Holiday review by Mrs Patricia Staniforth

Name: Mrs Patricia Staniforth

Date of trip: 31/01/2020

Number of people: 2

  • Mosaic at Xandari Resort and Spa

     

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

    Cabin at Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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

    Aerial view of Arenal Springs Hotel, Arenal, Costa Rica

  • Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica © Bosque de Paz

    Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica

  • Bosque de paz, Costa Rica © Bosque de paz

    Bosque de paz, Costa Rica

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

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

  • Main building at Chayote Lodge, near San Jose, Costa Rica © Chayote Lodge

    Main building at Chayote Lodge, near San Jose, Costa Rica

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Tribes Overall:

Wonderful holiday, loved it. Everything very well organised.

Tribes Service:

Arrangement of the trip with Paul was fine. We felt that as it was a personalised tour, the itinerary should have excluded irrelevant information (such as National Parks we weren't going to) and continuing reference to adventurous activities (such as zip lining and white water rafting) that we weren't going to be able to fit into our programme. You appear to have been unaware that the Poas volcano erupted three years ago, and trips there are limited to 20 minutes (with hard hats on!) with none of the trails or the museum are open. The local information given to us on arrival was confusing in its layout, we had to work at it! But it all worked out very efficiently.

The Vamoos app was of very little use! Some information not applicable and some out of date (eg Poas) and maps of limited use.

Guides:

All very knowledgable, very friendly, spoke excellent English (except the guide at Bosque de Paz, who didn't speak English, but knew the English names of all the birds we saw (and heard)!)

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

A lot of concern about the environment and many local people employed in the tourist industry, all very friendly and helpful. We felt a bit of concern about the number of people in Manuel Antonio reserve; some control of numbers might be necessary.


The places you stayed

Mosaic at Xandari Resort and Spa

Xandari Resort and Spa

Costa Rica

Incredible place, architecture and artistry combined to make a really unique place. Enjoyed the view, the plants, the pool and the trails.


Cabin at Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica © AGMarks

Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero National Park

Loved it, even in the pouring rain! Enjoyed the restaurant arrangements, meeting people in the dining room. Lots of wildlife on site, saw our first sloths (drenched by the rain!)


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

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Arenal

A bit concerned on arrival by the manicured lawns and lack of trails, but there were lots of birds and we enjoyed the pools. We added a float trip down the river to our itinerary - any more adventurous activities needed a whole day. All the cabins had a view of the volcano, so could be forgiven for their rather regimented rows!


Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica © Bosque de Paz

Bosque de Paz

Between San Jose and Arenal

To be remembered for the humming birds and tanagers on the feeders!
And the coaties, agoutis and pacas that visited the garden. The only place where the animals were fed, and it was wonderful to see them.
Staff keen to help with identification. Lovely trails through the forest.


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

Parador Resort and Spa

Manuel Antonio

We didn't really like the Parador, too big and rather pretentious! The only place that didn't try and find us a room before check in time at 3.00 (we had to wait until 3.30. for our key in temperatures in the 90s). Having said that, there were lots of birds (sloths, too), good forest trails and excellent meals on the dining room terrace.


Main building at Chayote Lodge, near San Jose, Costa Rica © Chayote Lodge

Chayote Lodge

Near San Jose

Too short a visit, wondered why we were going so far from the airport for just one night, but it was such an interesting place (based on coffee production!) that we were pleased to experience it.