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Manatus Hotel

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- Intimate Tortugeuro Eco Lodge
- 12 Air Conditioned Rooms
- Wide range of activities, turtle hatching
- Restaurant highly regarded

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Manatus Hotel is one of the best lodges in the Tortuguero area of north east Costa Rica. Manatus stands out from many of the other options in the area with its smaller and more intimate scale with just 12 rooms and its upscale a la carte dining.

Manatus is set on a narrow strip of densely forested land beside a beautiful, jungle-fringed canal, just a short boat ride from the national park and the village of Tortuguero itself. The property has a traditional, characterful feel, and its warm hospitality and excellent service sets it apart. The pretty gardens are home to a colourful variety of plants and flowers along with an array of bird species and playful monkeys swinging in the trees, and there’s a huge amount to do in the surrounding area.

There are a dozen pristine suites, all offering a particularly good level of amenities and facilities in relation to some other hotels in the area. All twelve suites are air conditioned and have free Wi-Fi, as well as satellite TVs. The rooms come with an outdoor terrace area complete with a private shower; there’s also an indoor shower with hot water. Children are welcome, and those aged 10 years and below can stay for a reduced rate. Children over the age of 10, however, are required to pay adult prices. All rooms have two queen beds meaning that suites can accommodate a maximum number of four guests – note that there is no possibility to bring in extra beds.

There are a number of guest packages to choose from, and all of them include a canal boat tour through the national park and a guided visit to the village of Tortuguero and the nearby Caribbean Conservation Company. In addition, there are lots of optional activities that can be booked for an extra charge. Examples include the Twilight Tour which takes guests along the walking trails that stretch throughout the hotel’s expansive rainforest surroundings, and the Night Turtle Nesting Tour which offers the rare opportunity to witness turtles laying their eggs on the beach (seasonal). For the more adventurous, there’s the chance to go kayaking and zip lining through the forest canopy. The area is a top catch-and-release sport fishing destination, so fishing is also a very popular choice.

When not out exploring the national park and the charming village of Tortuguero, there are plenty of on-site facilities to make use of. There’s an art gallery showcasing works by the artist Marcela Crespo Gallegos, as well as a swimming pool with lovely canal views, a billiards table beside the bar, a well-equipped fitness room and a spa with a wide range of treatments on offer, from manicures and pedicures, to stone massages and facials. Ara Macaw is the hotel’s restaurant and is the only gourmet eatery in the area. Its menu specialises in Afro-Caribbean fusion cuisine, with food prepared to a very high standard.

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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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