My Husband & I were given a 1 week stay at the Condovac in May 2011 for our Costa Rica Honeymoon. We contemplated spending the money for the larger more plush hotels/resorts; but from the positive reviews here in Trip Advisor; we decided to stay here. Based on the other reviews here; we did not opt for the all inclusive plan. I researched Playa Hermosa a lot before we left so knew what our options would be to eat outside the resort. We did have breakfast at the restaurant once and dinner once; as well as a late night snack once at the bar; and once that we took back to our room. Like others have said we didn’t find the food to be all that great and were very glad that we hadn’t purchased the all inclusive. We met two girls staying at the resort for 2 weeks that had the all inclusive; and ended up cancelling it ½ way through because they were eating most of their meals off the property! And for anyone that is contemplating purchasing the all inclusive because of the alcohol. We didn’t feel like we missed out. I remember paying about 2,000 colones for a mai tai; which equaled only about $4US. We also stopped at the supermarket down the road on the way to the resort and bought bottles of Rum; Wine; Mixers & snacks so we made a lot of our drinks in our room and just drank them on the patio or in cups by the pool. Never felt like we were missing out. Plus since the room came with a blender we were able to make mixed drinks. Even had Mango Daiquiris one night!
Overall Condovac was a great stay; nicely situated room (not so comfortable beds) nice large bathroom-shower big enough for two. Beautiful property; and can’t beat the howler monkeys right on the property! We’d walk to the pool and stop to see the monkey’s in the trees!! Even caught myself when back home in NY looking up at a tree while driving on the highway and for a moment started to look for monkeys!
The beach was beautiful soft sand; little rough waves! We stayed in the 500’s (I believe) which was a short walk down to the beach but a long walk up that steep hill to the pool/restaurant so mid way through our week we stopped walking it and just waited for the shuttle to come around! . The room is stocked with everything you’d need to cook & eat if you choose to. We bought cereal & milk & would have a basic breakfast in the room; but ate out for our other meals. The staff was very nice! Limited English; but so eager to talk and have conversations with the guests. Bartenders were very nice too! Great restaurant right on the beach just a few feet down. Hotel Hermosa I believe was the name-great passion fruit margaritas; good lunch. Ate lunch twice and dinner once at Aqua Sport. Really delicious Gallo Pinto (rice & beans) and hamburgers. Meat tasted so good. Must try the pineapples when on the island-never had such fresh delicious pineapples! We also really enjoyed the food at Gingers-went there for dinner our 2nd night; as well as the Friday before we left. Friday’s are Martini night and we had $3 martinis. We had about 7 between the two of us! Great night! The food is very delicious! My husband even ordered some wontons to go and ate it on the walk back to the hotel (you can definitely walk there; just be mindful of your surroundings. We also did a timeshare presentation by one of the reps down at the beach which included free lunch in Playa Coco; we also got a coupon for $45 off dinner in Playa de Coco so we took the opportunity to go down and have dinner (covered by the coupon) and buy souvenirs. Only problem getting to coco was a cab. Was told we got walk off the property and find a cab cheaper than at the resort. Only one cab stopped and the driver had a husky in the back (I’m afraid of dogs). We let that one go; but no one else passed us. Walked to the store; but no cabs were there. Eventually walked back to the resort and they got a cab for us. So if you’re going to coco better off just getting a cab from the resort to begin with!
As far as tours & activities-the first night (Saturday) we took the sunset cruise being offered right down the beach near the gates for the property (on condovac property). Didn’t see any dolphins or anything; but watched an amazing sunset; drank; danced just had a great time. My Husband even got to steer the boat for a little while. Saw Monkey Face rock up close-great time!
The other tours we took were through Mardigi Tours-based on the reviews from Trip Advisor I made sure to contact Marvin right away to set up our airport transfers; and arrange tours for the week. They were easy to reach via e-mail from the U.S. When we arrived into Liberia; Marvin was there in his green t-shirt holding up a sign with our names. They even let us stop at the supermarket to stock up on the liquor and snacks I mentioned above before we checked into the resort! We didn’t have a wine bottle opener; so Marvin let us borrow his the first night! We later found one in the room as part of the unit supplies. We arranged the canopy tours through them at Borinquen at Ricon de la vieja. Actually arranged to have 4 girls we met on the sunset boat ride join us for the canopy tour. So in total 6 of us loaded into the bus (driven by Digi) and did the short drive to the volcano. Marvin & Digi were fabulous on this tour! We horseback rode up the mountain to the first platform; did about 6-7 zip lines down to the bottom. Guides were great-lots of fun; let the girls go tandem with them upside down; with no hands (like superman) you name it. Felt totally safe the whole time; Marvin would go down the line first with all our cameras; and then would take pictures of each person as we came into the platform. After that excitement; we had lunch at the hotel restaurant-amazing food! Then went to the mud baths totally relaxing!! Marvin took us on a nature hike through the property while our mud dried to find a Tuscan-no luck; but did see other amazing birds; insects. Marvin & Digi are amazing tour guides! The tour/experience starts as soon as they pick you up from your hotel. There is no “time constraint” they’ll stop and pull over if they spot a bird; reptile any creature they want to point out. After our canopy tour while driving back Marvin finally spotted a Tuscan and Digi pulled over. All 6 of us were in the road watching the Tuscan in the tree! Saw a snake on the road; and Digi stopped the car for everyone to see (I didn’t look). Even stopped after the canopy tour to get mango’s; and stopped at the supermarket to restock our fridge in the room!! Second tour we did with Marvin & Digi was the Palo Verde river boat tour. Again they picked us up; with 2 other couples and did the drive to the river; let us stop along the way to buy cold beer which the men shared. Once we arrived at the river we loaded into our boat with 1 other couple from another tour and their guide. Marvin was hands down much more knowledgeable of the river; it’s inhabitants; the nature around us then the other tour guide. Often pointing things out to the OTHER couple that their guide was not saying! We saw several crocodiles up close! Bats; iguanas; and monkeys! The monkeys were amazing; came right to our boat! A delicious lunch is included with this tour too! So much food; absolutely worth the money for what you get!! On the canopy tour when they said lunch was included; we pictured bagged lunch out of a cooler. Instead we had an amazing lunch at a beautiful restaurant at the resort on the property of the volcano! River boat tour included a sit down lunch too! Much more than we had expected!
We had contemplated going to the waterfall with Marvin; but instead decided to spend our last few days relaxing. The resort has a pool with amazing views. Spent a lot of time lounging by the pool reading & sleeping the last few days! But we can’t say enough about Marvin & Digi. They really made our honeymoon wonderful!! We would have had a relaxing honeymoon if we just stayed at the resort; but why go to Costa Rica to just lay on the beach all day! Marvin & Digi gave us memorable experiences while on all the tours! It’s because of them and the experience they gave us that we look forward to returning back to Costa Rica again soon!! For anyone traveling to Costa Rica soon and using Mardigi Tours-please tell them Leroy & Kimberly say HOLA!!!
- Also Known As:
- Condovac La Costa Hotel
- Condovac Costa
- Condovac La Costa Playa Hermosa
- Hotel Condovac La Costa Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste