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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We spent 5 nights here on a honeymoon package (only 37 years late). We'd echo all the enthusiastic comments below; the location, accommodation, food and service are all outstanding. We particularly enjoyed the house party atmosphere, with guests dining together and enjoying fascinating conversation. We thought Simon the house manager was extremely professional. We'd recommend the birding tour, although we...

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Calgary
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This place is truly one of a kind -- in a very good way. The lodge is sited on the side of a mountain with a million dollar view over the surrounding forest towards the sea. John and Maureen built the lodge from scratch. They did a wonderful job of it. It's first rate. And -- being good Canadian engineers...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 19 January 2017

This hotel is amazing! We became cloud sleepers because on a regular basis, the lodge was enveloped in clouds. The attention of the owners, Maureen and John, to insuring you have a great stay is unmatched, mention a preference and they immediately try to accommodate it. We had the most restful stay ever. Just relaxing on the veranda you will...

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Toronto, Ontario
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Our week at the Rio Magnolia was magical. The extensive property provided us with a variety of experiences - from hiking stunning jungle trails (thanks to Eliecer, the property foreman, for acting as a guide on one of many walks), to learning about their coffee production, to viewing the hydro generating system. The pool was a fabulous way to end...

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RioMagnolia, Owner at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you enjoyed Rio Magnolia. You were very enthusiastic and adventurous when exploring our trails and beyond! :) Hope you will come visit us again when you return to Costa Rica. Pura vida.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We totally enjoyed our stay at the Rio Magnolia! It's a little hard to get to, and when they say you need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to negotiate the road that goes there, they're serious. We arrived after dark, and the owners arranged for someone to guide us in from the main road...and though we had missed the regular serving...

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RioMagnolia, Owner at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge, responded to this review

Palomo takes his job as guide very seriously :). We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Mono Congo. We hope you will come back and visit again. Thanks so much for bringing the many school supplies for the students at our local elementary school. Rio Magnolia collects school supplies annually from our generous guests. It really helps out the...

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We recently stayed at the Rio Magnolia lodge. What an extraordinary property! From the moment we started to drive onto the grounds we knew we were in for something truly special. The Property is expansive with abundant wildlife. The owners Maureen and John, and staff were welcoming, gracious and always available and accommodating in every way. Outstanding service! The rooms...

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RioMagnolia, Owner at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the birding tour by Andres. It was a pleasure meeting the four of you. When guests would like an onsite birding/naturalist tour it is best to book it in advance. The cost is $140 and tour runs from 6 am to 2 pm.

Guelph, Canada
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Our few days at Rio Magnolia in April were a dream. The setting, the accommodation, the food, the hosts, all were just perfect. We truly had the feeling of staying with friends who had a large home. We strongly encouraged a visit to everyone going to Costa Rica.

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RioMagnolia, Owner at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge, responded to this review

We were glad that we could be the meeting place of two good friends - one from Canada and the other France!

Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The somewhat harrowing drive from the main San Isidro-Dominical road requires the right vehicle and the right attitude, but is amply rewarded by the setting of this upscale, secluded yet homey lodge. Perfect for birders, hikers, sustainability fans, relaxers and gourmets, with a spectacular natural water slide for those requiring a little more adrenaline. Those in search of still more...

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RioMagnolia, Manager at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for such a nice review. The information about the road in from the highway (6 km) is extremely useful. Four wheel drive is necessary. Eliecer, our foreman, is very happy to drive guests in or lead them in from Soda Elizabeth located in San Cristobal. Also, cars can be parked there. It is best to arrive in the...

Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed 22 September 2016

From the moment we reached Rio Magnolia, we knew this was going to be a vacation to remember. Between the green vista views to the lovely ecolodge, the tasty, local food that all family members enjoyed to the hammock, we couldn't have asked for anything better. The accommodating hosts arranged two off site excursions (horseback riding to waterfalls and zip-lining...

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RioMagnolia, Owner at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge, responded to this review

We are so glad you and your family enjoyed our Adventure Package. The Adventure Package is popular as it includes dinners, some lunches and a tour to Nauyaca Falls on horseback and a canopy tour at Hacienda Baru, as well as tours at Rio Magnolia.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I will start this review by expressing that we had a fantastic time at Rio Magnolia (we are still talking about it some months later). Going here is a life experience!! The Lodge is Beautiful with an amazing room, lovely big pool, great cooking (amazing cooking), a special private nature trail, coffee farm, the list goes on! Let's talk about...

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RioMagnolia, Owner at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge, responded to this review

Yes the dogs are certainly characters- each have their own story :). So glad you enjoyed your stay, it was great meeting you. The coffee farm/ Toucan trail/orientation tour is something we like to do. A map is also provided so guests can explore the property on their own.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Staying at Rio Magnolia is fun, relaxing and memorable. Our property is 280 acres, which is primarily jungle; 70 acres are pasture and a beautiful river, Rio Magnolia, with several waterfalls. Located between Manuel Antonio and the Osa, we have numerous birds and interesting wildlife and plants and trees. You can hike to the waterfall and explore the property. We have hiking trails for you to enjoy and offer guides to show you the fascinating features of our primary forest. Dining at Magnolia House is a great experience! We offer daily menus for 3 meals a day, sunset appetizers daily. Rates are for 2 and include a full Breakfast. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge

Address: La Alfombra de Baru | 25 km east of Dominical, Dominical 11901, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Price Range: ₹ 12,832 - ₹ 16,106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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“El Cielo was spacious and peaceful with great views, even from the shower”
 of 5 bubbles culkein, 3 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We had a room on the upper floor with a huge balcony facing the sea in the distance. I highly recommend it.”
 of 5 bubbles NJCCalgary, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Loved the El Cielo room! It definitely was "perched" over the valley with exceptional vistas!”
 of 5 bubbles charlieh190, 28 Dec 2016 | Read review
“We loved the Mono Congo cabin which is apart from the main lodge and felt like being in a luxury tree-house.”
 of 5 bubbles indy_harpswell, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Wifi in the main home. Not in the bungalows. Unplug, try it. John and Maureen can help you arrange transportation etc. Plan ahead.”
 of 5 bubbles K6849GMnickl, 15 Jun 2016 | Read review
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