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Mar y Selva Ecolodge

Costanera Sur Highway | Marker Km 170 go 500 south and 1100east, Ballena 60504, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014
Ben C Washington DC, District of Columbia
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We had a fantastic stay at the Mar y Selva with four generations of our family! We stayed at the tail end of the dry season, but the jungle was still alive with all kind of wild life. The staff is extremely nice and very guest focused. Ester the cook is absolutely fabulous! Some of the activities that we did... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The Good: Great Reception, friendly at first and explained everything we needed to know! Included Breakfast tasted really good, kudos to the cook! Room Confortable, nice view and terrific terrace on my room, allowed me to relax! The Room had a hot tube, nice! Bad: Pool was not cleaned, was dirty! I was able to see the pool full or... More

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Mar_y_Selva, Owner at Mar y Selva Ecolodge, responded to this review

I apologize that you did not find the pool or the hot tub in your room up to your standards of cleanliness. We have addressed the hot tub in the room with the staff and would ask that if you ever have an issue like that again to immediately notify someone and we will immediately take care of it for... More

Selah, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We came to Costa Rica to relax and enjoy the the best nature has to offer. Mar y Selva offered the perfect environment to do both. From the time we arrived to our departure, the staff made us feel at home. Mornings began with Esther's delicious breakfasts and evenings ended listening to the sounds of the jungle. The staff assisted... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I came to Costa Rica to look for relax and to take pictures and Mar y Selva was the perfect camp between outdoors activities. The rooms are just great, with all the facilities ones needs, and even for those that want to feel at home again watching TV. The best has been the service at all levels... the friendly atmosphere... More

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Cartago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

- I went with my family in our Chrysler Caravan but the gravel road to get to the hotel at june (raining season) its a little bit tricky, got stuck but the hotel call a 4x4 to help us. What a great service!!! Double bungalow gave us enough room, surruonded by nature. My little girl enjoyed a lot the big... More

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Heverlee, Brabant, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Costa Rica has beautiful beaches and impressive jungle. In May y selva - like the name says - you don't have to choose: it has the best of both worlds. We stayed in a nice bungalow in the middle of tropical green with an incredible view of the sea. The bungalows blended in nicely with the environment and were very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We were in search of a base to explore the parks and outdoor activities in the south western Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica and we found the perfect spot in the Mar y Selva Eco-lodge. It had everything from a wonderful staff, great typical meals, and an ocean/rain forest view to die for. The biggest bonus for me was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Being a nature lover, staying at Mar y Selva was fantastic. It is located in the forrest, with a nice view of the ocean. You can watch the wild-life from the super-sized pool (for example, there was a group of howler-monkeys in the tree above it). The rooms were modern and clean, and the service was very nice with the... More

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Boulder, Colorado
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Our family of 5 (3 adults, 2 teens) spent 7 nights here over Christmas and New Years. Carlos was extremely helpful...he arranged a friend to travel by bus with us from San Jose to Uvita so we didn't get lost. He booked a zip line trip for us with a guide who was part Indian and knew a lot about... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed at Mar Y Selva Ecolodge for four nights with the family during a trip to Costa Rica over Christmas and New Year. We loved this place! It is located in the middle of the jungle a few hundred meters from the coast road with a wonderful view of the sea. The bungalows are comfortable with nice furniture and... More

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Address: Costanera Sur Highway | Marker Km 170 go 500 south and 1100east, Ballena 60504, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Ballena
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Eco-style elegance! Mar y Selva Ecolodge is immersion in the jungle with all the comforts of home. Close to pristine beaches including Punta Uvita - famous Moses Pass and Whale’s Tail; Semi-Olympic pool, and personalized service. We overlook the Ballena Marine National Park; near Corcovado National Park; Caño Island Biological Reserve; the mangroves of the Sierpe and Terraba Rivers, Manuel Antonio National Park and several waterfalls, including Nauyaca Falls. ... more   less 
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