First things first - we LOVED Star Mountain Jungle Lodge! Perfect location for us since we wanted to be all over the southern part of the peninsula - from cabo blanco to montezuma to hermosa and everywhere along the way - Star is a quiet sanctuary tucked away on the road to cabuya. Unspoiled!
We had planned to split our time between Star Mountain and another hotel closer to the beach but ended up staying the whole time at the lodge because the main thoroughfare is a bit dusty. ok, a LOT dusty. plus there was an obnoxiously loud (anti-pura-vida IMHO) festival going on in the 'downtown' area.
Let's see....I LOVED the yummy breakfast served up in the open-air dining room every morning! Gobs of fresh cut fruits (pineapples, watermelons, papayas, mangoes, even STAR fruits!) - in big beautiful chunks - always there waiting for us - along with FRESH BAKED breads for toasting, cereal, yogurt,, granola, jams, honey, coffee...AND that was included in the $65/night!
The owners are cool and laid back - they live on the property - and always came around in the mornings to see what we had planned for the day and if we needed any suggestions etc...super nice!
The pool was GORGEOUS. An oasis in the late afternoon when it was just plain hot. AND. Just as nice at night - with the stars so close and so bright you could just put up a ladder to touch them....or it seems. Lots o' shooting stars! Surrounded by far-out foliage - it's cool to just sit and see what comes by - a hummingbird or else one of those brilliant blue butterflies...a morpheus?? I forget what they're called. And MONKEYS!! They are everywhere!
There's a hiking trail that starts basically right outside the rooms and that we did a few times - the view at the top is breathtaking (or did it just take all my breath to get there....) You can see forever and just to mention it - you can see the abode of a certain, rather notorious celebrity.... Yup, Star Mountain has its own resident movie star :)
We also did the horse tours - twice - one in the morning and one in the late afternoon for sunset. It was great to be on a horse - it's like going back in time, wandering through those hills and trails, crossing little streams...the sound of their hooves...sigh...and we got to ride along the beach - yes! dream come true!
Our room was simple, cozy, and best of all, CLEAN. Nice front porch area for chilling in the hammock or those funky rocking chairs, chatting up the neighbors over Imperials (the beer in Costa Rica) AND there was hot water in the shower. Stop. You had me at hammock.
So there you have it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Star Mountain, a charming Costa Rican eco-lodge nestled within a 225-acre sanctuary in the hills above Mal Pais.Come experience the power and beauty of the jungle while relaxing in our comfortable eco lodge. With 4 guest rooms and 1 house for rent our resort is intimate, low-impact, and ideal for a medium sized group. It is the perfect spot for nature lovers who want to experience unspoiled nature and tranquility while enjoying all the amenities of fine lodging and dining.Our commitment is to provide our guests with the vacation they desire. For adventure seekers, opportunities abound in the dry tropical rain forest and on the beach. For people seeking a tranquil setting to decompress, we offer you an oasis where the only sounds you will hear are the grousing of howler monkeys and a symphony of birds.Star Mountain is tucked in the hills above Mal Pais next to the Cabo Blanco National Park. Our vast property forms a continuous stretch of forest with Costa Rica's oldest nature reserve.Star Mountain is a mosaic of jungle, rolling hills, mountains, and streams with hiking trails throughout and plateau views of the light sandy beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Famous Mal Pais Beach is only one mile away downhill and many other Costa Rica's finest surf breaks are within minutes.Treat yourself to this luxurious ecological paradise in Costa Rica - where the jungle meets the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Star Mountain Jungle Lodge Costa Rica/Mal Pais