You can read the reviews below (and soon, above) to get a general idea of the experience of visiting Samasati. I concur with all of them, both positive and negative. This experience is not for every person. But for those very fortunate people who come with an open mind and no preconceived expectations, the magic will happen. I could write a novel about my 6 days in Samasati. Fortunately for you, I’ll just offer a tiny bit of my experience.
My sister and I shared a Groupon deal for this trip. Neither of us had ever been to Costa Rica before, or any other Central American country, for that matter. This was to be a total adventure for the both of us. And, since we are both coincidentally now single, and nearing “milestone birthdays” (let’s just say, well over 40), it seemed the perfect time for it! The first stamp on my virgin passport! And now it's over...too fast! I've been home for two days and I miss this magical place already!
My friends told me I would leave Costa Rica a changed person. Sadly, they were right.
Yes, already! There are bugs there! BIG ONES! My sis and I just made a game of it, naming the 4” cockroaches that shared our cabin after our ex-husbands. They didn’t bother us, and we didn’t bother them.
The bugs that bite, however, were a different story. I had really good luck with Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent VII. Yes, it has DEET in it, but I suffered 2 insect bites to my sister’s (we lost count) experience with Cutter’s brand.
The collection of sweet dogs and cats that are a part of the Samasati family made me a little less homesick for my two canine babies back home.
And, as everyone has reiterated, the food was wonderful, and the staff and fellow guests became like family to us. We laughed and enjoyed each other’s company at every meal!
The climate was great – temps in the 80’s compared to the 90’s in our home states. It rained on the day we arrived which was a charming welcome on the metal roof of our cabin. And it rained again in San Jose when we departed. We lucked out with beautifully sunny days the rest of the time. And I must add, the disposition of the people we encountered while at Samasati, was equally as sunny.
Days are shorter there. I was waking up at 5:30 or 6 every morning (sunrise). And it's strange, I love to sleep in, but I didn't have any problem popping out of bed that early and throwing on some clothes to hike up the hill to the restaurant for coffee (about a quarter mile). Along the road, I would be greeted by humming birds, brightly colored frogs (some very poisonous) hopping into the foliage, and beautiful butterflies flitting here and there around me. Some mornings I would be completely alone on the dining porch, sipping the most heavenly locally grown brew, and listening to the symphony of wildlife waking up in the jungle. The staff tried to describe the sound of a Howler Monkey, but truly, there is nothing like it on Earth. It is a Jurassic sound echoing throughout the hills that funnel down to the sea from this dining porch.
In the evenings I enjoyed the theater of monkeys traversing the park, heading back to their evening homes, accompanied by the cacophony of cicadas, and back-dropped by the most unbelievable colors produced by the setting sun.
Molly, at the restaurant bar, assisted us with our purchase of a bottle of the most wonderful Malbec! My sister and I would enjoy a glass in our cabin just before retiring each evening, as we took turns swinging in the hammock, on our porch, over-looking the jungle that fell down to the sea. We went to bed around 9:30, tired by the days’ many activities, and ready for the restorative sleep that we got each night, encircled by the gossamer wings of the mosquito netting above our beds.
Now that I'm back home, it's hard to break that habit of rising and retiring so early. Comparatively, there’s really no purpose for it here.
I already miss the jungle clamor all around me. I can't believe how badly I miss it!
I ache to go back, as I study the clay-stained skull of a creature I collected from one of my jungle hikes. What was it? I’ll Google it tomorrow. Was it dropped from the treetops many feet above, dinner for a natural predator? The kids in my elementary school classes will be fascinated by it, and by my tales of a most magical place ……Samasati.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary Perched on a magical mountain ridge overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Samasati offers guest house bungalow and casita accommodations just minutes away from the beaches of Puerto Viejo. For over 20 years we have hosted world class retreats, workshops, guest artists and travelers like you! Your stay includes delicious gourmet vegetarian buffet served in our renovated open air restaurant with breathtaking views. Also available on site are healing massage treatments, jacuzzi spa, nature trails, waterfall with natural pool, daily yoga classes and a meditation hall. Tours, excursions and beach shuttles to local attractions are arranged daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samasati Nature Retreat Hotel Puerto Viejo
- Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary Costa Rica/Limon