I was worried at first, given some of the negative reviews. But the hotel room was beautiful and clean, with crisp white linens with a wonderfully soft comforter, a safe for valuables, huge shower, big balcony, and a view to die for.
The staff were all extremely nice and accommodating; we especially loved our waiter at Claro Que Si - he was the nicest guy ever. The food at both restaurants is fantastic. The breakfast buffet at Rico Tico is huge, with pretty much everything you could ask for, and the macadamia-crusted mahi mahi at Claro Que Si is to die for.
Having a separate kids' pool was great - we used the adult pool and enjoyed the much more relaxing, romantic atmosphere. I think I could have happily spent the entire week just lounging around at the hotel and exercising the swim-up bar. Don't buy gifts at the hotel shop, though. It's way more expensive than anywhere else. Go to Quepos or the little shop on the road down to Manuel Antonio beach, or the street vendors in Manuel Antonio.
As for things to do, we went on the mangrove kayaking tour and the canopy zip-line tour, and both were great. If you're looking for good cheap eats, there's a casado grill on the beach in Manuel Antonio (actually there's two, but the one closer to the water is better). $5 for choice of meat plus beans, rice, plantains, avocado, potatoes, and salad. It's a ton of food.
Overall, this was a fantastic vacation, and the hotel could not have been better. We both agreed that we would have to come back someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge is a central-Pacific coast resort in the jungle-covered hills just above Manuel Antonio National Park. It’s barefoot luxury with a pura vida vibe, perfect for families and couples who love the beach, tropical adventures, spa, pools, superb dining and four-star accommodations. This award-winning eco-design nature resort & spa offers its guest its own signature version of "barefoot luxury." Panoramic views are yours to enjoy from beautiful balconies looking down from the most idyllic hilltop in the area. Enjoy nearby beaches, Manuel Antonio National Park and the hotel’s private Wildlife Refuge and Butterfly Atrium, adjacent to the property. Renown for warm, friendly service, guests can choose from two excellent restaurants, guided nature and adventure tours plus shopping, fabulous nightlife and our own private cinema. And for Costa Rica weddings and honeymoons, this is where life memories are made, one tropical sunset at a time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Si Como No Hotel
- Si Como No Costa Rica
- Hotel Si Como No Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio