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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Golfito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Designed so you are nature's privileged guests, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a captivating retreat in Costa Rica. This solar-powered sanctuary along the Pacific Coast is tucked into a 165-acre estate within the Piedras Blancas Park. Arrive by boat to an intimate world composed of a main lodge, cabins and guest rooms that are uniquely designed to create a seamless and enjoyable transition between the indoors and outdoors. Follow candlelit pathways to the dining terrace for three full meals each day, where you will be enchanted by a tranquil blend of romance and environmental sensitivity.
This region is considered one of the most biologically diverse places on earth - you are sure to agree as you wander your front yard, with its views of dolphin-filled waters, or stroll along through thousands of acres of tropical rainforest. Kayak through the nearby mangroves, enjoy offshore fishing, take a jungle hike to a waterfall, or simply swing in a hammock beneath an almond tree by the sea and drift off to the rhythm of the waves. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is one eco-retreat you are sure to never forget.
Location of Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Nearest Airport: SJO
Amenities for Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
- General Information
- 9 Guest Rooms
- Ecologically Sustainable Practices
- In-Room Amenities
- Ceiling Fans
- Outdoor Showers
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Ecological Excursions
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Nature Reserve
- Active & Adventure
- Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
- Honeymoons & Romance
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- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
We enjoyed five nights at this very special place which is at one with nature, situated between the Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas National Park. All the services and facilities were excellent. It started with a serene transfer across the tropical fjord, warm welcome and informative briefing from Cesar (about safety and the Lodge's sustainability initiatives). The ecological practices and credentials are impressive. During our stay, the Lodge was supporting vital research about how to regenerate coral reefs. Our one bedroom cabin was characterful, spacious and comfortable. It had an outdoor shower and sheltered porch with a hammock: a great place for watching the wildlife and listening to the torrential downpours. We loved how the dark, beautiful local timber was used to construct and furnish the cabin and public areas. The bathroom was very well equipped with two wash hand basins, a strong, hot shower; plumbing so toilet paper could be disposed of in the toilet; and locally made organic biodegradable soap and insect repellent. The Lodge is small and personal, encouraging interaction (with a communal dining table) between the international guests. Remarkably, all the guests are known by name. The food was delicious, varied, locally grown and so plentiful, we asked for small portions. There were so many stand-out dishes: mine was the organic chocolate dip with coconut slices. We were on the multi-sport rainforest package which meant we could choose a range of wildlife, nature activities. The tours (kayak mangrove, Golfo Dulce snorkelling, botanical garden, night time) were lovely, with knowledgeable, safety conscious guides. Every day we enjoyed watching sunrise and sunset (and the scarlet macaws) from the dock. The garden is designed to support and nurture wildlife - we saw kinkaju, racoons, agouti, Capuchin and Howler monkeys and many beautiful birds and butterflies. Thank-you for such an inspiring and excellent experience.
Worksop - UK
We stayed here in January for a week in one of the one bedroomed cabins. We had such a lovely time. From the moment you arrive by boat, you are made to feel welcome. We tried quite a few of the activities on offer; kyaking, hiking, yoga etc all very well organised. The knowledge the guides have is excellent, the wildlife fantastic. We were so sad to leave. Thank you to all the staff for such a memorable stay.
Bruce6364 - Switzerland
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a beautiful, relaxing, comfortable place to just unwind or be as active as youâ€™d like. This small, ten room eco-lodge resort is nestled in the rainforest along the water. Built with recovered wood from the forest, the nice-sized rooms are pleasantly rustic and private. The open air shower is beautiful. The staff is incredibly pleasant, ready to take you out fishing, hiking, snorkeling, etc. They offer, but are not at all pushy. We highly recommend the waterfall hike which we saw lots of wildlife and natural beauty. Cesar, the hotel manager, is actively involved in the daily guest experience. Dinners are served family style with all guests together every night (you also have option to dine separately if you so choose). During our stay there were guests from all corners of the world which made for fascinating conversations. Breakfasts and lunches at the property were very good. The dinners were decent, but uninspiring. Less expensive Mango rooms are two story. Upgrade to second floor room to avoid hearing the upstairs guestâ€™s movements. Or, if the budget allows, upgrade to the single floor cabins.
kstraveler81 - Leawood, Kansas
The lodge is set in the middle of the rain forest along a wonderful beach. It is an upscale Swiss Family Robinson with a wooden lodge set in the trees. Our room was a small cabin with our own private porch, three beds, a large bathroom with two sinks and an outdoor shower. Everything made in dark beautiful wood. The windows are open with screens so you hear the beauty of the rain. While you are in the middle of nature you feel clean and well taken care of. The food is family style and simple yet quite delicious. I felt like I was in a spa eating great food because all the ingredients are natural. There are many fun activities from Kyak to hikes to fishing ect.... the staff is extremely accommodating. I suggest this to anyone who wants a luxury feel while at the some time simplicity in the beauty of the rain forest!
Soulful24 - Venice, Italy
Expecting a Club Med type resort? You're going to be very disappointed. Coming here because you want to stay at a "green" hotel with minimal impact? This is your place! We inundated this hotel with 18 family members celebrating my mom's 80th birthday. The efforts being made by this hotel to have minimal impact are beyond what I have experienced anyplace else in the world. Take the sustainability tour to learn more about their efforts. Staff was super-friendly. We fell in love with Josue, Melo, Harrison (Gerson), Omar, and Brian. All were great and Cesar runs the whole thing very tightly. Melo is as good a bartender as you will find in the states. Snorkeling was so-so (no reef to speak of), as was fishing, but the dolphin tour was amazing. I was somewhat surprised there weren't more birds given how pristine they have left the grounds. Antbirds will come by your cabin if you're quiet and patient enough, and its surreal to see a Great Currasow walk just feet away from you. BUT (!) I now hate my niece for spotting a jaguarundi on the grounds. Most the staff had never seen one, but this is a woman raised in Montana, who has seen many mountain lions in her life. She knows her wild cats and would not exaggerate a sighting. The food was simply astounding. Anybody complaining about not having enough food eats far too much. My only complaint is that with as expensive as Nicuesa is, the educational classes (making chocolate for example) should be inclusive in the price of the hotel. Overall a wonderful hotel and a great place for a family trip.
Steve E - Bozeman, Montana