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“Absolutely Lovely!”
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Hotel Moana
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
Reviewed 15 April 2011

We stayed at Moana for 10 nights in March and absolutely loved it! We experienced each member of the hotel staff, including the owners' Aidan and Vicky, as professional, attentive, respectful and very friendly. The exceptionally warm and courteous energy we constantly received from the Moana crew made us feel like we were staying at a relative's estate! After each long day of surf, sun, and dust from the road, we were eager to return 'home' each evening to a tranquil and beautiful oasis. We ate 8 out of 10 dinners at Moana's restaurant, The Papaya Lounge. The food was both fresh and delicious, and the chef was willing to offer extra vegetarian entrees in addition to those already offered on the menu. The breathtaking views from the restaurant combined with an intimate ambiance and amazing staff made for perfect endings to delightful days. We split our time between a standard room and a deluxe room, which were both wonderful in size and style. The room rate, which includes breakfast, was a remarkable deal and the most terrific way to start each new day! Thanks to everyone at Moana for making us feel so loved!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Katearth
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

Wonderful views from the rooms up the hill and the restaurant. A short drive to town.
The restaurant served wonderful tasty and well presented food.

Room Tip: room at the to of the hill have views
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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2011

Staff and owners friendly and helpful.
Rooms very clean and comfortable, great bed.
Saw howler monkeys in the car park and a range of birds.
Restaurant had reasonable prices but 90 steps up, well worth it for views.
Great beach walk into town.
Stayed over a week, really liked sitting in the jacuzzi with a beer from the pool bar.

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Reviewed 25 March 2011

We stayed for almost a week at Moana in early February. Overall we had a good time there but there was definitely not the friendliness that many reviewers here have reported. We did a full writeup of our stay at our blog.

http://mexicanandredhead.com/2011/02/27/moana-lodge/

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank themexican77
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Reviewed 20 March 2011

Overall we really enjoyed our stay at the Moana Lodge.

PROS
Hotel has a boutique style feel. The atmosphere is relaxed, secure and friendly.
The Junior suites were very nice and clean with stunning views of the Mal Pais coast.
The restaurant/bar was the perfect place to watch the sun set over the ocean.
Staff was friendly and curteous.
Restaurant has good food at reasonable prices. Breakfast is included with a choice of six options.
Swimming pool was clean and refreshing with lots of seating and lounge beds to strech out on.
Wireless internet available throughout the complex.

CONS
The hotel is a good 10 minute walk (dusty) to town, so a car is nice to have.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank path55
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Additional Information about Hotel Moana

Address: 1.5 kilometers to the south, Playa Carmen, Mal Pais 60111, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Mal Pais
#4 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range: RM280 - RM597 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Moana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moana is a small private luxury ocean view hotel. Located in the magnificent tranquil region of Mal PaÌs Beach on the Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. During your vacation with us you'll encounter high quality modern hotel suites and rooms that blend comfort with style leaving you with an unforgettable personal experience. ... more   less 
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