We stayed at the VILLA not the hotel. The villa had burned down and was being redone.
This is NOT like a five star hotel. This place is all about nature, simple, clean, basic living and relaxation. We stayed here with our very large party of 9 people. mom, dad, 5 kids 8,7,6,4,2 , the sitter and his girlfriend. OMG we had such a relaxing time. The staff were amazingly helpful and accommodating. No mosquitoes!!!! The trek to the villa (which was uphill) was a good challenge that we tackled everyday with determination!!! :) Talk about a butt work out!!
The view is just amazing from the villa. The AWESOME LOUD tropical rain in the afternoon!! The amazing river 1min below the villa and the slow languid 10min walk to where the river runs into the ocean were simplicity of life at it's best. We got all kinds of bugs, tree toads in the house and one baby scorpion. Monkeys swinging in the trees and couldn't care less if you stare. The gorgeous paired Macaw birds flying and cracking almonds infront of you. This place is not for you if you are squirmish about nature and simple living. I am from jamaica so all this was normal and blissfully familiar of home for me.
The kids LOVED it!. We went for a 30min walk up river, where a fat 10" in diameter spider crawled on my sons leg :) That was the only down part of the trip. Tons of places to eat if you don't want them to cook for you at the villa. OMG the food at the restaurant down the road is AWESOME!!! Fresh fruit every morning with breakfast and again the amazing staff.
We hope to go back next year!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Castillo de Pavones is the perfect place to be in Paradise. Located in SW Costa Rica near the Panamanian border, the Castillo is located in the quiet town of Pavones. We are a jungle castle offering massive luxury suites, all of which have spectacular ocean views. Here, you can enjoy fantastic ocean views from your 2-person jacuzzi tub and king size orthopedic bed. Enjoy our glass-enclosed restaurant and lounge, offering world cuisine restaurant/room service. At night, bask in our imported fine linens while watching HBO on our satellite TVs. A five-minute walk down the hill brings you to the ocean, river, and directly in front of the beginning of the longest left break wave in the world. A ten-minute walk brings you to the center of town. We can book your boat trip to Matapalo for surfing, fishing, snorkeling or scuba diving. Horseback riding, private guided hikes and canopy tours can also be arranged through the Castillo. We are also happy to book your organic spa treatments at the nearby salon. Walk to the river, or just relax all day at the Castillo, wandering from window to window, taking in the breathtaking 360 degree views from our 3rd, 4th, and 5th level restaurant, bar and lounge. Castillo de Pavones offers the Guaymi Indian Reserve, and the famous Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Castillo de Pavones is an exclusive, 5-star resort with four large, private luxury suites for rent daily/weekly/monthly. We are service-oriented, and pride ourselves on paying attention you every detail of your Costa Rican adventure vacation. Full made to order all you can eat breakfast and drinks in the morning delivered to your suite or enjoyed up in our famous 360° Leftbreak Lounge. ... more less