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“A beautiful oasis”
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El Encanto Inn
Ranked #2 of 20 Cahuita B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
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“A beautiful oasis”
Reviewed 24 February 2013

My top choice for Cahuita, a happy, beautiful, relaxed place. The French owners are the sweetest happiest people, the place is beautiful and lush, rooms clean and nice, hammocks everywhere and a very tasty breakfast is included. Loved it, merci e gracias!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

We were welcomed by Daniel and Brigitte with a refreshing tropical fruit drink which set the tone for the week that we spent here. The breakfasts were tasty, ample and varied. The pool was clean and inviting especially in the hot humid weather. The rooms were beautifully decorated and spotless. The well tended gardens were filled with a variety of birds, insects and reptiles which we enjoyed watching as we lounged in chairs and hammocks. We listened to soothing jazz while reading from the rather large library of fiction and guide books. El Encanto just kicked the whole laid-back Caribbean experience up a few notches for us. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic relaxing place to stay!! Felt sad to be leaving this morning waving off brigitte and Danielle like old friends!! Stayed in a little lodge room in the beautiful tropical garden - with sound of the sea and the amazing dawn chorus. So many birds in the garden - a delight to walk around exploring, spotting many different colours of bird and loads of little green and black frogs. Lovely pool, great breakfasts - you definitely won't be disappointed. Go there!!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

The El Encanto Inn has a truly beautiful garden which is the highlight of the place. There is a lovely outside reading area that is very peaceful. The breakfast was excellent, and the inn's location of being just outside the main part of town leaves it peaceful but with easy access to the town and the Cahuita National Park (roughly 1km from the hotel). The room was clean and well appointed, with a nice deck with a hammock and table and chairs.

Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Ithaca, New York, United States
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

If you appreciate beautifully maintained tropical botanical gardens, you'll love this place. All sorts of flowering plants and tropical trees adorn the grounds here and are lovingly maintained by a local man who works all week at keeping it nice. This was the only place I've seen poison dart frogs in my entire Costa Rica trip! The hosts Brigitte and Danielle, fluent in Spanish and French, we're very welcoming and provided an amazing breakfast after a comfortable night in one of their quiet, clean rooms. In walking around Cahuita, I never saw another place that came close to offering the features so perfectly as this place.

Room Tip: They have a 2 story, 3 bedroom house available as well.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Alberta
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

We arrived in Cahuita after dark with no reservations. I had researched El Encanto so crossed our fingers for a room. Cami was quick to answer the bell and showed us the beautiful room and beautiful grounds. We loved everything about this place. The rooms were clean, grounds very secure with a locked gate, the breakfast delicious and the dog Clapton very entertaining. We only stayed 1 night but would have loved to stay more if we had the time. I definitely recommend this lovely oasis.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

Merci Brigitte and Danielle! Thank you for the fantastic hospitality! It was exactly what we needed.
Unlike the comments below, I also did a lot of research before heading into the jungle and otherwise unpopulated region of the Limon province to specifically stay in Cahuita. It was amazing to have indigionous poisonous dart frogs outside out door every morning and especially waking up at 5 am to our neighbours the Howler Monkeys!!!! When you go into the jungle I couldn`t imagine what you need a blow dryer for.... I do speak fluent french and a little spanish, but regardless of the lack of english or spanish, my boyfriend who only speaks english was able to get exactly what he needed. At one point I even saw them communicating with other guest via google translator.

The rooms were made everyday with fresh linens and always extra towels if you asked. Brigette and Danielle even made us a homemade meal one night!!!!!!!!!! If that isn`t going the extra mile to please your guests I don`t know what is.

They may not have had all of the information of what was going on in town, because that is not their job, there are there to take care of their meticulous garden and care for the guests they have. They did tell us some places to go in town and the rest we figured out on our own! That is what travelling is all about!!!

All in all we had a fantastic time in the sleepy village of Cahuita and if you are going to see any part of Costa Rica I do recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: El Encanto Inn
Address: Metros Oeste Delegacion de Policia 300, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Cahuita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Encanto Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Encanto is a small first class bed and breakfast inn located within 5 minutes walking distance from the village of Cahuita on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It is close to the Cahuita National Park where sloths, monkeys, birds and other types of wildlife can be seen. The closest beach is within 100 meters from El Encanto. The inn has four tastefully decorated bungalows and a fully furnished house with three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, living room and dining room. Each bedroom has a private bathroom and balcony. El Encanto is renowned for the quality of its personalized service, the generous and healthy tropical breakfasts, the beautiful surroundings and artwork. Above all, it is admired for the peace and serenity of its garden. It is a place that appeals specially to those for whom harmony and well being are priceless. ... more   less 
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