Approximately 30 minutes south of Dominical, at the southern tip of Costa Ballena, the refined elegance of El Castillo in Ojochal takes the beauty of Costa Rica to new heights. With a staff-to-room ratio of one-to-one and some of the country’s most spectacular views from 600 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the luxurious 6-room boutique hotel provides guests with a pampered version of the best of Costa Rica.
While El Castillo is known for the vibrancy of locals and tourists who indulge in the property’s breathtaking surroundings, guests of the hotel have access to an exclusive guest deck featuring private cabanas, as well as a private bar, Jacuzzi and delectable spa services including local fruit body wraps and brown sugar exfoliation. Additionally, El Castillo offers guests an exclusive Robinson Crusoe-esque beach experience courtesy of its own private, uninhabited island. New in 2016, hotel guests now have access to Garza Island via a 5-minute boat ride, where a day spent on a secluded beach featuring mini-cabanas, hammocks and food and beverage service awaits.
The village of Ojochal is known as the culinary capital of the Costa Ballena region, and dining at El Castillo’s Azul Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar is in keeping with that reputation. The restaurant’s elegant setting is known for its spectacular sunsets, ocean views and the most extensive wine selection in the region. Guests can awaken to complimentary breakfast with eye-opening Bloody Mary’s and mimosas, or enjoy elegant dinners featuring Mediterranean specialties such as hummus, souvlaki, homemade pasta or a fresh seafood platter of mussels, clams, calamari and shrimp.
El Castillo is also centrally located near a variety of ocean and rainforest activities, including whale watching, snorkeling, hiking, deep sea fishing, zip lining, surfing, kayaking and more.