Hotel Cuna Del Angel
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- A curious blend of angel-themed, indigenous and colonial design
- Chef Guillermo Sáenz expertly prepares Spanish, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine along with tropical favorites
What To Know
- The hotel is near the road, but you’ll need a taxi or rental car for exploring
- Shower pressure and temperature can be temperamental
- The exuberant decor (think bright décor and butterfly and angel motifs) won’t suit everyone
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A celestial sanctuary in the tropics. Whatever oddities you might notice in the multilevel lobby — the classical white columns, the fiber optic planetarium dome and the stained glass butterfly sconces — angels are the point. Thousands of ceramic, wooden and gilded cherubs appear throughout the property, and some surfaces are painted to resemble a heavenly afternoon sky.
Bed and Bath
Each room is named for a different angel and decorated with imported furnishings, including golden duvets and lavish drapes. The top feature, though, is the balcony or patio, on which you can relax on a wicker chair and look out over the well-kept gardens and infinity pool; the Pacific is just visible in the distance. Bathrooms are equipped with regal granite sinks and large tubs, but the shower temperature and pressure can be temperamental.
The palapa-topped restaurant was constructed to mimic the ceremonial dwellings of Costa Rica’s indigenous Borucas, and dining in its open-air rotunda is a divine experience. A vast selection of international wines is expertly served in sturdy blue glassware, and the completely gluten free menu includes Spanish, Mediterranean and Italian dishes, served on floral ceramics from Mexico. I loved the trapiche Malbec with the beef carpaccio and then the ossobuco risotto. Downstairs, the pebble-studded spa and salon offers a raft of treatments, including the ever popular Angel’s Dream — a chocolate scrub and body wrap that includes a massage and a milk bath.
How to Get There
We hadn't been to the restaurant at Cuna del Angel for many years so we decided to dine there. What a wonderful experience! Everything about our visit was wonderful, with one small exception. We started with drinks, which everyone reported as being excellent. The Avocado Appetizer was wonderful and no one had ever had anything like it. The caprese salad was tangy with a slight sweetness to the balsamic dressing. One couple ordered the gazpacho and loved it. All but one of our entrees was over the top delicious (mahi-mahi, raviolis, tuna) and well presented. My chicken parm was forgettable, overcooked, and served on a bed of mixed veggies that just didn't work for me.
My only real complaint was the overpriced Chilean Chard which was recommended. Good wine, but way too expensive compared to what is available in Costa Rica for far less. That jacked up the price of the entire dinner for four, which was otherwise very reasonable for the quality of the food. Incidentally, our server was A+ and took very good care of us. Highly recommended and romantic.
We stayed at Cuna Del Angel for 9 nights in August as part of our honeymoon. We had a fabulous time and the hotel really made or stay memorable and special.
Staff: the staff at Cuna need to be the first to mention as they were outstanding! We arrived at 1am after a long journey and they had decorated our room upon arrival which was very thoughtful. The receptionists were always welcoming and happy to help whatever our request. They helped book us a tour along the Sierpe River, a rental car and gave us advice on where to go in the area. The restaurant staff were fantastic! They all had a great sense of humour and were just lovely to speak to everyday. Paolo spent a lot of time with us to help us practise our Spanish - he was such a great guy! I have to say the staff are what made this place so special.
Rooms: our room was in the end of the first floor and looked out over the pool and further over the trees to the coast - spectacular! The room and ensuite were spacious and cleaned everyday. The bed was incredibly comfortable and there was plenty of room to hang up and store everything for a long trip.
Pool: the infinity pool was our favourite place. As it is such a small hotel, there were very few guests out at one time so we mostly felt like we had the pool all to ourselves. It was a great area to relax and we saw a fair few toucans flying above us every time we went out.
Restaurant: the breakfast was nice - our favourite was the traditional rice and beans! The lunch and dinner menus were amazing! We tried a lot of the menu during our stay and everything was just delicious - and their whole menu is gluten free.
Location: we would strongly recommend a car if staying here. There is one long road along the coast which you can use to get to anywhere and it's very safe - only when you veer off to small side roads does the terrain get a bit bumpy! The hotel is in a great location for visits to some beautiful beaches and national parks.
Overall we could not recommend this Cuna highly enough to anyone wanting a relaxing and enjoyable Costa Rica experience!
There's no question Cuna del Angel is a mature hotel, fantastically located between Dominical and Uvita. One only experience the various water pressures to realize this. However, Cuna is so much a fantastic hotel for a number of reasons.
It's less than a half our drive to Dominical for the surfers. And less than a half hour drive to Uvita, home of the Whale's Tail and all that goes with that. One only need to centrally locate themselves here and access the surf, the whale watching, deep sea fishing, golf, and zip lining to name but a few activities.
We have been down to the southern zone now four times. Each time we have stayed right here at Cuna. The people are amazing, the proerty is immaculately kept, the restaurant food is very good and the view is nothing short of complete relaxation, Pura Vida style.
We are heading down again in November, and Cuna del Angel will be our resting spot. There's no point trying to find something better and ending up disappointed, when all of our experiences at Cuna have been superb!