Casa Corcovado is truly amazing, especially when you consider that it is in the middle of nowhere and everything has been brought in by boat, including all the construction materials, every bit of food, etc. This is a rustic experience but made lovely by many little touches. We had two wonderful bungalows - one for us and one for our two teens. While we could have all fit into one, the "all inclusive" price meant that it cost the same whether we had one bungalow or two (and they had the space), so we had two. With only a bench to unpack onto (no bureaus), I was glad to have the two extra twin beds to lay out my clothes. Follow their advice and bring only "quick dry" material for this trip - due to the humidity level it is pretty much impossible to get anything to dry here unless the sun comes out - in which case every bungalow has a clothesline outside under the eaves on the sunny side of the building (we also put clothes to dry under the ceiling fans using either the bathroom rack or hangers on the canopied bed frame). The bungalows had ceiling fans, screened windows (no small thing in Costa Rica), a well appointed bathroom, and umbrellas outside the door (a necessity to take to dinner, as it usually rained at night).
The staff was amazingly friendly and helpful, though not every problem could always be fixed right away. Neither our kids nor we had any hot water for the first day. We just assumed there wasn't hot water until speaking with some other guests who told us they had the same problem, solved by re-lighting the propane tank that heats the hot water. The problem was resolved while we were out on an excursion for my husband and I, but they could not seem to fix the hot water in my kids bungalow. We were offered a bottle of wine for their inconvenience and the hot water was fixed by the next morning (not sure how much my under age kids benefited from that). Also, when we returned from snorkeling on Cano Island we returned our equipment at the beach, but my sandals were locked in the guide house. No one could unlock it for me that evening - I was told that the guy with the key doesn't live on the property. Really - where does he possibly live?? Someone needs to get a key for the office to unlock the guide house. We had to depart on a boat at 7 a.m. the next morning and I would have liked to clean and dry my sandals the night before in order to pack them . The food was quite good and we thought very authentic. We were offered two choices for dinner every night - the fresh fish was amazing! There are lots of choices for breakfast, and lunch while out on an excursion was very good. The rubber boots provided for hiking were great and a necessity due to the mud, but pay attention to the suggestion to "bring high socks" - we all got rubbed on the leg from the boots. We used the pool every afternoon after our excursions even though it was often starting to rain. Plenty of towels available. At night the pond was full of large frogs, but hey - that's one more wildlife item we saw! We used the lounge area (a separate large screened room) to play cards and bumper pool. There are also magazines and some paper back books that looked like an informal guest book exchange. If you are looking to party, this is not the place to be, and plan on making your own entertainment at night, which was fine for us. The Wi Fi wasn't working (we heard they lost a tower in a storm) and there was a spotty internet connection on a public computer in the office. We generally went to bed early the entire time we were in Costa Rica as the animals and daylight wake you up by 5:30 a.m!! The beds have great reading lamps build right in so bring a book as well.
If you fly to Palma Sur from San Jose (an experience in and of itself on a 12 person plane), MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR SUITCASE! There were 8 of us on the plane, and the idiot unloading the luggage in Palma Sure left my bag on the plane. When I realized it wasn't laying around the tiny outside terminal, he went to flag down the pilot, but by then the plane was ready to depart again and left with my bag. There is only one plane and one boat a day to Casa Corcovado, so I could not get my bag until late the next day. When my daughter got out of the boat upon arrival, she got hit by a wave and fell in, which got me all wet. So now my one outfit that I am wearing is wet and I have nothing else to wear. I borrowed a bathing suit from my daughter the next day and wore my same wet, smelly clothes to go hiking(not a pretty sight for a 51 year old to wear a bikini belonging to a 16 year old). When we returned from the all day hike, my suitcase had arrived, but a lot of the clothes in the bag were wet! Not sure if it wasn't put in a garbage bag in the boat like it should have been, but again, there is no way to dry clothes here, another problem. I went to the front desk to discuss this, but the manager was hosting a team evaluating the place for something, so the owner's son, covering the desk, wasn't quite sure what they could do about my wet clothes. More stuff hanging around our room to "dry". I want to emphasize that despite these little snafus, we LOVED Casa Corcovado and would recommend it to anyone. We saw monkeys, a tapir, my daughter saw an Ocelot, lots of butterflies, birds, bugs, whales, sea turtles etc. Oscar is a great boat captain, and the hotel staff and guides were great, understood English and helped us improve out Spanish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set above a palm-fringed beach in tropical gardens, and surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, Casa Corcovado is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure - a place where you can spot big cats on jungle trails, have an entire beach to yourselves, snorkel with manta rays, and relax with a gin and tonic by the pool. The tranquil hilltop setting means awe-inspiring views and the best of the both ocean and rainforest breezes. The lovely bungalows are spaced throughout the lush garden for maximum peace and privacy. Casa Corcovado offers the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's extraordinary, world-renowned national park system. As the two protected areas lie side by side, guests are able to access the national park on foot via the hotel's private trails - just one of the many guided tours on offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Corcovado Jungle Hotel Corcovado National Park
- Hotel Casa Corcovado Jungle