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Bahari Beach Bungalows

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Matapalo de Aquirre, Playa Matapalo Costa Rica
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SamaraInfoCenter wrote a review Oct 2016
Playa Samara, Costa Rica1493 contributions39 helpful votes
If you want to get away from it all and still have comfort, this is the place! Set right on the beach, the bungalows are under African tents that give it a special feeling. The tents have ceramic tiles and the bathroom are specious and comfortable. There is not much at all to do around the area but sit back, hear the ocean, watch birds, see the amazing sunset and check out the sloths that seem to enjoy the location as much as you will. This is the 2nd time we come. First time was about 10 years ago and we would go back in a heart beat. Would absolutely recommend to friends and family!
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Date of stay: October 2016
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jenzay wrote a review Dec 2014
Vancouver, Canada12 contributions3 helpful votes
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This place is co-owned by a couple in Austria who still handle bookings through their website and a newer couple who live there and run the place, Loki and Mauren. They were out of town for most of our stay, and it was managed by a man named Alex. He was very helpful and took us on walks to see sloths in trees, and also guided a kayaking trip we went on. Getting to the hotel is a 3 hour drive and they organized a driver from the airport for $140US. The location is absolutely beautiful, right on 47km of undeveloped beach with no crowds. The little town of Matapalo, though, and the area around Bahari, has close to nothing going on. Apparently everything closed down about 2 years ago when the government enforced harsher taxes on beach establishments. Very quiet and not a lot of young people around. Beach is fun for surfing but they had very limited surf boards at the hotel for $20 a day. We rented from another place up the road but then had to wait for someone from the hotel to help us to get them for us. We often saw lots of monkeys in the trees around the bungalow. Complaint: food. Their website says: "Let yourself be surprised by little snacks like shrimp cocktails or Triangolos (pastry stuffed with meat or cheese) and cool refreshments during the day. Enjoy delicious seafood for dinner, caught during the day by the local fishermen. Or savor a steak, grilled by the landlord personally and already famous far beyond Matapolo. Get to know costa- rican specialities made by our much valued native cook and end the day with a good-night drink of your choice." While they give you a breakfast of fruit and eggs or pancakes, they do not have a restaurant/cook, so you are left to your own devices for lunch and dinner, which isn't easy especially if you don't have a car. We were only told this upon arrival. We borrowed the 2 bicycles they had and rode about 2km to a seafood restaurant, and one time walked along the beach to an older couple who run a place they call Tiko Gringo which is really just their backyard and had dinner there. Bahari also lets you use their kitchen if you buy your own supplies, which we did. Although staff was in the kitchen area for breakfast, for the rest of the day there was often nobody around. When Loki and Mauren came back and took over from Alex, on our last couple of days we would have to go to their private house at the back of the resort if we needed help with anything.
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Date of stay: December 2014
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Room Tip: The 2 bungalows at the front with a beach view have their own hammocks in front.
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zoebrick wrote a review Aug 2014
Detroit, Michigan7 contributions7 helpful votes
Loved this place. The couple who LIVE there and RUN the place (Loki and Mauren) are very chill and helpful. Unfortunately, they did not see much of our booking monies, as we booked through the old name, Bahari Beach Resort - these people own part of it, but now live abroad. Loki's family owns the land and do all the work. I felt a bit duped by the Bahari folks who promised us a "candle light dinner on the beach" upon arrival, which never happened because the local couple never heard - totally fine, though, because it was so wonderful! Of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica, I (surprisingly) like the bathroom of our beach tent the best! It was so spacious; an open concept. It was helpful that we rented a car so we could go and come as we please, as it is a bit isolated. Alex, the guy on staff during the day was also amazing. WONDERFUL place to relax, read a book, float in the pool, and recover from all the touristy activities. Although, Loki is a naturalist and adventure guide and can take you rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, etc. Make sure to visit Marina Ballena first thing one morning. A special treat we had was a bunch of monkeys coming in over our tent through the trees one afternoon!
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Room Tip: Remember to book through Rafiki Beach Bungalows not Bahari!
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Response from andrealudwig10, Inhaber at Bahari Beach Bungalows
Responded 30 Aug 2014
Dear Zoenrick! We reed your comments and we only have few points to your and for everybody information’s (which already also have in our website): we are Andrea and Ludwig Zirkelbach the owner from Bahari Beach Bungalows together with Constant Boshof. Lautjie (Loki) is his sun and runs together with Mauren since 2 years our business, there are the Manager now on the Spot. We build up the business 12 years ago including all the tents, the interior of the tents, bathroom and pool, and we developed Bahari very successful. We are very happy that you like our place ! 2 years ago we change the name to a double name, because we had many satisfied guests in the past which only knows Bahari and we still are in many travel books with a excellent recommendations. Andrea is doing all the reservation from the Bahari website and she can give, because of her 15 years Costa Rica´n experience, many recommendations and insider advices in detailed mails to our guests. Everybody can choice the type of reservations and payments, see our websites! We are working for the future to find a solution for the double name to bring more clearness to our costumers and not loose guests, which only know and recommend Bahari. Thank you again for your comment! Andrea and Ludwig Zirkelbach
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RAPHAELAAA wrote a review Oct 2013
Heidelberg, Germany1 contribution2 helpful votes
It was the most beautiful place in Costa Rica for us. The waves had been good and it just feels so good jumping in the pool after. The tents are incredible but most important are the hosts loki and Mauren - wonderful people!!!
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Date of stay: October 2013
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Honeymooner C wrote a review Aug 2013
Portland, Maine, USA2 contributions3 helpful votes
I agree with Jamey C's review...Bahari (now known as Rafiki Beach Camp, & related to the Rafiki Safari Lodge) was a wonderful place to stay! Loki & his wife Mauren have recently taken over management of this property, and they were both very helpful & friendly hosts. They are also involved in some great conservation work, including reintroducing the tapir, and are the type of overall good people you want to support with your business. My husband & I spent 4 nights of our honeymoon here, and loved the experience of staying in the safari tents. We had come from a more resort-y & populated hotel in Manuel Antonio, and the peace & quiet of this spot was a welcome change of pace. We saw capuchin monkeys one day and sloths another day in the surrounding treetops. Continental breakfast is included, but they don't serve lunch or dinner. There are a few eateries within walking distance, including a minimart you can use to stock the mini-fridge in your room. We went on 3 of the tours that they offer, and all were well-run and lots of adventurous fun: we went white-water rafting on the Rio Savegre, did an aqua-hike along 4 waterfalls, and saw crocodiles during the mangrove tour. We also took a cab into Dominical one day to do some shopping & check out different restaurants (13K Colones 1-way) This is not for travelers looking for a resort/all-inclusive or backpacker/party scene. This is the place to stay if you're looking for a secluded spot on a beautiful, quiet beach. It's a bit more rugged & off the beaten path, but for us that's exactly the appeal.
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Date of stay: August 2013
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Room Tip: 2 of the tents are beachfront. The other 2 tents are set back, but I think still have views of...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bahari Beach Bungalows
Which popular attractions are close to Bahari Beach Bungalows?
Nearby attractions include Playa Matapalo (0.1 km) and Eco Termales (6.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bahari Beach Bungalows?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and kids activities.
Is parking available at Bahari Beach Bungalows?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bahari Beach Bungalows?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Langosta Feliz, El Express del Pacifico, and El Patio Cafe & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bahari Beach Bungalows?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Bahari Beach Bungalows?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.