The positives: The couple operating the B and B were extremely nice, the room was kept impeccably clean, the beach was incredibly beautiful and so secluded, I went one day in the afternoon and there was literally no one as far as the eye could see. How much would you be willing to pay for that??? You do need a car or a ride to go anywhere. The negatives- written in the hopes that they get corrected, because really as annoying as they were, they were totally fixable. 1. Invest in wifi... its your number one complaint. Just do it. 2. put a pair of wall lights over the bed. The ceiling fan creates a horrible strobe effect in the room when the only light (ceiling) is on. For a B and B, it was clean and comfortable, except the lighting issue and wifi.
Kenaki Lodge has the potential to be simply amazing, unfortunately it falls well short of where it could, and should be. We arrived after a long drive from Manuel Antonio and checked in no problems. The view from the room was nice as we had one of the rooms looking over the sea and gardens. There is a lot of glass in the room which brings in a lot of natural light. The breakfast was nice but nothing special. The staff were very friendly. A quick note that on arrival the lady did mention they were under new management. The location is ideal, 4.5km out of town but you have the entire beach to yourself and a short drive to Cahuita National Park. Unfortunately this is where the good bits end. With the room being a lot of windows you would hope for good curtains but they do nothing to keep the light out so assume you will be awake as soon as the sun comes up, if your lucky that the sun doesn't wake you then the heat will. While a fan is OK for the night time as soon as the sun comes up it is almost unbearable in the room. A decent set of curtains would help both issues. When looking for places to stay we specifically look for WiFi so we can use trip advisor to find restaurants, but more importantly so I can back up my photos to a cloud in case calamity strikes. Kenaki Lodge should not advertise having WiFi, this signal did not reach our room and when I sat outside the main building to try and find somewhere for dinner it was almost impossible, the Internet was slow and dropped out continously for the entire time. Maybe not a big deal for some, but a significant pain for my photo storage. They should not advertise having WiFi, everywhere else in CR we have been had excellent WiFi. Another bone of contention was that the window in the shower room is only half frosted and you can clearly see all of the owners balcony, I never got the feeling that they would look but it is still off putting none the less. The room was clean upon arrival but there was no servicing of the rooms during our 3 nights. There is a sign on the bathroom door saying leave dirty towels on floor if you want new ones but I wouldn't bother. It also meant that the sheets were dirty (especially as you wake in the lorning covered in sweat) the bathroom isn't very pleasant after the first day or so as nothing can be flushed down the toilet, including toilet paper (this is normal in CR) but without the bin being emptied it begins to feel a bit dirty. Overall the feeling was it was being run by someone who is use to running a hostel, you a get a room and little else. Unfortunately the associated hostel cost is not there. Either a significant drop in price or increase in service/quality is needed. This is a real shame as the potential for this to be the best place to stay in Cahuita is obvious to see. Would not stay again.…
We stayed for 5 nights in one of the bungalows it was very peaceful and well equiped. The bathroom and shower had just been redone so it was very spacious and clean. We were very close to the beach although it was not safe to swim because of the rip tide but it was nice to walk along the beach.
Lovely place, only stayed one night as we had several other places to go but wish we stayed longer. Quiet, tropical, beach just across street which was a quiet dirt road. Isobel is a wonderful hostess. Hope to return again!
We are truly happy with our stay at Kenaki lodge. We stayed for a week in one of the bungalows. Loved the connection with nature, the sound of the ocean waves and the morning bird's songs. All of the staff were very helpful, polite and left us to our peace when we choose. Breakfast was great, the cleaning staff did an awesome job. The bungalow was modern with updated appliances. We couldn't ask for anything more!