We had a fantastic week at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa. Upon returning home to sub-freezing temperatures and snow, I fondly reminisce about the beautiful beach, the attentive and personable service of the resort staff, and very relaxing atmosphere at Playa Flamingo.
Service is what defines the Flamingo Beach Resort. Everyone, from security at the resort's gate, to front desk personnel, to restaurant servers, to cleaning staff, was friendly, cheerful, patient, exceptionally polite, and attentive. I can't say that about too many hotels and resorts I have stayed at in the U.S. or in Europe.
Close behind the service, the beautiful beach 5-10 steps away from the resort stood out. As has been noted by others in their reviews, the beach is a public beach that lies on the other side of a narrow access road. Approximately 1 mile long, it's wide and with a reasonably gradual slope into deeper water. At either end there were some rocky areas, but 95% is fine for swimming, water sports, or just relaxing. Although local residents enjoy the beach along with a few condominiums down the beach from the resort, there was abundant room for resort guests. It was never crowded, and this was the week between Christmas and New Years. It is not powdery white sand, but it was very soft and very, very clean. One other point worth mentioning - it is not a snorkeling beach. We went snorkeling on a kayaking tour that took us to a small island just off the peninsula on which the resort sits, and found a limited area of coral and a nice variety of fish, but it was nowhere close to the snorkeling in the Virgin Islands.
The resort looks and feels like a family run facility run for families. It was very comfortable, very clean, and the buildings and grounds were attractive and well maintained. We had lower level rooms, and the only negative was lack of view out the window - we could basically see the hedge separating the rooms from the pool. The beds were comfortable and the furnishings simple but functional. The pool was large, with a nice children's area and a swim up bar.The fitness center was reasonably well equipped, with a fixed weight multi-station unit, a range of barbells, and several ellipticals, cycles, and treadmills. Across from the fitness center, on the second floor above the lobby area, there was a family game area, with pool tables, ping pong, and foosball, as well as a small movie theater and store.
Other reviewers seem to have had mixed opinions about the food. My family and I thought that the menu was fairly basic, but the food was well prepared and very good. We had the European plan, with included breakfasts. There was a nice selection of fresh fruits, cereals, eggs and other hot entrees, and an omelet station. We also ate several lunches and dinners there. A note about pricing - I thought it was quite reasonable for both food and drinks; for a family of 5 adults, we were spending about $60-$70 for lunch and $120-$140 for dinner.
Is the Flamingo Beach Resort a 5 circle property? I'd say closer to 4.5, but of course Trip Advisor uses whole numbers, so a 4 seems appropriate. As others have written, the rooms were comparable to a Hampton Inn. Comfortable, clean, relaxing, but not 5 circle level. Also, the resort seems to struggle with the beach towel issue. Always running out, it seemed. Get there early, and exchange them late in the evening! Also, wi-fi and cellular data access is a bit spotty and erratic. Also, if you are looking for an abundance of nearby shopping or nightlife, this is probably not the place for you.
Overall, we had a great time. We loved the resort, and certainly would return if we were to visit Costa Rica again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once you've experienced a Pacific Ocean sunset from the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, you may never want to leave. Located in the vacation province of Guancaste, you’ll be perfectly-positioned to explore Costa Rica's natural beauty and limitless adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Beach Hotel Playa Flamingo
- Flamingo Beach Resort Costa Rica
- Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Playa Flamingo