We manage the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. But sometimes, we also look for hotels where to spend some time with our families to relax and take it easy. This past weekend, we spent a few days at the hotel Capitan Suizo in Tamarindo, which is not a Cayuga Hotel, but it forms part of Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica.
Tamarindo is probably not one of our favorite destinations due to the fact that it has gotten quite build up in the past years and had some negative headlines in terms of its sustainability record. But the Hotel Capitan Suizo is located a bit south of the main beach at Tamarindo and it feels quite secluded and private. The beach in front of the hotel is safe to swim and there is lots of space to play in the sand or just relax.
Capitan Suizo is one of Costa Rica”™s first boutique hotels founded by a Swiss couple in the 1990s. The service staff is extremely friendly, there is a true commitment to sustainability and the food is excellent. The owners and managers are very present in the guest experience and it is easy to feel the high end Swiss hospitality throughout the organization.
The hotel employs a local staff and is very involved in conservation projects in the community such as protecting the howler monkeys, who are frequent visitors to the lush gardens of the hotel. On Friday nights, the hotel invites local dance groups and musicians to perform during the BBQ dinner at the beach. A great way to share Costa Rican and Guanacaste Culture with the guests.
The food is a combination of local Costa Rican dishes and Swiss inspired comfort food. It is very interesting concept and quite unique. The hotel offers one of the best breakfast buffets ever. The variety of breads, rolls and pastries is amazing and a clear sign of the European influence in the concept.
What makes the hotel so perfect for families is the pool, right in front of the Ocean. It is safe for smaller children, perfect for learning how to swim for mid age children and great fun for older children. Some areas of the pool are shady due to the great trees in the garden. The restaurant is informal enough so that eating with kids does not become an awkward experience and the rooms are spacious with a nice extra bed.
If you are looking for a family vacation in different parts of Costa Rica, we would recommend combining Captian Suizo with Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio and Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula. If you plan to stay in the Central Highlands or San Jose, you could stay either at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Inn or the Hotel Grano de Oro in downtown San Jose.