Overview of Rancho Pacifico

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Outdoor Spa Tub
Outdoor pool, an infinity pool, free cabanas, pool umbrellas
Outdoor pool, an infinity pool, free cabanas, pool umbrellas
Outdoor pool, an infinity pool, free cabanas, pool umbrellas

4.6/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Hand sanitizer provided

Explore the area

    Popular LocationCatarata uvita11 min drive
    Popular LocationUvita Beach25 min drive
    Popular LocationPlaya Colonia29 min drive
    AirportPalmar (PMZ-Palmar Sur)52 min drive

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About this area


Located in Ballena, Rancho Pacifico is in a rural area and on a river. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Catarata uvita and Punta Uvita. Kayaking and scuba diving offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with ziplining and horse riding nearby.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Catarata uvita - 11 min drive
  • Playa Hermosa - 16 min drive
  • Uvita Beach - 25 min drive
  • Punta Uvita - 25 min drive
  • Playa Colonia - 29 min drive


  • Whale's Tail Grill — 1 min walk
  • Suenos Tranquilos — 7 min drive
  • Bar Restaurant Los Laureles — 7 min drive
  • Soda Ranchito Dona Maria — 8 min drive
  • Panaderia Bakery — 8 min drive

About this property

Rancho Pacifico

4.5-star adults-only hotel near Catarata uvita
This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Free cooked-to-order breakfast is provided, as well as free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free beach shuttle. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a spa tub are onsite. All 13 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and pillowtop beds. Guests can appreciate conveniences like sitting areas and refrigerators, and other amenities include minibars and room service.
Rancho Pacifico offers 13 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate sitting areas. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers.

Bathrooms include bathrobes, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and ceiling fans. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily. Amenities available on request include in-room massages.

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

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.

Awards and affiliations

Rancho Pacifico is listed in the 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Top 100 List.

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.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking
  • 24-hour roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle on request
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free beach shuttle

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast available daily 7 AM–10:30 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar
  • Room service available
  • Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Things to do

  • Ecotours
  • Fitness center
  • Game/wildlife viewing
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Infinity pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private picnics
  • Spa services
  • Spa tub
  • Yoga classes

Family friendly

  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Refrigerator


  • Front-desk safe
  • No elevators

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Beach umbrellas
  • Free pool cabanas
  • Garden
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • 2 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - sports
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Outdoor treatment areas


  • Beach towels
  • Couples dining
  • Romance packages available
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Linens
  • Pillow-top mattress
  • Premium bedding


  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar
  • Refrigerator


  • Free local calls
  • In-room massage
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Safe
  • Separate sitting area
  • Turndown service



Check-in from 2:00 PM - 10 PM
Express check-in
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

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

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children younger than 18 are not allowed at this adults-only property; all guests 18 and older are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 230 per vehicle (one-way, maximum occupancy 2)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Guests under 18 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property

Property is 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

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Rancho Pacifico and receive a full refund?
Yes, Rancho Pacifico offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Rancho Pacifico cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does Rancho Pacifico have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool. Pool types include infinity pools.
Is Rancho Pacifico pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Rancho Pacifico?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Rancho Pacifico?
Check-in is from 2:00 PM - 10 PM.
What time is check-out at Rancho Pacifico?
Check-out is at 11 AM.
Does Rancho Pacifico provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A fee of USD 230 per vehicle, one-way, applies.
Where is Rancho Pacifico located?
Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Catarata uvita and within 6 mi (10 km) of Punta Uvita and Marino Ballena National Park. Uvita Beach and Playa Ballena are also within 9 mi (15 km).
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

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Magical rainforest retreat
This place is truly magical. It is an incredibly unique resort experience. The staff is outstanding and the scenery unparalleled!
Stayed 7 nights in Nov 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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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.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

5/5 Excellent

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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
Stayed 4 nights in Aug 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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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
Stayed 5 nights in Apr 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
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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.
Stayed 4 nights in Apr 2019

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