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“A Magical Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort, Santa Teresa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4 kilometers past Santa Teresa, left hand side, Santa Teresa 1000, Costa Rica   |  
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“A Magical Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I've been meaning to write this review since returning from this trip in May. My husband and I thought this resort was amazing. I honestly do not have one negative thing to say about it.

This is the type of place we had been yearning for. We wanted an open air room, privacy, outdoor shower, and peace. A week to completely disconnect from television, cell phones, internet, and work. From the moment that we arrived, we were greeted with smiles and hospitality. The rooms were exactly what we were hoping for. The decor was very Zen-like and the beds were very comfortable. Waking up and getting a shower outside while the monkeys were howling, and listening to the sounds of the birds and ocean waves was serene. The pool was perfect, and the hammocks on our porch and beach were so relaxing. Every night, the staff had a turn down service for the room. After dinner, we would come back to all the blinds closed, the bed made, mosquito net down, and tea candles lit on our pathway and all throughout our room.

The service is what really made our stay special. Everyone was so friendly and made sure that our stay was perfect. We ate breakfast and dinner every day at the restaurant and loved it. Pretty much every day I ordered the eggs with rice and beans, fried plantains, tomato, and avocado. Ask for the hot sauce, it's great. Dinner was different every night. We had to order our selection by noon, and the chefs would go out and pick up the food fresh for the evening. He would cook it in the open air kitchen while we watched and sipped on our margaritas. Every meal was fantastic. We loved to play chess in the candlelight while we waited. We also loved to chat with the staff, because they were all nice, friendly, good people.

The town of Santa Teresa is a laid back surfer town. We rented a cab from the Tambor airport, and the drive was about an hour. We enjoyed walking around the town, zip lining, hiking, and the beautiful beaches. We also had a relaxing couple's massage. We rented an ATV for two days, and road tripped all around the Nicoya Peninsula to Montezuma, Cobano, and Mal Pais. We think it's the best way to explore the area. Plus, it's a lot of fun!

I also think we had a great time because we didn't expect to stay at the Hilton, with air conditioning and no bugs. There are crabs, lizards, iguanas, monkeys, and birds. Ladies, leave your blow dryer and makeup at home! Bring bug spray. Latitude 10 was a perfect place to be a part of nature, and live simply and peacefully. They also place a strong emphasis on water conservation and the environment. The people here have great attitudes and by the end of the week you will live by their motto, "Pura Vida" which means "pure life", "full of life", or "this is living!"

Writing this review makes me miss those 8 days at Latitude 10. We miss the staff, and will be back one day. If you stay here, I hope that you find the magic like we did.

Pura Vida!
Kate & Sean (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cayuga S, Manager at Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort, Santa Teresa, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Dear KateD412,
greetings from Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa. Thanks for spending your honeymoon with us. We loved having you at our little hideaway resort and are looking forward to receiving many more honeymooners like you and your husband that look for this very special lodging experience. As we have seen in previous reviews, Latitude 10 is not for everybody. No Hilton, No Marriott, No Hyatt. No Airconditioning, no TV. But for the person that is looking for that open air, outside shower, secluded beachfront experience... it is a dream come true. Thanks for pointing out all the little details and especially the service aspect of your stay. We try hard to really make every guest feel like he or she is at home. In the past year, we have seen a significant increase in return guests that just can't get enough of the Latitude 10 and Santa Teresa experience. Hopefully, you will be able to come back for an anniversary in the not so far future. Thanks again. Saludos!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Latitude 10 is a unique luxury experience. The rooms are actually all individual deluxe cabins/houses. They are completely open air and the walls open up to the sea. They are completely private and lined with vegetation. There are two later houses and several smaller ones. Each includes your own private porch to sit and read. Every night the staff light candles in your house while you eat dinner in the main building. The food is amazing!! The staff are very friendly and helpful. The beach is beautiful. The only thing to think about is the location is a bit of a challenge. The roads around Lat 10 are dirt roads and quite bumpy. The sign is hard to find, adding to the tucked away feeling. Just keep asking people where it is , locals will help you! The beach is a little rocky in the surf, so you walk a little to go swimming, but that's ok. Talk to locals about the tides when you get there. I could see spending a week here with my hubby for our honeymoon just relaxing and basking in each other. It's wonderful!

**i will say though, if you hate nature and are looking for a sterile experience, don't go. It's not uncommon to see howler monkeys or crabs around the property. This is cool to some, but others may want more separation. I loved it!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I do realise that just because something doesn't suit us it is therefore bad. There were some good things about Latitude 10 and I'm sure some people love it. Here's why we didnt:

-the website is misleading, I was expecting yoga, the guy seemed confused when i asked about it and then it was going to cost an additional $60....huh?

-the cabanas are like glorified camping, beautiful yes but the mossy nets dont protect you and there are no windows so the noise of ythe rain and ocean, while beautiful, disturbs sleep. We didnt want to go camping.

- it is not exclusive at all, not luxurious

-the outside shower is a novelty but that wears off. Cold water and then walking though the backyard. Not luxury. Camping.

- we were ill for 2 days having picked up a tummy bug and i didnt make it down to dinner one night but they still charged us for it! No sensitivity or engagement. The chefs were nice but we found the whole attitude of the place arrogant and lazy. Maybe it was low season but just gave off a bad vibe.

The road to get to Latitude 10 from the boat is also terrible. Soooo bumpy and pot holey. No exclusive resort can have a transfer like that.

For the price, this place is not good value. Would not recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cayuga S, Manager at Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort, Santa Teresa, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear 551AJH,
thank you for posting your review about your stay with us on Tripadvisor. We are really sorry to hear that your stay with us was not as expected, we feel that your review will help a lot of future guests make the right kind of decisions. We are very clear that Latitude 10 is the kind of place that you either absolutely love or that you come to understand that is "not quite for you". The remote location and dirt road, the closeness to the elements and the waves of the ocean, the open air bathroom feel and the "luxury camping" like experience is not for everyone and there really is not much we can do about this. Guests love it or hate it. However, there is one thing that concerned us about your stay with us. The lack of service attitude among some of our staff. That is very unusual and normally a big plus in the Latitude 10 experience. We apologize for this situation and ensure you that we will take the appropriate measures. Once again, sorry that your stay was not what you were looking for. Possibly the Beachfront and Rainforest Resort Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio might be what you are looking for. All the best.
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

As always, Cayuga does the best job in making me feel in just the kind of magical place I want to be for a little R&R! Latitude 10's location could not be better, far enough away from the heart of it all in the Santa Teresa area, but yet close enough to not have to go far when in the need to go somewhere. Service as always is the best, the rooms a delight, the ambience magical, great food, and best of all I was happy that my family's footprint was much smaller than it would have been had we stayed elsewhere in the area. Thank you Latitude 10 andn Cayuga!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Staying at Latitude 10 was like camping at Playa Hermosa 30 years ago, but with luxury and personal attention.
The howler monkeys came to visit and stayed a while. Families of them. At night our room was filled with candles. We slept to the sound of the sea and enjoyed beautifully prepared breakfasts.
It was a perfect Costa Rican experience.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

My husband and I chose Latitude 10 as the base for our "weddingmoon" in January of 2011. It was just the 2 of us, and we wanted a place on the beach for our ceremony and pictures, and one that we could enjoy for several days after for our honeymoon. The beach in the evening was perfect for both our ceremony and relaxing the days thereafter.

Customer service was impeccable. We had the ladies at the hotel set up our trips for us. Breakfast was great. We ate dinner here once and enjoyed it, as well. The turn down service here was especially nice, with candles lit for an amazing ambiance. The grounds are lush and well-kept. There is no AC in the casitas, which would be the only downside on warmer nights.

The location is a little bit out of the way, which can be a little inconvenient and add to travel expenses. We borrowed the bikes to take into town a couple times, and took taxis for our excursions as we had no desire to rent a car and navigate the Costa Rican roads, which are not for the faint of heart.

Head next door to Ambrosia for some tasty, inexpensive meals.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Latitude 10 is a unique vacation experience that brings you very close to living with nature in a beautiful beachfront location. This however is significantly tarnished by lack of good customer service and privacy.

We came to Latitude 10 during the 2nd week of our honeymoon and although being drawn in by the beauty and uniqueness of the location, we consistently found that staff, at times did not appear interested in ensuring that we had a great stay. No one acknowledged that it was our honeymoon (though we didn’t expect anything, our tour operator had advised them and it would have been nice to have been told congratulations). Far too often, our requests for simple things came late or were completely forgotten, meaning that at no time did you ever really feel fully relaxed and truly at home.

Breakfast in general was lacking in taste and variety. The main rice dish option for breakfast (gallo pinto) was extremely bland, especially in comparison to everywhere else we had visited where it had been very flavoursome. Although this dish stated that it came with plantain, ours did not. When we mentioned this, the lady looked embarrassed and told us they had no plantain – not really service you expect from somewhere with a first class rating. On some days we were offered orange juice and others we were not and when we asked for some, we were made to feel like we were inconveniencing the lady. There are very few guests at Latitude 10 and we both failed to understand why they were not able to provide the service you would expect from a place of this status and cost.

There were however a couple of key positives that bucked this trend, in the form of the barman who had a genuine interest in making our stay special, relaxed, and everything was ‘no problem’ with a smile. He gave the perfect level of customer service, without being ‘try hard’. The casita cleaners were also friendly and attentive. Evening meals were of a good quality and standard, however variation lacked and within 3 days you will have consumed all options available, even though each day is supposed to be a unique menu option.

Latitude 10 states that the mainly non air-conditioned rooms are kept cool by a constant sea breeze. During the day this is true but once the sun and blinds go down, this really isn’t the case at all. This hot heat at night reminded me of my time back-backing in Thailand and staying in cheap beach huts many years ago.

We had read that guests were free to join the daily yoga classes in the studio every day, which I very much looked forward to. When I asked about this, I was told that they do not have a fitness studio, which was very disappointing.

It is important to note that Latitude 10 is classed as being on the outskirts of Santa Teresa. Although less than a 5 minute taxi ride into Santa Teresa, Latitude 10 taxi company charge $26 for a return journey. Coming from an expensive city like London, we found this to be crazy and incredibly frustrating, especially since there really was nowhere else to go within walking distance if you didn't opt for the dinner option during the mornin at Latitude 10 resort.

One other thing to mention is that we arrived by a private taxi transfer. Our driver had been very good and professional. However when we arrived in the area, he spent a very frustrating hour driving up and down the main road trying to find Latitude 10, after a 7 hour journey. When we finally arrived, we were told they do not have a clear sign outside so that it was kept ‘exclusive’. This made no sense to us and we later learned that other guests had experienced the same problem. Unfortunately the mosquito nets didn’t reach the floor and did not work and a result I was bitten very badly.

Overall Latitude 10 has the potential to offer so much. However due to consistent inconsistencies it fails to live up to its first class billing. You never really know what you are going to get.

Room Tip: Although we didn't have it, we would recommend the air conditioned room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cayuga S, Manager at Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort, Santa Teresa, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Amanda,
thank you for taking the time to write your review about your stay with us. Please let us start with a sincere apology for all the little things that went wrong during your stay with us. Especially not acknowledging the special occasion you were visit us for is not acceptable. Lo sentimos mucho!!! When it rains, it pours, right? While it is extremely frustrating for us to read your review (because we really care), at the same time it is a great motivation for us to work on all of those details and to make sure that we improve and are able to deliver on the service aspect of the experience more consistently. We will make sure that the breakfasts get reviewed and plantains won't be missing again and send better information to our guests on finding the resort. We are very happy that you did find a lot of positive aspects during your stay and hope that those will be the main memories of your time with us. The location and setting are spectacular and normally our staff is known for the great service and hospitality. We are not sure how the confusion about the yoga classes came about as there is no information about classes on our website. But Yoga classes are available within walking distance of the resort. You are right, transportation in Santa Teresa is not cheap. But it has to do with the poor condition of the road and the quality vehicles with English speaking driver that we trust are often a bit more expensive than taxis on the road. We as a hotel do not earn anything on those taxi rides. It is a service we provide to our guests, but something we will look into more closely to find a solution for our future guests. Thanks again for your honest feedback. We are on it. Hope to have you back with us for an anniversary and show you the best of our service and attention to detail. Saludos,
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Address: 4 kilometers past Santa Teresa, left hand side, Santa Teresa 1000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#12 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort, Santa Teresa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Latitude 10 Resort was built as a private resort and is now available to the public. The resort consists of five spacious free standing, individually decorated and private casitas. Each casita has its own tropical decor, situated on over seven acres of private beachfront property located near the bustling beach town of Santa Teresa on the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Staying at Latitude 10 is like staying with good friends at their luxury beach house. You will experience personalized service and attention to detail in a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere. ... more   less 
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