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Manatus Hotel


Rating: Deluxe    

Manatus Hotel overview

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: Manatus Hotel is open all year.

Location: The hotel 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 patio 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 exhilarating 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 restaurant.

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 WiFi access in the main areas of the lodge, but this does not stretch to the accommodation.

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"The hotel is small, 12 rooms, but each room is like a bungalow, everything works including the AC. The food and the staff were excellent. The guided tours were excellent too - and that's why we went. Getting there is a long ride by car plus a boat ride too .... fortunately we were booked out by plane to La Fortuna which worked just great."

Mr. Neil Symmonds (12/11/2019)
"A lovely place to stay in the Tortuguero area. The service was very good and friendly and the food was enjoyable. It has a pool overlooking the river- which is a lovely place to cool down. We had guided boat trips from the hotel which were superb! We did a night- walk ( from the hotel) which we all enjoyed."
Mr. Adrian Davies (17/08/2019)
"Very high quality accommodation and guiding. Very good restaurant with kids menu. Great opportunities to see wildlife generally and turtles in particular. The lodge is very much set up for 2 night stays. If staying for longer you might feel a bit short changed or would have to be very clear what you were going to do beyond the ‘set’ activities."
Mr. David Peek
"Superb small hotel, very quiet. 12 adjoining bungalows overlooking the river. Very good food, A la Carte menu. Excellent guides, small boats for touring the hidden canals, usually by ourselves with guide. "
R and Y Smith (03/04/2019)
"As my husband said, you have to re-calibrate your expectations, and accept that standards are going to be different. It maybe the best in the area and has air con in bedrooms but it is not luxury. The staff who greeted us on arrival at the landing strip and hotel landing dock, including the owner Roberto were pleasant, friendly and helpful. The hotel is set out like old colonial rest houses with bungalows in 3 groups of 4 in grounds connected to reception and restaurant by covered walkways. Hexagonal slab paving from walkway to our room was a trip hazard with loose and uneven slabs. The room itself was large with good air con and two queen size beds though it was quite dark because you’re forced to keep the curtains closed most of the time as other people walk right past the windows on their way to and from their bungalows. Voile or net curtains could help matters here. A coffee machine with good coffee was welcome and the fridge in room was stocked with water and beer at a cost that seemed reasonable by hotel minibar standards. The lighting was dim for reading or writing unless you were lying on the bed but the overhead light there was good. No aircon in shower and toilet area makes it very uncomfortable to get ready when it’s hot and the floor tiles were slippery with wet feet. It was odd that they have notices asking you not to waste water but with no plug in wash basin it forces you to keep the tap running when washing your face unless you want to end up with soap in your eyes. There was no hot water in the wash basin and the available light for shaving or putting on any make up was very poor. The outside shower area was very run down and we didn’t bother to use it as it with the enclosed walls, there was no breeze and it was even hotter than indoor one. There is no private outside space, only a seat outside the from door. Some food was good but there was not enough salad or fresh vegetables and what vegetables there were seemed frozen and over cooked. Most people only seem to stay a few nights but the menu could become very repetitive for longer stays. Tap water was provided at meals but if you want a cocktail beforehand, they seemed to taste synthetic, not a patch on Caribbean Island ones and were expensive and not worth it. Service at mealtimes could be slow if more than a few people were there. Included animal and bird watching tours by boat were good good but would have been better with a much earlier than 8.30 start when the animals are active and the temperature is relatively low. Danilo who drove boat was great at spotting animals and Luis was a good guide. We must say thanks to the other passengers for their sharp eyes too. The visit to Tortuguera village was too long. After a visit to the beach where turtles lay eggs in season, it seemed to be a payoff to village shop owners to drop tourists in their midst for an hour in the hope they’d spend. There was not much worth buying and every member of the group we were with was back at landing stage early. If any of the other nearby lodges or hotels introduce Aircon in the bedrooms you may want to look at those for comparison. "

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