My husband and I went to La Cocotera for a weekend while I was working in San Salvador for a couple of weeks. Ricardo and the driver met us at my hotel, and returned us there, which made it super easy to arrange--important for me given that I was working, and tired, and also given concerns which had been raised over security in El Salvador.
we were clearly in the off season, and the weather was a little bit oppressively hot and humid, but the place was still beautiful. We had a great time kayaking on the estuary, walking along the beach (the waves were a bit intimidating for us to do more than wade) and lying in hammocks on the beach. Most of the food was also excellent (I had a couple of things I wasn't in love with, but chose them largely because I don't eat shellfish--my husband never had a bad meal). We were the only people there, and with our beautiful room, it was nice to think of it as our own private resort.
My husband is a birder, and we enjoyed the natural bird life, as well as the parrots and the scarlet macaws that la cocotera has rescued and is working to reintroduce. Ricardo arranged a private tour of their aviary for us, and helped my husband get pictures of them in flight. we would love to come back another time when the turtles are ready to be released to see that.
My husband and I did get sick a few days later, which we think was from a stomach virus we picked up there, but it's hard to be sure, so I don't want to lay too much blame. My only other issue is that for such a small place (with us as the only guests), it seemed like the policies were a little rigid. Since we didn't have to be back in El Salvador that day, I asked to go back around 4pm. We were told that check out time was at 2, and we were welcome to hang out, but couldn't use our room after that point. This policy (with a substantial charge if you did get a late check out from the room) was posted in the rooms, so it was clearly an upper level management decision, and I didn't challenge it. Still, for a tiny place, at a time when it was clear that we were the only people there (and no one else was checking in that night) I wonder what it would have cost them to be a little more customer oriented.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- La Cocotera Hotel Barra De Santiago
- La Cocotera Resort & Ecolodge El Salvador/Barra De Santiago