We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Nearby Hotels
Villas Rio Mar(Dominical)(Great Value!)
USD 104
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
MAVI Surf Hotel de Dominical(Dominical)(Great Value!)
USD 147
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Hotel Cuna del Angel(Dominical)(Great Value!)
USD 140
USD 122
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Hotel Diuwak(Dominical)
USD 81
USD 73
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Hacienda Baru Lodge(Dominical)(Great Value!)
USD 98
Booking.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
USD 57
Booking.com
View Deal
USD 11
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Cool Vibes Beach Hostel(Dominical)(Great Value!)
USD 40
Booking.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Beachfront
Hostal Antorchas(Dominical)
USD 41
Booking.com
View Deal
USD 62
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Reviews (79)
Filter reviews
79 results
Traveller rating
71
8
0
0
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
71
8
0
0
0
See what travellers are saying:
Filter
Updating list...
29 - 34 of 79 reviews
Reviewed 20 November 2012

Staying at the Bella Vista Lodge is a unique experience. It's probably a love it or hate it kinda place. We loved it. It's very rustic and very informal. For instance, if you're still hungry after breakfast or dinner and there's food left, Bert, the owner, will tell you to go ahead into the kitchen and help yourself. We spent our mornings and evenings sitting on the porch of the lodge enjoying the company of other guests while waiting for Bert and Max to bring the food out. Don't expect a rigid timetable here. Everything is very mellow. If you're in a hurry, they will gladly speed things up to get you your meal in time, just let Bert know ahead of time. Otherwise, enjoy the incredible view, the breeze, the fireflys and conversation with interesting people from all over the world. We really lucked out. One of the guests played beautiful Spanish guitar that sometimes was the focal point and sometimes background music, but alway a treat.
I recommend having breakfast and dinner at the lodge. You get great food at a great price. Though, to be honest, I'm not sure how much each meal cost. I do know that for four nights stay, plus breakfasts for two each morning and dinner for two each night plus a few beers, the total cost was more than reasonable, a great value.
Just a side note on getting there. Bert's direction take you through a wide stream. I mean through, not over. If you want to avoid that you can go down the main road a bit further, over the bridge and turn left (I'm assuming here that you are driving south) at the little bus stop shelter just before the road with the Pacific Edge sign. It's a hairpin left that will take you down a street with some houses and other buildings. Then you go left over a small bridge and turn right a few meters later. If you look left there, you'll see the spot where you would ford the river. You'll still have two other streams to go through further up the mountain near the lodge. But those are just little things.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
1  Thank mrspeabody
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 September 2012

We stayed here last weekend and didn't want to leave! The place is a rustic lodge with huge wrap around porches and a million dollar view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Bert the owner is a wonderful host. He was hospitable, kind and very accommodating. We wanted to swim in a waterfall. He gave us instructions for one nearby his place and it was amazing! You will need 4X4 to get to his lodge and it is a true fun jungle trek! It Just adds fun to the adventure of being in Costa Rica. We can't wait to return Bert!

Room Tip: For more privacy ask Bert about the cabin below the lodge.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank mikeyndiana
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 July 2012

I was lucky to spend two of my best nights in Costa Rica at Bella Vista! The place has a breathtaking view of Dominical, surrounded by beautiful nature, animals, and of course the beach. Very welcoming lodges, cozy, and the owner Bert gives it the perfect final touch! He is very friendly, attencious, and the food he cooks at night is DELICIOUS. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Bert is very helpful and friendly, talk to him and he will take good care of you! all rooms have a great view
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Adeline P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 July 2012

Spent 4 nights at the Belle Vista. Bert the owner was very accommodating. He knows how to treat his guests. Bert is very familiar with the lay of the land and all it has to offer(and that is a lot). the lodge is rustic, well equipped, and Bert cooks dinner for you every night if you want. Each morning we woke up to the sounds of wild birds and howler monkeys the kids loved it! I strongly recommend The Belle Vista if you are planning a trip to dominical. P.S. Bert knows everyone in town and will help you to find your way around.

Room Tip: Lower cottage was great!
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank camperpro
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 July 2012

We stayed for two nights in the Bella Vista Lodge.

The lodge is up on a hill and has a view over green trees, the beach of Dominicalito and the Pacific. The road to the place is steep, but easy to reach with a 4wd. The owner, Bert, seems also willing to pick guests up from Dominical or Dominicalito. If you want to get there with your own wheels, just drive up the hill at the crossing Dominicalito/Costanera del Sur.

Imagine a large wooden lodge with three rooms, huge veranda/porch with rock chairs and hammocks, excellent views, birds all around and howler monkeys in the trees to wake you up. Two dogs and two cats running around, and a couple of horses around in the garden/boxes. Down on the hill there is at least one other lodge/cabin.

Our room was spacious, cabinets for clothes etc, a very very nice bed (comfy), private bathroom. No AC but a fan which works properly. Evenings are relatively cool... No mosquito nets needed. Everything was clean. We slept very well.

The communal area, the huge porch, kitchen and living/bar, was very nice. Good place to have a talk with the other guests. The owner, former restaurant owner, prepares dishes for breakfast and dinner. The food is excellent, but be prepared to wait... You can join in at the large kitchen for some drinks and stories. Dinner is served around 8.30 (while prep starts at 6). Dinner is served for all guests on the porch at the same time. Drinks (soft, beer, wine, spirits) are available, but you are also welcome to bring some of your own. On the white board, you can write down the number of drinks you had and pay for on checkout.

In the area you can do some horse back riding, visit waterfalls, sunbathing, fishing, surfing, hiking and - still don't understand why people like it that much - ziplining ;-). Dominicalitos beach (short drive down the hill) is a beautiful, but just not that, not for swimming, not for surfing, not for sunbathing. Maybe just to wander around a bit.
Dominical, 4km down the road is a safer choice. Here you have some restaurants, you can rent surf boards and you can chill out at the infamous Tortilla Flats with a cocktail. Surfing tends to be difficult over here, stong currents/rips, nice waves. Except to be tumbled a few times :-) There are life guards on the beach.

The Bella Vista Lodge is a very nice place and a good choice if you want to stay near Dominical... Recommended.

Latest version of Lonely Planet mentions the Bella Vista Lodge, but there is a new owner right now.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
Thank KingJulianNL
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews