Santa Teresa was a surprise after starting our honeymoon in the Arenal area. It is very laid-back, and almost rustic feeling. It is what a surf destination should be. Manala was a great place to stay, the bungalows are very cute and quite spacious. I loved the large shower and the seating areas inside and outside. Since they were alerted by our travel agency that it was our honeymoon there were very pretty flowers on the bed and the towels shaped as swans, and some chocolates with a nice congratulatory message. The bed wasn't the most comfortable we had on our trip, but after a long days of activity we slept great all the same. I unfortunately came down with a cold at this point of our honeymoon, so we didn't get to explore Santa Teresa as much as we wanted to, and I was in bed quite a bit.
Our first night we did make it out to the beach, it was a very short walk. I come from the Pacific Northwest so the concept of warm ocean was pretty amazing to me. Unlike where we stayed in the Arenal area, (Tabacon), there were markets and restaurants and even coffee shops within walking distance from Manala. The two men working at the front desk while we were there were really friendly and perfectly happy giving recommendations and directions for restaurants and things to do in the area. One of them arranged a taxi for us for a more remote restaurant we wanted to go to.
The complimentary breakfast is really simple, but satisfying. We had dinner there twice, they have some pretty tasty pizza. The restaurant is right by the pool, so it was cool at night to watch bats swoop down and grab insects around the pool. I really liked that. We also saw some cool birds, butterflies and lizards on the property.
I think my favorite experience at Manala was during a heavy rainstorm that lasted quite a while, my husband and I sat outside in the seating area in front of our bungalow and just relaxed and read while listening to the rain.
- 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