We had an amazing stay at the Colibri cabin. Peter was a great host from the get-go. We arrived by shuttle and had plans to acquire a rental car the next day. Since we had no wheels, Peter offered to drive us down the hill to town (it is the most serious hill I've ever seen...no joke). We took him up on this and went down, had some delicious food at Cafe Organico, went for a swim, got groceries, and then took at taxi back up to the cabin.
Taxi rides up the hill are $10. We realized after we settled in, that it would be a huge pain to pick up our rental in Malpais. So, we made the decision to nix the rental and only take cabs. This decision, while requiring that you are organized and don't mind bringing stuff 'down' with you to town, saved us a bunch of money, as rental cars are crazy expensive in CR. We stayed for 3 nights and ended up taking 4 cabs (we walked down the hill once - it's tough, but a good adventure). So! It's totally possible, you just have to be flexible. The taxi drivers have cards that they'll give you, so you can call them when you need to be picked up.
As far as getting to the cabins, the map Peter provides is pretty cryptic. I showed it to our shuttle driver and he said, "I don't know", and that was that. My boyfriend then proceeded to explain the map to the driver and we did eventually make it. I recommend having Peter write out directions to you so that you can verbally explain to drivers where you're going.
The kitchen was fully equipped and we made ourselves a few good meals during our stay. There are a lot of little black ants everywhere, so don't leave ANY food out. The ants got in the bed and bit us at night, so that was not ideal, but not the end of the world. There was this demon-looking 3 legged bug that came out a couple times...but other than him, the ants, and the little lizards, it was not too 'rustic'. The shower is cold - so try to bathe when it's hot out! The bed/pillows aren't the most comfortable, but the views from the sleeping loft make up for it. I've never seen the stars look so bright as I did sleeping up there! One night I saw lightning far away out to sea, it was amazing.
This place is truly a gem. Peter built the two cabins and his home - he is truly a skilled craftsman. The sunrises, view, remoteness, quietness, and beautiful cabins and grounds make this place one of a kind. The doggies were a plus - at the time of our visit, Luna was 2.5 months old - so sweet!
Thanks to Peter for all of his help and for providing such a wonderful place to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Really private and save pacific overviewing House and cottages made with lot's of love and detail. In the middle of nature up on a cliff, for the once who love the wild a must. House (sleeps 7) regular price 250U$/night, green season 190U$/night(1.Sept.-15.Nov), peak season 350U$/night (15.Dec-10.Jan.) Cabins (sleeps 2-3) regular price 95U$/night 600U$/week, green season 70U$/night 490U$/week ... more less