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“The magic of the rainforest” 5 of 5 stars
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Geckoes Lodge
Margarita Road | Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica   |  
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“The magic of the rainforest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Barefoot Luxury they say! A secluded hideaway they say! It is all this and more!!!

Firstly the owners Tom and Zoe are the most hospitable couple we have ever met. After spending a couple of hours chatting we had a great knowledge of the area, and felt we had met great new friends.

The lodges themselves are beautiful, with the most comfortable beds a truly secluded hideaway, there is a welcome pack of fruit and nibbles in your lodge which was greatly appreciated. In fact there are a few surprises and touches that Tom and Zoe do not advertise, but make your stay feel very special.

Their are some great restaurants in the area, el refugio being our favourite, but breakfast at banana and chocolate should not be missed.

We will definitely be returning to Geckoes, it is everything they say it is and a lot more.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This was the second time we stayed at Geckoes, and it was just as amazing as the first time. This time we stayed in the smaller house - and it is fantastic. Tom and Zoe have thought about every detail to make the experience wonderful. At one point, we were in our hammocks in the living area being sloth-like, and we noticed an actual sloth in a not too distant tree being sloth-like as well!

We split our time in Costa Rica this time, and after Geckoes moved on to another place in Tamarindo. Tamarindo was lovely as well, and the other accommodation was fine - but I'm afraid nothing can hold a candle to Geckoes. We realized, especially in comparison, how very special Geckoes is - it is really a marvelous creation informed by the unique vision of two very wonderful people. Seek it out - you will have the time of your life.

Ira and John

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Geckoes Lodge was the highlight of our trip. I just can't say enough good things about it. We stayed in the Casa Bromelia, and it was delightful. The place is set way back from the main road in the jungle, so you feel enveloped in the rain forest. It is still pretty close to town, beach, and a few restaurants by taxi. The Casa Bromelia that we stayed in has two bedrooms each with their own bathroom, separated by a kitchen. It would be great for a family with one or two kids, because they would be near you but away from you! Sitting in the hammock looking out at the jungle was something I could have done for days. The owners were amazing - they we so sweet and kind. They helped us with everything from restaurant suggestions to finding us a taxi service that we used throughout our stay. They also provided us with a cell phone to make local calls, which we needed a lot more than I thought we would. As they say in Spanish, "Es un buen detalle", meaning a little thing that makes a big difference. I also have to add that PV can get kinda grungy and some of the hotels leave a lot to be desired in terms of cleanliness, but not here. The cleaning staff takes great pride in keeping everything absolutely IMMACULATE. After staying here, we moved down the street to stay at the Tree House because we had planned to try some new places on our trip - what a big mistake. The Tree House is a filthy pit compared to Geckoes. I wanted to call Geckoes and ask if they would take us back! I cannot say enough good things about Geckoes. I want to go back as soon as possible!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We've been very fortunate to have traveled to many parts of this globe, meet a lot of people, and stay in several places....but we are particularly very fortunate to have stayed at Geckoe's Lodge because it's quite possibly the most amazing place we have ever experienced! This was our first visit to the wonderful country of Costa Rica, and several hours of research went into planing this holiday. We decided on the town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean coast because the weather suited us (end of Oct / start of Nov was warm & sunny!), and we liked the idea of a charming laid-back town with good food, and stunning beaches.


Geckoe's is situated about 1km inland from Cocles Beach, on Margarita Road near the town of Puerto Viejo in Limon Provence. After the long journey from San Jose (we rented a 4x4 car, and drove ourselves) it was a welcome relief to arrive at the blissful sanctuary of Geckoes Lodge! For 8 nights we stayed in la Casa del Bosque, and you could quite possibly spend your entire holiday just relaxing in this gorgeous Casa because it's just that lovely and peaceful! The Casa's living room & kitchen were designed with an indoor/outdoor concept, so these entire two rooms are open to the jungle (not to worry though, the casa is elevated off of the jungle floor to prevent critters from joining you). The master bedroom housed a stunning four-poster queen sized bed, with dreamy mosquito curtains...this room was beautifully decorated in an simple & understated way, but nothing could top the beauty of the highly-polished dark wood throughout the room! The bathroom had a very seductive feel to it with dual sinks, and a rain-shower that overlooked the green scenery. Both the bedroom & bathroom were closed off to the outside, so your belongings were tucked away at all times. The jungle surrounds are scenic, and the casa's patio comes with BBQ and plunge pool! We were most impressed with the little things...candles scattered throughout the house, fully stocked kitchen, a large 5 gallon water bottle dispenser for drinking, hammocks for a lazy snooze...Zoe & Tom thought of everything to make our experience feel like our home away from home. It must be mentioned that the grounds of Geckoes and the Casa are meticulously maintained by Jose and Tita which is no easy task when you're in the depths of the wild jungle. We must also mention that a good portion of our wonderful experience was thanks to the warm hospitality of Zoe & Tom who are two of the most genuine people you will ever meet. They truly have something magical going on in this little corner of the world, and if you're looking to create memories that will last a lifetime this is the place to do it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is the 2nd time I've reviewed Geckoes Lodge, the first was after a 6 day stay in April 2011. That initial stay was so good, so enjoyable, so relaxing that we decided to break what for us is a golden rule - never stay in the same place twice. We love to travel and we like adventure so we always look for somewhere new to visit and something new to do when we decide what to do with our precious holiday time. Once in a blue moon we will go back to the same rough geographic location but if we do we never, never stay in the same accommodation.

But, there is a first time for everything and the experience of staying at Geckoes Lodge is so incredible it not only induced us to break our golden rule it then managed to deliver a holiday worthy of the decision.

My last review was pretty brief. I'm going to take more time this time because I genuinely believe if you are planning to holiday in the area around Geckoes that, not only is there no better place to stay, a stay here is actually going to add an extra dimension and enjoyment to any trip to Costa Rica.

Bold claim - let me back it up.

Firstly the owners, Tom and Zoe. If there are two nicer, more considerate, more customer focussed individuals running a holiday rental business anywhere on the planet I would be surprised. We got to know them much better on this trip and they shared a couple of stories and insights with us that confirmed our impressions of last year. These are two people who really do care that you have a brilliant time when you stay at their place and who have gone out of their way to create and atmosphere and approach that virtually guarantees that you will.

Secondly the house. We stayed at Case Bromelia, both times. What can I say about this house that has not already been said? Well, it's close to perfection. At Case Bromelia you live in the forest, indoors but outdoors in the forest, and yet in 12 days there we didn't suffer a single insect bite or have to fend off anything worse than the occasional ant. The design of the house is such that it's brilliantly ventilated, beautifully lit and where you want it, completely protected from the elements. The main living area is open, yet it feels safe, secure and even cosy. So the forest is all around you but not on top of you. The bedrooms are completely open in the day and completely shuttered off, screened and safe in the night. We loved it so much there we more than once just spent the whole day in the house and gardens and pool. My favourite thing of all is the noise of the jungle. It should be disturbing and I can understand that worrying people. My advice is don't give it a second thought and when you get there give in to it. It's utterly wonderful, a natural symphony that lulls you to and from sleep.

Thirdly the attention to detail. The property is cared for day to day by Tom and Zoe of course but also by Jose and Tita who keep the place spotless. The pool glimmers in the sunshine after its daily lovefest with Jose who cleans it to within an inch of its life. The house sparkles, buffed and polished by Tita and Jose to the standard of a top hotel. And it has everything, a coffee machine, on tap pure water, a blender for your morning smoothie, enough crockery and cutlery to keep a family of four going with ease, a huge fridge freezer and that's just the kitchen. The living area is well provisioned with lights, fans and power points. A dining table and chairs complements a living area with comfy wicker sofa and chairs. Walk in showers, tons of hot water and good pressure and gorgeous bedrooms decorated with freshly cut flowers and cushions make it so obvious that Tom and Zoe are on a mission.

Lastly, the area. Go while you can enjoy it in its current state is what I would recommend. One day this place may get spoiled but for now it as an almost ideal mix, at least for us, of pristine beaches, pristine jungle, restaurant that range from the budget to the brilliant, and just enough tourist infrastructure (tour guides, tour options, attractions) to keep you as busy as you want to be without bombarding you with options. In my life I've been lucky to see a few places in this state, which is basically as they were before the tourists arrived with just enough good quality infrastructure dropped in to cater for any reasonable need.

To give you an idea of how you can spend your time in the area here are the places we visited and some impressions of their quality.

Tours

Cauhita Nature Reserve - an easy, incredibly rewarding walk through virgin rainforest that runs along one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. We went with a guide (Junior) which we all enjoyed but on a budget and with a hire car or taxi it is perfectly possible to do this on your own. If you do make sure you have binoculars and that you walk slowly and look around a lot!

The Jaguar Sanctuary - a brilliant couple of hours. If you have kids they will love it. Probably the only time in my life I will have monkeys walking on me, swinging on me and generally giving me an experience I will never forget. And the sloths, I love the sloths. A great day out and by going you support the project which is incredibly valuable in the area.

Cocoa plantation (ask Tom and Zoe) - a really interesting morning/afternoon watching how one family have made their living rescuing a fading plantation and by dint of effort and imagination turned it into an incredible, low tech chocolate factory. A word of advice, if you do go here, cover yourself in clothes or bug repellant - it has every biting insect known to man.

Wahoo Fishing - we struck out here due to weather but Nick and Janet who run this have a great little operation here. Their captain, Pino knows the seas in detail and can take you to the fishing areas, snorkelling areas and dolphin watching areas. We were lucky to see an incredible dolphin show but due to picking the only stormy day in a fortnight for our trip we missed out on decent fishing and snorkelling. On a good day though this would be a brilliant day out.

Beaches - some of the best I have ever been on. And empty more or less. Just fantastic.

Shopping - don't come here for the shopping. There isn't any - a very good thing in my opinion. You can find a great butcher, a great fishmonger, good bakeries and good supermarkets including one a 5 minute drive from Tom and Zoe. Self catering is a very viable option if that's your thing. But apart from food you won't spend a lot of time shopping here!

Restaurants To Visit

The area is unreasonably supplied with great places to eat. There are loads of backpacker options which do decent, fairly cheap grub. We didn't go to any of those because for a little more you can eat superbly in amazing jungle locations. For the foodies amongst you, our recommendations in order of preference (you can see my separate reviews).

El Refugio - a must visit, superb food, gracious owners/hosts, incredible location.
Malbec - amongst the best beef I have ever eaten. Their peppered tenderloin was the best single plate of food I ate on the entire trip.
Jungle Love - very similar to El Refugio but with it's own spin on the local ingredients. We loved it here.
Bread And Chocolate - great for breakfast
Araza - sushi in the jungle, and good sushi at that.
Puerto Viejo Bakery - also fab for breakfast
Arricefe Cafe - fab lunch spot on Punta Uva beach
Stashus Con Fusion - utterly mad place. The food is edible but a bit of a train wreck however the vibe, cocktails and general 'wasn't that mad' banter you have afterwards make it a worthwhile visit.

And finally, just to prove I can do less than effusive, places not to worry about going to or to avoid

La Pecora Nero - our second visit and we felt it had gone downhill. Decent food but sloppy service and seriously overpriced
La Case Del Pan - ha ha. Incompetent. Undercooked fried eggs, burnt omelettes and toast that was actually just sliced baguette that had never seen a grill. 20 dollars for a barely edible small pile of food. Avoid!

One more thing, we planned to hire a car and due to my stupidity in forgetting my driving license were unable to do so. So, we took a taxi from San Jose to Cocles and then used Jose, a local taxi driver while we were there. Which worked brilliantly, we lost a little in flexibility but more than made up for it in the extra relaxation of not having to ever worry about having a glass of wine or two and making all the little supermarket trips we'd normally do. Worth considering, we'd probably still hire a car but if you are thinking about doing by taxi it is completely viable, similar in cost and in Jose you have great guy to hang your hat on for the week.

As you might guess, I would thoroughly recommend that you go to the Cocles area and stay at Geckoes Lodge with Tom and Zoe. It's a bit of an effort to get down there so a lot of people don't bother, which is brilliant of course if you have the get up and go to get there yourself. The word paradise is over used and of course it's not paradise in Cocles, but it's close, damn close.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We spent 7 nights at Geckoes in Casa Del Bosque and it was supremely relaxing.

Location: about 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive from the main road, set amongst a perfect patch of sculpted rainforest, replete with howler monkey's, toucans, hummingbirds, native squirrels and other wildlife entertainment. From there it is a short walk to restaurants, a little further to Cocles beach (with lifeguards) and a short drive or US$6 taxi ride to town.

Accommodation: jungle safari luxury with beautiful hardwood construction, four-poster draped bed, rainforest shower, an outdoor kitchen, hammocks, a barbeque and plunge pool. Surrounded by forest, it's very private and idyllic.

Hosts: the wonderful Tom and Zoe, a Dutch/UK combination who have travelled the globe and found a small piece of paradise to shape and share with the rest of us. Always friendly, never intrusive and very diligent and helpful.

What more could a couple ask for!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We just came back from Geckoes Lodge (my husband and I, and our two boys (10 and 11 years old), after a 4 day weekend. We have been to Puerto Viejo more than 5 times, in several hotels, and we must confess this has been the best experience. From now on, we will always choose Casa Bromelia as our "home" in Puerto Viejo. Casa Bromelia is beautiful, comfortable and inside the most spectacular setting. Thanks Zoe and Tom for sharing with us this little bit of Paradise.

  • Stayed October 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
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Address: Margarita Road | Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 64 Specialty lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Geckoes Lodge has two luxury holiday houses, each with a private plunge pool in a magnificent rain forest setting. Each house has a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living room, bedrooms with bathrooms en suite, terrace and barbecue next to your private pool. It's a place to escape to but only minutes from spectacular beaches, superb restaurants and all the activities this coast has to offer. Holiday in Barefoot Luxury at Geckoes Lodge. ... more   less 
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