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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

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

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Overview

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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