Location was superb. The hotel is not located in Tortuguero Village, but a few minutes on a boat outside, which means you will have an undisturbed nights rest. The rooms are very nice, with a lot of attention to detail. The airco is very nice in this warm climate and above all, its silent! The beds were very nice and we slept like a rose.
The ride to Manatus is already a lot of fun. On the way there is a stop with a nice lunch and you also make a blitz visit to a banana plant. On the spot you can enjoy some fresh coconut milk right from the nut. Delicious.
After this bumpy ride, you jump on a boat with another guide pointing out nice stuff you encounter on your way to the hotel. We saw a lot of birds and a herd of water buffalo.
When you arrive at the location itself, you are greeted with a nice cold towel to wipe of the sweat of your face and the most delicious fruit cocktail.
The food is of superb quality (good restaurant quality) and the staff is very very nice. They speak perfectly english, and they were even friendly enough to help us a bit with learning spanish.
The trips arranged in Tortuguero itself are also very nice.
Its really a shame that Manatus isn't meantioned in Lonely Planet (at least not in our edition). You should take advantage of this, because now there is a higher chance they still got some vacancies left.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manatus is the only hotel in Tortuguero that offers all the comforts of the modern world in an exotic and wild environment. Our hotel is an oasis of peace surrounded by a real wildlife sanctuary. Experience ecotourism and adventure, and then relax and enjoy the wonderful amenities of our hotel. Come live the Manatus experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manatus Hotel Tortuguero