Our stay at Latitude 10°, an eco paradise in Costa Rica
I knew before I had even arrived at Latitude 10° that it would be my kind of place. It had been described to me on various occasions as ‘unfussy luxury’ – and that really does sum it up.
Latitude 10° (or just Latitude, as it is known among those who know and love it) was exactly what I hoped it would be from the moment I arrived. I was greeted at the gate by two Costa Rican pooches and instantly felt at home. That’s what this boutique hotel is all about – feeling at home. With only six rooms, there is a relaxed family vibe that runs throughout the property. You also really get to know the staff and they get to know you. They were there to help with anything and everything I needed, whether it was organising a private surf lesson with their expert guide, Mauricio, or even just a refreshing early evening G&T.
The hotel is genuinely eco-friendly, and one thing that struck me is their ‘five-minute beach clean-up’ initiative. Guests can take a reusable bag from the hotel, head out onto the beach and search for rubbish. If they come back with something, they are given a complimentary smoothie, beer or glass of wine. Not only are guests able to get involved with protecting the local area but they are also rewarded for it. Never did I think, nor would I have believed, that I would spend my days on the beach searching for rubbish rather than sunbathing – but that’s the wonderful thing about this hideaway.
Latitude 10° isn’t for everyone, but it doesn’t pretend to be either. With only outdoor bathrooms, and rooms with shutters rather than doors, you must be prepared to constantly be surrounded by nature. And by nature, I mean bugs! You can also spot iguanas, monkeys and all sorts of birds from the comfort of your sunlounger, feeling that intense thrill of observing the layered ecosystem in action.
This beautiful place is understated yet luxurious – and, for me, it was heaven.
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