Picture-perfect sunsets, exquisite cuisine (fantastic fresh pineapple slices, and mahi-mahi with choron sauce were my favourites), friendly and extremely helpful staff who make you feel like family, and the wonderful second-floor verandas complete with rockers, wicker chairs and a catch-all library . . . these are just a few of the highlights from our trip two weeks ago that was the perfect antidote to months of working overtime. The relaxed, easy atmosphere was precisely what my husband, my 18-year-old daughter and I relished. We didn't want a resort where staff hustled to get you to partake in activities all the time. Instead, we took things at our own pace, enjoying a day of sailing and snorkeling aboard the hotel's sailboat a few days after we arrived, then a few days later had a fabulous time during a full-day excursion to Monteverde Cloud Forest in the mountains, where we went zip-lining during a canopy tour of the forest. (I highly recommend Alejandro Rodriguez Gomez, a naturalist tour guide in the area. Hotel El Velero organized the trip for us. They can arrange for you to do tours with a number of operators, not just Papagayo Vargas Tours, which is listed on the hotel's website.) We had a wonderful time and would definitely return to Hotel El Velero again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hotel El Velero, a mediterranean-style, boutique beach hotel just paces from the Pacific blue waters of Costa Rica's pristine Playa Hermosa. Hear the waves crash and breathe the clean, salty air as you relax in our seaside tropical gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Velero Hotel
- El Velero Playa Hermosa
- Hotel El Velero Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste