Costa Rica is an amazing country and you, tourist, visitor, traveller or whoever you are, should visit it at some point in your life, but make sure you make Amor de Mar, in Montezuma, a part of your stay. I have travelled around to different areas but they are my favourite places. As you enter Amor de Mar you can feel the great energy. I was in complete AWE with the view: a beautiful green lawn overlooking the ocean and filled with hammocks , suspended by palm trees, sunbeds, deckchairs and a wooden bench staring out into the river.
I spent my mornings watching the sunrise from that bench, enjoying the wonderful view over the waterfall and the river running into the ocean, lying down in the sun and watching the waves breaking on the rocks, where there is a tidal pool perfect for cooling off during hot hours.
The hotel is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth: surrounded by a tropical garden, I was greeted by wildlife and beautiful blu birds every morning and lulled into the peaceful sound of the waterfall and waves breaking on the rocks every night. The daily care of details (freshly ibiscus and exotic flowers, little candles, music...), the lovely artistic touches make this place unique and special. And when the ocean meets the sky at night, the darkness make this place, with its tea candles, wall lamps and dim lights, simply magical.
The food was excellent Everything home made and organic. Delicious. But the best part of the experience was the staff at Anamaya. They were all wonderful and did everything to make my stay excellent.
The food is incredible and the staff make you feel like you're part of the "Anamaya Family". The view is stunning and the rooms were great - every cabina is different and we got to see some of the rooms that were vacant. Sometimes we needed to ask for clean towels and the cleaning staff were lovely people but they had a tendency to miss things here-or-there...but when we needed something taken care of, we asked and they took care of it right away.
The room was great, very clean and the bed, with an orthopedic matress and soft sheets, was absolutely comfortable!! I had towels ( 2 big and 2 small) every morning and the bathroom was very clean with really hot shower .
I got to see some of the rooms that were vacant and all are different and so personal and authentic.
It is very secure: all the rooms have a safe and there were two lovely and friendly guards, Frank (who taught me some spanish !!) and Julio, watching over the place.
WiFi was very fast and available everywhere: I could even listen to music on you tube down on the lawn !!!
There is also a lovely library on the first floor where I spent some late nights reading and relaxing on a comfortable woody armchair .
Breakfast is not included but it's good value. It was excellent: from huge plates of fresh and delicious tropical fruit to a selection of home made jams and home made bread (I could smell the freshly baked bread every morning!!). Crepes with banana were incredible and freshly brewing coffe ( I could poor it even before the sunrise) and natural juices were available all day long!!
the place is just outside the centre of Montezuma, it is less than 10 minutes' walk. I walked into town every day for lunch or dinner, even by myself and I felt very safe.
you have a walk distance access to a lot of activites: surfing, scuba, horseback riding. Waterfall hike is just right across the street!!
But the best part of the experience was the staff! I think people make the difference! and everybody at Amor de Mar made my three weeks' stay fantastic: they make you feel like you're part of the "Amor de Mar Family" and you really feel at home rather than in a hotel.
Ori, is the nicest and most generous host I've ever met during my 7 years travel, Ammi and Sylvia (which is also a very good yoga teacher) are always smiling and very helpful: when I needed something taken care of, I asked and they took care of it right away. The cleaner staff, Lissette and Yamileth are really nice, the cooks Arturo and Patricia are great and all the kitchen staff , Maria, Andrès, Lopez and Cortès, is so sweet and adorable. And Taco, the gardner, with his friendly smile made my mornings!
This is a very special place. Thank you to all and I am looking forward to coming back !!!
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- Also Known As:
- Amor De Mar Puntarenas
- Amor De Mar Hotel