What We Love
- Choice of one-, two- or five-bedroom villas, with accommodation for two, four or 10 guests respectively included in the rate
- Secluded villas with private plunge pools and panoramic ocean views
- Free WiFi in the Welcome Center
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What To Know
- Villa 20 is not accessible by vehicle; guests must climb up more than 100 steps to reach it
- The resort is in a remote, little-explored corner of Costa Rica, meaning your stay is BYONL (bring your own nightlife)
- Beaches are a short bike ride from the villas
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
At this sleek, cliffside collection of villas, the floor-to-ceiling windows let nature do the talking. It’s a shrewd choice in northern Guanacaste; travelers can watch spider monkeys swing through the prickly dry forest right from their living room window. Recreo’s rounded, minimalist villas also feature local hardwood paneling and furnishings, stainless steel appliances and unexpected treats such as safari hats, board games and Bushnell telescopes.
Bed and Bath
Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with plush down comforters and powerful air conditioning — a must in the tropics. Ceilings are sky high and lined in teak; floors are cut from marble or travertine. Although each villa is different, every guest can count on a large, powerful shower stocked with soothing Raw Botanicals products.
Recreo means playground in Spanish, and there could not be a more appropriate name for this hotel. There is a tennis court, a basketball court, a gym, plus crowd-free beaches that are perfect for kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. Also free: access to the mountaintop lookout, from which you can watch the sunset paint the sky fuchsia over Playa Rajada.
In the Area
The nearby town of Jobo is home to some traditional eateries, but you’ll probably leave Recreo only to explore the region’s natural wonders. Some are closer than others; some are worth the extra effort. Bizarre and lush Santa Rosa National Park is both. Rincon de la Vieja — an active volcano surrounded by boiling mud and fumaroles — also tops the list. Travelers with extras days may venture north to Nicaragua’s colonial city Granada or Ometepe, an island made of two volcanoes. For those who want to partake in Costa Rica’s stereotypical tourist activity, yes, there’s a zipline within driving distance.
How to Get There
We really wanted to love this hotel. Dreams Las Mareas was the last stop of our honeymoon. I’m sad to say that due to the unfriendly staff and the fact that both my husband and I experienced bad stomach issues while staying here, we won’t be returning.
The grounds are beautiful and the beach is lovely, but the food is average at best. There is a wide selection of different restaurants which is nice, but the quality of the food is quite poor. The staff do not seem happy to be there. Not a friendly atmosphere.
We had the most amazing stay at Recreo! This was our first trip to Costa Rica. We rented the four bedroom villa (El Cielo Bonito) It was beautiful and charming. David the concierge, was extremely helpful and kind. The cooks, Sandra and Rosa prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. We loved all their wonderful meals. They definitely spoiled us. Everyone at Recreo was friendly, thoughtful and courteous.
We saw the white face monkeys multiple times from the villa. The beach was not crowded and we spent many hours there. Our kids loved it! Everything exceeded our expectations. We were sad to leave. We hope to visit Recreo again.
We went with two families- 4 adults and 5 children ages 5,6, 8,8, 10. We had a very relaxing laid back overdue family vacation. Villa 7 was perfect for our crew. My husband and I had the 2nd story master suite. One of my favorite parts of the whole vacation was sleeping in the king bed without the AC while the warm breeze blew through the screen doors across my bed each night. Every morning we looked out to see blue skies and the gorgeous pacific ocean (bay like swimming).
Our children loved the pool and our own little private beach- Playa Rajada we will miss you! Technically not private but it felt like that during the weekdays. We did a bunch of excursions that David, the concierge, organized and arranged for us. Our chef, Ernesto, was spectacular. We ate delicious homemade food and desserts so no extra pounds were gained. They had the house stocked with fresh groceries and alcohol which we arranged a couple weeks prior.
We saw white face monkeys around our villa too- so very cool. All the staff at Recreo were super friendly and helpful. The people within the community that surrounds Recreo were very friendly and we felt very safe. If you are looking for a vacation that feels like you live locally, in luxury of course, and don't want to cook or clean this is for you. It's not a tourist type vacation but there is a near by all inclusive resort you could get a day pass to visit.
We also rented a van from the airport and drove into la cruz for souvenirs and a local bite to eat. Guanacaste is so beautiful. Everywhere we drove mountains were in the background including volcanos and the beautiful pacific. We cant wait to go back.