1. THE FOOD was wonderful and incredibly varied. I loved the way they changed up the theme and format for each meal. One night we had traditional Costa Rican Barbeque set up for all a the guests, one night was Italian-influence, another evening we had a multicourse local ingredient feast which included the best clay-pot chicken I ever had. Breakfast was equally good – with particularly amazing coffee. The cost of the dinners is really very reasonable for what you are getting – I’d expect to pay double for this quality food in a fine restaurant. Lunches can be shared and done informally poolside – which was pleasant and helped us save room for dinner.
2. THE SPA – Very well done couples massage (Swedish and Hot stone) in open air spa, at sunset, serenaded by toucans.
3. THE HIKES – We did both the Waterfall and the Mountain Hike during our stay. Both are challenging, and you have the private trails entirely to yourself. The Mountain brought us eerily right up into the clouds, while the Waterfall offers big payoff in the end.
4. THE BAR glows at night – and it is awesome to be able to dine on canapés and have a cocktail before finding your table for dinner. The wine list isn’t huge – but we were happy with everything we tried. We enjoyed delicious coconut, ginger and fresh fruit cocktails each evening (and all day poolside)
5. THE POOLS – Amazing view from the main pool, and from its nearby covered hot tub –which is perfect for a rainy afternoon. The infinity pool under the restaurant is a secret spot – with a private little deck all of its own. Perfect place to camp out, spend the day and have lunch.
6. THE ANIMALS - Howler Monkeys will start to yell in the jungle around 5:30 am. Tree frogs line the hikes. A Toucan serenaded us at breakfast and landed on our balcony. A Blue Morpho butterfly lived by our door. I spent one particularly relaxing hour watching Leaf Cutter ants devour a bush.
7. THE TREEHOUSE VILLA – While not an actual treehouse, you do feel like the ground is far below you in this huge suite. We loved the modern design and the (very) open concept. We used the wet bar to make pre-dinner rum and cokes and the living room to play Scrabble. The villa is open air, with screens, and we didn’t have any big problems with water or bugs coming in. The huge deck has lounge chairs and open air soaking tub. The beautiful shower has two fountain heads and a door that opens outside onto the deck. It was cleaned spotlessly everyday, and turn down service included fresh flowers. Amazing!
8. THE VIEW – You are seriously up a mountain. After a few rides you may opt to stay up there rather than undergoing the rough ride down to sea level too many times. Those 20 minutes are no joke. Once you get up there, though – you really feel like you are a world away. With the ocean view far below you and the clouds hovering around you its like another world.
9. THE STAFF - Marlon, Mel, Oval, Vianny and Anna were some of the warmest servers, bartenders, and resort staff we have ever met. They are always available and attentive but never in the way, and somehow always seem to know when you need a new drink down by the pool. They are so caring and entertaining – truly one of the best assets of Rancho. On my 30th birthday – they banded together to throw me a beautiful, private candle lit dinner on the pool deck (with cake!) It was a meal I will never forget. (Thank You, guys)
10. THE MANGROVE TOUR – Others have said this tour was a long drive to get too– but we found it really reasonable 40 min. We were back at RP before 3:00. It’s a rare privilege to have a boat and tour guide all to yourself. We got lucky and saw an incredible amount of animals – including all three local monkey species. (Squirrel, Howler & Capuchin) Even if we didn’t have so many sightings– I think we still would have loved it. Our guide had a staggering level of knowledge – he was truly an expert – that could identify birds by beak shape or by sound. He was a wealth of knowledge about the habitat, and was full of scientific and biological facts about everything we encountered. This was truly professional and a cut above your average show-and-tell.
• Wifi is great – reached all the way to our treehouse.
• Not too much of a gym, one bike, so get your exercise swimming or hiking.
• They are building a media room – but it wasn’t yet finished in Sept.
• You are in the clouds. It’s a very damp all the time. Don’t bring anything you can’t live with getting wet.
• All of Costa Rica really does seem to prefer USD – the ATMs even give USD!
• We did the 3 hour car transfer from the airport. It is a long drive – but the pickup was prompt. We felt like we arrived just as fast as we would have if we waited for that second flight transfer.
• A few small comments we had about possibilities for improvement were
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