The Gecko, as it is affectionely called by return guests, is wonderful. We stayed in the bungalow called Espavel. It was the only room w/o TV which is what we wanted! It was furnished beautifully and we were greated with fresh towels made into the shapes of swans using real flowers! Room is small but extremely clean and cozy. The outdoor patio is awesome. There is a ceiling fan which made sitting outside verycomfortable. The grounds are beautiful. The pool is beautiful and kept immaculate. We had so much fun with the visiting racoons and chuckled at their boldness to search for crumbs we may have dropped. There were 2 pizoytes (coati-mundi) that were shy at first but became friendlier for picture taking! They are so cute! Howeler monkeys kept us amused on afternoon with their non-stop calling! One day we had a lot of wind and owner, Nathalie, offered to move us into a much larger bungalow at no extras charge in case the wind was bothering us but we were fine. But curiousity got to us and we did check it out and it was lovely! It had a full kitchen and really cool indoor/outdoor shower. We feel that not many places would be so accommodating and concerned about our comfort as The Gecko did! The town of Samara is a short drive away and has a lot of good places to eat. Dana was great at recommending places to go and things to see. Nathalie told us all about the hikes around the Gecko. We recommend the hike to the"Secret Beach" - the sunset is gorgeous! But not recommended after dark. We also hiked to the top trying to find The Giant Tree but somehow did not find it but instead had the most awesome ocean view! We thought it was very thoughtful that the trees and flowers are numbered and correspond to a list that Nathalie gives you so you know all the names of the flowers, etc. The breakfast that was included was good. Basic CR food and with the most delicious fruit and ah, the coffee! The overall feel of The Gecko is calm, peace and serenity! I would highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine a haven of peace in a tropical forest, at most 1,5 kms from the center of Samara and just a few steps away from a secret beach. The hotel entices people to relax fully. For nature lovers, discover at only 400 m by walk from the hotel, the wild Buena Vista Beach, a protected area for turtles reproduction and a spot fishing well-known by Ticos. For your well being. Where the noise ends, located on over half a hectare of giant trees and tropical plants, El Pequeño Gecko Verde offers you 8 luxurious and fully equipped bungalows totally independent, a huge turquoise swimming pool, a rancho for breakfast each morning and dinners organized a few times a week. Our facilities are guarded 24 hours per day. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Pequeno Gecko Verde Hotel Playa Samara