April 2012 - We wanted to stay near Jacó but were unimpressed with properties available in Jacó. We had a vehicle and gave this a try. I figured I only had one night's deposit to lose if I didn't like it. This is a modern mansion and I understand it was built for the architect of the marina complex to live during it's creation. No expense was spared as the home and grounds are spectacular. The ceilings of all rooms are vaulted and rise about twenty feet with high hand crafted doors and built-ins. There is ceramic tile every where which is a must for hotels.
There are full time groundskeepers to keep the gardens looking something like La Paz. Once my wife went to use the pool and a worker raced over the make sure there wasn't a single leaf in the pool as it sits below beautiful huge trees. See my photos for a Toucan that lives in the trees outside the bedroom. Every morning at breakfast it came and pecked on the window.
We were the only ones staying here at the time but I felt very safe as there is a full time guard on the grounds after daylight. Every bedroom has it's own lock code and separate air conditioner. As with typical Costa Rica, there are no window screens so we used the air conditioner. I was afraid it would be undersized with the high ceilings but it performed perfectly. WiFi worked for my iPad in the bedroom, great room and outside patio. There is a safe in the room for valuables.
Employees come in the morning and make a breakfast of fresh fruit and breads with coffee.
We went to Jacó every night for dinner and it's an easy ten minute drive on level and wide roads.
During the days, we drove to Manuel Antonio (little over an hour on new, wide road). Carara National Park is about a half hour north - use http://www.victourscr.com as Victor is simply the best in Costa Rica. Tarcoles is also near Carara.
Ericka, a Tico, is the manager and she speaks perfect english as she's spent a lot of time in the USA. She's naturally personable and fun to talk with and ask any questions about Costa Rica. She comes to work at breakfast and stays late in the evenings to make sure your needs are met.
The only thing negative thing is the two smaller bedrooms share a bath room. There was nobody in the other bedroom so it didn't matter but you might want to get the more expensive rooms if this bothers you.
When we return to Costa Rica, I would base my vacation around Forest Hills Suites availability because it's that good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by lush green mountains and minutes from the beach, this private seven-acre estate has a pool, landscaped gardens, and a mansion with five luxury suites that include full-time concierge service and daily complimentary breakfast. We invite you to step into paradise and relax in luxury. Enjoy the hospitality of your own private concierge hosted adventures while hiding out in this opulent estate. You will find this five-suite, one-of-a kind boutique hotel equipped with all the first class amenities that will create delightful memories. Each suite has a large-screen TV and Wi-Fi access, so you can always be in touch with the world you left behind. After a day of adventure or doing nothing at all, perhaps you'd like to unwind with a soothing massage by the pool? Your private concierge is there to arrange your dream trip, and all you need to do is ask. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forest Hills Suites Costa Rica/Jaco