Hotel Bula Bula and Playa Grande are simply amazing! This gem of a hotel is the best place to stay for so many reasons! You've got seclusion, yet you're close enough to the action that you won't miss anything if that's what you're after. The hotel only has 10 rooms, so you never feel crowded. The restaurant/bar has a great draw of hotel guests, locals and other visitors in the vicinity so every night you can meet new people and have so much fun! The food at the restaurant is excellent and the included breakfast is amazing! The taxi stand is right there, so if you're looking to go party you can head to Tamarindo.
The rooms are colourful and have such a great Costa Rican feel with the artwork. The beds are comfortable. There's enough shelving in the closet to unpack your belongings and make yourself at home. They have little touches like umbrella's & swim wraps in the rooms to use while you're there. The rooms aren't enormous, but just enough for your basic needs. The only issue I had was with the lighting. I found the room to be a bit dark. There's a good light above the closet, a table lamp and two sconces above the bed. It sounds like it should be enough, but I think maybe a floor lamp rather than a table lamp could throw a bit more light and help brighten things up. The rooms were very clean. Marta does a great job keeping everything tidy and we were even able to arrange for her to do a couple of loads of laundry for us since we were there for over 2 weeks. There's a verandah that runs in front of all of the rooms and each room has a pair of wicker rocking chairs in front. It's a great place to find shade & read or hide from a rain shower and have a drink or enjoy morning coffee. We made great use of those chairs!
The pool and surrounding gardens are so beautiful. The groundskeeper works so hard everyday, cleaning the pool and raking or trimming or doing whatever to keep the area immaculate.
If you want to get out and explore or do an excursion, Eduardo is happy to help arrange whatever you need. We did ziplining, a catamaran/snorkelling trip, horseback riding, monkey park, surfing and souvenir shopping in Tamarindo. The beach is a short walk away, maybe 5-7 minutes down a little dirt road. And what a beach it is!! So often we have it all to ourselves! If Playa Grande isn't enough, there are several other beaches within 15-30minutes drive by car...each one is beautiful in its own way.
Todd & Wally are the owners of Bula Bula and are great hosts. We didn't see a lot of them as they left on their own vacation a couple of days after we arrived, but when we did spend time talking to them they were friendly and great to talk to. Lucky for them, they have amazing staff so while they were gone we had the best service! Victor, Ernesto, Eduardo, Grace, Maria Jose & Marta took great care of us. They fed us, cleaned up after us, made amazing drinks for us and super milk shakes & smoothies for our kids and always made us feel like family! If we ever needed anything they took care of it and did so with a smile.
We were originally only booked for two weeks at Bula Bula, with one week in another town further south in Costa Rica. After only 3 days in the other town, we just had to come back "home" to Bula Bula. The extra time at Bula Bula made for a perfect ending to our wonderful vacation in Costa Rica. We can't wait to come back!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set outside Tamarindo in the beach village and national park of Playa Grande. We offer the romantic, the surfer, and the active traveler a tropical oasis amid the tourist stops. Superior rooms with modern amenities compliment the elegant restaurant where exceptional seafood, steaks and local specialties are served. Friendly and attentive staff ensure your stay is a satisfying one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bula Playa Grande