We stayed here for six days at the end of April into May and absolutely loved it. We stayed in the last bungalow towards the owner's house and it was quiet, private and had a stunning view of the ocean. Ragnhilda and André made us feel welcome and went out of their way to do nice things for us and our two children (ages 2 and 4). At breakfast everyday, Andre placed the wooden high chair at our table for our son and put a chair up on cinder blocks so our four-year-old daughter could be in a big girl
chair. There were only a few other couples staying there for just a day or two at a time and as we were there a whole week we had lots of nice chats over afternoon coffee with Raghnilda and André. In fact, by our third day they realized we ordered coffee at about the same time everyday and had it ready and waiting for us on the bar. Previous posts about them being unfriendly should be taken with a grain of salt. Ragnhilda and André are quiet and reserved Belgians. They're not loud and boisterous B&B owners
who go from table to table "working" the restaurant greeting guests, rather they sit peacefully at a table near their office and are ready to answer any questions or serve you at any moment. They gave us all sorts of information about bird and wildlife we'd spotted and were generally very enjoyable to chat with. We speak four languages in our home and with Ragnhilda's help have added a few words of Flemish to our vocabulary that we continue to use to this day! The pool area and restaurant are immaculate and Ragnhilda and André are constantly wiping something down, sweeping or straightening chairs. The pool was clean and gorgeous. Although we did not eat lunch or dinner here, the breakfasts were fresh and tasty. Since we were traveling on a tight budget, we bought groceries at the terrific supermarket just down the road a kilometer or two and ate at the outside table and chairs on our terrace overlooking the beach and
the Pacific. We saw more wildlife right outside our room than anywhere else in Costa Rica, including howlers, squirrels, crested jays, green iguanas, tree frogs, scorpions (two in our room), toads, hermit crabs and loads of birds I couldn't identify. One word of warning to travelers unaccustomed to the Nicoya Peninsula: This is a very "bug-y" area and the tree frogs are unbelievably loud at night. Plus it's extremely hot every day and all night. The bungalow fan cooled our room just fine and the mosquito net kept bugs off of us perfectly. There is just one net in the room but three beds so if you're going to be using all the beds you'll want to bring your own net and figure out how to rig it from the high ceiling. As we cosleep with our children, this wasn't an issue and all four of us were bug free all night under the one net. The bathroom is downstairs but if you don't have a little one occasionally requiring the loo in the night you'll have nothing to worry about. The hotel is currently for sale as it is their plan to return to Belgium after owning
Hotel Celaje for nearly a decade. This is a terrific hotel and Cabuya is our favorite place in the area. It resembles the untouristed Costa Rica of a decade ago much more than Montezuma does nowadays with small hotels everywhere. It will really be a loss to Cabuya to have Hotel Celaje change hands as I think its very much the kind of off-the-beaten-path beach hotel people are looking for on the Nicoya. Stay there now before Ragnhilda and André leave!
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- Also Known As:
- Celaje Hotel Cabuya
- Hotel Celaje Costa Rica/Cabuya