We spent three nights at La Cocotera during the third week of September and arrived with a certain amount of trepidation, the "Eco" tag in Central America usually means budget food and accomodation and a hotel full of backpackers. La Cocotera is certainly much better than that, the rooms are very nicely designed and decorated and give a feel of quality. Likewise, the whole hotel is well designed and because of it's position, guests can enjoy the peace and solitude of the lagoon or walk a few metres and be sitting in front of the crashing Pacific waves. I don't normally like the concept of "meals included" resorts but in this case there really is not much choice but to eat at the hotel and the good news is that the food was varied and tasty, the fruit juices were excellent and plentiful and the beer prices were reasonable. We were very lucky because no other guests were present during our stay so we had the place to ourselves, which meant that we could play our own i-pod at the pool, in the restaurant and in the bar but don't worry, I cannot imagine that La Cocotera is ever overwhelmed with guests, they only have six rooms and the place is clearly targeted at people who want to enjoy something a little special. We took the boat trip around the lagoon and mangrove swamps which was a nice option but overpriced at $20 each and sadly we didn't spot any alligators although the staff assured us that they exist. We also indulged in the moonlight dinner on the lagoon which was enjoyable but needs to be refined for guests to enjoy a truly romantic event, there were two of us and three staff who frankly seemed to be more interested in each other than in us and so we helped ourselves to drinks out of the cool box while they chatted away at the end of the boat. The staff are friendly and helpful but with only two guests they weren't fully occupied which is never a good thing
Two notes of caution, firstly the beach is littered with plastic rubbish washed up from the Pacific so don't expect to spend hours enjoying it, I walked along it every day for an hour or more but it's not the best experience. Secondly, we went during the week and left on Saturday and enjoyed the tranquility of the lagoon but by midday Saturday the weekenders were out on their jet ski's and my advice would be to avoid the weekends if you want peace and quiet. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we're happy to recommend La Cocotera to people like us who support the need for ecological sustainability but enjoy the nicer things in life ( we must be "Champagne Greens"). We will definitely return and will be very comfortable taking ( or sending) friends, the hotel has aimed at giving guests a quality experience and also offers something different with their efforts to support turtle breeding and the fragile ecostructure of their environment. Full marks for all of those things. Oh, did I mention that we were lucky enough to see a turtle on the beach, making her way back to the Pacific after laying her eggs in the sand? Magical.
- Also Known As:
- La Cocotera Hotel
- La Cocotera Hotel Barra De Santiago
- La Cocotera El Salvador/Barra De Santiago
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Cocotera is Central America’s premier eco lodge and resort. We offer luxurious accommodations in a relaxing setting. We are an eco friendly resort located in beautiful La Barra de Santiago, bordered by the warm Pacific Ocean on one side and a peaceful estuary on the other.As an environmentally friendly resort in El Salvador, we support the region and local people. We are happy to offer a pristine world-class destination to the environmentally conscious traveler, complete with unspoiled coastlines and surfable waves, all at no expense to the environment or residences. We encourage nature and luxury lovers alike to visit our green hotel in El Salvador for a truly unique vacation experience. ... more less