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Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge

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La Alfombra de Baru | 25 km east of Dominical, Dominical 11901, Costa Rica
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went to Rio Magnolia with my family for Christmas 2013. Although I was apprehensive about spending Christmas with people I didn't know, John and Maureen and their staff were very welcoming and kind. The hotel and facilities were well designed to give everyone privacy and comfort, but still had a personal and even intimate feel. The food was excellent,... More 

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Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just lovely from start to finish. Owner managed ....helpful and sociable but in no way intrusive.loved their company. We had Ciele room...fantastic..porch overlooked jungle. Lots of bird sightings Staff terrific. We had our binoculars stolen early in the trip....no,problem...they found us a pair immediatley( the next part of our trip was to a more expensive place on the Osa Peninsula... More 

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Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We had a wonderful stay in Rio Magnolia. The place is simply beautiful, surraunded by the rainforest. We were visited by plenty of tropical birds, they just loved a tree in front of our balcony. The owners of the place are wonderful people, welcoming, intelligent, and caring. We loved the dogs, they accompanied us for our walks in the forest.... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We stayed 3 nights at Rio Magnolia Lodge and it was one of the highlights of our 18 night trip to Costa Rica. John, Maureen and staff all friendly and super-helpful. The Lodge is in a fantastic setting deep in rainforest. We left our car in San Cristobal and had a lift up to the Lodge with Elicir. This worked... More 

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St. Charles, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This true eco lodge is a beautiful and luxurious place. The lodge is absolutely stunning with décor that represents quality and at the same time, comfort. We were greeted with such hospitality from the owners John and Maureen that we felt instantly this was a wonderful place. The quests were also welcoming. From the minute we tasted the dinner appetizer,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Rio Magnolia really is a slice of heaven. My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay there for 5 nights at the end of our two week trip to Costa Rica and it was definitely the highlight for both of us. John and Maureen are incredibly gracious hosts and their staff are some of the best we have ever... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Some of the world's best places are at the end of its worst roads, and so it is with Rio Magnolia. Rio Magnolia is a unique blend of eco-retreat, open-air jungle lodge, and luxury B&B that works perfectly. Set in its own little valley on a ridge in the foothills above Dominical, it's a piece of paradise. There's all kinds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

From the welcome from hosts Maureen and John, to the lovely architecture and layout of this lodge to the magnificence of the property and views, Rio Magnolia is truly awesome. The well-reported drive through the local towns (home to many of the friendly and helpful staff) and the dramatic drive up to this secluded mountain destination added to the fun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

What a fantastic place. The treacherous drive through the local villages was worth the bumpiness as this place is truly pura vida. Beautiful views, great hikes to waterfalls, fresh coffee and awesome food daily. If you ever need to relax and reboot rio magnolia is the place to be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Rio Magnolia is nothing short of magical. Before we stayed at Rio Magnolia we were at Hotel Parador which was nice but a bit of a manufactured resort experience. After staying at Rio Magnolia we decided to skip future trips to the touristy areas and hang out at the Rio Magnolia instead. John and Maureen are so intuitive and kind.... More 

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