Costa Rica: Esplendor Tamarindo
I know that I should be attempting to travel on a budget, but I'm a sucker for new hotels. I'm like a little kid in a candy store. So when I saw pictures of this beautiful hotel, I really had no choice but to book! Esplendor Tamarindo is located in Guanacaste Costa Rica. It is located about 1.5 hours from Liberia airport. You have to drive up a dirt road in order to get to the hotel. Because this hotel is so high up, the view are absolutely amazing. Speaking of views, how the hotel was built, every room has a pool and an ocean view. Huge bonus.
They have a complimentary shuttle bus that picks guests up every 30 minutes to either drop them in town or at the beach. Again, because this hotel is on a cliff, there is no beach access. The beach that has free access to Esplendor Tamarindo guests is about 10 minutes away. The only unfortunate thing is that the shuttle does its last pick up at 8pm. So if you wanted to go into town for dinner, you'd have to take a taxi back up. Esplendor offers a buffet breakfast, and also offers traditional Costa Rican and American meals for lunch and dinner in their restaurant. Prices are quoted in US dollars, so it can be very pricey. On a whole, the hotel is very lush. It has a beautiful infinity pool, pool bar, gym (which I didn't visit once) and a spa. The staff was beyond accommodating and extremely friendly.
The hotel is on the quiet side. So if you're looking for loud music party vibe, this hotel isn't for you. I'd probably suggest it more for couples than singles.