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We liked Riu, the staff was great and the facilities were good We were however, disappointed in the quality of the food and the evening shows were second rate
Water sports staff was not very helpful and we missed out on activities due to this.
Breakfast and Lunch buffet offers a great variety and quality is good. A la carte restaurant was nice and service was good. Beautiful and well kept gardens. You have to book 24 hours in advanced for the special restaurants and for water activities (like using a kayak!) which is closed by 3pm. The pool area is loud and not very clean as MANY people seems to spend the whole time at the pool bar. Shows and night activities are poor.
The pool and drinks are good. The beach is nice but not close to as nice as other beaches nearby. Most of the food is buffet only and extremely greasy. Even the non-buffet food is pre-prepared and not very good. They will not accommodate vegetarians. The beach is extremely rocky. Water activities are outsourced to another company, and doing anything requires reservations in advance and a walk away from the beach. Overall this is not a good value or experience as compared to staying in a non-all-inclusive somewhere else in Costa Rica with a better beach and eating out.
We've stayed at BDS many times while building our house nearby. The hotel is great. The rooms are spacious, the grounds are welcoming and tropical, the restaurant is great and most of all the staff is friendly and so helpful. My personal favorites are traditional Costa Rican breakfast and watching the sunset from the beach while sipping a cocktail. Make BDS a stop on your CR travel plans.
Can two adults and three teenagers enjoy themselves on a vacation? Well, we did and it did not take too much effort. The Bahia Pez Villas in Liberia Costa Rica is situated in the mountains of Guanacaste. The views from our room were breathtaking. The villa was spacious and clean. The people were friendly and hospitable. We went on several trips...a day trip to Nicaragua, the hot springs, Palo Verde and the volcano and rainforest by Lake Adenal as well as snorkeling. The trips were a bit costly but they were worth it. Costa Rica is a paradise and we plan to return at another time.
Nice quiet condo-Resort with own private black-sand beach. Never saw more than 3 other people on beach the entire stay. Nice snorkeling right on beach. Go to the left near rocks for best views. If you rent a car, the condos up top have wonderful views. If walking, stay in condos closer to beach. Great security, night and day! Nice restaurant near lower pool and beach. Upper and lowers condos have different pools. Stayed in upper section right next to infinity pool. Hardly anyone using it so seemed like our private pool. Three bedroom condos are wonderful and clean. in reception, made our vacation!! He arranged snorkeling trip, canopy tours, rafting, horseback riding, river cruise and Monteverde guide/tour. He took care of everything and arranges a driver if you don't want to tackle the roads. Just give him a day notice and he will set your activities up. We travel a lot and have never seen anyone take care of a visitor like !! Coco is about 10 minutes away and has a lot of shops and a great supermarket (Super Mercado) with coffee shop across the street. Go another 6 miles to Hermosa and have dinner at Gingers, a great Tapas resturant. Take a day trip down coast to Flamingo Beach, Tamirindo Beach and on to National Park Beach. On way back, have dinner at one of many good resturants in Tamirindo. Food prices are moderate everywhere. Don't forget about the 23% tax/gratuity you'll pay for everything in Costa Rica. Tipping isn't expected but is appreciated, especially guides, boat Captains, etc. Be careful on roads, especially at night. Potholes are numerous on back roads and folks walk in roads at all hours. Beautiful country and people. Wish we could have stayed longer.