Holiday review by Doctor Alan Plaice

Name: Doctor Alan Plaice

Date of trip: 02/01/2020

Number of people: 2

The noises in the rainforest at night The rain pelting down the monkeys howling Leaves & nuts falling from the trees sounded like the monkeys were throwing coconuts at the lodge An young apprentice guide in Cahuita who was able to spot so much of the wildlife especially sloths

  • Namuwoki Lodge chalet

     

  • Bedroom at Namuwoki Lodge

     

  • Namuwoki Lodge restaurant

     

  • Namuwoki Lodge private terrace

     

  • Cabin at Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica © AGMarks

    Cabin at Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

  • Aerial view of Nayara Gardens and Arenal volcano, Costa Rica © Nayara Gardens

    Aerial view of Nayara Gardens and Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

  • Lunchtime at Nayara Gardens in Arenal, Costa Rica © Nayara Gardens

    Lunchtime at Nayara Gardens in Arenal, Costa Rica

  • Pool at Nayara Gardens in Arenal, Costa Rica © 2017 Miles Photography

    Pool at Nayara Gardens in Arenal, Costa Rica

  • Deluxe room at Nayara Gardens, Arenal, Costa Rica © Nayara Gardens

    Deluxe room at Nayara Gardens, Arenal, Costa Rica

  • Hotel Belmar

     

  • Andaz Bay View King room, Hyatt Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica © Andres Garcia Lachner

    Andaz Bay View King room, Hyatt Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica

  • The family pool at Hyatt Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica © Andres Garcia Lachner

    The family pool at Hyatt Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica

  • Sombrero Claro Beach, near Hyatt Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica © Andres Garcia Lachner

    Sombrero Claro Beach, near Hyatt Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica

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Tribes Overall:

Although we stayed in 6 different locations in the 2 weeks, we saw a lot of the country, beaches, nature reserves and wildlife and stayed in some fabulous hotels but didn’t feel we were travelling all the time.
The pickups for all the transfers and excursions were totally reliable, very efficient
meticulous planning and attention to detail.

Tribes Service:

Tribes produced an excellent itinerary

Guides:

Wildlife guides all excellent and knowledgable excellent Spoken English
Only one driver was a bit reckless with his
overtaking.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

I don’t think we did any harm and contributed to the local economy


The places you stayed

Namuwoki Lodge chalet

Namuwoki Lodge

Costa Rica

Small and friendly great location in the jungle near the Caribbean coast beaches
Great atmosphere.
Beautiful fresh food cooked to order


Cabin at Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica © AGMarks

Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero National Park

Unique experience just to get there
40 mins by boat
A great rainforest experience and rain like
you will never have experienced in Europe
Food fairly basic


Lunchtime at Nayara Gardens in Arenal, Costa Rica © Nayara Gardens

Nayara Gardens

Arenal

It’s actually 2 hotels so covers a large area
3 pools 3 places to eat, some quite steep paths
The best appointed rooms of all sheer luxury
Food a little pretentious and the most expensive
£70 for a steak, bowl of pasta 2 beers


Hotel Belmar

Hotel Belmar

Costa Rica

Attractive chalet style hotel
We were lucky to have a room in the main building fabulous views
Great service comfortable room
Nice grounds to wander around
Lived up the ethos of serving their own locally produced food, beautifully cooked and presented


Andaz Bay View King room, Hyatt Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica © Andres Garcia Lachner

Hyatt Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Papagayo Peninsula

A large golf hotel on the Papagayo peninsular catering for Americans and
Canadians
Felt a bit isolated
Lots of facilities within hotel but not much
chance of seeing local people and culture
Probably worth hiring a car and getting out
of the resort to see more of that side of the
country
Service varied.
Food pretty good for large hotel especially
breakfast
Some wildlife in grounds