My partner and I left our stress-filled jobs and spent a week at this hotel over the Christmas, 2012 holiday. We wanted to stay in Manuel Antonio but couldn't find reasonably priced lodging. Beso del Viento was a great alternative for us just 30 minutes from Manuel Antonio. With our rental car and a GPS, we found the hotel within 30-45 minutes of a number of interesting sights and destinations.
This small, family run hotel is situated on an island just across a lightly used dirt road from what must be one of the world's last stretches of undeveloped beach. Not a soul on the beach for ten miles in either direction! We were warned that the surf was strong, but several guests - including a family with two young boys - spent time riding the waves and enjoying themselves. Mangroves fill the side of the island facing land resulting in us seeing a variety of interesting and entertaining wildlife. One morning we were visited by a family of white faced monkeys who swooped into the garden above us in a dramatic fashion, then spent twenty minutes or so scolding us before moving on. On the banks of the nearby Parrita river, crocodiles sun themselves, sloths ease their way down to the water's edge for a drink, and birds of every sort and temperament strut about.
The hotel consists of two buildings set in an attractive and well maintained tropical garden. The rooms are simple and kept spotless. We had two beds in our room. Our mattresses were firm and comfortable. No phones or televisions in the rooms, however, free wi-fi was available when we needed to check in with work. Guests typically brought their iPads and phones to the pool or verandah in the mornings and caught up with civilization over coffee and the continental breakfast that is served each morning. We found the pool an attractive and pleasant place to relax or take a dip after a long day of exploring the the sights. The water temperature of the pool was perfect.
Elisabeth and Bernard, aided by several workers, run a tight ship. They rarely stopped moving during the mornings. Lola the german shepherd and Max, the slinky black cat patrol the grounds and occasionally check in with the guests. Bernard and Elisabeth were always on hand to answer questions, provide suggestions, and if you were so inclined, a pleasant chat. They were never intrusive, however.
While we were there, the guests included several Canadians, French-Canadians - (Canada essentially invades Central America during the winter months it appears) - Europeans and of course a couple of Americans such as my partner and I. All pleasant and interesting persons.
As everyone else has stated, the star of the show is Bernard and his fabulous dinners. We were told each morning what he intended on cooking that evening. The "restaurant" itself is simple and unassuming -- I suppose we could have dined on the verandah had we asked. Elisabeth's announcements of the night's dinner were hilariously underplayed -- "red meat" meant filet mignon, "fish" meant freshly caught sea bass, and the "dessert" was always something decadent and dazzling. A french woman at the table in back of us gasped when a dessert was presented one evening - apparently a famous french treat consisting of eggs, cream and a bit of liquor topping a home made almond paste with tropical fruit on top of it all and the plate sizzled under a broiler for a moment. It was orgasmic - that's all I can say - I'm still dreaming about it. After returning to San Jose we chatted with a gentleman who knew of Elisabeth's and Bernard's hotel. He said they are quite famous in the area - and justly so.
The town of Parrita has a number of stores and some excellent restaurants that cater to the local population. A great choice for a reasonably priced lunch or dinner with a local vibe. I lost my phone charger and found a replacement in a tiny electronics shop.
If you want to escape and unwind, yet keep a toe hold on civilization via the internet, this is the spot for you.
We rented a car and GPS in San Jose and had no problems driving about the countryside. I recommend the GPS.
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