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Selva Verde Lodge holiday reviews


Date of trip: 03/12/2019


Number of people: 1

"What an extraordinary and heavenly place. I love the very wide spread layout of the small blocks of rooms up on high stilts. I was lucky enough to have room 45 which was at the farthest extreme of the plot, right on the Sarapiqui river edge. I could lie in my private hammock (all rooms had them) and watch the river and the primary rain forest on the opposite bank. You can walk from reception to any other part of the hotel complex via beautifully smooth wooden decking walkways, all of which are covered. Great for trundling suitcases while keeping dry from the rain or cool from the heat. Being raised up gives you great views of the well-tended gardens, flower bushes visited by industrious humming birds, and extraordinary trees full of birds of every hue. You can wander at ground level amongst the foliage and enjoy the butterflies close up. There are some great trails, well sign posted and manageable for most abilities. Across the road from the hotel is more of their land that features the Ocelot Trail. This is a two hour hike up and round over craggy roots (you'll need hiking boots and drinking water) but well worth the effort. It's hard going in the heat, but you'll probably have it to yourself and the sights are definitely worth it. Lovely views, streams, lots of small frogs (Blue Jeans Dart Frog, litter frogs etc), lizards, butterflies, birds etc. A nice pool area has some great wildlife hanging around, but the best thing is the feeder area right next to the first floor buffet restaurant. Bananas are put out every morning on a huge feeder area in a sort of amphitheatre. You can grab a coffee and sit up on the gallery bench watching the most extraordinary array of colour and behaviour even the most uninterested wildlife person would find fascinating. There's always someone (generally guides) around to point out the best things or give you info. I even saw a Nine banded Armadillo scuttle past one early morning which was a thrill. Toucans muscle in and all the minor birds scatter, waiting their turn to get back to the bananas. The squirrels are the only things unperturbed by the Toucans. As mentioned already, the guides here are fantastic. Ronal is one of the best I had on the whole trip. He took me on a night trail (just me which was great) and I was blown away by his obvious connection with nature. He also has great photographic technical knowledge which is handy. The bar manager (sorry, can't remember his name) is great fun and mixes some superb cocktails. He's good company at the end of long day. The buffet restaurant is good and you won't go hungry. The gift shop is comprehensive and is under new management. It sells some good souvenirs as well as basics if you need them. If you're into other activities like white water rafting etc, there are some really good places on the doorstep, highly recommended by other guests I spoke to. I will definitely go back to this hotel."

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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