The Blue Banyan is one of the holistically nice places we've ever stayed. You just feel good about it, about what the owners are doing, and we were sad to leave.
My family stayed at the Blue Banyan for for 4 days. We have a precocious 8-year-old, who loved the chance to volunteer and feed the monkeys with Barb. We took the tour and got to know the animals in our 4 days there.
We stayed in the biggest of the 3 cottages. It was very comfortable and pleasant, as others have said. We really felt like we were treated like members of the family by Barb, her husband Jim, and her brother Chip. They helped us arrange day trips to some of the more out-of-the-way attractions so we didn't just spend our day at the very crowded Manuel Antonio. They invited us to events that happened to be going on while we were there. They helped us navigate some of the Costa Rican shenanigans one encounters with the locals.
And coming back from your day trips, and getting to hang out on the grounds of the Blue Banyan was one of the highlights of our entire trip. We went for evening walks and tracked down various wildlife, like a pair of nesting Toucans, a very rare Jaquarundi, and monkeys vaulting through the trees.
Even at full capacity, you will feel like you have the place to your self. The pool is particularly nice - larger and deeper than it looks in the pictures. The drive up is pretty straightforward if you follow the directions. An SUV of some sort would help but you can make it in a car no problem. In general, getting the Sat Nav at the rental place will be a great investment, if you're going to drive around Costa Rica.
Generally, you meet up with one of the owners at breakfast, and get any communicating done then that you need for the day, because after that they go off to work with their animals, etc...and you go off on your day trips. You can bring food back from the grocery, if you don't want to go down the hill for dinner, or eat early and just bring back some evening snacks and cocktails.
I could ramble on, but suffice to say its the kind of place that you will always remember and thoroughly enjoy. There are some comments here and there below about shortcomings. We didn't experience any of these. Keep in mind, the place is in the jungle in Costa Rica. It's not a Hyatt or anything. Humidity takes its effect on everything after awhile. Things won't be perfect, but they will be great.
Couple of day trips to recommend: Campesinos Reserve waterfalls, swimming, hiking, and Mid-World for zip lines et.al...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by primary rainforest with mountain ranges looming in the distance, the Blue Banyan Inn is a charming bed and breakfast catering to the environmentally conscious. The Blue Banyan is part of Finca Braman’s 75-acre ecologically sustainable community, encompassing private homes, a wildlife sanctuary and a volunteer center. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Banyan Hotel Quepos
- Blue Banyan Inn Costa Rica/Quepos