Sylvia is one of the best hosts I have ever met. She is incredibly laid-back and meeting her feels like you've been friends for years. The hotel itself is beautiful (especially the rooftop) and is a very short walk to town and to the beach. When you visit, I highly recommend looking into The Turtle Project in town. Overall this was one of my favourite stays in Costa Rica and I will definitely be back.
This is SUCH a wonderful to place I am hesitant to publicize it! If I could LIVE at any of the 15 hotels I had the pleasure of visiting while in Costa Rica, this would be it. To begin with, the building itself is rather spectacular. Built by a German man and his Tica wife, it has such intriguing features as colorful plaster walls, a cool tiled entryway with a large table outside, and a rooftop that must be seen to be appreciated. The exterior walls have those openings like a castle has, there is a large round bar area, a great hammock area, and more. The gardens are lovingly tended and are beautiful. The owner (the wife) lives in a cabina on the grounds and is expert at being present without inserting herself into the moment. I could have visited with her for many more days. She would sit and have with us after serving us a delightful breakfast of eggs, fruit, toast, and wonderful coffee (of course). She took us on an excursion into the mangrove in her flat-bottomed boat and helped us understand what we were seeing in a totally unassuming way. The beach is an easy walk from the house and there were sights to see and restaurants in the area. It was quite warm during our stay, and while the room was not air conditioned, the ceiling fan kept it tolerable for sleeping. One of the best parts of our stay here was that early in the morning we began hearing the howler monkeys. They can be heard from 3 Km away, but I would run up to the roof to watch and hear them play and move about in the trees. It was simply magical. You could see the Pacific Ocean from up there, so the sunrise, the clouds, the monkeys and the sea breeze were all the stuff of which memories are made. I hope my photos do it justice.…
This ‘castle’ has a fantastic roof top patio with hammock and chairs, it offers a great sunset view. The rooms are basic but were just fine for us. THe birds and howler monkeys offered us a real treat of sounds. Sylvia our host was laid back, interesting and she took us on a fantastic kayak trip down the river. (A must!) It’s a 5 min walk from the castle to a 3 .5 km beach. Great body surfing. Leathback turtles lay their eggs on this beach. Such a positive and relaxing stay we had on Playa Junquillal. Highly recommend it!
It was an awesome experience we made a friend for life with Silva and Nathan! Great host! Bk was superb! The room clean so close to the beach..theirs no real words to describe our adventure in Junquillal. Silvia treated us like family a place we will visit for years to come. We highly recommend this place..
Although pretty with fabulous swimming pools, the food is very mediocre, the wine undrinkable, the walls of the rooms thin. We had to repeatedly call the office because we could hear every word said next door. I had never stayed at an all inclusive hotel before and probably will never again after this experience.