A Legend Reborn

Become a part of El Castillo’s transformation from treasured local landmark to luxury landing place.

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Locals cherish it, and visitors love it—forever recalling their experiences at El Castillo, a boutique luxury hotel in the heart of South Pacific Costa Rica, some of the most unforgettable travel memories of their lives. The area’s clean mountain air, world-class ocean waves, and hundreds of square miles of diverse jungle give you ample opportunities to explore—with El Castillo as the perfect home base.

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The hotel has a storied history, beginning 10 years ago as the most expensive property in South Pacific Costa Rica—the last frontier of untouched land. The original owner achieved his dream of creating an expansive estate with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean. Due to its natural beauty, the property quickly became an iconic landmark to the local village of Ojochal. However, it took a decade to become the elegant retreat that it is today.

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Extensive renovations recently elevated El Castillo to five-star standards. Now, “the castle” is a home base for hotel guests and a luxe social gathering place within the community. With zealous hospitality and a doting staff, the pristine accommodations include six rooms with four-poster beds, vast wood-beamed ceilings, tranquil sitting areas, spacious bathrooms, secluded verandas, and French doors encouraging heavenly breezes and beautiful views of the mountains and ocean. Each room includes a private cabana on the brand-new guests-only deck with its own bar, spa services, and Jacuzzi pool overlooking the ocean.

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El Castillo’s on-site Mediterranean restaurant, Azul Restaurant & Bar, hosts guests and the public for cocktails, fine wine, and elegant meals. Diners come for the sunsets but stay for the extensive wine list and sophisticated fare—popular dishes include fresh-catch fish tacos, souvlaki with tzatziki sauce, and seafood platters of mussels, clams, calamari, and shrimp. Part of Azul’s charm and vibrancy comes from locals and visitors enjoying the same setting. As a hotel guest, you can be a part of the action—or you can retreat to your exclusive deck for a more intimate dining experience.

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El Castillo’s neighbor, Corcovado National Park, is the largest national park in the country, deemed by National Geographic as the most “biologically intense place on earth in terms of biodiversity.” There are endless opportunities to explore the area—and El Castillo will coordinate everything for you. Vacationers can snorkel beneath the Pacific’s crystal clear water, zip line through the jungle canopy, surf renowned waves, horseback ride to waterfalls, go dolphin and whale watching, kayak through lush mangroves, ATV tour the jungle floors, rappel down cascading falls, and catch sailfish in one of the best sport-fishing regions in the world. Regardless of your chosen adventure, you will find a home-away-from-home at El Castillo.

Written by Ali Harrison

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www.elcastillo.com

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Welcome to the Coast, Where There is Something for Everyone!

Costa Ballena has a little something for everyone, no matter your tastes. If it’s green space and hippie vibes, Dominical is your place. And if you are looking to fine dine and get pampered, Ojochal has just what you need. Uvita, at the centre, is where the Whale’s Tail can be found. What everyone agrees about Costa Ballena is that the surf and the beaches, are superb and pristine. From kayaking, diving and snorkelling, to day trips on the ocean, and riding horseback to a waterfall, these are just a few of the activities that allow you to play. Come check out what we’ve got going on, there’s plenty to see.

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Culture Cures Boredom

Are you feeling restless? Are you unsure of what your next steps in life are? The answer may be travel. Travel not only provides a sense of adventure and newness, but also opens one’s eyes to how different cultures of the world live. These new perspectives can lead to more appreciation for what you do have, and shine a light that unveils where your true interests lie. In addition, some types of travel can provide a feeling of connectedness with our ancestral roots, while inspiring one to further develop their inquisitiveness. And so, if you find yourself yearning for more, you are on the right path and are ready to explore!

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Relax & Retreat to Ojochal

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Urban Development in Uvita & Bahía

With a mountain backdrop and the ‘Rio Morete’ that runs through the town center, the small city is surrounded by nature, and offers easy access to beaches, rivers and the mountains nearby. Essential services can be found in Uvita like banks and hardware stores, truly everything you need to take care of business. It is an urban center that has been preparing for expansion. New services and families are beginning to settle their roots. And the town is perfect as a home base for professionals looking to get away, and for travellers alike. Enjoy Uvita and Bahía, typical ‘Tico’ towns close to the beach and to Mother Nature.

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The History of Pura Vida

Life is what you make of it ~ Pura Vida
Life is what you make of it ~ Pura Vida

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Villas de Oros

Bp villas del oroPleasant accommodations and modest prices with all of the Amazing southern region of Costa Rica right at your feet.Each of the five individual Villas boasts its own unique charm with pleasant, moderately priced accommodations and all gives you the opportunity of taking in the sights and sounds of the jungle from your own private balcony which has views of the river bed and the ocean.Your views may also include a variety of wildlife, birds such as Toucans, parrots, Macaws, white Egrets and a wide range of others. Enjoy what nature offers in flora and fauna….trees galore, some displaying flowers, nuts and fruit, the Ylang Ylang trees perfume the air. These trees often have monkeys trooping back and forth and don’t be surprised if at some point, the monkeys come through for a dip or bath in the river. The property itself has over 31/11/2 Acres with several walking paths situated above Tortuga Beach where there is a National Turtle Sanctuary encompassing many undisturbed Acres.

If you’re up for an adventure we can help you arrange and choose from the many tour options available in our region. We are also happy to help you with reservations at one of the nearby restaurants for an international culinary experience.

We also have a wide array of spa services for you choose from and enjoy in the privacy of your own villa! Just ask!

 

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