Costa Rica Anniversary Trip???
Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:02 AM
Me and my fiance are also trying to figure out where to stay the night before we leave. Beacon Escazu looks like a decent option, although a little closer would be nice. We just don't want the last night to be a "throwaway" night with zero romance or atmosphere! I remember finding a good spot a few months ago, but for the life of me I can't find it again :S I'm going to look some more and I'll post back.
Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:23 AM
The first is Finca Rosa Blanca and it's also a coffee plantation. It has 13 rooms, and all of them are unique (I like that).
The other is Xandari Resort and Spa. The website isn't as detailed, but it has 22 rooms and seems pretty nice.
Both places are pretty pricey (more than I would normally spend, especially since there are lots of nice cheap hotels in CR) but I figure it's the last night of our wedding-moon, so its ok to splurge.
Anyone been to either of those places or have any alternate suggestions?
Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:59 PM
Finca Rosa Blanca is a beautiful place, yep, about 20-30min from the airport. Same owners as Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio. Nice views of the Central Valley. Rooms are inside a big house sort of with some separate rooms in the gardens. You should ask for the top floor honeymoon suite in the main house. Breakfast is something to look forward to with the view you will have. A bit out of the way if you want to plan activities during the day.
Xandari has spectacular gardens (probably every flower and herb in the book), it is up high in the Alajuela mountains, 35 min from the airport. Their rooms are separate bungalows, unique architecture (the owner is an architect from Nothern California) They are all spread out on the property facing the valley view. Pool is facing Poas Volcano. Very good food. Healthy. You might get some rain, you'll be in the "green belt" coffee countryside. They are a bit pricey. I tried thinking of some cheaper suggestions but for your last nites, do it style, get some rest and good food. Either one of these are great along with Grano de Oro.
Posted 09 April 2009 - 05:26 PM
Posted 09 April 2009 - 06:45 PM
Here's the thing, for Xandari, you have to go thru the middle of Alajuela town, going up is quicker that coming back to the airport. Finca Rosa Blanca is on a side road that gets to the airport and in distance definitely closer.
Posted 09 April 2009 - 08:19 PM
Now Finca Rosa Blanca is $218 including taxes on Expedia for a Junior Suite (major savings compared to their website). FRB says they provide transportation $30 each way to airport, so total $268, and that it is 15-20 minutes from airport.
Beacon Escazu (where I am booked) is $138 including taxes, and they provide transportation for $25 each way, so total $188, and you say it is also 20 minutes to airport from Escazu.
Is Finca Blanca Rosa worth the extra $80? I like the idea of being in nature, but if we're only there for 2 hours of daylight, is it worth it? Maybe we should stick to the Beacon and the comforts of having tv, etc. haha...
Posted 09 April 2009 - 08:31 PM
Best of luck! Write me on the road, would be glad to help in any way.
Posted 09 April 2009 - 08:37 PM
Posted 09 April 2009 - 08:49 PM
Muse is the restaurant there, but if it isn't good, I'll go for your suggestions. Do they both offer fish? I don't eat meat.
Someone on tripadvisor also mentioned Tablita Campesina in walking distance from Beacon. They said it was cheap and good - would you recommend it?
Posted 10 April 2009 - 08:36 AM
Yep, $20 just got off the phone (departing 5am to airport). I only use this company to send my mother or mother in law to the airport, it is called 5 (Cinco) Estrellas. New cars, driver in a tie, very cordial and out of Escazu. The # 2228 3159.
La Tablita is good, but you will have no views to create the romance, the town of Esaczu does not have much colonial charm, you could always check the Tablita out, rain check it and head a different way.
Let me know if there is anything else I may be of help with.
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