February 12, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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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
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Reviews for Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
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
Nicuesa was a nice stop on our tour of Costa Rica. With the beach right on the property it was easy to set up kayaking and paddle boarding trips. We saw tons of dolphins at the end of our trip on the boat ride back to the airport, and the guy driving the boat cut the engine and let us drift among them for a while. The cabins were a little dark as others have mentioned. The outdoor showers were interesting though the hot water wasn't very consistent. The guides were excellent, they knew we were dying to see a sloth and when one showed up in the staff area on our final day one of the guides came and found us and brought us to see it. As this resort is in the middle of the jungle it was pretty loud at night and, as a light sleeper, I was very tired by the end of our three days.
knobchouck - Boulder, Colorado
My wife and I had an excellent four nights at the lodge, which is set on the edge of the sound and surrounded by jungle. The guides and staff are extremely knowledgable about the wildlife and we saw a lot of it, including all four species of monkeys and dozens of spectacular birds and some mammals you won't see in many other places. There are several miles of hiking trails, and you only need to walk about a hundred yards before you are into the jungle. There are also several opportunities for tours and having guides with you is advisable because they will see things you would surely miss. One in particular is the kayak river tour through mangroves where we saw a different selection of birds, plus a boa constrictor plus a number of crocodiles sunning themselves on the shore. One slithered into the water as we glided past. The accommodations are all first rate with excellent food and service. Bugs? Sure, there are some, but not as many as I expected, and the humidity is pretty intense, but this is a rainforest after all, and if you want to see the sites it is nothing you shouldn't expect. Put on some bug repellant and take it slow. The owners have done an outstanding job of creating a destination for those who appreciate life in a natural environment. Costa Rica has done a great job in protecting its environment and it shows down on the Golfo Dulce. Playa Nicuessa provides great access to those who want to explore and interpret the local ecosystems, marine, upland and river/mangrove. And the lodge and its wonderful staff do it in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. We would happily return.
Nicuesa Lodge was the most amazing experience of our lifetime. Everything about it was phenomenal. Fantastic service, food, and lodging. The wildlife and bird life was exceptional. We went whale and dolphin watching, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking through a mangrove, hiking and swimming in the warm waters of Golfo Dulce. Every experience was incredible. I can't say enough about how wonderful our experience here was. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves nature and the outdoors.
CarolynBen - Cambridge, Canada
My family had a fantastic 3 nights at Nicuesa. Our room was surrounded by dense jungle and every evening felt like an adventure as we listened to the noises of the rainforest. The eco lodge made my family really appreciate the natural environment away from the comforts of the city. The communal area is a beautiful building and we spent many happy hours chatting to other families, swinging in hammocks and spotting wildlife. We used the kayaks and snorkels provided and explored the nearby Botanical Gardens. Our whole stay was a unique experience.
ruppeerola - london