The drive to Clandestino is a bit of a bumpy one - be careful in anything smaller than an SUV. There are many signs for the resort from the main road so it was easy enough to find.
We approached the pool/bar area in search of the reception area. There was one room with computers in it so we knocked on the glass and were greeted by a very friendly woman (whose name escapes me). To what I know, she speaks Spanish, English and French so it is very easy to communicate with her. She set us up in the bar with complimentary drinks while she went to pre-approve our room. She then showed us around the resort and brought us to our room.
The room was AMAZING! Just as it appears in the pictures. Bamboo beds, white linens, unique looking bathroom, candles, etc. There is air conditioning and fans in each of the rooms. It is hard to get a "bad room" since there aren't many and they're all located close to everything. There is also wireless internet. Due to the remote location of this resort, you aren't allowed to flush toilet paper. This is very understandable but we found it kind of gross because the garbage cans have no lids...if we could change anything, we would have them purchase sealed garbage cans for disposing the toilet paper :)
If you are looking for a quiet getaway, this is the place to be. It is very private, you practically have an entire beach to yourself. We loved sitting in the hammocks on the beach watching the beautiful sunset.
The pool was really clean and well kept. The ocean is so warm it felt like bathwater. The waves can get pretty big but were a lot of fun. They have surfboards and bodyboards to rent. Unfortunately, we had a bad run in with one of the employees who accused us of stealing the boards one morning and was going to charge us. The owner (who greeted us in the beginning) resolved the entire issue and gave us the boards the following day for free. I was thankful to have her around because the other woman was dreadful.
The owners son guides the mangrove tour and he was very kind and informative about the area. This resort/mangrove tour are both appropriate for couples or families.
We had one day of rain and the power went out for a few hours. The restaurant/bar near the pool has generators so we weren't left sitting in the dark.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clandestino Beach Resort is a Beachfront boutique hotel, located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica, on a beautiful and wild beach sprinkled with coconut trees along 10 km of in Palo Seco Beach. The hotel is located at about 20 km from Quepos and 45 km. from Jaco next to the magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park. The highway from San Jose is in very good conditions, leading the guests on a two hour drive through an incredible landscape with several different microclimates and a very diverse flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the area, the sounds of nature, the tropical breeze, the wildlife and of course also get to know the local culture and people. The hotel has 12 luxury rooms, designed in natural tones and built with local materials such as Teak wood structures, Royal Palm leaf roofs, natural stone bathrooms, and bamboo ceilings, terraces and furniture. We offer you 4 rooms with king size beds and 8 rooms with two queen size beds each (all rooms have TV, Free WIFI, A/C, ceiling fans, hair dryers and hot water). For your safety our hotel has security cameras and night watchmen. The hotel also features a large, turtle-shaped swimming pool facing the ocean, Jacuzzi, a waterfall, and a water mirror for sunbathing, all surrounded by lush gardens, green iguanas, wonderful birds, sloths, funny capuchin monkeys that come to the hotel from the Mangrove. It is in every sense a dream come true. The unique and beautiful restaurant features an ocean view and serves international and local dishes that appease even the most demanding connoisseurs of gourmet cuisine. In the cozy bar you will be able to enjoy a variety of delicious tropical cocktails, play pool and table tennis or just lay back and enjoy your stay. All of this with an exclusive atmosphere and good music. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clandestino Beach Resort Costa Rica/Parrita