Rancho Pacifico

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An infinity pool, free cabanas, pool umbrellas
An infinity pool, free cabanas, pool umbrellas
An infinity pool, free cabanas, pool umbrellas

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Rancho Pacifico

4.5 star property
Adults-only hotel with restaurant, near Catarata uvita

9.3/10 Exceptional

30 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
1 Rancho Pacifico Road, Ballena, Puntarenas, 0
Main amenities
  • 13 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Fitness center
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach towels
  • Spa tub
  • Pool bar
  • Room service
  • Spa services
For families
  • Refrigerator
  • Separate sitting area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Marino Ballena National Park - 26 min drive
  • Punta Uvita - 23 min drive
  • Uvita Beach - 22 min drive
  • Playa Hermosa - 16 min drive
  • Playa Ballena - 27 min drive
  • Tortuga Beach - 24 min drive
  • Ventanas Beach - 26 min drive
  • Playa Dominical - 25 min drive
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 44 min drive

Getting around

  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free beach shuttle

About this property

Rancho Pacifico

Rancho Pacifico offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 230 per vehicle one-way. Guests can indulge in deep-tissue massages, body wraps, or facials, and grab a bite to eat at Whale's Tail Grill, which serves local and international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a fitness center are other highlights, and rooms at this luxurious hotel offer up nice touches like pillowtop beds with premium linens. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and walkable location.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 13 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 10 PM
  • Express check-in/out
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
  • If you are planning to arrive after 10 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*
  • Free beach shuttle

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Caters to adults only

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning 7 AM–10:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Private dining
  • Private picnics
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Free beach shuttle
  • Yoga classes
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Beach nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Ziplining nearby
  • Whale-watching nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Free pool cabanas
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 9 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2007
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fitness center
  • Infinity pool
  • Spa services
  • Spa tub
  • Massage/treatment rooms

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are 2 treatment rooms including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.


Whale's Tail Grill - This poolside restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 230 per vehicle (one-way, Maximum occupancy 2)
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit on site.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Rancho Pacifico Costa Rica/Uvita
Rancho Pacifico Hotel Uvita
Rancho Pacifico Hotel
Rancho Pacifico Uvita
Rancho Pacifico Ballena
Rancho Pacifico Hotel Ballena
Ballena Rancho Pacifico Hotel
Rancho Pacifico Hotel
Hotel Rancho Pacifico Ballena
Hotel Rancho Pacifico
Rancho Pacifico Hotel
Rancho Pacifico Ballena
Rancho Pacifico Hotel Ballena

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Overall score and ratings






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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful all the way around
robert, 2-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Charles, 3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

What a View!
Had an amazing honeymoon stay at Rancho Pacifico. The property offers an absolutely incredible view overlooking the Pacific and feels very private with hiking trails and even a waterfall which is worth the trek. The service is spectacular (I think guests may have outnumbered the staff when we were there) and helped us plan a few of our activities (gave us an umbrella, chairs, and cooler for a beach day). I would definitely advise renting a 4x4 if you plan on driving to the property since the hill to get there is pretty steep and I'm not sure we would have made it up if we didn't have it.
Richard, 5-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Absolutely amazing stay. This is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at and we travel a lot. Mark and Marlo are the owners and they are onsite every day to ensure that you have an amazing stay. The rooms are awesome, food is phenomenal and the views are to die for. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!
Chris, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Magical rainforest retreat
This place is truly magical. It is an incredibly unique resort experience. The staff is outstanding and the scenery unparalleled!
Jane, 7-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Aside from the fact that the view is amazing, the whole resort is modern and beautifully designed. The hand selected staff are personable, talented and made our stay special. We loved that Rancho Pacifico is quiet, private, and permitted us to experience living in a two-story home located in the middle of the jungle with our own pool, patio and no else around.
2-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Luxurious & Private
Such a tranquil & magnificent place! I stayed here with my best friend for a girl's getaway to relax. The Rancho Pacifico did not disappoint! We had some trouble getting up the mountain with our vehicle (Make sure you have a 4X4 that can handle steep rocky roads). However, the manager Alex & the staff came to our rescue! They were so wonderful and accommodating after a stressful arrival. They really made us feel comfortable and right at home. The entire staff is lovely & we really enjoyed our time there! Thanks to the owners & the wonderful staff for making our relaxing vacation a dream! Pictures do not do justice for this place! Completely luxurious & private- I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet place to get away in Costa Rica. I will definitely be back <3
Gia, 4-night trip with friends
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and coming from NYC we were looking for some solitude, adventure, and authenticity. Rancho Pacifico was all that and more. They truly exceeded our expectations. Set high up on a mountain in the middle of a rainforest with spectacular views of the jungle and Pacific. I could sit and look for hours, listening to the birds singing. Accommodations were open yet private, comfortable, clean and eco friendly. The gracious owners Marlo & Mark, who were there during our visit, have created a classy, modern yet comfortable and relaxing ambience that allows guests to experience the true beauty of the place. The staff; Salome, Hannah, Andrey, Alex and Vianney, were attentive, helpful and consistently went out of their way to ensure that we were taken care of. Thank you all for a wonderful time. Pura vida
Sagit, 5-night romance trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Absolutely a fabulous property. We enjoyed everything about our stay and cannot wait to go back. I would recommend this to all, but I really want to keep it a secret.
4-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review