Overall we had a good experience at the Flamino Beach Resort and Spa. The staff was friendly and helpful...finding us a room to check-in to early (that had recently been rennovated), providing a second room to use across the hall when our air conditioner malfuntioned (sounded an alarm every 20 minutes). We didn't want to switch rooms because none of the available rooms had been rennovated and were not as nice as our original room -- so they let us leave our stuff in the original room, sleep in another room across the hall until our AC could be fixed the next day.
The room was reasonably quiet and the beds reasonably comfortable (especially in comparison to Mexican hard beds!)
Our package included a free breakfast buffet daily that we enjoyed. There was sufficient variety of food and changes day to day to keep it interesting. We especially enjoyed the fresh jucies (e.g., beet root, carrot/orange) and fresh fruit. They also do omeletes to order and had a large variety of local breads and pastries.
We took advantage of the resort activities (e.g., aqua aerobics, yoga, massage class) and enjoyed that -- although the leader of those activities (Lulu) is very directive! She is there to make sure you work hard and do things "right!" The resort is small enough...and although at fairly full capacity during our stay...the demand for the activities is low enough that we either had personal attention or were in very small groups for the activities.
To stay connected the hotel offers free wifi in every room -- but ours didn't work until the morning we were leaving. That wasn't a huge inconvenience because the wifi was accessible in the lobby and the resturant. They also offer limited free access to personal computers if you want to travel without your laptop, tablet or smart phone. The connection is reasonably fast.
The beach is literally adjacent to the hotel. There were never more than a handful of people on the mile long beach. This beach is clean, has a nice sandy bottom and is very swimable -- although you are best off going just a little south (to the left as you hit the beach) before swimming. Immediately across from the hotel there are some large rocks on the sea floor that you wouldn't want to smack into in the surf.
We didn't eat lunch or dinner at the resort, and found the meal choices in town expensive and somewhat limited. The food at Marie's (just across and up the street from the hotel) was very good and nicely presented, but we thought over-priced. (The price on the menu doesn't include the mandatory tax and tip, so what seems like "a lot" ends up being really a lot!) Our best and most memorable meals were taken at the local "Soda's." In particular we enjoyed "La Choza de los Antujitos" -- along the east side of the road just north of Brasilito. There is another Soda on the right as you come into Huachas from the north (across the street from the large grocery store and next to a used clothing store) that is really good...busy with local businessmen and truck drivers delivering goods to the coast). It had free wi-fi too! But to tell you the truth we didn't have a bad experience with an Soda we ate at -- clean, realtively inexpensive, and tasty. The service at some can be slow (everything is made to order and they seem to wait for you to ask for your bill in most places).
Although we aren't likely to go back to Costa Rica, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at this resort again. (Note: it's about a 5 hour drive to the airport in San Jose and less than 2 hours to the airport west of Liberia.)
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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