Once upon a time, in a beautiful land far, far away....I had the most amazing holiday of my life in Otro Lado. It was recommended to me by my surf instructor from the UK and I will be forever grateful! A friend of mine and I went there in February/March and we liked it so much that we returned a month later! It was a perfect girly getaway and I am certain we will be back there soon. If you think of a great place to stay in Costa Rica - don't look any further, you just found it!
Otro Lado is beautiful green oasis off the main road, where hummingbirds drink from hibiscus flowers, a blue lagoon pool invites you for a dip on a hot day and the kitchen serves delicious food every day. It's located in a perfect spot, 5 mins from the beach, walking distance from Santa Teresa town centre, shops, bars and restaurants, but quiet enough to make sure you can be away from the crowds if you like to. Even though the main road gets a bit dusty during dry season, it didn't bother us and Otro Lado is perfectly dust-free. Surf school and rental shop is right next door. The owners, Italian couple Baggi and Nico are amazing hosts and will make you feel at home right away with their warm smiles and excellent service. They love animals, so you can play and cuddle their kitties and the play with the friendliest and most chilled out dog on the planet - Hata, who is the real queen of the house, watches over everyone and makes you feel safe.
Each day begins with a delicious tropical breakfast served by Baggi and Nicco - the best Italian coffee, just like the one you get in Milano (not expected in Costa Rica!), a batido (fresh fruit smoothie, made with seasonal fruit of choice), fruit pancakes, healthy muesli or eggs any style. The dining/communal area is a large wooden deck, with low tables and lots of comfy thai-style floor cushions to lounge on. It's sheltered from the sun and a perfect place to hang out if you are feeling sociable or hungry.
At first we stayed in a double room, we shared it - it was a perfect size, the beds are huge and super comfortable. Each room has a comfortable, stylish ensuite bathroom and a little outside area, with a hammock, table and chairs. For our second stay we rented a lodge, it was outstanding - two levels, it could easily accommodate 4 people. It had a lovely lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, fridge and two bathrooms - one of which had a shower that opened onto the garden at the top, so it felt very exotic. On the top floor there was a beautiful bedroom, bathroom and a private wooden balcony, with a hammock - perfect for reading and chilling out after the beach. Outside we also had two hammocks and a mini private garden, with table and chairs, secluded from the other quests - in case we felt like having an intimate dinner.
Each day we also enjoyed wonderful lunches prepared by Baggi, her pastas, salads and foccacias are to die for ! My friend was totally addicted to tomato ravioli at the end of our stay :-) and I have some fond memories of home-made pesto linguini and greek salads with fresh avocado....mmmm. Baggi always had freshest, seasonal fruit and veg in her kitchen - we were there during mango season, lucky us! Pinneapples in CR are also the best in the world - I now buy them in my local Tesco in London and they always remind me of my wonderful holiday.
Otro Lado also has a lovely chill-out area, several giant sun-beds are perched against a wall covered by hibiscus vine. You can lay there, soaking up the rays, reading a book and watch the hummingbirds fly by...It is close enough to the jungle, so you can hear all the beautiful animal noises, howler monkeys, a myriad of birds. Daily we watched the eagles circle over the jungle canopy...priceless! There is also a lovely, lush , outdoor tropical shower, surrounded by greenery and 'birds of paradise' flowers. It's secret is that when you stand on a right angle - you can see mini rainbows..it is just like in this Herbal Essences shampoo advert!
There is a night -time security guard, so the place feels very safe. Each room and lodge has a safe locker, wireless internet works everywhere as well. There is also a an outdoor yoga studio, where on some mornings you can do a class - you just need to force yourself to roll out of the comfy bed. All rooms are air conditioned. There is also a little spa attached to yoga studio, where you can receive some massage & treatments by appointment. And there were no creepy crawlies at all, which is a bit unusual in Costa Rica!
Santa Teresa is a fantastic little town - whether you fancy a quiet holiday, active sports or parties. You can surf, body board (amazingly consistent waves!), horseride on the beach along the Pacific ocean, zipline, trek in the jungle, ride on quad bikes, do yoga, take massages, sunbathe, take a trip to Montezuma and other surrounding beaches and towns in Nicoya Peninsula. The night life is amazing, there is usually a beach party on at least 2-3 times a week in D&N, Luz Da Vida, Kika. There are some fantastic restaurants there as well - you can have Italian, Israeli, Argentinian, American food, even sushi - all a walking distance from Otro Lado!
It has been a few months since I returned and I am already planning my next trip there. I have made some wonderful friends and most of them I met in Otro Lado. I can't wait to be on the plane to Costa Rica again and I know there is only one place I want to stay when I get there - maybe I will see you there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Otro Lado Lodge is a small resort just a few steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Situated in a quiet tropical garden with a swimming pool, the lodge is comprised of four separate residences, each with two levels and can accommodate four people comfortably. The restaurant is open air concept with complimentary satellite television plus wireless internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Otro Lado Lodge And Restaurant Hotel Santa Teresa
- Otro Lado Lodge And Restaurant Costa Rica/Santa Teresa