- Intimate & exclusive beachfront lodge
- Open-air design
- Surfing, horse riding
- Pool, spa, yoga, cookery
Latitude 10 is an intimate boutique beach hotel with a private, exclusive feel located on the outskirts of the scruffy but trendy surf town of Santa Teresa. With its open-sided rooms, Latitude 10 has the feel of a wilderness rainforest lodge, a design that is slightly incongruous with its location on the outskirts of a fairly busy town. Although undoubtedly one of Costa Rica's best beach front hotels, we feel Latitude 10 is best suited for couples and honeymooners looking for a romantic, relaxed and exclusive resort in easy reach of the hip restaurants and bars of Santa Teresa.
Latitude 10 lies on the outskirts of Santa Teresa, on the west coast of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. The location is a little too far to walk into town, but complimentary bikes are available, and it is a short taxi drive if heading into town for dinner. Santa Teresa itself has a fast growing reputation as one of Costa Rica's most fashionable surf towns and tends to attract a younger more party orientated crowd. The plus side of that is that there are some fantastic hipster oriented cafes, bars and restaurants on offer.
The hotel’s pretty grounds span some seven acres fronting an attractive rugged beachfront, and the property is very open to all the sights and sounds of the jungle so is best suited to those with an adventurous spirit. Please note the beach in front of the resort is not really suitable for swimming or surfing.
There are just five characterful casitas, or guestrooms, all nestled among the rainforest trees with views out on to the ocean. The open-air design of the rooms allows for constant air flow and helps keep the interiors cool thus negating the need for air conditioning units, although ceiling fans are provided for particularly hot days. There are three categories of room to choose from: the standard Guestroom, the larger Junior Suite and the most expensive option, the Master Suite. All the rooms and suites have an airy yet homely and comfortable feel and they are all set well apart from one another to guarantee privacy and plenty of peace and quiet. Bathrooms are open to the sky and set in charming, private gardens. The rooms are gorgeous, but the open design does mean they are definitely not suitable for the squeamish or those who wanting a more private contained room with air con! (Florblanca just down the road is a better bet if that is your priority)
While the pace of life here is decidedly relaxed, there’s a great deal to do in the surrounding area from surfing, snorkelling and cycling to town visits, jungle adventures, cookery lessons, yoga classes or simply lolling around in hammocks or the lovely pool. Those looking to sample the area’s rich surfing culture can try it out for themselves, with lessons available for everyone, including complete beginners. It is worth noting that surfing does not take place on the beach in front of the resort, but at different beaches depending on conditions. Horseback rides are a great way to discover the beautiful natural surroundings, with rides along the beach, up the hills and through the rainforest all possible. Snorkelling around Tortuga Island (boat trip) and witnessing the schools of brilliantly coloured fish is a real treat, as are guided tours of the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and swims in a nearby waterfall. There’s an abundance of wildlife to see in the area from spider monkeys to butterflies and some excellent bird life. The town of Santa Teresa is within easy reach – in fact, the hotel offers complimentary bike hire so guests can discover the town’s delightful shops and eateries in their own time. For chilling out back at base there’s the on-site spa, Meridian, which offers yoga classes, pampering treatments and soothing massages. Ceviche and cocktail making are also great fun activities offered by the hotel.
Children of all ages are very welcome albeit the hotel does have a more romantic grown up atmosphere. That being said if you are keen on staying here as a family, there are plenty of activities and experiences everyone can take part in together, although for safety reasons please note that some activities will be subject to age restrictions. Those travelling in larger groups may wish to consider reserving the entire resort for exclusive use, which can accommodate up to 12 guests. Given that the lodge is open to the jungle, parents are reminded to ensure that their children are under adult supervision at all times.
- 10 luxurious beachside villas
- Great surfing & snorkelling
- Kayaking, diving, cycling, horse-riding
- Pool, spa, air-conditioned fitness centre
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023