This Swiss-owned hotel is on Playa Tamarindo on Costa Rica's north Pacific coast. The many trees provide shade from the sun's heat and shelter birds, monkeys and squirrels. You might even see geckos, anteaters, porcupines and armadillos as you stroll through the gardens, which back on to forest.
Guest rooms and bungalows have views of the gardens (and from some you see the ocean), and each has a balcony or deck where you can relax in private. Inside there's a sitting area and modern bathroom, tea and coffee maker, fridge, safe, phone, radio and wifi internet access. High ceilings add to the sense of space and sliding glass doors admit lots of daylight. There is one 4-bedroom suite accommodating up to 8, so ideal for a large family or group of friends.
There is a large outdoor pool, as well as the sea, for swimming, and water-sports are available nearby including surfing and kayaking. The long beach is perfect for barefoot walks, and there are plenty of chairs, loungers and hammocks for relaxation. The Aromas del Mar Spa offers soothing and pampering massages within sight of the ocean.
The open air restaurant is right by the beach, and serves Costa Rican and international dishes, and dinners are eaten by romantic candlelight. If you're here on a Friday you'll be able to enjoy the weekly barbecue, a popular tradition featuring local music and dance.
Open: Hotel Capitán Suizo is open from November 1st to September 15th
Location: The hotel is situated on Playa Tamarindo. Its 1.5-hours from Liberia Airport and 5-hours from San Jose. It’s a 30-minute drive from Las Baulas Marine National Park and just a 15-minute walk from the bustling town of Tamarind
Rooms: Located at the end of the beautiful Tamarindo beach, Capitan Suizo has 8 thatched-roof bungalows and 22 standard rooms, which open onto tropical gardens. All classes of accommodation are decorated in similar style with terracotta tile or polished concrete flooring, locally made teak wood furnishings, and framed photographs that depict the history of Costa Rica.
Activities: During the season there are Turtle tours. You can also take guided boat tours of the estuary, enjoy a horse ride, go on a canopy tour or a quad bike tour. If you wish there is snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing trips as well as tours to the nearby national parks.
Facilities: The hotel has a beachfront restaurant and a sunset bar. There is swimming, kayaking, surfing and boogie boarding. There’s also an open-air spa, gift shop, babysitting, fitness centre and laundry service.
Dining: A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning between 7 am. and 10:30 am, and there is a complimentary manager's reception is offered each day. El Barco is the beachfront restaurant specialising in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Reservations are required. Room service (during limited hours) is available.
Children: Children are welcome. There is a babysitting service. The restaurant has children’s menus. Some superior rooms have inter-connecting doors for families, bungalows have a queen size futon.
Health: Other than the province of Limon, Costa Rica has low to no risk of malaria.
Communication: There is complimentary WiFi in all rooms as well as internet service in the business centre in the reception area.
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Costa Rica's highlights in a perfectly designed package, wildlife, scenery, adventure and beach time all in 2 wonderful weeks.
"This was the best hotel in terms of food and restaurant service. Max the head waiter was amazing! Really lovely friendly hotel and good location."