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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

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- Tranquil rainforest eco-lodge
- Restaurant, bar, yoga, massages
- Dolphin watching, deep-sea fishng
- Zip wiring, horse riding, kayaking

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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a comfortable, well-appointed eco-lodge situated in a secluded 165-acre private reserve on the beautiful and unspoilt Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. This tranquil retreat is flanked by the vast Piedras Blancas National Park whose 14,000 hectares of pristine rainforest is renowned for its huge diversity of plant and wildlife. The lodge offers pristine, spacious accommodation with wonderful tropical forest views, a restaurant and bar, and a glorious private beach, along with an array of land and water-based activities. The property will suit anyone on a midrange budget seeking a comfortable, relaxing base off the beaten track and fully immersed in nature.

Constructed from local timber, the property pursues an eco-friendly ethos and engages in composting, recycling, and use of solar energy. Guest spaces include an open-sided dining room and bar area where communal breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served, with a menu focussing on regional cuisine. Local produce is used, along with fruit and vegetables grown in the lodge’s gardens. There’s also an onsite gift shop, a small library, and an observatory with a telescope. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main area, although due to the property’s remote location, the signal can be intermittent. Outside, tropical gardens lead onto an alfresco yoga deck with lovely ocean views, and a private, unspoilt beach.

Activities include swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling and fishing, along with the dolphin watching excursions for which the area is renowned. Self-guided or guided walks and bird watching are possible in the surrounding national park which features a network of hiking trails suitable for all fitness levels. Yoga classes and in-room or beachfront massages are available onsite, subject to additional cost, and zip wire canopy trails, horse riding, and deep-sea fishing excursions can also be arranged.

Accommodation varies from generous one-bedroom units in the main lodge, to one and two-bedroom cabins spaced out within the grounds. Tastefully decorated with high ceilings and hardwood floors, all rooms and cabins have double or twin beds with mosquito nets, ceiling fans, and spacious ensuite bathrooms featuring indulgent open-air showers with rainforest views. The two-bed cabins also house an additional lounge area. All units have patio doors opening onto a private veranda or terrace. There’s also the Jaguar House, a private two-storey property comprising a lounge, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a large private terrace.

Children over six years of age are welcome at Playa Nicuesa, and the two-bedroom cabins or Jaguar House are a popular choice for families and groups travelling together. Discounts are offered for guests under 12 years of age, and child menus are available. Due to the remote nature of the lodge, parents are reminded that children must remain under adult supervision at all times.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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