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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.
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.
The beach was only a few minutes drive/walk away. The staff, especially the front desk guy, was very nice and helpful. Breakfast is pretty good as well.
Cate and I came here for our first few days of our 15 day Honeymoon in Costa Rica. Everything about Hotel Casa Villa Blanca was perfect for us!! Quaint and beautiful grounds within walking distance to the beach, incredibly helpful and happy Staff (Lis and Gabriel are the Best...felt like friends for Life), delicious and authentic breakfast (fresh fruit, hand blended juices, eggs, rice and beans, and coffee) to get your day off to a perfect start on their covered patio (which is also a magnificent place to have a couple drinks and watch the thunderstorms and rain during Green a season. We are so blessed to have found this place and would love to come back soon. Pura Vida
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.
Water sports staff was not very helpful and we missed out on activities due to this.
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
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.
Nice simple, elegant design. I liked our room with a balcony designed around a tree, and the room was very convenient. We had monkeys nearly every day all around us in the mornings and evenings and it was relatively quiet. Very relaxing and comfortable. Staff was very very nice. Great value for money, would come back if ever returning to north Guanacaste. Housekeeping was very late nearly each day, around 4pm. A bit later than would have liked. The hotel needs just a few simple touches to really amp it up - a simple potted cacti or flower on restaurant tables as well as a votive candle would significantly enhance the dining experience. Dinner quality was relatively poor, but breakfast was pretty good at a great value. After the first night we never ate in restaurant for lunch/dinner. Skimpy on coffee bags in room, had to ask for more.
thick lush beach towels, room cleanliness, room design, animal bridges, energy saving methods, staff, restaurant, beach front, lights at night, lush landscaping, service. The room is gorgeous and well taken care of, balcony, suites with living rooms. Honestly EVERYTHING was amazing....everything single detail I think this might be one of the top two places I've ever stayed. Example: We ordered room service. A guy came to the door with hot food, came in and upcapped the pop and set it up as if you were in restaurant plus brought bonus extra coffee for morning. This might be the most amazing customer service I have ever witness. I seriously could not believe it! Can't think of anything at all.
Very clean and upgraded rooms, very quiet and peaceful. This is a great place for a tranquil stay.
The place is beatiful and nice There were many people using the pool who were not guests of the hotel, which caused me a bit of mistrust and insecurity.
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.