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“Wonderful Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Pan Dulce, Cabo Matapalo 0000000, Costa Rica   |  
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Morro Bay, California
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“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Stunning, spectacular, laid-back, peaceful, rejuvenating, simply spectacular! This was our second visit to this amazing property, and it won't be our last. From the stunning surroundings, to the incredible wildlife at your doorstep, this is an experience you won't forget. Casa Bambu and the other homes on this well cared for property are incredible, and Kirk, Linda and their staff are the most accommodating of hosts. Everything was perfect. We've stayed at other properties in Matapalo and know the area well -- Casa Bambu is simply the best!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We stayed at Casa Bambu in March 2013 and truly loved it. I will "warn" others that this place is not for everyone. If your idea of vacation is sitting around the pool with a frozen drink in hand then you should look elsewhere. However, if you are adventurous and love the outdoors and wildlife then this is a magical place. The view from the "dining room" of the beach is amazing and the walks up and down the beach in either direction are well worth while. My favorite walk was down the beach road and back....lots of monkeys and a couple of coati and plenty of beaches along the way for swimming or simply watching the surfers, many of whom are quite skilled. Lyn's assistance prior to the trip is essential. The maps, grocery list, and tips were a tremendous help in ensuring that everything went smoothly for us. I would highly recommend that you have the ladies next door cook for you (while you have another drink and watch the sunset). Don't stay up too late! The howler monkeys will wake you up by around 5 am so that you can relax all over again. Pura Vida!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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St. Mammes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We were three couples who came from three different countries to celebrate my 60th birthday at Casa Linda--what a treat! From lazing on the beach right in front of the house, to a day on a boat and a walk in Corcovado park with William, the trip was amazing. We took advantage of Lena's cooking services daily, all the better just to sit and chat and watch the animals or kayak the waves. Thank you, Kirk and Lynn, for providing such thorough information on all fronts--we had an absolute blast, and probably laughed loud enough to compete with those howler monkeys!

Room Tip: Casa Linda is closest to the sea, enabling you to sleep to the sound of waves--but all of the houses...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Falmouth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We are a family of four, two adults and two teenage boys. We spent a glorious week at Casa bambu. All of the glowing reviews are absolutely accurate. All of us had a wonderful vacation. We participated in nearly every tour mentioned on the website. We did Corcovado with William, the tree climb with Everyday adventures, Surfing lessons, Zipline, Sailing on the Gulf, and our own hikes to a couple of waterfalls.
Each tour was terrific and when they were over we came home to our cozy little Casa Bambu to read and lie in the hammock and wait for the afternoon monkey parade.
We walked down to Buena Esperanza for dinner on two occasions and were very glad we did. Its a laid back bar/restaurant with very good food. We also used the cooking service offered by the employees of Casa Bambu. Two sweet young women came in one evening and cooked us a nice meal with our ingredients. Delicious and wonderful to have someone else cooking after the Corcovado trip.
Lyn was very helpful in making arrangements in anticipation of the trip and Kirk and William were on site when we arrived. All lovely, kind, helpful people.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

1. Thank you for your generous hospitality during our stay at Casa Bambu. You made our vacation to the Osa Peninsula a trip we will never forget filled with memories we will always cherish. From arranging all of our transportation needs to scheduling all of our excursions, you made our vacation the relaxing and adventure-filled family getaway we hoped we would have. Your attentiveness, kindness, and local knowledge all contributed to making this the trip of a lifetime. Because of you, we never felt like foreign tourists disconnected from the local culture.

2. Please extend our thanks to William, Leda, and the rest of your spectacular team. William’s patience, caring, and exceptional eye for wildlife make him the ideal tour guide for local hikes. It is clear that he loves the Osa and his enthusiasm for the natural beauty of the environment is contagious. In addition, Leda is brilliant in the kitchen. Her traditional Tico meals were one of the true highlights of our trip. Courtney still reminisces about her “arroz con pollo.”

3. Thanks again for going the extra mile to accommodate our specific needs. We are hopeful that we will have another opportunity to visit your piece of paradise again, and if we do, we will certainly arrange to stay with you.




Pura Vida,



ROB ARNETT

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We are a family of 5 - our kids are 13, 13, and 10 - and we've just spent the last 5 days of our 3 week holiday, staying at Casa Bambu. To be more accurate, we stayed at Casa Sonrisa, which is one of the 4 houses owned by Lynn and Kirk. This was by far the best bit of our holiday and a great way to end it. We had the most fantastic time. Waking every morning at 5 to hear scarlet macaws and howler monkeys. The beautiful wild beaches and jungle. But Casa Sonrisa was a fantastic bamboo house in particular. It's tucked nicely at the back, so is quiet and private, and its more elevated than the others so you get a great view down a gap in the trees, to the beach and sea, and there are monkeys everywhere. The house is extremely well designed and built by Kirk. Whilst usually on holiday, the accommodation is just your base and you try to spend most time out and about, here we actually really loved spending time at the house, and on the verandah in particular, just relaxing, watching Coati stroll by, reading in the hammock, or drinking beer! And whilst the house look good on the website, in real life it was even nicer! When we were there, Kirk happened to be there too and we thought he was really helpful without being 'gushy' and insincere. So we couldn't speak highly enough of Casa Bambu and Casa Sonrisa

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We have recently returned from a stay in Casa Pina (on property with several homes all manged by William on site and Lyn in Texas). We were two families traveling together (3 teenaged girls and 4 adults). We fit comfortably in Casa Pina (two bedrooms, one bath on ground floor one larger bedroom, bath, kitchen, dining and open air porch on second floor).

The kitchen space was large and efficient. We love to cook and even though we were off the grid the oven and fridge were perfect for cooking and storing food. No trouble with keeping food fresh etc. Lyn also provided us with exceptionally detailed advice about virtually every detail of our trip. (we should have heeded your advice about overestimating our food purchases because we did end up having to 'ration' some breakfast supplies towards the end of our trip. Listen to Lyn, buy more food than you think you'll need!)

We also enjoyed having Jaxinia cook a meal for us one evening that was fantastic! Other nights we cooked the fish one of our Dads caught with William in the kayaks (mackeral and bonito). And one night we walked to Buena Esperanza for dinner (listen to Lyn and definitely pack one flashlight per person!)

Our group opted not to do the long hike in Corcovado. We saw and heard so much wildlife in the area around the house that the hike seemed superfluous. We spent a lot of time surfing from the beach which is just a quick walk from the house, to a lovely quiet beach. The surf is good for beginners and there is a young man (Pollo is his nickname) who will provide you with lessons and boards if you want instruction. Otherwise you can rent boards at the resort down the road (Lyn will tell you where).

We loved the wildlife, the open air, the warm water, Tico culture, virtually everything about our experience in Casa Pina. William was quickly responsive to any request and, as I've mentioned, Lyn is completely organized and thoughtful about every detail for her guests. She emailed us after our return asking for comments and any recommendations for changes/improvements. I cannot think of anything I would change. This place is idyllic.

Thank you for a lovely stay in a natural paradise

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Pan Dulce, Cabo Matapalo 0000000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On a secluded five acres of pristine rainforest beachfront in one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, this unique resort lets you escape civilization while safely and comfortably enjoying countless natural wonders. The property fronts on Playa Pan Dulce, famous for it's long right point surf break, an SUP surfers dream break. Located in the same vast rainforest as Corcovado Park, Casa Bambu Resort is on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, where the rainforest meets the sea. After visiting our house, Lonely Planet recommends Casa Bambu Resort as a place to visit. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Casa Bambu Resort Hotel Osa Peninsula
Casa Bambu Hotel
Hotel Casa Bambu

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