Los Altos de Eros means the height of love – and that’s just what this place is. Every detail is thoughtfully planned and executed, from the rooms to the exquisite spa and delightful meals - and most especially, the amazing staff.
Los Altos de Eros is a small boutique hotel set on 27 acres high amongst the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica. The secluded romantic retreat is far removed from anything to spoil the perfection of the place or experience, yet only a 20 minute drive outside the popular town of Tamarindo. In many ways, Costa Rica is the way life should be. With numerous eco climates, many active volcanoes, and pristine beaches, the country offers a diverse and storied culture that can be enjoyed by all.
Upon arriving, the entry lobby and common area living/dining rooms feel more as if you’ve just stepped into someone’s luxurious private home. The staff is warm and welcoming, and lead you to one of four poolside rooms, a detached suite with private terrace, or the upstairs Eros Suite. Each room is beautifully decorated with signs of Eros all about, from sculptures to other art forms. Each room is meant for romance, from the large two-person tubs to private terraces. It’s no surprise that this is a very popular place for honeymoons and small weddings.
The on-site spa was rated 8th best spa in the world! The building is just below the property and is open air, constructed solely of teak with bamboo ceilings. Views from the 5 private treatment rooms feature mountains, jungle and the Pacific Ocean. Very Balinese in nature, this is the place to relax even more, should you need to. Treatments from massages and body scrubs to facials and soaking tubs soothe away any stress easily, and the therapists are excellent and gentle.
The meals are a big draw here; Chef Andrea delights in creating fresh, local and very inventive dishes, and guests can also take her very popular cooking classes during their stay. She meets with each guest to discuss their likes, dislikes, preferences and any food allergies. Los Altos de Eros only serves organic fruits and vegetables, free-range chicken, and grass-fed tenderloin. The seafood is brought directly from the dock packed in shaved ice.
Other onsite activities include yoga with certified instructor Nicole Loria; hiking around the area; swimming or lounging at the gorgeous infinity pool; or going into Tamarindo for shopping, restaurants or the local beaches. Los Altos de Eros can also arrange a number of eco, adventure and culture tours in the area.
I love that the property offers a Top 10 list of reasons to stay, which include "We are hurricane proof and we don't have drug wars." Other listed reasons, all of which I completely agree with, include the romance, many awards the 5-star hotel has won, the cuisine and spa, amazing staff, involvement in the community and Coco the dog.
2 Poolside room with one Queen bed $450/night plus taxes
2 Poolside room with King bed and private terrace $550/night plus taxes
Detached king room with a cover private terrace $595/night plus taxes
The Eros Suite, our best accommodation $695/night plus taxes.
Rates include the following complimentary services:
Transportation from and to Liberia airport
Breakfast and lunch daily
Dinner on Saturdays
Complimentary beverages (smoothies, beer, wine, coffee, tea, soft drink) are available all day.
This property receives high ratings and is very popular, so booking well in advance is advised. And they have a heck of a guarantee policy: If in the first 24 hours of your stay you don't think Los Altos has over-delivered on what you expected, they will happily refund your room charge and help you find another location at which to stay.
Contact Details: Phone: (506) 8850-4222
The Piccolo Hotel in Kuala's Lumpar's Gold Triangle couldn't be more conveniently located for a shopping haven style holiday. Conveniently located in the heart of the shopping district, surrounded by KL's very best malls - the glammy expensive ones as well as the bargain hunter types, you just can't get any more central than this.
The Piccolo has been newly renovated so is a sparkling new boutique hotel. Décor style is a funky urban modern delight for guests. Walls are adorned with large prints from Malaysia's underwater world life - pyscholigically taking you to an island coast - just in case you don't have time to get there yourself!
A typical room will have you comfortable in air conditioning, feeling uber modern in a studio that has views of the glamorous Pavillion mall. You'll also be treated to a funky lounge, great for relaxing on to watch the flatscreen TV. Internet access and a study area are great for the workaholics, and there's a safe to leave your valuables. Modern glass doored bathroom and shower area and large mirror sliding wardrobe help create that clinically modern feel to the stay. Piccolo is very clean, very tidy, very hip.
A complimentary breakfast buffet will be included in the stay, featuring continental delicacies - Danish patries and qoussants, juice and coffee or teas, yummy hot food like hash browns, an assortment of toasts and jams - you know the deal. A great way to help you start your shopping day, that's for sure.
The Piccolo Hotel is a very clean ultra modern boutique abode, I'd recommend it as exactly where you should stay if you want to holiday in KL and go... shopping! (Especially for shoes!!)
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, in Kuala Lumpar is referred to as The Central Park of the city, and when you visit this hotel it's easy to see why - it is nothing but enormous.
The very spacious Berjaya Times Square Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Malaysia's bustling Kuala Lumpar business district, comprises a hotel area for holidaymakers, as well as residential area. Actually, the Berjaya is really it's own massive oasis; it offers a Spa, basketball court, squash courts, steam room and sauna, and the biggest outdoor pool area in the city (with amazing sky-scraper views) and a gigantic sized Jacuzzi. Inside a restaurant offers cuisines from around the world, the business centre is very central meaning the hotel is perfect for suit travelling, and the hotel has amazingly huge ballrooms and special function rooms - perfect if you're staying for a special ‘do.' For the shopaholics a bargain mall is attached, (access with your hotel swipe card).... and the best part of the hotel (well, I think so) is... a Krispy Crème Donought shop is part of the Berjaya Complex! Watch out all those sweet tooth holidaymakers (that's obviously me, but I bet I'm not the only one.) Luckily, there is also a large fitness centre to work off the extra calories full of weights and cardio machines. And a basketball court if you fancy shooting some hoops.
Your comfortable room will be air conditioned, have amazing city views that come alive at night with thousands of lights, and be nicely and modernly furnished. Soft carpet flooring, a firm bed with delightfully soft and large pillows, a relaxing lounge area facing the flat screen TV and a smart desk space are your utilize. The bathroom is notably large, with a ‘his' and ‘her' WC, and a large bath for that well deserved relaxing bubble bath at the end of a city sightseeing day.
Foods wise, you can order in-room dining, enjoy one of the many restaurants (all named with a noticeably NY theme: Big Apple, Broadway, 7th Avenue) or the cocktail bar, and complimentary breakfast is served daily.
There are baby-sitting services for those traveling with kids, but also a huge kids playground near the pool, the kind you would find in any park - like perhaps NY's Central Park. All this hotel is missing really, is a coffee shop named Central Perk, and the cast of ‘Friends' - so best to bring your own on a holiday and you'll never need to leave the complex, everything is at your fingertips.