course, drinks. They have activities like salsa dancing, water aerobics, etc. That was a LOT of fun. You really get rid of your worries when you’re out there dancing with others.

SERVICE: The hotel is lovely. The scenery is breath-taking. The service, phenomenal! You are assigned a steward to answer questions, get you set up, plan your trips, everything! Special thanks to Gilbert & Lidga. They helped us pick a few excursions & when we couldn’t get the one we wanted (we didn’t have enough people), they helped arrange alternative outings.

ROOM: The room is cozy & most have great views. There is coffee & water in each room. They are clean as a whistle & the showers are very nice. TV is in English or Spanish, but who stays in the room, right!

FOOD: The food… oh… the food… we LOVED it! Each day was a theme & such a variety to choose from. It wasn’t just average food… it was scrumptious! We savored EVERY bite. Special thanks to Jose & Miguel for their excellent service & putting us in the outside table each night. The dining hall is the hit! The views are spectacular & really set the mood for dining. You are way up on the hilltop, overlooking the resort’s rolling hills & the blue Pacific Ocean in the background. The birds fly nearby & make great pictures.

OCEAN: The Pacific Ocean is at the bottom of the hill & in walking distance. Take the shuttle back up if you don’t want the climb. The water is warm & you can ride the waves. It is a public beach, as there are no private beaches in Costa Rica… that’s so cool, huh! Each night, many folks went to watch the sun set… quite breath-taking. Then, we walked along the pathway to see the little cafes, restaurants, & houses along the beach. We were out passed dark & had no worries at all. VERY SAFE. These houses are awesome & you can see that folks are trusting.

EXCURSIONS: We wanted to go to the Rain Forest but you need 8 people to go & it’s an all-day trip. But there are so many other things to do, too. The sun-set cruise was the best. We had 4 couples on a sail boat go out in the sunlight (early evening) & stay out till dark. It takes you all around the water area for several hours & has light sandwiches & drinks. We met some great travelers & being a small group, could converse well.

We took a private ride (just 2 couples) to play at 3 beaches. The driver was ours for the day & the price wasn’t expensive. I highly recommend this. He takes you to 3 different beaches with totally different terrains & settings. You stay for a while, swim, relax & then on to the next beach. In between, we ate at a restaurant right on the beach! Then, lastly to the beach where the surfers go. What a great day!

SHOPPING: There’s a great shop on the Resort & quite reasonable. There’s another just above the Ocean at the bottom of the hill... also very nice. But if you take a shuttle to town, you will get all your shopping in. It’s a half day’s trip & a lot of walking. Most stores have the same stuff & vendors on the streets are the same price as the stuff in the stores. You can eat at several restaurants there, so enjoy the local food. There is a Super Compo grocery store on the side street. Go there to stock up on cheaper food items, too.

LANGUAGE: Spanish is the main language but almost all the resort folks speech English. There is a huge Canadian presence there, so it brings a lot of English-speaking folks. In town, you may only find Spanish but they certainly try to understand. The store owners speak English.

MONEY: Their money is called “Calones” but they accept American money, too. You will get change in Calones though.

TIPPING: They welcome tipping but it’s not required. I always tip right away, especially in the dining hall. Just a little is so appreciated. It showed in many ways in return. These folks are most humble & kind. They deserve any tip you can give them & they are gracious in return. They work so hard to make it nice for us all.

TEMP: It was 90 degrees most days, sunny every day & no rain. It went down to about 75-78 at night. The Pacific side is dryer & less rain. Peak of rainy season is SEPTEMBER, so don’t go then! While the Atlantic side is said to be greener with rain, we were happy to have the Pacific side & no rain. Remember your sun screen.

TIME: one hour behind EST.

TRAVEL: When you get there, take the shuttle to the Resort… best way to go. It’s about an hour’s drive. When you leave BUY FOOD OR TAKE FOOD WITH YOU. You will be stuck at the airport for several hours & there is only ONE restaurant to eat & it’s terribly expensive. (Salad cost me $17.) So, bring a sandwich of your own, you can bring it in, but can’t bring water, of course.

We travel often & have been in many countries around the world. This was, by far, one of our greatest vacations & mainly due to this particular Resort, its people, the setting, food, & amenities. Costa Rica is blessed to have such lovely people to show off their country. We’ll be back! Muchas gracias!

Helene & Frank

Room Tip: Stay in the hotel... it has everything right there.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank HeleneQ
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

My boyfriend and I travelled to Villa sol on February 13-20 2012 it was a awesome week.The hotel is a pretty hotel the view of the ocean is amazing but make sure u get on the 3 floor it's the best.The hotel is very clean and the maid does a great job they like u to leave a tip such as 2 bucks and they like hair clips also to leave on a pillow I brought.The down fall is there isn't any drinks stocked in your room they say it's Sunquest mistake not theirs.Also for such a nice resort there is no night life or nightly snacks but u can go to the store down by the spa and get some drinks open daily till 7 at night. I am not pleased about Swiss travel tours they are rip offs and tell a lot of lies they told us the Palo Verde Boat tour we would see monkeys that they would come out of the forest and to the boat but meanwhile we saw no monkeys come to the boat and we payed a extra 40 for shopping included for a more full day of shopping but got rushed from our shopping only got 20 minutes in Liberia and the tour guide was rude and told a couple they couldn't run and get a ice cream we even ended up leaving some stuff behind and Morris is the biggest lier of them all from Swiss travel tours.Volcano tour was ok it was nice to see the beauty of the tropical trees and Rainforest amazing on the boat to go look at the volcano but u can't see the Volcano right up close and the meal that they serve u is gross and hardly anything on your plate my was raw the beef loin and one baby potato lol and a few veggies I had .The hot springs are pretty but such a rush and hard to relaxed were told after that there are other hot springs u can get a drive to for only 25 dollars a day and drink there.There is no nightlife at the resort it's sad because it's such nice resort I guess there is no snacks everyone goes to bed but they need to do something to get people to dance at less a bit at night but the day lots to do .I love the balcony in the morning in the dining looking out seeing the ocean and waking up to howling monkeys though.The gift shop is pricey in the resort but go down to the one down by the from gate cheap for snacks etc.Sunblock is like 25 dollars a bottle at the gift shops but the beach has a gift shop and it's like what we pay in Canada or the U.S.The friendliest guys there were Adrian and Alex at the swim up bar they are so kind and great whatever u are having they have one made one step ahead of u when your not looking a drink in front of u .Alex makes the pizza great pizza too and Adrian makes the best tropical drinks I tipped them the most and the guy on in the night is also to .We were told from a mother and daughter that monkeys and baby ones do come to the boat the Swiss travel tours don't want to take the time and they told us they got to see lots because they went and booked tours from AVISPA'S Adventures so google at www.Avispasadventures.com u will get to see and do more of what u would want to do for your money .I know when I go back I will be not going with Swiss Travel anymore for my tours. also bring big cup to drink out of .We got a taxi to Coco beach for 15 each way but others got one for 10 each way so bargain their is a great bars called Coconuts there and a beer is only a buck forty happy hour.

Room Tip: 3 floor in the resort hotel do not let them put u in a villa.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank redspice_10
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

We visit Costa Rica yearly. We have stayed here twice, at different villas. The location is nice, with good views but a steep walk to the public beach (which is not the best but is good for kids). The shuttles run frequently if you don't feel like hiking.
It is now "all inclusive", and it's not expensive ($45 or so daily per adult, liquour included). However, you get what you pay for. The food is mediocre, with bad interpretations of Mexican and Italian. The Costa Rican night is good and pretty authentic. The liquor is bottom shelf but Costa Rican beer is good.
Overall, it's a nice place if you have kids. If you're adventurous and drive to the area there are better choices that are not all inclusive and will allow you to explore different beaches.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank LosAngelesRC
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

My boyfriend and I vacationed at Villa Sol February 18-26 and had an amazing time. Some of the reviews had me a bit worried, but it far exceeded my expectations.

The rooms are pretty standard hotel rooms (we weren’t in a villa), but we were hardly in it. They were clean, beds were comfortable, and there was plenty of hot water. We always had food options at the buffet, though I hear the buffet is smaller than most all inclusive resorts. Every night there was a different “theme” for dinner and there was incredible fresh fruit at all meals, which I loved. The open air dining room and beautiful views added to the overall experience.

In my opinion, the things that made our stay the most memorable were the views and service. You cannot put a price on the sunsets. The resort overlooks the ocean and the views are out of this world. The staff throughout the property are simply amazing. Everyone is attentive, friendly, and always greets you with a smile on their face. They all truly made our vacation an enjoyable experience (special thanks to Marco, Alex, Laura, Jose, and Adriene).

And don’t worry about the hilly layout of the resort. There five are shuttles that circle the property and we never waited more than a few minutes for one to arrive. We usually walked down to the beach and took the shuttle instead of making the hike back up.

Swiss travel is on-site to book excursions, so you don't have to plan anything before you travel to Costa Rica. I’d also recommend taking a trip over to Coco; there is more of a night life on the weekends and lots of small shops and restaurants/bars in that area (about 10 minutes by taxi).

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the third floor to make sure you get the best view.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Stacey H
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed at Villas Sol Feb. 20-27 2012.This is an amazing place.The service here is great,they go out of they're way to please you.The views here from anywhere on the resort are spectacular.The food and selection were good.The restaurant was never crowded and the service was always excellent.The pools always had chairs available.The whole resort was kept very clean.The daytime activities were very entertaining,the girl running the bingo was awesome.There are a lot of daily activities for adults and kids,but not much for evening entertainment.
The beach sand is dark but comfortable for walking on.The waves can be a dangerous at times.
Most of the staff speak very good english.
The rooms were kept clean.They do things a bit different from other resorts,if you hang up your towels they won't be replace them,they have to be left on the floor.If you want your bedding changed you have to place a card on the bed.The room comes with a mini fridge,which you can use,but they don't stock it.The room safe is free.There is a coffee maker in the room ,but they don't always leave coffee packets.
The resort is on a hill with lots of up and downhills,we like to go for long walks on the beach and on the hilly resort,when we got tired there was always a shuttle a few minutes away to pick us up.
We found the excursions somewhat expensive-most around $100 per person.
All the staff here are extremly friendly and helpfuI, however,I do agree with another reviewer that Chuck from the timeshare meeting is rude ,he is the only deceitful ,unfriendly person that we came across.
We had Lydjah as our rep,she was fantastic.She helped us with anything we needed.
We did the timeshare presentation,it took about 3 hours.In exchange we got the sailboat sunset tour and some discounts for other services.On the day we were to sail they informed us that something on the boat broke,in exchange for the tour we were given 2 massages and a cab ride to Coco and back.
If you have 3 hours to kill and you're good at saying no,you can get some freebies.I wouldn,t recommend buying the timeshare(not a good deal in my opinion)
Liberia airport charges $28 per person exit tax.The food at the airport is expensive $13 for a burger,$8 for a bottle of water.
Overall this has been our best vacation,best service,friendliest people.Everyone we talked to were very happy here,all except for one old hag who mumbled something about having a master on duty at all times(whatever that means)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank ruff99
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