My wife and I spent 4 nights here in May 2013 on our honeymoon having already been at the 4 Seasons, Hotel Harmony in Nosara and then afterwards Tabacon in Arenal. Arrival was good, drinks and cool towels etc but somehow seemed less attentive than anywhere else we checked in, not sure if their guy was ultra mellow or just not too interested but just how we took it and felt a little disapointed.
Room: We had villa 8; it's very hard to fault in fairness. Amazing inside/outside lounge with excellent hammock, the outside bathroom is a real treat... Showering etc whilst listening and occasionally watching the monkeys is a brilliant experience and really makes you embrace and understand the jungle a bit more. The bedroom is the only air conditioned area which sounds odd but works incredably well, I'd say that it was my favourite accomodation of the trip, combining a luxurious bedroom with a more authentic beach/jungle lodge was really perfect.
Food & Drink: As a couple we're a bit split on this; my wife thinks excellent and I'm plumping for very good for the money but somehow expected a little bit more for all the pitching of a 5 star/luxury resort etc; maybe best desrcibed as luxururious simplicity, basic foods done really well. That said the tenderloin definately goes into my top 5 steaks ever, the sashimi was cracking, the pork great and the breakfast burrito sorts you out after a surf.
Pool: Excellent pool, top smaller one which has an infinity into the bottom one, being a small resort never gets over crowded. Only downside I saw here was people over keen to reserve the best loungers, i.e. towells down in the morning then no-one there till the afternoon, come on people, we're not in Germany! There are also loungers on the beach, perfect little spot on the beach, much quieter, good breeze etc; only call out here is that it would be nice to have a water cooler at the pool side and at the beach, simple but effective. Also a drinks service for both area's would be nice as well, as in other resorts. Whilst the guys were happy to bring drinks to you it would be better if every now and then they did a lap and just asked people if they were ok food and drink wise.
Surf: Maybe I'd built it up in my head but somehow had the impression Florblanca was "on the surf" - it's not. You can walk about 10 minutes round the beach to the first break but the main bars and where the swell is bigger (at least on my stay which saw 2 different swells) at the far end of the beach which is definately not a walk you want to do before a surf and probably couldn't do afterwards - i'd guess it's only a k or 2 but on soft sand you'll soon feel that twice a day each way.
Overall: Having written this review I remember all the good big & little bits about the place, all the things I've said above plus the lack of bugs due to the drier and natural climate, the excellent cocktails (pineapple caipirinha = new favourite!) but somehow still left feeling like something was missing... somehow I never felt like I was fully welcome in the resort or made to feel at home - unsure why, maybe we never got over the intial welcome. Bottom line is this is a wonderful resort, personal view is it's marginally overpriced on the accomodation front but the food and drinks are keenly priced and of very good quality, the bar staff are pleasant and prompt and the spa staff excellent and some of the most friendly in the resort.
They all look amazing but make sure you get an outside bathroom
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