As your ultimate destination from the hotel’s humble gravel parking lot, La Playita is like the reality of a mirage you didn’t see coming. Driving up to the front entrance, the brand new Seis Playas sign is your only indication of being in the right place. From the welcoming but unassuming hotel reception area, you are literally led down a garden path around the contoured edges of a magnificent pool. The enchantment is at once captivating and calming. Even in a downpour after dark, you’re compelled to stroll rather than scurry for cover. A series of floral arches draws visitors towards the restaurant’s unmistakable palapa structure at the far end.
La Playita, as its name suggests, has the look and feel of being on a little beach. Affording floor-to-ceiling exposure to the surrounding tropical beauty, the interior is glassed in for privacy and protection. While contemporary in design, it incorporates a mix of natural and rustic elements to unite the indoor and outdoor space for an al fresco dining experience. The bar, with its striking sandstone wall and warm wood counter tops, ties the modern and classic elements together.
Before turning their attention to the restaurant, the Ashleys’ first priority was to complete major improvements and upgrades they had undertaken after purchasing hotel property from its original owners in 2015. As the project progressed, it became obvious that Best Western standards had been exceeded, prompting their decision to leave the franchise and choose a new name, effective July 1, 1917. Seis Playas says it all about the hotel’s best-of-both-worlds location — close to six different beaches but away from Tamarindo’s crowds.