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“Pura Vida at its Best!!”
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Saladero Eco Lodge
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“Pura Vida at its Best!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

If you want to be spoiled by wonderful hosts, beautiful surroundings, tranquility, excellent adventures, good company and great food - a stay with Susan and Harvey is an Absolute Must!
I marked the swimming and fitness center as "Excellent" as the calm balmy waters of the Gulfo Dulce are right in front of you for swimming, and take out one of the kayaks or hike one of the jungle trails and you have the best workout ever, compliments of the Osa Peninsula :)
Thank you Susan and Harvey for an Absolutely Wonderful Time!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

This is a wonderful setting, with fantastic activities, amazing chances to see animals and botany and perfect accomodation. Susan and Harvey are the icing on the cake welcoming you to the lodge as if you were family guests staying in their private paradise. Nothing was too much trouble, menus were adventurous (for example using leaves from the garden for exciting salads) and activities planned following our own interests. For us the best trip was kayaking through the mangroves and the best animals were the tucans and the green iguana.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Susan and Harvey are such wonderful hosts that when we left Saladero Lodge after a three night stay, it felt like we were saying good-bye to old friends! They did everything to make our stay comfortable and fun.

The food was delicious and healthy (all meals are included) and the conversations were lively!

We enjoyed taking kayaks to a nice snorkeling spot near-by (all equipment is free including the Kayaks), - and the next day, Harvey and Susan took us out in their boat for a fishing expedition which was fun very reasonably priced.

If you are looking to "get away from it all" in an ecologically responsible, beautiful place, with great people and delicious food, then this is the place for you (the only access is by boat - Harvey will pick you up). If you are looking for a fancy resort with lots of frilly amenities, then I don't think this is what you would want.

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Beach House", which is very roomy (can comfortably sleep 6) with beautif...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

We had an amazing time at Saladero Eco Lodge! Only arriveable by boat trip in the calm waters of golfo dulce where we were welcomed by an incredible amount of dolphins! A beautiful nature spot, where you wake up with the lovely sounds of tropical birds, and in between some congo monkeys. The rooms are fantastic, all in their own way. Also the people are very friendly and welcoming, and Harvey made the most delicious pancakes I've ever eaten! A must-go!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

Or a natural refinement, next to Paradise. Wonderful, caring and welcoming hosts, Susan and Harvey that you cannot help but to befriend! A place where the scenery is beautiful: sunsets, palm trees, jungle; where the sounds of the rain forest are enhanced, where life is sweet for us guests, as the Golfo Dulce name suggests. Great craftmanships for the lodging, and meals are succulent. And all of this is sustainable, viable and food is mostly grown there. It was my 3rd visit, this time, on my own. It seems like magic to stay and enjoy this calm rythm of life, this is due to these two magicians and their caretakers that provide for all the goodness and the spirit of the place.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Hospitality is above and beyond anything I've ever experienced in traveling. Food is delicious. Lodging options are diverse...something for every budget. But what sets Saladero apart for me is that they exemplify ecotourism: sustainable operations on-site (from energy sources to food supply), while providing guests with accessibility to primary rainforest habitat. It is comfortable, enjoyable and responsible. I laughed a lot, ate a LOT, saw a lot and did a lot. Couldn't ask for more. Oh...and because their grounds are considerable and garden well-tended, they attract quite a lot of birds...which is another plus.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

I just got back home and the first thing I do is write a review for Saladero because I had such a magical time there. All you can see from Saladero are the rainforest and the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce, and all you can hear are myriads of different bird songs, monkeys and frogs. The owners have picked a wonderful place and they make sure that those of us who are less adventurous than they are can fully enjoy it!

They are clearly passionate about they do, in helping people to discover and get a feel for this wild environment. They provide kayaks and snorkling equipment to explore the surroundings (and Harvey will give you the confidence to do it if you're not too sure! so then you can show off that you've been kayaking along the rainforest ;p), they will hapilly take you to the mangrove (which is spectacular) and you can walk in easy trails in the rainforest around and get a range of explanations about it :)

They are also experts in wellbeing: there are just a few buildings well integrated with the landscape and nicely decorated, the food is excellent and varied (and i'm French ;p) and they have a small production of pineapple, bananas and many other tropical fruits that you can happily discover. Electricity comes from solar and hydro energy and they have some ingenious ways to make the most of it :)

I didn't have the chance to meet Susan but Harvey and always smiling Paulina took great care of me and ensured I felt well and happy at all times.
I stayed for 3 nights in the mariposa, falling asleep with the frog songs and waking up with the howler monkeys and the humming birds.

Staying at Saladero was a great way to experience this part of Costa Rica. They also team up with lodges on the osa peninsula to suggest a week itinerary in the area, and I wish I could have done that. I usually organise all my travel and accomodation on my own, but to experience those remote places it's best to stay with people who live there and can welcome you ;p

The price for Saledero is very good considering the location and all of the above. It's really worth it. If I had stayed in Puerto Jimenez to do day trips here and there I feel I would have missed so much.

In conclusion I've seen great landscapes and met great people in Costa Rica, but my stay in Saladero was the best of all :)

Room Tip: the Mariposa is fantastic to listen to the forest, only insect screens separate you from it :)
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Saladero Eco Lodge
Address: Rio Esquinas | Golfito, Costa Rica, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Golfito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Golfito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All inclusive beachfront eco lodge with 450 acres of primary rainforest. Three tropical screened cabins. The second floor of the Beach house sleeps 6, the Tree cabin sleeps 4, the new bungalow sleeps 2 and the Mariposa sleeps 4. The room prices Include boat pickup and return to Golfito or Pto Jimenez, 3 meals a day (much of our food is grown here organically), afternoon snack, natural juices, unlimited use of nature trails, snorkel equipment, fishing equipment and kayaks. Two coral reefs and the Rio Esquinas mangrove estuary close by. 1/2 Mile of beach front, 30 acres of tropical gardens, 450 acres of primary rain forest. Birding is outstanding and fish right in front of the property. Many optional tours available including the river mangroves by kayak, river mangroves by boat, canopy tour, snorkeling coral reefs, horseback riding, botanical gardens and chocolate farm tour. ... more   less 
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