- Family run beachfront hotel, tranquil feel
- Midrange boutique property
- Restaurant, bar, pool, and gardens
- Lots of water-based activities
Hotel Capitan Suizo is a family-run, beachfront hotel in the popular visitor destination of Tamarindo on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast. This charming boutique property sits on the town’s outskirts, nestled in lovely tropical gardens beside a tranquil stretch of sandy beach. Offering 35 rooms and bungalows, a restaurant, swimming pool, and spa, it is a relaxing midrange option for travellers seeking spacious accommodation and superb ocean views away from the bustle of town.
Communal areas include an open-sided beachside restaurant and bar with an airy thatched ceiling and ocean views, serving generous breakfast buffets and a la carte lunches and dinners. The menu focuses on European and Costa Rican cuisine, with musical entertainment regularly provided during the evenings. Private dining can be arranged upon request. The hotel provides hammocks and loungers on the beach and there’s a lovely freeform swimming pool which has been thoughtfully designed to accommodate existing trees on the property. There’s also an onsite gift shop, along with an internet and computer station. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided, with a decent signal throughout the resort. The hotel also offers a pool table, table tennis, and board games.
Activities include swimming, snorkelling, body boarding, surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking. The hotel provides complimentary snorkelling gear, body boards, kayaks and beach volleyball equipment. At 4km in length, Tamarindo beach is perfect for walking or jogging. Considered one of Costa Rica’s safest, the beach has long attracted surfers from beginner to advanced level, and lessons can be arranged. Guests are invited to use gym facilities at a neighbouring beach club. Scuba diving, sailing, horse riding, and golf are also available locally, subject to additional charge, along with relaxing sunset boat excursions around the bay. Tamarind town offers a wealth of amenities including markets, shops, cafes and restaurants, all within a 10 to 15-minute walk from the hotel.
The accommodation comprises 29 spacious rooms in the main hotel and six bungalows set apart from one another in the tropical gardens. All units have a king size bed with a mosquito net, a generous ensuite bathroom with shower, and all have air conditioning, fans, a fridge, hot drink facilities, and Wi-Fi. Many rooms have a lounge area with a double sofa bed, and all have sliding doors leading onto a private balcony or terrace with super ocean views. Note that televisions are not provided, the emphasis being on outdoor living and ‘switching off’. There’s a large, four-bedroom suite in the main hotel which sleeps up to eight people in two double and two single bedrooms, all with air conditioning. There are two bathrooms, both with a shower, and one with a Jacuzzi. The spacious lounge contains a sofa bed and a ceiling fan but no air conditioning and two of the bedrooms lead out onto a generous balcony.
Children are very welcome at the hotel. Most of the rooms can accommodate up to three guests, with reductions for guests under 12 when sharing with an adult. Given the hotel’s beachside location, parents are reminded to keep children under adult supervision at all times.
- Friendly boutique hotel in quiet location
- Chic, upmarket accommodation
- Restaurant, pool, spa, close to beaches
- Water sports, complimentary bikes
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019