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Reviewed 25 December 2011

Three nights were not enough to enjoy all this property has to offer. We stayed in bungalow #7 at the end of the property with a spectacular jungle and ocean view from our hammock-ed patio. The room was clean, comfortable, and the food was outstanding. We recommend the visit to corcovado and the mangrove tour during which we saw four types of monkey, crocodile, cayman, toucan, macaws, boa constrictors, sloths, fruit bats and so many beautiful birds. Sergio was an exceptional guide with a PhD in rainforest canopy biology. We had a private on-property tour with him and didn't have to go far at all to see many more wildlife treasures. Corcovado has much more to offer than Manuel Antonio and is a more exciting trek. The staff go out of their way to accommodate the wishes and requests of the guests. We will surely be back--thank you La Paloma!

Room Tip: Number 7 was great
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank aerotraveller
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

Just stayed there for 4 nights and would rate this place 4.5 of 5 stars. Would visit again for sure.

Pros:
Awesome view of ocean (lodge is about 100 ft above ocean).
Great service
Food is fantastic!
Rooms are beautiful (lots of polished wood with many windows).
Lots of fun activities to choose from via boat rides mostly.
Grounds are beautiful since lodge is amongst a rainforest.

Cons:
Must take 30mn boat ride followed by 15mn walk in order to surf

Often cloudy with infrequent small bouts of rain but was kind of nice since you're in a rainforest

Very humid but wasn't hot at all therefore, nothing dries (however, lodge has a de-humidifier and you can give then your clothes/shoes to dry out).

  • Stayed: December 2011
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1  Thank powder1538
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

We flew (upon Frommer's recommendation) to La Paloma Lodge on a small Nature Air plane from Tobias Bolanas (commonly called Pavas) Airport just north of San Jose, an exciting trip! The flight was comfortable and scenic, but then we rode a van/truck directly into a river and, thankfully, across it to a small boat which took us across Drake Bay to La Paloma. After a long hike up a steep slope (unless you wanted to ride the tractor-like vehicle which was offered---a good choice for the less physically fit), we arrived in Paradise! The large, roof-covered but open dining hall was just beautiful. And the food served there was also beautiful! Just as beautiful was cabin D, our nearby room with TWO balconies, both with wonderful views! Since we were led to expect a kingsize bed, which was not available in cabin D, Nicole arranged to have an additional bed for us. We cannot adequately explain how refreshing our 4 days were in this accommodation, but our Corcovado hike (included) along a river was the most authentic jungle hiking we have ever done (including our 7 days along the Amazon River in Peru). We saw beautiful birds, coati mundis, sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, and two fer-de-lances (Google this snake!) along the river we wound up swimming in just below a beautiful waterfall!! We also had our own 3-toed sloth that continued to reappear every day just off one of our balconies! We got great pictures of the sloth, a toucan, etc, and also interesting spiders/insects during the night hike led by the "bug lady". Many more activities were available, including snorkeling, kayaking, and a mangrove cruise down a river. These were the best 4 days of our 18-day trip!

Room Tip: For a couple our room ("cabin" D) was the only one with 2 balconies (which was just wonderful!) The "ranchos" also looked great if you want to spend more---or you have a larger group.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MIT1963
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

My husband and I stayed at the La Paloma for 5 nights. The" WOW" factor for this lodge was endless.
Making the reservation for this lodge was easy. Andrea did a fabulous job organizing everything for us . We where going to Manual Antonio after our stay. Andrea had to arrange the water taxi and then a ground taxi to the Palmar Sur Airport. The Nature Air plane was delayed for 2 hours when leaving and Andrea called us at the airport to ask if we needed any help in any way. That was so sweet of her. She does her job very well.
We had an interesting ride to the Lodge after we landed. We took a van. Then the clutch went on the van. Another van came back and picked us up. When we got to the river we had to cross it by horse. The river was too high for the van to cross. Then another van for a short distance. Then we took a 10 minute boat ride to the Lodge. It was kind of a cool and changeling trip to the lodge. Different and we liked it.
Nichol the manager greeted our group and led us up the hill to the Lodge. They had lunch ready for us and Nichol gave us our information for our 5 night stay. We where given our key to our room and our bags where taken to our rooms for us.
Our room was a single bungalow #6. It was fantastic. We had a spectacular view of the ocean and the jungle was all around us. The bed was soooooo!!!! comfortable. We slept like baby's, even when it rained really heavy at night. We could here the nocturnal symphony from outside also. For my husband and myself, we where in heaven. It was so peaceful.
The main building where you ate your meals was decorated tastefully for a lodge. Not to fancy not to rustic. They had a lounge area in the corner of that building with wi fi. It was weak sometimes. All of the travelers there that we met where very nice and loved nature like we do. It was interesting chatting with them. There where family's and the kids where just fantastic.
The meals where great. They even gave you a snack in the afternoon with tea or coffee or juice. The mixed drinks and wine where at a good price.
The day tours what where included in our package deal where every nice. Except when we had to go to Cano Island for snorkeling it was a little rainy and the ride there was ruff. The advisability was not all that great for snorkeling. We had known that before the trip and we where satisfied with it. We did go down in the rainy season which we wanted to experience.
The trip to the park was an experience and muddy. Weeeee!!! we had fun. There was boundless nature in the Drakes Bay area.
All of the guides where just fabulous.
The service at the lodge was tremendous. Nicole the manager, Jamaica (new manager helper) and the girls that brought us coffee to our bungalow in the very , very early morning, even in the rain. All the waiters where fabulous also. The service was immeasurable.
If you had wet shoes they would dry them for you. They always had a large pile of them.
They do laundry for you, at $8.00 per load. They do wake up calls also. The girl will come and knock on your door (no phone call). Nice touch.
They have a lovely little pool area. Used it once.
My husband and I did a 3 hour hike down to a beach with another couple we met at the lodge and we had a boat from the lodge to pick us up at a curtain time. There was a fee. $50.00. We split the price with the other couple. Very nice hike along the coast line.
We did the Bug Lady Night Tour. It is a must to do. Very interesting and she and husband is very knowledgeable about night critters. After taking that tour we would look around at night time for critters after our supper for the rest of our vacation. It is surprising how much you miss at night.
This Lodge is our favorite one that we have been to in the Osa area.
We have been to another one farther south but not quite a good as this one.
The employees really make the place. All where just fantastic. The location and grounds was outstanding.
We didn't want to leave. We will always remember this Lodge.
Heavenley Lodge in the Jungle. .

Room Tip: Bungalow #6 for couples.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank natureloverKomoka
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

We stayed at La Paloma in Sept 2011-it was amazing!!! I knew that Osa Peninsula would be great -teaming with wildlife and stunning landscapes, but it was made even better by the beautiful accommodations at La Paloma. The staff went above and beyond-- from helping track down my lost luggage to treating us with great hospitality and personal attention. It was amazing to have that much luxury while being in such a wild part of the world. Thank you

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank mdk358
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