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Reviewed December 14, 2018 via mobile

We stayed at Golfo Dulce Retreat in November and had an amazing time. The location is perfect, deep into the national park yet only a stroll away from the calm waters of the gulf. We were immediately taken aback by the attention to detail - nothing goes unnoticed to Chantelle and Simon the owners.
All the structures are really beautiful, including the elegant and relaxing restaurant area (full of rugs, hammocks and candles at night), our Suite (go fo it!), the beautiful jungle pool with its wooden deck and of course the lovely huts dotted around the deserted beach. This is the perfect place to relax and marvel at nature.
We saw lots of wildlife during our 4-day visit, including plenty of toucans, scarlet macaws and parrots. Squirrel monkeys passed above our heads one day while we were in the beautiful jungle pool. Not to mention the dolphins we saw on our way to the mangroves.
A special mention goes to the food!Truly delicious, all freshly made (yoghurt, jams, pasta, breads are all made daily in their beautiful kitchen) and presented in the most elegant way. By far the best food we had in Costa Rica.
We could go on and on really....
Gracias, we will be back for sure!

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank floramod
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

Our Stay at Golf Dulce Retreat simply blew us away! The best genuine wildlife experience you could possibly imagine (with THE best food in Costa Rica included). We actually travelled here in May and it was such an amazing once in a lifetime experience (in saying that we will be going back) that it has taken us this long to be able to convey how amazing Golf Dulce Retreat is!! Chantelle and Simon made us feel so welcome and were more than happy to accommodate our crazy wish-list. Waking up amongst Scarlett Macaws and Toucans (+ so much more) was a dream come true. Special thanks to Augustine and Steve for their incredible knowledge and hospitality. Thanks so much, Chris and Erin :)

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank wildaction
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Out stay at GDR was even more wonderful than we had already expected it to be! For all of us it was definitely the highlight of our vacation. It was truly paradise: While swimming in the warm water of Golfo Dulce we saw dolphins, macaws and a turtle, on the Mangrove tour (don‘t miss it!) we spottet whales, devil rays, various birds and a racoon, there were howler monkeys, capuchins and squirrel monkeys in the trees of the retreat’s wonderful tropical garden as well as agoutis, lizards, iguanas, and on the exciting night walk guided by two very smart young biologists we were shown frogs, a snake, pond turtles and even a small crocodile! Honestly, there was no other place in CR where we could observe such a variety of wildlife. However, GDR does not only offer exciting tours and activities (they even provide kayaks and snorkeling gear), it is also the perfect place to relax. We spent many hours playing card games in the open restaurant area or reading a book in one of the cozy hammocks while listening to the gentle sound of the warm afternoon rain in the rainforest. The cabinas are beautiful and comfortable, you can fall asleep and wake up to the sounds of the jungle and the animals.
The hosts, Chantelle and Simon, are wonderful and are always there for you, answering any questions you might have about the reserve, their unique retreat or the wildlife.
The food was exceptional. Every meal we had was homemade, fresh (fish was caught the same day), delicious and prepared with such a great attention to detail. We wouldn‘t be the only ones who would love to buy a recipe book if Chantelle ever decides to write one...
Long story short: Don‘t miss Golfo Dulce Retreat! It is heaven on earth and will make your Costa Rica vacation unforgettable!

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
1  Thank marah_ru
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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!

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: 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.

Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank zopissa
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