Holiday review by Mrs. Elizabeth Bellamy

Name: Mrs. Elizabeth Bellamy

Date of trip: 25/07/2018

Number of people: 2

The variety, in terms of experiences and environment, of this trip was incredible! The abundance of wildlife everywhere we went was way beyond expectations - the excitement of hearing the Howler Monkeys "roar" or the surprise at spotting the furry bundle of a Sloth slowly moving through the tree above you was beyond words. Our guides were all friendly, welcoming and so knowledgeable too. What an amazing experience and one we'll be talking about for years to come!

  • Hotel Presidente lobby

     

  • Twin room at Hotel Presidente

     

  • Park near Hotel Presidente

     

  • Breakfast at Hotel Presidente

     

  • Cariblue-B18-1

     

  • Cariblue-B18-2

     

  • Cariblue-B18-3

     

  • Lomas del Volcan

     

  • Bahia del Sol pool and gardens

     

  • Standard room at Bahia del Sol

     

  • Bahia del Sol on Potrero Beach

     

  • Yoga class at Bahia del Sol

     

  • Balcony view at Finca Rosa Blanca

     

  • Bedroom at Finca Rosa Blanca

     

  • The gardens at Finca Rosa Blanca

     

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Tribes Overall:

A wonderful holiday, full of variety which exceeded our expectations!

Tribes Service:

Rory was fabulous! I shall miss our regular communications! He was excellent at returning all my emails and patiently reassured me with regards to any concerns I raised. His knowledge of the country and the individual hotels was evident and we were very happy to trust his judgement. Thank you so much Rory!

Guides:

All our guides were all very friendly and knowledgeable.

Driving in Costa Rica is a whole new experience and the normally jolly friendly Ticos become impatient and easily irritated by other road users! The nature of the Costa Rican roads and the number of lorries don't help! However, we never felt we were put at risk by their driving and soon became accustomed to it! Without exception all our pick-ups were on time and their vehicles absolutely spotless inside and out! Very impressive!

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

The hotels we stayed at were all very nice, mid-range establishments frequented by fairly affluent international travellers. Particularly on the Caribbean coast, poverty was very evident and we felt a little cocooned behind guards and security gates, so I'm not sure that we helped particularly in terms of local people other than their employment at the hotels. Lots of hotels boasted environmental awareness, but ultimately I didn't really see any evidence of anything other than the usual towel washing or straw using signs. That said, at least there is this awareness and that can only be a good thing.


The places you stayed

Hotel Presidente lobby

Hotel Presidente

Costa Rica

Very contemporary city hotel and great first night stay.


Cariblue bungalow

Cariblue

Costa Rica

Easy to be critical of this hotel on first impressions. It's very tired in places, with the roof of the restaurant and reception "patched" with corrugated plastic. However, the array of wildlife and the incredible beach across the road more than made up for this. The reception staff helped us arrange a taxi for a day of sightseeing and when our youngest son got stung by a jelly-fish their concern and knowledge was really reassuring.


Lomas del Volcan

Lomas del Volcan

Arenal

Wooden cabins; incredible view of Arenal and immaculately tended, luscious gardens - just wow! Even a False Fur-de-Lance wrapped around the boys' balcony handrail on return from dinner one night - cue much excitement/terror!


Bahia del Sol pool and gardens

Bahia del Sol

Costa Rica

Perfect place for R&R. We loved it! Very friendly team of staff - probably the best during our Costa Rican adventure. We didn't leave the hotel apart from walks and swimming along the deserted beach!


Balcony view at Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca

Costa Rica

To visit and stay on a coffee plantation was fabulous. The beautiful hand painted murals were just lovely. I wish we'd had longer, but in fact for a family with teenagers one night was probably plenty and hence only rating it "Good". Lots of environmental awareness here - evident from the rooms to the restaurant and the plantation itself. They are rightfully very proud of their achievements.