We just got back from our honeymoon here (Aug 27-31), and it was an awesome place. The grounds are completely manicured so it seems like you are walking around in the rain forest anywhere in the resort. The casitas are beautiful and large, outside shower is a plus. The rainforest view was worth it, the casitas are worth relaxing in. It was low season but the staffing was adequate, the only thing not open was the swim up bar. Service for us was was quick and excellent at the restaurant, and the maid staff practiced oragami with the towels everytime they made our room. Dinners were excellent, breakfast was good, we never ate lunch at the restaurant. We did the horsebackriding tour and hiked in the National Park, which has the bluest river and a great waterfall.
The drive is longer than advertised, but was totally worth it. It's about 100miles (170km), but speed limits are 35-45mph (60-80kph). All highways we saw in the country are 1 lane each way and shared with lots of trucks which go slow. The last 15 or so km of the trip is on a very rough road, we couldn't go more than 5-10 mph on there it was so bumpy. Highway 1 was shut down for an accident so in the end it took us about 5-6 hours to get there from San Jose Airport. I would suggest either flying into Liberia (which is more expensive), or taking a route to the west of Tenorio National Park. You can get on the same rough road from highway 6 (pickup the directions from Liberia airport on their website). We went that we when we left the resort and it was much quicker/less climbing through mountain towns.
- 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