We stumbled upon this place by sheer accident. We were staying in Tamarindo and exploring nearby beaches and spent the morning at Playa Grande (a great beach). We then decided to head up to Playa Conchal to see it and saw a sign off the dirt road which said pizza restaurant and decided to try it. The words pizza restaurant were misleading as it was a fabulous restaurant and nothing like a pizzarea. The couple who run the restaurant are not from Costa Rica. Livia Scarlatti, the head chef, is from Milan and the cuisine was as you might find in Northern Italy. We had homemade pasta with various sauces, each one wonderful - spaghetti with lobster; fettucini pesto; and spaghetti with eggplant in a freshly made tomato sauce. There were other choices as well. My wife had fresh fish, we had a tuna carpaccio appetizer. It was a culinary slice of heaven set outdoors under a shaded patio with ceiling fans. The ingredients and spices were all fresh, the host and hostess were great. We were a group of 8 and everyone wanted to go back for dinner the next night, which we did. And another great meal, coupled with some very nice wines at reasonable prices. We did not stay at the hotel itself, but the grounds were wonderful with bougainvillias in bloom, a nice swimming pool - you might have thought you were in Tuscany. It is a 5-10 minute drive to great beaches, but not on the beach. If you ever wanted to get away to a quiet, unhurried place away from the crowds this is it. Both times, we dined alone with no one else eating at the same time as us, although there were others there enjoying the pool nearby (quietly.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FINCA BUENA FUENTE is a residence-hotel-farm located in Costa Rica in the Guanacaste region, on the northern Pacific coast. Recently built and open, surrounded by 2-hectare natural park, is 5 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, such as Playa Conchal, FINCA BUENA FUENTE-Residence Hotel offers accommodation in two villas: The largest, innovative architecture and welcoming, is divided into three comfortable apartments very bright and spacious (2 70sqm and 1 100 square meters), including 2 with kitchen, for 2/4/6 persons. The smallest, and 'consists of 2 apartments with kitchen for two people, and a double communicating standard home with a third apartment with kitchen forming an apartment for 4 persons. All homes and apartments are equipped with private bathroom, hot water, orthopedic mattresses, wireless, A / C, fan, SKY-TV The total beds are 25. In the large apartments you can add more beds and get up to a total of 30 people. The swimming pool in the center of the property, and 'really lovely, surrounded by a beautiful forest of different species of plants and fruit trees, with multicolored flowers and a soft carpet of grass. The Italian restaurant, which overlooks the pool, offers a special express cuisine featuring all the organic produce from our garden, the chickens from our own production, made from the dough by hand, from the fabulous fresh fish and typical Italian pizza. Swimming and aqua gym courses, horseback-riding, fishing, diving, sailing, canopy tours. Tours all over Costa Rica. ... more less
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