“Luxurious, blissful and by the sea - a tiny hotel in an utterly romantic setting in unspoilt southern Nicoya Peninsula”
Villas are surprisingly sumptuous, given the remoteness of the setting and the depth of the jungle. All are decorated to an extremely high standard and set back along little paths deep in pretty jungle gardens, so that each is guaranteed considerable privacy. Cream walls hold dramatic paintings of tropical flowers, and very sensuous canopy beds come with clouds of cushions, wonderful mattress and blissfully soft bedlinens (strewn with tropical flowers on your arrival). One and two-bedroom options are available, Deluxes have sea views.
The open-air bathrooms are also beautifully designed, with a leaf-shaped baths under overhanging palms and a curved wall behind your private garden to give perfect seclusion. There’s also a powerful hot shower and an organically shaped sink; even the outside loo is a fun experience. And no, there aren’t creepy crawlies over everything!
The Honeymoon House comes fully equipped with a kitchen, a refrigerator, an open-sided living room and a dining table for 4. The whole of the upper floor is the bedroom and it also has a small plunge pool. The Surf House (a newer addition that we haven’t viewed yet) is a great-value and slightly more rustic 3-bedroom beachfront villa - perfect for outdoorsy types.
Organic, biodegradable toiletries are provided in big bottles (no waste of plastic), scented with Plumeria flowers from the flor blanca tree. Fresh flowers, a hairdryer, free WiFi, bathrobes, safe boxes and mosquito nets are all provided; some options also have minibars.
You get truly excellent cuisine, in different settings, including a stylish bar by the pool with tables under an open roof, on steps leading down to the ocean. The cocktails are creative and the sushi is the best we've ever had.
Breakfast can be healthy or not. There’s good yoghurt and granola with fresh fruit or a Burrito of beans, avocado and cheese, also with fruit, as well as the usual eggs options. Tea and coffee are available all day - help yourself from the coffee bar.
Lunch here is superb: we sat by the pool and ate Greek salad with huge grilled shrimps, and seared rare yellow-fin tuna with Asian style noodles.
Dinner can be a laidback affair in the bar with cool music playing, or a totally private experience where ambitious young chef Spencer Graves brings Pacific Rim flavours to freshly caught local fish. Young staff are attentive and very friendly: you soon feel among friends.
Most romantic of all, ask for a dinner in the poolside gazebo: you’ll be completely alone, eating by candlelight from a table decorated with flowers: our amuse bouche of seared scallops on a bed of quinoa was sublime, followed by a tangy sea bass ceviche, then fettucini with spicy fish. Dessert was a delicate passion fruit cheesecake.