I spent a week at Laguna Mar (first week of December 2012) and loved every minute of it. The hotel is nestled in a quiet neighborhood in the remote town of Javilla which is a beautiful, laidback, piece of paradise. We flew into Punta Islita airport via Nature Air from San Jose, CR. The airport is about a 30 minute drive from the hotel. The hotel owner, Drew, was kind enough to arange for transportation to the hotel but if you are going to rent a car, they can arrange to meet you at the airport. This is a very remote area but frankly, I found the signage easier to follow than the signage in N. Virgina:) The hotel has close access to some of the most beautiful virtually deserted beaches I have every seen. The hotel is a newly built, modern design - very comfortable rooms and a great pool to relax by when you aren't out and about exploring. I was originally planning to travel alone and was assured that it would be safe for a single women however I decided to invite three friends and it was a good choice as this is an experience to be shared with friends. It makes a great destination for a girls trip although I would have felt safe travelling alone in this area. The restaraunt is a real star (check out the reviews under Hotel Laguna Mar restaurant). The chef is very personable and chats with the patrons regarding different options to customize your meal. The food was so outstanding we considered it a foodie vacation and had difficultly transitioning back into our normal lives and living without Pablo's great cuisine. The hotel's owner is very attentive to the patrons and will make sure you are happy during your stay. Michael is also very attentive and will make sure you have what you need. I would advise you to rent an SUV as the roads are not paved and the location is remote so a vehicle will give you more choices for exploration. Playa San Miguel is only a 5 minute car ride. We walked there one day but it is not a stoll you'll want to take when the sun gets really hot because you will wilt before you make it back to the hotel. There are several other gorgeous beaches within an hours drive worth visiting - the first morning we were there I witnessed a sea turtle walk up the beach, dig a hole and lay her eggs! Increditble. Some of the tours we took include releasing rescued baby turtles that recently hatched onto the beach and watch them make their way into the ocean (via Turtle Trax), the mangrove tour with Freddie the boat guy, horseback riding in the mountains and watching the sunset, kayaking and snorkeling in Samara Beach. Angelica can assist in setting up the tours for you and suggesting others which can be done prior to your visit or on the fly during your visit. We also drove to the small town of Punta Islita which is about 45 minutes away - Stop by the non-profit art museum to view and purchase art made by some of the locals - it will make a great souviner to remind you of this wonderful part of the world. The town of Samara is also worth a trip. It is about a 90 minute drive. While there, check out Guptos restaurant. We spent 2 afternoons there lounging under the palm trees - this restaurant is situated on yet another gorgeous beach with calm waters. The restaurant has a private area to change in or out of your suit as well as wash off the sand. The food is also terrific and as you lounge in their chairs on the beach the staff (ask for Alan) will keep your glasses (and bellies) full. You can ride a horse on the beach - no need to schedule in advance- you'll see the guides on the beach ready to take you along. Samara also has shops and art worth checking out. I would schedule at least a day there to fit everthing in. On the way back to Javilla, stop at the public beach on the way out of town and pick up a fresh coconut w/straw and enjoy the coconut milk. By the time our week had ended, we felt rejuvinated and energized and we are working hard to hold onto all the great feelings and things we experienced in this tropical paradise. This is a great place for people who want to unplug, relax and breath. Hotel Laguna Mar made the perfect headquarters for the perfect vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Javilla's premiere boutique hotel. Located along the Pacific Coast in Costa Rica, Hotel Laguna Mar offers the best of both worlds — an exotic, tropical environment and the service of a fine four star hotel. Visit the real Costa Rica where the ocean water is warm nature completely surrounds you. Hotel Laguna Mar awaits your visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Laguna Mar Costa Rica/Playa San Miguel