The two suites (we had the dinky studio) are above the caretaker's tiny apartment and a garage and share a lovely lawned garden, outdoor bar/barbecue area and infinity pool looking right out onto the pacific. Our studio was small but beautifully appointed and decorated. The kitchen was well-equipped (although dominated by a massively oversized fridge) but being so close to the bed we felt it only suitable for preparing breakfast and light lunches. The best bit was definitely the pool and peacefully watching the fabulous sunsets over a quiet and largely deserted beach.. As the suites are pretty close, however, how peaceful a stay depends on who is renting the other one. We were lucky!
The beach was perfectly calm and safe for swimming, unlike much of the rougher coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Potrero has a great selection of casual beach bars and more upmarket eateries nearby. Its a good base from which to explore the Santa Rosa National Park (amazing birdlife) and the rich volcanic slopes of Ricon de la Vieja. Plenty of water-based activities too at nearby beaches.
The key problem we had with our suite was the strict instructions never to set the air con higher than 24c, as it could break down and we would incur stiff deductions from our deposit to have it fixed. This was ridiculous in the super hot heat of peak season. Other small hotels etc. we had stayed in in the area managed fine so no blaming the climate. Our poor neighbours could not get theirs below 29c and sweltered. Instead, the owners really need to address the bizarre (for this climate) construction with flat roof, no shade and large areas of glazing. No wonder the air-con does not work properly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two gorgeous well-appointed suites that are perfect for singles and couples wanting to stay right on the beach while vacationing at the beach. We are located on Potrero Bay which is the beach just north of Flamingo in the Guanacaste Province on the North Pacific side of Costa Rica. Both suites have gorgeous views of the ocean, beach, pool and great sunsets. Relax by the infinity lap pool or sit on the bar stools to watch the sun go down. There is a full time caretaker on the property that will clean the units as well as offer towels/linens/beach towels. We also have a gas grill for those impromptu BBQs. Hammocks are available if you'd like to relax under the palm trees. The suites have a/c and fully furnished kitchens. You can also watch cable TV or check emails with Wi-Fi. Just let the caretaker know what you need. Just a 45 minute drive from the Liberia International Airport (LIR) and close to restaurants, grocery and shopping. We recommend renting a vehicle to fully enjoy the area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Malibu, Suites On The Beach Costa Rica/Playa Potrero