It's an adventure before you even get there! If coming from San Jose, you take a 45 minute flight on a 14 seat plane, then take a 20 minute bus ride to the landing station where you take an adventurous and beautifully scenic boat ride through a gorgeous river bordered by animal-filled forests (45 minutes) followed by a one hour boat ride through the ocean (if choppy, you and your luggage, which is put into dry-packs, will be tossed around and you will be very wet). It was terrific! You have a beach-landing (prepare to step into the water when leaving the boat) and then you and your luggage are hauled by a tractor up a very steep hill to the jungle lodge area.
The grounds are spectactular, the rooms are extremely comfortable and pretty and you go to sleep and wake up every day to the sounds of the forest (birds, ciccatas, monkeys) as the rooms are open-air (no glass windows - -the whole bungalow is, however, completely screen enclosed).
The staff is very attentive and kind, the guides are extremely knowledgeable and the surroundings are spectactular (the lodge borders Corcovado National Park).
The hike in Corcovado National Park is breathtaking - - wear a bathing suit under your gear so that you can stop during the tour and swim in the waterfalls! The tour to Cano Island was not as intriguing (the snorkeling was no so terrific - - no many fish where we were), and though the boat ride there are back can be great (we had a few dolphin sitings!) other than hiking and beachcombing, there is not much to do on the Cano Island tour. I would recommend doing another tour instead - perhaps a dolphin/whale watch tour.
The food was served in a main dining area (you get to dine and meet the other guests). Breakfast was ala carte. Dinner was always a varied (though pre-set) menu. Food was very good. Bartenders were friendly and nice. There is a one hour happy hour each night at the Sunset bar - great for photo shots.
Word of caution - - though this is a nature-lover's paradise and since there are only 18 bungalows it feels very intimate and safe, however, the first night we were there, we experienced a robbery - - almost everyone athe lodge was robbed (stuff was taken from inside the porches and from outside of the bungalows). My shoes were outside of my bungalow and were taken (almost everyone had a pair of shoes outside of their bungalow that went missing). One couple had luggage and passports taken (later, the luggage and passports were found and only the shoes were missing). The management was very apologetic about the situation (they gave me some free T-shirts for the trouble) and the robbery wasn't violent (no one got hurt and the only thing that I think people lost were shoes), however, keeping all important valuables - money, passports, etc. in the in-room safe is a MUST!
This did not detract from the experience though. The grounds were unmatchable, the staff and food were great and the location is ideal for anyone seeking to get away from it all (no phone service at all there, no internet, no tv). I would go again in a second.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set above a palm-fringed beach in tropical gardens, and surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, Casa Corcovado is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure - a place where you can spot big cats on jungle trails, have an entire beach to yourselves, snorkel with manta rays, and relax with a gin and tonic by the pool. The tranquil hilltop setting means awe-inspiring views and the best of the both ocean and rainforest breezes. The lovely bungalows are spaced throughout the lush garden for maximum peace and privacy. Casa Corcovado offers the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's extraordinary, world-renowned national park system. As the two protected areas lie side by side, guests are able to access the national park on foot via the hotel's private trails - just one of the many guided tours on offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Corcovado Jungle Hotel Corcovado National Park
- Hotel Casa Corcovado Jungle