Holiday review by Professor Brent Davies
Name: Professor Brent Davies
Date of trip: 09/01/2019
Number of people: 2
Galapagos animals, the three parks in Costa Rica. The only poor one was the Volcano tour in Nayara Spring - little to see and hard climb.
All very good except last location - too long and too uncomfortable.
Galapagos guides and the individual tour guides all excellent.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
The places you stayed
Great location in the heart of the town. Staff were very helpful and the dinning room was very special in the courtyard. Wine was ridiculously expensive with a mark up that was excessive. We had a duplex room with a very challenging staircase - I would avoid this type of room. Overall a good place to stay.
Great time at the Galapagos and the guides Roberto and Christina were excellent. Saw some stunning sights and animals. Two negatives the boat has no stabilisers and we should have been told about this by Tribes (one night it was very rough). Also, Tribes should have warned us about the Tip situation $200 for the Guides and $400 for the crew. We had to get the washout of a cash machine (very expensive) if Paul had told us about this we would have taken the cash!!TRIBES RESPONSE: Some of the Galapagos yachts do give advice for very high "suggested" tips - Tribes has looked into this situation and the guides and crew are well paid in the islands and we think the recommended about can be extremely high and any tips should be at the passengers discretion.
Near San Jose
The Coffee Plantation tour was excellent we learn a great deal. The rooms in the hotel are a weird shape which takes some getting used to. A good two nights break when travelling but I am not sure we would have wanted to stay longer. The waiters at meals were surly and not into the service culture.
Very expensive but very good! Service was excellent and the food always good. This is a 6 star resort! The rooms are of an excellent size and the personal plunge pool is a slight. The free laundry when travelling is very helpful. Could not fault it in any way.
Stunning setting for the hotel with great vies from the dinning room. Great tour to the Curi Cancha reserve with a great guide Marvin. Expensive accommodation and full board so it was pathetic at breakfast if I wanted the mixed fruit juice instead of orange it would be extra!!! You cannot be serious a five star response it was not.
Manuel Antonio & the south Pacific
The setting for this hotel is stunning. Staff were very helpful and accommodating. The smaller beach had lots of shade and was excellent for lunch and the pool. The only downside was that the rooms were rather small for the money.
Near San Jose
Our last night in Costa Rica. Great to be out of the city with such stunning views of the Central Valley truly breathtaking. Cool air after the heat was great. The staff were extremely helpful and welcoming. The room was large and very clean with panoramic view from the windows. Only downside they charged us for breakfast when is was supposed to be included!