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“Unique experience in gorgeous location - could do better with info”
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Tree House Lodge
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Newcastle, UK
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“Unique experience in gorgeous location - could do better with info”
Reviewed 21 April 2009

My husband and I have just returned from our honeymoon in Costa Rica.
We went on the 3 nights 4 days adventure package and had a brilliant time! The tree house is a wonderfully unusual place to stay with all but one bedroom being open to the rainforest. Very eco friendly, but then most of the places we stayed in CR were. There were simple but adequate cooking facilities, clean bathrooms and one of the bedrooms was closed off from the outside world for those of us who aren't lovers of creepy crawlies.
The beach is a 5 minute walk away. A small number of food shops and restaurants are within waking distance, for anything more we needed a taxi.
Only small complaint was lack of information regarding the adventure activities that were part of the package deal (eg, we went on a trip to a waterfall and weren't told that we'd be swimming there so hadn't brought bathing suits, not the end of the world as our clothes dried pretty quickly) and the activities weren't the ones that had been on the website when we booked.
Last little hiccup was that the coach to take us back to San Jose had forgotten to pick us up (through no fault of the tree house). Most annoying was that we couldn''t get in touch with anyone to sort it out for one hour, when the bus had to turn around to fetch us (other passengers were understably a bit annoyed...).
But all in all, an excellent experience that I would thoroughly recommend.
(ps bring mosquito repellant and a torch!)

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, MI
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Reviewed 19 April 2009

My husband and I stayed at the beach house. Very private location off the noisy road. Secluded but yet felt safe. Beautiful woodwork, wood floors, spacious kitchen, great bathroom, gorgeous gardens, ocean is just down the path. The house is out of the ordinary, open air, hear the crash of the waves and the jungle at night. You have to get use to the jungle noises and the bats around, but the net around the bed makes you feel amazingly secure from all the life about. Very few bugs believe it or not. Coffee in the morning on the deck was our favorite spot . We watched monkeys in the trees, a sloth, tucans nesting above, hummingbirds, and a morpho (blue) butterfly. A little dusty inside on the wood, but linens were very clean. Friendly host. About double the price of nice hotel rooms in the area, but this is your own, very unique secluded home on the beach. Great restaurants & fun town nearby. Recommend renting a scooter to get about to beaches, rain forest, and small towns. Rafting on the Pacua River is awesome. Loved it!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Pennsylvannia
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Reviewed 18 March 2009

Staying in the tree house was an amazing experience. We were taken at first by the openness of the house, but we came to really love and appriciate living with nature. We got married on the Tree Houses Lodges beach and it was above and beyond our expectations. The owner (who is a very caring man) and his crew to our suprise cleaned of the beach (of natural debry), lined a walk way with bright and beautyful flowers, created me a gorgeous boquet and had a heart made out of flowers on the beach with bouquets around. They made our once in a life time experience become a Dream come True, they really care about their customers... One of the other benifit of the Tree House Lodge was their extraordinary property. There was lushness everywhere... There is an Iguana reserve that we got to walk through eveyday and incredible jungle lined beaches. There were not many spots to swim right in front of their property, but their is awesome coral lining the beach. On our morning stroll down the beach we were able to see monkeys and sloths everyday, as well as so many different kinds of flora, palm trees and an assortment of other wildlife. This is an amazing place, and we have all ready been taking about going back on our anniversary.... (just be aware of your surroundings in town)

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Lake Orion, Michigan
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Reviewed 15 March 2009

We stayed 8 days in the beach house on the property of the tree house lodge. We enjoyed our stay here. It was out first time to Costa Rica. The Hospitality was great always willing to help. It rained for the first 5 days we were there so the open aired house made everything damp alot. We wished for some places to put our clothes, Only two drawers in the whole house to put clothes for four people. We also wished there was more comfotable seating. Bean bag chairs and bar stools are not to comfortable to sit and have good conversation while it rained. There was two benches to sit on, but for four people they are on opposite sides of the porch so you couldn't really talk to each other. Other than that we found it fun to wake up to the open air in the loft and a sloth right outside our window. This is a very unique place, We enjoyed that and the nature all around us. With some more storage places for clothes and more comfortable chairs we would recommend this unique lodge for the nature hunters of the world. Oops I almost forgot to metion the wonderful work this lodge is to doing help save the green iguanna. Way to go guys! They have a tour twice a week. Our guide told us alot of information about the enviornment and the history of costa rica.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

If you're adventuresome and like the unbeaten path, then this is the place for you. Stay in both the Tree House and the Beach House for a good overall experience. We stayed with a 2 and 5 year old and they LOVED the Tree House, the grounds, the beach, and Edsart's puppies. They loved it all even the bumpy Costa Rican roads. Edsart is a wonderful person and his staff are genuinely sweet. This area of Costa Rica is only for travelers who like it simple, natural and pure. It's not for those craving luxury however the Tree House and Beach House are very well done. You must not mind a few critters and the sounds of the Jungle. It's a wonderful intimate experience with nature, beauty and honesty. Edsart's, the owner, intentions are very genuine. No restaurant on the property was a plus for us. I'd prefer to be closer to nature than a restaurant. Rent bikes for getting around. They're great exercise, they have baskets and they're a blast. After dark we used flash lights to get around and found it to great adventure!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

Judging by the reviews written before this one, this amazing place is decidedly most rewarding for people who are in touch with nature AND with themselves. We stayed in the tree house, and as the last leg of our trip, the first 6 days of which rained relentlessly, that is what made our lasting impressions of Costa Rica most positive. Yes, Edsart's house is uncomfortably close to the tree house. I think some more foliage grown in might make one feel more "enclosed". However, in broad daylight, you certainly can't see in to the living area from the path even, let alone the bathroom. We got it over it quickly. I felt comfortable walking around naked, as long as it wasn't in front of the main entrance. I don't think the staff is sneaking up and trying to get peaks of the guest outside the bathroom cracks. And yes, it is somewhat pricey for the area, however you are indeed contributing to the beautiful gardens and iguana conservation that are free for your pleasure on the grounds (tours included). Also, you are supporting eco-friendly construction and tourism. I found the price well-worth it, and also got a discount for paying in advance. We paid more per night to stay at Tabacon Hot Springs Resort, and felt like that was overpriced for the accommodations---but you're paying for the hot springs too. Regardless, I have never felt so communed with nature. It was heavenly, and we were content to just sit on the couch looking out into the rainforest. Edsart was friendly and hospitable, as was the entire staff, which is more than I can say for some of the other places we were in Puerto Viejo. If you have an adventurous spirit and can handle camping, then this is well worth the price. However, if you are a bugophob and desire creature comforts, your best going over to the West coast of Costa Rica where you can be pampered.

  • Liked — The most amazing glimpse of nature at its best
  • Disliked — No on-site access to food,
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Maine
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Reviewed 16 February 2009

My family traveled to Puerto Viejo in January of 2009 and spent five nights at the Costa Rica Tree House. There are currently three house/cabin/villa options on the property (soon to be four). We sampled two of them, spending three nights in the Tree House and two nights in the Beach Suite.

The experience was mostly positive. The owner is a very friendly and interesting entrepreneur who is working on green technologies such as solar heated water to make this eco-retreat meld with nature. The grounds are truly beautiful; a nice blend of jungle and garden. You will see plenty of wildlife on the property, including sloths, monkeys, and iguanas. In fact, the owner has an iguana refuge on site that is very cool. As a guest, you can take a free tour with a nature guide several mornings out of the week.

The positive aspects of the Tree House are the interesting architecture, the green technologies, and the proximity to nature. The owner also prepares a simple breakfast of fruits and breads that is brought to your cabin/villa every morning. The staff is friendly and provides services such as laundry.

We generally had a great time. The negatives are as follows: (1) The road between the Tree House and the town is in terrible shape, and navigating the pot holes can become a tiresome endeavor. (2) There is no restaurant on site, so unless you want to cook, you are going to be headed into town just about every day / night. And, (3) the private beach on site is gorgeous, but the coral reef does not allow for swimming (and going to a beach where you can swim, surf, and enjoy the water requires a long walk or short drive).

Overall, I would give this place a strong recommendation because it is unique, eco-friendly, and beautiful. However, you will pay resort prices for a rustic experience (e.g., nature lovers will find it is rustic in a good way).

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tree House Lodge
Address: 200 meters south of primary school in Playa Chiquita | Punta Uvs, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only tree house right on the beach of the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica. This is your best nature hotel and romantic hideaway. ... more   less 
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