I’m so excited….

My sweet parents and two amazing sisters decided it would be a great idea to gift me and Jon with a winter get-away for Christmas! Since they know I tend to be a bit controlling and anal they decided to tell us in advance so that we could have a say in where we stayed.



We were given our very generous budget and I was all set for a Madrid/Barcelona vacation. I recently re-watched Vicky Christina Barcelona and can’t seem to get it off my mind.

 



Being that I’m not going alone I had to discuss this with Jon and since we are only going away for 4 nights/5 days he thought it was best to do a beachy type vacation and not a social studies vacation as he likes to call them.

 



So, what did we pick?

 



COSTA RICA




We are both super excited. It took me forever to find a place to stay. We tend to like small, off the beaten path hotels as opposed to massive hotels like Sandals. I know some people like them, but I guess we are anti-social, because I was searching for a hotel with the least amount of rooms.

 



After an SOS tweet I had the response I wanted. A big thank you to Millie of Brilliant Asylum for her suggestion.

 



Without further ado here is where we are staying:



suenodelmar1 {They are rated #1 on trip advisor}

 



suenodelmar2

{ Many hotels in Costa Rica say they are beach front, but then you have to walk miles away to get to it. They are actually beach front!}

 



{ There are only 6 rooms in the entire place}

 



suenodelmar3 {Daily yoga classes are included}

 



suenodelmar4 {We are staying in our own 2 story Casita!}

 



suendelmar5 { I look forward to curling up on that bed and reading many books! I’ve also now decided that a kindle is a necessity. Santa if you are reading this..wink wink.}

 



So, lovely readers any suggestions for Costa Rica? Well be staying in the Tamarindo area.

 



Also any takers for guest blogging while I’m away? It will be from Jan 23-27.



I swear Monday’s post will be design related. I’ve been working a super fast and inexpensive project at my Mom’s house that is about to finish up today!

 



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38 comments:

Scientific Housewife said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! You are so lucky! Have a great time and don't forget about us :)

Faith J. said...

WOW! What a great gift! I hope to go to Costa Rica some day with my husband I hear great things about it!

peace.love.applesauce said...

Lucky Duck!

Down and Out Chic said...

awesome. i LOVE costa rica- you will have the time of your life! seriously.
if you need help w/guest posts, i'd love to help you out. just email me!

journeychic said...

What a sweet family you have!! Barcelona is amazing, but you want more than 4 nights there, for sure, considering the long flight. Costa Rica will be perfect. The hubs and I are also doing a beach 4-night getaway next month and I can't wait!

Rita said...

Enjoy! Soak up some sun, relax, refresh, and refocus. I'm sure there will be many perfect moments, joys, and blessings during the trip...please take photos to share when you return.

Lauren said...

oh i'm so excited for you guys!!!! it's going to be amazing!!! YOU NEED THIS!!!

xoxoxo

The Wife of a Fisherman said...

Tamarindo is amazing. If you can, snorkel at playa Conchal. It is very relazing and beautiful. and if you are in playa Conchal try the Happy Snapper restaurant. Also, in Tamarindo is a wonderful rooftop restaurant called Bella Vita (or in spanish, La Vita Bella) Hope this helped!

Jaime said...

Looks beautiful- lucky you! Enjoy :)

Nikki said...

That looks like heaven. Have a lovely time!

Emily said...

I am so happy for you! Just got back from costa rica last month and I can tell you it's AMAZING! you are going to have the best time ever and I can't wait to hear all about it!

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

What an awesome family you have!?!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

You guys are so lucky! I went to Costa Rica for my boyfriends sisters wedding and we stayed at the Florblanca Resort. It was the most beautiful place in the world and I am sure you will have an amazing time!

Michelle said...

So jealous! What a fab Christmas gift! I've not been to Costa Rica, but I'll tell you that all I would be doing is relaxing on the beach & having fun with my husband. Enjoy.

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Bitch, Bitch, Bitch (Amanda Mac) said...

I'm so jealous!!!! That hotel looks amazing. AMAZING.

Holly said...

you will love it!! my bf and i went to costa rica in august (rainy season-boo!) but we were in arenal and jaco mostly. my advice, when ordering off the menu, dont stray too much from the "comida typico" that is what they know how to do best! also! get a Guanabana daquari!

Magchunk said...

Wow, what an awesome gift! You guys will have an amazing time.

I'd love to help out with a guest post. My email is maggie@magchunk.com if you need me!

The Southern Lady said...

What a thoughtful and wonderful gift! It looks like you'll have a marvelous time away from the wintry weather together.

Enjoy!!

Haven and Home said...

I am so jealous! That will be wonderful. I am dying to go somewhere warm. I will guest blog!

Design Esquire said...

WOW!!! Have a great time, and please share some photos with us when you return.

Blondie said...

So lucky! Have a fantastic time honey...you deserve it! Kori xoxo

Southern Aspirations said...

oh my goodness what a lovely present! You will have a great time! (and I LOL at the "controlling" piece- that's me exactly!

The Brick Cottage said...

Ahh, there is nothing better than a beach vacation in the dead of winter (not that I would know...but I can imagine!). Enjoy!

Ms. Bright said...

What an amazing gift! It's well deserved, in my opinion!!

Costa Rica is AMAZING.

I'd love to guest for you...let me know!

Sarah said...

what an amazing gift. your hotel looks amazing.
have a fantastic time.

leontinecolombo said...

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Love Where You Live said...

So envious! Enjoy yourselves. Cheers! -susan

Courtney said...

what a thoughtful gift and what a lifetime memory this will be!

Jenny said...

Wow! What an amazing gift. I wanna go!

Ginger said...

That looks amazing! Now I know where I want our next trip to be. Thank you. Merry Christmas :)

PS~Erin said...

This is our dream vacation. We were supposed to go for our honeymoon... then our 5 yr anniversary... then our 10... Maybe soon, especially after I hear about your trip when you return. So excited for you!

LindsB said...

Holy cow!! What an amazing present from your parents and sisters, that is sooo beyond fun! That is like the best present ever, and I am so jealous right now!! Want to pack me in one of your carry ons?

Revival said...

My husband and I were lucky enough to get to CR twice this year. We were seriously considering a move! You'll love it. Take a surf lesson and be sure to be at the beach for the sunsets. Please have an Imperial or 3 for me :) Pura Vida

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm excited FOR you! Have a blast...and I think beachy was the way to go in four days (LOL at the "social studies vacation"!!).

Mrs. Everlasting said...

What a fantastic gift! My husband and I are heading to Costa Rica January 5 - 15th! We will be staying in Arenal for 3 nights then 5 nights at the JW Marriott in Tamarindo. I can't wait!

No.35style said...

what a gift! how fun!!

Laura said...

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