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I am from the United States and have lived in Costa Rica for fifteen years. I love to work with medicine plants and be outdoors in the rainforest.
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I met Rachel and she was a very sweet lady. Unfortunately there was a huge lack of communication. I tried to ask her if she could give me any ideas on how to get to Puerto Viejo from Montezuma and she said "I don't know." Luckily my host from Montezuma help me plan out my whole trip to Puerto Viejo. We made it there and we were the only people staying in the house. That was kind of cool. In the morning I got up to make coffee but I could not get the stove too late. I tried for at least 20 minutes burning my finger on the letter. I finally resorted to boiling water in the toaster oven. I heard a horn honk and that's when I met Rachel. At that time I was pretty upset about the stove. She said she forgot to tell me that the stove isn't working. She never informed us of any interesting things to see in the city. Not that she is obligated to do so but in my experience host normally tell us some tips about the city. At the end of our say I decided to do some laundry because it was available. Unfortunately she failed to tell us that the dryer doesn't work either and we had to leave with wet clothes. Although the house was pretty cool it is not a yoga and wellness center as advertised. There were no yoga classes or wellness classes of any kind nor were there any people of any kind the entire time that I was staying there. Except Danielle. Danielle was a delight and luckily on the last day that we were there she told us of a place to rent bikes and she told us to go to the right out of the street and we would find beautiful beaches. If it weren't for her we would have never seen those things. Thank you Danielle!
We had a great time at the hidden garden wellness center. The grounds and the house were beautiful. Were hoping for a bit more guidance as we had never been to puerto Viejo and figured they could provide some info. Never met rachel but Josef and Danielle who worked there were awesome. again just wished we had a little more information on transport, activities etc. but the place was tranquil and pretty.
El lugar me encanto. Me sentí rodeada de naturaleza. El despertar fue una gran experiencia.
The house is exactly like shown in the photos- basic and serene. The rooms do not have AC and the bathrooms are small but you really have all you absolutely need the rest can be considered excess (depends on the traveler). It's not the place to sleep-in as it gets too hot and bright in the morning (7 a.m.) but it is surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants and has a spacious porch for relaxing and sipping some coffee. There were a lot of people visiting while we were there to work on the garden. It didn't bother me but thought you should know.
The location is not too far from the town. A ten minute walk. There is a long dirt road you have to take before reaching the house. Maybe half a mile. I really recommend getting there by Taxi and then ridding a bike through it for the remainder of your stay. Like others mentioned, it gets dark but I used my flashlight on my phone to guide me through.
Ana, Rachel's intern, greeted us when we first arrived. She was very pleasant, helpful and sweet. The house was a very unique experience like the other commentators mentioned. I would recommend the house to friends with a few disclosures as this is not the place for everyone; although, still an awesome experience.
We met Rachel on our second day and she was delightful. The house is beautiful and relaxing and in an amazing location in the jungle. It is a bit further from town, but that adds to the experience and made our stay calmer though we visited the area during its peak season. I advise to follow her directions to the house exactly as we got lost in our first attempt! The rooms were great and we loved the view and tranquility.
This place was amazing! The house is absolutely beautiful and everyone was extremely friendly. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking to stay in a jungle setting with great location near town.
There's nothing like waking up to howler monkeys!
Though we did not take advantage of the therapeutic services, we still thoroughly enjoyed the unique and relaxing stay at the wellness center.
We easily walked to/from town and nearby beaches every day (make sure you have a flashlight at night though; bicycles and taxis also available).
Sharing a bathroom with the room next to us wasn't an issue.
Rachel is sweet and has a wonderful place (be sure to ask about the story of Casa Redonda) :)
This was my second visit to Rachel's Hidden Garden. It was such a delight the first time so I made a point to go back and visit again.
This time I was smart and rented a bike to get me into town and back as it's about a 15 minute walk, which isn't a big deal unless it's pouring and the dirt road can become full of puddles (so bring your rubber boots!)
Hidden Garden was a nice retreat off the beaten path. Rachel has built a unique, rustic home, perfect for nature-lovers. The property is a short walk, bike ride or drive to the main shops and cafe's of Puerto Viejo, and Manzanillo. The side streets are pretty dark at night in Puerto Viejo, so pack a flashlight for the walk home. Definitely check out the nearby Pure Jungle Spa for and exceptional open-air massage. We weren't able to participate in a yoga class while we visited, but the yoga deck looks great, and the yoga teacher, Molly, is delightful and welcoming.
Nice and really peaceful place in Puerto viejo jungle! We just loved our stay in this wood made home.
Rachel and her friends were great! She let us know when she was arriving and kept in touch, even giving us some helpful advice on directions. She left the house in good shape! She is welcome to come anytime!
It was nice having Rachel, her friend and Rachel's daughter. They were quiet and respectful guests. The only problem was that on the first night we had to remind Rachel's friend of our strict no-smoking policy, which was very clear on our listing (hence the two stars for house rules). Otherwise they were good guests and once we reminded Rachel's friend of our policy she apologized and we had no more problems for the rest of their stay. To be clear it was Rachel's friend and not Rachel who was smoking (I think Rachel may actually have been out of the house at the moment) but this did feel important to share since it's an important house rule to many hosts. I would still recommend Rachel as a guest as long as the smoking policies are very clear, like I said she and her friend were very kind, friendly and respectful otherwise.