Just returned from a week, stayed in the 400 building which has great views of ocean, flowers, foliage, etc. Like everyone says, this resort is not 5 star but it is a fantastic value (although we were in a time share and not sure of the local price). The resort is well maintained, a little older, but the pools are nice although they were retiling two of them during our stay. But they were never crowded. Can see fantastic animals on the grounds, howler monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, anteater, birds. Watch out for the resident iguana who hangs out atop the terrace at the little hottub-looking pool- he almost took our nachos! Did not get a chance to see the nightly shows offered by the resort and didn't get to zipline at the resort although talked to several who did and enjoyed it, it looked like fun. There is a convenience store at the resort that has practically anything you need at good prices. Even an ice cream shop on the site. The beach is nice, not white sand, but plenty of chairs and trees, the howler monkeys comne right to the shore. Met some people who rented jet skis on the beach and weren't too comfortable with the waves but I didn't see many waves. The snorkeling trips offered locally are just okay by the standard of other islands where you have white sand, clear water. The sunset crusies look nice and the fishing charters are reportedly great. The fish and shellfish in CR make excellent meals! Yes, there are those small ants in the units at times, just to be expected but never saw roaches or anything radical. The chairs out front of each unit are nice for conversing with other guests as they walk by. Beds are okay, not the best I've seen, housekeeping comes daily to exchange towels, clean.
The shuttles really do run about every 5-10 minutes, it is so convenient and the staff are all friendly and helpful. The staff at the bar and restaurant are great, they will try to meet your requests. Talk to Jean, he will help you! Just wish I had asked for the iced tea recipe- best I've ever had!! The drinks are reasonable, meal prices reasonable and good. The pizza and the fish fingers are great, breakfast is very filling and delicious. Coffee is excellent.
None of us spoke Spanish and had a little trouble communicating with housekeeping but they really try hard to please. Resort is close enough to Rincon and some of the other tour destinations so that you don't spend your entire day driving. We booked with Mardigi Tours for airport transfer from Liberia and for 3 tours. Marvin, Digi, and Mannie and all the staff are outstanding and make special efforts to assist, make the tours interesting and comfortable. It is easy to see why they are rated so highly- they try to accomodate your requests and needs. The staff's knowledge of the country and the wildlife, etc. are endless. The bus will stop whenever the tour guide sees an interesting sight or animal, they are not uptight about schedule.
We did the boat trip into Palo Verde National Park, it was relaxing and intriguing; we saw crocodiles, huge iguanas, all sorts of birds, bats, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys. Saw a Macaw on the way to the river, beautiful bird! Saw barred owls on the way also. Next we did the tour to Nicarauga, it is a full, long day but filled with adventure and interest. Getting thru the border is an adventure in itself!! But Marvin really knows how to handle the crossing- would not like to do it alone in a rental. The people appear to be in worse economic condition than in CR but the country is beautiful, thousands of acres of plantain fields. The active volcano trip was fabulous and the boat tour thru the islets was nice. We had lunch in historic Grenada City and were able to shop at the straw market there; toured a beautiful historic church with views of the city.
Last tour was to the Rincon area for the horseback ride to the zipline, mudbath, hot springs, lunch. The Borinquen Resort is beautiful as is the land surrounding it. The zipline (my 1st) was amazing and great fun, could have zipped all day! Do the Superman or upside down, it is a thrill! I was leary initially of the horses because I am not comfortable with them, but it was okay, they are gentle and just follow the pack, a 30 minute ride through gorgeous country with awesome views- you'll miss that if you don't do the ride.
Costa Rican people are friendly and seem to be happy and contagious in their desire to help. I enjoyed 2 massages and a facial at the spa at the Condovac, prices are very, very reasonable. The outdoor massage overlooking the beach was fantastic. Only use Red Taxi; don't believe negative review about casino in Coco Beach, yes, it is tiny, but it is fun and the slots paid me off! We didn't get to try too many restaurants because we were gone alot, but Ginger's is absolutely outstanding, tapas only, but are filling and it is fun to order many different ones. Wish we could have returned to the Hotel La Finisterra for another meal, it was DIVINE! Had dinner our last night there, it sits on a hill overlooking the bay and offers fabulous food. They also have half-orders although not listed on menu. I do not know how the bartender did it but he served the iced tea as a blended, icy, frothy beverage that was almost like a dessert- awesome, should have gotten that recipe too!
Early spring is a good time to visit since the rains haven't come and brought all the mozzies but the no see ums are there. I did get bitten by somehting, no one else in my room did, now I believe it was ants or a sand fly, the bites are just going away after two weeks home, the itch about drove me batty but guess that is expected in a "jungle" environment. The Arenal area was too far without an overnight but would like to do that next time.
We had no rain and the temps were in 70s and 80s. If you miss the souvenir shops, the shop at the Liberia airport is great for all sorts of goodies, especially cute tee shirts and clothes, wish I had known before I bought tees elsewhere.
Condovac is relaxing and the value is exceptional. They even have room service with a limited menu. The manager said they are to expand on the retaurant's menu soon and that will make the stay even more enjoyable. I would definitely stay again! Enjoy.
- Also Known As:
- Condovac La Costa Hotel
- Condovac Costa
- Condovac La Costa Playa Hermosa
- Hotel Condovac La Costa Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste