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1.5 kilometers to the south, Playa Carmen, Mal Pais 60111 Costa Rica
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#3 of 9 hotels in Mal Pais
Terraced along a sun-kissed hillside and nestled just off the beach, Hotel Cielo del Mar or “Heaven by the Sea” is renowned in the Santa Tereasa area for its sweeping ocean views and spectacular natural setting. Formally Hotel Moana, Cielo del Mar has done more than just change it’s name, we have undergone renovations and enhancements to the services we proudly offer our guests. If you want a quiet and unique boutique hotel experience in the popular surf towns of Santa Teresa/Mal Pais – we believe you will find Cielo del Mar the perfect place to unwind and relax.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Car hire
Secured parking
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Horseback riding
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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Josh E wrote a review Jun 2021
San Francisco, California6 contributions
Really nice stay at Hotel Moana. Highly recommend the penthouse suite. Ocean view, Jacuzzi tub, showers, plus outdoor shower. Breakfast is included, really nice staff. Breakfast is good, there is a pool and a Cousy available to all as well as some floating suspended mattresses. All around a great place and a great price. Just don’t accidentally lock yourself out of your room while naked it like I did!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Go for the penthouse suite
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chasam212 wrote a review Apr 2021
New York City, New York41 contributions6 helpful votes
I was staying in a low priced option and so there was no view or anything from the room, but it was comfortable and clean. The view from the restaurant is spectacular though and the evening meal was excellent. Don't expect to get much of a buzz from the cocktails though. In general I would have to say the property is looking a little tired, but the location is great as you are far enough away to avoid all the traffic and dust of the town center.
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Date of stay: April 2021
MsLee86 wrote a review Apr 2021
London, United Kingdom10 contributions11 helpful votes
We stayed for 10 days here in one of the canopy rooms and really enjoyed our stay. The owner John was always on hand with recommendations and assistance. Rooms were always clean and everything we needed. The hotel is well located out of the main town so it is peaceful but also quick to get to beaches and cafes etc. The views from the restaurant were the best we found - definitely worth the stay.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: best views are the canopy rooms
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mounzo wrote a review Mar 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia64 contributions13 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time at Moana Lodge. Be prepared to get a grasp of the Garden of Eden upon arrival. You’ll be surrounded by amazing tropical plants wherever you look. In fact, it should be illegal to have hotel surroundings that are this nice when people come to enjoy stuff outside the hotel. Anyway, we found time to have a great time both in the swimming pool and the jacuzzi. Jon is an amazing host who’ll help you with anything you want, from couriers to surf lessons. Also, Papaya Lounge dinner is amazing, and enjoying the sunset from the porch is just a once-in-a-lifetime experience making it a reason in itself to stay here.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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D G wrote a review Apr 2020
Calgary, Canada27 contributions10 helpful votes
Very solid hotel with friendly folks, very nice clean rooms, brilliant views. We were happy with our choice to stay here. The sunset views and monkeys in the canopy (Capuchins) were everything we hoped for. It was also very quiet. The breakfast each a.m. was served by friendly staff. The reason we gave it 3 stars it that the common areas and aesthetics are a bit off. I'd say only about 1 in 3 outside path lights is working. There are also a lot of metal structures (rails, stairs etc.) with some rusting. The pool was a bit oily and had more than usual debris from the canopy above. If you're interested in having a cold drink, in a quiet resort, on a safe deck with a great view of the sunset, the place is great. We'd stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2020
US$77 - US$142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Moana
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Moana?
Nearby attractions include Playa Hermosa (8.0 km), Playa Santa Teresa (2.6 km), and Isla de Cabuya (7.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Moana?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Moana?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Moana?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Moana?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Moana?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Tercer Ojo, Satori Terrace Sushi Bar, and The Somos Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Moana?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Hotel Moana located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of Mal Pais.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Moana?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Does Hotel Moana have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.