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“Perfect start to our honeymoon in Costa Rica”

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Hotel Shawandha Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Perfect start to our honeymoon in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

My husband and I spent our first three nights of honeymoon at Shawandha Lodge, and it couldn't have been a better introduction to the country.

The bungalows are fairly primitive (with only mosquito netting for windows and warmish water in the shower), but if you want a real rainforest experience without actually camping outdoors, they're absolutely perfect. Word of warning though, don't expect to get any sleep. From the torrential rain to the howling monkeys, it's far from quiet. Nothing a pair of earplugs can't handle :)

The French owner lives on site, and goes out of her way to get to know all her guests. This made the whole experience feel a lot more personal.

The restaurant serves a delicious complimentary breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, toast and eggs, and for dinner, they offer a traditional French menu.

It's a short walk to the beach, which is one of the main highlights of the area, and a much longer walk to the main town. In our opinion, it wasn't worth the trek. If you want to learn a thing or two during your stay, we really enjoyed visiting the Jaguar Reserve Centre and Caribbeans coffee shop (which offers daily cocoa plantation tours).

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

Stayed here for three nights….the bungalow was perfect accommodation. And could have stayed longer. The beach directly across from the lodge was a little slice of heaven. The most amazing staff - from front desk to cleaning service to restaurant staff. I can't thank all of them enough for taking good care of me to ensure I had most excellent stay. And that I did.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Fantastic experience, lovely staff, and gorgeous location. We drove from San Jose and arrived in this heaven on earth next to gorgeous beaches, chilled out surfer location, very quiet place. Slept into these cute hunts in the middle of the jungle - absolutely perfect. Staff and owner very friendly and sympathetic.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fribourg, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

With the immersion in the jungle, the huts provide a piece of paradise. Location, privacy and services are at the top. Between the sound of the ocean and the howler monkeys, the environment is amazing. Staff is friendly with a high professional behavior and cuisine is world class. To recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Westminster, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

If you're going to the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica, you definitely need to have an extended stay in Puerto Viejo at Hotel Shawandha. We were immersed in the jungle and the experience was amazing. Staff was great, location was ideal and there were numerous tours and hikes you can take around the area. Do yourself a favor and get to Hotel Shawandha asap.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

These beautifully designed huts, scattered at just the right distance from neighboring couples, were superbly crafted, providing ample privacy while still allowing in the sounds of the ocean. (Which was a but a short walk away) the cuisine was world class set in an open dining area where the local fauna could easily be enjoyed, mere feet away. This is truly a space made for honeymooners, or just couples in general, though we did see several families during our stay. The friendly staff rounded out the package. Truly, a wonderful place.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Coquitlam, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

I have nothing but good things to say about Hotel Shawandha. We experienced Costa Rica fully emersed in nature with howler monkeys, sloths - you name it, without sacrificing luxury.
The staff were great - they are extremely friendly and really went out of their way to make you feel at home. I have the best memories of Puerto Viejo and Hotel Shawandha and will recommend it to all my family and friends.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Shawandha Lodge

Property: Hotel Shawandha Lodge
Address: Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#5 Family Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#6 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Shawandha Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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Also Known As:
Hotel Shawandha Puerto Viejo
Hotel Shawandha Lodge Costa Rica/Limon

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