My boyfriend and I stayed at the Tropico Latino Hotel for six nights in late August 2012. We'd spent the prior week on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast and a couple of nights on Arenal volcano, and this west coast, beachfront hotel was the perfect way to end our trip. Our room (bungalow?) opened up to a small "front yard," which opened up to the beach. We were in room 12, which is a room on what appeared to be a quadplex. For most of the week, I think we were the only ones in that whole building.
Anyway, the hotel itself is gorgeous. The bungalows are spread out around the property and are mostly individual little cabins/bungalows that are tucked behind trees and seem very private. The restaurant (Shambala) is right in the middle and offers an interesting combination of Indian, Asian, and Costa Rican food. We had the Gyoza every night, it was so good. Also very good was the Red Snapper, which was the "fish special of the day" every day that week. The wine selection isn't much, but you can get a glass of wine (decent pour too!) for $5, and a small bottle (250mL) for $9, so the prices weren't steep.
No meals are included and the average breakfast price was $7-8. Dinner ranged from $9-17.
Hotel Tropico Latino also includes a Spa, the Yoga Spa Natural. This was one of my favorite parts, as we could do yoga with a beachview every day we were there (and we did!). The yoga studio is right in front of the pool (though separated by some bushes), and since this was the slow season there were really only a couple of times anyone (kids) were using the pool and we could hear them in our class. This isn't bothersome at all to me, but I thought would be worth mentioning. I'm not sure if the noise from the pool influences the yoga classes at all during the busy seasons.
The yoga instructors are all wonderful, and teach various styles of classes. We took classes with Maria, Jenny, and Daniel. Jenny is a bubbly Canadian now living in Costa Rica and teaches a quick-paced, upbeat class. Maria's class started with Pranayama breathing, then moved into a Vinyasa, and finished with a 15 minute savasana (longest I've ever enjoyed! My teachers at home in Minnesota, Oregon, and Colorado have all wrapped up in 2-5 minutes). They're all vinyasa classes, but since each teacher brings his/her own personality and experience into it, they vary accordingly and are all beautiful classes. When your drishti is a tree in front of the ocean, it's a good, good thing.
Our only spa experience was the reflexology, which we loved. However, we'd never done reflexology before and were expecting more of a consultation based on what was felt in our feet. Instead, it was essentially just a really, really great foot massage with a note at the end about how she felt some blockage or tension in my right foot. So, I'm not really sure what we should've expected, but the foot massage part was incredibly relaxing.
All in all, we'd absolutely stay here again. In fact, their rates for the bigger rooms/suites are so good that we've talked about trying to talk a group of friends into coming back here with us sometime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropico Latino is an intimate beachfront boutique hotel located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form.Our exquisitely-designed tropical bungalows and suites, built with exotic hardwoods, are surrounded by abundant tropical gardens under an old forest canopy, giving you the feeling of landing in paradise. Immerse yourself in the most pristine natural environment and experience the wildlife of Costa Rica right outside your window. Howler monkeys, hummingbirds, iguanas and bright flowering heliconias are just a few examples of what you will see.All of our accommodations feature luxury amenities, including wireless internet, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, security safe, mini-bar, coffee maker and complimentary coffee. Ask for our new beachfront suite, featuring its own beautiful private saltwater pool and Jacuzzi. Relax poolside or lounge in a beach hammock under a grove of coconut and almond trees as you watch the sunset. You will love it!Tropico Latino resort features a full-service Spa and yoga studio. The Spa offers professional massages, wraps, exfoliations, facials, and other services such as acupuncture, manicures and pedicures. What makes our Spa different is that we create our own 100% natural healing and beauty products from ingredients like papaya, cucumber, coffee, coconut, almonds, carrots, honey and mint.Our yoga center offers daily Vinyasa Flow yoga classes and retreats. We have two beachfront open-air decks were you can receive classes while you listen to the rhythm of the waves at the ocean's edge. Yoga lessons will keep you centered, flexible and relaxed during your stay. Our classes are complete with mats, blocks and straps, and are open to everyone, from beginning students to experienced practitioners.Your stay would not be complete without a delightful dining experience. Our open-air beachfront restaurant combines a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere with nationally-renowned organic international cuisine. You will find healthy options on the menu using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and meat.Our commitment with sustainability in Santa Teresa BeachTropico Latino is an environmentally conscious hotel. We coordinate and sponsor the Blue Flag ecological program and sustainable initiatives for the beach communities of Mal Pais, Carmen, Santa Teresa and Hermosa. We are very proud that in 2012 all four beaches obtained the ecological Blue Flag recognition award, which ensures the quality and sanitation of the water, beach clean-up projects, community informational signs, and environmental education. We also are committed to conserve the vibrant biodiversity and richness of the rainforest that surrounds the region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropico Latino Hotel
- Tropico Latino Nicoya
- Hotel Tropico Latino Costa Rica/Santa Teresa