Arenal Nayara Hotel/Westin Golf Resort
Review by Laina, 12/21/2015
I am SO sorry for the delayed response, we got back from the honeymoon and work was crazy busy! Our honeymoon in Costa Rica was amazing we loved everything about it!
Nayara was the best hotel we will probably ever stay at… we loved the privacy, rooms, food, drinks, pool and the entire package with the excursions (hot springs and hanging bridges tour). I would recommend this hotel to anyone, it was a fantastic experience.
The Westin was a great hotel also, we enjoyed the adults only area, the room was nice and the pool was great. It was very big and overwhelming at times and the beaches were public which meant the vendors were pretty annoying since anybody could come up and sell things to you, but it didn’t affect our time on the beach. The beach was clean and the sand and water was beautiful. Overall the food was good, but Nayara’s food was amazing. It felt like a typical all inclusive resort when it came to food and drinks which was fine. We went on a catamaran cruise and snorkeling while at the Westin, and would recommend both they were great. The people running those excursions were fun and professional.
The airport transfers went smoothly, no complaints.
Overall, we were very happy with your services and our honeymoon experience. Thank you for the great communication and having everything set up perfectly. I attached two different pictures from each area. In the future, we will be recommending your services to anybody that asks!
La Mansion Inn
Review by Brenda, 6/8/2015
We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica! We found the locals to be very friendly and helpful. The three excursions that we set up were perfect for what we wanted to do and just the right amount of activities. La Mansion is beautiful. We had issues with a leaking vent from the air conditioner in our room and they provided us with a lovely tray of fresh fruit and a bottle of champagne for our troubles, although, we didn’t feel it was that troublesome, but we truly appreciated their efforts to make us comfortable!
We were delayed in Houston overnight due to flight cancellations from the extreme weather, but that was mother nature and we have no control over those things.
Thank you for helping us organize a fabulous family trip!
Nayara Springs Villa/Secrets Papagayo
Pictures by April & David, 6/13/2016
Review by Karla, 4/27/2015
This past spring break we travelled with another family to Costa Rica. Children were aged 12, 11, 7, 6, and 4. We really enjoyed the Riu Palace.
The buffet was surprisingly great, for all meals. Both families are not typically fond of buffets so that is high praise. It was everything from ceviche to pasta. The restaurants were okay, nothing to rave about. It was easier not to have the reservations, and everyone ate what they wanted. The lunch buffet at the seafood restaurant was also great, we ate there a few times. The BBQ by the pool was worth the wait as well.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
A security guard down by the beach showed my son a Tamarind tree. He cracked open a pod from the tree and there is fruit inside, almost like a dried crabapple, or slightly sour apricot, in taste. Make sure you ask since there are trees marked toxic as well.
It was fairly quiet while we were there. We could always find a shady spot by the pool, and a place where the kids weren’t disturbing any grownups trying to enjoy the pool as well. There was a pool with a volleyball net that we used every day. The last couple of days it was busier and there were more ‘spring breakers’ arriving. Since they were mostly at the pool with the swim up bar it did not make a big difference to us.
We did spend some time next door at the Rui Guanacaste just for a change of scenery. It was just a short walk along a path or you can access it from the beach. It was MUCH busier, with a lot more families and kids compared to the Riu Palace. I was glad we were next door as I appreciated the calmness and quieter, relaxing atmosphere.
The evening entertainment was great some nights and okay others. Young kids were not the target audience of some shows, and some parents may not have wanted their children to watch. I personally was not worried about it, but some may find it a little PG13. The funniest show involved the male entertainers dressed in drag, to give an idea of what I mean.
We did not utilize the kids club. It was tiny and never seemed to have anyone there. We did not need it, but would have been disappointed if we had been depending on it.
My ONLY complaint would have been the size of the room. I would be sure to book a 2 room suite next time. That said, we easily survived the close quarters and it did not affect the trip in any way.
Off resort, we did a river boat tour to see crocodiles, monkeys, lizards, and birds, etc.
We also rented a boat with a package to go snorkelling and watch the sunset. We enjoyed it so much we went again a couple days later for a longer day and did some fishing as well. It was amazing and well worth the money. It was so nice to have just the two families and not a tour boat with 50 other people.
This trip was super fun for the kids and still relaxing for the grownups. I would gladly return there for a holiday.