Firstly this review was meant to be written after our stay there in April 2011. So better late than never! What a great place - we stayed tn the Toucan Lodge, darkish (but it would be) but very comfortable and with a net over the bed, and was welcomed by a large black spider which I flicked outside through the shutters, but thats fine cause thats why we were there to see as much wildlife as possible. The food was really nice, and cooked in-house where a variety of Fish and Meats were used. Went to a nearby rescue centre by boat which was also a superb half day out. This was organised at the Lodge as were other hikes and small tours which could be booked. Big thanks to Jonathan who took me on a couple of rainy hikes through the grounds at night to show me the frogs, snakes and toads that seemed to appear once the rain set in. Listening to all the night croaks and dinks from the frogs is something I wont forget. And all the staff seemed very nice and helpful during our 3 night stay. We did experience why its called a rainforest one night when the heavens opened up and some palm branches came thundering to the ground, but great experience. Saw Macaws most mornings high in the trees by the beach and a White Nosed Coati seemed to always be sniffing around and best of all I followed a Tamandua (type of Anteater) around for about an hour one morning snapping photos at every opportunity. Howler Monkeys, although quite a long way from us, woke us up most mornings at about 4.30am which was great listening to their rasping deep howls that seem to echo through the trees. Also saw a few Hummingbirds and other exotic birds in the grounds, some Blue Morpho butterflies and many frogs at night and a Coral snake etc etc. I love snakes and could'nt resist picking one up one evening and taking it into the bar - not sure if it was a good idea looking at the faces, but Jonathan the resident wildlife expert assured us it was harmless and seemed to know what every snake and frog was called. No swimming pool there but the sea was warm and pleasant to dip into. So all in all a great place that we will hopefully stay at again someday soon. Go there you wont be dissapointed if you love remoteness, wildlife and want to experience the humidity of a rainforest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Nicuesa is an environmentally-friendly eco-lodge set on a 165-acre private rainforest preserve on the undeveloped Pacific Coast of Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica. Our jungle & sea location provides a unique adventure and nature vacation: the front yard is a gulf right off the Pacific Ocean, and the backyard consists of thousands of acres of pristine tropical rainforest. Overall, the experience embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Hotel Golfito
- Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Golfito
- Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito