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4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   800 West Playa Rajada, 51000, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Queensbury, New York, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in the five bedroom villa this time, it was just as wonderful as the four! Loved the privacy of each bedroom/bathroom suite! Visited Vandara this time and it was so much fun. If you stay here be sure and put that on your itinerary. The beach is as private as before, which is such a pleasant surprise! Ernesto... More

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Ossining, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Like other reviews have stated, it is very remote. That is ok, as I didn't mind that part at all. Yes, the road is crazy, but that was actually pretty fun. (And despite what others say, it's 35 minutes each way to La Cruz) The property was also very nice. Going to the top of the mountain at sunset is... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Stated in many other reviews here... this place is REMOTE. Way out in the middle of nowhere, only nowhere is beautiful and a great place to be in this case. I'll actually start w/ the cons, which there were a few... but in our case they were well worth dealing with to get the total experience. Absolutely worth it. 1.... More

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Naples, Florida, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This was my 2nd time bringing a group of women down to the area for kiteboarding/yoga and paddleboarding adventure trips and the location was perfect! We didn't stay here the first time (I didn't know about it) and wish we had! The ONLY reason my rating doesn't get 5 stars is because the kitchen was dark/small and appliances/cookware dated, lacking... More

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Bend, Oregon
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Wow!! First, let me say this: If you're looking for a plush resort with hotel style rooms, people walking around everywhere, and a shared pool, this isn't for you! If you're looking for a real Costa Rica experience, with tropical wildlife surrounding you, a private pool, your own home (villa), and beaches that are amazing with very few people, then... More

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Tampa, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Oh my gosh. I loved this place! We stayed here for about 11 - 12 days. I won't tell you what Villa we stayed in because I'm being selfish. This resort was freaking awesome! The views... the silence... the SERVICE can't be touched... the villa... oh my gosh this place was just too freaking cool. The service was just insanely... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This place was a perfect getaway! Great service and lovely accommodations. I love the privacy of the villas with the private pools. The cleanliness of the villas was pristine. The food was beyond delicious. It was fresh and brought straight from the kitchen to the table. I can't say a bad thing about Recreo. I will definitely be coming back!

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This location was chosen as a result of the great reviews on Trip Advisor and the many conversations we had with those at the property prior to our trip. We were two families that traveled together for a week and stayed at villa #7. Our children were ages 9, 11, 13, 14. From the time we were picked up in... More

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Dallas, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Recreo was the highlight of or 10-day Costa Rican vacation. We stayed at hotel resorts in San Jose as well, but if you want to see authentic, pristine Costa Rica, you need to get away from the rest of the tourists. The villas are impeccably clean, sleek and modern, and ultra private. I didn't hear another guest during the 5-days... More

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19 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Where to Start Hmm. Let's start with the concierge pick up at the airport at no charge. Considering the distance from Recreo to the airport (about 2 hours) this is better than the so-called 5 star service at RIU. It was nice to be able to stop in Liberia for groceries or even a bite to eat after our long... More

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Address: 800 West Playa Rajada, 51000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Recreo 4*
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Recreo Hotel Province Of Guanacaste
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Recreo Resort, a 63-acre mountain and beach estate near Playa Rajada is just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Liberia airport. Choose from one of our private villas, all with private pools and ocean views. During the holidays,included in the price of the All-Inclusive package are airport transfers, a villa cook and housekeeper, all meals and beverages, concierge and all onsite activities including kayaking, tennis, mountain biking, hiking, snorkeling and a range of beach activities. ... more   less 
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