We adored staying here in January 2012. The setting is exquisite and we just spent the days doing the walks around the estate that were provided on a leaflet when we arrived, lazing in our hammock and watching the monkeys play around the cabins (they even had gorgeous babies when we were there). We also did the mangrove boat tour, which was beautiful and peaceful (although less wildlife sightings than we had on other similar trips during our stay in Costa Rica). The staff were kind and caring. Just be aware that only the owner speaks English (which was interesting when I locked myself out of my cabin – with my phrasebook inside!) We felt very well looked after.
In terms of food and drink, the meals are buffet when there are enough people, and table service when less people are around. We ate every single meal in their restaurant during our stay and there was a nice mix of traditional Costa Rican food and Italian lunches. They also gave us jugs of refreshing homemade lemonade and fruit drink. There is a bar for you to order drinks too - the range was limited but the price seemed reasonable to us. We had actually brought some beers and soft drinks from our previous stopover in a town with a supermarket so we only bought drinks to go with our meals.
The honesty of the management is extraordinary – we didn’t know that our tour operator had paid for us to do the mangrove trip on our own so when they asked if another family could join us, we didn’t think anything of it at all. But when we settled our bill at the end of the stay, they had deducted the extra amount for a trip on our own vs the shared trip from our bill – it was like getting all our food and drink for free!
The only downside was the small number of bugs and ants in the shower room – there is no glass in the windows, only mesh, so it was hard to see how they could be kept out. We sprayed fly spray (despite the fact that it would only be slightly effective due to the mesh) and made sure to look where we were stepping in the night. None of the bugs or ants looked big or scary. Please don’t let this put you off – of all the hotels we stayed in Costa Rica, only the airport hotel was 100% bug free.
My husband still talks about how much he loved it - and he NEVER does that.