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
- Lodges & Ranches
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
We stayed at Nicuesa lodge for 3 nights. The rooms are very dark and one can't close the doors properly so that bugs, spiders, scorpions, etc. can easily get in. Also we had bats sleeping in our open bathroom which we personally didn't mind but still weren't expecting due to the price pp/night. The food was so lala, nothing special and far away from what is written on the homepage (e.g. Sushi,..). The beach consists out of rocks, so does the so called reef where one can go snorkelling. Further the water visibility isn't great. Nevertheless we saw plenty of dolphins which was great. One also needs to know that some of the activities can not be done directly at Nicuesa, why one needs to take the boat. The boat ride costs around usd 150 extra. Therefore some of the activities are very expensive. Compared to the other lodges we have been in Costa Rica the lodge misses a lot of these little somethings (e.g. Candles for dinner, one need to chose whilst breakfast what one would like to eat for lunch (same happens at lunchtime for dinner), the laundry only came back on request, the reception was not sure about our departure time...even we were the only two guests that day, the shower sometimes only has cold water,...). We were thinking of leaving (mainly because of the bugs and the room) but as we "only" stayed for 3 nights we arranged ourselves with the situation. The staff is very friendly and helpful (offers to inspect the rooms for bugs each night, answers all the questions about nature) but can not really make up for the other things which are not as good. All in all we expected much more from Nicuesa lodge and cannot recommend it. The lodge is overpriced and far away from a truly recreative stay.
People and the place were fabulous. Wildlife and seclusion in the jungle. Excellent food and beverages. Great honeymoon trip and need to go every year to escape. Not the Hilton in Chicago but if you want to birds, bats, and sharing your private deck with a rare frog then i will see you there.
Tucked away on the edge of a calm bay, this property was a slice of heaven. Snorkling, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in the calm waters right from shore. Guided fishing tours, chocolate making, hiking and birdwatching. Best vacation dining experience ever. Family style, simple menu (2-3 choices per meal), always fresh, delicious, authentic AND accomodated gluten free/vegetarian diet!! Stayed in Jaguar house and it's just as magical as the photos on the website. Rustic for sure... really felt like we were in the jungle (we were!), but clean, comfortable and beautiful. Loved the outdoor shower and the citronella lotion in the room. Staff were sooooo gracious, friendly and knowlegable. We will be back!!
jjmc2017 - Orinda, California
Nicuesa lodge is a piece of paradise. It is not for the faint of heart who would not want to be among the sights and sounds of the jungle. The location is just beautiful and far away from the hustle and business of large vacation resorts. But what makes this place superior is the people who work and live there everyday. From the moment you step into the boat that takes you to the lodge, until the moment you enter the boat to get to your flight to San Jose, the staff treat you like family. They are extremely knowledgeable, warm, friendly and want nothing but to make you feel at home. All the staff were great , however a real shout out to Jose who was our guide the entire time for whatever activity we did. For Jose it wasn't a job it was his sincere interest in sharing his insights with us. He always went above and beyond. We highly recommend Nicuesa Lodge for that very special vacation. Muchas Gracious to all of the staff! Laura and Steve Robbins
Laura R - New York City, New York
The only access is via a boat to a jetty. There is a main lodge comprising a first floor open sided bar and dining room where you can see above the immediate forest canopy to keep in touch with the wildlife whilst eating. Food was very good but had to be pre-ordered i.e. At lunch you were given a dinner menu and asked to choose for later. Breakfast, lunch & dinner were included. A nice touch, I thought, was that you were encouraged to meet before dinner for a drink and delicious complimentary hors d'oeuvres in the bar. There was a quiet area on the ground floor with books to borrow and literature on wildlife. We had a lodge that was on its own in a clearing in the rainforest. It was basically a raised floor with a roof supported on a number of vertical logs (cut from the forest) a double bed with a mosquito net and a bathroom with a large open air shower. The walls were folding shutters which we were told we did not need to close at night and could leave open all day. We did not want the forest creatures entering our room at night so closed the shutters. There was a lockable box for valuables. Every morning were were woken by howler monkeys in the trees above our lodge and all night there were scratchings and noises from outside (I Think). There was always plenty of wildlife about just walking around the pathways and even sitting quietly on the recliners provided at your lodge. There was a pebbly beach and a few sunbeds if you wanted to relax, the sea was beautifully calm and warm in the morning but a breeze made it choppy in the afternoon but good swimming and ok snorkelling. The highlight for me was the arrival of the Scarlet Macaws. They would arrive at about lunchtime and feed in the cashew nut trees above the beach and then perform all kinds of acrobatics as they bickered amongst one another - brilliant to watch and photograph - I must have hundreds of macaw photos!!
Sedgtrav1 - Doncaster, United Kingdom