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Holiday review by Mr. Michael Benn

Date of trip: 13/09/2017
Number of people: 2
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "It was a truly wonderful stay. Super experience all round. Hire car company: Superb, service, provided a charged emergency phone. We felt safe at all times The satnav was out of date though and we used our phone in the end. Good job we had maps down loaded. We mentioned this to them and they agreed. "
Tribes Service: "All as expected. Vamoos app was really useful. Comprehensive info."
Guides: "Guides at hotels that we met were great, knowledgable, passionate about their country and helped us spot dome amazing wildlife"
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Beneficial to locsls in terms of bringing in income through tourism. Tortuguero especially. "


Chayote Lodge
Chayote Lodge was fabulous. Amazing rooms (although no hair dryer). Lovely balcony and views. Good for wildlife spotting in the trees. No blackout blinds. No AC but it wasn't needed. Food fresh and tasty, breakfast to order not a buffet. Restaurant and bar shut at 10 sharp though, not sure if this was seasonal. Jose our guide was really great. We hired him for a day and learned so much.
Arenal Springs Hotel
Arenal Springs not so good. After independance day weekend (which was busy with a good atmosphere), we were down to one restaurant, an Itallian, which left us with little choice. They added the most expensive items from the other restaurant on to the menu. It was much overpriced but we felt kind of trapped not being in walking distance of the town. We got a taxi in the end. Generally the hotel felt like it was half shut. Having said that the rooms were spacious, staff efficient, food good but probably a high season place to stay. Views of volcano from every room. Area good for activities, loads to do.
Studio Hotel
Studio was good, very helpful staff and good food. Handy for airport. Rooms lovely, black out curtains. AC welcome. Hair dryer broke, it was replaced within minutes. Food nice, we ate here twice.
Hotel El Establo
Great, everything we needed, rooms spacious, views good. Shuttle service to reception from rooms welcome as it is on a big hill and rooms are quite far from reception.
Manatus Hotel
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.

Our Memories

"All the wildlife we got to see. The different areas we saw, it is a very diverse country. "

customer rating

5/5 from 323 reviews

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facts and information

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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