June 17, 2005
The property has a Balinese theme, and gorgeous arts and crafts from this part of the world decorate the property and rooms. The thatched hut by the pool doesn’t just add ambience – one can also have their dinner served out there, palapa-style. As if the white sands of the Pacific weren’t enough, Flor Blanca has a gorgeous pool. If you weren’t enjoying the outdoors activities or the yoga studio, Flor Blanca also had an executive gym. Exhausted from surfing? Flor Blanca has masseuses on staff. Most people have never stayed in a small hotel with this many amenities. There’s even a gift shop with artisan crafts from Costa Rica and Southeast Asia. See my restaurant review of Nectar to learn about the great food.
We rented Villa no. 7, just for a night. The villas are palatial in size; the one-bedroom villa is like a small home. From the living room, one could see the Pacific coastline. This area also had a sink and refrigerator to prepare one’s own meals. The living room connected by a hallway to the air-conditioned bedroom and the garden-setting bathroom. The bedroom, which could be closed off from the elements, had a large soft bed with mosquito netting and built-in fan. The bedroom also had a CD player, which we used to play our special honeymoon-mix CD. We left it behind by mistake, but hopefully other couples will enjoy it in addition to Flor Blanca’s own mixes. The outdoor bathroom is walled in for privacy and filled with greenery. The leaf-shaped stone bathtub would allow one to soak while resting one’s eyes upon the jungle and listening to its sounds. The toilet, sink, and shower areas were thankfully covered by a roof overhang, so rain did not pose an issue. The villa even came with a bookshelf of books.
Each villa is equipped with two soft cotton robes and two sarongs, perfect for beach or pool lounging. The sarongs, the room guide informed us, are easier to wash and dry than regular towels. Flor Blanca is conscious of the environment in the bathroom amenities as well. The custom-made Plumeria-scented soap and shampoo are wrapped in banana leaves, which are naturally degradable. The soap smelled so amazing – we would have loved to have purchased some. For the sake of the Planet Earth, Flor Blanca has many suggestions for saving energy and reducing waste. As a guest, I appreciate the opportunity to be environmentally friendly while I travel.
Quite a few famous people stay here, because the amenities and privacy are some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer. For a honeymoon, it was the perfect splurge, even for a single evening.
From journal Adventurous Honeymoon in Costa Rica