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Reviewed September 7, 2018

Golfo Dulce Retreat overwhealmed us in all possible respects - wonderful location, extremely tastefully designed and comfortable villas, fantastic (!) homecooked food (owners originate from Italy), beautyfully kept "jungle gardens" with so many wild animals living and visiting, most attentive staff and truly lovely owners! As a luxury segment travel agent I have travelled to many of CR's top lodges - this one was all in all by far the best! Even the excursions were better than in most other places. Don't miss the bioluminescence and the mangroves tours! And on top of it, GDR has a zero waste policy. A place out of this world and a must in your travel itinerary if you love both, nature and not exaggerated luxury.Thank you Chantelle and Simon for this magical experience! Hope to be back soon!

Stayed: August 2018, traveled with family
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Thank steinerwartmann
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

Our stay at Golfo Dulce Retreat was wonderful. We were looking for a peaceful place away from the crowds and immersed in nature and we were so happy with our choice. The hotel sits in its own rainforest reserve surrounded by a national park and has easy access to a 2 mile long beach. It’s only reachable by boat so there is hardly anybody around. The retreat was very peaceful, such a relaxing place where you can really appreciate nature at its best. We saw many animals, frogs, incredible insects, beautiful toucans and macaws and an incredible number of dolphins when we went for a tour to the nearby mangroves (don’t miss it!). The food was excellent, always made with the freshest ingredients and to a very high standard. The attention to detail was extraordinary. We stayed at 3 of the top 5 rated hotels in Costa Rica for our holiday and for us this was by far the best.

  • Stayed: June 2018, traveled with friends
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Thank zopissa
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

Incredible stay with the lovely warm family that run the business. The accommodation is gorgeous and chic with great charm and privacy. Particularly endearing are the wooden furnishings, stone sinks and outdoor showers. The restaurant area is simultaneously cosy and open. The food is a fantastic blend of authentic Italian with fresh produce from the jungle. I particularly enjoyed the fresh fish and fruits. The beach and surrounding nature is second to none. I was lucky enough to go on several of the packages - visiting the waterfalls and mangroves, whale/dolphin watching, snorkelling and night swimming in the bioluminescence. All were beyond fantastic and unforgettable experiences.

  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled solo
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Thank HayleyZH
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

It’s difficult to add much after so many raving reviews. We had high expectations and yet we were completely blown away: Golfo Dulce Retreat is amazing! We went for one of the adventure packages which included so many wonderful activities which really made the most of our time and added so much to our understanding of the rainforest. We went to the mangroves with kayaks, hiked to the waterfall, fished at sunset and walked around the garden with chantelle the owner who has a great knowledge of plants and their uses. The pool was great, the food was exceptional, our suite was superb and the attention to detail was incredible. Golfo Dulce Retreat has become our favourite place in Costa Rica!

Room Tip: All three Cabinas are amazing but make sure you book a package!
  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled with family
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Thank mariaonhols
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Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

From all our travels, our stay at Golfo Dulce Retreat will remain one of our all-time favorites.
This place is so special for so many reasons :
- First, the incredible staff: the owners, Chantal and Simon, did everything they could to make us feel so comfortable and make us have the best time.
We also greatly enjoyed the other employees, from the biologists which were eager to teach us many things about the nature and the animals, to the local guides which were specific to each activity to make it very special every time.
- The delicious food, definitely the best we have had in Costa Rica ! Everything is home made, the food is varied and so tasty. We were so excited every time we were served a meal, from breakfast, to lunch, to tea-time and dinner !
- The retreat is in such a remote place, so calm and far away from other tourists. We are not the biggest adventurers, but we really enjoyed discovering all this wildlife and we were so amazed at the variety of animals that we were brought to seeing, from the monkeys and toucans right next to our cabin one day, to all the Dolphins playing around the boat after our fishing activity the next day.
- We had taken a package with several activities (artisanal fishing, night tour, mangroves tour, waterfall hike) and we loved each and every one of them. Everything was so well organized and so much fun!
It is difficult to find all the words to describe this amazing place, but really, do not hesitate twice and book your stay at the retreat, you will not be disappointed !

Stayed: July 2018, traveled as a couple
Thank FrisouG
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