“A secluded retreat hidden in tropical forest above Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, with stunning ocean views and 7 spacious suites”
Rooms and suites are divided between the hotel's ground- and first floor.
Downstairs, the Garden Room is the cheapest option. It has 2 queensize beds (ideal for friends travelling together), with white-washed walls, cream Roman blinds and a private patio overlooking the garden. The décor, as in all the rooms, combines understated elegance and modern flair, with rugs, throws and abstract original artwork adding punches of colour (green in this case). The 2 Pool View Suites also have patio areas (here with hammocks), as well as sliding doors which open directly onto the pool terrace - perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of stairs, though not as private as other rooms. Both are decorated in soothing shades of grey and taupe with aqua accents, and one has disabled access.
For the best views we recommend staying upstairs in one of the Ocean View Suites, which look out over the trees to the coast. Luxurious kingsize beds are the focal point to a backdrop of cream and taupe with hints of aquamarine; framed photography of the local area adds a nice touch. Glass doors let in plenty of natural light (blackout curtains are provided for sleeping) and lead to large private balconies with tables and chairs. The pot plants dotted around make them lovely spaces for sundowners.
Since our visit, a second-floor Master Suite has also been added.
Bathrooms in all suites are chic and modern, with plenty of space, large rainfall showers (no tubs), top-notch products from Raw Botanicals, and double sinks on granite countertops. Colourful mosaic splashbacks add a bit of warmth and whimsy, and most of the bathrooms also have incredible ocean views.
All meals are included, served in the dining room or on the terrace. The food is a mixture of Costa Rican delicacies and international staples, using fresh, local ingredients; menus change weekly and there are always several options for each course (including vegetarian dishes). The chef may also be able to make dishes to order with advance notice.
Breakfast is served between 6.30 and 10.30am (and can be taken in your suite on request), with a choice of hot and cold options. A typical selection might include Costa Rican flambé pancakes with maple syrup, a tropical fruit salad, omelettes, or a traditional 'Tico' breakfast of gallo pinto, sweet fried plantains and fresh tortillas.
Lunch, from 11.30am to 3pm, offers a selection of appetisers and main courses - perhaps ceviche, fresh soups, fish tacos, mango and coriander salad, and roasted vegetables or tenderloin beef on ciabatta bread. Dinner is served from 6-8.30pm and has a wider variety of dishes to tempt you. Choose from options such as Caribbean-style seafood soup, a mixed green salad with roasted beetroot and red peppers, seared tuna or fish of the day, pork ribs, grilled chicken breast, and stuffed Portobello mushrooms with mozzarella. Follow this with one of the chef’s delectable dessert offerings, which were a highlight of our meals - creations might include a chocolate brownie with passion fruit sauce, a tropical fruit crumble with vanilla ice cream, or the traditional Costa Rican 'Tres Leches' cake.
Soft drinks with meals are included in the rates, and there’s a list of wines and cocktails for an additional charge. Complimentary afternoon tea and coffee is also served, along with a selection of home-baked goods (the chocolate chip cookies are great to return to after a day's excursion), so there's plenty of opportunity to indulge yourselves.
If you fancy a change, the restaurants of Playa del Coco are just a short taxi ride (or a longer walk) away. Recommended are Las Olax, Café de Playa and Tiki Coco, all right on the beach. A bit further away in Playa Hermosa (about 20 minutes' drive) is the lovely Roberto’s at La Gaviota Tropical, which does a mix of seafood, meat dishes, sandwiches, salads and local Tico favourites in a great oceanside setting.
The hotel is aimed at adults, but children 16 and over are welcome and will enjoy local activities such as zip-lining, rafting and riding. Extra beds can be added to most suites, and the Garden Room can connect with a Pool View Suite (via a separate external door) on request.
Children under 16 are only accepted when the whole hotel is booked for exclusive use.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available