My husband, myself and another couple had reservations for 2 - 1 bedroom rooms on an RCI exchange, but when we got there our rooms had virtually no view. We requested a better view and were told the only rooms with a better view were the 2 story, 2 bedroom villas on the other side of the road. We looked at them and exchanged our 2 - 1bedrooms for 1 of those units, resulting in one of the best vacations "ever". The staff is friendly and helpful, the resort is clean and well kept, the food and drinks were very good overall and the beds were very comfortable. I might add though, that our unit had recently been renovated and was beautiful. The infinity pool and its view was perfect, albeit a little chilly and the jacuzzi was the same temperature as the pool.
We did not use the tour service at the hotel and instead used Mardigi Tours as was recommended in other posts to this site. Marvin and Digi were fabulous and so was Felix, the driver. Marvin assured us that we would have the "Best Tour and Best Deal Ever" and we certainly think we did. We had a wonderful time with Digi on the Bourinquen Tour including the horse back ride, zip line, hot springs and lunch, but must admit that the road getting there was rough and exhausting. The tour to the Tempiste River Jungle Boat Cruise was absolutely fabulous and we even got to feed White Faced Monkeys. The wildlife was great and the authentic Costa Rican lunch was wonderful. They certainly made our vacation one of the "best ever" and we can't thank them enough.
As for other restaurants in the area, we had 2 delicious meals at El Vallero Hotel right down the beach from Condovac and we also went out on their Sunset Sail. That was the highlight of our trip. We saw a Leatherback Turtle and a whale spout in the distance, the night was calm and beautiful and the sunset was spectacular. The BBQ at the El Vallero afterwards really capped off the evening. Another excellent but slightly out of the way place is the ManGaby Hotel/Restaurant about a block behind the El Vallero Hotel. The setting was lovely, the restaurant is poolside with a waterfall flowing nearby and the food is 4 Star. All of our dinners were excellent and the presentation was right out of a gourment restaurant. We highly recommend the short walk, you'll be glad you did. The Bosque Del Mar Hotel and Restaurant at the very end of the beach is absolutely beautiful and the menu prices were in line with the Condovac. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and did not get to eat there, but other guests did and really liked it.
Our only complaint would be the "Snorkel Tour" we took from Louis who is located to the right on the beach. He also sells Cerviche, which is quite good, but his snorkel trip was a bust. He promised 2 hours snorkeling at 2 locations, a trip to the white sand beach at the 4 Seasons and Monkey Island and lastly looking for whales on our way back. He took us around the point to very murky water, told us where not to go and 25 minutes later called us back to the boat. We cruised by the 4 Seasons and came close enough to Monkey Island to get a picture and then cruised around the bay "looking for whales" for 40 minutes and back to the beach. We were back in 1 1/2 hours and he still wanted full price plus a tip. Warning, make sure you and your tour guide are all in agreement prior to going or paying.
That happened our last day, so it was a slight let down, but our last dinner at The ManGaby Restaurant made up for it and so did the view of the sunset from our balcony with our good friends. All in all it truly was one of our "Best Vacations Ever"
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- Condovac La Costa Hotel
- Condovac Costa
- Condovac La Costa Playa Hermosa
- Condovac La Costa Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste