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Best holiday ever, you must stay here!
We stayed at Play Cativo in February this year, it was the best holiday we have ever had. The photos do not do the lodge justice, it is heaven on earth. The main area was great, really nice area to sit and look at the ocean and it was all open. From the main area we spotted dolphins in the ocean and you could also spot birds all the time. The pool was so refreshing, and the ocean, just a short walk away, was so warm. The rooms are so beautiful too. There is so much wildlife, we saw so many birds, such as toucans, every single day, plus agoutis and many other animals. The property is huge with lots of walks, we got up every morning to walk in the bush and saw howler monkeys and peccarys on our walks. We also did several tours with Alejandra as our guide, who was amazing! Alejandra was so knowledgable and passionate about the wildlife. The dolphin watching was a highlight. Another thing that made our holiday fantastic was the staff, such as Danny, Alberto, Kenny, Alejandra, Paola and so many more! everyone was so kind and went out of their way. They really made such an effort and it was great to get to know them. The food was delicious too, I loved the daily specials. It was exciting every day seeing what would be the new special. Overall I couldn't recommend playa cativo enough, this was part of a 5-week trip for us and was the absolute highlight. We are just waiting until we can get back over there. Yes it is expensive, but it is worth every single penny!
Fabulous stay on Osa Peninsula
Playa Cativo is an idyllic eco Lodge on the coast at the edge of the rainforest on the Osa Peninsula. The 30 minute journey by boat from Golfito port is a delightful experience .We were given a warm welcome on arrival at the lodge followed by a very good lunch before being shown our very well appointed free standing room between the sea and the main building which was close by . The Staff were all very friendly and the food and wine were delicious with a choice of two dining areas and a separate seating area on the verandah .The verandah was particularly good for bird watching with an abundance of humming birds and some colourful butterflies .We were lucky to catch a glimpse of a Scarlet Macaw and a Toucan . During our stay we went on three very good private tours which had been pre-booked for us by Costarican Trails who were the Ground Agents for our Excellent On line Travel agents in the Uk Black Tomato . It was a good idea to pre-book as the tours were in great demand and there was a limited number of available guides . We were lucky to have Gerardo ( Gera ) as our guide on all our tours . The First tour we went on was a Dolphin watching expedition in a fast boat .We saw two species of dolphin including one large school with the occasional dolphin jumping clear of the water ( almost impossible to photograph ! ) The next day we went on an early morning bird walk which was a great success and afterwards Gera gave us a list of 50 species we had seen . Our bird watching tour was followed by Ocean Kyaking to the Rio Esquinas Mangrove .We went by fast boat skilfully driven by Moses who avoided the shallow spots on account of the tide going out . At the Mangrove we transferred to our two many Kyak accompanied by Gera in a separate Kyak . As well as interesting birds we saw a Crocodile from a safe distance across the river ! All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay . There is a good choice of activities including walking trails and a very nice swimming pool next to the Lodge . There is also a very good reference library in the Lodge which guests are free to visit . We stayed in a Free Standing Double Premium room with easy access to the main Lodge and the Sea
Paradise in Costa Rica
Set in a private rainforest site it's certainly not a budget option but it is fantastic value for money for a really special stay. As you arrive by boat the lodge appears tucked behind a palm fringed beach dwarfed by the jungle towering around it. Rooms in the main lodge are luxurious with wrap around screens - not glass - which means you feel connected to the jungle, while keeping insects out. The dawn chorus of howler monkeys, toucans and macaws was mind-blowing! The tap water was safe to drink and the inclusive meals were delicious with fresh ingredients produced on the lodge's organic farm - seared tuna caught that day was a highlight. Our included bird watching tour, nocturnal hike and dolphin spotting were amazing, thanks to expert naturalist guide Gerado. The pool and bar were delightful. Staff (including Moses, Kendall, Danny and Julie) were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Manager, David, even treated us to an impromptu music concert one night during his own off-duty time! It was very humid so take light cotton clothes and rain coat for the evening showers - it is a tropical rainforest. If you want to experience immersion in a jungle wildlife paradise and being looked after like the 'super-rich' - without the formality - then this is the place and well worth saving up for. It would be a perfect honeymoon/anniversary stay. Our room, with the toucan door, was spectacular - I still get goosebumps thinking of being there with nature all around us...
An incredible experience
Playa Cativo was a beautiful accommodation, with so much to do, see and experience. Staff and guides were very attentive and knowledgeable, and food was excellent! We would recommend to anyone interested in an eco-adventure.
Great setting let down by sub standard cooking for a top hotel
This was the least impressive hotel that we stayed in during our 2 week trip to Costa Rica. The setting is lovely and the rooms are nice but the extra cost of a room with a plunge pool is a waste. Most of the staff are excellent but the food is nowhere good enough for a top hotel. There also seems to be a complete lack of senior management. The cost of some activities is exorbitant.
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