This hotel is up a hill in Manuel Antonio. Away from the main street. There are some other hotels, restaurants and bars along the road.
The reception is lovely with an excellent view over the Pacific Ocean. They like mosaic glass windows here and it's very pretty. Check-in was easy and we were shown to our room and helped with our bags.
Our room was very nice. A big king sized bed and a seating area with a sofa and coffee table. We were on our honeymoon and found two champagne flutes and a bottle of sparkling wine with a message on our arrival, which was a nice touch (not sure if other guests got this as well). Our balcony had the same view as reception and it was lovely to sit and look out at the view. The room had a mini bar (not included but reasonable prices) and good air conditioning. The bathroom had a shower, toilet and two sinks. There were toiletries. It was a nice bathroom with a coloured glass window with fish on. We slept well in our room.
There are two pools. One slightly more family orientated pool and one for adults only. The adults only pool was empty, as we went out of season. There is a main swimming pool with fairly cool water and a swim up bar. The bartender was friendly and chatted with us while making us cocktails. There is a Jacuzzi up on the sundeck at the adult pool, which is nice and overlooking the ocean, but the water is the same temperature as the pool. Probably great in the hot summer but not so great when it's very warm!
Family pool is nice with another swim up bar. There is happy hour for cocktails and drinks (the 2 for 1 offer only applies for exactly the same drink, i.e. you either both have to have the same drink, or you have to drink two!). The family pool also has a slide, which we went on. It's good fun and picks up some speed at the end!
This hotel has a cinema and shows films every evening. We didn't watch any but we did poke our heads and look. It looked pretty good and had a good sized screen. They showed Skyfall and Monsters University while we were here.
We went to the restaurant attached to the hotel one evening (seafood restaurant). Lots of the hotel staff gave us 15% off food vouchers for this restaurant (only one voucher per meal). The calamari was very tasty. The seafood platter was good but the lobster was a little overcooked. The waitress serving us wasn't particularly friendly, and they seemed keen to go home, as there were only two tables in. It was a nice meal and had a lovely view. I'd recommend going there one night to try it out.
Breakfast was ok. Fruit, cereals, some hot options, cakes, biscuits. Nothing too exciting and not as good as the other hotels we'd stayed at in Costa Rica, but ok.
The best thing about this hotel was that, one morning, a whole troop of spider monkeys came down through the hotel. They were on the roof of the breakfast area and running down the bannisters around the sundeck. It was a great opportunity for photos and the monkeys literally ran passed right next to me!
The staff were nearly all friendly and helpful.
Come here for the views.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Si Como No Resort Spa & 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
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