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The Santarena Hotel in Las Catalinas, on the northwest coast of Costa Rica, is celebrating its recent refurbishment by offering monthly cooking and mixology classes in the property’s new Ponciana Bar. 

The two-hour, hands-on classes, which can accommodate up to 12 people, cost $35 per person with each participant receiving three cocktails or glasses of wine paired with three dishes prepared by the on-site chef. The resident mixologist Eliecer Rodriguez will teach guests how to create one of his artisanal cocktails made from fresh seasonal local ingredients such as a Wild Berries Margarita or the Ponciana Old Fashioned. And the chef will instruct guests on how to create Mediterranean- and Costa Rican-inspired dishes made from fresh local ingredients. Specialties of the house include croquetas with apple and jalapeño salsa, fritto di aguacate (fried avocado with balsamic aioli) and fresh tuna bruschetta.   

As well as an on-site restaurant and bar, the 42-room and three-suite boutique hotel has a bakery, rooftop terrace and pool that overlooks the beach, eight meeting and function spaces, an atrium and a host of activities such as themed movie nights. The refurbishment of the Santarena Hotel focused on the lounge and new front bar. 

The hotel is currently offering 30% off of its best available rate for those willing to pay for their stay in advance through its Preferred Advance Purchase promotion. The offer includes daily breakfast and WiFi and the reservation is non-refundable upon booking.

Santarena Hotel is located in Las Catalinas, a car-free town overlooking the Pacific Ocean, that boasts shops, restaurants and 40 kilometers of hiking and biking trails plus plenty of opportunities to indulge in water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. 

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