My family ( group of 11) just spent a week at Florblanca and we were under-whelmed by the hotel. The villas are unique and tout an open air design for the living room and bathrooms, however because you are in the rainforest everything left in this "open space" is constantly wet and eventually becomes moldy. We were not able to use the hammock in our room because is was always damp. Because the hotel is green, towels are only changed every 2-3 days, so after the first use, they stay damp the rest of the time.
There certainly is charm to having an open-aired shower, however It would be nice to have the toilet protected somehow. The Surf House which our family also occupied didn't even have the bathroom connected to any of the rooms. You had to walk out of the building itself to use the toilet or shower. (As a side note to the Surf House, the three guys who shared the Surf House had a 24 hour armed guard watching over their rooms due to recent robberies in the area...)
This hotel, like most of Costa Rica, prides istself as a green hotel, which I absolutely support. The hotel explained that due to the fragile nature of the septic system guests were asked to throw ALL paper into the trash which they said would be collected twice a day. We were lucky to have our trash collected once a day. My father ended up putting his can in the middle of the bathroom when he left for the day to ensure removal. If a hotel of this level is asking for the help if their guests to protect their septic by putting all paper in the trash, then I expect the hotel to actually retrieve the trash.
Nectar's is quite good. We ate many of our meals and found the food to be well above average. Billy, the chef, does a great job trying to change up the menu. The bartenders were also friendly and great.
What was surprising to us was the lack of management. We occupied two villas and the Surf House for a week and not once did we have anyone ask us how the stay was going, or if anything could be done to make our stay better. It rained for about 1/2 of our stay and we wished the hotel had games on premises or a DVD player to use. The hotel has WI-FI, which is sporadic.
Lastly, I will say that the grounds are beautiful. The vegetation is lush and creates a very peaceful ambiance. There are a family of monkeys that live in the trees of Florblanca. They didn't bother us in Villa 10, but my father in Villa 2 said that they threw branches down on his tin roof every morning at 5AM when the sun rose.
I haven't gone back to revisit the website since our return to see if it explains just how rustic this property is. We were surprised by how much the property charged for what you got in return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our accommodations offer complete privacy and luxury surrounded by beautiful gardens and views of the Pacific Ocean. All villas are only steps away from the surf, open -air dining, our new Spa Bambu, fitness center, a yoga and Pilates studio, and other amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Florblanca Hotel Santa Teresa
- Florblanca Resort Santa Teresa
- Florblanca Resort Costa Rica/Santa Teresa