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The Zancudo Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Zancudo, Golfito, Costa Rica (Formerly Zancudo Beach Resort)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Golfito
Westerly, Rhode Island
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Top Notch On Everything!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We just spent 4 days at Zancudo Lodge. There is nothing better, the staff and facility are amazing, they make every day an adventure! Must return soon! There were days full of activities, fishing and relaxation, you cant miss at Zancudo Lodge

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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gmuff, Owner at The Zancudo Lodge, responded to this review, February 13, 2014
Thank you so much for your visit and for your review.
We're so glad that you had a great time and that your days were filled with activities. Hopefully you also had enough time to relax! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Somers Point, New Jersey
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

My wife and I flew out of Philadelphia the first week of January during a miserable snowstorm heading for our dream vacation to the Zanccudo Lodge. When we arrived after a lovely boat ride provided by the lodge , the real exceeded all my expectations! We were personally greeted by the owners Greg and Goldine at a (Fantasy Island) type setting. They made us feel at home right away! We were also greeted by a host of professional staff who would wait on our every need. The lodging and dining was five star to say the least and the fishing was more than anything I could ever imagine! We caught snapper, Dorado, Rooster, sail fish and a huge Blue Marlin! This is a trip that I would recommend to anyone! We can't wait to go back!!!! Thank you to all the staff. ...Charlie and Sue Kleva

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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gmuff, Owner at The Zancudo Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
We sincerely hope we made your 50th birthday a very memorable one. The staff joins me in thanking you for spending such an auspicious event with us. We hope to celebrate many more birthdays with you in the years to come!
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Cumming, Georgia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Very few things in life live up to the expectations you set for them, and even fewer exceed those expectations. The Zancudo Lodge will exceed even the loftiest expectations. I participated in the 3rd annual Pelagic Triple Crown of Fishing at the Zancudo Lodge with three friends this past December. We were staying at our family's house across the bay, but due to the unique travel associated with the tournament, Gregg and Goldine bent over backwards and found accomodations for us for the entirety of the tourney.

To say the food and drink is excellent would be a gross understatement. The rooms and resort itself are uniquely modern and upscale, and the fishing is world class due to the unbelievable group of captains and mates that make up the Zancudo Lodge fishing crew.

We plan on returning for this tournament every year, and I hope to be back on the water in the Contender the first week of April which isn't far off. Thanks again for a wonderful experience Gregg and Goldine!

  • Stayed December 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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gmuff, Owner at The Zancudo Lodge, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review of our Lodge. It's entirely a team effort and we're so proud of our staff that make up this dream service team! Very happy that you and your friends had a great time and we're so glad to hear that you will be returning for the next annual event! See you in April!
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Somers Point, New Jersey
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This was a dream vacation for my husband and I. The owners Greg Mufson and Goldine Wang really have created a once in a lifetime fishing adventure and added in five star services with every aspect of the resort. We did the three-day fishing package and were thrilled with both on-shore fishing and offshore fishing…. Our captain, Elvis, knew his stuff when it comes to fishing. We caught Rooster, Snapper, Dorado, Sailfish and the last day of fishing my husband reeled in a 260 lb. Blue Marlin. It was spectacular… Elvis’ knowledge of the waterways and expertise really made our fishing adventure memorable!!!
The staff at the lodge was wonderful… every one of our “wants” and “needs” were taken care of by Dayanna… we miss her already. The food is outstanding; fresh fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade desserts, Chef Daniel is amazing!
We were treated like royalty by all the staff – especially Ryan, Chalber and Emmanuel. They made sure that we had an unforgettable dining experience every breakfast, lunch and dinner!!
In our weeklong stay, we also tried zip lining, surfing and ended the week with heavenly massages right at the resort… Pampered clients to the fullest!
We would highly recommend this trip for someone looking for world-class fishing and five star accommodations along with the personal attention to detail!!! We cannot wait to go back next year! Thank you for an awesome vacation!!!
Charlie & Sue Kleva

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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gmuff, Owner at The Zancudo Lodge, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
It was sincerely all our pleasure to ensure that your week long stay was a very memorable one. We appreciate the wonderful review as it encourages the staff to work even harder to provide an even higher level of service and attention to detail.
Have a wonderful 2014 and we hope to welcome you back in the very near future.
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
2 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I am an avid offshore angler and fished 6 consecutive days with the Z-Lodge team in early December. All I can say is you must have this on your bucket list before you head to the grave. The captains (Javier, Tito & Raphael) were extremely experienced and fished hard each and every day. I spent 4 days with Javier and hope he enjoyed it as much as I did. We fished a solid 8-9 hours a day and covered more ground with multiple baits and strategies. Equipment top notch and we caught fish at will. I was somewhat early in the season and solely hunted for billfish. Hour run to the main grounds on the Contender (twin 300's) and you are in a prime area of the world. Water rises from 6K to 1k feet with 2 FADs. Bait everywhere. Blues in the spread every day. Could not get all to take bonita but the teasers were battered. Landed 250+ Blue and had 2 other hook-ups. Sails and Tuna beginning to show up. 50+lb Rooster and Cubera. AJs very abundant. I could go on.

Resort staff was top shelf. Appetizers and drinks when you return from the day. Crab cakes, sashimi, etc.. Ryan runs a great shop at the bar. Whatever you want, whenever you want and as many as you want. Dinner's were 4 course with fresh fish and meat dishes each evening. The food was off the charts with the chef from San Jose. Breakfast was excellent and prepared you for a long day on the water. Pastry chef was awesome. Wait staff did more than you could have asked. Rooms modern and great amenities. Wife left phone on the aircraft from SJ to Golfito and staff retrieved it and had it at the lodge by the time we returned from fishing the next afternoon.

Excellent surfing right outside the resort. Longest westward wave in the world.

I have to say Gregg & Goldine, you have a very special place and you definitely have it figured out. We are coming back first week of April with our three girls 9, 15,17. Place is gorgeous and tons to do besides fishing. Monkeys, crocodiles, birds etc... A true paradise.

Don't change a thing and make sure my booking is secured for April.

Dean & Nancy Childers

  • Stayed December 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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gmuff, Owner at The Zancudo Lodge, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
We are absolutely thrilled that you both had a great time and it really makes all our work worthwhile when we receive great feedback from our guests. We are constantly trying to improve our operations and we sincerely look forward to seeing everyone back n April. Thankyou from all of us at the Lodge for your wonderful review. We will try even harder to make your next trip that much more special for you and your family.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We expected great fishing (and we got it) but were not prepared for the creature-comforts. With their painstaking attention to detail, Gregg and Goldine have created the ideal get-away... stunning grounds, spa-quality lodging, world-class cuisine, and friendly, professional staff. Thanks to all for the vacation of a lifetime, especially our skilled captains -- Abilio, Elvis, and Javier -- and Chalbert and Ryan who greeted us with martinis at the end of each fishing day. Diana made sure our every wish was fulfilled, and Marina did her magic with every day's catch. We're already planning our return visit and will bring the family.

  • Stayed December 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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gmuff, Owner at The Zancudo Lodge, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
The staff joins us in thanking you for your very generous review! It was our pleasure serving you and we look forward to seeing you and your family back at your Costa Rica home soon!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We were hoping for a unique tropical getaway over the Christmas holiday. By 9:30 am on Day One, all expectations were blown out of the water with our escape to this eco-paradise. It's easy to see why sportsmen flock to this billfishers' mecca, but there is so much more to this resort than fishing... Start with the owners, Goldine and Gregg, who greeted us like family and treated us like royalty. They have assembled a world-class staff from the captains (Elvis, Abilio and Javier in our case) to the assistant chef, Marina, who served us five-star cuisine at every meal. We had to take a day off after two taxing, intense days of catching world-class fish, before returning to nonstop action with a final, incredible long-range day with Javier on the pride of the fleet, the Contender. Mahi, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Grouper, Roosterfish and Amberjack are plentiful just minutes from the dock. Don't hesitate to book this vacation of a lifetime. What a great place to bring the whole family. There is something for everyone, onshore and off.

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  • Stayed December 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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gmuff, Owner at The Zancudo Lodge, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Your very kind words are so much appreciated by all of us at the Lodge, especially the staff that were mentioned! We're ecstatic that you both had an enjoyable stay.......just as much as we enjoyed having you with us. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us.....and ever so eloquently! We look forward to seeing you both back at the Lodge with all your family in the very near future. Have a healthy and happy 2014!
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Address: Playa Zancudo, Golfito, Costa Rica (Formerly Zancudo Beach Resort)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Golfito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Golfito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Zancudo Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zancudo Lodge is surrounded by the beauty of Costa Rican wildlife, verdant tropical foliage and is located beachfront. Ideally bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Rio Coto river, we offer our guests the perfect setting for an idyllic vacation accompanied by your choice of a variety of thrill seeking activities. Our guests can choose amongst a list of popular sports such as world class surfing, standup paddle boarding, premier catch and release sport fishing and kayaking or a variety of day tours indigenous to the Golfo Dulce such as a visit to a botanical garden and a wildlife sanctuary, oceanfront horseback riding or a zip-line canopy flight through the rainforest. Those guests who prefer to enjoy the tranquility of the resort can spend time relaxing by the pool, taking a stroll in our tropical fruit garden, playing a game of bocce ball on our regulation court, receiving a deep tissue massage, practicing yoga or pilates in the open air or simply relishing the vastness of the Pacific Ocean from the privacy of our Zancudo Beach.Our brand new public space houses an elegant fountain reception area, gift shop, 3 lounge areas, a fine dining restaurant (seating capacity 40), bar (seating capacity 16) and a state of the art kitchen. On the second floor, there is a game lounge complete with a widescreen TV viewing area, pool table, shuffleboard table, card table, foosball and a massage relaxation room with an outdoor shower. On our property, our guests will also find beautiful tropical gardens, green houses (with our own organically farmed product), our own Lodge marina located on the Rio Coto (where all guests are greeted with a VIP service of a welcoming drink and cold towel), a salt water pool and palapa lounge area and open air beachfront platforms (for exercise, lounging, etc). ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Zancudo Beach Hotel Golfito
The Zancudo Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito

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