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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mango Moon Manuel Antonio National Park
If you really want to experience Manuel Antonio....
When staying at Mango Moon, you feel like you are a guest in the home of friends...friends who just happen to have a beautiful home overlooking the jungle and ocean beyond. Unlike some other properties in Manuel Antonio, you do not have to hike down a mountain to get to your room---the property is situated on a side street off the main road--with the well appointed rooms just a few steps away from the large, open balcony. We stayed in a two bedroom suite with an ocean view. Although the bedrooms were not large, they had all the comforts of a nice hotel--air conditioning, spotless, nicely furnished rooms, with comfortable mattresses and televisions...all this, without hotel crowds, noise, or impersonal service. Jeff, the owner, was very friendly and helped with planning tours, recommending local guides, and restaurants. I must say-all his suggestions were much better than we would have found on our own. Breakfast is included with the room...which was a full, buffet breakfast (not the "continental" excuse for dry toast and coffee served at some places)...but what made breakfast truly memorable was sitting on the balcony each morning, enjoying a cup of coffee as the troops of monkeys greeted us. What a way to start the day!
In the evenings, guests often gathered around the casual bar and enjoyed a a beer with Jeff...while others swam in the pool. We preferred toasting the sunset from a hammock. If your idea of a great vacation is staying in a predicable, cookie-cutter style resort...Mango Moon isn't for you. But if you, like our family, prefer something smaller, more personal, without "roughing it", then you won't be disappointed.
Bed & breakfast, and so MUCH more
My wife and I stayed in Mango Moon for 4 days, after spending 4 days in Tulemar Bungalows. Before our Costa Rica trip we spend hours and hours on internet trying to figure out exactly where to stay in Manuel Antonio. It paid of!!! Tulemar and Mango Moon, in our opinion (and after visiting other hotels in area) are two top choices in Manuel Antonio. In this review I'll focus on Mango Moon.
First, the owner. Jeff. What a great guy. He came from USA to Costa Rica 9-10 years ago, fell in love with it, and decided not to go back. After spending couple of days in his hotel, we understood why. My wife loved it so much that she wanted to stay there and apply for a second shift receptionist position. Thank you Jeff for making our stay that enjoyable. We felt like you invited us in your house, not the hotel you own. This kind of the personal approach is almost impossible to find in States. That welcome-to-my-home approach I've experienced in some small Mediterranean towns, where everyone knows everyone, but did not expect to find it in Costa Rica. Not just that we learned from Jeff where to go to eat, which tours to take, how to get to the beach etc, but he spend lots of time informing us about the local culture, recent developments in Manuel Antonio, good and bad things of being a foreigner in Costa Rica.
Second, the hotel. Yes, I can talk and talk about its wonderful location, great sunset with unreal shades of purple color, clean ocean views from almost every spot (still can see them when I close my eyes), friendly personal, nice pool, intimate setting 200ft away from busy Mariposa Hotel, healthy 15min jungle walk to the small beach, spacious rooms and monkeys, monkeys, monkeys .... But I will not. You will not get the full picture unless you see the photos. I recommend you sit back comfortably in your chair, play some relaxing downtempo music on your computer, and browse through the photos.
We had a picture perfect vacation. Hope that you will too.
Small paradice, great breakfast, frendly and helpful personel
We stayed at queen suite room which has a breathtaking view and private balcony with hammock. Clean and comfortable, has 2 rooms , 1 room with a queen size bed and living room with 2 full beds, decorated tastily in earthy colors with lots of wood and bamboo and cathedral ceilings.
Helpful and pleasant owners made it even more personal, giving you the feeling as if you were staying at friend's house .You could feel that the hotel was built with love and that all the details were carefully picked out.
Breakfasts are truly fabulous, the cook is willing to prepare you any kind of eggs , pancakes...etc
The whole hotel staff is smiley, relaxed, positive and very friendly and we loved that atmosphere..
Downsides for some of the guests that stayed at the same time when we did were that the water pressure was sometimes low (but we were able to have showers at any time of the day/night) and that there were occasional 1 second power breakdowns so the AC was turning off at that time, but we didn't mind it at all since it didn't make any inconvenience for us. We found out it was not only happening at this hotel but in a lot of other ones, due to bad organization of water and energy suppliers of Manuel Antonio,
The pool is nice and it has parts with sun and shade almost during the whole day.
It was a great experience for both of us.
Enjoyed room, view and hospitality of owners
We recently got engaged at the Mango Moon. Before I booked the room, I emailed Joni, the owner. On our second night, Joni and Jeff (who plays guitar), suprised us with a candelight lobster dinner by the pool that they catered from a local restaurant. Jeff serenaded my Bride to be with two songs that brought her to tears.
I have never experienced such personable service and cannot be more thankful. They also coordinated a rapelling (canyoning) trip with Eduardo and Eric, two local guides who were also more than hospitable. On the ride back from the rapelling tour, the guides showed us the Palm plantations, a crocodile in a local river, and played name that U.S. tune on the radio.
The Mango Moon is a boutique hotel. They are trendy now among US travelers who are tired of large resorts, and there's good reason for this. Even though Joni and Jeff might not host engagement dinners monthly, this was a special occasion, and they were very creative and happy to do this.
The room was quiet, cool, the bathroom was roomy, and they are situated on a hill/cliff overlooking a cove with beautiful sunsets.
Thank you Mango Moon. We won't forget our stay with you. Joni and Jeff are a pleasure to get to know, and share a drink with before dinner. We're glad we chose the Mango Moon over more bland run-of-the-mill resorts at other locations in Costa Rica.
Mangomoon was wonderful
The Mangomoon is a small hotel (maybe eight-10 rooms) and is a bed and breakfast. Spent 2 nights there in Jan. 05. The entire place is classy! Impeccably clean, lovely rooms, and the most spectacular view of the sunset while floating in the disappearing edge pool. Breakfast was custom cooked and delicious and you could watch the monkeys playing in the trees from the breakfast deck. The other couples we met there were so friendly and adventuresome. We had plenty of hot water and very comfortable beds with luxurious pillows and robes. Nice owners, too! Worth the price!
Magnificent, majestic & mind-blowing. All in all plain out impressive. I felt privileged to stay at the Mango Moon!
This place is Paradise.......period.
Just returned from a week at the Mango Moon. It is a small, well-run
beautiful gem with a view and sunsets to die for. Jeff and Joni make you feel extra special and have built a fabulous establishment of which they should be very proud. The rooms are spacious, exceptionally clean and a good value for your $. Daily visits by squirrel monkeys and white-faced monkeys add to the charm. We can't wait to return.
Awsome location, great service
I just returned from staying at the Mango Moon in Manuel Antonio and cannot stop talking about going back to stay again. Having visited several other hotels during my stay, Mango Moon had the best location, most privacy and the owners and staff couldnt have been more friendly and helpful. The breakfast was awesome and the rooms were extremely nice and clean. I highly recommend anyone vistiting Manuel Antonio to stay at the Mango Moon.
No Longer A Secret
As an American couple that has lived on small island (third world) in the Caribbean for eight years, as well as having extensive travel experience to other countries, we were both pleased and quite impressed with the owners' (Joni, Jeff, Jessica, Jeff, Jr. & Cutter) attention to detail and the quality of personal service provided to us as guests. Not to mention, their extensive recommendations (based on their personal experience and trial) that completely made our trip effortless and the most amazing week we could have asked for- from where to dine, to National Park guides, spas, horseback riding, canopy tours, domestic flights and taxi drivers, etc. Mango Moon was exactly what we were interested in and more than we could have hoped for from initial booking and beyond our stay at Mango Moon (while still in Quepos) their service was above and beyond duty.
We arrived early evening at Mango Moon after a three hour sight-seeing drive across country from San Jose to a beautiful, secluded bed and breakfast that was built to co-exist with the natural landscape of the jungle and walked into an open architectural design perfectly befitting the Costa Rican coast, with wonderful wooden accents and bars and luxurious interior design and accomodations, lit almost entirely with candlelight surrounded by hibiscus flowers and many comfortable sitting locations to relax in peace with a glass of wine and enjoy the night air (I have to add, I was surprised to not have received one single bug bite the entire vacation) and sounds of the jungle under the stars (along with the special touch of a Christmas tree we did not have at our island home). Add the Turkish towels, soft robes, linens and orthopaedic beds, we felt pampered and in awe by our surroundings and filled with delight to have found such a place by accident on the internet late one evening making last minute plans during the busy holiday season. Even though we had been traveling since 5am that morning, I could hardly sleep in anticipation of what the morning would bring and to see where we were in the daylight. I was not let down when we awoke to sit outside high on the hill surrounded by the jungle overlooking the Pacific ocean. The friendly staff took our breakfast order, as well as having a buffet of local fruits, pastries, juice, teas and coffee, we couldn't help but linger and enjoy the magnificent location and views. Totally unexpected and much to our surprise, while deciding on our day's plans, we realized we were right where we wanted to be and settled in to the relaxing pace of the environment as the local monkeys suddenly graced our presence jumping from tree to tree right in front of us. An extra special amenity to Mango Moon is the hiking trail through the jungle down to a private beach cove for sunbathing, swimming with wonderful rock formations for exploring, as well as a great starting point for kayaking to nearby Manuel Antonio. On the way back up the trail, we enjoyed a rare afternoon visit from the monkeys, some with babies on their mother's back. After our hike we enjoyed an outdoor shower, a refreshing seat in the infinity pool with fresh drinks and spectacular sunset view over the ocean from Mango Moon's hilltop location. You can't get more in touch with the beauty of nature than what we experienced in addition to the amenities of a first class accommodation and service. The private location combined with easy access to all Quepos and Manuel Antonio area has to offer and door to door service of all tours, the respectful and kind nature of its people, native and foreign residents alike, made our vacation feel like heaven on earth.
Jeff and Joni's meticulous personal attention to the establishment they have built is neverending. They have been in the community for some years and are highly respected and well liked by everyone we met. It was their courteousness and good nature that, in our opinion, give Mango Moon our highest recommendations to all. We look forward to returning as often as possible. No longer a secret, we hope they'll keep a room for us.
Nice setting but...
Great location, friendly owner, good breakfast...however, both days we stayed there the water ran out mid-shower. Not the best feeling when you're covered in soap, sweat, sand, suntan lotion, insect repellent, etc, and you have 12 hours of travel ahead of you. Owner was apologetic and offered us a refund for one night. We never received the refund, despite promises that we would and despite several reminders from us. Also note that the main floor room is not very private and is susceptible to noise from the open terrace and kitchen.
TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Mango Moon Manuel Antonio National Park
Travel Blogs from Manuel Antonio National Park
... Costa Rican morning. After our 7am breakfast on the terrace overlooking the ocean (luxury is nice, and it does beat dusty hostels once in a while), we drove down the mountain to Costa Rica's first and most visited national park, Manuel Antonio National Reserve. Here, our guidebook gushed, is a rainforest filled with capuchin and squirrel monkeys galore, tree sloths, iguanas, macaws, and even dolphins and whales, amongst walking trails and sparkling white-sand beaches and warm ...
... of them on our balcony (I will have to post later). Then we spotted a Toucan in the trees. They are bigger than I thought they would be. I can't post the awesome photos I took of the monkeys with my camera because someone forgot the adapter I needed to transfer them.. sigh....but Jose did manage to capture one monkey crossing a telephone wire and post that. I took some photos of the apartment this morning with my ipad and they will have to ...
... Canopy Tour. The longest cable was 1,300 feet, and at its highest we were 1,500 feet off the ground soaring above the tree tops. There were ten cables in all. I had previously zip lined in the Dominical Republic, so I knew what lay ahead. This was Carolyn's first experience, and the look on her face after the first cable ride indicated that she wasn't too happy. I'd say, that by the fourth ...
... As its spikes dug in she ended up with bites on her side and arm! We took photos so checked with one of the tour guides to see if it was poisonous... Thankfully it wasn't. The walk back was along the beach front and was super nice. We came out of the park by a crocodile pool but didn't see any. As we had decided we didn't want to spend another night in the hostel it was soon time to get the bus to Quepos to head back to San Jose for the night before heading up to the Caribbean side.
... we encountered a motorcycle accident. A motorcyclist had veered into the wrong lane and plowed into our Habitat tool truck. Carol who is one of our team members and who is also a nurse was asked to assist and she rushed to the scene. Fortunately the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet and was conscious and could move his legs. An ambulancia was called and we were then able to head on our way.