Costa Rica Culture Tours began operating Villas Lomas del Pacifico in March 2016 as an option for travelers who wish to have a community experience. Villas Lomas del Pacifico is more than just another hotel; it is a place where you can sit down and have an afternoon coffee with your welcoming hosts and experience an amicable, family-style lodging experience – as if you were staying with your own Costa Rican family.
Upon arriving to the villas you will be welcomed with ear-to-ear smiles and a refreshing glass of spring-water from the natural freshwater springs of the coastal mountain range, or with a freshly drip-brewed coffee as done by Costa Rican farmers. After enjoying your welcoming beverage, your host will give you a brief tour around the villas where you will learn about Wayne’s organic garden and recycling area, and finish up at your respective villa so you may settle in and rest up if you’ve had a long journey.
In an effort to promote artists and artisans from Costa Rica’s southern Pacific zone, Villas Lomas del Pacifico has decorated each room with artwork and crafts created by these local artists. As a result, guests will be able to appreciate these arts and crafts from the comfort of their room.
In addition to the local art in the villas, you will also find pillowcases that were sewn with a manually operated sewing machine by Doña Haidee, Noilyn’s mother. As was customary among our grandparents and great-grandparents, Doña Haidee pieced together these pillowcases with textile fragments she found around her house. The color combination provides a cozy environment where you may relax and enjoy the sounds of tropical birds.
Each villa has a private bath and air conditioning. The villas also have a covered swimming pool, parking area, and a common area (also known as a “rancho”) where you can make us of the grill, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, or partake in a variety boardgames.
Villas Lomas del Pacifico is part of the Bahia Ballena Plastic-free Coalition, a community-led initiative that aims to have the community live plastic-free. At our villas we encourage guests to refuse single-use plastics such as plastic cups, plastic plates, and plastic bags. To help guests reduce their use of plastic during their visit we provide a shared kitchen area and reusable grocery bags.
Reviving Old Traditions
Have a cup of coffee
As is customary in rural areas, the women of the house invite all visitors to join them for a drip-brewed coffee which is likely accompanied by homemade tortillas or bread. This was a standard tradition because years ago farmers had to travel long distances on horseback or foot in order to work in nearby communities. The women understood the sacrifice these individuals made and so they shared with them whatever food their family had.
Use of textile fragments for bed linens
Costa Rican rural families were experts in repurposing and recycling. For example, as a way of making their homes colorful and saving their families money, grandmothers would create bed linens and work clothes out of repurposed pieces of textiles.
Coffee collecting baskets
The baskets utilized for collecting coffee, also known as Costa Rica’s golden bean, were made out of natural fibers collected in the forest. At Villas Lomas del Pacifico we do something similar, in utilizing coffee bean collectors made out of newspaper in order to reduce our environmental impact.