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“Experience Roman's meals” 5 of 5 stars
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3 Km North of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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“Experience Roman's meals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed at Hacienda Baru for 9 nights in January. One of the highlights was the food prepared by Chef Roman. He has a talent for food art, including carving carrots to look like dolphins, butterflies and roses; one night he sent us a swan delicately carved from an apple. The setting is unpretentious and open to wildlife viewing, not the sort of place you'd expect food of this caliber. The cabins are rustic--just our style--and the wildlife on the trails is plentiful if you go slowly and quietly.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for four nights. The cabins and out buildings are quite nice and made of local wood. Although there is no AC, the rooms are quite comfortable with excellent construction and ceiling fans. There was obviously great care and thought put into developing this complex. There is a great attention to detail. The pool is quite nice and well kept. The grounds and trails are every well maintained. The beach is pleasant and secluded. The staff is very helpful and accommodating. Breakfast was typical Tico fare, well prepared and plentiful fall. We saw many Toucans, Cherrie's tanager, and a great variety of other birds. On the trail I saw three Peccary, a sloth and number of lizards. Hacienda Baru is very close (couple of miles) to Dominical which has a number of good restaurants. Agreat place to stay and enjoy.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I've been to Hacienda Baru three times over my three separate trips to Costa Rica. This place is beautiful and holds some sort of magic. While most of the resorts and wildlife reserves in Costa Rica feel very generic or overused; this part of the country and this resort still feels secluded.

The accommodations are large and rustic with the exception of the new "luxury" cabins which are new and have ceiling fans/AC/modernized showers. We've always been satisfied in the older cabins as they are very large (two bedrooms, kitchen, living rooms). There is a swimming pool which is always nice for the afternoon or evening cool off. Hacienda Baru also has a restaurant/bar on the premises which serves some fantastic food and drinks.

From Hacienda Baru you can easily walk to the beach or hike through the jungle to the beach. You'll always be surprised by how empty it is. There have been many days at Hacienda Baru where it has been just my girlfriend and I sunning ourselves and swimming. The walks through the jungle are beautiful too as Hacienda Baru has both old growth and new growth rainforests. You can spot sloths, monkeys, toucans. The wildlife is still very active there.

Just south of Hacienda Baru is a small town the name of which escapes me. You can easily drive or walk to town. It's a somewhat sleepy surfer town but if you are there at the right time you can find a good party. There are a few good restaurants in the town, we tend to eat at the same one most nights it's the one with the giant camper van on the post in front.

Regarding Hacienda Baru's staff I can only say the best things. They are both polite and friendly and every time it's the same people. They remember you. The owner/manager Jack Ewing is a great guy and is more than happy to make suggestions as to what to see and what to do.

I plan on going back ASAP!
The only thing I would like to humbly request from Hacienda Baru...bring back your made to order breakfast! The buffet was nice but not as good.

  • Stayed August 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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Weaverville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Hacienda Baru is just off of the main highway south along the Pacific Coast. It was a functional cattle ranch that has been returned to a more natural state. The grounds are extensive and they have several trails that are good for general hiking as well as bird watching. The room that we had was well appointed, spacious and had a fridge in it. There is a market several kilometers south were you can pick up drinks etc. The restaurant is good but fairly expensive. The grounds around the rooms are very well maintained and alive with birds and sometimes monkeys. There is a small, but very pleasant swimming pool. The best birding trail is the one that goes through the teak plantation and then into the mangrove area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed one night in a renovated cabin and enjoyed it. Do not expect fancy high end accommodations here. The cabins are ok - but there is no A/C and no luxury. The fridge in our room was VERY noisy. That said, the surroundings are beautiful. Wildlife is all over the place. The landscaping is very pretty. The pool is lovely. Trails for walk to the beach. We had monkeys of two types on this short walk.

My one real disappointment was the restaurant. Dinner was so-so and breakfast very sad. One small cookpot of eggs was left out for hours. Fruit as well. Otherwise, for the money I would have given 5 stars.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We liked the efforts here at preserving the rainforest and the beauty of the spot. The lodging accommodations in the economy cabins were very basic and I wouldn't choose these again. It was hot and the fans just didn't keep us cool; water wasn't hot in the shower, but we didn't complain about that, so I'm sure it could have been fixed if we had asked. We found the security - guard with dog, fenced and locked trails a surprise after leaving Monteverde which had none of that. But assume it's necessary for the protection of guests and the property. Overall, I think my recommendation would be to visit Hacienda Baru, but stay somewhere near the ocean in the area.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

HB is located just off the beach and within a large reserve. Accommodation is in tastefully done, attached cabins, which is where we stayed, or larger stand alone units that we did not see. There is no AC but fans were adequate for December.
The restaurant supplied a good basic breakfast (included) and good value dinners.
We took an escorted jungle trip and zip line experience. Victor and Juan were experienced and careful, and showed us plenty of sights as well as giving the group of five an exciting time.
It's a short walk to the beach down a somewhat muddy trail, but not bad.
Nearby is Domincal, a hippy-ish small town on the beach with a reasonable selection of restaurants, bars and small stores. The nearest big town is Quipos, a 30 odd minute drive away.
We had an excellent time and would recommend it it to anyone. We had a car, and you would really need transportation, although there are Turismo vans all around.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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 Hotel Quepos
Hacienda Baru Costa Rica/Dominical

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