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Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

I travelled in July with my 14-year-old daughter. It was a perfect introduction to responsible and conscientious travelling. The grounds are beautiful and everything seemed to be prepared with thoughtfulness and love. We travelled to other tourist areas after our stay and the contrast was huge. This is not a tourist destination for luxury seeking tourists. It was truly a... More 

Thank Zeena-Mar
Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

After a long drive we arrived at Chilimate to be greeted by Mehgan and her husband David.We were offered a choice of rooms and opted for the one with the biggest decking area.The room was basic but clean and comfortable,although the lack of AC made it quite difficult to sleep as it was very hot and humid during our stay.The... More 

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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights at the start of our honeymoon. Considering the location the facilities here are very good. We had hot water, Wi-Fi and, perhaps most impressively, no bugs in our room at all! The scenery is amazing - relaxing in our hammocks on the edge of the rainforest was a particular highlight. The guided tour with William... More 

Thank noziuk
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

You are in the rain forest and you really can feel what living there is really like. A true eco retreat with great organic food and wonderful host family and staff. We even got to participate in the cook's birthday party. Only five cabins and a dorm make for an intimate experience. Tucked across the river and near a swimming... More 

Thank Bill K
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

An amazingly relaxing as well as fascinating place to stay with a feeling of total immersion in nature. The hosts are full of knowledge about the local rainforest as well as recommendations of local tours and activities. They could not be more helpful and accommodating. Our family had endless entertainment from spotting nature, swimming in the river, swinging and relaxing... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

We booked the top floor of the Jungle House lodge for a family of 5. We were disappointed and only stayed one night instead of 3. I can't comment on the other accommodation available. The top floor had sofas with holes in them and the windows had mosquito frames that did not fit properly with big gaps. We didn't have... More 

Thank JackieWatlington
Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great service and welcome by owner Meghan, offering many tips on the region and always available to make the stay more pleasant. Good breakfast and dinners. No pool but a wonderful river swimming experience. A tour of the surrounding forrest is offered with a guide working at the hotel where we could namely spot slothes and monkeys. Do not expect... More 

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Milton Keynes
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic stay here at the beginning of our honeymoon. The retreat is well laid out and the staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. Mechanic (one of the owners) certainly went the extra mile and helped us retrieve one of our bags which we left at an overnight stay in San Jose and managed to get it sent... More 

Thank Loz P
Crawley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

The Chilamate rainforest eco retreat is a friendly and quite lodge in an excellent setting. Unlike most lodges in the area it is situated on the far side of the Sarapiqui River and quite distant from the rather busy road. It enjoys a wonderful and tranquil ambience. The accommodation cabins are clean and spacious. These are not luxury cabins but... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 reviews
Reviewed 27 May 2016

The food was buffet style and accommodated us as vegetarians very well. Best food of our trip. The night hike was incredible (saw a coral snake). The local guides were incredible, knowledgeable, and great with kids. We saw monkeys and heard them through out the day. This area can be relatively hot (when were there even the locals said it... More 

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat is a Costa Rican Canadian family-run conservation and sustainable tourism project. Come and enjoy our beautiful cabins, rain forest trails, garden eatery and bar, gift shop with local artwork, and natural swimming hole right on the Sarapiqui River! Whether you want adventure, nature, relaxation, or an intimate experience in the community we will make sure you enjoy your visit in the rain forest! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat

Address: in front of Chilamate Elementary School | crossing over the bridge on the right hand side, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Price Range: $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat Hotel Sarapiqui
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“We stayed in the dormitory. Very nice and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles Zeena-Mar, 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room 5 or 1 and 2 should be good”
 of 5 bubbles BillK419, 16 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The Jungle Lodge is great for families!”
 of 5 bubbles rivas370, 26 May 2016 | Read review
“All rooms r well appointed, book early to get front room overlooking river. Other rooms closer to jungle and jungle sounds.”
 of 5 bubbles BarbLM, 7 May 2016 | Read review
“Room Nearer the river have excellent view”
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