Barcelo Tambor Beach Reviews – Costa Rica Hotels – Barcelo Tambor Beach

Arrival: January 27 to February 10:
We chose to go from San Jose Airport CR to Tambor, by bus and ferry.It was a beautiful trip,but a long day. Coming home,we flew from Tambor to San Jose, and that too was a beautiful trip and a whole lot shorter. (It is possible to fly both ways.)

Rooms: We had 2 rooms, and 2 full bathrooms for 4 adults and one child. The rooms were very clean, and well kept and the maid service was excellent.Hot water was plentiful. The room bar was kept well stocked.

Towels and bedding were changed daily.

Restaurants and Bars: The buffet restaurant had numerous selections every day. All was food cooked to perfection and very tasty. The fresh vegetables and fresh fruits were always fresh. The desserts were delicious and plentiful !! The a la carte restaurant was another wonderful place to eat with very obliging and patient staff, even with their very limited English.The presentation at the a la carte restaurant was indeed a special art. The snackbar was a great place to grab a snack. Lots of variety and wonderful staff. Allan who was the bartender in the evenings was very friendly, helpful and efficient, even with an almost total lack of English – but he had an amazing memory and our drinks were on the bar before we even spoke !!

All other bartenders too were very efficient and friendly.The swim-up bar was a very busy place, and the bartenders excellent.

Beach/Pools/Grounds: The beach was gorgeous even with the darker sand. It was very clean at all times, and the beach chairs were always plentiful.The palms and trees on the beach afforded lots of shade when needed. The towel service was excellent. The sunrise over the ocean every morning was breathtaking.The pool was huge, clean, and never crowded.The chairs around the pool were also always plentiful. We were not accosted on the beach by locals selling their wares.There were only 3 brokers on the beach, and they were the same people all the time. They got to know the guests, and did not bother the guests, unless the guests approached them.

The grounds were immaculately kept at all times.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel: The activities on the resort were the best – especially the aquarobics class every day. Jose, who was a member of the animacion team, and the aquarobics lead was fantastic !! He is personable, friendly and excellent at his job. He certainly is an asset to the resort, and to the animacion team. In the evening when Jose MCs the evening show, he gets participation from all of the audience, and they all love him !! We did go on tours,organized by the brokers on the beach. We went on the seadoos, ATVs(twice),to Tortuga Island and horseback riding. All activities such as pool volleyball, beach volleyball, and dancing were very well organized and a lot of fun. The disquotheque each night, was also a lot of fun. The mini-golf course was another fun place. The Kids Club was wonderful for the kids, and they could go every day from 8-5 if they wished. The kids also performed on stage every night from 8-9 and they had a ball !!

Other Comments: The location of this resort is peaceful,serene,tranquil & picturesque. The birds and wildlife on the resort are beautiful to watch. The macaw and butterfly farms are truly interesting. Another fabulous point of interest is the Natural Park on the premises. The mountains surrounding the resort are breathtaking, and an ATV trip up to the top of the Tambor Hills is an unbelievable experience. Although we took loads of insect repellant, we did not need it at any time. We did not see a mosquito or bug.The only things we encountered were little red ants, if you stood too long in one spot on the grass, or in the jungle.The ants do bite, but the itch does not last long.The key is to keep moving !! I would recommend this resort to anyone.

We hope to return next yesr – if not sooner.

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