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Playa Cativo Lodge

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9/10

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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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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

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    Carly

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