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Gelegen in de rand van Corcovado National Park, in het zuidwesten van Costa Rica.
Corcovado National Park beslaat ongeveer de helft van het schiereiland Osa. Het park is prachtig: u loopt hier door ruige jungle, en hoort de woeste golven tegen het verderop gelegen strand slaan. De vele bontgekleurde ara-papegaaien spreken tot de verbeelding. Een prachtige wandeling door het Corcovado National Park is een gedenkwaardig onderdeel van uw Costa Rica rondreis. Daarnaast zijn er nog veel meer mogelijkheden; neem hiervoor contact met ons op.
"great location, but ..."
This property advertises itself as a cutting edge ecolodge. It many easy it achieves that goal, but as a luxury property (based on the costs) it has some shortcomings. Our room was among the closest to the main building (which houses the restaurant); it required an uphill walk of 65 steps. We had two queen beds and lots of space. the bath area was similarly spacious, offering dual sinks and a large shower area. There was a private balcony and an outdoor shower as well! But, there was no A/C which made it hard to go to sleep some nights, if only for the noise of the howler monkeys. No desk made it hard to use a laptop, and there was only one electrical outlet for charging batteries, etc. Meals were fairly fancy, menu-based for a change, but the wine offerings were VERY expensive. Birding on the property is merely good; perhaps because the lodge does not have any feeders. There is one small, open area with WiFi access.
We were met at the little airstrip at Puerto Jimenez with cool coconut water, just the thing after a hot journey. Frank, our driver, gave us a tour of the little town as we drove through it and out onto the dirt road. On the 40 minute journey we saw a sleeping screech owl, two scarlet macaws and a sloth, who was awoken by a breeze and slowly moved to another branch, giving us great photo opportunities. At the hotel we were warmly greeted by towel bearing staff, and encouraged to eat a light lunch in the airy restaurant before being shown to our room. 254 steps down to room 12, but totally worth it. The walk up & and down these steps through forest every day gave us ample opportunity to see wildlife, including spider monkeys and a (non venomous) snake. These steps are lit at night but a torch is helpful. The room was just breathtaking, with its large, mosquito netted bed (we saw no mosquitos while we were there, though it was dry season), ceiling fan, and open (mosquito netted) windows to a fabulous view of the Pacific. Twin sinks, inside and outside showers, and a private decking area with loungers, chairs and a hammock. We loved going to sleep and awakening to the sounds of the jungle - even though the howler monkeys woke us at 4am... Beautiful sunrises, watched from the deck with coffee brought to the room in flasks at 6am. Spider monkeys played and fed in the trees in front of the balcony, as did scarlet macaws. The turn down service was special, with candles lit every night, and flowers on Valentine's Day, a nice touch. The food was delicious and well presented. We particularly loved the Valentine's Special of beef tenderloin with blackberry sauce. The guided tours included in the stay were excellent, with excellent, knowledgeable guides. We loved being able to plant trees, and the Twigs and Pigs tour (about sustainability) was very interesting. The beach is lovely though we didn't swim, the pool was great for a cool down - and a great place to see monkeys, iguanas and toucans! Wifi in the study area was an added bonus as we had been told there was none - and it was here that we saw an armadillo ambling past late one night! Rooms 12 - 17 are down the steps, so ask for 1 -11 if you are not keen on the climb! 1 & 2 are closer to the restaurant. It is possible to ask for transport to/from rooms 12 - 17 though if you are not able to make the climb. The service was always friendly, efficient and with a smile. We stayed in Costa Rica for 24 nights in 7 hotels and this was our absolute favourite. We hope to return!
"Waking up to a magical sunrise with the sound of wildlife :-)"
Our third place on our CR trip. We were coming from Tortuguera so took two short flights. We were greeted at the airport by Arlyn a charming young lady who gave us cookies and coconut water before jumping into the car for a 40 minute drive. We were greeted with cold towels and drinks by Alex. He showed us around the property and helped us to sign up for the trips and things like our morning drinks to be delivered to your bungalow at 6am. A lovely room, number 3 so thankfully not too many steps!!!!! Fantastic view of the bay, wonderfully comfy beds, a huge balcony with chairs, loungers and a hammock and outside shower with products. There's his and hers sinks inside and an indoor shower with more products. The 6am drinks, what a nice touch. We had both the coffee and hot chocolate mmmm You wake early to the wonderful sounds of the wildlife and incredible sunrises you can enjoy on your huge balcony -loved this! The food was very good at all meals and the service was excellent! A particular mention to Eliecer, a very polite helpful smiley young man. Kendall is also excellent and makes a delicious Bloody Mary. Some children from the local school came one evening to perform a traditional dance and another evening they put on a talk about birds. The general manager came to speak to us on the second night at dinner to check that everything was ok.. nice touch. The pool area was lovely, lots of fresh towels, cold drinking water, shade if you need it and a returning large iguana, they've nick named George who has a wander past and maybe a quick drink from the pool, cute! We did the sunset bird trip which was very interesting (not that we know anything about birds) Edwin was such a passionate guide who explained so much about birds he made the trip more enjoyable. We also saw a baby sloth and and lots of monkeys. We did the self guided trail which took around an hour, a nice walk up and down steps. We did the beach walk where we saw all four types of monkeys and a lot of birds. The beach is nice but be careful going in the sea there are lots of stones under foot and some bigger than cricket balls. The waves are strong and bashed some rocks into my shin which is bruised now.. It's very hot and there's only a fan in the room, at night I was quite restless as I was so hot. If you need air con in hot humid weather be mindful of this. As others have mentioned but just to reiterate if you struggle a bit with steps this is not the place for you. There are steps everywhere even to the higher rooms like ours, room 3, let alone rooms 12 onwards which are further down the hill... Wifi is only available in the guide hut, this is a pity we would've liked to be able to use it in our rooms or the bar area. Who wants to sit in a guide hut with the teenagers... All in all a perfect stay and I won't forget that incredible view.
This is truly a special place. Outstanding views. Great guides and great piece of property. Great bungalows. The pool was wonderful. Food was excellent. So much wildlife to see everywhere. Birds and monkeys everywhere!! Limited number of rooms so fairly intimate number of people around. Can't say enough great things!
"Truly paradise on earth"
My husband and I traveled here with a National Geographic adventure tour, not knowing what to expect, but assuming that NatGeo would select something special. And they did! As soon as you step out of the vehicle, the staff is there to greet you with cool towels and drinks, and when we walked into our personal hut, we were overwhelmed by the panoramic view. We had a private deck with hammock, beds with romantic mosquito netting, twin sinks, and lots of space to stretch out. While there's no TV or A/C, you don't really need it because of the breezes that flow through the windows. (It also had very good WiFi!) Best of all, when I sat outside on our deck, I happened to glance up at a nearby tree and to my astonishment, there was a three-toed sloth clinging to the branches. She stayed put for all three days we were there. The dining room was another dazzler. Excellent food, gorgeously prepared, a nice bar, and splendid birdwatching right from the open deck. Parrots everywhere, coatis, monkeys -- it's a great place for nature watching. The only word of caution: if you're mobility impaired, you must request a nearby cottage, because many of the guest cottages require walking up and down a series of steps through the forest. Of course it adds to your sense of privacy, but it could be difficult if you have trouble climbing steps. Also for families, I believe they have a lower age limit of 6 years old, because of the many steps and walkways.
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