This is a truly amazing and very special place, with beautiful, luxurious private bungalows set in glorious gardens backing right onto the wild forest. Bird life was incredible, capuchin and howler monkeys right there outside your window and cute coati-mundies snuffling around the grounds. We saw both two and three-toed sloths, iguanas and crocodiles and the most amazing fleishman's glass frog on our hike through the Corcovado. Wow - Jacob has good eyes! The pools and other facilities were top notch, the staff and guides delightful and Stephen, the manager, was friendly, helpful and efficient (if a bit harassed, as he rushed between the office and bar - he really needs a barman!). Dinner was served in a cathedral-like room, a bit odd as you felt you were at a service but the food was good. The bar restaurant was much nicer and it would be good if this was used more frequently.
Our only problem was that the people you arrived on the boat with then formed part of your group for the duration. Our group included a Canadian couple with two appallingly behaved, rude and badly mannered boys, over which they showed no inclination to exert control. Poor Jacob really struggled with them on our hike as they kept darting off and pushing past us on narrow trails. At the waterfall one raced off, fell and injured himself. The mother went after him and hurt her ankle on the slippery rocks. The French couple with their very well behaved boy were equally appalled. As we had no desire to spend another day with them, we sacrificed the planned and paid-for snorkelling trip the next day and paid extra for a private guide for another hike. Fortunately, another guide Leo was free and he was fantastic. When we explained why we wanted to do this, Stephen was very accommodating and sympathetic. Obviously he cannot legislate for guests but if it were me, I would have offered Leo's services for free as a gesture of goodwill...
After our hike with Leo, we went down the hill to explore the private beach - we had it to ourselves and it was a perfect little paradise, with more coati-mundis mooching around and howler monkeys in the trees right above. When the latter started chucking stuff at us we had to take shelter, but what a 'complaint' to have!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set above a palm-fringed beach in tropical gardens, and surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, Casa Corcovado is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure - a place where you can spot big cats on jungle trails, have an entire beach to yourselves, snorkel with manta rays, and relax with a gin and tonic by the pool. The tranquil hilltop setting means awe-inspiring views and the best of the both ocean and rainforest breezes. The lovely bungalows are spaced throughout the lush garden for maximum peace and privacy. Casa Corcovado offers the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's extraordinary, world-renowned national park system. As the two protected areas lie side by side, guests are able to access the national park on foot via the hotel's private trails - just one of the many guided tours on offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Corcovado Jungle Hotel Corcovado National Park
- Hotel Casa Corcovado Jungle