Finca Maresia is almost there as a top lodge, but fell short on a few details.
But first, the good:
The lodge is located in a quiet, secluded area, on a beautiful piece of property. There is dense rainforest all around, and many birds and howler monkeys can be heard or seen.
The bungalows are comfortable, and nicely decorated. The bathroom is modern and well-designed. Beds are comfortable. And each bunglow has a private deck with hammocks. Wifi is available in the dining area, and may be sometimes accessible from your cabin.
The dining area has expansive views over the property. We spent some time watching toucans from the deck there. Meals are good, with an honor system for purchasing drinks and food. Dinners are set menus (with a vegetarian option), at a set time, around a communal dining table. For those who want more privacy, you're out of luck.
There were lots of small negatives that detracted from the overall experience. But however, that said, we would definitely stay here again. During our stay, the owner/manager was very short-staffed and trying to take care of everything himself. We felt sorry for him, but this meant that there wasn't an ease of service as he was always harried through his day. There are so many tours available from here, but nothing is in writing.... and you can't pay for your tours here, you have to pay at the various vendors. We weren't informed of this in advance, so many people were short of funds at the end of their tours. This also isn't the normal practice of other lodges/hotels here.
The location is fairly remote from town, and beaches. You can only get a ride in with the manager, if he happens to be going into town. Otherwise, it is a longish walk.
While our room was nice, our patio was overlooked by every other cabin, and had limited views of the jungle. Some other cabins seemed better designed. Hot water is solar-powered, and can be very difficult to get adjusted to a constant temperature for the shower. But, we heard from various other tourists in much more expensive places, that they couldn't even get hot water!
Be cautious about storing any food in your suite, as all cabins seemed to be plagued by small, biting ants. These generally stay outside, but you don't want to entice them in.
Whle the hammocks are nice, it sure would be nice to have a chair.
Make sure you bring enough cash, no credit cards are accepted. We don't know if there are any banking facilities in Drake Bay.
This is a great place for exploring Corcovado Park, and there are numerous other tours available -- including scuba-diving, Night Insect tour (highly recommended), and mangrove tour.
Dinners here are at a set time too. So, you have to be at the dining area on time, and they are quite strict about this. Given it's a set menu with limited kitchen staff, this is quite understandable.
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