We spent 9 days there in February and loved every minute of it. The location, on the beach, is great. As it is a small hotel, 12 cabins I believe, it never felt crowded by the pool or in the central bar. If you want some peace and tranquility then I recommend it as an excellent choice.
The staff there were very helpful and as we had two young children we appreciated the extra attention they received - very different to the UK! The whole place has a laid back atmosphere and the tempo is leisurely. Our room was spacious with 2 good sized double beds and the shower was in a stone clad cubicle. I read a review about this arrangement being musty and damp but at the owner's recommendation we always left the fan on and it was not a problem.
The pool is a nice size and was where our kids spent most of the time when we had a day at the hotel. It does lack shade so it is probably a good idea to liberally apply a high factor sun cream. However, there are plenty of beach umbrellas and sun beds next to the pool. The beach is literally the other side of the dirt track that connects the hotel to the road to Parrita, about 7 km. The beach is deserted and quite simply makes for stunning views being lapped by palm trees. The only snag here is that due to the presence of rip currents it is not suitable for kids to swim in and possibly anyone other than a strong swimmer - that ruled me out.
The food I thought was basic but in my view prepared well and was always tasty. There are the old favourites such as pasta and burgers but I would recommend the fish dishes. The breakfast included in the room rate consisted of fresh fruit, eggs and bacon. Perhaps a little more variety would have been nice but we were there for 9 days so on a shorter trip perhaps that would not matter.
Lastly, one of the attractions of the Clandestino is that it is in an isolated location and a beautiful one at that but I would recommend hiring a car so that you can explore the local attractions.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Clandestino Beach Resort Costa Rica/Parrita