There is no combination of positive adjectives to adequately describe our six day/five night vacation in Costa Rica. To say that it was incredible just doesn’t do it justice! Los Altos is paradise in every sense of the word.
We landed in Liberia, Costa Rica around noon local time last Friday, June 1st, and were wheels up back to the States around 1 p.m. this past Wednesday, June 6th. When booking the trip, we both assumed that five nights would be plenty. We both love to travel but love to come home. We were so wrong, and I’m not too proud to admit that I was choking back tears as we gave our final hugs to our new friends and the staff and pulled ourselves into the van to leave. Our driver Francisco said that it’s not rare to see women shred some tears as they pull away. Sounds ridiculous, right?! Go visit Los Altos before you judge and then we’ll talk.
Included in our room rate was every bit of our transportation (unlimited any time we wanted to go anywhere!), gym use, daily breakfast, daily lunch, Saturday night dinner, fresh cookies, snacks, unlimited fruit smoothies, wine, beer, soda, Cuban cigars, coffee, biscotti, water bottles, beach towel use, fresh shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, and daily laundry. Did you hear that? DAILY LAUNDRY! All clothes that we put in our room’s hamper were washed, dried, and neatly folded in our room by noon every single day. Jamie said that next time he’s only bringing two pairs of boxers! Ha! Even on the day we left, they did our laundry. Coming home with suitcases full of clean clothes was MONEY!
Once we booked the trip in February, we did no other planning. We’d read several reviews that informed us that LADE would take care of booking our desired adventures, so we trusted that! We spent one morning zip-lining, one afternoon snorkeling on a 5.5 hour catamaran boat trip, and one morning playing on the beautiful beach. Each of these excursions was arranged by the resort manager! She made sure that if we’d be missing a meal that food was prepared early, and she even packed us a beach bag with towels and water ready to go!
Same deal with our spa treatments. I took major advantage of the “The #1 ranked spa in Costa Rica” and booked a treatment for every day. Jamie had three! I’ve never been a big massage lover, but the combination of open-air, natural products, and incredible masseuses was heaven on earth. I had a 90-minute full body couple’s massage, red clay facial, papaya body wrap, spa pedicure, and cocoa body scrub. Oh my word, was it paradise! As soon as I’d finish one treatment, I’d go upstairs, talk to the manager, and book something for the next day. UH-MAZ-ING! I felt so spoiled, and am so glad spa credit was included in our package.
Friday – arrived at 3, ate lunch, and at 4pm we were whisked away to our “Romantic Couples Massage and Dinner”, which included a 90-minute couple’s massage, one hour in the spa hot tub with champagne and strawberries, and then a private dinner. It ranked in the top three best nights of my life.