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Playa Cativo Lodge

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Oakville ,Ontario
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment we were met at the Porto Jiménez airport to the moment we returned one week later, we enjoyed every moment. After a short boat ride across the gulf we were met by the Playa Cativo staff and escorted into the lodge. We were asked to "make it our home" for the next week and we certainly did....

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United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had three glorious days at Playa Cativo. The boat trip from our pick up in Golfito was a great introduction to this isolated lodge. We received a very warm and friendly welcome from Allen which set the tone for the rest of our stay. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a great view across the gulf. The food...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

It is great to know that you left with great memories and that you did experience some of the most amazing expeditions and activities that Playa Cativo has to offer around rain forests of southern Costa Rica and are delighted that you enjoyed them all. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again in the near...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The combination of total professionalism, kindness and beauty make a stay at Playa Cativo much more than a holiday. Everything is carefully considered but the style is relaxed and welcoming. Wildlife is everywhere and man is for once not the central player in this drama. The guides are really knowledgable and seem genuinely pleased to share their enthusiasm and love...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guinivere_12, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are honored by your comments and delighted that you have enjoyed your stay with us! With such great pleasure, we make our best efforts to not only provide you with an amazing holiday, but to make it a lifetime memory, with little details and professionalism. And as you said, nature plays...

Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently spent a week at Playa Cativo Lodge with our three children and another family. Looking for a warm escape from busy lives, our Playa Cativo experience was seamless from start to finish. We were continually surprised and delighted by the constant thoughtfulness and care that accompanied every aspect of our day. If we wanted to paddle board early...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much Larwen, Definitely one of the things we are passionate about is delivering the most comforting and enjoyable holiday to our guests, by making each moment of their stay a memorable one with small details… we thank you for acknowledging that! We are also delighted that you and all your family members had a wonderful time in...

Sandy Springs, Georgia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We knew this was really a special place when approaching by boat we couldn't see any dock or pier! The buildings are so well designed to blend in with the surroundings that you have a hard time locating them on arrival. Our stay was really magical with having the good fortune of staying in the small house. The service and...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear les150 Thank you for your kind words and we are very happy that you enjoyed you time in our little paradise! We have a strong commitment to sustainability in order to preserve and share the beauty of the gulf and rain forest for the enjoyment of this and future generations, therefore the hotel was built to perfectly blend in...

Newport, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We agree with all the wonderful recent reviews but want to add some comments. Overall one of the best places we have ever visited- beautiful grounds, very friendly staff whose more senior members speak embarrassingly good English, wonderful birds and wildlife, very good food and great rooms. We stayed 6 nights and there was plenty to keep us occupied. The...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Caroline T Thank you for sharing and describing wonderfully your experience at Playa Cativo! We agree, you can stay at Playa Cativo for 3, 6, 9 days or more, that there will always be something new to explore or a new adventure to go on. One of the advantages of being so remote, unique and boutique is that everywhere...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here's the best way to explain it. Our trip to Playa Cativo Lodge thoroughly satiated my thirst to one day be fortunate enough to participate in an exotic vacation to a distant place, and be blessed enough to do it in five-star style. Warm breezes that make your lightweight shirt flutter, towering palm trees, luxurious accommodations that make you feel...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Damien W, We are very flattered about your comments on your recent visit to Playa Cativo! Making our guest feel like at home and providing them with comfort, enjoyment, healthy & delicious meals and to share the ongoing sustainable programs is our own commitment and goal! Thank you for enjoying every single detail that we all made with care...

Weymouth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were picked up from Golfito air strip by Allen the hotel Manager and taken to the waiting speedboat for our 30 minute scenic trip to Playa Cativo Lodge. A welcoming party with drinks and scented towels waited on the beach for our arrival. Our room was absolutely amazing with no windows and incredible views of the Golfo Dulce and...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear andyandtrudie, Thank you so much for taking the time to share these amazing words about Playa Cativo Lodge! Providing the highest level of hospitality, personalized service and life-time adventures to all our guests has always been our number one priority and our on-going commitment. It was very interesting for all of us learning about your trip 40 years ago,...

Cambridge
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

We got picked up in Golfito, from where it was about 30 minutes by boat to the hotel. We received an upgrade to their only beachfront room(a cottage really, with open bathroom, private sunbeds, and pretty much a private beach. A wonderful setting, a great dining area overlooking the beautiful gardens. We enjoyed the tranquility ( no cars, no road)...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear CaribbeanFreunde, We are flattered by such a lovely review, thank you kindly for taking the time to share it! We are just so fortunate that due to our remote location are able to show in a very sustainable way the magical beauty and uniqueness of this “almost” untouched region and its wonderful flora, fauna & culture. We are so...

Columbus, Ohio, United States
Reviewed January 29, 2017

From the moment we stepped off the plane, we were greeted with the greatest warmth and hospitality we have experienced anywhere. I will begin by saying the lodge and the rooms are beautifully appointed with breath taking views, and the amazing cacophony of Singing birds, frogs and monkeys surrounding you. The food and drinks are ever so fresh and exquisitely...

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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Nicole T, It was an enormous pleasure to have had the opportunity of hosting you at Playa Cativo Lodge. Thank you for your kind words and for acknowledging the great & pleasing work of every team member that is part of this great family. We all feel so proud every time we get amazing reviews like yours, then we...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Accessible exclusively by boat, Playa Cativo Lodge is surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park across from Osa Peninsula and Corcovado in Costa Rica, and offers luxury beachfront accommodations in harmony with nature. Enjoy romantic gourmet meals and a selection of tours and adventures, including rain forest hikes, bird watching, stand up paddle boarding, dolphin sightseeing and yoga. Experience wildlife in the heart of Costa Rica's rainforest and enjoy the sunsets over Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula. All our room rates include: • Meet and greet at local airport (Golfito or Puerto Jimenez to/from dock) • One round-trip scenic boat transfers from town of arrival (Golfito or Puerto Jimenez) • Ocean view lodging, steps from the beach • Three a la carte, multi-course meals per day (in-room dining also available), drinks not included • Freshly brewed specialty coffees and teas. • Refillable spring personalized water bottle • Use of kayaks, standup paddle boards and snorkeling gear inside Cativo Bay • Self-guided hiking trails and your choice of one of our selected on-site guided tours • Concierge services • Wi-fi in your room and social areas. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Playa Cativo Lodge

Address: Playa Cativo | Access only by boat, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Golfito
Price Range: $400 - $1,105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Playa Cativo Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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Playa Cativo Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito
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“You can opt to stay in the main lodge or more secluded separate lodges.”
 of 5 bubbles SPMF, 1 week ago | Read review
“Top floor rooms are definitely worth the extra cost. Honeymoon suite is also spectacular but a little way from the main building.”
 of 5 bubbles Larwen, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Superior rooms”
 of 5 bubbles CarolineT815, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Book a room facing the sea”
 of 5 bubbles andyandtrudie, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“All the rooms are good. We loved the top room for the stunning views. There are also private bungalows if you want more privacy”
 of 5 bubbles 535NicoleT, Jan 29, 2017 | Read review
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