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Los Altos de Eros 4.0

Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Pros

  • Gorgeous views of the mountains and the distant ocean from the pool and terraces
  • Fruit smoothies, beer, wine, and soft drinks included in the room rate
  • Free transportation to Tamarindo and the nearby beaches
  • Breakfast, lunch, and Saturday night dinners included in the room rate
  • Rustic, retreat-like full-service spa set in forested setting
  • Free daily yoga classes
  • Free laundry service
  • Free Cuban cigars
  • An small, open-air gym with modern cardio equipment in a forested setting
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • The second-floor suite may receive noise from the kitchen and lobby
  • Meals are served family-style, not ideal for privacy seekers
  • The rooms lack privacy due to their close proximity to the pool and lobby
  • The communal atmosphere is not for everybody
  • It's a 20-minute drive to the nearest beach
  • It's a 20-minute drive to Tamarindo
  • Spa treatments are pricey

Bottom Line

Los Altos de Eros is an upscale, adult-only, six-room boutique hotel set on 28 acres of mountaintop terrain. The vibe is social and villa-like with rooms ringing a free-form infinity pool that overlooks the stretching mountains and valleys of the Guanacaste region and the distant Pacific. The hotel is somewhat isolated, and requires a journey up a steep, rocky road to access, but that's part of its appeal, especially to honeymooners and romantics. It's a 20-minute drive to Tamarindo and the nearest beach, but transportation is included in the all-inclusive room rate.

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An intimate, adult-only, retreat-like all-inclusive hotel that caters to couples

The open-air lobby contains the kitchen and dining area, reception, and lounge in a space overlooking the pool

Los Altos de Eros is an adults-only, mostly all-inclusive resort that caters to honeymooners and romantics, and that intention is evident from the moment one steps into the lobby. Built in 2004, the hotel is essentially a large villa, with an open-air lobby that contains reception, kitchen, dining, and lounge under one roof. The atmosphere is casual yet refined with a style that's both British Colonial and contemporary Costa Rican. Marble floors, thick round columns, and vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams mix with a collection of wood and rattan furniture and generously sized sofas and chairs covered in green and coral toned palm print fabric. A collection of provocative artwork – sculptures of embracing couples and paintings of semi-nude women lounging – and oversized, brightly colored paintings of Costa Rican flowers and palms put the finishing touches on the airy space.

The lobby flows directly out onto the terraced pool area which seems to spill over the edge of the mountain. A sculpture of a nude woman in child's pose is centered at the front of the pool, serving as the border between lobby and outdoor terrace, while teak lounge chairs with plush ivory canvas cushions entice guests to settle in for the day. Guests move at a leisurely pace, sipping wine and beverages from the continuously restocked bar, floating in the pool, and conversing with other guests. The intimate nature of the hotel, which includes communal meals and rooms that open directly to the pool, encourages guests to interact. Those seeking privacy can retreat to their rooms, some which have private terraces, or meander the stone paths to the spa for a couples massage in a room overlooking the forest.

Location

Set on a mountaintop, accessed via a steep, rocky road, about a 20-minute drive from Tamarindo and a 70-minute drive from the airport in Liberia

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Los Altos de Eros is located 20 minutes outside the hustle of Tamrindo, and the bumpy ride up a steep, gravely, boulder-strewn road initially may have guests second-guessing their hotel choice -- until they reach the their destination. The little hotel sits on a 28-acre parcel of mountaintop, delivering wide, awe-inspiring views of the forested Guanacaste region and the distant Pacific.

  • 20-minute drive to Tamarindo
  • 20-minute drive to Playa Avellana
  • 30-minute drive to Playa Mansita
  • 40-minute drive to Playa Grande
  • 70-minute drive to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Liberia
  • Two-hour drive to Palo Verde National Park
  • Three-hour, 30-minute drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose
  • Three-hour, 30-minute drive to Arenal Volcano National Park

Rooms

Four rooms with terraces that open directly onto the the hotel's pool, plus a detached room and a posh suite

The spacious Eros Suite features a bedroom nook, a large living area, and a huge jetted tub on a pedastal

The hotels' six rooms are all within easy reach of the amenities (wine, cookies, beverages) in the lobby and the pool. The second floor of the hotel is dedicated to the Eros Suite, a large retreat with 17-foot ceilings and an open floor plan that holds a living area with a sofa, a bedroom nook with a king-sized bed, a huge jetted tub set on a pedestal-type landing, and a large crescent-shaped terrace that overlooks the pool and the distant ocean.

The hotel's other rooms are located on the first floor, steps from the pool. The two (smallest) Poolside Queen Rooms feature queen-size beds and semi-private terraces that face the pool. The two Poolside King Rooms are slightly larger and feature two twin beds that can be fit together to form a king-size bed or separated. The have private terraces that face the mountain and additional windows, allowing for more natural light. The hotel also has one Detached Suite located in a building near the pool. It has a king-sized bed and a private covered terrace. Beds are topped with tailored, taupe-colored coverlets and matching pillow shams along with crisp white linens.

The rooms follow the same design theme as the rest of the hotel, featuring marble floors, exposed wood ceilings, and artwork that reflects the romantic nature of the hotel. Windows are framed simply with white linen treatments and the sliding doors that open to the pool are swathed in thick curtains meant to darken the room and promote privacy. Bathrooms have single vanities and outdoor showers that are separated from the interior space by glass-block walls. Toiletries are stored in large canisters, holding mango-scented body lotion and spa-quality shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The rooms also feature flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, safes, and robes.

Features

A full-service spa, a place for daily yoga classes, and open-air fitness facility with modern cardio equipment all set in a private forested area of the resort

The large, full-service spa is located in the forest, providing open-air vistas of the surrounding mountains and vegetation

From the lobby, a narrow stone path cut into the side of the mountainside leads guests into a lush forest that surrounds the resort's spa. The spa is surprisingly large for the size of the hotel, and its entry features a 20-foot cascading waterfall that finishes in a series of small pools. The spa holds five treatment rooms, including one with a rustic Balinese soaking tub, bamboo and teak walls and ceilings, and open-air vistas of the mountains and forest. The spa, which is open to outside guests, offers a variety of treatments and packages. There is also a small boutique that sells jewelry and clothing and an area for manicure and pedicures. In addition, the hotel offers morning yoga classes, scheduled hikes, and weekly cooking classes with the resident chef.

The all-inclusive rates cover beer, wine, soft drinks, and daily breakfast and lunch. The breakfast includes items such as coffee, fruit, eggs, and French toast, while lunch dishes have local Costa Rican influence. A Saturday night dinner with roasted whole chickens and tenderloin is also part of the package, and guests can pay extra for the fixed three-course dinners on-site the rest of the week. For those who would rather dine in town, the hotel provides free transport and will pick guests up at a set time. 

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Spa de Eros, Canafistula, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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