I was lucky enough to vacation at La Tropicale from February 24th until the 3rd of March with a group of 3 couples staying in 3 of the cabanas on the property. Each cabana had its own unique decor and far exceeded what I had expected for the price we paid. They were very comfortable with air conditioning as well as ceiling fans, they each had a outdoor private seating area, well stocked kitchens with fridges, hotplates, microwaves, blenders, toasters, and all the cooking utensils and dishes you need. The bathrooms and showers were clean and nicely decorated. Comfortable beds and storage in the rooms. Lucy makes sure that the rooms are spotless everyday and she does an amazing job. They were larger than I had expected and very lovely. I especially loved the little deck off the bedroom in my cabana it was so nice to sit out in that gorgeous tropical setting and have a coffee in the morning or a nice cool drink in the afternoon sun. All of the cabanas are very private in the way that they are situated in the lush tropical setting. At night the pathways are lit with colorful lights so you can easily find your way along the paths and gardens. There is a beautiful pool area that has the prettiest cascade of water . There is also a nice hot tub and outdoor shower there to rinse off. Around the pool area there is sun and shade if you want it and lounge chairs and smaller seating areas with tables. We had many fun evenings having drinks by the pool. At night there is fun twinkling lights that flash in the trees and we would listen to music and enjoy the warm night air. This area is central and it allowed us to meet new friends who were also staying at La Tropicale from other parts of the world and it was a great place to enjoy their company and learn some of their culture. We met people from Germany (Hi Tom, Tina and Chastine!) as well as people from France and Australia all enjoying their time at La Tropicale.There is a nice continental breakfast out each morning usually by 6 am for the early risers, it had fantastic Costa Rican coffee as well as tea, lots of fresh fruit,juices, different cereals and toast with butter and jams, it was everything you needed to start your day and the tables were always so nicely set. The bonus at breakfast would be the two gorgeous Macaws that loved to join us and share some fruit with us. There is an option at La Tropicale for meals, the breakfast is included but you can also arrange to have your dinners there as well. The kitchens in the cabanas have everything you need to cook your own meals but I must strongly suggest that you opt for the meals. I have never had such amazing , fresh delicious food at any resort I have ever stayed at, fine dining each night with beautiful table setting and nice dishes , always a three course meal with either a gourmet salad or appetizer, incredible main courses and delicious desserts with wine. We all looked forward to our dinners each night because each one was better than the one before. Arnuad and Allan our hosts and chefs went way out of their way to make sure our dinners were delicious and the experience a rich one. They even were kind enough to prepare different meals for some of us who had allergies also some of us who always asked for another scoop of ice cream ( you know who you are) The beach at Playa Carillo is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen and it was never packed with people even on the weekends there was always the feeling of spaciousness and privacy. The beach is a short walk down the road and we would go several times a day , morning , midday and sunset. A short bus ride gets you to Samara , a small town with The Bank and shopping, (Hi Joanie at the Princess Bakery! a must stop and treat yourself shop), it has some nice beach front restaurants and bars as well. Arno and Allan were so friendly and helpful with all of our needs, they were so informative and told us things like where to exchange our money and how to pay our airport tax in town ahead of time, they were more than willing to arrange any transportation we needed as well as any activities we wanted to do while there. Some of our group went deep sea fishing and Arno and Allan cooked the fish that they caught for us. It was fantastic! They quickly became friends with their passion and love of the place and their zest for life. We had so many good times and laughs together and I miss them already! ( Scooby, Keekoo and Chicca too!) I do not think that you could get a better value or a better experience then La Tropicale. When you look at the setting , the amenities, the well stocked cabanas, the 5 star dinners there is not a better place to stay for the price that you pay it is an incredible value. You will not be disappointed with all that you get for the price that you pay. For us the good times, the laughs and the friendships we made , the experiences we had were priceless and we will return to La Tropicale again and again!
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