My girlfriend and I stayed there from Jan 15-22 2013. Had a Great time from just the plane ride you fly over sum amazing water make sure you have your camera ready from when you land.. There are 2 ways to the Resort. you can pay $85 a person and fly in a 12 seat air plane if you wish to get to resort quickly or you can take the bus ride and ferry experince which i must say is a great way to see Costa Rica in a way.
Once at Resort you will be met by the nicest Spanish people and sum cool young bag handlers that will direct you to your room. Staff i give a APlus too next the pool and the beach area are amazing.. mind there will be parts of the beach that have rocks on it as the tide rolls up closer to resort during the evening hours. but over all the beach is styll Amazing. warm water with nice size waves for entertaining time. mind the water will not be clear blue as when your flying into Costa Rica you will notice Crystal See thu water below as that i think is Panama or sum other islands..
the food i must admit is not the best. but i am a picky eater also. they have a sushi place for all your RAW fish lovers. my girl liked it until the next day. i passed and try to make it to the dinner buffet before it closed at 11. The steakhouse is Awesome a must BUT make sure you book early between 8am-11am or u might not get a table. drinks were ALL YOU Can not much of a drinker. The nachos in the snack hut are wicked.
Places to go and see. Tortuga Island is a must you can book from the front desk $70 a person but take a extra 100 if u want to rent a jet ski. TRUST ME DO IT. also $7 bucks if you want to use a lawn chair, and $1 if you want to use BATHROOM. but Island is a must see.
Also you must do Zip lining. Wear running shoes. The views from the tree tops is amazing and you will also go down to see a waterfall half way through. the trip ends with a stop in the town of Montezuma. Its a cool little place with a lot of bars and restaurants. you can buy some really nice souvenirs here too.
We didn't get to go to the Curu Reserve but other people in the resort did. They saw howler, spider, and whitefaced monkeys as well as Tucans and other exotic birds and animals.
You can walk to the nearest town, Tambor from the beach. You head right, its about a half hour walk.
The duty free in AMAZING. Also try the Barcelo sugar cane liquor.
If you see a guy making jewelry on the beach wearing a Toronto Blue Jays hat, his name is Javier. He showed us how to get to Tambor and a shortcut into the town as well. Taught us a lot about his country.
There are iguanas everywhere. But they don't bother people they keep to themselves. There is a really nice bird reserve on the resort. Beautiful macaws, parrots and peacocks are there. Some parrots say Hola back. Howler monkeys also hang out in the resort and in the jungle looking are to the right of the resort on the beach.
There are a lot of locals. Not many people spoke English except for the small group that came from Toronto.