The good - it has an interesting, if somewhat hidden, location which is perhaps what it is trying to achieve. The owners (?) were very friendly and welcoming. It is surrounded, immersed in, natural vegetation which has a true eco-appeal and it isn't far from the beach (5 minutes walk). Elvi ensured that I had an excellent dinner and breakfast. Plates are wooden and cups coconut shells.
The not so good - The cabins /bungalows are dark and the air was a little musty. The shower (nice idea made out of a hollowed tree trunk) was perhaps on its way to returning to nature through natural decay. When I showered there was no hot water as the tap didn't work! The cold was ok! But when the shower was running the smell of decayed wood wafted through the air. There is no mosquito mitigation in place and the furnishing is basic, somewhat past it's best. It is rustic in the extreme which despite having an appeal needs standards to ensure custom. The central dining/bar area is pleasant but again it seems to lack a little balance. The lighting was poor and flashing strings of lights do not help!
I was the only guest (I think) and the personalities of the staff were great although no-one spoke much English. This may be a deterrent if you don't speak Spanish. The hotel is 3/4 kilometres from the main town so unless you have a car or transport it may be challenging finding it as the signage is poor. The Lonely Planet map saved the day!
The ideals are in place and it is trying to be distinctive. With a little facelift I am sure it could enhance its charms considerably.
The hospitality factor does, however, count for a lot and despite a small linguistic challenge the friendliness and service was exemplary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atiuhac Nature Resort is a little quiet resort located in Cahuita, one of the most beautiful and genuine villages on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast.Lodge in wooden bungalows completely integrated in the environment, where nature and comfort come together.In Atiuhac Nature Resort you will find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, privacy, personal service and more... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atiuhac Eco-Hotel Costa Rica/Cahuita