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Hotel Highlights

  • Private, very hidden location
  • Your closest neighbors are toucans and monkeys
  • Set beside Costa Rica’s only marine preserve, which is a haven for humpback whales

Overview

Concealed within a sprawling plot of protected Costa Rican rainforest and perched above the shimmering Pacific Ocean, Oxygen Jungle Villas hotel in Uvita is a secret worth keeping. After a day sipping papaya cocktails by the infinity pool, spend the next exploring a jungle teeming with toucans or spotting whales by the seaside at this wildlife-filled wonderland.

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Here's what you get for booking Oxygen Jungle Villas with us:

Welcome drinks and a bottle of sparkling wine

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Oxygen Jungle Villas

Breakfast included when you book three nights or more

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

12 villas.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $199.00, excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per booking on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude Continental breakfast.

Also

The hotel looks down on the Whale’s Tail, a long sandbar that indeed looks like a tail. At low tide, the bar is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkelling and spotting marine life.

At the hotel

Spa, yoga pavilion, DVD library, free WiFi in the Clubhouse. In rooms: Flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Villa 3 is close to the main clubhouse, but set apart with a stunning panorama of the Pacific Ocean and thick vegetation that lures brightly coloured toucans. The remote Villa 12 is the most private,close to the yoga pavilion and the path that leads to the property’s small waterfall.

Poolside

Surrounded by teak decking, rattan sunloungers and a few large Buddha statues, the unheated, stone-lined infinity pool faces the Pacific.

Packing tips

Binoculars will help you catch a glimpse of the humpback whales that mate in the coves below. Surf wax and a rash shirt are essential for conquering the world-famous waves at nearby Dominical. The bathrooms have minimal bath products, so bring your own stash.

Also

Smoking is permitted only on the terrace.

Children

Oxygen is an adults-only retreat.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

O2 Restaurant serves a five-course surprise menu each night in its an open-air dining room, overlooking the pool. Those who have tired of Costa Rica’s fruit- and vegetable-rich cuisine will appreciate the break: the kitchen focuses on more European-style dishes.

Hotel Bar

 There is no standalone bar where guests can congregate, but staff are happy to mix tropical cocktails and serve them poolside. The welcome drink, a blended papaya cocktail, is not to be missed.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 9pm.

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Dress code

Sundresses, shorts and sandals. The sun is strong by mid-morning, so wear swimsuits underneath your breakfast attire, for a post-breakfast dip in the pool.

Top table

Take a table near to the mountain in the mornings for shade. At dinner, tables by the pool have the best ambience.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Hike 10 minutes down the trail to the local waterfall, which is also a natural swimming hole. Dominical is a renowned surfing spot; pick up boards from South Wave Surf Shop (+506 2787 0260; www.southwave-surfshop.com); they’re available for multiday rental, then surf the robust swells. Newer surfers can enroll in classes through Domincal Surf Adventures (+506 2787 0431; www.dominicalsurfadventures.com). The nearby Rancho la Merced Wildlife Refuge (www.rancholamerced.com) offers horseback riding, birdwatching tours and ‘cowboy for a day’ excursions, where visitors learn ranching skills, including roping cattle.

Local restaurants

Neighbouring town Ojochal, a 20-minute drive, is known for its excellent dining. Citrus (+506 2786 5175) is an upscale restaurant with great seafood and cocktails. Under a thatched roof, Exotica (+506 2786 5050) takes advantage of the local produce to serve French-Canadian fare, brightened with tropical fruits.

On the road to Dominical, Sushi Dominical (+506 8826 7946), across from South Wave Surf Shop, serves exceptionally fresh fish, often with tropical accoutrements. It is open for lunch and dinner. An isthmus location with Pacific views on two sides make La Parcella (+506 2787 0016) – on the main road from the hotel to Dominical – the best place in the region for sunset cocktails. Order an ice-cold beer and a pescado entero, a whole fried fish.

Local cafés

 Just north of Uvita, the ceviche stands along Hermoso Beach serve lime-marinated fish (pescado), shrimp (camarones) or a mix of the two. The inexpensive, refreshing snack comes with soda crackers. Order a whole coconut (or pipa fria) if you want to wash down your fish with fresh coconut water.

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Thick jungle, sparkling sea

Oxygen Jungle Villas

1,5 km Noroeste del Catarata Uvita, Camino de Sueños, Uvita de Osa, Puntarenas

Oxygen Jungle Villas is located in Uvita on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

Planes

Palmar Sur, a 30-minute drive, is the nearest airport. Sansa (www.flysansa.com) operates a flight from San Jose International Airport. Nature Air (www.natureair.com) flies from San Jose Municipal Airport.

Automobiles

Confident drivers can navigate the roads, though a 4x4 is mandatory. The scenic drive from San Jose takes about four hours – once you're in Uvita, take the road past the BCR Bank in town and follow the signs saying 'O2.' Palmar Sur airport has rental cars available, and there’s parking at the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

 Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Uvita and unpacked their bikinis and binoculars, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Oxygen Jungle Villas in Costa Rica… The s…
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Oxygen Jungle Villas

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

 Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Uvita and unpacked their bikinis and binoculars, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Oxygen Jungle Villas in Costa Rica…

The staff of Oxygen Jungle Villas recommend arriving before sundown. Not only does daylight help newcomers navigate the white-knuckle, 4x4-mandatory roads of the Costa Rican jungle, but a daylight arrival means that guests can catch the orange-streaked sunset, with a bright, vodka-spiked papaya cocktail in hand. There are no signposts, and the staff like to keep its location secret. This discretion means that those that do find it are rewarded with the purest of Costa Rican pura vida.

Monkeys leap between the thick trees around each of the 12 Balinese Villas, geckos dart up and down the frosted glass walls by the bathroom, and those occasional shocks of colour darting through the air are soaring toucans. The staff can arrange for yoga lessons on your villa’s private terrace, for sun salutations set to bird calls. When the Latin American sun heats up, retreat to the teak-surrounded infinity pool, which looks to extend all the way to the Pacific. In every way, this experience is a breath of fresh air.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Oxygen Jungle Villas from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The villas are perfect: chic, peaceful and spacious with great views. Service, food and drinks were all brilliant.

Don’t expect

The only small let down was that some kitchen ingredients started to run out towards the end of our stay, limiting the menu slightly.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The place itself was absolutely beautiful and the staff is so wonderful. Plus the activities offered are fun and different.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff at the hotel are wonderful but the real star of the show is the villa. We stayed in a jungle villa which was magically perfect and very romantic! The view from the pool and resturant will keep you from dining anywhere else. The on property waterfall is very special and worth a visit. Don't forget to keep your eyes and ears open for the howler monkey who make the property their home.

Don’t expect

Communications between staff, concierge and guests could be better.

Rating: 10/10 stars