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.
- 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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