My husband and I just returned from a 7 night stay at this resort, and we had very mixed reactions. As people have noted, it is very quiet and quite isolated - and this appealed to us. We weren't prepared, however, for just how quiet and isolated it is. There were some nights when we were 2 of only 3 guests, and it just felt a bit odd. The whole area is under-serviced - although there are several resorts in the area and on the same bit of beach there were very few people around. There are so many things the owners of the various hotels could do to make the experience more enjoyable - such as pooling together to have a shuttle available to take people into the small tourist town of Playas del Coco or cleaning up the beach (watch out for nails sticking out of a wrecked boat that's scattered along the beach.
We had planned to rent a car and spend a day travelling around on our own - but the 2 women at the desk weren't able to arrange one. I was never confident that they'd tried very hard, and as we were driving to the airport we passed several car rental agencies with cars in their lots. We should have taken this in hand ourselves but as time passed we'd sunk into the lethargy of beach mode.
There are day trips available from the hotel. We booked one through a local guy who came around - but on the day before found that he wouldn't take a credit card for payment, nor would he take us to get money in Playas del Coco - very amateur; essentially he preferred to lose $250 than take 40 minutes out of his day. I'd certainly avoid him and book with one of the tour companies. To get off the resort we asked at the desk if we could take a bus into Coco and were duly directed to the bus stop. We weren't told, however, that this would leave us 4 kilometres from the town. Fortunately we left very early in the morning and it wasn't a bad walk - it would have been horrific in the heat of mid-day.
On the unqualified positive side the staff were very attentive (except the front desk as noted) and extraordinarily professional considering the few guests, and the food was outstanding. The dinners were almost always a la carte because there were so few guests and they were really excellent. As others have noted there is lots of wildlife - most notably a troupe of monkeys living in the trees near the pool that provided lots of entertainment.
We had a lovely vacation - we've done a fair bit of 'hard travelling' and just wanted a break from the weather, and we certainly got that. On the other hand, I don't think I would return either to this resort or to Costa Rica.
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- Sol Papagayo Playa Panama
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