8. Manatus Hotel
Manatus Hotel is an exceptional property situated close to Tortuguero National Park, surrounded by several eco-lodges and environmentally friendly guesthouses. The hotel stands out with its top-notch accommodations and services. In addition to the standard spa, fitness center, restaurants, and bars, the property also boasts an art gallery, beauty center, and an incredible outdoor pool.
Manatus Hotel's commitment to sustainability is evident in its design and operations. The resort's buildings are constructed from locally sourced materials, and renewable energy sources are utilized to minimize environmental impact. Guests can enjoy fresh, organic cuisine grown in the resort's own gardens, ensuring a connection to the land and a taste of Costa Rica's culinary delights.
The hotel is located in one of the most untamed and wild areas of Costa Rica, and visitors may require a boat or plane to reach the nearby national reserve.
The limited access to the area surrounding Tortuguero National Park has an advantage – it's still very much wild and home to numerous species of animals. You'll be able to see jaguars, toucans, monkeys, sloths, and other animals as they roam around freely without any fear.
You'll also have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of creatures that inhabit the jungle, including frogs, snakes, and butterflies. From July to October, you can witness the amazing spectacle of the gentle Green turtle laying its eggs.
Accommodation at Manatus Hotel is designed for relaxation and rejuvenation. Spacious guest rooms feature private balconies or patios overlooking the lush surroundings, offering a tranquil retreat from the outside world. Unwind in hammocks swaying gently in the breeze, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage at the resort's spa.
The property also features an art gallery, where you can enjoy the works of national artist Marcela Crespo Gallepos and purchase her art. The hotel has a limited capacity with only 12 rooms, each of which is furnished with a mini-fridge, an outdoor shower, a satellite TV, a balcony with stunning views, and reliable Wi-Fi.
Manatus Hotel provides a multitude of activities to connect with nature and immerse in Costa Rican culture. Hike through verdant rainforests, where cascading waterfalls and hidden pools await discovery. Embark on a thrilling horseback riding adventure, exploring secluded beaches and breathtaking coastal vistas. Take a guided snorkeling or diving excursion, marveling at the vibrant marine life teeming beneath the turquoise waters.
Manatus Hotel offers tourists 1, 2, or 3-day packages that include meals (excluding beverages), accommodation, a village tour, and one of two canal tours, depending on the length of your stay. The on-site restaurant, Ara, serves a variety of local dishes, and can also accommodate international cuisine upon request.
However, the hotel does not provide transportation services to or from the airport, so you'll need to make your own arrangements. Keep in mind that the hotel is only reachable by boat, and it's recommended that you book your boat ride in advance, particularly during peak seasons.
At Manatus Hotel, sustainability and luxury intertwine to create an unforgettable Costa Rican experience. Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, immerse yourself in nature's beauty, and discover the true essence of paradise.