If you are interested in blending an authentic Costa Rican experience with some modern/western luxuries, Hotel Celaje in Cabuya is for you. The hotel is far enough removed from the tourist town of Montezuma that you get to experience the "real" Costa Rica, yet close enough that you can easily get into to town for the activities offered in Montezuma. The hotel sits on gorgeous grounds - palm trees everywhere, meticulously maintained tropical gardens - and offers an amazing pool to provide relaxation. The restaurant offers a wide variety of food and some of the best local dish, Pinto Gallo, you'll find in the area.
I noticed some reviews mentioned displeasure with the staff. During our stay there has been a turn over in staffing and the newly hired people are fantastic and professional. Any concerns folks had should now be dispelled. Santino, the afternoon/night manager, is a gem and will make you the BEST french fries and an absolutely killer Pina Colada. And of course the two best members of the staff - Lookie and Kardoes - are still there to provide companionship and certainly entertainment (They're the resident pups and cannot be overlooked!)
Something that is available that I didn't see a lot of people taking advantage of is an excellent sea kayak. Taking the kayak out to Cabuya Island a high tide is an experience you will not forget. Kayaking with sea turtles and small manta ray while pelicans, rigates, sea gulls and pipers fly over is a truly incredible journey.
All in all - between the ambience, the restaurant, the pool, the girls (Lookie and Kardoes :) ) the staff and most of all the location - I would highly recommend you put Hotel Celaje on your "must visit" list for the Nicoya Peninsula.
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- Also Known As:
- Celaje Hotel Cabuya
- Hotel Celaje Costa Rica/Cabuya