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Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort
Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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Reviewed March 30, 2008

This is an amazing get away...very private, just 6 rooms scattered around the property, big common area for food and hanging out....amazing staff and chef (Sebastian) who has a different menu for you every day.

The rooms are all open air with fans (there's only one with A/C, and it's small and in the main building.) We were always fine at night, cool enough and no mosquitos as this is a very dry area....

There are of course, the usual beach and Costa Rica critters all around...monkeys, birds, crabs all over the beach, funny little jungle squirrels....all wonderful and beautiful.

Surfing is the main attraction in this area, and the hotel is on the beach but the best surfing is about 10 minutes down the beach...in front of the hotel are great tide pools in rocks...great for wading...but not surfing.

The hotel is now associated with Flora Blanca next door, which just gives you another pool, but keeps the Latitude 10 area separate and special. The yoga at Flora Blanca is also great -- 2 times a day and also private sessions.

This is a great place to "get away from it all" -- or for a larger family party...where you want to stay together but have space...we had 10 people travelling...adults and 4 teen boys who were surfers and it worked out great!

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2008

Latitude Ten Degrees was a paradise beyond belief. I have stayed at various Four Seasons and Ritz Carltons around the world and this resort by far surpasses all that I have resided at in terms of quality and charm. Of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica (Tabacon in L'Arenal and Gaia in Manuel Antonio), this was by far superior.

We had gourmet meals every night from the French chef. What reviews dont tell you is that food is very important as restaurants close up early in Santa Teresa. Also, if you want gourmet food, it is not always easy to find around town. Many places are small little joints with run-of-the-mill dining options. Some of our dining delights included at the resort included seared ahi on a bed of lentils, beet salad with blue cheese and walnuts, and homemade gelato. Whats great abotu latitude ten is that they make the menu according to what you want. Before youa rrive, they will send a questionairre to find out what foods you like, so they can serve them during your visit. (FYI, everything is organic and delicious)

As for location, Latitude ten has a corner on the market. We had our own private beach area in front of the hotel. A hop, skip, and a jump down the beach from one of the big surg breaks in Santa Teresa. My husband loved it as he did not have to drive to surf in the am. And if we didnt feel like beaching it, we could retreat back to the pool house to listen and watch the waves from the resort pool at the clubhouse.

Latitude ten bungalos are also a special treat. There are only four bungaloes at the facility. They are separated with much foliage and trees so one party never hears a whisper of the other. We were in the honeymoon suite on the water. We could see the waves as we were tucked in bed at night. The entire bungalo is open air and at night, the staff comes in and lights it with candles and incense to create a wonderful mood. Amazing! (All of the candles and scents are catered to your desires, they offer a wide variety).

For eco-friendly people (such as myself), the entire resort is sustainable. They use organic everything and ar completely self sufficient with solar panels and recyclable products. It still amazes me that they can create such a high quality resort and still be sustainable. What the Ritz' excuse?

Lastly, another differentiating factor is that Latitude Ten is the newest resort in Santa Teresa. It opened in early 2007. (That is why it actually does not pop up first on google or other resort planning websites when searching for resorts in ST). Others like Mal Pais and Flora Blanca win out as they have been the standard in the past. But I guarantee they pale is comparison. They look tired and warn down. Latitude Ten is plush, incredibly well-irrigated and rich. What a breath of fresh air! I guarantee you will be so disappointed if you stay at those over Latitude Ten.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2007

My husband and I finished our stay in Santa Teresa/Mal Pais with three nights at Latitude 10. The property is absolutely beautiful. Originally constructed as a private retreat, the owners opened it as a hotel in 2007. There is a stunning, open air clubhouse for dining and lounging. A second floor room above the lovely kitchen is used as a massage and yoga studio. The views of the ocean from this perch are amazing. Guests stay in bungalows of varying size. We had a junior suite in the garden and it was beautiful. The teak bungalow is windowless and has an open air bathroom. The bed was fabulous with loads of pillows. A lovely chaise, desk and armoire round out the furnishings. Also, included were a coffeemaker, flashlights and Skintastic. A porch with two comfy chairs made a for a nice spot for reading.

Meals are prepared by Sebastian, a French chef, and his assistant, Yvette. While we were staying there we only had one of his amazing meals as he had to take a few days off for personal business. His replacement, Matt, turned out to be a fellow Torontonian and a fabulous cook. Along with two fantastic dinners, we also got a lot of great information about where to eat and shop in Toronto from him.

When not eating or sleeping, we lounged around the pool with a glass of wine and our heads in our books. When we tired of that we'd take our drinks and books and lounge on the beach chaises or in the hammock.

There was only one other couple at the resort while we were there and on Friday they left. The place was all our's! I spent some time wandering around the property taking photos of the gardens and checking out the other bungalows (all were gorgeous).

To ensure we never experienced the slightest discomfort was the amazing staff. Marianne (sp?), Johnny and Jenny ran the place with the friendliest professionalism. We were just so impressed with each of them and one of the best parts of our trips was getting to know them.

As we were leaving early in the morning for the long flight home, Johnny handed us a couple doubledecker ham and cheese sandwiches Matt had left for us. How nice is that?

At the Tambor airstrip we encountered Jenny who was meeting her mother's plane. We had the great pleasure of being able to tell Jenny's mother how impressed we were with her wonderful daughter.

Now, I'm hoping I've said many things that would make you not want to stay there because I want there always to be space for me. However, I really do hope that Latitude 10 does well and is constantly booked. The setting is lovely and the staff has worked very hard to make staying there very special and memorable for the guests.

PS
I forgot to mention the dogs! They are friendly and adorable.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Pamwidmerpool
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Reviewed November 1, 2007

This place was our only destination in Costa Rica and I can honestly say we had a magical time. It is right on the beaches of Santa Teresa with a wonderful ocean breeze, with open air bungalows that are as comfortable as they are beautiful. I am usually hot-natured so was a little concerned about there not being any AC in the room, but was pleasantly surprised that with the ocean breeze and fans it was quite comfortable(we were there in late Sept).

Apparently it had rained quite heavily there the week before we came, but when we arrived the weather was very sunny and there were only a few showers in the 5 days that we were there. The beach was beautiful although definitely not for swimming due to the waves and rocks, except for during low tide in various tide pools between the rocks. We heard there were better beaches to swim about a half hour's walk away though.

We stayed in one of the Junior suites that was a perfect size for just a couple. It was furnished beautifully and immaculate every day. Every night the staff would light our candles and place incense around the room which was a nice touch.

As far as the staff goes, my wife and I can't say enough about Johnny, Marianne, and Sebastian. Johnny did a wonderful job of managing the place and taking care of any of our needs during the day, and then by the afternoon/evening Marianne would take over. The wonderful thing about this place is that even though there are many resort-like amenities and services, due to it's small size there is a very private and intimate vibe. And Sebastian's food is phenomenal, it was quite difficult to eat anywhere else!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank inanutshell23
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Reviewed September 12, 2007

The experience we had at Latitude 10 was life-changing. We spent 4 nights at this intimate, gorgeous resort and loved every minute of it.
The drive to get here, especially during the low season is very rough. It took us an hour and 1/2 to make the few mile trip from Tambor airport due to the horrible roads, but once we drove into the inconspicuous gate we knew we had chosen the right place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying one another. The staff is wonderful and attentive, and a highlight of our Costa Rica vacation. The chef, Sebastian....there just aren't words to describe his skill. We ate there at Latitude 10 every night, for fear of missing one of his creations. We had one of the Master suites, and you could literally throw a rock and it the pacific it was that close. All the suites are far removed from one another, so it feels like it's just you and your mate in the jungle alone. The pool is beautiful and adequate. We will be back to latitude 10, hopefully not too many people find out about this place... the secret will soon be out.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TulsaNoah
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Reviewed September 4, 2007

Fabulous place. The bungalows are in a luxurious colonial style, each slightly different from the other. The staff look after you impeccably and the food is outstanding. A great destination for a relaxing holiday.

Stayed: August 2007
1  Thank berkshiretraveller_7
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Reviewed August 29, 2007

I have stayed at nearly all of the top hotels in Costa Rica and this hotel opens the lid on all of them. It is by far the finest service and dining in Costa Rica, especially if you are looking for a relaxed stay in Costa Rica rather than a Four Seasons. Seabstien the chef produces some of the most delicious food ever to hit your plate and the service from Jonny is outstanding. The rooms do not have AC however there really is not need with the cool ocean breezes. We booked through Costa Rica Holiday UK for our honeymoon and they defeinitely knew what they were doing sending us here!!

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: 4 kilometers past Santa Teresa, left hand side, Santa Teresa 1000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Teresa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
#8 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range: $246 - $979 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Latitude 10 Resort was built as a private resort and is now available to the public. The resort consists of five spacious free standing, individually decorated and private casitas. Each casita has its own tropical decor, situated on over seven acres of private beachfront property located near the bustling beach town of Santa Teresa on the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Staying at Latitude 10 is like staying with good friends at their luxury beach house. You will experience personalized service and attention to detail in a relaxed yet classy atmosphere. Latitude 10 is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. ... more   less 
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