To stay here you have to undertake a wonderful river and sea journey and make a 'wet' landing at your destination. The journey itself is fascinating, through mangrove and large open water areas. There is loads of wildlife, mainly birds and monkeys along the way and the scenery in general is stunning. You leave he river and meet the Pacific where you skirt the coast for about an hour to reach the isolated part of the coast where the hotel is located.
Upon arrival you do not see the hotel as it is situated at the top of a steep slope. Thankfully there is a small tractor and trailer to transport you to the top. What greets you is a beautifully laid out and elegant hotel with spacious gardens with exotic palms and other trees. The lower area houses the restaurants, reception area, guest lounge and swimming pools - one fresh water and really secluded.
We were warmly greeted and taken straight for an excellent lunch with fresh juice. We were then escorted to our rooms which are located at the top of the grounds next to pristine forest. Straight away we saw Howler Monkeys and numerous birds before we even reached our rooms!
The rooms themselves are bungalow type, with two rooms backing onto each other. They are spacious and well equipped with table and chairs outside and a washing line descreetly placed at the side of the property! Like other properties in Costa Rica the lodge has an eco policy which means all light bulbs are energy saving, which does mean the lighting at night is a little on the low side. Having said that, bright lights will attract every insect in the area to pay you a visit, so I think I would rather use a torch to find stuff at the bottom of my bag!
At lunch we were given a choice of evening meal main courses to speed up the evening service. When we attended the main restaurant our choices were all correct and we enjoyed a lovely meal. This was to be the case at every meal we had during our three night stay. Breakfasts were individually prepared and were of a good standard.
Activities for us included early morning birdwatching with our excellent guide, Jacob, a jungle walk and swim in a fresh water waterfall and a trip to Cano Island to go snokling. All of these activities were well organised and included an excellent open air lunch on the beach. These were really fresh, well thought out and presented in an appealing manner by the respective guides.
Our days stared early and finished soon after dinner. I have seen other reviews questioning the lack of evening entertainment, but given the location, the type of hotel and what you are coming to the area for, I struggle to see what the hotel could do. There is a reference library with information about the flaura and forna of the region and I hope this is what most people come to this hotel for.
Our stay was an excellent wildlife experience in a truly pristine wilderness. It is more than worth the journey to get there. The facilities, beach, staff and food all made this one of the best wildlife hotels we have stayed in. I really recommend it to any true nature lover looking for natural isolation and wonderful wildlife.
Try to be in any room beside the forest for a chance to see monkeys from the comfort of your room.
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We're delighted to be named as one of the best wildlife hotels you've ever stayed in. Thank you. And thanks for taking the time to write a wonderfully evocative and thorough review. I think everyone gets a surprise to see the elegant hotel and grounds in the middle of jungle, at the end of their tractor ride! Glad the howler monkeys performed outside your bungalow. We don't offer organised evening entertainment other than the popular night tours - to be honest, we've found most guests are happy chatting over a drink in the bar, but we do lay on wildlife entertainment around the clock, and you are right, those bungalows at the forest edge, offer front row viewing.
And thanks for your comments about the lovely meals, and the care taken over the picnics. I'll pass them on.
All the best
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