Nestled between the Tortuguero Canals and the Caribbean Sea, lies Mawamba Lodge.The lodge is surrounded by lush, verdant rainforest and is the essence of Caribbean beauty and hospitality. The only access to the hotel is by boat or by air which gives it a remote feel.
The 54 standard rooms are spread along the property gardens, accessed by winding pathways. The rooms are simple yet comfortable. The furniture is cane and splashes of colourful photography adorn the wood-panelled walls. A ceiling fan circulates the air and helps keep things cool. There are also 4 superior rooms offering a more private experience in spacious rooms with a king size bed. The large bathroom has both a hot tub and shower.
The pool, bar and restaurant area is surrounded by unique vegetation, home to various wildlife, including the red eyed tree frog that will serenade you through dinner. Costa Rican and international style meals are served buffet style in the restaurant.
Discover the area by boat tour, or kayak tour. Night walks are an opportunity to discover the different sounds of the rainforest as the nocturnal species come to life. The beach to the front of the lodge is easily accessed and provides refreshing ocean breezes and the opportunity for a quiet stroll along the beach that may lead to sighting the rush of the turtle hatch-lings on their way to the ocean (September to November). Or you could relax in one of the many hammocks strategically positioned in the grounds and soak up nature and sunshine in peace and quiet. One unique tour that is available here is on board the Katonga floating restaurant, this provides a very different setting for dinner as you eat whilst cruising along the Tortuguero Canals.
Open: Mawamba Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is located in Tortuguero, just minutes from the beach and 10-minutes walk from town. It is only accessible by boat and air.
Rooms: There are 58 standard rooms and 4 larger deluxe rooms. The standard rooms have either a king size bed or a queen size and a single bed, suitable for families or couples. The rooms are spacious and furnished with cane furniture. There are wooden floors and wood-panelled walls, adorned with colourful pictures. The bathroom has hot running water and a shower. Each room has a veranda with a seating area looking out onto the gardens. The deluxe rooms are larger with an indoor seating area in addition to the veranda area and also the addition of a bath in the en-suite.
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, follow the nature trail in the lodge's grounds. From July to October you may see nesting green turtles, with evening walking tours to watch them on the beach. Enjoy a unique dining experience on the Katonga floating restaurant.
Facilities: There is a restaurant and cafeteria where you can enjoy means, and a bar serving up refreshing ice-cold drinks. There is a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi and an indoor lounge area where you can relax and mingle with fellow guests, all surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, a mere stone's throw from the beach.
Dining: Wholesome meals are served buffet style and enjoyed at individual tables.
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.
"We loved our stay here. Although the cabin was rustic it met our needs adequately and the setting was perfect. Set in beautiful gardens and fronting onto the waters edge it is home to so many birds and animals. Each morning we were woken early to the dawn chorus of the most amazing bird song especially from the Montezuma Oropendola. The organised trips were superb as well as the extra ones we did. The resort was beautifully laid out and the food and service were very good."