Holiday review by Doctor John Watkins

Name: Doctor John Watkins

Date of trip: 04/01/2019

Number of people: 2

The high spots for us were the Monteverde Cloud Forest ( saw 2 Quetzals) - and the Hanging bridges walk at Arenal. The Parador Hotel in Manuel Antonio was also an excellent wildlife viewing opportunity .

  • Standard double room, Studio Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica © M2Photos

    Standard double room, Studio Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Aninga Lodge walkway and rooms

     

  • Canal near Aninga Lodge

     

  • Aerial view of Arenal Springs Hotel, Arenal, Costa Rica © Arenal Springs

    Aerial view of Arenal Springs Hotel, Arenal, Costa Rica

  • Dining at Hotel Fonda Vela

     

  • Pool and view at Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © Parador Resort

    Pool and view at Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

  • Restaurant and bar at Alta Hotel

     

  • The pool and restaurant at Alta Hotel

     

  • Alta Hotel bedroom

     

  • Alta Hotel terrace

     

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Tribes Overall:

The holiday in all respects was first class and often exceeded our expectations. Rory spent a long time tailoring our holiday to our specific requirements for which we are most grateful.

Tribes Service:

Rory was very helpful and very pleasant to deal with.

Guides:

Their knowledge and enthusiasm was infectious

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

For the most part it was evident that conservation was a major consideration everywhere we stayed. The one possible exception was the Arenal Springs Resort where we had a huge whirlpool bath as well as a stone built hot tub and 2 showers in our junior suite! Given that the hotel had its own pool and extensive hot springs I was surprised that there seemed no concern about using all this extra water. It may be it was cleverly recycled as grey water - we did not ask at the time.


The places you stayed

Standard double room, Studio Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica © M2Photos

Studio Hotel

Costa Rica

Good stopover hotel - friendly staff


Aninga Lodge walkway and rooms

Aninga Lodge

Costa Rica

As you know there was an error in our booking and we in fact stayed at Evergreen Lodge. Unfortunately the main restaurant was closed there and the remaining restaurant -the Monkey - was pretty basic with indifferent food. There is no spa at Evergreen Lodge not any nature trails as there are at Aninga. You very kindly compensated us for this error with a $250 credit at the Parador.


Aerial view of Arenal Springs Hotel, Arenal, Costa Rica © Arenal Springs

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Arenal

Odd room configuration in that we had the massive room with all the baths etc I referred to earlier while our friends had a much smaller standard sized room next door. There was an adjoining door which we had to ask to have closed. I think the suite they put us in was actually a family suite. Our friends oddly had no hot water in their sink but did get a reduction off their bill when it became evident they couldn’t immediately fix it!


Dining at Hotel Fonda Vela

Hotel Fonda Vela

Costa Rica

I liked this quirky place - great bird life in the grounds. The rooms we were allocated were tired and musty ( I guess had not been used for a while). Their chef was superb


Pool and view at Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © Parador Resort

Parador Resort and Spa

Manuel Antonio

A smart resort hotel but a great place to unwind at the end of the holiday. It wasn’t an issue for us but our rooms were on the 3 rd floor - no lift


Restaurant and bar at Alta Hotel

Alta Hotel

Costa Rica

Very unusual building - comfortable rooms. The small bottles of water in the rooms were on sale at
$7 each! We ate in their dining room and the meal was very good but we sensed the head waiter was a bit pushy and angling for a large tip. The owners wife introduced herself to us and was charming