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Coral Hill Bungalows
Ranked #4 of 21 Cahuita B&B and Inns
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Gatineau, Quebec
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“Above most in Cahuita”
Reviewed March 2, 2009

We stayed for 4 nights at Coral Hill and have only good things to say about the place. Chris and Joe are affable hosts, the breakfast are fantastic, the bungalows nice and comfortable. They will provide information, arrange for tours and transportation, make your stay more enjoyable. When you go out for lunch, try the Mandragora in Cahuita (across from Cabina Palmer) and for diner try Corleone.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed February 18, 2009

My husband and I were looking for an interesting natural spot for a vacation together. When we came across Coral Hill Bungalows we thought it might be too good to be true... We decided to book, and are happy we did. Chris and Joe and amazing hosts, and the bungalows and grounds are immaculate, peaceful and beautiful. The Bungalow design is simply perfect. The bungalows are restful, elegant and spotless. Seek the porch during a rain. And if you are fortunate enough to awaken to an early morning downpour, you will never forget the sounds of the jungle, and then the rain...

The grounds are beautiful, the breakfast is beautiful. (Did I tell you how beautiful the bungalows are?) Joe and Chris work tirelessly and it shows. They are happy to help with information and booking outings, and are a pleasure know. (Lady too!)

The town is very relaxed with wonderful people watching, and great food. Our favorite resturant was on the Playa Negra. There are tables outside in back just a few feet from the sea. Local mussles and sea food soup mmmmm!

The Park is so convenient and offers jungle and beach in one lovely stroll. We saw tons of monkeys, sand crabs, lizards... (and no snakes!) We spent two days there just hanging out.

Lastly, I must recommend that if you travel to Caihuita you must not fail to visit Aviarios the Sloth Rescue Center just a few miles north of town.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 14, 2009

Chris and Joe are a truly delightful couple who both have many years of experience in the hospitality industry. They have both travelled the world extensively and are very knowledgeable about Cahuita and the surrounds. If you wish, they are most willing to share such knowledge with their guests, and make recommendations on how to spend your time.

Immediately you open the front gate, it is evident an enormous amount of pride and passion and many, many hours of workmanship have been invested in creating this wonderful establishment. Chris and Joe have skilfully transposed the vacant land adjoining their house into a “paradise” which lucky travellers are now able to enjoy. Three beautifully crafted bungalows and manicured gardens make this a perfect choice for “boutique property” in Cahuita. Chris and Joe place an enormous emphasis on “quality” and they have volumes of pride in the way they present their business. In particular, the bed linen and towels are what you would expect to find in a 5 star hotel. Whenever the bungalows are unoccupied, the entire of the bedding (pillows, doonas, linen etc) are placed in a specially designed “dry room” in order to maintain their impeccable quality. I find this enormous dedication! I strongly believe that in many years to come, these bungalows will still be presented as impeccably as they have been from day one!!!

The breakfasts are also wonderful, consisting of a fabulous fruit platter, a “hot” treat (the onion and potato frittata is divine) and a bread basket consisting of about 5 different types, served with different spreads and the most fabulous cream cheese. You can also order a cooked breakfast if you wish, but why would you bother – this is just perfect!!

The gardens are filled with many delights – we saw sloths in the trees, agouti making a quick scurry, many different species of birds, butterflies and frogs. I will never forget the morning alarm clock – howler monkeys in perfect symphony in the nearby jungle and National Park. Noise travels in the wee hours of the morning and you would swear they were at the foot of your bed. Just amazing, and nature at its absolute best!!! The hammock on the bungalow veranda is extremely inviting – it almost makes you never want to leave the property, but it would be a shame not to experience some of what this wonderful Caribbean town has to offer.

We stayed for a magnificent 4 nights which included Christmas Day. The bungalows were decorated with hints of the Christmas touch and at breakfast Chris and Joe greeted us wearing fabulous Santa hats. Christmas carols played softly, the table was decorated with lovely Christmas trimmings and even Lady (the English Springer Spaniel) greeted us wearing reindeer antlers. Horse riding on the beach and Christmas dinner at Miss Edith’s (well respected restaurant in Cahuita) made for one of the best Christmas’ we have ever had.

Do yourself a favour and go stay – you won’t be disappointed.

Heather and Craig
Melbourne, Australia

  • Liked — Authentic, localy crafted, impecably furnished and spotlessly clean bungalows.
  • Disliked — Absolutely nothing - everything was perfect!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed February 13, 2009

We really enjoyed our stay at the Coral Hill Bungalows. Joe and Chris are friendly, welcoming and a wealth of local knowledge. The bungalows are clean, comfortable and well designed. The breakfasts are great. The garden is lovely and is visited by many species of colourful birds and was home to 3 Sloths while we were there. Howler Monkeys and Tucans were seen in the trees just over the road. Overall a very peaceful and beautiful place with an abundance of wildlife.

  • Stayed February 2009
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Austin, TX
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Reviewed February 4, 2009

I stayed there for 1 week with my wife during our honeymoon. The owners are very pleasant, and willing to help you organizing all kind of activities around town. They also prepare the best breakfasts we had in Central America, with lots of fruit, excellent bread and the best coffee. The bungalows are beautiful, and they are surrounded by a very nice garden, in which you will get to see some wildlife. Everything including beds and bathrooms is extremely clean and high quality. Towels and sheets were always dry and nice (something hard to find in humid Costa Rica). We loved it, and would totally recommend it.

  • Liked — The high quality of the rooms and the friendliness of the owners.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Diego
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Reviewed February 2, 2009

Our drive here was quite a journey considering there was a natural disaster/flood/14 consecutive days of rain that ended the night before we arrived. We drove through a foot of water to get to Coral Hill but it was very much worth it. Our one night stay at this place was absolutely wonderful. There is plenty of wildlife - we saw a guatemundi, mother sloth with baby sloth, geckos, poison dart frog and green tree frog. Our cabina was very clean, very accomodating, very in tune with nature, and very well built (wood is beautiful!). The breakfast and coffee were magnificent! This is a must stay if you are visiting Costa Rica's Caribbean side. We will stay here again during our next visit. If you have the time, I recommend visiting the sloth rescue right down the road.

  • Liked — It was gorgeous and immaculate.
  • Disliked — Nothing to complaint about.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg
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Reviewed January 27, 2009

No one but good auld Frankie Boy could describe our experience at Coral Hill Bungalows better...

I´m singin´ in the rain
Just singin´ in the rain,
What a glorious feeling,
I´m happy again.

Despite torrential rainfall for most of our stay, Joe & Chris' hospitality made more than up for it. The wooden cabins have been wonderfully crafted with every attention to detail that you could wish for (we still suffer from withdrawal symptons when we think of those fluffy towels and 1000 count cotton sheets...). Leaving our bed has never been that hard... although the thought of another great breakfast always made us admit defeat in the end.

We went to Cahuita as part of our honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Joe & Chris (together with Lady, their lovely dog) went out of their way to get us the best out of Cahuita ... by helping us organise our day trips or choose betweeen the many superb Carribean restaurants in the area.

If you are looking for a bit of luxury and want to be close to nature at the same time, this place comes highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Coral Hill Bungalows

Property: Coral Hill Bungalows
Address: Calle Humphrey | Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Cahuita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Coral Hill Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our little piece of Paradise in the jungle. We are a deluxe luxury accommodation offering impeccably clean rooms in a beautiful garden environment just steps to Playa Negra, with a gourmet breakfast included. You are surrounded by the animals, birds, butterflies, flowers, trees and sea. Come see us and enjoy the unique place we have to offer. ... more   less 
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