Lands in Love Hotel & Resort (Tierras Enamoradas)
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Very strange and unfriendly
We just stayed at Lands in Love. They are not friendly and act as though you are an annoinance. The beds were very uncomfortable and the food was fair at best.
The rest of the country is so friendly and warm. I will go back to Costa Rica, but I would never stay at Lands in Love again. The attitude of the staff ruined the beautiful and tranquil surrondings.
Nachdem wir im Samasati Resort in der Karibik waren, kamen wir hier an und es kann sein, dass das unsere Wahrnehmung beinflusst hat. Aber im Allgemeinen fanden wir dieses Hotel wirklich schlecht. Wir sind Veganer und uns wurde gesagt, dass man uns alles, was wir wollten, kochen würde. Uns standen zur Auswahl (und die Auswahl für Vegetarierer ist auch nicht viel besser) waren: stärkehaltige Pasta mit roter Soße (eine viel zu kleine Portion, wenn man den ganzen Tag unterwegs war), Falafel und Humus mit weißem Pita-Brot.
Jedes dieser Gerichte kostete ungefähr €4 - €7 pro Person. Es gab weder Salat noch Gemüse zur Pasta. Einfallslos.
Das Essen ist unglaublich fetthaltig (besonders die Bohnen und der Reis zum Frühstück) und man hat das Gefühl, dass das Fett einem aus den Poren kommt.
Die meisten anderen Gerichte enthiehlten Eier oder Milchprodukte (Lasagne oder Veggie-Burgers). Aber uns wurde gesagt, dass man speziell Essen für uns machen könnte, aber nichts davon wurde angeboten.
Die Zimmer waren wirklich nett, aber das ist auch der einzige Höhepunkt.
Die Ausblicke sind auch toll.
Das Personal ist wirklich seltsam und es gibt 25 Hunde, die meistens in Käfigen gehalten werden und sehr viel bellten. Es gibt 50 Katzen, die aus Israel (zusammen mit den Hunden) importiert wurden. Sie streunen auf dem Anwesen und fressen jede Menge Vögel und Ungeziefer - ihrer Bauchbreite nach zu urteilen. Das ist einfach seltsam.
Es gibt ein nettes Foyer und einen Billardtisch, aber im Ganzen stand sehr wenig Information zur Verfügung (z.B. wie man den Jacuzzi anmacht).
Das Hotel lag wirklich weit abseits (€ 30 Hin- und Rückfahrt mit dem Taxi zur nächsten Stadt). Sie sind also völlig darauf angewiesen, das fettige eintönige Essen zu essen. Sie weigerten sich auch, die Küche vor 7. 15 Uhr zu öffnen und viele Tripps sind um 6 .30 Uhr - aber man bekommt kein Stück Brot oder Schale Müsli. Ein anständiges Mittagessen zum Mitnehmen zu bekommen, war eine riesen Angelegenheit.
Ich kann dieses Resort nicht empfehlen.
we came here after samasati on the caribbean and this may have clouded our perception, but in general we thought this place sucked. we are vegans and were told that they would cook us anything we wanted. our choices [and the vegetarians choice isn't much better] were:
white pasta with red sauce [far too small a portion after hiking all day]
white pasta with garlic and olive oil [far too small a portion after hiking all day]
falafel and hummus with white pitta bread.
each of these options was about $10-$12 a person. no side salad or veggies with the pasta either. LAME.
the food is incredibly greasy [espectially the beans and rice for breakfast] so you feel like it's pouring out of your pores.
most of the other options had eggs or dairy in them [lasagne or veggie burgers]. but we were told that they could make us special stuff, but none of that was ever offered.
the rooms are really nice, but that's the only highlight.
and the views are amazing.
the staff are really weird and there are 25 dogs kept in cages most of the time that bark a lot. and 50 cats that they imported from israel [along with the dogs] that roam the property eating birds and bugs galore by the look of their waistlines! that's just weird.
there's a nice lobby and pool table, but on the whole there was very little information shared [ie how to turn on the hot tub] and it was REALLY isolated [$45 round trip by taxi to the nearest town]. so you're totally stuck eating that greasy bland food.
they also refuse to open the kitchen before 7.15 and a lot of trips leave at 6.30 - but they won't give you a peice of bread or a bowl of cereal. and getting a decent packed lunch to go was like pulling teeth.
i would NOT recommend this place.
We aim not only for the vegetarian market but especially to meat eater that are willing to try vegetarian diet for a day or two. Those people enjoy variety of high quality vegetarian food and we believe that this will bring them closer to the idea of vegetarianism. The food we serve must be appealing for this audience, and from the many positive responses we get from those people we learn that this method indeed works.
We the staff keep a strict diet of lentils and vegetables. We care about what we put in our body, so naturally we care about our guests - vegans and others with special health needs who can order whatever they want to eat. Many of them are sending us in advance recipes and requests.
Our menu has 28 different dishes, including salads as side order or as main dish, several types of breads and rolls and 7 different deserts. Many of those dishes are suitable for vegans or can be changed to be suitable. Upon request we make special dishes to vegans, people with special health needs or anyone else with unique diet requirement. Our breakfast is "all you can and whatever you like to eat" style so complaints about portions size seem odd. Dishes like the Gallo Pinto (the Costarican version for rice and beans for breakfast) might appear greasy to some people but this is how it is made in Costa Rica.
During the 3 days Vique and her spouse stayed here they were asked many times by the waiters and the chef if they wish that we will prepare something special for them and if everything is ok. Never even once we were told that something is wrong or missing. They requested only once a special dish of vegetables and received it. Our waiters testify that Vique always choose to take the "greasy" Gallo Pinto for breakfast and that they always said that the food is tasty and always left their plates empty (and never left any tip!).
Misunderstanding may occur, and we do everything we can to solve any issues that come up, but we cannot help if we don't know that there is a problem.
Our breakfast indeed starts at 7:15 but we offer special lunch box for guests that has to leave earlier, and there is no need to pull any teeth to get it. It their case they received lunch boxes made exactly by their specific demands.
As for the cats and dogs - those are animals we picked up from the streets back in Israel, feed them and took care of them and of course brought them with us to our new home in Costa Rica. Most of the dogs are held in our pet hotel (you can see pictures in our web site) and most of the cats stay with us in the staff rooms. All our pets are well fed so there is no need for them to hunt for food. Those unfortunate things might happen (we cannot control the nature of the cats) but certainly their waistlines are not the evidence - anyone that knows cats can tell fat cats are too lazy to hunt.
You must be very narrow minded animal lover to not appreciate the effort (not to mention the costs) we put in brings all those animals with us for the other side of the world and taking care of them the way we do.
All the members of our staff served Vique with all their hearts, and did everything they could to provide her with the best service and to inspire her with the unique spirit of Lands in love. Maybe Vique was afraid from the heart opening she felt here, being in a place devoted to love of animals and nature and is trying (within the limits of this world) to bring people closer to those ideas. We would expect from a person that carries the flag of love for animals to show some kindness to her fellow men who have done their best to satisfy her needs and which are working to prompt our common ideas of love for animals and nature.
Lands in love Hotel
Shalom~and Thank You for Making our trip to Costa Rica very Special~!
We just "happened" upon Land's In Love thru "word-of-mouth" while shopping in Sarchi. We called for a last minute reservation and were accommodated by "Boaz" upon our late night arrival. We were so pleased to have found this Village because the night before we prayed for help in finding somewhere to spend our New Year's Eve . It was so nice we ended up staying for 2 days. We enjoyed the delicious Vegetarian Meals, the CLEAN rooms with all comforts, NICE Staff, beautiful grounds, and swimming pool, fuse ball and pool tables, and relaxing atmosphere. We didn't need air-conditioning in our room because it gets chilly at night. There were extra blankets for our beds. The room's ceiling fan is all you need during the day. My husband and son went on their "canopy" zip-lines thru the San Lorenzo Forest and can't stop talking about how much fun they had. They even have a CD (extra charge) that the zip-line staff recorded for each guest. Purchasing this CD is optional. You don't have to stay at the hotel to go on a canopy tour but you have to make reservations. Go in the morning before the winds pick up!!..Land's In Love also has a nice cafe open to the public and it is right off the road, over looking the canopy lines. At least stop in for a cup of Costa Rican coffee and a muffin..They are super sweet people!.. My husband enjoyed his private talk with Boaz about Israel and the return of the Temple. Don't hesitate to spend some time here if you want a relaxing vacation. We look forward to returning to Land's In Love someday!!!! Shalom from your Friends in Washington State...
Lands in nature
The first thing to realize is that this place is in the middle of nowhere. Not a bad thing by any means but it's good to know. It's at least an hour to La Fortuna, more than that from San Jose, and 1km of gravelly path from the main road.
Boaz and his crew run a tight ship here. The food is great, especially when you realize how healthy food can actually taste good. The set up reminded us of a summer camp, with walks to the main compound and hikes to the waterfall.
The on-site canopy tour/ziplining/cable adventure is worth the money. The tarzan swing will bring out the kid in you. We felt super safe and had a super time doing it.
The horseback riding, on the other hand, was not. Our guide was inexperienced, both with horses and people. "What's wrong?" was all he could mutter as my horse decided to take off running on its own, galloping ever faster to ... get back to his stable and lunch. I hated to buy in to the over-generalized quip of a know-it-all American tourist on the bus on the way here -- "I wouldn't ride the horses here, they don't take care of their animals well" -- but it wasn't my idea of a nice vacation when the choices I faced was either fall on the gravelly path or hang on to an out-of-control horse and hope it didn't run into the barbwire fence. Everything was fine in the end and we ended our horseback riding adventure early, and then even managed to laugh about it after. The only other thing that bothered me about this incident was how no one really thought much of it; no real particular concerns. "I heard the horseback riding didn't quite work out yesteday," was all the proprietor could say when we checked out the next day.
But all in all, I would totally recommend spending a few days here. You can land in love or just about anything else (just not on a horse).
Excellent Staff, Awesome Food, Difficult Location
Upon arrival in Costa Rica, we had a difficult time at first locating this hotel. Once we got to San Ramon, the signs were hard to follow to the hotel. Also, the drive to the hotel was on a very windy, difficult road, and the driveway to the hotel is very bumpy and really made for 4WD vehicles (which we luckily had). Upon arrival, the hotel staff could not at first find our reservation, but finally did, thankfully. From that point on, our stay was wonderful. The location was very quiet. The staff all spoke English, Hebrew and Spanish, and were very helpful with any questions we had. The food was incredible. We are vegetarians, and all the food at the hotel was geared towards our way ot eating. The room was very nice and quiet. The only complaint I had was the shower did not drain very quickly, and only one of us could take a shower either at night or in the morning. We ended up checking out of this hotel early to check out other areas of the country. I would have liked the hotel to refund us for the 4 nights we did not stay there, but they did not offer that. Overall, I highly recommend this hotel, but not for your entire stay in the country if you plan on checking out other areas like the Osa Penisula, Tamarindo, etc.
This hotel is really out in the middle of nowhere, which I mean as a good thing. The area is absolutely gorgeous. At night the forest really comes alive. On the walk back to our room I almost tripped on a toad the size of a boulder. So watch where you step. The hotel itself is ok. I don't have any complaints but then I don't really have anything to rave about either. The staff was very kind. The food was ok. I would say, if you really enjoy nature then you will probably like this place.
Most gracious hosts
Couldn't have found a more gracious group of people that own and operate this resort. Nice clean room and large bathroom. Great TV. Unlimited minutes per $5 international call. Nice vegetarian meals (I was offered both dinner and breakfast in the price of the hotel room).
As I was scheduled to leave early, they offered a lunch box instead of breakfast, which was ready for me in the morning. Then when my cab didn't show at 6:00 as scheduled, they were on top of it, calling to let me know he hadn't arrived yet, and offering an additional meal (breakfast normally served starting at 7:00, but I was offered earlier service at 6:45 while I waited) in addition to the lunch they'd prepared. I wasn't charged for either.
From my room was an awesome view of the hillside across the San Lorenzo river, with a small cloud gently floating above the river. In addition to the birds I could hear from my porch, the river sound was peaceful and soothing, as are the beautiful, well maintained grounds.
I've stayed in $400 rooms and in $50 rooms during my travels, and for the area it's one of the nicest around. I would stay here again and again based on the service, serenity, views, and sounds of nature. Excellent hotel! Thank you owners!!
Home away from home
We were honeymooning in Costa Rica and got the opportunity to stay at Lands in Love. It's a place between San Jose and the Arenal and has many of the activities found in monteverde just without the terrible drive everyone talks about.
The staff was incredibly warm and receptive of our every whim and every vegi dish was fun to eat. We did rafting and canopying and enjoyed both very much.
We loved the place and highly recommend it to everyone.