Grounds were immaculate. Foliage was beautiful. Hotel was part of a larger reserve that included >4000 acres. JW Marriott and private residences with a golf course and horse stables are included in this gated paradise.
The hotel room was comfortable overall. Difficult to cool and the hot water/ cold water dance is something one gets used to (never perfectly temperate for very long) in the shower. Not all rooms include a patio, which would have been nice. If you were willing to pay extra you could arrange for type of room (we stayed in a deluxe....I think).
The food was astronomically expensive. An average lunch for three including two smoothies, diet coke, civiche, nachos $78 US dollars. Dinner, likewise. We rented a car from Liberia so we ate in nearby Tamarindo--better food, more reasonable prices.
You are really paying for a country club experience here. Like I said, the grounds are very nice. Elegant even. But the room was a little disappointing.
The staff was great and quick to help/ solve problems. The concierge is a little biased on what retreats/ activities he will show you--do your research and figure that stuff out for yourself. As an example, we left tasteful, glossy cards for Kelly's Surf Shop out on the counter next to other brochures and they were removed/ discarded promptly. No hard feelings; just wanted to help an excellent local business.
The beach club was very well appointed with travertine floors and an infinity pool. The club was behind Avellana beach. The layout was great! The ocean at this beach is untamed--huge waves and strong rip tides ( my daughter and myself were rapidly carried several hundred meters from shore in a matter of seconds--very scary but we managed our way back). Be mindful where your children swim here. Likewise, one must shuffle rather than "walk" through the water as this area is very popular with manta rays. They sense the vibrations from a shuffle and pierce you if you step on one--see Steve Irwin. The beach club and ocean here were definitely highlights.
Nevertheless, I would not stay here again. Prices and remoteness to food options/ activities (surfing/ beach) were cumbersome with respect to carefree vacationing. I would not dissuade someone else from staying here. However, if you are looking for activity/dining/convenience--Stay in Tamarindo or its like. I could see this this resort option for newlyweds. Not families.
- Also Known As:
- La Posada Costa Rica/Guanacaste