Tamarindo is a popular town along the west coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. The ocean regularly serves up waves that are ideal for both beginners and advanced surfers. A variety of other activities are available within the region, including sport fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and horseback riding. Trips can be made to the Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge, which protects over 1,000 acres (400 ha) of forest and is a good place for hiking. The town of Tamarindo has a wide range of restaurants, bars, and cafés.
Los Altos de Eros is as good as it gets. Located on a 27-acre estate outside Tamarindo, the setting for this hotel is a perfect blend of seclusion and convenience. You’re far enough from town that you can enjoy quiet nights and bright stars, but also close enough that it isn’t a hassle to hit the beach or head into town for dinner. The hotel provides a free shuttle to Tamarindo, further simplifying the process.
The hotel’s name translates as “The Heights of Love,” and in many ways this hotel will appeal to travelers looking for a romantic location—its aesthetic beauty, small size, and stunning surroundings create the perfect atmosphere for romance. That said, the hotel’s idyllic setting and comfortable facilities appeal to every type of traveler.
With just six rooms, Los Altos de Eros is small and intimate. The hotel has Mediterranean-style architecture, with a red-tile roof and cream-colored façade. It spreads around a swimming pool that looks out onto a forested scene. With cushioned lounge chairs and shade umbrellas (and a bar nearby), this is a great place to kick back and relax.
There are six rooms to choose from, ranging from smaller poolside options to larger king-size suites. All rooms are beautifully appointed and equipped with comfortable amenities, including a private bathroom, hot water shower, mini-fridge, air conditioning, and wardrobe. One room has a private covered terrace. The hotel’s suite is the largest and nicest option—it is spacious, well lit, and supremely comfortable. In addition to the other amenities, the suite has a living room, private balcony, king-size bed and cable TV. The rooms have either a queen-size bed or king-size bed.
Breakfast is included in the cost of a room. The breakfast includes fresh Costa Rican coffee, fruit, local cheese, eggs, cereal, French toast, chocolate croissants, and more. The professional on-site chef whips up a free dinner every Saturday night, which often involves roasting whole chickens and tenderloin in a wood-fired oven. When you check in, the chef will meet with you to discuss the cuisine and your likes, dislikes, and any food allergies that you may have.
Also included in the price of a room are smoothies, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Mixed drinks and fine wine are available for purchase.
The hotel’s spa includes 5 treatment rooms that overlook the tropical forest and Pacific Ocean. The spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, including deep-tissue massage, facials, body scrubs, body wraps, manicures, and pedicures. There is a gorgeous outdoor Indonesian soaking tub that has views of the ocean.
A variety of other activities can be arranged, including surfing lessons, ATV rides, and canopy tours. There is a beautiful onsite yoga studio where guests can practice postures on their own or takes classes from a certified yoga instructor—both group and individual classes are offered. The hotel’s restaurant also hosts cooking classes on Tuesdays where you help prepare a four-course meal. Altos de Eros also offers free transportation from Tamarindo and Playa Avellanas.