My husband and I were married May 3rd right on the beach at Playa Cielo and it was utter perfection! Every staff member from the moment of our arrival to the second we left was attentive, courteous, and anticipated our every need. We now consider each and every one of them family. From Renee who greeted us, to Ettie the manager, Mayli one of our servers, Chef Gary and his talented and hard working kitchen staff, and of course owners Sol and Adele.
We stayed in both the one bedroom and two bedroom casitas and both were immaculately clean and quite beautiful, and extremely comfortable. From fresh fruit being delivered to our porch in the morning to our final cocktail in our personal hammocks at night, it was a slice of relaxing heaven with a beautiful ocean view. We reserved the whole space for our families so we all could be together, but with the privacy of each having our own houses essentially. The grounds are perfectly landscaped but still authentic as you are surrounded by jungle and it's many beautiful creatures. There are gorgeous birds and monkeys to watch and even wild horses that graze. The beautiful pool is clean and great for small children as well as adults, as it has an extended shelf that lends itself for relaxing. The open air restaurant Habanero is right on the beach where you can eat at tables right in the sand or on cushioned seats under a thatched roof. The food is of utmost freshness and absolutely delicious! I have been in the restaurant business in NYC for 15 years so I know great food...and this is great food! From fresh grilled lobsters to grilled whole grouper to pork and fish tacos, guacamole and salsa the ingredients are fresh, local, with authentic flavor. Want to know what's on the menu?..well that depends what is caught that day. How great is that?! Probably the best lobster of my life. The desserts are made in site as well, my personal favorite was the flan.
As far as the wedding, I didn't have to do a thing accept walk down the aisle. Sol and Adele took care of everything and I didn't have to stress like most modern brides. There were candles everywhere and some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen being put together by local hands at the start of the morning, and of course all with an epic beach and sunset as a backdrop. The waves are a surfers paradise and there is hardly anyone on the pristine beach. There is only jungle behind you and not a line of cookie cutter resorts. The sunsets are epic. We were married just before sunset by a beautiful spiritual minister named Terry. I walked down an aisle lined of fresh flowers and we danced to a local Costa Rican 8 person reggae band called Talawa. And through it all my new family at Playa Cielo made sure every moment was perfect. It was pure magic. If this review doesn't have you booking your next trip here, perhaps the fact that we booked our next trip there for December before we left will. Pura Vida!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful, luxury beachfront villas each with amazing ocean views. Centrally located to supermarkets and restaurants.Relax by our beachfront pool or lounge in any of the available hammocks by the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Cielo Hotel Santa Teresa
- Playa Cielo Costa Rica/Santa Teresa