The property itself is charming and unique. The small cabins are a perfect getaway. We enjoyed cabin #4, in fact they all seem to be quite secluded and peaceful. The garden area is beautiful and well kept, various creatures wander through at different times so there's a realistic chance that you will see something while there!
The food is excellent, the staff in the restaurant and at the bar are great. Check in is easy, and the concierge is very helpful. They have a happy hour, which is rare in such nice properties, so it was a pleasant surprise to be able to eat great food and drink local beer at some surprisingly good prices. The small infinity pool is a great place for a relaxing soak, there isn't really much more I can say about it, other than it is worth the stay.
The ONLY downside to the place is the local masseuse. He is supposedly trained in many types of massage, but frankly only knows how to give relaxation massage with the help of some incense. And the price is just as expensive as going to a spa in North America. Unfortunately I have to say NO NOT waste your money on a massage here.
Both myself and my partner each rated our massages from there as the worst we have had in years. Anywhere. We had both asked for specific types of therapeutic massage for different ailments that we each have, and sadly neither of our massages were geared to the trouble areas that we clearly explained. During my massage I had to keep reminding him of the areas that were in pain, which got all of about 5 minutes of gentle rubbing while the usual back relaxation massage took up all the rest of the time. My partner's was no different. Except that in their case their massage for their pain areas consisted solely of 2 incense sticks, and no actual deep tissue massage just an oil rub after the incense.
If you DO decide to give the massage a go, I also suggest that you only expect a light relaxation rub. And make sure you are worked on for your full session time. Ours were shorter than they should have been, He was on the phone for almost 10 minutes of my session, which I didn't realize was counting as part of my hour of paid time.
If it wasn't for the massage, I would definitely give the Falls a rating of 5. It's not luxuriously posh, but it is defined, has character, great ambiance and is enjoyable for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Falls Resort at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is an amazingly beautiful and tranquil garden and waterfall setting within walking distance of this famous little town's best restaurants and gorgeous beaches. White faced capuchins, sloths, toucans, and the endangered mono titi monkeys frequent the trees overhead, while blue iridescent morpho butterflies and hummingbirds bustle about the garden. Whether you are seeking an adventure of a lifetime or just want to relax in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Falls Resort may be the perfect place for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Falls Resort At Manuel Antonio Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Falls Hotel At Manuel Antonio
- Falls Resort At Manuel Antonio Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park