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All reviews howler monkeys individual huts rustic environment ceiling fan on stilts costa rica gorgeous pool the river bring lots interesting place trail walk food was fine jungle floor clams air conditioning including sloths turtles lay their eggs
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

The rooms are individual cabins connected by walkways. It's very well planned and laid out but you can't move far without getting across the water first. Staff were friendly and courteous, the food was fine, the pool bar was attractive, and all in all it's wonderful place for couples.

Room tip: That noise on your roof at dawn ins't prowlers, it's howler monkeys.
Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank briandavidbrennan
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Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights in 2 cabins. Fun trip in a boat to get there after abit of a chaotic start - lots of people at the harbour and breakfast place. Can be a culture shock if you’ve been solo travelling. But captian of boat and guide were great at slowing down to see Cayman etc. Nice greeting on arrival at hotel. Various pre arranged activities and all were good at just adding a bit more to our trip. The Turtle watching was extra and was a real highlight. We saw 2 of these beautiful ladies laying their eggs. Nice fellow travellers and loads of wildlife around the hotel. Loads. Again boat trip back and the mad harbour and coach and then off we went on with our trip. Aninga is comfortable, decent food, strong cocktails and a good base for the turtle beach.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Emma B
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Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

When planning our trip to Costa Rica, we added Tortuguero to the schedule as we were keen to see the green turtles. Aninga Lodge was recommended by the travel company. The operation of transporting guests by canal boat (hour long trip) to the three main hotels/lodges is very slick and the staff did an impressive job, particularly given the amount of luggage to transport too. The boat journey was not just a means of getting from A to B but an experience we all loved! The boat driver and guide were sharp eyed and pointed out any animals or birds they could spot along the way. Aninga exceeded our expectations as the individual wooden bungalows really do make you feel you’re sleeping the heart of the rain forest. Without glass windows, and only netting between you and jungle, you can hear every screech and squark at night, and even the drumming of rain on the roof is strangely comforting in the cosy lodges. The strange roar of the Howler monkeys woke us up early but that’s all part of the experience. As part of your stay, you’re allocated a guide, who takes you on a trail walk, a boat ride to the village and a wildlife-spotting canal boat trip. Our guide was called Dino and he was clearly passionate about wildlife, with an impressive knowledge - and command of the English language.
It rained heavily on our wildlife walk so we didn’t we as much as we could if it had been dry, but what’s great is that plenty of creatures can be spotted around the lodges themselves! We were treated to displays by troops of howler monkeys and spider monkeys just outside our room. We witnessed toucans bickering with each other in the treetops by the pool. At night, long the boardwalk we spotted a red eye tree frog!
We paid to do the tour to see green turtles lay their eggs along the beach. It was incredible to watch. Again, the trip is well organised and has to be timed down to the minute to ensure the turtles are caught in action. For this reason it can feel as though you’re being rushed along the mile long jungle trail to get to the beach. Through deep mud and puddles, the trek can be quite exhausting, especially for young children. However, it was amazing to witness the turtles lay their eggs - we really didn’t expect to be that close to the action!
Our stay at Aninga was memorable. We stayed two nights which seemed just right. The buffet meals were lovely and we liked all the salads and fresh fruit on offer. Because this a rainforest there always seems to be dampness in the air and so if you do get wet it is difficult to get clothes dry again, so take plenty with you!

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank SallyJWalters
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Reviewed 2 August 2018

we spent two nights here as part of an organised tour by a travel agency. So we didn't have a lot of free time, we had included a boat trip, a guided trail walk and a visit to the town across the river, plus optional night time turtle visits. the hotel was lovely, nice rooms, adequate bathrooms although only soap was available. given the cost of installing shampoo or shower gel, it seems a strange omission. also some comfy chairs in the room would have been good, there was space for them as sitting outside late at night meant you got bitten.
the staff were very helpful, we both had spa treatments and they were very good, and I thought the buffet meals were all well presented and very varied in the two days. the only criticism I would have is that there was no access to boiling water - just buy a large kettle! then people who drink tea can have a decent cup, hot water in a flask is NOT the same thing at all. but overall we were very satisfied and I would recommend it as a place to stay if tours are organised for you. maybe if you are independent, you would run out of things to do? unless the hotel can organise boat transport for you

Room tip: i think all the rooms are the same
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank wendy F
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Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved this place. I hadn’t appreciated quite how close the accommodation is to nature but the rooms are actually in the forest. There were even 2 toucans sitting outside our room when we arrived! The rooms are really comfortable and high-standard (with what I feel were few compromises for the location -such as no loo roll to be placed down the toilet). It is a lodge, not a hotel, so there are also no windows but listening to the various sounds of the jungle as you lie in bed is a great experience. I still can’t get over the number of animals and plants we saw around the lodge grounds and on the boat trips we took. My visit vastly exceeded my expectations and my family and I were like kids in a sweetshop, spotting and photographing everything -the list of what we saw reads like an “eye spy” of Costa Rican flora and fauna. We were also blessed with a fantastic guide in Oliver and great weather, which helped enormously. If you get the chance, I strongly recommend the turtle egg-laying tour. It is rather commercialised and the groups far too big but it proved to be such a magical trip, a real privilege to see these amazing creatures.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Gillrj
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