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L'Acqua Viva Resort And Spa
Ranked #20 of 22 Hotels in Nosara
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1 review
“The best place to to in Guanacaste”
Reviewed 12 May 2009

If you are planning to go to have fun, relax and enjoy the nature in Guanacaste in Costa Rica, you should definitely go to L'Acquaviva Resort and Spa in Nosara.

The service is outstanding; from the first moment you arrive, you are treated as the most important person in the Hotel. If you don't believe me just try it! In addition the exquisite design of the hotel build in a charming natural environment, offers you the right balance between nature and your mind.

Be part of this experience and feel what “pura vida” means.

Me and my wife totally recommend you this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2009

We got a free upgrade to a suite, because the standard rooms were all booked. The suite is two levels and is lovely. Very unique design and finishing. We loved the "cove" shower. The bed was comfy and the linens were nice. The service from the front desk was wonderful and very friendly. The included breakfast is nice with fresh fruit and yogurt and your choice of eggs and toast with coffee/tea and juice. It might be a good idea to bring your sleeping mask and earplugs as the villa gets bright at about 5am and it backs onto the road where the traffic starts as soon as it is light.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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lehigh acres
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Reviewed 9 April 2009

my experience at l'aqua viva was unbeleivable,from the day i arrived 'till the day i left,beging by a very warm welcome from the front desk,the staff at the restaurant and bar,they are all awesome,they really want your stay there to be unique,and the staff achieves this easily with a great smile on they're faces,the rooms are super clean ,with flat screen tv's, cable,the bathrooms are clean and big,the restaurant is exquisit with a variety of food,pools with perfect water, a spa (for the wife),trees all around,and the place itself it's amazing,the exterior of the buildings are awesome ,never seen anything like that before, the best is in my opinion,the staff,they were nice and ready to help with anything i needed,courteous ,always smiling, thank you l'aqua viva ,i will return soon,

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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Michigan
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Reviewed 5 April 2009

We came looking for a nice place to stay, and we get a most enjoyable and exquisite experience.
The staff are extremely pleasent and nice, the food at breakfast, lunch and dinner was excellent, the grounds are beautiful.
Overall, a memorable and relaxing respite.
We will defintly recommend Laqua viva to others

Scott & Mary

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 7 February 2009

L'acqua Viva is beautiful and the staff and wonderful. The hotel has everything you could need - a spa that is quite good, a full gym, plasma TVs in every room, AC, a great bar and a pretty good menu. However, you feel somewhat removed from the town and the ocean. They do offer shuttles to the beach regularly but we still wanted to be able to walk to restaurants or to the surf. All in all - it's a gorgeous spot but just doesn't feel like you're getting the 'Costa Rican' experience when you're there.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 December 2008

My buddy and I were planning a trip to Nosara. As we looked through the hotels in the area online, we found that only L'acqua Viva offered both air conditioning and satelite television. As we have traveled through much of central and south america, air conditioning is a must for us, the television is an added bonus.

We had planned to stay at L'acqua Viva for a week, and booked a room with two queen beds. The room was great, very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was large and the shower had excellent water pressure. The style of the hotel is very modern, everything is brand new and of great quality. It seems as if no expense has been spared in its construction.

After two nights, we received a phone call from the hotel management. They wanted to upgrade us to a suite as they were planning to do some work in a nearby area and didn't want to disturb us. This is the kind of quality of service that deserves some recognition. Typically a hotel would just do the work, wait for you to complain, and then, maybe relocate you.

The suite we were given was an unbelievable duplex. The first floor was a huge living room with day beds and a flat screen t.v., and the upstairs was a giant master suite that also had a flat screen. The shower in the bathroom was as enormous and could have held a small party. There entire dwelling was airconditioned. We were impressed, by the huge windows that let you experience the natural elements outside and the modern lluxuries inside. The suite was something that must be experienced!

Throughout our stay, we got to know the hotel staff members, who quickly became our friends. They were all equally helpful, friendly and accomodating. They make you feel like you are the most important guests they have ever had, which is unusual.

The grounds are beautiful. There are pools everywhere. We had an opportunity to feed two white face monkeys one morning, which was incredible. We did check out the other hotels, L'acqua viva is the place to stay.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, staff, location, luxuriousness
  • Disliked — That I couldn't stay longer
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 3 March 2008

It was a busy weekend in the Nosara area and there no availability at the highly ranked Nosara hotels. This hotel had availability and we know why.

We came to Costa Rica to get away from the crowds and big hotels and the overall Cancun type of experience. There’s nothing wrong with Cancun, but we were searching for something much more rustic and laid back. The town of Nosara is awesome - it is the perfect place for rustic and laid back, except for the L’Acqua Viva hotel.

Apparently this is the area’s first “proper” hotel. Which, I guess, means stuffy and uptight with prices to match. We paid $194 + tax + breakfast = $236 for one night. This is by no means pricey with the Four Seasons (2 hours north) starting at $600, but a lot for an isolated hotel, right on a relatively busy and loud road, with NO VIEW where a car is necessary to get to the beach (10 min driving away).

The hotel rooms were nice and very eco/Bali/trendy. The problem was that the hotel sounded like it was built with hay and bamboo shoots. Seriously, we could hear absolutely everything going on around the hotel. From flip flops pounding up the stairs to neighbor’s conversations, to what sounded like furniture being constantly moved in the room above us to noise from the public road a stone’s throw away. I had to put in ear plugs to fall asleep and was awoken early, not by howler monkeys as is the case in Costa Rica, but people walking down the stairs to breakfast talking at normal tones.

And breakfast was funny- this was the most expensive hotel we stayed at but the “cheapest” breakfast. The room came with free continental breakfast and we had to pay $6 for two eggs. I know that breakfast rarely comes for free at fancy hotels in the states, but when the hotel in Costa Rica that we stayed at the previous night for $95 provided us with an excellent buffet breakfast, The L’Acqua Viva just felt like a rip-off.

The grounds are nice and fancy and there are several nice pools. The hotel is still in its “soft grand opening” phase so it’s still not all up and running, but the problems I had with the place don’t seem like they will go away when more people show up – they’ll get worse.

They do have private two story cabins that looked nice where noise from other guests would not be a problem but they were still close to the road.

The other guests were laughably stuck-up with nannies for their kids and all, which is cool, but definitely not what we were looking for in laid-back Nosara.

If you want luxury in Nosara go the Harmony Hotel and get a private bungalow – we tried but they were always booked!

The next two nights we stayed at a considerably more rustic place, but it was $75, walking distance to the beach and had an ocean view balcony where we could fall asleep to the sounds of the waves and not the next room’s TV.

By the way if you're near the town of Canas, Guanacaste on the Panamerican highway check out the Rescue Shelter Las Pumas. It's really great! You can see rescued pumas, jaguars, ocelots, margays and much more in their beautiful natural environment (not depressing zoos). All the proceeds go the the shelter and it's a quick and easy ecursion.

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  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about L'Acqua Viva Resort And Spa

Property: L'Acqua Viva Resort And Spa
Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara 85-1000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 22 Hotels in Nosara
Hotel Class:4 star — L'Acqua Viva Resort And Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L'Acqua Viva is idyllically situated in the middle of lush vegetation, bordering the extraordinary Forest Reserve and Wildlife Refuge of Nosara, at a short distance from the spectacular beaches of Pelada, Garza and Guiones, this last one considered a paradise for surfing. The hotel displays a genuine architectural style, which harmonizes with an exclusive decoration representing the fusion of diverse ethnic elements from around the world, creating a high end atmosphere and comfort to enjoy the tropics. Many of the spaces of the hotel will surprise the guests with carefully chosen pieces of art of well-known artists, which belong to a private collection. ... more   less 
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