The restaurant service on the evening of our stay (2nd Jan 2017) reached a level most comedy capers only dream of. Table? No, I don't think so. Drinks? Only if you wait 45 mins. Wine? Nope sorry, fresh out of wine. Oops, just found some, in the freezer, but no glasses. Oh yes, true the tables are all covered with used crockery cutlery and, er, dirty glasses. Food? Well if you must (actually it wasn't that bad). Clean towels? Sorry none of those, whoops I just tripped over a huge pile of them.
We wanted to walk to the waterfall and I asked, how far? I kilometre we were told. So we strode off in flip-flops, swimming costumes, pareos. After 1 kilometre I started asking people the way to the waterfall, and received baffled looks in response. After 3 km we reached tumbleweed, accompanied by a lame, but game, tiny dog. After 5 km we found a group of young women bathing in a natural pool, horrified to be seen. We heard the waterfall, true, but couldn't see it. At this point night was falling. We'd forded a stream, braved a pack of more vocal dogs, worn out our shoes & patience. So we stuck out a thumb and were driven back over the ford, past the dogs, through the village, across the bridge to our hotel by a cool, amused, competent young woman & her friends who squeezed us into an ancient station wagon among the cylinders of gas. Thanks friends, you saved our lives (ish). Back at the hotel I found a whole noticeboard explaining that the waterfall was a 10km round trip and permission had to be sought from the local residents to visit it! It was nearly funny. Nearly.
Oh, good pool. And ocean view. And, amusingly, an honesty bar.
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- Hotel Villas Gaia offers a home base to experience the wild beauty of Costa Rica's southwest Pacific coast. One of the most biologically diverse regions on the earth. Strategic location on the new scenic coastal road. Convenient access to Ballena Marine National Park, Cano Island Biological reserve, Corcovado National Park and the most extensive mangrove ecosystem of Central America. Hotel Villas Gaia is 14 colorful bungalows (casitas) separately nestled in a jungle setting offering privacy and comfort. ... more less
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