- 12 contemporary glass-walled villas
- Hiking trails, waterfall, natural swim holes
- Under 17s not permitted
- Great range of water and land activities
Oxygen Jungle Villas is an impressive upper mid-range boutique resort with 12 contemporary, glass-walled villas nestled into the lush jungle scenery just outside Costa Rica’s popular coastal town of Uvita. This privately-owned property has a distinctly adult feel, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy from waterfall rappelling, diving and white-water rafting, to jungle hikes, horse riding and more. Back at base, the hotel’s Indonesian-themed décor makes for a very peaceful place to kick back and relax and, given that the vast majority of the estate’s reserve remains completely untouched, the plant and wildlife to be discovered here is nothing short of superb. There’s a fabulous infinity pool on site, along with some natural swimming-holes across the reserve.
Each villa accommodates up to two people, and children under 17 years of age are not permitted. The 8 Ocean Villas have lovely views of the ocean and the Marino Ballena National Park; the remaining four Jungle Villas look out on to the rainforest and offer a bit more privacy and seclusion, along with slightly better chances of spotting the resident wildlife such as sloths and colourful hummingbirds and toucans. Amenities common to all villas include air conditioning, a minibar, a TV with DVD player and an en-suite bathroom featuring sinks fashioned out of natural river stones and a rainfall shower complete with bathrobes. All the villas are well spaced apart for privacy, although note that the Ocean Villas are closest to the swimming pool and restaurant.
There’s a good variety of water and land-based activities to try out ranging from leisurely pursuits to thrill-seeking challenges, and it’s wise to book in advance. Birdwatching walks and dolphin and whale-watching excursions are possible, along with zip lining through the stunning tree canopy, white-water rafting, kayaking, surfing, diving and paddle boarding. There’s also a very picturesque hike to a waterfall within the reserve and number of hiking trails to explore.
Back at the resort, there’s an inviting infinity pool surrounded by Javanese statues, with fabulous views of the jungle scenery opening out below. The restaurant offers freshly-prepared cuisine and also caters for in-room dining. In addition, there’s a well-stocked bar and a full-service spa featuring massages, facials, body scrubs and other soothing treatments.
- Luxurious, ultra-contemporary retreat
- Boutique property with 8 stylish suites
- Adults only, great mix of activities
- Unspoilt coastline near Uvita
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.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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!
Woan 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.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019