During our first trip to Costa Rica, with a family of four (with two
daughters: a twelve-year-old and nineteen-year-old), we found the Quepos area to be one of the best due to our stay at Kayak Lodge. We were initially met with a bit of confusion; for some reason Marlene (the hotel owner, along with her husband, Bernard) thought that we had reserved two rooms, when in fact we only had one. Expecting a big delay because of this, we were quite happily surprised when Marlene simply gave us the larger of the two rooms without hesitation! The room, known to be the “family room,” was marvelous! It had two bedrooms, each with a queen bed and TV, one large bathroom, a front room consisting of another twin bed and two big couches (also capable of being slept on), a dining area, and a decently-sized kitchen. It was more than an enough area for a family of four to live comfortably.
Right outside our room--which we referred to as a “house” because of its size—we had a porch on which we could sit on rocking-chairs and look over the beautiful mangrove. We were also very happily surprised when we saw many different animals right on our porch throughout our stay—from monkeys to iguanas! If you stay in the lodge, do not miss out on this room (there’s only one)!
Though the room was spectacular, what really made our stay something we will never forget was Marlene’s genuine hospitality. Luckily, our older daughter speaks Spanish, so we were able to converse with her easily (Marlene speaks very little English, but Bernard is fluent—but Bernard was out of town most of our stay). She is truly one of the most benevolent people we have ever met! When we asked for a cab, she insisted that she drove us (we came during the rainy-season, so we were the only guests in the lodge at the time—a treat of its own!) She took us to dinner each night, where of course we loved having her company as we dined! She also was more than flexible with our schedules; even when breakfast is not scheduled to open until seven, when we wanted to eat at 6:30am, she was more than happy to oblige.
She also would be the one to drive us where we needed to go, even that early! We cannot thank Marlene and Bernard enough for their amazing hospitality, making our stay in the Quepos area the best of our trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Description: Kayak Lodge is a Bed & Breakfast establishment. Located in front of tropical mangrove forest, at Costa Rica's central pacific coastline, committed to the natural environment. 10 Miles away from Manuel Antonio National Park. The Lodge has 20 rooms with air conditioned, free Wi-Fi, direct dial telephone, cable/satellite TV, bathroom with hot water, outdoor pool and parking. All rooms have access and may use the guest kitchen/dining area in the Main Lodge, outdoor pool and parking Kayak Lodge has an organized paddling activity: "Mangrove Forest Kayak Tour" You can also book here for other tours: Rainforest Canopy and Superman zipline, horseback riding, rafting, sportfishing, catamaran, ATV, Manuel Antonio National Park guided tour, Surfing Lessons, Paddle boarding (SUP) and boat through the mangrove wildlife. Other visits: Biesanz Beach: 20 minutes by car. Matapalo beach: 30 minutes by car. Damas Island Beach: 30 min by boat. This place is visited by white-faced monkeys and iguanas live here. There are a variety of birds and fauna. You can see the phenomenon of tides and its relation to the excursions in the mangroves. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kayak Hotel Quepos
- Kayak Lodge Costa Rica/Quepos