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“Rainforest experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Petaluma, CA
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“Rainforest experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed at Hacienda Baru for 5 nights in mid February and had a pleasant, relaxed experience. If you are looking for luxury, this is not the place for you. But, if you are interested in experiencing the rain forest, hiking, and searching out birds, this is the place. The rooms (more like attached cabins) are clean and comfortable. No A/C, but ceiling fans, bring your own toiletries, and a flash light for evening or a night hike. There are trails for self guided hikes, several hikes available with knowledgable local guides at 6:00 am (everyone should do at least one with a guide), and a zip line (Be aware of steep trails and steps to get to each platform.) all with no crowds to scare away wildlife. The meals at their restaurant were good. The pool was a nice place to cool down in the late afternoon before dinner. For a change of scenery, we took a taxi (about $2 dollars) to Dominical one afternoon, had lunch, and took in some surfer beach culture. Jack Ewing and his friendly staff do an excellent job of running this lodge and educating people on how the rain forest will regenerate if Mother Nature is left alone.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We did two activities here in one day, the Pre-columbian hike (about 4 hours) and zip lining. Both were fun and fairly priced. We ate lunch at the cafe and it was great as well. We saw quite a bit of wildlife including the only hummingbird I saw during my week in Costa Rica. One of the other reviewers said the place was "unpretentious" and I would agree with that descriptor. Definitely worth a visit.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is an excellent base to discover nature in this part of Costa Rica. The grounds are well kept, the cabins are spacious and clean and there is a good-sized pool to relax in at the end of the day. You can discover the impressive local wildlilfe within the grounds or within easy reach in the surrounding national parks (Manuel Antonia is a 45 min drive away). Tree climbing was an amazing way to experience the forest, slowly ascending up a 35m tree whilst the helpful guide shared his wide knowledge.
And in the evenings the restaurant offers simple but delicious regional food.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Hacienda Baru is a wonderful paradise in Costa Rica. We stayed there for six nights in January with two small children. We loved all the wonderful meals, the butterfly garden, and the natural setting. The cabins were spacious, the pool was clean, and the grounds were just beautiful. The private beach was amazing. We went ziplining right from the property, no driving. It is in a perfect location to drive to a number of tourist areas including Manuel Antonio and whale watching in Uvita. The staff were wonderful, it was such a nice scenic place to take our family. If you are looking for cabins and nature, this is the place for you!

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I have been to Hacienda Baru twice for two week stays. Once as a couple's getaway and once as a family vacation. Both times we were treated like family. Jack Ewing is a most gracious host and saw to our every need personally. He checked with us every day to ensure that we were enjoying our trip. Both of our stays were in the green season, which I find to be the best time to visit Costa Rica, especially if you want a quiet, semi-private getaway, rather than a tourist flood. The grounds are exquisite, with a great many flora and fauna. The guides are knowledgeable and helpful, most are quite fluent in English and extremely patient with tourists' Spanglish. In fact, our children made fast friends with several of the staff, some of whom live on the property with their families. We were free to explore the entire spread of the property, enjoyed many guided excursions also and basically lived in our cabin as if it were our second home. Since the last time we visited, they have added some smaller rooms and a pool. The experiences we had there were outstanding and we plan to go there every time we visit beautiful Costa Rica!

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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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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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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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Additional Information about Hacienda Baru

Address: Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 19 Specialty lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hacienda Baru Hotel Quepos
Hacienda Baru Costa Rica/Dominical

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