Sent by our client Jessica Smith.
There is simply no other way to say it because La Palapa seriously gave me the best vacation of my life. We all cannot thank enough Cristina (owner) for everything she did to make our trip so perfect. Costa Rica was a place I had always wanted to go and the experience exceeded my expectations. Everyone we met was extraordinarily friendly, the food was delicious every place we ate, the scenery even more beautiful than I imagined and the adventures could not have been more exiting or fun.I spent 8 days at La Palapa with 12 of my closest friends and there were days where the biggest decision we had to make was whether we should be swimming in the ocean or drinking champagne in the pool. The next days we went to, Zipline, Rafting, and Rainforest Tour through the jungle and over the mountains near the Savegre River (email hidden) that explained to all of us every detail of the tour every name of each animal we came across, a real National Geographic adventure that we can only see on the movies. We all went horseback riding on the Matapalo Beach where the guide brought the horses at the site and then let us run those beautiful creatures through the waves. It was the most glorious horseback riding experience of my life.Every morning we were greeted in the rancho with a scrumptious made to order breakfast. I haven't been so spoiled since I lived at home with my parents. The villas made our stay so comfortable. They were extremely clean and cozy with plenty of space for us all to stretch out, get some privacy when we needed and enjoy the common areas together. Every staff member who worked on site was kind, respectful and super friendly. I could go on about this place forever but the bottom line is I could not recommend staying here more. It's a beautiful part of the world and La Palapa Resort in Portalon is the ideal place to experience everything Costa Rica has to offer. I know I will be back soon and cannot wait until that day comes. On our last night around the resort swimming pool he had a dance party possible because we occupied the all resort and the owner allowed us to have a fantastic party (we guaranteed not to make noise that would disturb the rainforest wildlife) with lots and lots of “wine sangria” that made us feel in the end of the world, that was fantastic. La Palapa is for us and many people we meet that paid a fortune in other resorts, the best value for money that one can spent in a holiday in Costa Rica – Manuel Antonio National Park area. Take my advise that you will never regret.
This is a beautiful, peaceful place that is harmony with the nature around it. There is a lovely waterfall/stream down the road that you can walk to.
The rooms are basic but spacious, cool, and comfortable. Extremely clean with gorgeous, natural landscaping.
The wildlife is outstanding.
The hosts are kind and knowledgable.
Absolutely recommend staying here.
La Palapa is a wonderful tropic garden with flowers and birds including the Tucan. Bungalows are clean and have a nice deck with table and chairs, where you can enjoy the tropical night. Pool is beatiful and mostly in shade. Breakfast is great and the host couple is most helpful and kind.
De juiste tijd, het juiste moment. Supergaaf om je vakantie zo af te mogen (website hidden) zo'n kleine 20 km palmplantages voorbij Quepos, kom je opeens aan in een mooi paradijsje. De entree verklapt dat daar er snel een andere wereld tevoorschijn komt. De tuin is door de eigenaar Manuel fantastisch aangelegd. Door de mooie en afwisselende vegetatie komen er vele dieren voor als leguanen, toekans, kikkers, kolibries en nog vele andere soorten. Toen wij onze auto parkeerden werden we meteen welkom geheten door 5 (website hidden) het inchecken werden we vriendelijk welkom geheten door Christine (de vrouw van Manuel). Zij nam alle tijd om middels een plattegrond e.e.a. over de omgeving te vertellen. Er werd duidelijk door haar uiteengezet welke stranden, watervallen, parken de moeite waard waren om te bezoeken en welke restaurantjes de goed eten aanboden. Echter hebben wij 2 (van de 3) avonden in hun eigen restaurant gegeten met Christine als kokkin. Ze kan echt heel erg lekker koken en daarbij moeten we zeggen dat ze ook lang in de keuken staat om er echt iets lekkers van te maken. Ze komen beiden uit Portugal, dus de Europese keuken is ze erg bekend. Het ontbijt is 's morgens ook erg uitgebreid met diverse soorten fruit, koffie, toast en iets lekkers uit eigen keuken.
Naast relaxen oa in het mooi gelegen zwembad, zijn we zelf nog naar het park Manuel Antonio geweest en heb ik met Manuel een vistripje gemaakt. Hij had met een plaatselijk visser afgesproken die mij de hele dag heeft vergezeld. Zelf ging hij v.a. hetzelfde strand haaivissen, terwijl ik met een rol lijn (aas een vis van 30 cm) probeerde de grotere roofvissen te vangen. Uiteindelijk was het een heerlijke dagje aan een fantastisch mooi strand, een heerlijke lunch (gemaakt door Christine) en nog 2 grote vissen gevangen. De laatste was zo'n 7kg, welke 's avonds is bereid door Christine. Daar ik voor de vis had gezorgd in het restaurant kregen wij als dank een geheel gratis maaltijd aangeboden (kwamen we later pas achter). Dit zorgt nog eens voor echte gastvrijheid.
Al met al was het een super mooie locatie met een super vriendelijke staff, de perfecte en ultieme afsluiting!!!!!!!!!!
I had a wonderful stay here. The grounds are beautiful. Our bungalow was lovely, large and clean! Christina (our host) was so accommodating and friendly! Upon arrival she gave us a map and pointed out some great local spots to go to! We enjoyed them so much! Great beaches, waterfalls, restaurants, and cute little towns all within a few minutes of driving. She graciously sprayed me down with antiseptic after I fell on some rocks. I felt very well taken care of here. Breakfast each morning was delicious! It is so relaxing to sleep to the sound of raindrops on the tin roof. I loved it here. There are so many plants and wildlife to see on the grounds. You will not be disappointed! I only wish we could have stayed longer. Thanks for having us!
The room is basic but very clean and good size. The bathroom was great. The grounds at this resort are impeccably maintained and the overall stay was pleasant.
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!
Lovely place with a very good pool and gardens. The garden are very good and well maintained with plenty of birds visiting them every day. The owners are great people to help you with any intersts you may have or trips you want to take. We would go again but would have the bungalows rahter than the cabins as the walls are very thin
We stayed for 3 nights in one of the cabanas which was just as perfect as the pictures. The grounds are absolutely fabulous and the hosts are very helpful and knowledgeable. This place is an absolute gem and located off the high traffic area of Manuel Antonio and close to beautiful beaches makes it an ideal location for those who like to stay away from the hustle of high tourist areas. I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family.
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