Okay maybe I need to elaborate a little. To say that I highly value the 7-10 consecutive days of personal/professional freedom afforded to me each year would probably be the understatement of the century. In order for me to live up to the adage "work hard, play hard" those 10 days really have to be special if I am going to offset the 300+ days out of the year that I am working hard!
Webster defines vacation as "a respite or a time of respite from something; a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation." I tend to characterize it a little differently: Vacation (n) a respite from our everyday lives to a location whose unparalleled physical beauty conduces a state of mind through which all personal responsibility is left behind, all communication lost, and all passwords forgotten; essential for the complete revitalization of body and soul.
This past March I spent a week at Tamarindo Diria with a group of friends and it was honestly the best vacation experience of my life. The resort was highly recommended to me by a close family friend and after doing some research online I was sold. Costa Rica had also been at the top of my list of travel destinations and unsurprisingly it is now at the top of my list of travel destinations to experience again. The accommodations were great, the staff was friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was very laid back and relaxing. If you’re an active person the resort is right in the middle of the action. If you surf or you’d like to learn, there is a consistent break directly in front of the resort. If you want some waves all to yourself it’s a just short walk down the beach and across the estuary to 5-6 additional breaks off the Playa Grande. I’m a surfer and I was blown away by how many world class surf breaks there on the Nicoya Peninsula just a short drive from the hotel.
After spending the first half of each day wearing myself, my afternoons were all about relaxation and the resort has plenty of outlets. The ocean side of the resort has a beautiful white sand beach and above it is a huge private lawn/patio that backs up to the pool. The grass is strewn with pool chairs and recliners and there are plenty of palm tress so you have your choice of shade or sun. Best of all the resort has a full time masseuse with a table setup in the shade and there were also a couple locals offering massages on the beach. I treated myself 4 out of the 7 days I was down there! After a nice long nap I generally spent a couple hours parked at the pool bar for some cocktails before dinner. The ocean side of the resort has everything you could ever want and more. But just for the sake of argument let’s say you weren’t totally satisfied with the beach, lawn, pool, and bar on the ocean. Well, across the street the resort has another pool with a swim up bar and sound stage overlooking it. My buddies and I had lunch at the swim up bar a couple times during the trip. The off ocean pool area is very private and was definitely less frequented than the popular beach side area – perfect for napping, reading, or having a little QT with a loved one.
While I stand by my original statement that the Tamarindo Diria was “the best vacation I’ve ever had…nuff said,” I hope the details I provided help out. I’ve already booked a flight to return in October for a long weekend to try and catch the tail end of the rainy season and hopefully some big surf...had to tell the guys at work I had a mandatory family wedding to attend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern oceanfront Hotel and Resort with Costarican flavor, located in Tamarindo Beach, 65 km from Liberia Airport (LIR). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Tamarindo
- Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach And Golf Resort
- Tamarindo Diria Hotel