Rio Celeste Hideaway is a small resort-style, ecologically-conscious hotel right in the centre of the lush cloud forest of Rio Celeste in Volcan Tenorio National Park.  You can walk down to the beautiful blue river directly from the hotel.

There are 26 rooms (casitas) which are all extremely private and separated from each other by lush, tropical rainforest.  The best bit by far though is the outdoor shower – magical!  Tropical gardens surround the hotel and let you observe tropical birds close up without even leaving the hotel.   Rooms are all air conditioned and the wi-fi is good too.  The beautifully decorated restaurant offers plenty of choice of local cuisine and a buffet breakfast with omelettes and pancakes available cooked to order just as you like them.  There is also a large swimming pool area with hot tubs and a swim up bar.  Spa treatments are available if you want to treat yourself to those – we didn’t try them, so I can’t comment.

On the downside, the hotel brochure says it offers yoga facilities, but in practice, it doesn’t.  Despite the massive shower area, there is no washing line.  The plugs in the basins don’t actually close and the safe comes with no instruction (requiring a walk over to the front desk to sort out).  There are a number of tours offered from the hotel, but there seemed to be some confusion about whether tour prices included National Park transfer costs or not.  These are all such easy things to sort out, so hopefully – with the right feedback – it will all be fine if you decide to visit in the future?!

These niggly things aside, this is a very comfortable and luxurious place to stay in a wonderful out of the way location.

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