We stayed here two nights and dearly wanted to stay longer; we would have gone out of our way to do so if we hadn't already booked reservations further up the coast. It really isn't too hard to reach the property - no vertiginous climbs, and the roads aren't too bad. The property is just stunning, a steep, sweeping, beautifully landscaped sort of valley culminating in a surrounding of lush rainforest and mountains. The owners, Enzo and his lovely wife Jeanette, are such gracious hosts, obviously very proud of their property, and Enzo was delighted to show us around the grounds, pointing out vanilla bean vines, pineapple plants, guanacaste trees and ylang ylang. The grounds are beautifully fragrant with the scent of ylang ylang flowers.
Be prepared to descend quite a few steps built into the hillside to get to the cabanas, which each have their own hammocks and are breezy, lovely, and so clean you could eat off the floors. I don't know what it took to get such amenities into the Costa Rican rainforest, but the owners obviously care very much about the comfort of their guests.
After checking in and relaxing, we walked back up the hill and dined by candle light in the open air restaurant on the side of the main hotel property. Do yourself a favor and order the fresh pasta. My pasta-loving husband was on cloud nine! Gorgeous ribbons of tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms, or clam sauce, or carbonara...I salivate at the memory. Not even the gorgeous-looking pizzas could tempt us away from having pasta both nights. Breakfast is equally delicious, served in the same area, overlooking that magnificent vista of rainforest and mountains.
It's also a spectacular place to bird watch - many species come to visit from the forest and their calls are as varied as the fauna. Surrounding the properties base, if you are willing to venture a bit further, is a stream that runs back through the rainforest, ripe for exploring.
When it was time to pack up and go, the husband got a bit misty-eyed. The only negative thing about our experience at Mamma e Papa is that it's 2500 miles from our home!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel features 4 fully air conditioned Bungalows surrounded by lush tropical green gardens in front of the pool. To ensure a cool and safe environment for our guests they are constructed out of concrete. On entering our establishment cleanliness and freshness are the characteristics you will first notice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mamma e Papa Costa Rica/Ojochal