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Review of Horizon Ocean View Hotel and Yoga Center

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Horizon Ocean View Hotel and Yoga Center
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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Vienna, Austria
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“Best of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

It's hard to write a review for horizon without making you think I get paid for it but it is simply the best hotel in a surfing location that I've ever been to. Yoav and his wife are brilliant hosts and great cooks and the rooms are well thought out and simply wonderful. They even installed a blind on the porch so you don't get hit directly by the sunlight while sleeping in your hammock.
Simply awesome. I'll be back as soon as I can.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

We stayed at the Horizon for 7 nights in mid-February. The accommodations were simply perfect. The room was comfortable with both a fan and an air conditioner. The kitchenette was sufficient for putting together some simple meals like eggs, toast and coffee in the morning. And the deck, overlooking the ocean, was a perfect spot for enjoying our breakfast and coffee or for escaping the strong afternoon sun to read a book. We stayed in a one bedroom cabin (essentially a small studio), which suited our needs (two of us, a couple) well.

The Horizon is up the hill from the main road. It takes no more than 5 minutes to walk down to the ocean. Walking up the hill is a workout, but only a 2 minute one. And we appreciated being off the main road. Also, we surfed nearly everyday, and the the surf shop where we rented boards (Nalu) was happy to let us store them there, so we never had to carry our boards up hill.

The yoga and pilates classes are very enjoyable. The organic cafe puts out great food. The wifi signal was a little weak in our cabin (#2), but we viewed that as a positive thing. It's more than sufficient for checking your email or looking something up. Finally, the owners Yoav and Gali are kind souls looking to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

We had such a great all around experience at Horizon. We stayed in a one bedroom villa which was very clean and comfortable. It has 2 floors and 2 decks, the top floor had a hammock and the bottom floor had a hanging single bed on the deck. Having 2 floors is great if your partner wants to sleep in while you sneak out quietly for an early morning surf session. It is up on a hill so until the sun shines in at about 3pm the cool ocean breeze makes the room very comfortable. The food and service is great, all cooked with fresh ingredients. I had a watermelon and peppermint smoothie every day I was there! Although I did not do any yoga, my girlfriend said it was great. We did get 2 couples massages and the quality was very good and the price is also good. It takes about 10 minutes to walk down the hill, across the main road and down the path to the beach. There are also many great restaurants, grocery stores and surf shops close by. When we come back we will definitely stay at Horizon again for part of the trip, and probably try to stay at one of the highly rated hotels with bungalows on the beach for the other part. I have to stress the quality of food and drinks here is amazing for breakfast and lunch, they do not serve dinner. There is also a very nice guard who walks the property in the afternoons and at night.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Columbia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

After discovering the treasures of the main land in Costa Rica, Erin and me
could not hope for a better place to relax and enjoy paradise for the fullest than The Horizon! Gali and Yoav put their hearts in every aspect of the hospitality – The room was
meticulously prepped and the view...ocean view from your hammock; every dish like
snapped out of a gourmet magazine; the Yoga class was beyond the expectations that we did it again the next day! ; the divine shakes ; any stupid question we had regarding travel info and alike was treated promptly.
We wish to visit Costa Rica and the Horizon again! Pura Vida!
–Erin and Tzuriel

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

We use to travel a lot in the world and this was one of the most beautiful and special vacation we have ever had!!
Every morning we went to practice yoga or pilates in the magical yog deck with full ocean view. The classes were unbelievable and the teachers were so professional.
The rooms are clean and fully equiped (kitchen in the room that made our time more confortable and we could cook our own meals), very good food in the tea house and the view from the room is breath holding.
i can recommend without thinking twice to all of you travelers to enjoy this hotel as much as we did !!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

After reading the reviews to horizon yoga hotel, we knew we are going to enjoy our vacation... But in the end, it was better experience than we expected!!
Great service, great food in the tea house with very reasonable cost, the best yoga sessions ever and amazing Eco hotel in the middle of nature.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

The amazing energy at Horizon is, without a doubt, created by the owners Yoav & Gali. Gracious and wonderful hosts who made me feel like I was family...they truly took the time to understand what I wanted from my time there and did all that they could to help create that experience. Not only do they manifest an incredible atmosphere, you can see their attention to detail in many ways. The accommodations are cozy, zen-like, and kept extremely clean. The food--oh my-- Heavenly! Yoav creates delicious energy shakes and meals, using fresh ingredients and delicious combinations. I came home completely motivated to re-create his recipes as best that I could. In addition to the accommodations and food, the yoga was inspirational. The view from the yoga space was beautiful and peaceful. There were a few different instructors--all spectacular in their own ways. Yoav is also an amazing Yogi and leads classes as well. It meant so much to me that he took extra time to help me accomplish a long time yoga goal of mine. Other pieces of my trip came together effortlessly as well... my surfing lessons, massage, transportation, dinners... everything is organized by Yoav and Gali, and I couldn't have been happier! Great location...easy and short walk to the beach and restaurants... very friendly and professional staff. Staying at Horizon was a true pleasure for me. I chose this place as a yoga and surfing get away, and I came home feeling refreshed, peaceful, and like I had accomplished personal goals, at the same time. Horizon, and the beautiful positive energy running through it, is clearly the result of a vision from the hearts of the owners. A true sanctuary for the soul!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Horizon Ocean View Hotel and Yoga Center
Address: Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Horizon ocean view hotel and yoga center. Our cabins and villas are fully equipped luxury units. Located on a hill side just above the center of town, only 5 minutes walk from the white sands of the amazing Santa Teresa beach, with its famous surfing points. We have three different pools dipping in wild tropical gardens, tea house & fresh vegetarian kitchen. The panoramic ocean view yoga deck is located at the highest point of the hotel. We parctice yoga daily as well as Pilates, and offer various types of massage treatments. ... more   less 
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