From our client Denise First
What a gorgeous property! The grounds are immaculate. The bungalows are stylish, spacious, comfortable, and very clean. The pool and the tropical gardens full of birds are heaven after a long hot day. You could get the wi-fi signal in the Bungalow, restaurant & pool area, but why would we sit in our room when we could lounge on the patio and check our emails? The hotel is in a quiet rain forest property away from the main road, with gardens and public areas absolute cleaned at all times. The beach is just a few minutes away from the resort, but “the famous Playa Linda” is a real pristine paradise full of thousands of coconut trees and totally empty from any human been. There is a small shop down the road to the resort were we bought many of our needs to take with us on our car trips. We preferred to participate during the morning in some of the hotels activities, like bird watching, rafting, canoeing and zip line and come enjoy the hotel pool or the Playa Linda beach on the afternoon. Next time I will definitely want to rent an ATV from the front desk to get out & explore the roads and mountains nearby.
What really made the La Palapa Eco lodge feel like home for us was Cristina the owner and her wonderful staff. Cristina was just super nice, answering our many questions and making great suggestions. She takes such great care of each and every guest, and her stories at the end of the day with the guests about life experiences were great for great conversations. We are until today after 11 days past in Costa Rica, talking about the delicious homemade fish soup she made for us on our last night. If this was in Toronto and if I were a food critic (we all can dream), I'd name Cristina’s restaurant "The dream in paradise".
What makes a great Hotel is one that makes you want to stay forever... My husband & I stayed at La Palapa for 9 nights, after booking 2 and that wasn't long enough. This place is truly a hidden gem in a rain forest, and the people there that make it so are part of this beautiful holiday we had in the Manuel Antonio Area in Costa Rica. We are already planning our next trip to Costa Rica because La Palapa is in our hearts, but next time we will bring my sister and her boyfriend to paradise!
Our airy Pool Bungalows are painted with warm colors and decorated with unique original objects imported from North and Southern Africa, to create a very warm and special atmosphere. All are non-smoking, have very comfortable beds, ceiling fans, private terrace with bamboo table and chairs, cool tiled floors, private bathroom with hot shower, large furnished living room with an extra bed, fitted kitchen with refrigerator and screened windows that let in gentle breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep.
La Palapa is not a typical AirBnb direct with host operation – it’s a small resort co-opting the AirBnB reservation format. It's available from any number of other hotel booking web sites. Not a great sin but it’s a commercial operation and affects the assessment. It has about 6 independent bungalows and a similar number of bedroom garden view units arranged around a central pool and thatched roof administrative/ dining area. The grounds and facilities are gorgeous. It’s a bit startling to step into this lush, beautifully maintained oasis. Little pathways wind their way from the parking lot through the gardens to the pool and administrative area and to the different bungalows. The bungalow are barely visible amongst the trees and gardens and are well constructed and maintained. They are spacious, brightly coloured with high sloped ceilings, heavily accented with wood doors and shutters and have a porch/patio. Wireless is generally available but not particularly robust. Certainly good enough for email and general browsing. Not at night. Breakfasts are not elaborate but ample – scrambled eggs, rice, beans and a selection of cut fruit, breads, jams and chutneys. After 3 days some variety would be appreciated. Coffee keeps running out. This would be a happy story if ended here. Here are 4 things you should know: Generally the resort is well situated but you’ll need a car to reach the resort and the local attractions nearby. The road from the main highway to the resort is pretty rough and rocky. You won’t need a SUV to travel along but you’ll be glad to have that tire and windshield rider you were armed twisted into taking by the car rental outlets. While the bungalows are self contained the kitchen facilities are functionally useless. There is no microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, not even a kettle to boil water to make tea. There are no cutting boards, no tea-towels, no salt and pepper, the cutlery and plates are pretty rudimentary, no bowls for mixing and most damning of all there are no wine glasses or a cork screw. I can sympathize with the owner that you do not want these bungalows turned into grease splattered, burn stained hunting lodge facilities but, come on, a coffee maker, cutting board and kettle and some wine glasses seems a pretty basic requirement in a self contained unit. Meals offered by the resort are average to disappointing. Don’t ask for a menu – there isn’t one. Everything is a la carte and the small deserts and side salads offered come at a pretty steep price for the convenience which you won’t be aware of until settling up time when you leave. There are better eating alternatives in Quepos or Dominical or grab some take away and enjoy in your bungalow. Unfortunately, Ana Christina is not available. Manuel the owner/manager is very familiar with the area and he’ll provide you with a schematic map of local attractions. His explanations at times seem at odds with the nicely prepared activity...
This place is amazing!!! Very clean, organized and relaxing. The pictures do not do this place justice; it must be experienced in person to get the full feel and beauty of the place. The staff is courteous and helpful and the bar, restaurant and pool area are great for relaxing, having a cafe/drink or eating a meal. I highly recommend it!!!!!!
Start with a sloth sighting right on arrival (like he was waiting!), a lovely pathway to a charming palapa with tables for dinner, and a beautiful inviting pool! This is how to start our adventure on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Christina and Manuel were lovely hosts. After showing us our private casita through a well manicured trail, we were surprised that we had a private veranda overlooking the well manicured grounds.
Its unbelievable the amount of love, sweat and care that Manuel and his crew must have put into this jungle setting in the last year. It is really beautiful.
The palapa was clean, nicely furnished and well appointed. A short stroll lead us to dinner under the palapa for a lovely chicken casado typical costa rican dish.
At night, I went out and found frogs, a sloth, leaf cutter ants and heard birds. The birds also act as an alarm clock in the morning in a relaxing way.
Breakfast was buffet style and included. Other guests were there as well and it was great to discuss what they did the day before and exchange tips. Christina and Manuel helped us arrange a couple of trips that we would have otherwise missed. Nayauca Falls and a Mangrove tour.
If you need to catch up on email, the wireless in the main palapa area worked well for my iphone and ipad. It would drop if many people were using it, however this has been my experience in many other locales.
Beverages are available for adults, however. If you looking for loud music and people partying, this wouldn't be your place. If you want relaxation and a quiet secure, safe and fun jungle adventure, this is it!!
We will definately return to this piece of paradise in Costa Rica! Thank you Christina and Manuel for a lovely, memorable, relaxing stay at La Palapa Eco Resort!
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