Hotel Aguas Claras
Aguas Claras is an utterly charming unique small boutique hotel a 45 minute drive from Limón Airport on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Located just south of Puerto Viejo on Punta Cocles, this stretch of coastline boasts a unique combination of exuberant wildlife and crystal clear beaches.
Visual artist Elizabeth Steinvorth created the hotel as an extension of her lifelong career, a magnificent collage of remodeled stilt Caribbean bungalows, carefully chosen fountains and unapologetically recycled or upcycled rescued furniture and art objects from the original hotel.
6 houses of varying sizes sit amidst exuberant tropical gardens, with additionally 6 themed suites - Pavlova Sweets - all unique and revealing the Caribbean essence at its best. Luxuriously modernised, but keeping Victorian-Caribbean style, the houses are carefully decorated with recycled materials, recreated furniture and found objects. With different contributions from artist friends, each space is designed to awaken the senses of guests and outside natural beauty is reflected in every decorative detail.
The 6 Pavlova Sweets - Chiquita, Hibiscus, Matilda, Belafonte, Tropicana and Queenston - are located near the pool and restaurant area. Each room interior, carefully envisioned by Elena Rohrmoser with customized art objects by Paz Ulloa, has a touch of the 50s, 60s and 70s Tropicana palette. Six different room themes transport you into a cinemascope era of colours, unique furniture and antique mosaic floors. Each is a carefully curated piece of art, and feature a king size bed, high thread count organic cotton sheets, air conditioning and ceiling fans, complimentary wireless high-speed internet, artistically decorated spacious bathrooms featuring top quality locally produced amenities, top grade towels & hair dryer, private patios and outdoor showers.
Located next to the pool and with an atmosphere that reflects the hotel’s barefoot luxury concept, Papaya restaurant is a laid back space with an innovative menu that explores the best of fusion cuisine with flavours of the world, using fresh local ingredients.
At Casa Gandhi the wellness centre guests can enjoy daily Yoga lessons.
A fascinating region awaits discovery. Snorkel in the crystal clear coral reefs nearby, learn to surf or just ride a bicycle around town. Close by visit the wonderful Jaguar Rescue Centre, and further afield trips can be organised to the magnificent Cahuita National Park (25 minutes away by car) where snorkelling, fishing and long walks are offered by experienced guides. If your interest is stand up paddling or swimming, you can go in the morning to Manzanillo beach (just a 10 min car ride from the hotel), in the afternoon walk into the Gandoca National Park and swim in its various natural pools along the way as you head towards the rocky view point to experience the most spectacular sunset in the area.
Aug'19 Hotel Aguas Claras has received 5* accreditation in the Boutique Hotel Category as per international standards set by the ICT (Costa Rica Tourism Board). This makes Aguas Claras the only 5 star property in all of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast.