My wife and I recently stayed 5 nights in a one bedroom junior suite with kitchen. The unit is within a cabin (modern/sleek) that has a second unit (a more standard hotel room) as part of it that is rented out separately. Conversely, a larger family (or another couple) could rent both units as there is an interior door that can be used to move about the two units. Our unit had a fully equipped kitchen (coffee maker, toaster, full size refrigerator and oven, microwave and a full complement of plates, bowls, flatware, etc.) We couldn’t want for anything in that regard but used it only to make very light snacks and a couple of light dinners. Our breakfast was included and we preferred lunches out.
The entire suite was beautiful and kept up wonderfully. Modern, wooden furniture. Nice dining room table with four leather padded chairs. The kitchen had a wide bar top with four tall chairs as well. The dining room opens up to a patio with a secure glass door and has two padded chairs. Note: The patios could all use a small table. Small suggestion. The bathroom and bedroom (with king size bed) were equally sharp and impressive. The mattress was very firm but comfortable enough for us. There is more closet and drawer space than most anyone I know would ever need for a week. The Wi-Fi worked amazingly well anywhere in the suite and on the patio. We could stream a movie (Netflix) essentially seamlessly. It did not require any special considerations in our suite. It was simply on.
I’ll follow this with the key bullet points you might be looking for:
1) Room service – it is available but expensive. However, there is no room service menus -- you just have to plan ahead to order what's off the Posada dining menu. They wouldn't let us bring it back to the room (which is silly). Make more copies.
2) Restaurant – very nice but it’ll add up if you are taking all meals there or at the other options on the resort grounds. The breakfast buffet (included in our plan) was very good.
3) Are there monkeys? Of course. Plentiful. We had two great monkey parades (howlers) just off our patio in the 15’ – 35’ trees abutting the dry forest. The troops varied with about 20 to 30 members.
4) Should you have a car? In our book this is a must. The resort is self contained but to get to Avenallas Beach and the really awesome beach club grounds it’s ~6 km and waiting for the shuttle would be annoying to get there and back. Plus, getting food/drinks for use of the kitchen means driving off the resort grounds. There are no shops. Car gets you to multiple other beaches in the area as well. Playa Negra is quite worth a day vist and is about 10 km.
5) Playa Avenallas is wonderful. A great beach with excellent breaks for the surfers. I body boarded contentedly.
6) Take advantage of the laundry. Returned same day if they have it by 9:00 am and the prices are very reasonable.
7) There are two gates available to get off the resort grounds. If going to Playa Negra be sure to take the gate that’s basically right at La Posada. Don’t go back to the main entrance.
8) There is an ATM at the main reception area. Didn’t use it so don’t know the fees.
9) It’s a resort – the water in the suites is fine to drink.
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