Tortuguero is a unique and exotic place, it has a feeling of the undiscovered and untouched wilderness about it. Here you can experience wildlife, adventure and relaxation. There are only a few roads, so transportation is mostly by boat and air, adding to the feeling of remoteness.
This is where you will find Manatus Hotel. There are just 12 beautifully appointed rooms designed to enhance your holiday experience. The rooms are spacious, elegant and decorated in soft, neutral tones. The rooms are uncluttered, with beautiful wooden floors and high ceilings. Dashes of colour adorn the rooms, reminding you that you are on the Caribbean coast. The luxury here is not out of place in the rainforest and fits well with the luscious forest surroundings. The service at Manatus is excellent, they want you to enjoy your stay here. There is a spa for papering treatments, a fitness room, a bar serving cold beers, welcome after a day out exploring the area and the restaurant serves gourmet food with a Caribbean twist. Located on the edge of the Tortuguero canal, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy the scenery too either sunbathing by the pool, or seeking a shady spot on the deck, or a gentle walk along the trails in the hotel grounds.
Turtles are one of the main attractions in Tortuguero, leatherbacks nest from February to April and the hawksbill and green turtles from July to October. But there is plenty of wildlife here from sloths and monkeys in the forest canopy to toucans and other colourful birds down to crocodiles in the winding canals and waterways. There is always plenty to see in each different habitat right down to the colourful frogs, toads and insects. Take a guided boat tour or a hike, your experienced guide will be able to point out interesting things along the way. You could also try your hand at kayaking or sports fishing. Take the opportunity to go on a tour to a local village and see what Costa Rican life is all about in this beautiful area called Tortuguero.
Open: Mawamba Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is located in Tortuguero, an area of immense natural beauty and a haven for wildlife.
Rooms: There are 12 spacious rooms at Manatus, each designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible. They all have air-conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, 2 queen size beds, private pation with outdoor shower, private terrace with seating and complimentary WiFi.
Activities: Take motor boat rides, go kayaking and enjoy guided nature walks in Tortuguero National Park whilst looking out for monkeys, lizards, otters, turtles, caiman and birds, or simply sit and relax in the hotel's beautiful gardens. Seasonally, tours to visit nesting turtles are available and it is well worth taking a visit to a nearby village. A canopy tour offers an exhilirating insight into the rainforest from a different perspective.
Facilities: The Ara Macaw restaurant serves authentic Afro-Caribbean food along with international cuisine. The Morpho bar offers a relaxing place to enjoy a cocktail or ice-cold beer. Relax on the deck with expansive views of the wide waterways, flanked by rainforest. There is an in-house art gallery, a fitness room and spa. Enjoy a swim in the pool surrounded by the beautiful gardens, and within sight of the waterways.
Dining: Exquisite meals are served at individual tables in the Ara Macaw restuarant.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Other than the province of Limon, Costa Rica has low to no risk of malaria.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi access in the main areas of the lodge, but this does not stretch to the accommodation.
"Truly amazing. AC was a godsend. Food and guides (Lius and Luis) great. Could have stayed here for weeks. Flight in was part of the experience. Highly recommend the flight. The activities included were wonderful, extra ones we booked (kayaking, turtles etc) were really fun. Fab location for wildlife spotting . As with everywhere, bar shut at 10pm. Not sure if this is seasonal or cultural. "