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“Heavenley Lodge in the Jungle. Very Tranquil” 5 of 5 stars
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La Paloma Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Drake Bay, Costa Rica, Drake Bay, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
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Komoka Canada
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“Heavenley Lodge in the Jungle. Very Tranquil”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

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. .

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  • Stayed November 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

We stayed at La Paloma in Sept 2011-it was amazing!!! I knew that Osa Peninsula would be great -teaming with wildlife and stunning landscapes, but it was made even better by the beautiful accommodations at La Paloma. The staff went above and beyond-- from helping track down my lost luggage to treating us with great hospitality and personal attention. It was amazing to have that much luxury while being in such a wild part of the world. Thank you

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

What a once in a lifetime experience. I had heard this was the season to see the whales- and boy was it. I would highly recommend this resort, and this time of year to see tons of wildlife. We saw the ridley turtle, spotted dolphins, birds (too many types to name) and whales (upwards of 20 in total over two trips out). The staff here was nothing short of amazing. They packed us snacks (customized for my kids) and even cleaned and prepped our fish we caught to go home with us. We changed our mind- and they quickly accomodated and were very flexible. Essentials to bring along: socks, waterproof shoes, bugspray, sunscreen, motion sickness meds for the boat of course camera, and rain gear as you will get wet this time of year. A huge thank you to Nicole and Gustavo (our guide). We had a blast!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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san francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

In mid July I spent 15 days in Costa Rica traveling with my wife and two children, 10 years and 8 years old. It was our first trip to Costa Rica and we wanted to experience some of the less-traveled parts of the country in addition to a few highlights. We decided to start our trip in Osa since it is still pretty remote and filled with wildlife.

After an overnight in Liberia we headed down to La Paloma for 5 nights. Our domestic flight to Drake Bay was delayed due to bad weather across the country. We learned that we were at the tail end of two storms that had brought five solid days and nights of rain to much of Costa Rica. Our flight from Liberia finally departed from Liberia but when we landed in San Jose to change planes we were informed, due to weather, that our flight was being routed Palmar Sur. In the same breath the Nature Air representative assured me that La Paloma was aware of this and that they were sending a minivan to meet us at Palmar Sur then we would travel by boat down the Sierpe River to La Paloma. When we arrived in Palmar Sur everything went as planned and we soon found ourselves at La Paloma checking in. I only bring this up as one example of how amazing the staff is at taking care of everything. Especially traveling with kids it was nice to know that the transfers and transportation was sorted out. When the minivan met us at the airport there were two other travelers fuming because their guesthouse had left them waiting. At the Sierpe River we met our boat driver, Eduardo, who my son still talks about.

We arrived to find out that we missed the endless rain by a few hours. We were greeted by Nicole who led us to the beautiful open-air restaurant for a welcome lunch with fresh fruit, homemade bread and fresh fish. After lunch Nicole walked us down to our 2-story Rancho that was perched on a cliff over the ocean. The room was incredible. The kids had command of the downstairs while we had the upstairs to ourselves. We had a balcony with a hammock, two bathrooms, teak floors, comfortable beds and an incredible view towards Isla de Cano. We were lucky enough to see Toucans, Scarlet Macaws and Howler Monkeys from our balcony along with picture-perfect sunsets.

With so much to see we ended up booking a tour everyday. We did two trips into Corcovado National Park, the mangrove tour, the night tour with the ‘Bug Lady’ and the Isla de Cano snorkeling trip. We also borrowed kayaks from La Paloma and hiked to small, nearly deserted beaches nearby. Osa and La Paloma did not disappoint. The wildlife was crazy – howler monkeys, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, tapirs, red-eye tree frogs, snakes, coatis, caimans, crocodiles, and every bird you can imagine…it was incredible. Our guide for all of our activities was Gustavo and he was fantastic. One recommendation is to visit the La Serena ranger station in Corcovado if you want to see more wildlife. San Pedrillo was really great and the waterfall was beautiful but La Serena had more hiking and animal viewing time. We were extremely happy with our choice to visit Osa and it was the highlight of our trip.

La Paloma was extremely memorable. When I first began researching the area and places to stay it seemed expensive compared to other options near Drake. But La Paloma included a lot that others guest houses listed a la carte. It includes domestic flights, transfers, all meals, some excursions. For example, if we would have booked elsewhere we may have lost an entire day just sorting out how to get to Drake Ba I y. La Paloma has this sorted before we never knew it was an issue. I also want to rave about the staff. The people that worked there were just nice and helpful. Everyone from Nicole who runs the place to the guides to the people in the restaurant, they all had a sincere smile on their face and were happy. There were people working there taking photos at sunset which was cool that they really appreciated their days there as much (probably more) as we did. The food was another highlight. Every meal was fantastic. We had filet minon one night then seared ahi tuna the next. They would always accommodate children if they had specific needs. Every meal was accompanied by a homemade loaf of bread that was incredible. The staff will even bring you an early morning cup of coffee to your front door if you need a wake up call.

After a full day of excursions, the kids had a great time playing at the pool or visiting a nearby beach. The current was a bit strong the the setting was spectacular.

Bottom line, the stay at La Paloma was one of the best we have ever had. My wife and I have been lucky enough to travel quite a lot but usually on a tight budget. This was a bit of a splurge for us but worth every penny. The quality of the rooms, the staff, the food were all top notch. We felt extremely welcome there and wish we had 5 more nights just to chill out and relax.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed at La Paloma in November last year. I was just asked for a recommendation on Costa Rica and my very happy memories of this trip to the Oso Penninsula reminded me to do the TA review I had meant to post immediately after the visit. It's a great trip with kids, solo, couples -- everyone. A flight is required to reach the Oso. It is one of the last untouched and underdeveloped spots in Costa Rica. La Paloma is a fantastic eco-resort set on the edge of the water (accessible only by boat). The individual A-frame cottages with decks onto the ocean are perfect for resting, relaxing, reading a book and taking in the view. The staff at La Paloma are wonderful. They arranged for: rainforest hike to a waterfall and swimming; whale watching -- seeing the humpback whales migrating is unforgettable; a hike on a small tropical island with knowledgeable guides (monkeys abound); and ziplining through the rainforest. The food is FANTASTIC -- fresh, fresh, fresh -- including homemade breads and desserts. Go now before the hordes descend.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

We saw so much wildlife right on the property. The food and service was outstanding. The rooms perfectly appointed with stunning views. And my favorite was the wonderful garden. This was the best stop on our trip across Costa Rica. Ask for Randal the guide who captivated us with his stories and knowledge. And our night walk with The Bug Lady was a highlight. A challenge to get there in "green season" but that was part of the adventure...air, land and sea!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights on our honeymoon in March/April. It was perfect! We stayed in a rancho overlooking the ocean...it was beautiful!!! One of our favorite things, was sitting on our balcony listening to the sounds of the rainforest and watching the macaws fly by. The staff were wonderful. Very friendly and helpful. All 3 meals were great each day. The family style dinners were fun because you meet people there from all over the world. Our last night, they made us a private table on the balcony of the restaurant so we could enjoy a dinner alone (we requested the private table). Oh and the bartenders made excellent drinks!
All of our tours were so much fun. We did the Corcovado hike, Cano Island snorkeling, zipline tour, bug lady tour, deep sea fishing, and kayaking. They were all so much fun. My favorite tours were the Nat Park hike because of all the wildlife and the ziplining. My husbands favorite was probably the deep sea fishing because it was his first time. He caught a tuna and the chef used it to make sushi rolls and sashimi as the appetizer that night. All the guests were thanking him for the fresh fish :) Gustavo was our awesome guide in Corcovado Nat Park and Cano Island. He really knows his stuff and could spot wildlife we would have never been able to see. I would request him as your guide if you get a choice.
I would 100% recommend this place for couples and families. It is just amazing and there is so much to do. I wish we would have stayed there another night instead of staying in San Jose and doing a day tour.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 Family Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Paloma Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have outstanding views of Drake Bay and the Pacific Ocean from our Lodge. Our standard rooms are large and include a private bath and an ocean view balcony. Our ranchos are one and two-story private cabins that also offer balconies with stunning ocean views. They hold up to 6 people and are very spacious. Some are equipped with a bathroom on both the upper and lower level, and are suitable for families or two couples traveling together. ... more   less 
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