We booked this resort last minute at a great price! For the price we paid, we weren't expecting anything fancy but a place that was safe and clean. We had a great time!
Location: It was isolated but beautiful. It's located next to a beautiful forest with lots of birds and monkeys. Huge stretch of black sand beach to the left of the resort. Nice but we couldn't find any good snorkeling spots off the beach. You can sign up at Charlies a day before to go to the white sand beach "Beach Club" by boat. There are some so-so snorkeling spots off the beach there. You can also walk through the forest to the Marina. There were lots of howler and white-faced monkeys on the beach. The isolation is good or bad, depends what you want- wildlife or walking distance to town?
Rooms: So-so. They were clean and safe but could use some updating. There were some very small ant-like insects that would appear near the bathroom sink. Not a big deal. The views from the room are beautiful. We could see the water from our balcony. But you don't spend much time there anyways. The a/c worked great, albeit a bit loud at times. There is a fridge and a large safe the width of a laptop (I think it was $2/day). You may want to bring conditioner if you use it. They have shampoo and soap, etc.
Staff: Very friendly and wonderful! Everyone on site was very friendly... ranging from the bar tenders, servers to the Fun Club.
Food: Didn't go to the Italian a la cart. Mexican a la cart was really delicious. Buffet is your typical fare. It was fine. Lots to choose from- what I expected! They had a omelet stand every morning and a grill stand in the evening. They had a couple different themes during the week. They had some Costa Rican fare, but wish they had more. There was also a snack bar daily with nachos, thick crust pizza, hamburgers, fries, etc.
Excursions: You really need to hire a car or pay $$ to go on excursions since this location of this resort is pretty isolated. We spent a couple days traveling by car with another couple exploring many beaches with some good snorkeling spots (which is hard to do without a car), parks and zip-lining. We also went on a tour to Arenal with Vargas Tours. They were wonderful! You pay a little bit more ($20ish) than the tour companies on-site, but well worth it. You can hire taxis, but I heard that they are expensive. The resort does offer some taxi services.
I would recommend this hotel, but only for the right price and what your expectations are.
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