About This Listing
We think that you are going to love to stay in our resort, because you will be in the middle of a very well preserved rainforest with tropical gardens, surrounded by a swimming-pool that makes our clients absolutely relaxed and away from civilization.
We are also very near one of the most unspoiled and unique beaches of Costa Rica, called Playa Linda full of coconut trees, warm sands and sea water with a annual temperature around 28ºC . . . . isn’t this great?
During your stay with us you can discover around with our bicycles the wonders of this region, and you can participate in one of the many activities we have available like: Bird-watching / Wildlife observation, Mountain bike rentals, Zip – Lines, Canopy, Kayaking, Hiking (kilometers of trails through rainforest - think Jurassiac Park ), Horseback ride into Mountainous Rainforest, Surfing for starters to good surfers, Rafting, Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour, Mangrove Tour Damas Island, Manuel Antonio National Park Tour, National Park Marino Ballena Snorkeling and Diving Adventure, Beach Fishing with a resident expert.
Our airy Garden bedrooms 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, bamboo table and chairs, cool tiled floors, private bathroom with hot shower, screened windows that let in gentle breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep.
On the surface it appears to be a beautiful and charming resort however the beauty is truly only skin deep. I had read some bad reviews on tripadvisor but being an un-demanding traveler with a positive outlook I proceeded with the booking hoping they were exaggerated or maybe things had improved. Upon arrival we were “non-welcomed” by the owner Manuel; a crotchety and gruff man that has no place in a hospitality business. After checking in we were ordered to sit down so Manuel could explain the “rules” and other important information; most important of these rules is without exception no outside food or beverages can be consumed in public at the resort, the tone of the discussion was more of a lecturing which set the tone for the rest of our stay. Unlike everywhere else we stayed in Costa Rica, the atmosphere here is sterile and tense; the staff is on edge and clearly unhappy, looking away or down when I attempted to make eye contact or say hello. We ate lunch here on our first day; the choices were hamburger, hotdog or salad. The food was disgusting and overpriced and the service was nonexistent, not even asking if we wanted drinks or even bringing water. Next we spent some time at the pool, had a nice time talking to another couple but despite the strict no outside beverages policy nobody offered to bring drinks which we would have gladly paid for. The room was a further disappointment; small, dreary and lit by one tiny fluorescent, we actually found ourselves using headlights most of the time. The only ventilation was a low speed ceiling fan that was totally inadequate, the room was hot and humid at all times. The bed\pillows were the most uncomfortable I have ever attempted to sleep on; you could actually feel each spring poking you. Further reducing any chance of a good night’s sleep was what I assume were the owner’s dogs loudly barking all throughout the night and roosters crowing starting around 4:30am right about the time the dogs finally tired out. A few other gripes about the room: no cups\glasses for water, no shampoo, no privacy\thin walls, gross old tile floors in the bathroom, towels and linens smelled unclean\moldy. Ultimately we decided to cut our losses by spending as little time as possible at the “resort” opting instead to eat at nearby restaurants and spend our time at Playa Linda. The one bright spot was Leo, a driver that works for the resort, he became our impromptu guide, a friendly young man that spoke English and helped us immensely with his knowledge of the area. Perhaps my expectations were too high or “resort” means something different in Costa Rica; to me a resort exists to make guests feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, a place to leave your worries behind and have your every need taken care of. After two nights we couldn’t wait to leave, truly a depressing state of affairs.
La Palapa turned out to be our least favorite stay in Costa Rica. If you read our profile, you will see that we have never written a negative review. Call it “Minnesota Nice” or whatever you want but normally our rule is: “If you can’t say something nice about someone, then don’t say anything at all.” In this case, we felt we needed to say something because so many travelers (including us) rely on truthful, accurate reviews (both good and bad) when booking for vacations. We stayed in many wonderful places in Costa Rica, but be careful with La Palapa. On arrival, we were immediately impressed by how beautiful La Palapa is. Winding paths through meticulously maintained landscapes lead us past architecturally interesting cabanas to the office/common/pool area located within a lush jungle forest. Wow! Paradise found! Definitely the most beautiful resort we stayed at in Costa Rica. Everything, from the blooming flowers to the smiling staff in their crisp white outfits added to the charm of this place except its owner/manager Manuel Braganca. Apparently, based on the 100+ positive reviews for La Palapa, Manuel can be a great host but he seriously lacked people skills when we were there. At check in, he did not make us feel welcome. No smiles, no please or thank you’s. From the way we observed him bullying his staff and tensely dealing with another guest couple over a tour he sold them, we could tell he had a really bad attitude and we should keep our distance from him as much as possible. At breakfast the next morning, still no smiles and Manuel scowled at us when we politely declined his offer to buy dinner at his restaurant. It was uncomfortable. Later that evening, we asked one of his staff for 2 cups of ice to take to our room. We quickly regretted asking because Manuel came running over, ripped the cups from her hands, took her in the back room and yelled at her. We don’t speak Spanish so we don’t know what he said but she was clearly afraid of him. Then Manuel returned and began angrily lecturing us on how he was in business to sell drinks, not give away ice. So we offered to pay for the ice. He acted like he was doing us a big favor when we agreed to pay $2.00 per cup of ice. But then he wanted to “give” us the ice now and charge to our room bill. We said don’t add anything to our bill because we would pay cash now. Manuel then dumped the ice in the sink and angrily said “Then I sell you no ice.” We can’t say exactly what he planned to charge to our room but we were suspicious it would have been an outrageous amount. We retreated to our cabin without the ice. We didn’t sleep well because we dreaded another encounter with him to check out in the morning. Lucky for us, Manuel was not...
The accommodations and ground were very nice. The landscaping was well tended to and the cabina was very nice. The general vibe was slightly restricting... my boyfriend and I brought a bottle of champagne to the pool (seemed innocent enough) and asked some of the ladies in the kitchen for two glasses. They happily gave them to us, but we then saw the manager go over and scold them quite loudly (there were a number of people within earshot of this), and then proceeded to come over and scold us for bringing the champagne to the pool. He demanded that we must bring it back to our room at once and took our glasses away. We left feeling like we were children being scolded. Definitely could have been handled differently. We would probably not stay here again when we compare our experience here to the other 4 airbnb places we stayed at while in Costa Rica who were all extremely welcoming and friendly.
We did have dinner here one night and had a Sopa De Moriscos - it was wonderful!
Additionally, there is no parking that is close to your cabina so lugging luggage back and forth wasn't ideal.
On a positive note, we did have dinner here one night and they served Sopa De Mariscos - it was wonderful!
Excellent établissement bien tenu par Manuel, le propriétaire. Bungalows dans la jungle très confortables, propres et suffisamment éloignés l'un de l'autre pour créer un sentiment d'intimité. Bonne cuisine et prix raisonnable. La Palapa est facile à trouver, bien indiquée.
Our host Manuel was accommodating and entertaining; his quaint resort well manicured with superb flowers and vegetation, and his great food a combination of Portugese influence and Tico tastes. By car, there are fabulous beaches in the area and beautiful mountain-top views for avid 4x4-ers like us. Our little cabin was charming and our experience memorable.
Commençons par les points positifs, l'endroit est un petit paradis au milieu d'un village typique très agréable, la piscine fait vraiment plaisir et les chambres sont très propres! Que dire du jardin, à part qu'il respire la vie et que les couleurs sont radieuses... Magnifique!
Mais... Quel accueil du propriétaire !! Pas un sourire, aimable comme une porte de prison... presque l'impression de déranger!
Les chambres à 65 $ sont très peu insonorisées.
Mais nous tenons quand même à dire Madame la propriétaire a été très agréable et accueillante avec nous et c'est très bien que ce soit elle qui gère la relation client. Voila nos impressions pour ces deux nuits passées là bas, on en garde quand même un bon souvenir car le coin est magnifique :-) pura vida
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