Villa Deevena

Fusion in Playas Avellanas & Negra

Foodies drive from all over Guanacaste to sample the fare at this hidden gem. It's worth the search for this otherworldly restaurant, the brainchild of chef Patrick Jamon (let the jokes begin: jamon means 'ham' in Spanish). Start off with a fresh-fruit-juice cocktail while you peruse the masterful menu: perfect preparations of seafood, slow-roasted meats and one-of-a-kind desserts. Reservations recommended.

The property also offers simple but elegant luxury at its minimalist two- to four-person bungalows (double occupancy US$124). Swish accommodations – decorated with hardwood and soothing tones – surround the glittering saltwater pool.