"We spent a wonderful 12 days here, as a family of four with two small ages (2.5 and 4.5). The condo is very spacious, and the master bedroom was a luxury for my husband and me. Very clean & modern. All the amenities that make life easier with small kids were here: washer/dryer, full kitchen, 2 full baths (with bathtub), WiFi, lots of space. The kids loved it, and there was a lot to do: the smaller infinity pool of the condo area; the larger pool (with kid areas) in the beach club; the largest pool in the hotel area; the Playa Conchal beach. All of this was very kid friendly. We also rented a car and visited several nearby beaches: Playa Avellanas, Playa Ocotol, Playa Negra. We did the Palo Verde River tour, and the kids got to feed monkeys that came right onto our boat, plus see crocodiles, followed by an amazing typical Costa Rican meal prepared at a family's home. We also went to Arenal Volcano and stayed one night at Tabacon Hot Springs and visited the Denaus Ecological Sanctuary, where we saw a beautiful butterfly garden, different types of frogs, and other wildlife. It's very safe to travel here, and the country has made a major effort to ensure that the population speaks English. We were so impressed with the high levels of English fluency everywhere we went. The restaurants all catered well to kids, too (including the Beach Club). Our kids are finicky eaters, but we were pleased to find chicken fingers and french fries nearly everywhere we went. And some restaurants even had small indoor kid play areas where the kids were very entertained! The condo was a perfect "home base" for us as we pursued our adventures. The people at the resort (and really, everywhere we went) are friendly and warm. The roads have greatly improved since we were last here 5 years ago, and we had no trouble driving around (although still recommend renting a 4x4). We have now been here three times: once for our honeymoon, once as a married couple when I was pregnant with our first, and now once with 2 small kids. Each time we've immensely enjoyed it, and I believe it has something for everyone. Even teenagers would enjoy the beaches, eco-activities, and fun restaurants and towns. Also, staying at the condo allows the luxury of NOT having to deal with people who are on vacation just to do an all-inclusive booze/food binge. (Actually, I didn't see those types at the hotel resort area either!) In sum, highly recommend for all ages, including for families w/ small kids!!"
Date of Stay: January 2015
Review Submitted: January 18, 2015