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Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Potrero
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

After much online research my fiance and I decided on Bahia del Sol as the location for our destination wedding. We, and 22 friends and family, were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Bahia del Sol. After 14 hours of travel, we were greeted by personal shuttle (thanks to travel agent Susan with Latitudes), smiling friendly staff, cool towels and fresh fruit cocktails. The property is gorgeous and location is intimate. Perfect Costa Rican boutique hotel. The rooms are clean and comfortable (we took over 50% of the hotel so I was able to see most rooms...all are awesome and have AC). The complimentary breakfast is delicious, along with the regular lunch (order the chalupas) and dinner menu. The freedom to go from the ocean to the pool (with swim up bar) to relaxing in the lounge chairs makes for a perfect day and vacation. The only negative thing I can say was that the mosquitos were very much around. Bring lots of bug spray and reapply often (of course we were there during the rainy season, which might have bought them out more). But it's Costa Rica bugs are just part of the adventure.
Roxanna the wedding/event coordinator was a dream to work with. She made the stress of planning a wedding fun and easy. During pre-ceremony photos staff brought us cold water and towels. The ceremony and cocktail hour went seamlessly. Roxanna even arranged for the bar in the palapa to stay open late and allowed us to set up our personal ipods to their sound system. Anything we asked for they happily provided. Once we decided to have bloody marys by the pool, when the bartender ran out of tomato juice he attempted to puree REAL tomatoes...lol, didn't taste the best but the thought was greatly appreciated! In fact we all became good friends with the small staff and felt like part of the Bahia family. We were all sad to leave, but are excited to plan our Bahia reunion!
Things in the area: El Castillo (1 block away) has awesome inexpensive food and accommodated our large party 2x without any prior notice. There are 2 markets in town to buy water, snacks, etc. The pizza parlor (above market in 3 story building) is pretty good. But the BEST place is Mar Y Sol in Flamingo. We had out reception dinner there, and I can't even explain how perfect it was. A must if you are in the area (plus they will send a shuttle to pick you up at Bahia...most restaurants will in fact). One place to avoid is the Golden Shrimp (every tour guide/shuttle bus will tell you its the best) 2 people got sick from the Mahi special and most plates averaged over $25, plus it took 3.5 hrs for dinner. Our guests also raved about the ziplining tour, horseback riding, boat cruise, rafting and snorkel trip on catamaran (all easily booked at Bahia). Oh, and the swedish massage at the Bahia spa is a must. Some of our guests made multiple trips back to the spa throughout the week. Very affordable and professional. Such a treat.
I could go on and on about how perfect everything was. Bahia del Sol is a wonderful authentic intimate stop while traveling around Costa Rica. Whether you are looking for a destination for your Costa Rican wedding, or traveling with a group of friends/family I highly recommend Bahia del Sol.
Thanks all at Bahia for helping create such wonderful life-long memories for this important event in our lives!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2010

We chose Bahia Del Sol for our destination wedding, held in April, because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews posted on Tripadvisor. We were looking for a small, clean, private venue for a party of 26, consisting of adults and their teenage children, with a staff that could organize the whole event with a highly personal touch.

Let me say that this resort was one of the most well-managed and organized places that we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Staff went about their business in a quiet, efficient manner, and the place was immaculately well kept. The photos of the resort on their website were spectacular, however the grounds were far more beautiful than even the photos showed.

The hotel was particularly well organized throughout the entire duration of the event. When we first approached them about hosting the wedding, we were not certain how many guests would attend. They were most accommodating in blocking a number of rooms for our party for a reasonable period of time, allowing our guests sufficient opportunity to plan for then event.

The gourmet dining was exquisite. The outdoor dining room became one of our favourite places to chill out and enjoy terrific food. The swim-up bar was a most convenient way to stay cool in the heat and remain well hydrated. (!)

We elected to have their wedding coordinator, Roxana Arrieta, handle everything, and she did an outstanding job! Extremely well organized, she recommended options for the event that allowed us to simply sit back and enjoy our special day. I would recommend to anybody thinking of a destination wedding in Cost Rica - let Roxana do her thing and enjoy yourselves - she will deliver, plus add a few unexpected surprises that will really make the day special.

We chose to have a rehearsal dinner the night before - a beach barbeque - that was spectacular. Earlier in the day, they organized a beach volleyball game - the staff versus us - we all had a great time, although we learned that the staff were particularly skilled in this sport and won every game.

Roxana arranged for all the legal paperwork and wedding ceremony through a local law firm - Villavicencio & Associates - who did an outstanding job in making it simple.

We were most please that Roxana arranged for a most gifted photographer, JuanCarlos Villa (El Velo) - the results speak for themselves - we highly recommend JuanCarlos.

All in all, we owe Roxana, Maria Fernanda (Manager), Jairo (Reservations), and the entire staff at Bahia del Sol a huge debt of gratitude for making our special day one to remember for the rest of our lives. They are truly special people.

Costa Rica is a special place, and we will most certainly return to Bahia Del Sol.

Rob and Debbie
Burlington, Ontario Canada

  • Stayed: April 2010
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

The facilities were clean and beautiful. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. It's a great place to go if you want to relax and have a good time. Bring bug spray!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

I was part of a wedding party consisting of 24 people. The hotel staff was incredibly accommodating and made the stay at Bahia del Sol so pleasant and welcoming for such a large travel group. The hotel went out of the way to make sure our group was provided with more than we needed. The wedding site seemed like it was out of a magazine - the bay is a gorgeous backdrop especially right before sunset! Can't say enough compliments to capture the essence of our experience at Bahia del Sol. Highly recommended for those interested in a private Costa Rican experience.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 June 2010

My daughter was married at Bahia de Sol this June. We could not have been more pleased. It is a beautiful place to stay and the staff are by far some of the best people I have seen in a hote. Very easy to deal with. Great food at the resturant. We used them for two meals and the wedding and both were wonderful. I highly recommend the Bahia for a wedding or vacation.

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  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 May 2010

Bahia del Sol is a great place for a destination wedding. My daughter was married there this past weekend. The hotel staff were extremely friendly and very accomadating. They had the reheresal dinner on the beach with a bonfire. The food was excellent. Everyone was raving about the food. The food and the wedding reception was also good. It is very hot and humid (no airconditioning) so be prepared to sweat. But the sunsets are beautiful and worth the sweat. She looked so beautiful with the sunset as the background for her ceremony on the beach. The breakfast buffett is good with fresh fruit and pasteries but the hot items could have more variety. It is the same thing everyday.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2010

We were very pleased with our accommodations and thrilled with the level of professionalism and friendliness of the entire staff. We made good use of the beach, pool grounds, pool bar and restaurant and every experience was a great one. They paid attention to our every needs and wants. and we never felt rushed or intruded upon. The food at the hotel restaurant was great and the atmosphere wonderful.
The grounds are well kept with tons of foliage and sitings of iguanas and monkeys.

We discovered the Witches Rock Canopy tour on our own and it was a fun experience. the staff was friendly and paid a high degree to safety.

We rented a car which was a great way to explore on our own including heading to Tamarindo & renting surf boards and boogie boards for a more active day in the water.

The Bahia Del Sol staff booked our sunset cruise and it was an absolute perfect last day for us and I would HIGHLY recommend the crew of the Mantaray for a high class experience. They treated us like royalty, they have an amazing snorkle guide who showed us tons of sea creatures. The food & Drinks were terrific and the crew was top notch.
We look forward to a return visit!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Address: North Of the Flamingo Junction 2 km, Playa Potrero 50101, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Potrero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Playa Potrero
Price Range: £96 - £215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bahia del Sol is located in Potrero Beach, a beautiful beach of warm tranquil waters on the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste. The Hotel offers the guests the quality of a 4 Star Beach Hotel with all the comforts, including Pool, Jacuzzi, and a Spa, framed in an impressive setting that includes tropical artistic gardens with centennial trees, a Tropical Garden with Native & Exotic plants , and an extensive beach front. The location is perfect for soaking in breathtaking views of the tranquil Potrero Bay, romantic long walks on the golden sands, basking in the rich sun and watching the spectacular sunsets of the Pacific Coast. With miles of uncrowded beaches, stunning coves and undiscovered inlets, Costa Rica's natural environment speaks to your soul. ... more   less 
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