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Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
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Montreal, Canada
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68 reviews
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“A paradise like none other.”
Reviewed 18 October 2011

From the moment you step on the property you feel the stress of your normal day life melt away, regardless of the 45 minute bumpy climb it took you to get to this untouched paradise. The staff went out of their way every time to teach us a bit more about their culture, history and themselves with every interaction, with of course providing fresh pineapple, watermelon & mango juice along with an unless supply of delicious coffee. The staff really made our trip memorable and we came home not only with great memorize but great new friends as well.

The owner was there for part of our 10 day stay and we had dinner a few times with him as he explained the design of the buildings and where each piece of furniture came from in the world to create this eclectic visual display that by no means takes away from the beautiful nature that surrounds the grounds. Along with his new hotel he is building in the Caribbean.

The property itself is not surrounded by much other then nature but there is a lot to take in. The Tenorio Volcano National Park entrance is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel gate and from there about a 4 Hour hike to get to the hot springs but don't forget the waterfall. Bring water, hiking shoes, your bathing suit, a camera and respect for where you are.

The Peace Tree which experts claim is over 200 years old is another great attraction about a 30 minute walk down the hill. Watch out for tiny orange and frogs, their called blue jean frogs and they can kill you so no touching! On your climb back to the hotel make sure you stop at Soda Dona Irma for the best Tilapia Frita I have ever had.

If you feel to lost in the middle of nowhere, you can hire a driver for the day to take you to Arenal or zip lining which is a must if you are in Costa Rica. I suggest Sky Adventures in Arenal for the amazing view and of course because it is the only company of it's kind to have the "Green Flag" and “Carbon-Neutral” certification showing their commitment to sustainability.

All in all this was our best vacation every, the people made all the difference and you see the sense of community in this country that is something we are lacking in North America.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

The hotel is located near Rio Celeste. The hotel is beautiful designed, because the owner its a hotel designer i think. The resort is family with Arenal Nayara in Fortuna, so you know they are good. The rooms are huge and awesome, great bathroom with an outdoor shower. We had howler monkeys in the backyard. We stayed here in september low season, so we pretty much had the hotel for ourselves. Grat service from Oscar at the front desk and Gustavo in the Restaurant. They also take you to your room on a golf cart and show you around the room. They welcome you with a cocktail.
The pool is beautiful with three jacuzzis. The restaurant food was good, i had a churrasco for $20, very tasty and delicious. I guess Mr A is really listening to what people say about the restaurant because i thought the food was great for the price. Breakfast was okay, the omelette wasn't what i expected but the pastry they give you its so delicious.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are coming from Fortuna you go through the Don Pedro Rio Celeste entrance as if you come from bijagua you can go through the park official entrance. They are different trails but you to the same place (waterfall, hotsprings, dyers) If you are coming from Liberia through bijagua you wont be able to get to the hotel since there is no bridge 1km before the hotel. you would have to drive through a longer way or leave the car and walk to the hotel, so just fyi.
Overall great beautiful hotel, with awesome huge rooms and great personalized service. they call you by your name. WOuld recommend and definitely going back since I live in Fortuna!

Room Tip: there is a walking trail to rio celeste between rooms 15 and 16.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

We stayed with our two daughters, 7 and 4 years old. The hotel is designed for grownups, but our children were welcomed and we were comfortable and happy there. The service was helpful and friendly. The rooms spacious and well appointed. The pool area was a delight. We hiked to the rio celeste waterfall but no further because our four year old was too small to go the whole circuit. It was spectacular! This part of the country, is clean, green, and has a "wide open" feeling. It reminds me of the costa rica I knew as a kid 20 years ago. Well worth a 2 or 3 night stay.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

This review is long overdue, but after a long year of travel I am finially getting to my reviews.
I started my travels in Costa Rica, and, If you are looking for a magical vacation spot that can only be described as ‘heaven on earth’ – then look no more, the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is the perfect location!

My boyfriend and I were looking for a perfect Costa Rican location to enjoy a few days of ‘us time’ and when we arrived at this beautiful boutique hotel, we knew we would not be disappointed.

After driving down a very long unpaved farm road (which in the end only adds to the adventure), we pulled up to the private enterance of the hotel and were quickly greated by smiling and warm staff who presented us with fresh cool gently scented face towls and delicious tropical fruit drinks. We then were escorted to our private villa (as all rooms are) and were immediately moved by the impeccable décor, the eco-friendly design and utopic mid-forest location surrounded by lush perfectly selected flora and naturally abundant fauna.
Although it was tough to leave our tropical fantacy villa, we ventured out to explore the sprawling grounds and sample the raved-about food. Our first night – we dinned on the most suculant prime steak and freshly cought, perfecty cooked sea food. The meal itself was something you would exspect from a 5 star restaurant – without the outrageous prices. The chef at the Rio Celseste Hideaway is a skilled artisan and a pure food geneious.
To add to the perfect dinning experience, the returant décor (an outatanding blend of Balinese, Costa Rican and Coloumbian furnishings), sutble and indulging latin music selection and of course the most geniun and thoughtful wait staff made every dinning experience a true pleasure.

During the rest of our stay, we enjoyed a wonderlfully relaxing massage that transports one to a place of peace and tranqulility. While it did rain a fair amount (given that it is the wet session and in the midst of the rain forest), the sun did appear every day and we were able to enjoy the specatuallry designed pool and lounge area and in the evening we unwinded in our own private hot tube under the golden shiner of the moon above surrounded by the sounds of nature.
We went on the Rio Celeste river hike and this is a must since you will see the beautiful waterfall and the amazing bright blue river. Bring extra water as it is a long hike and rather hot, but totally worth it!
I would highly recommend this perfect location and spectacular resort for anyone who wants a romantic couples retreat, or for those that just want to relax in the magestic Costa Rican rain forest and be treated to 5 star service by a 6 star staff!

Room Tip: All villas are huge, and the outdoor showers are stunning. They are very clean and very private.
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Nyack, New York
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

This is a very quiet resort near the National Park. The surrounding nature is beatiful. You see birds and lots of plants and trees. There is also a marked path to get to the Blue River (Rio Celeste), you can walk on your own. We've enjoyed mostly the spacious swimming pool and the jacuzzies that are filled with natural thermalic water. Thus, your bathing suit doesn't smell on chemicals. The accomodations in this small boutique hotel are 23 or 26 individual homes, equipped with cozy wood crafted beds, sofa, kitchinette, balkon, separate bathroom, bathtub and separate shower in an open garden. I would recommend it for people who want to have a rest and shut down from any stress. The reception desk offers many tours in the area. I think the underground caves and Cano Negro is worth to visit. We saw the waterfall and how the two rivers join together and exchange the blue color. It was awesome. Furthermore we've took a bath in the hot spa. The road to get there is in a bad condition. But, you need to have patience and discover the nature as it. If you are planning to stay a week or more, it could become boring.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

We have just spent two nights at this gorgeous hotel - for us made all the more special by the rural location. If you are coming to Costa Rica to see the wildlife, the amazing rainforest and enjoy luxury accomodation, you must consider Rio Celeste Hideaway. We loved the decor of the casitas, but for me, the dining room and bar is the most stunning aspect of the hotel. The jewelled colours of the lanterns and fabrics against dark indonesian wood and rainforest flowers was gorgeous.

We chose to come to Costa Rica partly because it's been a dream of ours, but also because we wanted to bring the rainforest alive for our kids (Aged 9 and 11). Both have studied it at school, and we felt this was the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the amazingly diverse flora and fauna Costa Rica has to offer. We were also delighted to be able to have them in our casita in a double bed for no extra cost.
They both loved it - and this was their favourite spot so far. The hike to the breathtaking Rio Celeste Waterfall and hot springs took us four hours and they managed it easily; bounding up the trails, pointing out tiny lizards and beetles on the way. On our return they loved the big pool and hot tub followed by delicious fried yucca and caramelized onions.

Our stay was made extra special by the fantastic service and great food - I especially recommend the beautiful steak in espresso sauce!

We also had the pleasure of meeting Robert (a partner of the hotel) and his family, who are passionate about the Rio Celeste experience and sharing it with their guests.

So, if you are looking for a taste of the real rural Costa Rica (don't be put off by the rough drive to the hotel - it's called 'Hideway' for a reason) and want family friendly luxury, I thoroughly recommend this hotel. One tiny addition of a hammock on the casita balcony would make it perfection!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Haifa, Israel
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2011

Rio Celeste wasnt part of our backpacking trip, however we were told we cant skip that.
We were told to check the new Hotel, Rio Celeste Hideaway.
We took our car and started seeking the place, its about 1.5 hour drive from the main road, But when you get there its the precious of the area.
We was welcomed with a tropical drink, nice staff, great decoration.
As we understood, the place was just built recently and we were lucky enough to find it.

The rooms are gorgeous, nothing to dislike.
Wooden balcony into the forest, Tucos up on the trees singing for you.
Hugh outdoor shower under the sky, large indoor Jacuzzi, Soft bed with view to the forest also. Even the lights in the room was good placed and designed.
Each suite is at her own while the roads between them fits the area and like small Jungle.
The pool and attached outdoor Jacuzi are so welcoming and big.
Food was superb, the breakfast was included while the dinner was not to expensive.
The Lobby have free Wi-Fi with few laptops on the place for your service.

The Hotels also offered us a private guide to the Rio Celeste which was the best trip we ever had.

The Staff was another good point, very nice, always at your service even that we was the only visitors in the hotel (Off Season) we always had someone for us. (we even kept in touch with one of them over FB :))

I feel i cannot endorse the Hotel enough in words, in writing I'm filled with good memories from there.
I wish I'll have another opportunity to visit that truly hideaway!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
Address: La Paz de Rio Celeste | 1 kilometer southeast of the Tenorio Volcano National Park., Tenorio Volcano National Park 21304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tenorio Volcano National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tenorio Volcano National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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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