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“Nice Relaxing place.” 4 of 5 stars
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Clandestino Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Km este desde la entrada a Playa Palo Seco | Playa Palo Seco, Parrita 6000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Parrita
Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice Relaxing place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

My Girlfriend and I stayed at the hotel 2 nights last week and had a great experince. Booked for 1 night and stayed 2 .
Friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere.
Very clean and comfortable rooms, Hot water, Ac.Reasonable priced for what you get.
Nice pool and delicious restaurant.
Beautiful secluded rock free beach steps away across the very lightly used road.
This hotel is for relaxing and peace and quiet. If you are looking to party this is probably not the spot for you.
It is isolated and really nothing around to do except relax. If you want to go to the city of parrita(10 minutes) or Manual Antonio/Quepos (30 minutes) you can find more excitment but not more relaxation.
I would have given it 5 stars but I would have liked a few more TV channels than just the 5 local channels and even though I love dogs they were a little smelly after being in the water etc all day.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I booked a four-night stay to Clandestino based on several excellent TripAdvisor reviews (which I'm starting to believe they are falsified).
Location: The "5 km drive" down palo seco rd turns out to be a 20 minute drive on a dirt road through a very poor town with garbage in the streets, then down a long stretch of abandoned resorts. At first glance, we thought it was a black sand beach, but it turned out to be dirt cultivated into the sand making it look grungy. It matched the half-fast job done on the landscaping, which matched the dirty brown sand. It was certainly not one of Costa Rica's finest beaches.
Layout: I never even thought about the layout of a resort would irritate me, but this certainly did. As we drove into the resort, we could not find the reception desk. We actually stopped and asked someone where it was. Their "best room" was literally a few steps away from the resort pool where other guests could easily see into our room from two angles unless all the blinds were completely shut.
Rooms: Just ok. Beds were on the firm side. Bathroom was clean. Only 4 tv channels all local and in Spanish. They did have a little dvr box with movies... all in Spanish. No bueno.
Food: We were starved and stayed for lunch which was great! I have nothing but compliments about the food.
Staff: quiet, but friendly for the most part. The owner is an unpleasant French woman. (Side-story: the resort was not what we expected so we decided to stay at another hotel in Manuel Antonio so when we checked out early, we had to deal with this piece of work. She stated we did not appreciate the natural beauty and also said we would not like it down in MA. Not once did she smile or even offer to make our situation better *customer service 101* and she said when we come back that night we can have the same room. Just what I wanted... the same room we were running away from.) No wonder the staff was quiet!!
Conclusions: There are much better options. I would never even consider staying in Parrita after that experience. Also, the 25 minute ride to Manuel Antonio is bogus. It took us a good hour to get there and we are so thankful because MA is beautiful. Dogs... there are a lot for said security. TripAdvisor let me down. There is no way that hotel earned that high of a rating. Avoid.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cecilia T, Director Comercial at Clandestino Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear Guest
Thank you very much for your review. The bad reviews are as important as the good reviews. You can be more than sure that all the good reviews are true, you can check it on the photos that our guests have taken during their vacations.
You probably did not do proper research before coming to Costa Rica, it is normal to see poverty in every country in Latin America, much more if you choose to visit a nature tourism destination.
Throughout Costa Rica roads need maintenance, so you also didnt nvestigated the conditions available for travelers. The road to get to Palo Seco beach has good conditions compared to other streets in other areas, where only 4x4 vehicles can circulate.
We were very surprise that you thought that the sand is cultivated, it is very hard to believe that 12 km of beach, with a river on one side and an Estuary on the other side, is a fake beach. Playa Palo Seco is one of the most beautiful and wild beaches of Costa Rica, you can check the photos that our guests have taken.
We are sorry that you did not find what you were looking for, it is impossible to give a refund for a cancellation on the same day, this represents a loss to the hotel and we can not take responsibility for the wrong decision and the lack of research before coming here.

We did give you one of your best rooms available, ocean view, king bed, excellent ventilation and light. You can check the pictures of our guests, you can easily notice that they were to their liking.
The time it takes to get to Manuel Antonio depends on how you drive, we never lie to our guests, we always say we are close to Manuel Antonio but while we are not in the same hotel zone, this hotel is for people that really appreciate the calm and peace of staying at an exotic and wild beach while enjoying all the amenities and comfort.

Tripadvisor verifies and analyzes each of one of the comments, so you can be more than sure that none of our reviews are false.

Too bad you did not give us the opportunity to show the natural beauty of Palo Seco beach, the mangrove tour in jet ski or boat and a great beach for long walks and unforgettable sunsets.
It is impossible to determine the quality of the bed without sleeping on it, the quality of the facility itself in just 1 hour. We do have documentaries and TV series in english, you probably didnt know how to use this type of hard drive, you could ask.

The quality of the restaurant food reflects our professionalism and quality.

Pura vida!
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Paris, France
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We were supposed to stay one night and finally stayed until our departure back to Europe.
An amazing place, location is great if you are looking for tranquility.
Rooms are well decorated and confortable. It is a quite place with only 12 rooms and this is waht we really appreciated.
The beach is wonderful and reminded me French Polynesia. It is quite rare to find a premium BEACHFRONT hotel in the region.
The owner and her son were very kind and attentive to all our desires, proposing places to visit around. I appreciated their availability
The JET SKI trip in the mangrove is unforgettable. ANd the rainmaker forest is a place to go.
Only 1/2 hour drive to Manuel Antonio it is the best place to be in the region, Manuel Antonio being definitly to much crowded with visitors.

We will go back for sure!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Two months passed since we had our vacation. I meant to write this review right after, but my sister passed away and it took me longer. Still even with sad events there is something nice in life to look back at and to smile while remembering.
We stayed there for four days in july 7/6- 7/9.
We loved everything there including our room, restaurante, pool, the beach with a waterfall. You can see that the place is built with love and knolledge. More than any of above we loved the stuff. Cecilia is going out of her way to help and do her best. We loved Diana, Edward, Natan and of cause Xaxier, our man grove tour guide.
We had a great time and if god permits we'll be back.
Temkin family. (Russians from San Francisco)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Eugene, Oregon
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in June 2012 and pretty much had the place to ourselves! Our room was beautiful with a netted patio with swings, a spacious room with high ceilings. The rooms are all very private and nestled amongst very lush gardens. We were greeted with a welcome drink and great service too!

The hotel has a restaurant with good, but pricy, food. And the breakfast that is included is huge with fresh fruit, eggs, toast and coffee! Really good way to start the day :) The beach that the hotel is on is long and mostly empty, so you really feel like you have gotten away from it all. If you are going to visit the Manual Antonio National Park, it should be mentioned that you are a good 30 minute+ drive away... but we did not mind that. It felt nice to get away from the crowds of tourists.

I have the most to say about the lovely service... the owner arranged for us to do a seadoo ride through the mangroves with her son, which was really fun and scenic. Also, we were celebrating our recent engagement and requested to have dinner out in a tiny covered hut on the beach. Although it was very stormy that night, our kind server set up our table with candles, flowers, and served us one of the best meals we had on the whole trip! We watched the lightning over the water and had one of the best dinners ever, and our server made it happen :) I would definitely go back!

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Barcelona, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

A small paradise in Costa Rica! Diane and Guillermo and the rest of the staff are wonderful people! You feel like at home! It is a very modern ecologic hotel (was finished in 2010). Rooms are amazing, very clean, great design and with huge beds. It has a magnific pool with a small waterfall, and food in the restaurant is delicious. One of the best things is the location: In front of the beach, surrounded by a mangrove, and by animals and plants.

One of the best activities is jetskiing in the Mangrove, a unique experience! Also, there are great places to go in the area, like the Rainmaker rainforest, with great waterfalls where you can swim, and of course the Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can see lots of animals and great beaches.

Check the facebook page of the Hotel to see hundreds of photos!

Room Tip: We stayed in the beach side, you can see the pool from the room, and the beach at the end.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I stayed at this resort for 3 days. I originally was just passing through and only booked one night but added a couple more after I arrived and was so happy to be there. I had a room in the front corner with a big king size bed and a nice view of the ocean. The room was very spacious and nicely decorated. It only had TV with prerecorded BBC shows, but they were very interesting to watch. The power did go out one evening for a few hours during a big storm, but we had candles in our rooms and there was a generator that worked the bar/restaurant. The power came back on after 4 hours. The place does have grass roof on top of a regular roof. It is very charming. If you want to get away from it all, but still be able to visit some large tourist places with zillions of tourists during the day, this be the place to stay. Breakfast was really good, the people who work there very nice and helpful. All in all a good experience.

Room Tip: The rooms in the back only have local TV stations in Spanish and no hard drive with movies and BBC o...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: 5 Km este desde la entrada a Playa Palo Seco | Playa Palo Seco, Parrita 6000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Parrita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Parrita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clandestino Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clandestino Beach Resort is a Beachfront boutique hotel, located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica, on a beautiful and wild beach sprinkled with coconut trees along 10 km of in Palo Seco Beach. The hotel is located at about 20 km from Quepos and 45 km. from Jaco next to the magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park. The highway from San Jose is in very good conditions, leading the guests on a two hour drive through an incredible landscape with several different microclimates and a very diverse flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the area, the sounds of nature, the tropical breeze, the wildlife and of course also get to know the local culture and people. The hotel has 12 luxury rooms, designed in natural tones and built with local materials such as Teak wood structures, Royal Palm leaf roofs, natural stone bathrooms, and bamboo ceilings, terraces and furniture. We offer you 4 rooms with king size beds and 8 rooms with two queen size beds each (all rooms have TV, Free WIFI, A/C, ceiling fans, hair dryers and hot water). For your safety our hotel has security cameras and night watchmen. The hotel also features a large, turtle-shaped swimming pool facing the ocean, Jacuzzi, a waterfall, and a water mirror for sunbathing, all surrounded by lush gardens, green iguanas, wonderful birds, sloths, funny capuchin monkeys that come to the hotel from the Mangrove. It is in every sense a dream come true. The unique and beautiful restaurant features an ocean view and serves international and local dishes that appease even the most demanding connoisseurs of gourmet cuisine. In the cozy bar you will be able to enjoy a variety of delicious tropical cocktails, play pool and table tennis or just lay back and enjoy your stay. All of this with an exclusive atmosphere and good music. ... more   less 
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