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Reviewed March 8, 2019

This place is so great that I returned the following year. Stayed in a club room with a jungle view which is perfect for hearing howler monkeys in the early hours of the morning. Located on a beautiful pristine beach, you can walk for miles and not run into another person. Food is AMAZING! I'm a foodie and I'm blown away here. Two great yoga platforms and a pool for cooling off. The staff is so helpful and friendly and will coordinate any excursion (i.e. surfing, scuba diving, hiking, horseback riding, waterfall repelling,fishing, kayaking, and tours). The owners, Lauren and Toby, are very personable. We love their wolfhounds, CeeCee and Wolfie.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Denise M
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Reviewed February 21, 2019

When considering the extraordinary beauty and seclusion of the property and its surrounding landscape, any nitpick that could generally go into a hotel review feels inconsequential and unimportant. I could say that the coffee and tea selection weren't great--- but I could also tell you about the long stretch of beach that we had to ourselves, like our own little spot in paradise, the sound of waves rocking us to sleep, the private casita with enchanting views, yoga decks overlooking the beach and the pool-- did you really come here to complain? It took me 24 hours at the lodge to realize that some people must gripe a lot because a lot of the promotional material and welcome package seems written in defence of common complaints, which affected my expectations. For example, all the mention of creepy crawlies, I was expecting a biblical level of infestation, but there was a very logical amount of wildlife around us given the location and season (dry). Our casita was for the most part free of anything but an occasional ant. The welcome package also makes Friday night pasta night sound INTENSE, to the point where we almost tried to skip it and are so so glad we didn't because the food was delicious, the music delightful and we turned in quite early. The point is, my goodness must people be privileged enough to complain in such a setting.

Since we left, my husband and I keep asking each other how the 4 days went by so fast. We were almost blindsided by our departure day, not wanting to leave, wondering where the time went even though we literally spent 4 days on the premises, enjoying the location (we didn't even go on any excursions). The food was delicious. We had breakfast and dinner included in our package and everything was always fresh, flavourful and presented with care and pride. The chef is world class. The staff prepared a special private dinner for us on the beach to celebrate our anniversary and it was one of the most romantic moments in our 8-year marriage. The staff was always pleasant and friendly. We were especially charmed by Gabriel, one of the restaurant staff, who went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable from the day we arrived, calling us by our names already by the 2nd time we spoke. In general, anything we asked for was delivered, no request was too much (if you're a reasonable person). The property was full when we arrived and we stayed in a lower-level casita which had a spacious and beautifully-designed outdoor shower and bathroom. 2 days in, Mardi the manager organized our move to a higher level casita so we could enjoy a better view, something we had inquired about when we arrived. The view was phenomenal and as a trade we lost our enormous outdoor bathroom (the 2nd one was still nice, but different effect). Every casita is unique and has its charms. Lauren, the owner, is warm and generous.

The drive into Puerto Jimenez is very short, maybe 10 minutes. We had our own car and found it useful for little afternoon jaunts to get ice cream or snacks. We loved this place and are already dreaming of coming back.

Room tip: Didn't stay in a club room, but fairly certain a casita is the best way to experience this property.
Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Foodie_Mouse
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Reviewed January 27, 2019

Pasta dinner with Salsa dancing, spelled fun. 2 young girls graduating from Gr.9 and the honour and gratitude Lauren showed as one big family celebration. 30 Yoga international retreat was a buzz at the place, I had a wonderful massage upon arrival. Everyday just gave us bigger and better smiles of satisfaction as we found more to do. Local tours, onsite tour guides and birders impressed us daily. One huge table for Oscar to surprise us with his magical international dishes, created friendship among the guests. A 5 day highlight on our 6 week holiday, topped with a dolphin connection.
Thanks to Lauren, Sig, all the staff who make this wonderful place a worth while stay. Thank you for everything we will return and send our travelling friends, Tracie and Rob.

Room tip: Loved the treetop view of the screened bedroom overlooking the ocean,
Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Rob H
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Reviewed January 24, 2019

We had a great week at Iguana Lodge and would love to return. For us it was the perfect blend of basic comforts in a very natural setting, giving the sense of staying right in the rainforest next to the beautiful beach. We enjoyed guided rainforest walks, boat trips, and kayaking all organized by the very helpful front desk staff, plus many beach walks and other outings on our own. We ate almost all our meals at the restaurants on site and the food was fantastic and the service excellent. We especially enjoyed the Tuesday night BBQ on the beach, such a gorgeous setting. The lodge has a very relaxed ambiance but has lots of options for activities.

Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Rhonda C
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Reviewed January 12, 2019

Family of 5 (3 adult kids - 24, 22 and 19). Stayed 7 nights from Dec 27- Jan 3, 2019. We're an active family, travel a lot and are pretty easy-going. Iguana Lodge was great for us and we'd go back for sure. Here are some pros and cons:

Major Pros:

We loved our 2-story casita. Two well-sized bedrooms slept 5 easily. Bathrooms were large and well-equipped. Both floors had large decks facing the Gulf. Ceiling and floor fans plus ocean breeze were enough to keep us cool. Not sure what size bed was but def not king size. Beds have netting and bugs/gnats were a non-issue for most part.

Food - healthy and tasty and plenty of variety at group dinner. Breakfast has limited choice but eggs, fruit and scones/muffins were perfect for us. Lunch menu at Pearl is extensive with plenty of fine options - salads, chicken, fish... We ate all meals on site and only had one meal that was subpar - Pasta night at the Pearl. Servers Gabriel and Joseph were friendly and super-efficient

Grounds are beautiful and compact, with easy access to beach, pool, yoga studio, tennis, bar/restaurant.

Beach is beautiful, clean, uncrowded and can walk/run a long way in both directions. Water is warm, and great for swimming, body surfing, SUP... Hedge fund billionaire owns much of the nearby land, so there's very little development in the area. (New Year bonus - neighbor puts on a world class fire works show on the beach.)

Pool and hottub - great spot to chill, in water, sun or shade. One afternoon, a family of 10 +/- white-faced monkeys were playing and hanging out in the trees around the pool, entertaining guests for hours.

Spectacular yoga studio - open air and overlooking the pool. You can do your own flow or take free class with owner Lauren, although there's no set schedule - check the activity board in the am. Can also hire a local teacher at front desk.

Spa - Wife and kids loved massage and facials with Carla and well worth the cost.

Ceramic studio - check with owners, but our boys both have experience so they could use and did.

Brand new tennis court - kids used it a bunch

Access from San Jose - easy flight on Sansa prop plane to PJ. Less than an hour. One watch-out: surf boards of more than 6'7" can't fit on the Sansa plane.

Surfing options for novice and advanced at PanDulce and Matapalo, which is about 45 minutes from the Lodge. Lodge can organize guide/instructor and find boards. Our kids went with Richard 3x - he's an experienced local surfer, reliable and knowledgeable (although not very chatty).

Hiking and birding: highly recommend any adventure with Sidnar. He's an expert guide/naturalist and you will see and learn A LOT with him. Not sure how he spotted a sloth 100 feet up in a jungle tree, but there it was.

Highly recommend fishing with Cori (sp?), although not cheap ($650 for 4 for half-day, 7am-12:30). We wanted to catch edibles and did - yellowfin, pompano, red snapper, rainbow runner... Brought it back to the Lodge and the chef cooked it up for us and had the tuna for sashimi.

Sunrises on the beach over the gulf were pretty spectacular. We usually don't wake up at 5:30am, but great way to start the day.

The Lodge is a collegial place that encourages guests to socialize, eg, with communal dinners, shared adventures... May not be for everybody, but we met a lot of friendly, fun people from all over the US and the world (including Romania!)

Minor cons:

No espresso machine. I know that's a first world problem, but we love our Americanos, machiattos...

Falling tropical flowers on the tin roof of the casita can be surprisingly loud and startling at times - bring ear plugs if you're not a heavy sleeper. Also for Scarlet macaws and howler monkeys - they're early risers.

Could use some new SUP's

Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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