There are two ways of reaching this resort which have been well documented.
The journey from Guatuso in the East is about 22km and the terrain quite easily traversed - you do not need a 4 wheel drive. If you are coming via Bijagua in the West although the journey is much shorter the terrain is difficult and I would not like to have tackled it in an ordinary car!
Once reaching the Lodge you will be quite amazed at the level of luxury. The Forest Casita (ours was number 23) is magnificent. Large, luxurious and with a big terrace overlooking the forest and river. Lovely furnishings and a massive bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath (which does work but takes a long time to fill to a working level) and plenty of hot water. There is also an outside shower for those that like that type of thing. Sadly the weather was really poor when we were there in late December.
There is a large pool (quite cool) and several outside jacuzzis (much warmer) and nice paths both in the grounds and down to the river.
The food was terrific, a wide menu and very imaginative dishes. Really this is almost a luxury restaurant with rooms but sadly the wine list was as mediocre as we experienced in Costa Rica.
Staff were charming throughout our two night stay and it was a shame about the weather.
Although we thoroughly enjoyed the place it was a nuisance that nearly all the other guests were from a large "pre-wedding party". This is supposed to be a peaceful retreat and their prescence made it far from peaceful. Very loud music the first night when we were dining - we actually complained about it and the staff were very supportive and got it turned down.
A tip then is that if you do book, and we would recommend the lodge wholeheartedly, and want peace and quiet then check with them there is not a large wedding or similar party booked in at the same time.
- 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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