We had a quick trip 3 night stay in Costa Rica, which the only thing wrong with our trip. Everything exceeded all expectations. Next time we go back (which will hopefully be sooner rather than later) we will plan to stay at the Rio Celeste if not the whole time at least the majority.
We rented a car and drove from La Fortuna to Rio Celeste Hideout, which was an hour and 30 min. It would be shorter but the last 30 min are bumpy and rocky dirt roads and there isn't much you can do to speed up that process. You really drive through rural parts Costa Rica and wonder if you are going to the right place.
It is called the Hideout for a reason, this hotel (and by hotel I mean heaven) is located at the very top of the hill at which I can only imagine is the end of the road. Upon arrival we were greeted with a drink, our bags were gathered in a golf cart and told to just relax, enjoy and take a walk around the site.
The service is spectacular. We were taken out to our casita (#17 - great location looking out straight into the rainforest) by golf cart. I have to say that I've found my dream bedroom. Pictures don't do this place justice. The dark wood against white and bright colors is perfect with the green backdrop of the rainforest. Be sure to enjoy a private outdoor shower that is perfectly landscaped.
This is the nicest and most romantic place I've ever stayed at. The pool is one of the prettiest pools I've seen and has 3 hot tubs surrounding it (the hot tub in the very back is the hottest). Be sure to go to the hot tub at night and you'll get to hear howling monkeys!
The restaurant had impeccable service and very good food. Try the tortilla soup (and try not to eat it in 2 minutes)! You can relax as much or do as much activity at Rio Celeste, they have all the tours you need and can be arranged for you.
If you are looking to go on a hike on your own, there is a path between Casita #19 and #20 that will lead you all the way down to the river below. It isn't marked but we ended up finding it on our own and was one of our favorite experiences.
It was raining the majority of the time we were at Rio Celeste and with the short amount of time we were there we didn't get to see the water at its finest (electric blue color) but, it was still so incredibly beautiful and I can't wait to return.
I could go on and on forever about this place and we were only there for 17 hours. It is a true gem and great value for your money! Pura Vida!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rio Celeste Hideaway is a boutique, gourmet and ecologically orientated hotel. It provides a world of comfort and style surrounded by an untouched natural paradise. This hidden hotel is located in the middle of the Rainforest adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano National Park where the amazing Rio Celeste lies. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 26 spacious casitas (bungalows) provides an exclusive retreat in which guests can relax amidst the breathtaking rainforest. ... more less
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