My wife and I explored Costa Rica for the first time and had an amazing stay at Florblanca. Not only were the grounds, accommodations and food/drinks first rate, but the staff were super friendly and wonderfully accommodating as well.
The property is intimate and serene—literally in unspoiled jungle at the edge of the Pacific, tropical flowers, iguanas, howler monkeys and all—with only a handful of wonderfully appointed villas. We had the good fortune to stay in Villa #1, that offers a lovely view of the beach from the open living room. I easily settled into a morning regimen of relaxing in the hammock, listening to monkeys greeting the day and waves crashing on the beach.
Prior to our arrival the concierge team helped me make special arrangements for a horseback ride, as well as an intimate dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. The horseback ride (which is a must, whether you have ridden before or not) was nothing short of amazing. We rode through quiet rolling green fields of grazing cattle, past ancient tropical trees, up a hill overlooking the beach and distant green mountains, through lazy rows of coconut palms, past horses and their newly born colts (only days old) and down a beautiful beach as the sun dropped low over the horizon. My wife also made note that our guide, Fernando, who was very friendly and spoke English well, was quite easy on the eyes.
As if this wasn't enough, upon our return the staff had set up a special table in their poolside dojo where we dined on amazing fresh sushi, drank mojitos, and were brought a delicious sampling of complimentary desserts to celebrate her birthday. We were happy, to say the least.
On our other days at Florblanca we enjoyed the warm sunshine, I surfed the break at Playa Hermosa a few minutes walk down the beach to the north (where the locals were quite friendly) while my wife did yoga, we bicycled into town to enjoy the local cuisine, and we generally ate, drank and were merry.
Having never been to Costa Rica, and only having our many caribbean island vacations to compare against, what surprised us most was just how friendly everyone was. Unlike many tropical destinations, no one in Santa Teresa tried to hard sell us on anything, stuck out their hands for tips, or were really anything other than quite nice. We don't speak much Spanish, other than what we have gleaned from bi-lingual signage at home in the US, but had no language problems whatsoever (the locals were about half ex-pats and half Ticos, and everyone seemed to speak more English than we do Spanish).
All in all I feel like we had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica and a great stay at Florblanca. I think I can confidently say it is the place to stay in Santa Teresa, and you likely won't be disappointed. Our only complaint was not being able to stay long enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our accommodations offer complete privacy and luxury surrounded by beautiful gardens and views of the Pacific Ocean. All villas are only steps away from the surf, open -air dining, our new Spa Bambu, fitness center, a yoga and Pilates studio, and other amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Florblanca Hotel Santa Teresa
- Florblanca Resort Santa Teresa
- Florblanca Resort Costa Rica/Santa Teresa