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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So glad we stayed at the Golfo Dulce retreat! It was such a relaxing four days. We were well taken care of by the owners, Chantelle and Simon. The food is yummy and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. I enjoyed being in nature and learning from their resident biology students. It was the perfect place to unplug from the grid. You are in nature and don't have to worry about running from place to place or how you look. The open air cabins with hammocks are a lot of fun, but you must love bugs, since they are a part nature too :)

Room tip: The cabins are open air, so you may have small animal visitors. The open air shower is lovely.
Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WOW ! From the minute we got in the boat to go to Golfo Dulce Retreat you knew you were going to have a unique experience. And our time spent with Simon and Chantelle and all the others that help was fantastic. Swimming under the stars and the night bioluminescence,hiking to the waterfall,catching fish for dinner and seeing the dolphins from the boat all contributed to a exciting vacation . Make reservations NOW !

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had previously heard about Golfo Dulce Retreat and had high expectations. However the experience far exceeded our hopes. We were celebrating a special anniversary and everyone went out of their way to be helpful which resulted in a fantastic holiday that we will remember for the rest of our lives. The surrounding rainforest with its unique flora and fauna, the luxury of the retreat, the quality of the food and the warmth of the family and staff who organise it all make for a very special experience. This is not a conventional hotel, which is evident from the moment you board the boat for the 45 minute ride to the retreat. (There are no roads!) The ethos of caring for the environment generally and this special place in particular is central with long term sustainability being the aim. We certainly will think about things in a different way having had the privilege of staying at this awesome place. Just go!

Room tip: All are excellent.
Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Golfo Dulce Retreat for 3 nights as part of our 3 week vacation in Costa Rica. The country is amazing and Golfo Dulce was by far the best part we visited. This little corner of Costa Rica boasts one of the highest concentration of species in the world. The beaches of the golfo, the wildlife, the setting and its surrounding forests are absolutely breathtaking. We arrived at the Retreat late in the afternoon with an incredible sunset, dolphins swimming around the boat and the most incredible scent oozing from the rainforest. We thought we landed in paradise. The lodge itself is spectacular. Very intimate, peaceful and beautiful. We have travelled across the whole country and we can honestly say this was our favourite place. In fact it probably was one of the most magical places we have ever visited in our 40+ years of travels.

Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

What the owners Simon and Chantal have achieved is incredible and if one considers that the place is totally off grid and with no road access, then their feat becomes nothing short of inspiring. The retreat is located in a vast jungle reserve surrounded by a stunning national park. You start appreciating the magnificence of the place the moment you approach by boat and get closer and closer to the beach. The hotel’s access to the beach is easy and the waters of the Gulfo Dulce are warm, clear and there are no riptides or current to worry about. The service is 5 star. Despite being so isolated they have managed to create a fine balance between exquisite architecture, incredible attention to detail and rustic elegance. Simon and Chantal actually live at the retreat so they know their surrounding very well and are always eager to pass on their knowledge. The food in general was excellent. We had a vegan and a celiac in our group and I am intolerant to milk and we were taken care of so well. We did not want to leave at the end of our stay and we will definitely be back. In fact we knew we wanted to go back the first time we set foot on the beach.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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