My husband and I stayed at Rancho Pacifico for our delayed honeymoon. We absolutely can't wait to have another chance to go back!
We took the regional flight from Sansa air and were picked up at the airport by Eric, a driver that used to work for RP but is now more freelance. He was great, friendly and very accommodating - teaching us some Spanish in return for us helping him with his English.
Our first contact with the actual RP staff was just as awesome. Adriana greeted us and always made sure we felt like family - it may be cliched but RP really succeeds in making the resort feel like a home away from home. Chef Alex, Ana, Melvin and Vianney also made sure our stay was amazing.
The time that RP staff really shone was after our sea kayaking trip which resulted in both of us (wussy Canadians) getting sunstroke and myself getting second degree sunburn on my legs. Everyone was so helpful from cutting fresh aloe Vera for my legs to bringing a constant supply of ginger ale for us while we recovered. Alex even brought us Advil from town after going from store to store to find exactly what we needed to bring down the swelling. Garrison, the owner, even made sure to call and make sure we were feeling better.
We stayed at the one bedroom villa romantica. The room, the view and everything down to the bathroom house geckos was incredible. I am a finicky sleeper and the bed was amazing. Waking up to the sound of howler monkeys and toucans every morning is an uparalleled experience.
We got the spa package along with our stay and let me tell you it was absolutely worth it. Gloria and Marco at the spa are amazing (I am going to run out of adjectives!) the disadvantage would be that the Spa Tranquila has ruined other spas for us. We will never be able to match the skill of hot stone massage or the ambiance. The spa is open air and the soundtrack is completely natural - and unmatched by any artificial sound system any other spa could provide!
THE DINING EXPERIENCE
I have a severe dairy allergy and I frequently find it difficult to find restaurants to eat at - another winkle that any other resort could have direly fallen short. No fear - RP excelled on this front! The food is INCREDIBLE. Within the first day or so, nearly every staff member knew about my allergy and were extremely accomodating.
The atmosphere at breakfast is beautiful and relaxed. The menu has something for everyone. The dinner experience was completely new to us and we loved it! Dinner starts at around 7 with drinks where you can socialize with the other vacationers and the fantastic staff. Once dinner is ready, you filter into the dinning room. Every night has a different theme and we did not have a single night where we didnt like the food. Everything was fresh, flavorful and had a unique twist to it. My husband is still craving their Costa Rican celebration tamale... I should have asked for a cooking lesson!
One of the best thing about RP is even if heaven forbid you wind up getting sunstroke, hanging out around the resort is just as interesting, relaxing and stimulating as the typical activities. There is wildlife all around the resort. But if day trip and adventure activities are more your thing, RP will help you book whatever tickles your fancy.
We wound up doing three activities: the Mangrove Tour, sea kayaking and a short hike to the waterfall on property. The mangrove tour was AMAZING. The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and we saw every type of wildlife imaginable. As an animal biologist, I was in heaven! Sea kayaking was also very fun! Our guide Victor was entertaining and knowledgeable. We would clearly recommend WATERPROOF sunscreen should you partake. The short hike to the waterfall was fabulous. It is challenging to almost all levels of hikers and has spectacular views. You may even run into a monkey or two.
Overall, RP met and exceeded our expectations. The staff, locations, food, spa and activities are all incredible.
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