Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa was an excellent three day/night RnR stay after spending four full days of adventure out in the Arenal/Monteverde part of the country. My boyfriend and I had an 'all-inclusive' package which include most menu items and all bar items (except 'top shelf').
Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa catered to my gluten free needs VERY well. Upon arrival, I met with the head chef of the resort's kitchen, Carlos. He and I discussed what was 100% gluten free and free of cross-contamination and what items could be prepared gluten free (i.e. a quesadilla made with a corn tortilla rather than a flour tortilla, making nachos with corn chips that were fried in fresh oil rather than oil which had been cross-contaminated with other wheat-based fried items). Carlos was able to tell me what sauces I could eat as part of the meals and which ones I could not have. Costa Rica in general is fairly easy to eat gluten free in considering they eat a lot of meats/fish, rice and beans and fresh eggs and fruit. Carlos also gave me the names of two other chefs to speak with if he was not on the resort when I wanted to order food. The whole kitchen staff, including the waiters were wonderful to work with.
The overall hotel/pool had a lot of day time activities (water aerobics, Spanish lessons, outdoor hikes, water volleyball, game room with pool and ping-pong, a movie room which features family films and let's not forget a pool bar). The resort backs into the ocean so that at every meal if you so desire you may sit outside, have some good food and enjoy the view. Warning - bring/wear bug spray. During the day it's not too bad, but when that sun sets, the bugs come out to play. Speaking of 'sunsets', this resort has THE BEST, wow. Everyday around 545-6pm, you get to see the sun turn from yellow to orange to red and fall the ocean with a perfectly clear view.
Night life is quite at this resort. The bar and swimming pool is open until 11pm, playing pool is 24/7 and there is a mini casino that has table games (we spent some time there and it was fun - great staff). I would definitely say it is 'family friendly' and couples. My boyfriend and I are 28 years old. Since we did so much the days before we were okay with the quietness for three nights. If you are looking for a 'singles' or 'festive night' environment though, I would like to suggest looking elsewhere (such as Hotel Riu (had some friends stay there and they said it was a younger crowd (25-40), not many kids and a great party environment) or The Westin Resort & Spa).
The rooms are very clean, flat screen TVs with English speaking channels, large traditional 'American' style hotel room, a pad-lock safe, minibar/fridge, and cleaned everyday promptly.
The Spa was fantastic! We did a hot stong massage for 80minutes. Upon check-in to the hotel, you are given a frozen drink and a 20% off coupon to use the spa.
The hotel offers beach activities. It is not encouraged to use the outside vendors at the beach to do ocean activities, but my boyfriend and I did. We had a good experience so I would encourage one to save the money and use a vendor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once you've experienced a Pacific Ocean sunset from the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, you may never want to leave. Located in the vacation province of Guancaste, you’ll be perfectly-positioned to explore Costa Rica's natural beauty and limitless adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Beach Hotel Playa Flamingo
- Flamingo Beach Resort Costa Rica