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“Don't stay at Almonds and Corals - there are much better places in Manzanillo”

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Almonds and Corals Hotel
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“Don't stay at Almonds and Corals - there are much better places in Manzanillo”
Reviewed September 9, 2005

I had visions that Almonds and Corals would be a unique experience in the jungle with a rustic but well ran "tent lodge" plus the added excitement of the Crazy Monkey Canopy Ride.

However, it was only partially true. First of all, the place is old and in need of maintence plus a total remodel of the kitchen, dining and bar area. The service and food was unbelievable bad, the bar was managed by unprofessionals as they played rap-music with its profanity and overtly sexual vulgar lyrics blairing, meanwhile the staff is wandering around in back out of sight. I think the poor conditions and execution are do to the management located in San Jose but still no excuse. Sadly, this place could be really great if they would put more focus on the lodge portion of the business.

We couldn't wait to leave this place! It was the low point of all the places we stayed in Panama and CR.

The zipline while in good condition because, I think that's a money maker, did seem to be well maintained. Yet, there are many more ziplines in CR that are much better. We visited one in the Arenal area that was 100% better in excitement because of its design and length.

If you must travel to Manzanillo area, it's fine to visit the Crazy Monkey Canopy Ride but don't stay at the Almonds and Corals Lodge, I even heard from one of their employees state that for the money places like Las Palmas are much better.

Also, don't get trapped into Geo Expeditions also linking you with river rafting at La Quinta. It's kind of an "all in the family" since the two owners A&C/Geo and La Quinta are sisters. While La Quinta looked OK and the owners are on site, it's seemed old and only slighty better than Almonds and Corals.

Overall Almonds and Corals comments:

- Poor restaurant, bar, food and service
- Poor condition of common areas
- Dirty common areas, i.e., dining tables, bar, pool table area
- Jacuzzi never seemed inviting - to small for # of lodges
- Good zipline but not the country's best
- Overall staff quality is sub par
- Over priced food and lodging for the value; way overpriced
- Tent lodges cool concept and mostly functional - potable water only (ok)
- Beach area not well maintained or equipped
- Feels like a run down American community camp for scouts, schools, churches verses a vacation lodge

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed September 7, 2005

My wife and I stayed at Almonds and Corals for 3 days in November 2004 and it was a wonderful experience. This resort literally sits in the middle of a thick jungle on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It's a little more rustic then most Resorts, but they want to keep everything as natural as possible.

The rooms are individual screen huts that contain a bathroom with shower (surrounded in a privacy tent) two single and one double bed (in a seperate privacy tent) two chairs and a hammock. Each hut is up on stilts and joined together and to the main buildings by a network of boardwalks. The jungle is right outside your door. Every morning we were awakened by Howler Monkeys and every evening we spent walking on these boardwalks discovering all kinds of different wildlife, from Geckos to Spiders to Tree Frogs.

The food at the restaurant was amazing and different everyday. (a la carte style) Drinks were extra and were not that expensive.

The staff are wonderful and always willing to inform and answer any questions about the flora, fauna and wildlife surrounding you.

You walk down a boardwalk, when suddenly you step from thick jungle onto the beach (which was pretty much deserted the entire time we were there). There was other recreation activities as well, such as a zipline tour and a nature walk which let you truly experience the jungle from all angles. There is also a hot tub available for use.

If you are looking for entertainment, beach bars, manicured gardens and contiuous organized activities, this resort is not for you. If you want to experience the "Real" Costa Rica in a beautiful, tranquil setting then look no further then this resort.

  • Stayed November 2004
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Reviewed August 10, 2005

To hear the howler monkeys at 5 in the morning and the insects at dusk is fantastic! The sea was a bit rough and the weather disappointing during our stay – but I think this just added to the whole experience of being in the rain forest. You should get to see all sorts of tree frogs either around the rooms or on the wildlife walk. Take a walk down the bar in Manzanillo for some cheaper beers and to watch the locals. The food was good and the staff friendly.

The only downside was the monkey canopy tour which had participants screaming as they we zipped from tree to tree! To be honest if you’re going to Monteverde then wait until you get there and do the sky trek tour - it is brilliant if somewhat scary.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed April 2, 2005

I have just returned from a fabulous trip to Costa Rica. Part of our trip included staying at Almonds and Corals Lodge. I wished we had more than the three days we spent there. The accomodations were amazing! Raised stuctures with screened in walls and a roof in the jungle. Inside, hardwood floors, a hammock, a large canvas tent with a bed inside, a fan, electricity, a bathroom with sink, shower, and toilet. The individual lodges were interconnected by boardwalks and at night you could hear the jungle come alive with insect sounds and howler monkeys, all from the comfort of you cozy bed. The staff were always smiling and friendly. The restaurant was under a thatched roof and the food was great. A two minute walk from the restaurant lead you to the beach-beautiful. Swimming, kayaking, body surfing, etc. were possible there. They had a well-run tour service called Geo Expeditiones that had many trips you could take from the lodge. We went on the Crazy Monkey Canopy Tour, visited the town of Punta Viejo, saw an indiginous village, and went snorkling near Manzanillo. Fabulous! We went on from there but thoroughly enjoyed our time. Very relaxing, not a lot of tourists-Pura Vida!

  • Stayed March 2005
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Property: Almonds and Corals Hotel
Address: Manzanillo 681-2300, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Manzanillo
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Manzanillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Almonds and Corals Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Almonds and Corals, nestled amongst the exuberant jungle of Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica, offers three in one unique destinations, because it is part an exclusive Caribbean beach resort, part a safari camp and part an eco-conscious boutique hotel. The owners are devoted to offer one-of-a-kind accommodations awaiting your arrival and a unique sensory experience that promotes harmony between inner and outer self. ... more   less 
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