We stayed 2 nights here, at the end of our bus tour. It was so nice to be able to settle down, and just relax after all the travelling. Our room wasnt ready when we arrived, so the bell boy took our luggage and stored it for us, and we got full use of the facilities while we waited. Something must have been wrong with the room, so they ended up upgrading us to an ocean view room. Everything was pretty good here, not really any complaints.
Heres the breakdown.
We stayed in the 600 section. Corner rooms, both levels, have hammocks. Really nice feature. Watch out for iguanas on your walk to and from the room. They will be everwhere during the day.
Nothing special. Yes we could see the ocean, but its a room. You are there for the resort, not the room. However, the bed was good, decent water pressure. Toilet still required multiple flushes, like pretty much everywhere else in the country. Room key required to be in the key holder on the wall for the a/c to operate. The alarm clock will maintain the time with it out. And they do give you 2 keys, so no propblem there.
Huge pool! And very clean, clear water! The water temp is also very warm. Bathtub was the expression i heard. And it is only naturally heated. There is a childrens area, a deep section, whirlpool and a shallow area below the water fall. Swim up bar, lots of chairs and sun huts to sit under. The resort was only about half full, so finding a chair in the shade wasnt too hard.
There was work being done to the childrens splash pad area. I imagine it will be completed in a month or two, so for people with kids, they are adding on!
Nice selection for food at the buffet. They dont start serving dinner till 7pm. Not something we are acustomed to, but if you are hungry, there is a snack bar that is open. They serve stuff like nachos, burgers, fries and some salad all afternoon and into the evening. The buffet is probably the best selection of food, and quality, that we experience our entire trip. However, food was still average.
Iguanas are all over the place. They are fairly tame, but just be on the look out as not to step on them. Some get adventurous too, and will come into the pool area or snack bar. There is a nature area next to the 600 section, so, the monkeys can make some noise and hastle light sleepers. Just past the parking lot and spa, the monkeys like to hang out there. Also, a bunch of macaws with roost up there too. There is a path that will walk you around many cages of birds. Further on there is a butterfly farm and a snake farm. The snake farm was very disappointing.
Travel to the airport:
Pleas take note that this resort is about 4.5 hours from the airport in san jose. Nice way to see the country. There is an option to fly there which takes about 25 minutes. Something to keep in mind though, your luggage still goes by land, only you fly. A group that was suppose to ride the bus back to the airport with us that flew out, arrived in san jose at 7am, for a noon departure, and had to wait for us to arrive at 10 with their luggage. On the upside, we had to leave the resort at 4:30 to catch the ferry, as were the people by plane could sleep in a little bit longer. Just something to think about.
Dont expect the pristine white sand beaches. This is volcanic rock. Very very fine sand particles, that are very hot during the day. The water is warm and safe. The waves tend to make the water very murky.
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