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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon
Just 12 suites and bungalows dot the gardens of this tranquil boutique hotel, centred around a charming Victorian bungalow and offering the serenity of a beautiful pool, yoga sessions and an over-12s policy, just steps from Playa Chiquita.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
The restaurant, pool, yoga pavilion and bungalows of Aguas Claras are sprinkled throughout lush tropical gardens and just moments from the palm-fringed golden sands of the beach. With a fun, retro design flair and laidback Caribbean atmosphere, the hotel is a tranquil spot to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
The twelve bungalows and suites of Aguas Claras are evenly split between standalone Casitas and a charming Victorian rowhouse, Pavlova Sweets. Each of the rooms in Pavlova Sweets shares the same quirky decor, where white walls are injected with a dose of fun in the vibrant headboards and retro chairs. With a King Bed or two Twins, air-conditioning, a living area, sofa and minibar, the rooms are light and spacious, while a Moroccan-style semi-open terrace boasts an outdoor shower and lounge area for soaking in the Costa Rica sun. The Casitas are equally delightful, Caribbean-Victorian style houses, which ooze personality in the upcycled furniture and traditional handicrafts. Air-conditioning in the bedrooms, fans, minibars, potable water and solar-powered batteries add a modern element without impacting the tranquillity of the gardens. With one, two or five bedrooms, each Casa can comfortably accommodate a couple, family or group and all, with the exception of Cacao, offer a kitchenette and living area. Tucked away amongst the lush foliage of the gardens, the Casitas are a beautiful retreat and many boast a patio or outside area in which to enjoy the calls of the birds and the gentle ocean breeze.
The poolside Papaya Restaurant is a casual, breezy affair, befitting the hotel’s barefoot luxury ethos. Sustainable ingredients are used in dishes that bring an international twist to fresh, local flavours, all enjoyed in the open-sided dining pavilion where long lunches can easily slip into afternoon cocktails, interspersed with a dip in the pool. This pool meanders its way around the property, through botanical gardens and with plenty of sun loungers in tucked away corners. Daily yoga lessons and private classes are held in Casa Ghandi, a serene, open pavilion surrounded by tropical foliage.
Life at Aguas Claras is slow; a morning yoga session leads into a bountiful breakfast, a walk on the beach is a chance to spot colourful birdlife in the palms or explore the reef with complimentary snorkelling equipment. After a long lunch, laze by the pool with a book or meditate in Casa Ghandi, the hotel’s wellness centre. Despite inviting you to unwind and relax, the hotel is surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful flora and fauna. You could learn about rehabilitation at the Jaguar Rescue Centre, explore the bean-to-bar process on a tour of a Cacao plantation, discover the Watsi indigenous culture at Talamanca Bribri Reserve or search out the toucans, monkeys and sloth of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge, just 15-minutes from Aguas Claras. Costa Rica is famed for its adrenaline activities and here you can learn to surf, kayak through the jungle at Punta Uva or zip-line through the canopy, all the while knowing that the comfort of a cloud-like bed and luxurious pool awaits at Aguas Claras.
When to go
Puerto Viejo's climate, like else where in this tropical country, in unpredictable and guests shouldn't be surprised by rain even in the dry season. It's an unwritten rule known by locals and Costa Rica experts alike though that when the rest of the country is wet and rainy, the sun is likely to be shining on the Caribbean Coast. The best months to visit Puerto Viejo are February to April and August to October, the latter of which can be particularly popular as it coincides nicely with turtle season in Tortuguero. Generally it is a good year-round destination.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Turrialba, Heredia
This honeymoon itinerary allows you to see the spectacular Caribbean side to Costa Rica. Sea turtles, surfing, bike rides, jungle, beaches - the perfect celebration.