Luxury glamping in Costa Rica is a growing trend so I was excited to stay 3 nights on Isla Chiquita. The location was perfect, a small island in the Gulf of Nicoya, only a 5 minute boat ride from the mainland.
The tents were set up on wooden platforms and were very nice, with showers you would normally experience in a 5 star hotel. The beds were first class with excellent mattresses and the linens and pillows were among the best I've tried. The ventilation in the tent (ceiling fans) was great and felt very comfortable. The big veranda was perfect for reading, enjoying a drink, or bird watching. Waking up to the sounds of birds in the morning was a highlight and we even saw a tiny hummingbird that is hard to find in other areas - it was a treat. The staff were very accommodating, service oriented and went above and beyond.
The Resort offers enough space to play, hammocks for relaxing, a beach that was excellent for swimming, green gardens with huge iguanas, and beautiful views. The food was excellent too; one day the owner caught two huge mahi mahis which we ate that night. It was delicious!
Paddle boards and kayaks are included in the stay, plus a whole variety of tours. You can take a yacht tour to go around the island or take a bio-luminescence tour at night, which was short but fun and very entertaining - great for kids. There are different fishing tours, an oysters farm, a small school nearby you can visit, Tortuga Island, beach hopping, bird watching and much more.
I visited nearby Curu National Park, which impressed me a lot. It's perfect for families and great for wildlife observation. I saw 2 types of monkeys (who were constantly hollering), white-faced monkeys, deer, coati, agouti, turtles, Jesus Christ basilisks, racoons, guatusas, and many colorful birds including martin pescador, trogons, woodpeckers, jacanas, etc. There is also a nice beach in the park where people can go swimming to get refreshed.
All in all, The glamping tents were very comfortable and with a wide range of activities and tours and great staff and service, I highly recommend the place. It was an awesome experience.
To get there, I recommend flying from San Jose to Tambor instead of driving because the ferry and land transfer can be hectic and tiring and the price difference is not much. I would suggest a minimum stay of 3 nights to have a good pace, relax and to try some of the activities available in the area. A big perk about this place is that you can have a great experience any time of the year.