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Playa Cativo Lodge

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

Highlights

- Luxurious Ecolodge
- Rainforest & Ocean Wildlife Activities
- Gorgeous Swimming Pool
- Complimentary SUP & Kayaks

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Overview

Playa Cativo Lodge is a deluxe, oceanfront property located within the wildlife rich Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica’s southern Golfo Dulce coast. This small, exclusive eco-lodge sits within a 1,000-acre private nature reserve flanked by vast, unspoilt rainforest, on the shores of a pristine beach. Boasting stunning panoramic views across the Golfo Dulce, the property can only be accessed by boat, and yet is just a 50-minute flight from San Jose airport. The lodge offers superb hosting and service, a gourmet restaurant and just 18 upmarket guest rooms spaced out within tropical gardens. It will appeal to anyone seeking an upmarket, elegant and secluded wilderness retreat.

Communal spaces include a fine dining restaurant with wonderful ocean views; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, an extensive a la carte menu is on offer which incorporates ingredients from the property’s own organic vegetable garden. Special dietary requirements and private dining can be accommodated. There’s a well-stocked library and computer station, with complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the resort. The verdant tropical gardens contain a lovely freshwater swimming pool and an adjacent pool bar which is a popular spot for enjoying Cativo’s spectacular sunsets. There’s also an onsite yoga studio, and a tranquil spa with two treatment rooms and a plunge pool. The lodge’s Adventure Centre provides complimentary equipment hire for various water-based activities and the surrounding Piedras Blancas National Park is an immense 35,000 acres of tropical rainforest, home to 367 species of bird, and 140 mammals including sloths and monkeys and the elusive jaguar, puma and ocelot. Playa Cativo follows an environmentally friendly ethos, using solar power and recycling, and employing workers from local communities.

The wide range of activities on offer includes self-guided or guided hikes, bird watching and rainforest excursions along the reserve’s extensive network of trails. Swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing are also available. The area boasts superb year-round dolphin watching, with seasonal whale watching also possible. Yoga sessions are offered, along with massages and beauty treatments at the onsite spa.

The accommodation comprises 18 spacious, tastefully designed guest rooms constructed using hardwood and colourful locally-produced tiles. Each well-appointed room has spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding rainforest, whilst the open-air room design heightens the sense of being surrounded by nature. All units have a king size or two double beds, plus a lounge area with an additional sofa bed, and spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers. Ceiling fans, and complimentary Wi-Fi are included. Premium rooms include a complimentary minibar and a generous bathroom with a twin vanity unit and a double rainfall shower, whilst ‘Premium Plus’ rooms also include a private outdoor terrace and a private plunge pool. Each room can accommodate up to three guests.

Children are extremely welcome at the lodge, with reductions available for guests under 12 years of age when sharing with adults. Parents are reminded, as always, to keep their children under constant adult supervision.

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Suggested Itineraries for Playa Cativo Lodge

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Two week luxury holiday celebrating the best of Costa Rica. Includes Arenal Volcano, Pacuare River, Gulfo Dulce and Manuel Antonio

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $6,757 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,306 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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