Manuel Antonio Travel Guide
As we mentioned the other day, our own celebrity hotel hopper Josh Flagg has just returned from a wild adventure in Costa Rica where he found a barf bag on the nightstand in his hotel suite.
We've heard the adjectives "isolated," "peaceful," and "remote" thrown around one too many times to trust the descriptions some supposedly out-of-the-way hotels offer. You may have been met with the unfortunate scenario of looking forward to a getaway, only to arrive and find a resort in a spot heavily populated by tourists with the same idea in mind.
The Jade Resort Residences & Beach Club (branded under Wyndham) in Costa Rica sounds like it might be the real deal, though. What makes Jade different, at least from the sneak peek details we're privy to, is the fact that it's one of the first major developments in a quiet, relatively untouched region known as Manuel Antonio.
Picture this deja vu scene. You leave in the morning from one room, come back in the afternoon to another, and everything looks exactly the same, including where you left all your stuff.
This was the scene at the pleasant Hotel Playa Espadilla, in the Manual Antonio Reserve and surfing beach area in Costa Rica. As our group left for a rafting trip in the morning, one couple mentioned that the air conditioner in their room was making a noise like a freight train and they wanted to move to a different room. "No problem," said the man at the front desk. "We will arrange it for you." Thinking they would deal with it when they got back, the couple boarded the minibus and went off for a day of splashing down the river.
Upon their return, they went to the front desk to check up on getting another room. "Here is your new key," says the man at the front desk. "All of your belongings have been transferred, so please give me your old key."
Upon stepping into their new room, the couple found every single item placed exactly where they had left it in the other room, down to the panties on the corner of the bed. The dirty shirt hanging on a chair was on the right chair and the placement of the toiletries in the shower were eerily perfect. Who says you have to pay Four Seasons rates for attentive service?
Spacious rooms at Hotel Playa Espadilla are under $140 a night and you can sip a big daiquiri made with fresh fruit poolside for four bucks.
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