We stayed here for 3 nights in March 2020. As has been said already by others, the only way in for most is by boat and that in itself was a great experience. We left from the dock at La Hacienda hotel in Sierpe (where it’s possible to leave your car if you hired one!). The journey by boat takes you down river into the estuary widening out to the sea - where the challenge of getting over the surf must range from fun to frightening for some, depending on the sea conditions. For us it was great and set the scene for the next 4 days. It’s possible to see wildlife on the journey in and we say stingray flying out of the sea - though it’s also possible to see Whales and Dolphins.
Arriving at the launch was ‘interesting’ and makes you wonder why on earth they decided to have a slip way set between rocks - but once again the boatmen make it look so easy! The lodges are some way up hill from the sea, where there is also a private beach which is far more beautiful than I was led to believe by some of the photos I managed to find online. We spent quite a bit of time on the beach, mostly alone watching scarlet macaws flying through the palms - a sight we’ll never forget. Whilst you can bathe here, like a lot of beaches in Costa Rica, the rip tides can be pretty strong so we didn’t venture out too far but enough to cool off.
As others have said, the accommodation is great, no A/C so if you don’t like the heat, you might not sleep too much! 4.30am alarm call when the Howler monkeys start up - but you tend to go to bed pretty early here so no big deal. If you like bugs then you,ll see plenty and we had spiders, scorpions in the porch of our villa but nothing in the bedroom. Common sense tells you to keep doors closed when you’re out. Some of the villas are a few hundred yards from the pool and restaurant/bar area so torches are provided for the walk back at night!
The attention to detail in the rooms and elsewhere and the personal service given by the staff, all of whom were wonderful make this place special and we couldn’t fault it.
The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the lack of wildlife that we saw on our walk through the park. Obviously, this is always going to be hit and miss but from what I had read about Corcovado national park, I had high hopes of seeing quite a bit of wildlife, especially reptiles and spiders etc. The day hike we did yielded only a few birds that are pretty common. We actually saw far more in Manuel Antonio and Cahuita parks. The walk from the hotel to the ranger station at San Pedrillo is a well trodden path so guess why there isn’t that much to see - though maybe we were just unlucky. With hindsight, I would have maybe spent more time on a hike from the ranger station into the park but for that we’d need another day, which I wish we had.
We can only send our best wishes to everyone at Jungle Lodge and wish them best of luck during this difficult time. Suffice to say, we can’t wait to go back again one day.
We stayed here for three nights recently, at the end of our Costa Rica tour. It is a remote hotel situated on the edge of the Corcovado National Park, accessed by a boat journey from the nearest airport. The hotel comprises a series of individual bungalows set out in the hotel grounds, plus a bar, restaurant, two swimming pools and a quiet room. It is an unforgettable experience to wake up to the sounds of the local howler monkeys in the trees 50 metres from your bungalow, and other wildlife can often be seen in the grounds. Wi-fi is available most of the time in the bar area, but the hotel's location means the signal can be weak. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included (as there are no nearby alternatives), and all the food we had was well prepared and tasty. The guided tours (also included) are also very good.
If you are in to nature, birds and animals along with a touch of luxury, then this is the place to stay in this area.
The lodge offer an included transfer service by small place from SJO to Drakes Bay and then by boat to the lodge - a great way to arrive.
Snorkel trip and a hike though the National Park is also included along with great food and comfortable lodges. The lodge have a strong sustainable programme including being as self sufficient as possible. A big challenge. The crew working here are passionate about wildlife and ensuring you have a rewarding visit.
Don’t come here if you need air conditioning or do t like bugs and lizards in your room. Do come here if you want to see nature at its best.
This hotel seems to have lost the customer-focused approach that you would expect from such an expensive place. The grounds and room are quite nice. However, the daily activities were not terribly good. We had booked two days of birding/nature walks. On the first evening, the manager informed us that we were booked for one nature walk and snorkel trip and repeatedly insisted we were wrong. While he ultimately acknowledged his error, having to deal with the issue and repeated texts to our travel agent ruined the dinner. For the second day, we were informed that we would be waking the same trail as the first day -- a single-track trail through the forest -- in a group of 14 people. After a second ruined dinner trying to work through that issue, the management came up with a very good alternative -- a privately guided trip on a different trail -- because two of their other guests had changed their plans, freeing up a guide. While we appreciated the change, and had a good bird walk with a good guide, the 12 people who were left on the group walk reported that they saw practically nothing due to the size of the group. On that same day, another couple was upset that their guide left a single snorkeler alone rather than buddying with her as she had expected.
Food ranged from adequate to not particularly good. On one evening I had skewers of seafood with a cream sauce that was acceptable, but the next night the sauce for the chicken evidently had been left on a warming pan for so long that it had become a dehydrated glaze that was so strong of lime that I actually choked when I ate the first bite. Service was slow -- typically an hour from sitting down until the main course arrived, even though there were only 12 guests the first night and meals had been chosen in advance. Water glasses were typically not refilled, and I was asked if I wanted a second glass of wine after I had stood up to leave following dessert. And the door to the men's room was propped open at the beginning of the meals, leaving us an unobstructed view of the men's urinal until someone went to use it.
We stayed 3 nights at the start of our 2 week Costa Rica holiday and it was a great location. Picked up from local airport, short drive & then a boat ride through mangroves to hotel. Wonderful scenery and weather helped and we enjoyed a guided jungle tour & scuba trip to nearby island so all good. Our superior room was lovely and spacious (3 beds!) and staff all so friendly and helpful.