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Reviewed July 7, 2018

Playa Cativo takes great pride in their property and service to guests. Everyone is on a first name basis Day 1. At 4:00, those of us at the pool went looking for Victor to remind him “Victor, it’s happy hour!” “I’ll meet you at the bar, Debbie. I’m getting your wine!”
The excursions were wonderful. Jose made sure we saw every animal possible. He and boat captain Michael were very observant! We saw howler monkeys, dolphins, crocodile, and many birds.
If you want something, just poke your head in the kitchen! Of course if you’re too shy for that, someone will be along to ask you. Yucca chips and guacamole by the pool ..Yummy.
We met several couples I hope to keep in touch with.
This place is simply wonderful. Small, personal, and beautiful!
Of course, being from South Texas I had a hard time without a/c at night, but the breeze was ok. I slept great.
Be aware tho that if you are going on from here, you’ll need to wash your clothes. They will carry that humid smell with them. I think it’s the wood in the armoire.
But I won’t complain because it was an incredible experience. Wonderful people. Thank you for making the trip so enjoyable.

Room Tip: Ocean view! We stayed in the main building 2nd floor corner
Stayed: July 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Our stay at Playa Cativo was a total dream. From the minute we got off the boat (greeted with cold towels and a lovely lemon grass juice), the packed breakfast burritos when we went surfing, to the surprise picnic at the onsite waterfall, the customer service was incomparable. All the staff went above and beyond to make sure our group had an excellent stay.

I was lucky enough to stay in Suite 302, and already miss my room and the view. All the rooms are decorated beautifully, and no detail is missed.

I think the best part about Playa Cativo is the food. All the food is extremely fresh (most grown onsite at the farm or caught in the ocean that day) and so flavorful. They were able to accommodate every diet (gluten free, dairy free, vegan, etc) as well. Playa Cativo is a total dream and I hope to come back again!

  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Andrea A
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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Dear Andrea A,

We are very thankful for your review!

Premium Rooms (including 302), have amazing views indeed, at the front you have a panoramic ocean view and on the sides and back you have an impressive view of the tropical gardens and rainforest that surrounds the property with the constant movement of birds and mammals!

Thank for highlighting the food at our restaurant and/or bar as well, just like you've mentioned, most ingredients are always freshly picked from our organic gardens and locally caught from the sea. For us, it's extremely important that our guest experience the best of the best and we are also able to accommodate any dietary restrictions or needs!

We look forward to your return in the near future!

Warmest regards,

Cesar Vargas
Director of Marketing & Sales
Playa Cativo Lodge

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Had an exceptional stay when visiting Playa Cativo in May of 2018. The service was impeccable and the staff was gracious and accommodating. I stayed in the main lodge on the property and my bedroom overlooked the water with a perfect view. The staff at Playa Cativo assisted in planning all activities that I did while visiting and made it extremely seamless and carefree. The food was one of the highlights of my stay where we enjoyed fresh seafood with almost every meal and had a delicious farm to table experience with local food that was grown on the property. I will absolutely be coming back to visit Playa Cativo again highly recommend this to anyone looking to visit Costa Rica.

Stayed: May 2018, travelled with friends
Thank Catcos5
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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Good day Catcos5,

We are extremely happy to learn about your recent trip to our little paradise and we thank you for sharing your experience!

Our main focus as a team, where every staff member is very committed to, is providing seamless and carefree lifetime experiences and we are very happy to have accomplished this in your visit!

Have a wonderful day and we are hoping to the opportunity to host you once again very soon,

Regards,

Cesar Vargas
Director of Marketing & Sales
Playa Cativo Lodge

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Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

I can't thank Playa Cativo enough for their hospitality and for making our stay so pleasant. The staff was so nice always asking us if we needed anything. The grounds were stunning - everything was so clean and natural. victor is a great bartender and so fun to be around. Playa cativo was so accommodating in terms of activities and helping us set up different tours. I highly recommend the dolphin tour and a hike to the waterfall on the grounds. Thank you Playa for such a great trip!

Stayed: May 2018, travelled with friends
1  Thank Julia V
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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Dear Julia V

You're very welcome, the fact that you had a great time going on the tours and enjoying our service with our staff members, is more than we can ask for! Thank you for highlighting Victor's service, he as everyone in the Cativo family enjoys so much pleasing and assisting our guests to make there holiday lifetime experiences!

Dolphin watching is definitely one of the must-do activities when visiting Playa Cativo, especially when Humpback Whales start to arrive into the Gulf from August through October... very soon!!!

Thank you for your visit,

Cesar Vargas
Director of Marketing & Sales
Playa Cativo Lodge

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Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

Heaven does exist on earth! Most amazing staff too! So excited to go back! And the food! So healthy and delicious. Great gals trip! Dolphins, monkeys, sloths, waterfalls....a true adventure that cannot be found elsewhere

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with friends
1  Thank ritcheyhowe5
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Allen M, Director of Sales at Playa Cativo Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Dear ritcheyhowe5,

Thank you kindly for these amazing words, we enjoyed very much having you and your friends as our distinguished guests.

We are very fortunate to be located in on of the most biologically intense places on earth and to have an amazing team (or family as we call it), where our guest can experience the most unique adventures that cannot be found elsewhere as you have mentioned it! We thank you for your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

Warm regards,

Cesar Vargas
Director of Marketing & Sales
Playa Cativo Lodge

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