Well I just love Banana Azul. If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere where people are not lounging about in resort wear, golfing or playing tennis then Banana Azul may be the paradise you have been seeking.
My friend and I stayed at Banana Azul for 11 nights and our room was lovely - very simple with a porch that overlooked beautiful, lush tropical gardens and the Caribbean. The porch comes equipped with a hammock which I certainly used.
Each morning we woke up to Costa Rican coffee, fresh fruit and a hearty breakfast. Then took a walk along the ocean on a black sand beach, and returned to swim in the ocean. This usually all took place by 9:30 am. This is a perfect place to reflect, renew and laugh hysterically which we did often. Or to write your memoir.
The staff at Banana Azul are gracious, warm and just good human beings. Franklin would bring us coconuts on the beach in the morning and we would drink coconut water - it was actually very good! (It felt a bit decadent truthfully) Anna was one of the bartenders who was so sweet and funny and made the best cocktails. She learned to make sidecars and they were the best.
And the meals were great if you decided to eat at the restaurant. And very inexpensive.
It is a 20 minute walk into Puerto Viejo on the beach, which is an interesting little town with a Jamaican vibe.
My recommendation is that if you truly want to relax, meet warm people, you are laid back and don't need little shampoos and soaps (which are not environmentally friendly anyway), you don't need thick bath towels and you have no interest in watching television then Banana Azul is your place. On the other hand if you are high maintenance you may be unhappy. Although anyone would agree that the gardens are absolutely gorgeous. This is an eco-resort and it is gay friendly. Banana Azul the best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Banana Azul hotel is a small and simple hotel north of town on Playa Negra. The small boutique hotel has been created with care using local products and a philosophy that emphasizes relaxation. We cater to adults, 16 years and over. Blooming gardens adorn the property, as does several freely-hanging hammocks, providing the perfect spot for afternoon napping or leisurely reading. A meandering pond inhabited by fish and turtles flows through portions of the property adding a lighter element to the ongoing natural soundtrack of waves crashing against the shoreline. The hotel consists of fourteen beautiful guest rooms with private baths, fans, and free wireless internet. Most rooms are on the second floor of the main building, and open onto a large veranda with sweeping ocean views and of the garden. Banana Azul offers its guests a quaint restaurant that serves a complimentary filling breakfast, variety of lunch options and refreshing drinks throughout the day and a relaxing three entre dinner option in a romantic atmosphere at night. Gecko Trail Adventures tour company is on site to assist with tours and transportation needs and can assist with a variety of package options including visits to the Arenal Volcano, canopy tours, snorkeling trips, and even rafting excursions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Azul Hotel
- Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
- Hotel Banana Azul Costa Rica/Limon