I was looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway to Costa Rica and found it in this hotel and town. Upon arriving we were greeted with a couple of fresh daquiri's from Martin, an excellent bartender. We had booked a Garden Villa but were upgraded (I believe) to the Beach Front villa, literally the closest to the beach. My girlfriend was very impressed. We had the all-inclusive package, the food was excellent, we tried almost everything on the menu (except for the typcial american style foods which are no good for anyone). The service was excellent, especially Martin and Alex. We had one minor slipup with service at dinner one night but it was probably an honest mistake for missing our order. The town centre was about a 20-30 minute walk along the beach and it was great. Don't take a taxi there, walk and get some exercise, fight obesity and experience the world. Lots of excursions can be easily set up through the hotel, we chose to visit the info centre in town though. The staff in the hotel and town are incredibly kind, especially when you don't act like a d-bag or have a sense of entitlement. I've read other reviews of showers without hot water - there's a trick - turn the water on slightly so that the hot pipes aren't overrun with the cold pipes, use your brain. We put our valuables in our suitcase and didn't have any issue with leaving it for 7 days. I left my shoes outside for 4 days, no problems. I would definitely recommend this place for a tranquil, relaxing setting. Do your homework to get a feel for the location, it's not an amusement park. It's pura vida. The only negatives I can think of are the beds a great, but squeeky- I'm a light sleeper, and the one tiny slip-up with dinner which was rectified quickly and excellent service was restored (I gave 4 stars instead of 5).
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