We really can't say enough about Marko and Savina and their hospitality. It was hard to believe the raving reviews. But from the friendly way that they interact with their guests to the heartfelt goodbye, you truly do feel like family. Of course, they also run a wonderful hotel. The grounds were always immaculate, including the pool, and Marko makes some mean meals (not to mention Savina's baking). Breakfast is unbelievable (so much fresh fruit, yogurt, bread and cheese, eggs, etc.), and really jump starts your day of adventure.
We spent the last few days of our 10-year anniversary (July 2013) with Marko and Savina, and they made sure that we had access to all the resources we needed to make the most of it. They booked our Blue Dolphin sailing and snorkeling the first day, and arranged transportation to other local attractions like the white sand beach, Playa Conchell, and El Huerto for some delicious brick oven pizza.
Of course, they are located right there on the beach of Playa Grande, and are only a short water taxi from the touristy town of Tamarindo. On our last day, we even made the hike to the black sand beach.
Oh, and Hotel Cantarana is also just a short walk from Wilbert's store and bar, which is convenient for a bottle of water, beer, a snack, or whatever you may need. He had even just opened The Cave, a more clubby vibe addition. That was a fun way to end the week, actually for my birthday. I guess it is worth noting that everyone in the area speaks perfect English.
There has to be something not so great, right? Fine, people are right, the Wi-Fi doesn't quite make it to the rooms. But it works just outside, by the pool, and you are supposed to be enjoying Costa Rica, anyway! ;)
We spent the first half of our vacation at Hotel Mountain Paradise (volcanic region of Arenal), and we wouldn't hesitate to return for another stay at either location. Marko and Savina, you are the best. Thank you for making our anniversary trip effortless and enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our small Boutique Hotel is situated in the Northwest of Guanacaste on a peninsula bordering directly on Marino Las Baulas National Park. We are 100m from the almost deserted endless beach of Playa Grande. In our beautiful double rooms & tropical garden you will find tranquility & relaxation in soothing seclusion. Our atmospheric restaurant invites you to tasty culinary excursions for your eyes and taste. Our experienced team looks after you with great care, doing their very best to make your holiday a pleasantly unforgettable one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cantarana Hotel Playa Grande