This property I believe is owned and managed by Pachira Lodge. The best thing about this place is that the units sit separately as individual units (like cabins) and you have windows on 3 sides of your unit. This is VERY important considering you do not have air conditioning in this region. Each has their own bathroom. All the windows are covered in fine screen & do not close so if you're chatting with someone, keep your voices down as it echoes in the jungle. The shower will give you "warm" water for about 5-10 minutes. I recommend taking a small flashlight with you when you are staying in this area as lighting is spread out. This area of Costa Rica has a LOT of humidity!!! They even have a handicap accessible cabin but you have to take a BOAT to get to this property. This is not an easy task getting in/out of a boat for someone with mobility issues!
The staff at this property is Fabulous! The manager does everything she can to make your stay enjoyable. Want to spot a Toucan or Slouth? Ask the housekeeping ladies and they will hand walk you to areas and find them in the trees for you! Nicest ladies ever!
The food was good but you get buffets for all 3 meals. This might not be the place to go for a really picky eater although they do try to accommodate special requests. Dinner they tend to offer 1 salad, 1 roll, 1 type of mixed veggie, rice, black beans, 1 soup, 1 fish option and 1 chicken or beef option. Along of course with 1 dessert. I didn't care for an of the cakes they had because the moisture ruins the bottoms and makes them soggy. The cheesecake they served was very good! The manager is right there serving food with the staff. They set aside tables so that parties traveling together can dine together.
I was told going in that this property didn't even have wifi access, that should I want it, I would have to go across the river into town to an internet café. I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only that they did have wifi access in their lounge room, it was FREE to guests. You have to bring your own laptop, ipad or smart phone because they do not have computers for you to use.
I did a fabulous tour that I booked through the front desk of the resort. August is egg laying season for the Giant Sea Turtles and they run 2 tours each night out to the beach to watch the turtles lay their eggs and then cover them up & head back out to sea (8pm & 10pm). They are limited to the # of people they take. It cost $40 and was one of the best tours I have ever had the pleasure to do. Some people will tell you that you need to take a "red" flashlight if you want to do this tour. Do not waste your money buying one because the only people allowed to use a red flashlight out on the beach to see the turtles are the conservation guides that take the group out there. No cameras, video recorders or phones allowed out on this tour...they are very strict about this.
I recommend doing a river cruise with a guide that will take you out to see the monkeys, slouths, caimens, birds etc. The guides are WAY more experienced with finding the wildlife than any of us would ever be.
The bartenders can make some really good pina coladas at the resort car.
I would recommend this property to anyone that wants a unique jungle experience at a place with a GREAT staff!
- Also Known As:
- Aninga Lodge Costa Rica/Tortuguero