I would encourage anyone who is travelling down to the Osa Peninsula to stay at Danta Lodge. The lodge really is like all the pictures that you've seen. I had high expectations of this place prior to going there and I was not at all disappointed. After one night in a previous hotel in Domincal due to the unfriendliness of the owner, I was keen on having a better experience at Danta Lodge - and the fact that we were staying there for 3 nights too.
My corresponding with Nelson, the reception manager, weeks before we were going to Costa Rica was always quick and friendly. He, and absolutely everyone in the lodge was SO hospitable and friendly towards my partner and I. The lodge is small (max 20 guests I would say) in comparison to Lapa Rios which is the more up scale lodge next door (max 100 guests I was told) but this was the beauty of our experience there. The small community and guest made us feel so comfortable (and romantic!)
We stayed at their new cabana which was located near the restaurant (the name of the cabana is Tiger's face, in Spanish) and it was enormous, with beautiful hand carved wood furnishings, just like everywhere else in the lodge. I hadn't seen what the other bungalows looked like but the cabana is perfect for a couple, even though it has a spare single room with a sing bed and a bunkbed. Plus, I appreciated the space and our large veranda with hammocks outside.
Whilst we stayed in the Osa Peninsula, we did one day of zip-lining and another day of a full guided tour of the Corcovado National Park. These and quite a few other tours are available to book at the lodge (they have a whole file on all the tours you can do). Our highlight on the tour of the Park was seeing a sloth hanging from the trees and trekking to the waterfall. You must bring your bathing suit to the hike coz when you see the waterfall you really will wanna change into it and jump in! It was exhilarating! Our jungle guide was actually from Danta Lodge (he was also a barman and made us wonderful cocktails in the evening!) and he was awesome, walking slowly though the jungle and stopping to look in his telescope (we wouldn't have seen the sloth otherwise).
The meals were really good there too and we stayed at the lodge every night (it's very rocky getting to the Lodge so you'd wanna stay there anyway).
Thank you to Danta Lodge for making our stay so wonderful!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Danta Corcovado Lodge is a uniquely designed lodge with Costa Rican flair and a concern for the rain forest. Nothing goes to waste because Merlyn is the wizard of creativity and design. step into a world of tranquility, and be amazed by all of the natural touches of the lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Danta Corcovado Lodge Costa Rica/Puerto Jimenez