Tamarindo, Costa Rica
An adults-only retreat in the one of Costa Rica's prime beachside paradises.
Located mid–slope with lovely views towards Playa Grande, this hotel is within a five–minute walk of the beach via its own private pathway. Belying the negative impression gained traversing the denuded and muddy public access road and somewhat nondescript exterior with cramped parking, Jardín del Edén blossoms as you step down into the passageway lobby. The reception lounge behind a wall of glass features dramatic bamboo furnishings and inspired Indonesian art pieces, and extends to a deck overlooking the lush grounds centered on a gorgeous pool, with the ocean in the distance.
Their 46 Guest rooms come in various muted pasteles and nuetral color palates, creating a beachy, light feeling. The hotel's focus is on romantic getaways for couples and so each room is designed for maximum privacy and romance. Jacuzzi tubs, incredible views of the ocean and intimate spaces all help set the scene. Standard features include noise-reducing air conditioning units, ceiling fans, mini–bar, smartphone dock stations, safety box, hair dryer, cable TV and high speed internet. Rooms with balcony are fully furnished with comfortable outdoor tables and chairs and come equipped with outdoor ceiling fans.
The twin–level pool is surrounded by a blaze of bougainvillea and is a lush and lovely spot for sunbathing. An upper–level whirlpool spa feeds the lower pool. The thatched open–air bar feels chic New York contemporary. It is the hippest place in Tamarindo for sipping martinis and tropical cocktails in a canopied booth or at the black–marble–topped counter. The on-site restaurant, La Plumería, guests can enjoy a full, complimentary breakfast, a snack-style lunch menu and an international fine-dining menu for the evenings with options like Tuna Tiradito and Lobster Bisque.
All–in–all this is the place to rest your head in Tamarindo if you don't absolutely insist on a room by the beach and are looking for a kids-free environment. At these rates it's a terrific value.
Web Address: www.jardindeleden.com
Total Number of Rooms: 32 rooms, 2 villas
Published rates: $209 to 523 (taxes not included) BB
Review by Christopher Baker, photos courtesy of Jardin de Eden.