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Malpais, still a destination away from it all, although locals think it is developing too quickly ! Bit nervous as translated it means bad place, a surfers paradise....no large chains of any kind (apart from car hire) and dirt roads that are just not maintained !! so both you and the shuttle take a pounding.
Colin was dying to talk about …
I took a ton of pictures during my beach walk towards Mal Pais. It was low tide and incredible rock formations that were underwater in the morning were now fully exposed. Fortunately, the sun came out for a few hours and provided a nice, natural light for taking photos. ...
... br> Or you can get local buses like we did which was a bit trickier, but very doable. that was $10 USD and ~ 7h no aircon of course. Both take the puntarenas ferry to paquera which is about 1h40.
The place is also known as playa carmen. and is just south of playa santa teresa.
We went to playa hermosa for surf/picnic one day too which also was good.
You can surf here with either a longboard or a shortboard, some days feel a ...
... I matching rings for free with 2 stars on them. It's supposed to symbolize new friendships and safe travels. It was cute!
Later that evening we went to the bar, and met some locals who we hung out with for the night. The conversations with Ticos are always really interesting, because they are the oddest mix of Spanglish. I want to practice Spanish, but a lot of times they want to use the opportunity to practice English, so we all just end ...
... So, Amanda wants to drive up this crazy little road so I go for it, and I am glad I did because we found another trail head! It was miraculous we happened to notice it by the way as it was just a tiny little sign on a tree that said waterfall with just enough room to pull off the road. As we get out of the car and start gathering our stuff to leave guess who shows up? Look its Evan and Erica! Awesome, we can explore together =) ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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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TravelPod Member ReviewsMoana Lodge Mal Pais
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