Booked the resort through First Choice having checked through numerous reviews on Trip Advisor. Most were positive about the Flamingo Beach and therefore we decided to book for 2 weeks.
Prior to trip I had also looked on the forums regarding trips as I was not sure whether to book prior to heading over there or book once we arrived in the resort. However we looked on the forum and decided to book with Carlos Luis Jimenez of EcoExplorer. He was very helpful and provided us with numerous options. We booked 3 trips with EcoExplorers including Arenal Overnight.
We departed from Gatwick airport for the 11 hour flight which was your typical charter flight - free meals but pay for everything else i.e. water, snacks and premium movies. Did have a shock on the flight coming into land at Liberia Airport as it was lashing rain and at one stage the plane just dove forward before levelling. But I was not alone in thinking 'this is it' followed by grabbing of seats and screams. However we landed safely in torrential rain but very very humid.
We were transferred from Liberia Airport to Flamingo Beach resort which was about a 90 minute drive away. Upon arriving at the resort we were checked in and shown to our room which was perfect - 2 double sized beds, TV, fan, AC, and the normal facilities. Our room overlooked the pool and the beach could be seen from it too giving us a perfect view.
We settled in and then headed to the beach to catch the sunset and walk along the glorious beach followed by dinner in the restaurant.
We were then met on the next morning by the First Choice and Hotelbeds reps who went through the usual information giving session followed by the trips that were available. We booked more trips with Lunn Poly including Paulo Verde River Trip, trip to Monteverde, sunset on a catermaran and Nicaragua day trip.
Generally the facilities within the Flamingo Beach resort were excellent including a decent sized pool with swim up bar, the food on the whole was good expecially breakfast. Lunch and dinner tended to be buffet pretty much every night with differing flavours i.e. Italian, Mexican etc. However something which we didn't realize until near the end of the holiday was that we could order food from the A La Carte menu through all inclusive at no extra cost. There was a bar upstairs above the restaurant which closed at 10 on weeknights and 12am on weekends. However there was the bar / casino in the main complex near reception which was open very late if never populated and was not part of the all inclusive which was probably why nobody was there. There was a gym which was fairly well equipped and various shops. Outside of the resort was a brilliant restaurant called Marie's which we went to a number of times for dinne, lunch and breakfast. There was a pharmacy, boutique and various other shops in what looks like a relatively new complex. Down the road was the Mariner Inn which had internet access and decent food and beer (got caught in their in one particular storm and played scrabble).
The trips with First Choice / Hotel Beds were good and well catered for with lunch and / or breakfast included depending on what time you started at. Most were very early starts and we were often the only people leaving from Flamingo Beach. Howeverour trips with Carlos from EcoExplorers were excellent - on 2 of the 3 trips we took with him it was just us and him. This meant we could go at our own pace and indeed that is often what happened. Arenal was excellent as we stayed overnight and Carlos had booked us into the Don Juan appartments which had panoramic views of the Volcano. Overall we had a brilliant time on the trips with Carlos, he really is a brilliant guide and really ensures that you have an excellent time in his country. Indeed on our last trip which we shared with a Canadian couple, once Carlos dropped them off he took us to a Bull Ring fesitval in Filadelphia which was excellent and gave us a real flavour of how Costa Ricans enjoy themselves. If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica I cannot reccomend enough EcoExplorers and Carlos.
Whilst we were at the hotel there was building works happening at the entrance. However First Choice offered us a move but as it was not affecting us we did not feel the need to leave.
Overall our trip to Costa Rica was amazing, there is so much to see and do, it is such a beautiful country and I would definitly return. The resort of Flamingo Beach is beautiful and the hotel was perfect with plenty to do and see. Tamarindo is only 20 minutes away and Conchal about 10 mintues away. The sunsets were amazing and the beach was too. It was a shame to leave!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once you've experienced a Pacific Ocean sunset from the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, you may never want to leave. Located in the vacation province of Guancaste, you’ll be perfectly-positioned to explore Costa Rica's natural beauty and limitless adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Beach Hotel Playa Flamingo
- Flamingo Beach Resort Costa Rica
- Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Playa Flamingo