I'm trying to back track and fill in reviews for hotels we stayed at before I joined tripadvisor. I'd wanted to go to Costa Rica since the 90's but something always got in the way. And then, the desinations I usually picked were further south in this tiny country of so many ecosystems, so it was refreshing to land in a less developed part of the country.
I really take my hat off to the resort for doing such an excellent job of blending the buildngs into the natural landscape. The peninsula narrows to an isthmus and it is at this point that reception comes in, cool drinks and a breezy open building looking out towards ocean on both sides. The accomations are for the most part, in tiers of buidings, but the sound proofing is done well. The roofs are curved to resemble turtles backs, the first but certainly not last nod to respecting indigenous life.
Rooms are gorgeous, dark teak like with a bath large enough to hold a small party which can be made more private with rolling wooden carved blinds. The lannai is usable as there's a motorized mosquito screen that rolls down to seel it off, quite transparant at night.
Because you can't cut down a lot of trees in Costa Rica, most of the balconies don't actually have sea views. What you do have is sea sound, breakers rolling and crashing, so if you do the unecological thing and turn up your air con and open the lannai, you're falling asleep to some serious sea music.
With two beachs and two pools, there's plenty of room for the couples to get away from the moms/dads and toddlers, all of whom are busily collecting hermit crabs to keep as pets during their stay. Don't expect a perfectly groomed beach -- that would disturb all the little critters and frankly, it's much nicer that way.
We took advantage of quite a few activities and trips to the rainforest, over high suspension foot bridges, out in boats to see birds, an anteater, gorgeous flowers. Even road zip lines hundreds of feet off the forest floor from tower to tower -- that was great fun. The howler monkeys vocally voiced their feelings about our presence in their territory !! That's quite a sound !
Restaurant selection was a bit bleak after 3 or 4 days, but the catch of the day fish selection when they'd take the chef's boat out and bring back fish you can tag for your dinner and discuss how to prepare, was amazing. Also brought home local coffee, so much nicer than what we get up here, even when it is grown locally.
The spa is really well done, facilities are large and tasteful, I had one body treatment I absolutely adored, altot of slathering on of various creams and lotions, but my hot rock girl was just not into being a masseuse. Hard too when your significant other is laying there going "oooooooOOOOOoOooo". His masseuse was much better.
Very strange leaving, realize you're at the airport Oliver North build to fund the contras, especially with the plane to the left with the Homeland Security logo stamped on it. Will always wonder what that meant !
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