The Rio Celeste Hideaway is a real gem. If you are looking for a luxurious retreat in the middle of the jungle off the beaten tourist path- this is the place for you.
The twenty eight individual casitas are tastefully furnished with Balinese four poster beds and come with balconies, jacuzzis and outdoor showers(optional!) set in a mini walled garden. The rooms are well maintained, very private and quiet. The Nayara Hotel and Spa in Arenal has the same owners who have given the place the same attention to detail and service as in Arenal.
Rio Celeste Hideaway has its own access the to the Rio Celeste in the form of a 700m riverside footpath ending in a little rancho with towels, set up for those keen to take a dip in the blue river, which is not possible in the National Park. The main reason for coming to this area is to see the stunningly blue Rio Celeste river, which looks fake in photographs because of the of the minerals giving it a milky blue appearance- but photos do not do it justice.
Getting to the hotel is a challenge and would be dodgy in a 2wd or vehicle without high clearance as the 9km off pavement from Bijagua is muddy, stony and deeply rutted in places. There is a second access road from the other side of the Tenorio volcano which you would use coming from Arenal; this is reputedly better.
I would definitely recommend this hotel for couples wanting a special treat for two or three nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rio Celeste Hideaway is a boutique, gourmet and ecologically orientated hotel. It provides a world of comfort and style surrounded by an untouched natural paradise. This hidden hotel is located in the middle of the Rainforest adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano National Park where the amazing Rio Celeste lies. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 26 spacious casitas (bungalows) provides an exclusive retreat in which guests can relax amidst the breathtaking rainforest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel Costa Rica/Tenorio Volcano National Park