Amazing place in Mal Pais, Costa Rica
We were lucky enough to stumble upon Playa Cielo while going to every hotel and trying to find a room along the beachfront. The driveway was innocuous, but we decided to see what was there. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of our vacation. The property was gorgeous and immaculately maintained grounds that surrounded it. 3 small "villas" flowed down to a gorgeous pool that was steps from the beach. Each of the villas had an amazing view of the garden, pool and all the way down to the coast. Inside of the villas was just as good. The amazingly comfortable 4 poster bed looks out onto a porch that continues to the views. A small kitchenette provides a place for your beers and space to make small meals. The bathroom is beautifully tiled, with the best part - an outdoor shower that "indoors." The porch has a comfortable hammock perfect for viewing the beach and pool, and reading books in the sun. A small table outside provides the perfect place to eat the wonderful bread and fresh croissants you get for breakfast. The pool has comfortable chairs and umbrellas for lounging, and the beach entrance leads you to a surfing beach or a smaller more "swimmable" beach, both with plenty of sun, shells, and shade.
This property was a find, and we were lucky to find it so soon after it had opened. The pictures and descriptions don't give enough of a picture of the property - you should truly see it for yourself. Everything was impeccable and beautiful, from the gorgeous flowers tucked in the towels, to the hammock, the granite in the bathroom, to the feather pillows on the bed. The owner, Sol, was charming and always helpful in his recommendations for something to do or where to eat. Whatever he says, trust him! We had one of our best meals ever on his word. Yum.
I hope to go back here sometime, but for now, I'll tell everyone they SHOULD be here because there is no reason not to enjoy it. Perhaps if you're the type that needs a spa, concierge, restaurant, and constant contact with the outside world, maybe you won't be impressed. But vacation is a vacation and it's time to relax and enjoy...and I recommend this property as the place to do that.
Lastly, the Mal Pais area is beautiful, but you don't need to fill your time with expensive activities. Enjoy the beaches, the sunsets, and the food and you can have a great time.
I only wish we could have stayed more than 3 days here...
Families with Teenagers,
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