Enchanted evenings and dazzling days – that’s a vacation at Rancho Armadillo.
This place is a destination in itself, an amazing property that I kind of hope remains undiscovered. We stayed eight nights in November 2012. Everything positive stated in the other reviews is true, and more.
Rick is one of the great innkeepers of the world, and we feel lucky to have found him. Every recommendation Rick made was accurate, and the do-it-yourself breakfasts were amazing.
We arrived at night, and were greeted by an enchanted fairyland with strings of colorful twinkling lights and lanterns everywhere. It was a magical first impression, and the spell continued the duration of our stay. Daylight revealed countless statues, artifacts, and other décor strategically placed to surprise, delight, and charm you. The grounds are lush and spacious, the rooms comfortable and private. From the dining area, you can gaze out onto the shimmering sea over the lush treetops.
This is a meaningful place for a family gathering. There are countless birds, insects, and critters - Rick knows about every single one. Older children will love it here – the dining area with its wall hangings and artifacts and rustic lunch counter lends itself to relaxing conversation and unhurried time. The lazily swinging hammocks upstairs are a fine place to while away a few hours with a good book between swims. This place is rich with its own history: a hat rack filled with ball caps from all over the United States, a bookshelf of weathered books. This is the stuff that memories are made of.
Playas del Coco is not for everyone, and thank goodness for that. Yes, it’s a run-down little beach town. A great place for divers, but not for those who secretly want everything to be just like everywhere else they go. But then, those people won’t be reading this.
Thank you, Rick. Pura Vida!
A note: you do need a car here. We rented from Adobe through Rick and had it delivered – the transaction was seamless.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Armadillo Estate, a small private mountainside estate overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. The estate is perfect for couples, families or groups. Our guests feel like they're coming to visit friends who have a really nice place to stay. Our knowledge of Costa Rica ensures our guests experience the best Costa Rica has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Armadillo Estate Hotel Playas Del Coco
- Rancho Armadillo Estate Costa Rica/Playas Del Coco