Flamingo Beach Resort
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
Firstly, my husband and I booked through "Book it" for an "all inclusive " vacations for $1200. We thought, wow what a great price for one of the more popular hotels. What we THOUGHT it would be is like- drinks, food, coffee, tea included..like most all inclusives. To our surprise, only breakfast was included and I had to pay $4.00 (plus a service charge of 10%) every time I wanted a cup of tea. Ridiculous really...So we had to spend a lot more on lunch and dinner, and you either chose from the buffet or the menu. The buffet was $20 a person, and it was the same food every day (Rice, tough chicken, plantains)..which is all very awesome costa rican food...but not every day. And most definitely not worth $20.We had arrived at Flamingo quite late, but we thought maybe we could take a look around before we went to bed. There are absolutely NO lights going around the pool into the ocean, and it was completely silent (we did arrive in the middle of the week). Usually when you go to a place like this they have stuff going on all over the resort and lights so you can see. It was almost spooky it was so dark.Also, I would have liked some complimentary water or some type of drink though. We spent about $40 in the gift shop for a few snacks and bottled water. there is no food on the resort past 9:30 so make sure you eat dinner. That was a little sad as well.Other than those slightly important mishaps, I have to say our entire vacation was amazing. The room was very clean, the resort itself was very clean, and the pool was a nice spot to relax. The beach is one of the most beautiful we have seen .
This is of course not a 4-star hotel but the front desk is very good and especially because they made an free room upgrade for us (well, mainly because they've run out of our rooms category and tried to give us a worse room at first). Familily suits with sea view are simply great. Flamingo beach is 30 m close and is very beautiful! The problem described before with beach towels persists I don't know why.
We spent 9 days at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa and we really enjoyed the whole vacation. Professional staff, really nice pool area (great for the kids, both small and youngsters). The beach is just on the otherside of the small road. You do not go to Flamingo for the night life since it is a small village. Just a few restaurants and bars, a small (!!) supermarket. Try the Beach restaurant 300m from the hotell along the beach. Really good food, served almost on the beach!
The PositivesWe were made welcome on our arrival with happy smiling faces and given a welcome drink. The pool is lovely as is the swim up pool bar and the guys are always happy and willing to help.The room we eventually had was large, good shower, good supply of towels and kept clean & tidy. Very comfy beds and pillows. Our room 1202 looked out over the car park to the road but this was not a problem. Certainly quieter than overlooking the pool.The air conditioning in the room was efficient and mostly quiet. On a level with reception so not too many stairs. There is a lift if you need it from reception to pool/restaurant level and up to Spa/Family room.I used the Spa for 2 x 1 hour massages for $100 which was well worth it. Beautifully done, very relaxing.Water is drinkable. The are water coolers throughout the hotel, just fill up your bottle rather than getting a new one.The NegativesDidn't start well when after a number of emails between the hotel and ourselves, we did not get the room we had requested even though we had agreed to pay an extra $15 a night. Ended up in a twin room and said another room would not be available to 2 days. Not good as I always like to unpack to be able to find things I want. The next day we were found a room with a double bed but not overlooking the pool but also didn't have to pay the extra. Having said all that, the room had a good size shower, not over the bath, which was ideal for my husband recovering from a hip replacement. I wish I'd brought a rubber mat because it was a bit slippery and hotel didn't have one.The other thing they didn't have was the socket adaptors. They had 5 apparently and they were all 'out'! After a long taxi ride, lots of asking, we managed to buy 3 for $2. You'd think they could keep more to help.The food was fine, but became a bit samey after 2 weeks and we didn't get enough buffets although the brochure promised them. We did discover that lunch in the restaurant had more choice than the snacks at the pool bar.We had entertainment just twice in two weeks and there is no Casino/pub so drinking on site is limited.There are a few bars in the area of the hotel but no other entertainment.I wish they would invest in a lawn mower. There were a number of days when the grass was being strimmed, not just the edges, and it was annoying for some hours. A lawn mower would have been much more efficient and cut down on the nuisance.The other nuisance noise to us, was Greddy, the entertainment chap. Don't get me wrong, he was a lovely chap doing a difficult job trying to gee everyone up round the pool for exercising to some very loud boom boom 'music'. Very distasteful.The shop is very expensive but go to the family room where they have some better priced items.It may look as though there are more negatives than positives but it doesn't feel like that. Overall, it's a lovely hotel and the staff are really good but there does appear to us that they could make some simple improvements. Of course, it's always different for different folks.
We were there late November for a week. We were actually there on a one week timeshare exchange that we extended. It began on a high note as they upgraded our room and we were put into the nicest room in the hotel. On a 2nd floor corner with wraparound deck with both full ocean and plunge pool views it was an amazing two room suite. We waited all week for a knock on the door to tell us that we were in the wrong room. The overall facilities are first rate. The desk staff was very friendly, helpful and efficient. There is a beautiful pool with swim up bar. We are mostly beach people but we had great fun at the days end swimming in the main pool and enjoying happy hour with the friendly swim up bar staff. It became a ritual to head down to the plunge pool for a late night swim after dinner before retiring for the night.The beach is across a dirt road and is very convenient and exceptionally beautiful. It was never a problem to find a great spot with shade when desired. It was a nice mix of locals and tourists on the weekend and we had a great time on a really nice Costa Rican beach. The vendors were well controlled and we were never bothered on the beach which can happen on some CR beaches we have frequented. The hotel staff occasionally came over to take orders for drinks and food. The staff will actually carry over chairs and set them up on the beach at your request.We took advantage of the all inclusive meal plan offered by the hotel for a few days. They require a minimum of 2 days and we booked 2-2 day stints. The food was exceptional. We had a couple of spectacular sit down dinners ordering off very extensive options on the dinner menu. Breakfasts were really good and varied. Lunches had many really great tasting soup, salad and sandwhich options. One of the better if not the best all inclusive options we have experienced - just consistently good.. The staff in general was really friendly and helpful. A special shout out to Jorge and Rodolfo who worked in the upstairs restaurant during our stay. They both went out of their way to provide a really superior level of service. We had great fun talking with them in the later more quiet hours about their lives in Costa Rica and it helped make it a very personable and friendly stay. All in all this was a very pleasant first class stay and I would highly recommend a stay at Playa Flamingo Beach Resort.
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- Items of a personal nature
- 91 rooms
- 1 buffet restaurant (International)
- 3 bars including NULL, Piano bar, Swim up bar
- Room service (fee)
- 1 outdoor pool
- 1 tennis court on-site
- Scuba diving nearby (fee)
- Golf 5 miles away
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- Cable TV
- WiFi (fee)
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Coffee maker
- Max occupancy 4, up to 3 adults
Resort Location Map
Flamingo Beach ResortLiberia,Costa Rica
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Playa Flamingo 2050 Costa Rica
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