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Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel & Villas
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
Certificate of Excellence
Tambor, Costa Rica
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Get a Massage with Jessie!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

Was feeling kind of sore and tired after our long air, car and boat ride here. Chose to get a deep tissue massage for 1 and 1/2 hr. and ended up with a therapist by the name of Jessie (female). She was very professional and skilled at finding and working out the kinks. I was formerly a massage therapist for 12 years - have given and received a lot of bodywork and she is very good.
Make sure you tell the person at the front desk the areas of your body that need extra work unless you know Spanish well...
Have enjoyed the many amenities this resort has to offer: Cold towel when you arrive, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, bonfires on the beach, boogie boards, strong COFFEE!, awesome waves and FYI, the water is filtered.
Have enjoyed every meal and if you lose the stiff attitude and interact with people (Staff) they will seem much more friendly (because they are!).

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Doug P
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Long Island City, New York
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82 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012 via mobile

My husband and I spent a few nights here. My husband said on arriving that Tango Mar "is the most beautiful place I've ever seen". I had to agree that it was in such a gorgeous setting - no rooms are directly on the beach but all are within a stone's throw of it. The bathroom was spacious and clean, the room was comfortable and had wifi (rare in Costa Rica) and the tropical drinks are top notch. The horseback riding tour was too long (2 hrs) with a guide who spoke no English, in the sun - I got singed despite the sunscreen, as did everyone else. We were all praying it would end by the time we got to the halfway point. Very little lighting at night except in the dining area, which has blazing lights that obscure the view in contrast - accent lights near the beach would go far here. Food was not good across the board and very expensive but Montezuma is a 20 min drive with great food that is inexpensive. Definitely not a place to compare with the amenities of typical beach resorts, but more so beautiful in general. I'd go back but I'd never do lunch or dinner there again.

Stayed April 2011
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montreal
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

From the warm greeting by staff with a fresh cool face towel coupled with a complimentary fruit drink when you check in to the sustained quaility service throughout our stay and the excellent food breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great room with a view right over the beach, clean, fully functioning air conditioner, very clean bathroom , personable staff, private 1km beach however the waves can be large and there is a back tow, refreshing swimming pool to cool off. This is a first class hotel and the owner is always present be it breakfast or dinner where she visits each table to ensure quality service is beeing delivered. We had an excellent stay over 3 nights. Conveniently located 20 minutes from Montezuma or 30 minutes from other beach locations on the coast. highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: The rooms on the upper floor provide the better view , the bungalows are further away from the beach
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank luigimontreal
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klucke, Director of Sales at Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, 27 March 2012
Thank you so much for your nice comments and for sharing your experience to other travellers! We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay in Tango Mar. We hope to see you again in the near future. Best Regards from paradise, Karla
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

As this was our second hotel visit in CR.2nd visit in CR since 2010
I have to say... TANGO MAR was the best hotel for beach views and THE BEST service!
Off the Path but so worth it!!
The view from our 3rd floor room was amazing!
Tango Mar.... Keep up the good work!
You made my stay a memory!

Room Tip: Beach front roons Hear the ocean to a wake up call!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank hairsone4u2
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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131 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

We had been recommended this hotel by friends of ours who visited last year. They had told us about the lovely owner who personally greeted all the guests – not unlike a lot of the reviews. We booked with the expectation of a personal hotel and not a resort which we dislike. So we had booked this hotel with a completely different expectation of the hotel than what we experienced on our stay in the first week of March 12.

The road to this hotel is an experience in its self. My partner who fancies himself as a rally driver really enjoyed himself but even he got a bit tired after an hour on the unpaved roads. You need a 4x4 to reach this hotel! It is part of the fun though!
We appreciated the welcome drink when we arrived!

We were met by a very nice girl at reception but the man who showed our room was not very friendly and seemed in a rush. It may be a language thing. The room itself was very nice.

We booked a sea view room and the view from the balcony is stunning. The rooms are the closest to the beach – closer than the suites. The room was very clean with complimentary coffee and ice. The balcony is large – with the only niggle is the noisy and ugly AC on the balcony. We have the same problem at home but have it build in a wooden case with ventilation to disguise it.

The view from the balcony is as stunning as the view from the pool. The beach is white sand lined with palm trees but the sea is rather ruff. My partner had fun but luckily I had a wonderful view from the pool without the waves! The same stunning view is enjoyed from the restaurant.

But… probably because the owner was not present the atmosphere was not that of a personal hotel. As a couple wanting a secluded quite couple of days together we didn’t really appreciate the over familiar waiters. It may be because there are so many Americans in Costa Rica and the waiters learn the manners from them but we didn’t appreciate being called Hi Guys.

The golf course is badly maintained and more mini golf than real golf. We wanted some exercise so didn’t hire a buggy but our advise is hire the buggy. There are no benches – no real shade and no club house . Don’t come here for the golf course.

The food at the pool restaurant was very poor. There was a choice of about 4 different hamburgers with French fries which gives an indication of the level of menu choice. The tuna fish sandwich was made with tinned tuna – in a county like Costa Rica! And mixed with a lot of mayonnaise that the sandwich was so wet it was like a sandwich you get at a petrol station. The salad was no better in quality. The drinks were served in plastic cups even when sitting in the restaurant. I understand that for safety they use them for drinks at the pool but in the restaurant! We felt as if we were in a all inclusive resort and not a quality hotel.

At dinner we wanted some advise on the wine card but discovered that most of the waiters did not speak English and nobody had any knowledge of the wine. When we asked for advise on a nice strong wine we were advised a Pinot Noir! We looked around and discovered that most of the guests seemed to be drinking cocktails or cola with their meals. This may explain the lack of knowledge of the wine. The menu was resort unimaginative resort food stuck somewhere in the 80’s with show cooking like Caesar Salad mixed at the table, shrimp cocktail mixed with loads of mayonnaise and desserts like banana split. Some of the guests took pictures of the show made of the flambé dessert. Maybe we are just spoiled but we liked this 20 years ago but now its rather naff. The food we ordered was ok. What you would expect from a resort. One night everything was served with a baked potato and the next day everything including the steak was served with rice.

Such a pity that in a country like Costa Rica with all the fresh fruit and spices grown in the country that all the food is shop bought - the ice cream choice is synthetic shop bought vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. – the fruit juice at breakfast is from a packet.

All in all the resort is situated on a wonderful beach – the rooms are nice – the views are fantastic but expect a resort with resort food. To quote a friend of mine – there’s nothing wrong with it we just didn’t like it. But maybe we should come back and give it another chance when the owner is on the premises.

Room Tip: The sea view rooms have the best views - even beter than the suites
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel & Villas
Address: Quizales Beach, Tambor 76773, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Tambor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
Price range (per night): $228 - $351
Hotel Class:4 star — Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel & Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The well-hidden secret of Tango Mar is located on the beautiful, deserted Quizales beach at the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. It is a 150-acre (60Ha) exclusive private beachfront reserve with ample of added attractions. The blend of fine accommodations with exuberant jungle vegetation, exotic birds and wildlife makes Tango Mar the ideal hideaway for anyone who wants to enjoy refinement in a natural setting. With only 45 rooms, the philosophy of Tango Mar is to provide a personal, friendly, relaxed and attentive service Tango Mar has a 9-hole Executive Golf Course (par 3 and par 4), two lightened tennis courts, a soccer field, four swimming pools, stables with horses, 2 restaurants and bars, meeting room, Spa, an organic garden and natural trails. It offers different types of lodgings; Beahfront rooms that mainly cater to families, Tropical Suites and Deluxe Beachfront Rooms for couples and Tiki suites for the most demanding. All rooms have been recently renovated, have a private bath and are equipped with a/c, phone, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, WIFI, minibar upon request and a coffee maker with complementary coffee. We also have private beachfront Villas for families or small groups. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tango Mar Beach, Spa And Golf Resort
Tango Mar Beach, Spa & Golf Hotel Tambor
Tango Mar Beach Hotel
Tango Mar Beach Tambor

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