As my husband and I travel around Costa Rica, we love to take advantage of all of the gorgeous ocean views we come across in our adventures. We are always on the lookout for the best view of the famous "Whale's Tail" formation, which is a stretch of exposed sand and rocks that forms the shape of a whale's tail at low-tide.
Recently we found a secluded gem of a resort, with some of the best views of the Pacific coastline we have seen in this area, at the Hotel Vista Ballena.
Perched on a mountain, above Uvita, you will find charming Hotel Vista Ballena. Overlooking the Whale's Tail formation, Vista Ballena provides sweeping, panoramic views of the Southern Pacific coast. A boutique with heart and soul, you will feel at home the moment you arrive.
Tucked into the wild jungle, surrounded by extreme biological diversity, there is no better location for renewing your body and soul. Begin your day in paradise with a sunrise meditation on the breath-taking yoga deck, or indulge in a healing, therapeutic massage.
Each of the 20 newly remodeled rooms features a private balcony overlooking the vibrant sunsets and the stunning ocean view. Each room is a peaceful oasis for rest and renewal. Spacious rooms, comfortable king size beds, A/C and ceiling fans, wifi, cable, refrigerator and mini bar, bathroom toiletries and a hair dryer. Every comfort is provided so that you can unwind and de-stress.
Treat yourself with a colorful meal at the open-air Mi Amore restaurant, while getting lost in the exquisite ocean view at dusk. Chef Danila Barantes prepares authentic, unique dishes for your heart and soul. Love is not only in the name of the restaurant, it is infused into the food. You can feel the love and passion cooked right into the talented chef's inventive dishes.
The ceviche is fresh, bright and bursting with flavor. It is easily some of the best ceviche we have eaten in our travels across the country.
My husband enjoyed a fresh, seared ahi tuna steak atop a bed of roasted potatoes and vegetables, while I chose the casado de pescado, because of how well it rolls off the tongue.
A casado is a typical and authentic Costa Rican meal of protein, rice, beans, salad, and plantains. The fish is flaky and seasoned well, the rice and beans perfectly cooked, and the delicate plantains melt in your mouth.
Relax, unwind and cool off by slipping beneath the water of the dual-level infinity pool, overlooking the ocean. Enjoy a tropical cocktail at the poolside bar, while taking in the fresh ocean breeze. Spend your evenings immersed in the soothing sounds of local musicians, with live music every Friday and Saturday night.
Meander down the winding, tropical path toward the Hart Center, a breath-taking infinity-style yoga/meditation deck. Take in the expansive, panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Whale's Tail formation, as the vibrant sunset melts into the coastline. Get lost in the view, become one with nature, admire the majestic humpback whales known to breach just beyond the rocky shore below.
As soon as you enter the Hart Center infinity yoga deck, you feel peace and serenity wash over your soul. A special, healing place, that was built with an unbreakable foundation of love, it is too beautiful for words. This is a place you simply must experience in person.
Just as we are getting lost in the sweeping ocean view, we glimpse the majestic body of a humpback whale in the distance breaching dramatically from the ocean surface, and cascading back into the water with a massive splash. Two jets of water burst from the sea, as two whales simultaneously shoot a stream of water into the air.
In all our travels across Costa Rica over the last 2 years we have never experienced anything like this. It was surreal as the perfect moment in time unfolded before our eyes, a moment so much larger than us. I love the feeing of making a forever memory, living through a single second you know will be permanently seared into your soul.
I could not have written a better ending to our spectacular day at Vista Ballena...
For more information, or to book your stay at the lovely, charming Hotel Vista Ballena, please check out their website: http://www.vistaballenahotel.com/
And make sure to follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotelVistaBallena/
Pura Vida Amigos!
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.