Formerly the Manantial Spa and Resort, Casa Grande was remodeled and renamed in 2007. The resort is spread along the foreground of a 121-hectare (300-acre) forested property and surrounded by a large lawn, neatly manicured gardens, and a river backed by forest. It's a beautiful location, and there are walking trails and dirt roads for bicycling. Guest rooms boast handsome teak and pine paneling and polished wood floors; some have wicker furniture (most are quite dark). Outside, there is a resort-style pool, an artificial lagoon with novelty trout fishing, a kids' play area, and a zip-line canopy ride for a fast thrill. The spa here is very complete, reasonably priced, and open to the public with advance notice. The resort has staff guides and can put you in touch with a specialty guide if they're booked.
The very pleasant Blue Garden Restaurant serves tasty fare with main courses ranging from $5 to $15 (£2.50-£7.50), and has a slight Asian feel to it, though it serves international fare. Restaurant hours are 7am to 10pm. Afterwards, room service is available.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010