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Hacienda La Isla Lodge
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Ghent, Belgium
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely recommended”
Reviewed 2 December 2012

We did spent 2 nights in this marvellous place in August 2012. First surprise was the wonderful location, really in the middle of nature between forest, bush and a small creek. The next good thing was the welcome by the owner, Jean-Pierre. Not only did he make us feel at home, but we got a detailed explanation about the area and the possibilities to explore it at best. Our room was very nice, and the decoration was "in style" and tasteful. No airco, but a ventilator could keep it comfortable. The experience of a tropical rain- and thunderstorm while sitting outside on the patio, is one that you would not like to miss. Also not to miss is the dining at the outside restaurant : with a view on the creek and a small alligator looking at us from litterally only 10 feet away, the kitchen surprises with traditional local dishes with a modern flavour. A good selection of wine makes the evening complete and makes you ready for a quiet night in this paradise. Don't miss out on the recommended excursions to "Frogs' heaven" where you will be turned into an expert on these wonderful Costa Rican animals, or the "Night Walk in the rainforest", a bit scary but fascinating to walk around between giant ants, colourful spiders and snakes crossing your way once in a while. The swimming pool is a bit cold, but this was compensated by the sight of a Jesus Christ Lizard walking across over it ! Definitely a place where Costa Rica is at its best !

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Den Burg, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

When we arrived at the lodge we were warmly received by Jean Pierre and his dog. After we put our luggage in our room, we started the walk through the forest, a nice trail on the lodge's own grounds. The dog was joining us! Afterwards the cool beer on our private porch was very good! The rooms are spacious and well equipped. In the evening we had dinner in the restaurant. Both choices, fish and meat, were very tasty! So all in all a place that we truly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bilthoven
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

We stayed 2 nights with our family at La Hacienda. The personal hospitality of Jean-Pierre and the service of his staff was awesome. They do anything to make you feel at home, the rooms were very comfortable, From the terrace at the restaurant you have a wonderfull view at the garden and pound with its beautifull plants and wild animals such as a cayman. You can make a really nice walk at the Hacienda property to discover a lot of wild animals and beautiful flowers and plants. A lot to do and see in the neighbourhood, like rafting, horse-riding, hiking, canopy's etc. We had both evenings dinner at Jean-Pierre's restaurant, and the meals were great, very fresh ingredients and everything prepared with care and a personal touch. A wonderfull place to stay, which we highly recommend to everybody who intends to travel to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Waalre
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Costa Rica is an overwhelming experience... and there are some jewels in the crown. Like Hacienda La Isla. A few hundred meter off road, and suddenly... hundreds of miles from 'Western hectic reality'. Nature, optima forma. Tranquility. A small scale honest accommodation, with all the comfort you can wish and even more hospitality. If you want a 'whow' experience, want the experience of being 'one of the lucky ones' ... visit the Hacienda!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Beveren, Belgium
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

We toured Costa Rica in September 2011. We were very surprised when we saw the rooms! Very beautiful and very clean! The food was also very good, as were the fruitcoctails. :-)
In the early morning, we went for a walk in their wonderful garden. Lots of animals and plants.
The owner was very friendly and took his time to chat with everyone who wanted.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Pembury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

An experience of a lifetime - staying in a rainforest in an Ecologically run hotel. The room was nicely decorated with an enormous bed. A fan was a welcome as it was hot and humid. The food was really nice and the portions were generous. The restaurant was open sided with a palm fronded roof and a lagoon on one side frequented by a resident caiman! The frog chorus at night was special to hear and we spotted several blue jeans frogs. The nature trail was good but being a rainforest there is no guarantee of seeing anything.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Breda, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

We toured Costa Rica in February 2012. Hacienda La Isla was hands down the nicest hotel we stayed. It is not big on features but is is classy with a great atmosphere and very personal. The owner, Jean Pierre, is originally from Belgium and speaks Flemish. He also has a network which he uses to arrange entertainment for his guests. The night tour with José from Frogs heaven was especially memorable.

The food in the restaurant was very tasty. The restaurant itself overlooks a nice little lagoon which is different every day. It adds to the whole secluded rain forest ambiance. The grounds are teeming with wildlife: lizards, monkeys, alligators.

The room was spacious. It did not have AC, so it was a little warm at night, but not stifling hot or uncomfortable.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hacienda La Isla Lodge
Address: Horquetas, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > Horquetas
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Horquetas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda La Isla Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in the foothills of the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Spanish colonial-built Hacienda La Isla Lodge is very well located in the center of numerous top attractions of Costa Rica.A perfect gateway for your visit to the rainforests and the adventure sites (rafting, canopy, horseback riding, etc.) of Sarapiqui, the exotic Caribbean beaches, the active volcano Arenal or the world famous Tortuguero canals and sea turtles. Guests will encounter the mysteries of the rainforest while enjoying a comfortable stay in the historically designed rooms of the hacienda. Hacienda La Isla lodge is a unique departure from the common tourism experience in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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