My husband and I stayed at the La Paloma for 5 nights. The" WOW" factor for this lodge was endless.
Making the reservation for this lodge was easy. Andrea did a fabulous job organizing everything for us . We where going to Manual Antonio after our stay. Andrea had to arrange the water taxi and then a ground taxi to the Palmar Sur Airport. The Nature Air plane was delayed for 2 hours when leaving and Andrea called us at the airport to ask if we needed any help in any way. That was so sweet of her. She does her job very well.
We had an interesting ride to the Lodge after we landed. We took a van. Then the clutch went on the van. Another van came back and picked us up. When we got to the river we had to cross it by horse. The river was too high for the van to cross. Then another van for a short distance. Then we took a 10 minute boat ride to the Lodge. It was kind of a cool and changeling trip to the lodge. Different and we liked it.
Nichol the manager greeted our group and led us up the hill to the Lodge. They had lunch ready for us and Nichol gave us our information for our 5 night stay. We where given our key to our room and our bags where taken to our rooms for us.
Our room was a single bungalow #6. It was fantastic. We had a spectacular view of the ocean and the jungle was all around us. The bed was soooooo!!!! comfortable. We slept like baby's, even when it rained really heavy at night. We could here the nocturnal symphony from outside also. For my husband and myself, we where in heaven. It was so peaceful.
The main building where you ate your meals was decorated tastefully for a lodge. Not to fancy not to rustic. They had a lounge area in the corner of that building with wi fi. It was weak sometimes. All of the travelers there that we met where very nice and loved nature like we do. It was interesting chatting with them. There where family's and the kids where just fantastic.
The meals where great. They even gave you a snack in the afternoon with tea or coffee or juice. The mixed drinks and wine where at a good price.
The day tours what where included in our package deal where every nice. Except when we had to go to Cano Island for snorkeling it was a little rainy and the ride there was ruff. The advisability was not all that great for snorkeling. We had known that before the trip and we where satisfied with it. We did go down in the rainy season which we wanted to experience.
The trip to the park was an experience and muddy. Weeeee!!! we had fun. There was boundless nature in the Drakes Bay area.
All of the guides where just fabulous.
The service at the lodge was tremendous. Nicole the manager, Jamaica (new manager helper) and the girls that brought us coffee to our bungalow in the very , very early morning, even in the rain. All the waiters where fabulous also. The service was immeasurable.
If you had wet shoes they would dry them for you. They always had a large pile of them.
They do laundry for you, at $8.00 per load. They do wake up calls also. The girl will come and knock on your door (no phone call). Nice touch.
They have a lovely little pool area. Used it once.
My husband and I did a 3 hour hike down to a beach with another couple we met at the lodge and we had a boat from the lodge to pick us up at a curtain time. There was a fee. $50.00. We split the price with the other couple. Very nice hike along the coast line.
We did the Bug Lady Night Tour. It is a must to do. Very interesting and she and husband is very knowledgeable about night critters. After taking that tour we would look around at night time for critters after our supper for the rest of our vacation. It is surprising how much you miss at night.
This Lodge is our favorite one that we have been to in the Osa area.
We have been to another one farther south but not quite a good as this one.
The employees really make the place. All where just fantastic. The location and grounds was outstanding.
We didn't want to leave. We will always remember this Lodge.
Heavenley Lodge in the Jungle. .