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Hotel Costa Verde

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- Quirky, characterful accommodation
- Reliable mid-range option
- Waterfall rappelling, boat excursions
- Canopy biking, parasailing, yoga, riding

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Hotel Costa Verde is a quirky, characterful property located on the picturesque Pacific Ocean coast right beside Costa Rica’s famed Manuel Antonio National Park. It’s a fairly large resort with plenty of rooms and a wide range of activities on offer, not to mention the many on-site facilities and amenities. It caters well for those visiting the park and makes for a good, budget-friendly option.

For accommodation, there are quite a few different options to choose from, ranging from studio apartments and suites, to houses and bungalows. Worthy of particular note is the hotel’s ‘727 Fuselage Home’. This highly unique suite is set in a renovated Boeing 727 dating back to 1965 that’s been extensively outfitted on the inside to transform it into welcoming accommodation. The plane once flew passengers across oceans, and now it functions as a two-bedroom suite perched on a pedestal some 50 feet high, providing unparalleled views. There’s also the similar ‘Cockpit Cottage’ which is fashioned out of a McDonnell Douglas, MD-80 fuselage. If travelling without children, there’s the adults-only Costa Verde II, a private building made up of studio apartments and a penthouse for anyone over 17 years of age. All rooms here have a balcony with views of either the rainforest canopy or the ocean and it’s no more than 10 minutes’ walk to the beach from any of the rooms. Note, however, that it’s a distinctly uphill walk on the way back and thus the return journey may take longer!

There are three cliffside pools dotted throughout the resort, each one surrounded by plenty of sun loungers, not to mention breath-taking ocean views. The hotel’s four restaurants serve up an enticing array of local, national and international dishes. Much care is taken to ensure that each eatery offers a unique and memorable dining experience. El Avion, for example, is a quirky pub and restaurant set inside a lovingly preserved C-123 Fairchild plane. There’s also El Wagon, a delightful outdoor restaurant serving informal food and with a colourful mosaic tiled floor depicting all sorts of animals.

There’s a large and varied line-up of activities to take part in. Some of the many options include waterfall rappelling, catamaran tours, canopy biking, parasailing, yoga classes, horseback riding on the beach and sunset sails. It’s no surprise that the highlight for many is the Manuel Antonio National Park; it’s actually the smallest of Costa Rica’s national parks and note that it can get quite busy owing to its fine beaches, impressive biodiversity and scenic hiking trails.

Children of all ages are warmly welcome; the adults-only section of the hotel only represents about 10% of the property. There’s plenty for all age groups to do in the area and children will love the colourful and somewhat quirky surroundings and will no doubt enjoy splashing about in the swimming pools as well.

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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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