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... the second room with 1 double bed. Oscillating fans were mounted in the bamboo rafters to keep the air moving. There are 2 complete bathrooms, one inside and one outside. Bananas are growing just off of the porch. The beach is 100 feet from the house, on a sandy path through a jungle-like setting. On the beach is a lounge chair, and hammocks in the shade. To complete the picture are 2 very friendly, affable dogs. By 4:30, some beer had been consumed, and I’d had a nap in ...
Took a 45min cab ride with the Lake Tahoe crew from Montezuma to the surf town of Santa Teresa. There is basically 3 small towns lined up along 5k on an amazing beach centered around surfing. There is supposed to be some great food, surf, and good people. Looking to hang here for a few days before heading up to Nicaragua. Meeting a lot of people talking up Nicaragua for the cheap prices and great seafood (big lobster tail for $5). But for now, this place is pretty ...
... giant trees. When we
arrived we got kitted up with helmets, somewhat undignified harnesses and
‘reinforced’ gloves, and were given some brief instructions. After that we
spent the next few hours flinging ourselves from metal platforms into the leafy
abyss. The initial wires were only about 10 metres long and 5 metres of the
ground, but soon speed and height began to escalate. By the fourth wire we had
to go in pairs, with legs ...
In our early days of travel, during the first 10 years or so that we were married, we would leave behind the busy life in TX and escape to the Mexican Carribean. After a few days in the steamy Yucatan we would settle in to a much slower Rhythm what we called the "yucatan shuffle". In Montezuma, it seemed only natural to do the same. It is hot and humid here during the day and so fast walking ...
... Tonight I sit here horribly sunburned (despite loads of sunscreen), I have managed to already lose my phone/wallet, I am covered with a weird rash from my surfboard, there is a very large, scary insect that lives in the overflow hole of our bathroom sink, and there was a live crab halfway up the on the wall of Vivian's bedroom tonight?! But oddly, I am peace with it all. I guess maybe some of the relaxed surfer attitude brushed off on me too.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMoana Lodge Mal Pais
A great place, we stayed 9 days and did very little, just walked on the beach used the pool and the place had a fantastic restaurant up high with amazing views.
Rooms were modern and clean and all the staff were really friendly.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Moana Lodge Mal Pais
My wife and I travelled to Mal Pais for our honeymoon in January 2007. We had such a wonderful time in the area and did so enjoy our stay at the Moana Lodge. The grounds are wonderfully maintained, the accomodations extremely comfortable, and the staff incredibly friendly and helpful. We are the types who spend alot of time exploring areas we visit and we were always very happy to return to our accomodations at the Moana. The pool area is extremely inviting! And Mal Pais is awesome! I'm going back in a month!
This place is no doubt the best value in town. The rooms were exotic, spacious, and extremely comfortable. The staff was absolutely incredible. An Irish gentleman and his Costa Rican girlfriend run the place and they could not be more accomodating. They have standard rooms and deluxe rooms, and the prices vary upon the season, but I believe no doubt the best bang for the buck in town. I could lay in my hammock on my porch and listen to the ocean at night, or chill out in the very cool pool and hot tub area which happens to have some of the most comfortable swinging beds in the world! There are only 7-10 rooms so it was very private, and was very relaxing. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world and one of the best places to eat in town are just a few hundred meters away. Overall I would say if you want to have a very relaxing, comfortable escape into paradise, the Moanna Lodge is the place to stay. The places in town that are less expensive are not nearly as comfortable. The air conditioning and bathrooms were the nicest in town. I visited a lot of places in Mal Pais looking for different places to stay and better bargains, and I ended up staying at Moana for my entire trip...and even extended my stay. I'm 30 and my dad's 60 and we loved the place equally and I have already recommended it to friends and family. Give Aiden or Vicky a shout and they will take care of you...
What a JOY to find that there are still hotels where the personal touch takes precedent.
Situated on the scenic mountain side of Mal Pais, Moana Lodge is a true gem with beautifully manicured gardens, African themed rooms, and luxurious amenities. Out of the over 6 places we stayed while touring the coast of Costa Rica, this was undoubtedly the highlight.
A great place for our honeymoon
We had a lovely stay at Moana Lodge for our wedding and honeymoon in december 2006. The new owners went out of thier way to make our stay really special.
In short....beautiful rooms....a relaxing atmosphere....wonderful views....a great choice of restaurants near by....fantastic surf. A little slice of paradise.
Many thanks to Aiden and Vicki
Sian and Henry
Great Place to stay
I stayed at the Moana Lodge from December 29, 2006 through January 2, 2007, and I could not imagine a better lodging experience in the area! The hotel was clean, neat, had a wonderful view, was across the street from the beach, and had a fantastic pool/jacuzzi. The owners of the establishment, Aidan & Vicky, were also a joy to be around. They helped us set up activities in the area, and even cooked dinner for the whole hotel one night! Highly recommend.
A Little Bit of Paradise
We just came back from a family vacation in Costa Rica during Christmas break. It was a lovely trip but the highlight was staying at the Moana Lodge. After the endless driving from the Punteranus ferry on the dirt roads and arriving at the lodge to the welcome of Aiden and his staff is like arriving home. The accomodations are simple but elegant, the bedding clean and comfortable. The layout of the property is peaceful, quiet and zen like yet the area offers some great restaurants, great surfing, awesome beaches and just funky nightlife. It was nice to be so pampered while we there....I want to go back. Make sure you sit by the pool or in the jacuzzi and take in the sights of the ocean across the tree tops.
Intimate, beautiful, awesome hospitality,...
Moana Lodge was great. We couldn't ask for better hospitality. The 3 nights we spent at the Lodge wasn't long enough. No restaurant, no problem, there's a great restaurant accross the road on the water. The room we stayed in was very well lit, cool, comfortable, but why the hell would you spend time in the room when you could lay out by the pool in the swinging beds. This was a great place to relax and enjoy our engagement. thank you Aidan and Vicki
--Josh and Robyn