“The most magical place for a wedding”
That is how one mother-of-the-bride described her daughter’s unforgettable wedding in Costa Rica—specifically El Castillo. Magical, intimate, and breathtaking, our couples struggle to adequately describe the beauty of combining their dream day and the splendor of El Castillo. For the ultimate experience, book all nine rooms and have the hotel to yourselves and your guests for the week leading up to your nuptials.
Watch the video (right) to see an El Castillo wedding for yourself. If you think the hotel looks amazing in the video, you will be pleasantly surprised by the major upgrades since the film was shot.
Then scroll down to view our most recent 2020 wedding, along with photos, comments from the bride, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom.
The Bride’s Perspective – Meaghan
Perfect Wedding Venue!
We recently had our wedding at El Castillo, and it was everything we had dreamed of, and more! Between the picture-perfect views, the ever-accommodating and extremely friendly staff, the delicious meals, and the beautiful rooms and common areas, we could not have asked for a more amazing all-around experience.
Guests: 15 people total, although you could easily fit 20. We ended up booking the entire hotel so our 1-year-old nephew could join (it’s usually adults-only). We would highly recommend this since it made the experience more intimate and unique!
Wedding Planning: The hotel connected us with a wedding planner who handled all coordination with flowers, makeup/hair, decorations, photographer, etc. It ended up being a completely stress-free planning process, even though we were in another country.
Hotel: We booked everything sight unseen but believe us when we say everything looks EXACTLY like the photos, if not better! The highlight was the infinity pool – we would lay there for hours and had a great view of the sun setting over the ocean.
Rehearsal Dinner: The night before the wedding, we took a boat out to a nearby private island and had dinner there, complete with catering, coconut drinks, a big bonfire, live music, and another beautiful sunset!
Wedding Day: The staff transformed the main common area for the ceremony. It overlooked the infinity pool with floating candles, had tropical flowers, live music, and delicious food/drinks. We took photos at a nearby beach and at the hotel during sunset, and they look gorgeous!
Staff: None of this would have been possible without the amazing staff at El Castillo. Rebecca and Vanessa kept everything running so smoothly – we must have been the least stressed bride/groom on the planet! Their team made us feel so welcomed and anticipated our needs before we even knew we had them. We got along with everyone so great – it made our whole experience seamless and luxurious, but also super fun!
The Mother of the Bride’s Perspective
We love El Castillo!
We love El Castillo! Stayed there from March 12, 2020 to March 16, 2020. Rented the hotel for our daughter and her fiancé’s wedding. The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful! All the rooms faced the Pacific Ocean. Breathtaking views wherever you looked. The staff was phenomenal! General Manager, Rebeca, oversaw our stay and made sure all our needs were met….room comfort, food, our zip line and ATV jungle tour excursions, transportation…. Her right hand, Vanessa, operations manager, was there to implement all the plans for us. Always there to answer any questions. Stephanie, one of the waitstaff, remembered our favorite food or drinks and would bring them to us. Jason, Daniel, Julie.. I wish I remembered everyone’s names so I can give them credit! The whole staff could not have been nicer and more helpful, always there to make us happy. The food was so good! We ate there every night! Chef Pablo and his Castillo’s Kitchen staff out did themselves with every meal in addition to the rehearsal dinner and the wedding dinner. Why go out to other nearby restaurants when we had such delicious cuisine right there at El Castillo? We felt like family to everyone by the time our stay ended.
I am wholeheartedly recommending El Castillo Boutique and Luxury Hotel. You will be so happy that you stay here for your vacation! I give them 5 stars! –
The Mother of the Groom’s Perspective
Most gorgeous wedding ever at El Castillo!!!
I can not say enough about El Castillo and all the staff at this fabulous boutique hotel! We traveled to Costa Rica for my son’s very intimate destination wedding. There were 14 of us and one baby in total at the hotel.
Rebeca , Vanessa, Julie, Stephanie, and all the other staff were unbelievable. The hotel was just beautiful- the rooms were exquisite and immaculate. We had a rehearsal event on the island the evening before the wedding and all the staff spent their day setting up this wonderful event for us– a storybook event. The wedding day was just perfect- every detail attended to. The bride and groom could not have asked for more– it was truly the wedding of their dreams. Can’t wait to visit again. Love to all!!