Our family (parents and 8 year old twins) had a wonderful stay at Tranquilo Lodge for 5 days in April 2015. Tranquilo has an amazing setting, on a hillside away from most other hotels, crested with a small but perfect pool overlooking a panoramic beach and coastal vista. The lodge has a limited number of rooms that makes for a cozy sense of community. The pricier cabins are simply beautiful with full windows, great views and hammocks on the porches. We stayed in a room that was more utilitarian but still had comfortable beds and could be easily darkened, which was good for letting the kids sleep late; far enough from the road so noise was not a problem. Meals are served together, simple but very tasty and healthy food. Everyone uses the infinity pool at the top of the hill. There were only a few other groups during our stay, so it truly was tranquil.
The staff was extremely friendly, and responsive to the kids, for instance preparing them snacks or alternate food they liked –Kimmie was always helpful. Mary was very accommodating, picking us up from and taking us back to the airport, arranging tours, and giving great advice. We had a miscommunication about the best way to pay for tours (bring cash to avoid a 10% surcharge), but Mary worked out a way to help us avoid some of the extra charges.
For activities: The nighttime walk with the "bug lady" is a must - the two guides are passionate and knowledgeable about not only insects but all sorts of other animals. The snorkeling at Cano Island is really nice - the water is a perfect temperature and we saw schools of fish, rays, turtles and a moray eel, as well as dolphins en route. The day trip to Corcovado is the other natural thing to do: we saw a tapir, wild pigs, a caiman, a pit viper, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, and whitefaced monkeys. Most activities had an early morning start (breakfast was always timed appropriately) and a mid-afternoon return, so the rest of the day was spent lounging at the pool. And we spent a day just enjoying the Lodge and Drake’s Bay!
- Also Known As:
- Tranquilo Lodge Costa Rica/Drake Bay