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Iguana Lodge
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Reviewed 3 February 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Iguana Lodge for a week in January. It was one of the best trips of our lives. The beach was great, all of the employees were extremely friendly, and our tours were all a lot of fun. We only wish we had time to do more. We stayed in the club rooms and I think that was a good choice. Small rooms, but very clean. The shower was good. I would definitely recommend getting an extra fan to drown out the noise and to keep cool. I was concerned about the no a/c thing because I like it cold when I sleep, but it was fine. Borderline hot, but not a big problem. The sun came up at 5:30 and the birds are loud, so you might as well get up and enjoy the sunrise over the gulf. I was able to sleep in when I was tired. You get to bed early anyways, since there is not much to do after dark. Our first day there we went fishing and caught a dorado, a bunch of snapper and a 150lb tuna. It was the best fishing trip of my life. It took two and a half hours to reel in the tuna. Our favorite tour was the tree climb and waterfall rappel. The zip line and chocolate tour were really cool as well. On our off days we really enjoyed just hanging out at the beach and feasting on good meals and drinks. The food was excellent all around. Breakfast was awesome and the servers at the Pearl were all really nice. They special prepared the fish we caught for about six meals. Needless to say, it was great. The salsa night on Friday was fun, but we really enjoyed the Tuesday night BBQ on the beach. There's nothing like a candle lit dinner on the beach. It was really cool to have monkeys all around the property. We saw three kinds on the property and many mornings they would be right outside our room. It was cool to get so close to wild monkeys. The owners were very friendly and we wish we could live down there with them. Don't believe the negative reviews, everyone was super nice. We thought it was a good value for the rooms, but overall it's not a value vacation. Expect to spend some cash on food, drinks, tours and tips. You don't go all the way to Costa Rica to be cheap. Enjoy it while you're there. It was beautiful country and we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2009

The warm and efficient hospitality of Iguana Lodge began with our initial inquiry, extended though their arranging and confirming all internal flights and transfers, and, most important, through the four days we spent there. The enthusiasm of the owners for their magical blend of marvelous food and attractive and comfortable lodging with the unspoiled surroundings of beach and rain forest is infectious. kThe staff, both willing and friendly, were skilled at suggesting and arranging a variety of activities. Candle-lit dinners with other guests and the owners under a dramatic, thatched roof were memorable. And the other restaurant, the Pearl, also served very reasonably priced and delicious lunches and dinners. The recently renovated club rooms, where we stayed, enjoyed lovely views of the ocean and profited from its breezes. We were happy to be there for the Tuesday BBQ on the beach, but sorry to leave on the morning of the salsa night at the Pearl. Our room rate, which included a sumptuous breakfast, was an unbeatable value.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2009

Very pleasant place, friendly and competent staff, excellent food. A place to chill.

Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed 13 January 2009

This lodge is in a nice location and the employees are nice. However, there are two significant drawbacks. First, if you stay in the rooms (rather than the Casitas), it is very difficult to sleep because of all the noise. The rooms have no windows, just screens, and the rooms are over the main restaurant and kitchen and bar, which has no walls. So, you hear all the noises from the facility below with no walls or windows to block the sound. They don't try to keep quite during sleeping hours either. Employees arrive by car and motorcycle, and drive right up to the side of the buidling at 6:00am (and possibly earlier). They talk in normal voices even though they are essentially right outside your hotel room with only screens for windows. They rake the dirt paths at 6:00am. The machines from the kitchen below are audible from the non-oceanside rooms. Dogs bark for hours some nights. Something chased a screeching cat down the hall outside our room in the middle of one night. So, there are many things to keep you awake through the night, but don't plan on a siesta during the day because the locals come to play a pleasant but noisey game of ping pong under your hotel room. Thursday or Friday night they have "pasta night" which is basically a way for them to have a disco party for locals (with defeaning music volume) under your hotel rooms. They actually expect guests to eat during this almost three hours blast of noise. Besides noise, the other issue was that one tour we wanted to take kept falling through several days in a row, leaving us to scramble for alternate plans each day.

Stayed: January 2009
3  Thank Abbysinian
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iguanalodge, Owner at Iguana Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2010

Even though we live on the property, we sometimes are not aware of what is going on in another part of the property. Since reading this report, we have changed where our workers park in the mornings, and remind them to keep their voices down when sweeping, raking the paths, etc. It is true that we don't have glass on the windows and air conditioning, and so noises do travel, including the sound of the surf and the birds chirping.

We definitely have a Friday night dance party from 6 to 930 PM, and try to let all our guests know this ahead of time, so we don't have unhappy guests. Most of our guests LOVE Friday night.

Meanwhile, we do have nineteen rooms here at Iguana, so my hope would have been that if a guest didn't like their room because of noise or whatever, they would seek us out and we will try to do whatever we can to help them, including moving them to another location on the property or helping them find a new hotel if that makes them happier. We really want people to have a great vacation, and are sorry she didn't. This guest didn't mention her unhappiness until she left!

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Reviewed 10 January 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed at Iguana for 10 days over the December holidays, and it was fabulous. We arrived with some trepidation after reading the reviewer of Dec. 8, but after a short time we were asking ourselves if we were staying at the same hotel! Iguana Lodge is a marvelous place. The owners and staff are lovely and go out of their way to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Our room was fabulous (I was sad to leave it); day-trips are well-planned and every detail is taken care of for you; the grounds are lovely and tranquil; we loved eating dinners family style at the lodge (please note that you should clarify whether dinners at the lodge are included or not as plans differ -- that was a litle confusing for us. But they're not expensive); the beach is practically empty and the water warm is pristine.

We stayed in the Club Rooms above the Perla resto which we highly recommend (not one single bug anywhere). Try to get rooms at the front so you can hang on your balcony with a view of the ocean.

Beyond that, a stay at Iguana is truly a special experience. Here's a typical day: you wake before dawn, because the monkeys living in the trees next to the property are foraging for breakfast (quick - grab the cameras!) (v. cool); take a quick barefoot walk to the lodge, where the staff and often the owners wish you Buenos Dias and serve you a wonderful breakfast. Spend some time playing with Lolita, the owners' sweet Labrador puppy. Hang out on your balcony; look at ocean for a while, contemplate swim. Throw on sarong, walk down to beach, play in warm ocean waves for a while. Watch hermit crabs on beach. Play with Lolita some more. Time for tacos and beer outside at Perla, bathed in lovely warm sunshine. Go on excursion - cross the bay in a boat, from which you see (I do not exaggerate) 400 dolphins playing the the water around you. visit animal sanctuary, where extremely friendly Spider Monkey climbs into your arms and wraps herself around you (aww!). Boat back over bay, watching dolphins playing in the wake of your boat. Throw yourself back into the warm waves for a quick swim, sip a pina colada beachside, swap stories about your day with other tanned, happy and relaxed guests, play a game of chess at the lodge. Take long hot shower in lovely marble bathroom. Share candle-lit dinner with other happy guests at the lodge. Go to bed to the sound of the ocean...warm waves lapping on the shore all night.

Rinse. Repeat.

Bliss.

P.S. If you're interested in learning how to surf, contact Aron - a charming english-speaking local who's very patient, and who as a bonus takes you on a lovely hike to a large waterfall in the interior and makes his own home-grown tomatoes, ham and cheese sandwich on his surfboard! You can contact Aron at indicalivia@gmail.com. Also Caliman captains great tours of the bay (and the dolphin-infested waters) at Henry's establishment. The lodge can book you with him. Apparently he's terrific also during whale season (Oct-Nov ?) as he seems to find all the places the whales tend to be.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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