What a gorgeous property! The grounds are immaculate. The bungalows are stylish, spacious, comfortable, and very clean. The pool & outdoor shower are heaven after a long hot day. You can only get the wi-fi signal in the restaurant & pool area, but why would you sit in your room when you can lounge on the patio and check your emails? The hotel is at the quieter, northern end of Santa Teresa. The beach is just across the road, down a short tree-lined path. There is a market and a few good restaurants within easy walking distance, but it's a bit farther to the center of town and the Mal Pais crossroads where there is more to see & do. You'll definitely want to rent an ATV from the front desk to get out & explore. I highly suggest taking an ATV out to Montezuma and hiking to the waterfalls -- it's absolutely beautiful.
What really made the Manalá feel like home for us was Laura & her wonderful staff. Ronald and Fabián were super nice, answering our many questions and making great suggestions. And then there's Marco, the hotel restaurant's owner, manager, and budding chef extraordinaire... He takes such great care of each and every guest. And every dish -- from fruit at breakfast to fresh fish at dinner to the creative "surprise dessert" -- was beautifully prepared and presented. He makes a mean caipirinha, and even better conversation. We are STILL talking about the delicious homemade fish soup he brought us on our last night. If this were L.A. and if I were a food critic (a girl can dream), I'd name Marco and his restaurant "The One to Watch". I'd also probably try to set him up with one of my single girlfriends!
A great hotel is one that makes you want to stay forever... My boyfriend & I stayed at Manalá for 4 nights and that wasn't nearly long enough. This place is truly a hidden gem, and the people there make it so. We're already planning our next trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eight mediterranean style Boungalows in a lush tropical setting; private bathrooms, hot water,air conditoner,wifi,tv, minifridge,ceiling fan, laptop safebox, parking area and 24 hrs security, restaurant and pool with jacuzzi. Our incedible location so close to the beach with the best beach break and our facilities, makes Manalà Hotel the perfect destiny for the best holiday ever. Open 2010. 800 meters North from Santa Teresa soccer fieldde fútbol de Santa Teresa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manala Hotel Costa Rica/Santa Teresa