Wow, where do I start? Our room, a delux, had everything we wanted. A very comfortable king bed, soft sheets, a very large walk-in closet with lots of shelves and hangers on the rod, a huge bathroom, a stocked 'frig, a TV with enough cable channels in English, a ceiling fan, an evaporative cooler AND fantastic air conditioning. Those last two are kinda important when visiting Manuel Antonio in August. The entire suite's floor was covered in saltillo tiles. The bed was made every day with new designs on top of the cover made with extra towels and hibiscus (or were they plumeria?) flowers. Very sweet. The room is elegant in its simplicity.
The grounds are true to the photos on the resort's website. Gorgeous vegetation, meanderng walkways, sweet waterfall in the middle of it all. The pool is lovely. Such a treat to come back from a day's excursion to just laze in the pool, looking out over the infinity edge into the lush foliage.
Breakfast and lunch are provided in a lovely, open area, overlooking the foliage and pool. The breakfast consists of coffee from Cafe Milagro, two kinds of juices, cereal and milk, scrambled eggs, three kinds of fruit, pinto (traditional mix of rice and black beans), and various breads and English muffins to toast and spread with butter and jams. There was also a different offering of either french toast, pancakes, banana pancakes, etc. Basically, a big offering for breakfast. For those unsure about pinto, add a bit of butter and hot sauce and enjoy! We never made it back from our activities in time for lunch, so I don't know what they offered then. We just saw them cleaning up from lunch a couple of time when we got back around 2pm.
The people who work there, however, are what make The Falls Resort exceptional. So friendly and helpful, taking the time to have enjoyable conversations with us. My husband and I have to give big cudos to three: Jorge, Johanna, and Charlie. Johanna was always so prompt in her email replies each time I had questions before we arrived, and so gracious when we spoke with her in person. Jorge and Johanna work at the front desk, although we also found Jorge behind the bar a few times. Charlie is the new bartender, Oscar having moved to Panama. Charlie has a new "special" every day which are fantastic concoctions. He and Jorge are great conversationalists, and we learned a lot about the area each day from them. They had great recommendations of restaurants and actvities, and always followed up the next day to find out if we liked where we went.
By the way, when you get ready to head out for your day's activities, you can stop by the front desk and ask for towels. Just bring them back and put them in the basket in the room facing the pool. We went through towels every day; it was wonderful not to have to pack them and bring them with us for the trip.
As for the "construction" next door, there was nothing going on the week we were there. It looked like they were either taking a break or had already finished with the terracing or "earth-moving" they had done. No big trucks were around. There is a wall at the edge of The Falls that separates them from what will be the new development next door. A couple of days there were some men working on it, but it seemed as those they were from The Falls, perhaps setting up new electrical connections or something. No big deal, and fairly quiet.
The Falls is very centrally located in Manuel Antonio. We walked to La Cantina (BBQ), El Gato Negro at Casitas Eclipse, El Avion, Napoli (pizzeria) at Los Byblos, Agua Azul, and Cafe Milagro. We only took a cab back from La Cantina (all uphill, and at night with no sidewalks, a bt much), and from one other place which I can't remember. We took the bus down to what I could call the 'main' beach just outside the park where we did our touristy shopping thing, and to the park itself. The bus is 200 colones per person each way (about 50 cents), and the cabs were about 2000 to 2500 colones per trip.
There truly was no need to drive ourselves anywhere. We flew in on Nature Air from the Pavas/San Jose airport to the Quepos airport, and arranged through Nature Travel for Iguana Tours to shuttle us to The Falls Resort. We checked out of the Falls at 11am, Johanna was happy to keep our bags in the front office while we walked around and had lunch elsewhere, and when we came back for our bags around 1:30pm, Charlie stayed and talked with us in the lounge until our shuttle arrived at 2pm.
My husband and I can heartily recommend all the restaurants I listed above. The only caveat is to not order the seafood pizza from Napoli at Los Byblos. The seafood was oily and very 'past its prime', to say the least. They didn't charge me for it. My husband's pizza of ham, pineapple, tomato and onion was fantastic. They make their pizza with a very thin, crispy crust and a fresh yummy sauce. All the other places are absolutely supreme. Look for my comments soon under those restaurants' listings in the forum section. One tip: be ready to sit back and take your time. It is considered rude for them to ask if you are ready for your check. You may have to request it a couple times, so in the meantime, just relax and enjoy the scenery and each other.
As for The Falls Resort, we definitely would like to stay there again!
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