The prettiest hotel on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast (also known as Costa Rica’s best-kept secret) just keeps getting better. Hotel Aguas Claras recently unveiled a new studio bungalow (KuaKua), a restaurant menu restyled to bring more creative Caribbean flair and Libélula Giftshop, where guests can browse artisanal Costa Rican brands plus handcrafted art and jewelry from local makers.
Named after “Butterfly” in Bri-Bri (the indigenous language in this part of Costa Rica ) Bungalow KuaKua is a hip, studio-style bungalow with approximately 50 sq.m (540 sq.ft) of private living space with a large, indoor studio space (with AC), two covered verandahs, an outdoor shower, kitchenette and private tropical gardens. Recommended for couples, it can also accommodate families who prefer to all share one room over the Two-Bedroom Bungalow options. (Hotel Aguas Claras welcomes children over 8 years old.)
Tucked back privately among lush gardens, a unique feature of Bungalow KuaKua is the outdoor shower, surrounded by living walls of orchids and bromeliads. The plantings are new and should reach their lush fullness by next season.
Bungalow KuaKua was designed by Hotel Aguas Claras co-owner Elena Rohrmoser and has a distinctively young & bohemian vibe, with white walls and pops of color, similar in palette to the Pavlova Suites. We like it for honeymooners or even single travelers, especially digital nomads who need more work space.
KuaKua Green season rates from $390/night + tax. Download High-Resolution photos HERE
Friends & Family Getaways at Casa Floralia
For families or groups of friends who want the space and privacy of a private home with the amenities of a hotel, look no further than the recently refurbished Casa Floralia. The five bedrooms (each with private bathrooms) feature either two twin beds or one king bed. A spacious covered outdoor living area, multiple hammocks, dining room and full kitchen give guests the option to dine out or host their own dinner parties. Best of all, Casa Floralia offers Caribbean luxury at an approachable price. Rates start at just $1250 per night, including tax and a la carte breakfast for 10 served in Papaya Restaurant.
New Menu at Papaya Restaurant
Working with Chef Andres Morataya (who has developed the menus at Jicaro Island Lodge, Isla Palenque and more) the culinary team at Hotel Aguas Claras is bringing Caribbean flavors to the forefront of the recently redesigned menu. Expect playful presentations and bold flavors that honor the rich cultural heritage of this slice of Costa Rica, drawing influence from indigenous, West African, Caribbean and Chinese culinary traditions.
Check out the NEW MENU HERE. For lunch, happy hour & small bites, visit the DA LIME BEACH CLUB, part of Hotel Aguas Claras.
Just down from the main lobby, through the French Doors next to the little neon sign in the shape of a dragonfly is Libélula Giftshop. Here guests will find a curated collection of locally made soaps, candles, jewelry, body products and resort wear as well as vintage fashion from owner Elena’s extensive collection. Artwork from local makers is featured also featured, including watercolor postcards portraying scenes from Hotel Aguas Claras and Puerto Viejo. It’s the perfect place to discover a unique memento of your stay while also supporting the local creative community that thrives in Puerto Viejo.
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