We chose this hotel to spend a week at to celebrate our 1st anniversary at and we couldn’t have been happier. The resort is located 40 minutes from Liberia airport which is a brand new very nice terminal and the ride to the resort is very picturesque. We decided to take a private shuttle rather than the hotel shuttle bus which is cheaper. We used Flamingo Adventures (see separate review) for all our trips and shuttles although the hotel recommends to use their preferred vendor located in the hotel as some (but not all) vendors outside the hotel may be cheaper but may not be properly insured etc. etc., just make sure you check!
So first off I wanted to say that we LOVED this place and the main reasons are the gorgeous sunsets, amazing location but most of all the people! The staff here is amazing and all went out of their way to help us with anything at all, nothing was too much trouble. We want to put a special shout out to a few of the staff who went over and above for us as we genuinely felt they were awesome and deserve recognition for it. Oscar; the hospitality manager was amazingly friendly and had long conversations with us about Costa Rica giving advice, suggestions and just generally making our evenings enjoyable, a true gem. Sol; amazing lady that ran around the pool bar every day serving drinks left right and center. William; the guy we saw every morning at breakfast and kept us topped up with coffee and great bloody marys! Finally Elias the barman who makes amazing cocktails in the sunset lounge. Thank you to all the staff even though we may not have mentioned you by name you all made our stay special.
The entrance to the resort is stunning with a nicely designed and open lobby looking out past the pool area to the ocean. The check in process was seamless and we were in our room within 15 minutes of arriving. The room was a pool view and was spacious with two small double beds, 32” TV (with English TV channels), a shower bath combo, safe and plenty of storage. The room also had a mini bar with sodas, wines and beers which were not priced over the top. The room also had a balcony with views over the pool but also toward the ocean where we got a partial view of the amazing sunsets (obviously the two minute walk to the beach is better) the balcony also had a ceiling fan which was nice in the balmy nights to cool you down.
The hotel is built like a horseshoe around the pool which was nice, clean and with a swim up bar which offers a great selection of drinks and cocktails (try the green monster) as well as an extensive bar snacks menu during the day. We chose not to go with the all-inclusive package as we planned on spending quite a bit of time away from the hotel, the prices are reasonable though. The pool also has a kids/baby’s pool which is shaded which seemed like a great idea for young kids keeping out of the very hot sun. Next to the pool is the hotel’s restaurant where they serve a buffet breakfast, a bar menu for lunch and evening meals. Above the restaurant is the sunset bar which is open on three sides with great views of the sunset, the beach and the pool.
We ate at the hotel for breakfast and lunch but not for dinner as we enjoy eating out at different places on our vacations (check out my other reviews for these). The breakfast was included in our package and was a fairly extensive buffet affair with local, continental and American breakfast offerings. They will also make you pancakes, omelets etc. to order which they don’t tell you but are very nice. The lunch menu is the same as at the pool bar with lots of options. We never ate at the restaurant in the evening but heard some OK reviews on it; room service is served until 9pm.
Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel as we really enjoyed our time and Costa Rica is an amazing and friendly country!
- 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