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“Loved this hotel! But it's not in Quepos!” 5 of 5 stars
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3 Km North of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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“Loved this hotel! But it's not in Quepos!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

My boyfriend and I loved our stay here. We had the economy cabin, which had more than enough room for us - 2 bedrooms and one master bedroom, a kitchenette, fridge, and living room area - felt like a little temporary home. We didn't need all the room, but that was the least expensive room available and we wanted to stay at this hotel to take advantage of the trails. We hiked both trails on the premises and had such a great time! We loved being able to rest in our room between both of the trails. The pool is also lovely, surrounded by the colorful and well-kept gardens. To top it off, our continental breakfast the next morning filled us up for the rest of the day. All in all a great hotel that I would stay at again and recommend to friends!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Hacienda Baru is a great place to zipline and learn about wildlife, but if you are looking for comfort, I would advise against staying in the economy cabins. The bathrooms were, quite honestly, not clean, the rooms barely adequate. Overall, we enjoyed our stay, and Jack and the staff of Hacienda Baru are doing wonderful work. We just wish we'd had more comfort. On a last note, the night in the jungle was truly amazing, an absolute must for the nature lover.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

We really love Hacienda Baru! The cabins are simple and adequate. The restaurant is reasonably priced and we still talk about the fresh fruit juices and how good they tasted after hiking.

We did the "night in the jungle" stay. Wow. What a fantastic memory. Be warned, it's a LONG hot hike but so worth it. My only complaint is that you leave later in the afternoon, hike for a couple of hours and get there when it's getting dark. We ate a terrific tipico dinner by candle light and then half of us went on a night hike and the other half went to sleep. Waking up with a stunning view of the jungle was AMAZING! We had breakfast and trekked back down. I think these trips should be at least two nights in length to explore and to really feel what it is like to be in the middle of nowhere.

The beach is beyond anything we have ever experienced. Gorgeous, warm water and not another soul as far as the eyes could see in either direction.

We'd go back to Hacienda Baru in a heart beat!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Six of us ranging from 65 to 5 in 2 cabins. The pool and gardens are beautiful and wonderful to see all the monkeys scrambling about the trees. We did the ziplining and the morning wildlife walk. The guides and staff are kind and amazingly informative. They engaged the young kids about leaf cutter ants and all sorts of wildlife that has stuck with them. We had a rental car and went into the nearby town which was great for watching the surfing and dinners. The food at Baru is best for breakfast but the rest aren't great. We picked up some snacks and beer to keep in the cabin but the kitchen is not too useful and the fridge isn't terribly cold. This is not a slick all inclusive by any means, but it was a lovely way to really visit Costa Rica. I felt like a guest of a family. The beach is absolutely stunning, but the undertow makes it very dangerous to swim. However, we played at the edge and had an endless beach to ourselves which was magical. Time is on a different clock in these parts, so be flexible about time so order a beer and bring snacks for the kids because everything runs very late.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Hacienda Baru for four nights over New Year's (2012) in a 'Superior Room' near the pool and took advantage during our three full days there of walking most of the trails available to all who stay there. We also took a birding walk, from about 5:30am until early afternoon, with one of the excellent guides, Juan, who took us up into the hills on rainforest trails that are available only with a guide.

We absolutely loved this place and look forward to going again some day. The trails are varied and informative, with well-written panels in English, Spanish and French, to explain various features of the forest, its plants, animals and other fauna; beautiful birds and monkeys are plentiful out in the forest and at times around the grounds near the rooms, too; the extra, guided outings are very reasonably priced and expertly led; the ambience is very friendly and relaxed both in the restaurant (which serves good food) and the pool, which is lovely; and our room was both huge and comfortable in every way. It seems to me to have something for everyone, really. A youngish mother whom we got to know with her daughter had a great time there, as did other families with kids. Couples would find it cosy and romantic. Groups with varied interests could probably find plenty to do, with individuals going their separate ways. And so on.

Shops and restaurants in (much over-rated) Dominical are very nearby, if you want to eat elsewhere, as we did one evening.

As the website for the place will explain in detail, the Hacienda Baru was once partly a farm and ranch, though it comprised a very large tract of untouched rainforest as well. The principal owner, Jack Ewing, became more interested in the natural world than in being a farmer and cattleman (since at least the mid-1970's, I believe) and over the years has very actively participated in the regeneration of that part of the property which was formerly farmland, and has made the pristine wilderness more accessible. There are beach walks, swamp walks, walks through former cocoa and teak plantations, and of course many forest walks. This is a delightful place to be, but also a great, thoroughly successful experiment. We were delighted to witness and in some small way support it.

Room Tip: Those rooms in a long line near the pool are (I think) the newer ones and are excellent. Some of th...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

We would have liked to stay here for more than one night. Next time. Beautiful trails. And we liked the butterfly garden. Great morning guided hike--saw toucans, sloths, and owls. No monkeys--too many homosapiens in high season, I think. We enjoyed hiking on the trail to the pristine, natural beach, and had a great time playing on the beach and swimming. The kids enjoyed the pool also. Food was excellent too--especially the smoothies. We stayed in one of the older cabins--next time we'd pay extra to stay in the new ones by the pool. The cabin was extremely hot. There were tons of centipede-like creatures in our cabin and we slightly worried about what else might find its way in during the night.

Room Tip: Recommend staying in the new rooms by the pool.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We ended our Central American trip with a refreshingly low-stress and rewarding 3-night stay at Hacienda Baru. We were a group of five staying in two cabinas enjoying the low-impact lifestyle where most of the electricity and all of the hot water come from solar sources. Everyday we watched hummingbirds, toucans, monkeys and iguanas go about their business. One day we went whale watching at the nearby national park. We took early morning treks every day before breakfast to see the animals that make themselves scarce in the afternoon heat. Guided treks are also available. We spent time at the beach that is accessible to all, but frequented by few and lazed around the luxurious ozone pool. Yes, a well-designed pool is a necessity when you are on vacation. :-) The landscaping, structures and pathways are all extravagant in their simplicity and purpose. The older cabinas are simple, well constructed and maintained. The new cabins looked beautiful. Hacienda Baru is living proof that true ecotourism can be accessible and rewarding for those who seek it. The website can tell you more about the story of the place, the man who has devoted his life to it and the value of biological corridor. Thanks to Jack and staff for making this all possible. I will return to see how the forest changes.

Room Tip: All rooms have everything you need and nothing more.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3 Km North of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lodge is located at the entrance to Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge which protects 330 hectares (815 acres) of tropical forest, wetlands, mangrove and 3 kilometers of pristine Baru Beach. The refuge offers seven kilometers of well marked nature trails and a bird watching tower for a modest entrance fee. Guided tours with sharp-eyed local guides include two different types of canopy tours, five hiking tours, a camping tour and three bird watching tours. Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge is situated on Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast. This is a region of distinct natural beauty where forest covered mountains rise up from the dramatic Pacific coastline. The village of Dominical is just 3 km from Hacienda Baru located. Hacienda Baru Ecolodge's bungalow style cabins are large and roomy. Each one has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with one double and one twin bed. Each bungalow has a bathroom with hot water shower, living room, porch, and kitchenette. For your convenience, they come equipped with fridge, coffee maker, hot plate and fans in all the rooms. They are ideal for families. In addition to the cabins, Hacienda Baru Ecolodge is now offering six new Pool View Guest Rooms. Each of these superior units has a large bathroom, a porch and ample space for beds and other furniture. Each will normally have a king size bed and a twin bed , but they can be equipped with up to four twin beds. Each has a frige and coffee maker as well. The attractive tile roofing is made from recycled plastic bags. A well ventilated design, insulation between the roofing and the polished teak ceiling, and overhead fans all insure cool comfort for our guests. All of the teak and gmelina wood used in the construction came from Hacienda Baru's own plantations. The wood for the pine beams and cypress furniture all came from plantations as well. Not a single piece of the wood used came from a natural forest. Solar heaters provide plenty of hot water for the bathrooms. The outside walls are slate and polished teak. The new guest rooms are conveniently located right in front of our new swimming pool. Our breezy open air restaurant allows you to observe the gardens and natural surroundings as you dine. We have five private ranchos for guests that want an intimate setting perhaps for a romantic candlelight dinner or a special family meal. Our menu is primarily very tasty typical Costa Rican food, but we do offer a variety of dishes for those who either don't like or want a break from rice and beans. We offer a selection Costa Rican fruit drinks known as FRESCOS meaning refreshing, soft drinks, a selection of Costa Rican beer, you must have heard of Imperial, wines and other licors. The swimming pool at Hacienda Baru Lodge is disinfected with ozone produced by an ozone generator which injects a constant flow of this eco-friendly gas into the water. This system of disinfection allows us to maintain a very low concentration of chlorine in the pool. The chlorine level is so slight that it is imperceptible to pool users. The swimming pool is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Guests from both the cabins and guest rooms are welcome to use the pool during these hours. Bird Watching, Canopy Exploration and Ecological Tours are our specialty. Our bilingual grass roots naturalist guides will help you discover the wonders of the tropical rainforest, such as leaf cutter ants, the sleepy sloths and the nesting site of the Common Pootoo. On our tours you can experience everything from the Rainforest Canopy to Mangrove Swamps or the Jungle at Night. ... more   less 
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Hacienda Baru Costa Rica/Dominical

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