If you have made it this far on Trip Advisor, you know that this premium resort has some remarkable plusses (beautiful setting, separate bungalows) and minuses (remote, no AC). I'll add that the staff was very helpful, especially the manager, Stephen. The food was good, sometimes very good, but an Eco-resort would be expected to offer (indeed promote) vegetarian entrees, but none were encountered (probably would have been prepared on request, but that's not the point). The wine selection was surprisingly good and fairly priced. The traveller's diarrhea that our group developed after 2 1/2 days was at least temporally related, since the only food available comes from their kitchen.
But a bigger impact was dealing with the heat. With no AC, ceiling fans are what make life tolerable for those unaccustomed to the heat and humidity. But the lunch area has none, nor do the sitting areas in the bungalows, so you have to sit on the bed to read until it cools off after dinner. And when the power fails (as it did), you just hope for it to come on again (it did after 5-10 minutes - seemed like forever).
Another issue that may have been just an isolated event was that after the lodge staff transported us from the airport to the boat dock, we waited and waited with no explanation. After an hour I asked why, and was told that we were waiting for someone (staff? Guest?). We finally left without them, but by then the wind and waves had come up so the boat trip was a full 2 hours, very noisy (twin outboard motors - earplugs really helped), and quite bumpy. All part of the adventure for some, maddening for others.
Finally, the staff at the dock advised us not to bother with insect repellent, but the staff at the lodge noted the heavy sand flea infestation that can (and did) get to anyone traversing the beach, as is done upon landing. But no mosquitos (sand fleas are essentially invisible and leave little red itchy bumps, less bothersome than mosquito bites and without the risk of disease - they are prevented with insect repellent).
So overall, much was done quite well, but with some gaps. If your expectations match what is offered, you'll have a lovely time. One of our party was quite pleased, another not so sure if the gaps made it worthwhile.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Corcovado Jungle Hotel Corcovado National Park
- Hotel Casa Corcovado Jungle