Almonds & Corals
Almonds and Corals Hotel nestled in the lush jungle of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica, offers three in one unique destination as it is part exclusive Caribbean resort, part safari camp and part environmentally conscious boutique hotel. The owners are committed to offering unique accommodation awaiting your arrival and a unique sensory experience that promotes harmony between inner and outer self.
The Hotel is embedded in the early history of tourism in the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. It was here in 1990 that the owners, Aurora Gamez and Dr Marco Odio, a young dreaming couple, arrived after a three-day search for a magical place on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, travelling by motorbike and on foot, and pitched their tents against the light. They awoke to an illuminated tropical forest of breathtaking beauty. Unique, peaceful and remote, this wild, untamed wilderness is still the defining experience at Almonds and Corals Hotel.
The interior conjures Caribbean indulgence with a touch of safari. The experience tells a story from a bygone era and provides an environment for gentle adventure. Aurora designed the interior combining Caribbean colours and specially created environments to discover the secrets of the jungle or enjoy a canopy adventure. There is something different and interesting to experience at every turn. Almond & Coral are a photographer’s delight, both within the environs of the pavilion suites and outside on the golden beach or under the high canopies of the trees.
The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge area where Almond & Coral is located has a great wildlife resource with a wide variety of species, but it is most famous for its very large howling monkey population that can be heard or seen from your bed early in the morning, along with Blue Morpho butterflies and a variety of colourful birds.
When you enter the bungalow rooms, you immediately feel that atmosphere of complete relaxation, surrounded by the magic of the Costa Rica Tropical Rainforest, where you finally have the opportunity to disconnect from city life.
The ceiling to mid-height screened window panels provide a natural airflow inside the cabin, so the freshness of the rainforest keeps the rooms well ventilated, and you don’t have to worry about turning on the air conditioning.
The unique window treatment makes you melt into the view of the rainforest as soon as you wake up in the morning. If you decide to go for a bike ride or a hike before heading to the restaurant for a delicious lunch or dinner, you can be sure that the room will be cool for you to freshen up. The cabins are well-equipped with curtains so that you can have peace and quiet at night or some privacy during the day.
The bedrooms can be customised with indoor hammocks. In case it’s a rainy day but you still want the experience of lying on a hammock and cooling off, you can still do it even if you can’t make a trip to the beach because it’s cloudy or rainy. You can still enjoy the fun and relaxing experience of taking a short nap or reading a book.
All rooms have small benches at the foot of the bed where you can put your handbag or sit down to adjust your shoes. There are also small rugs so you don’t necessarily have to feel the cold floor under your feet. Jacuzzis have been installed in the 2 queen bedded rooms, so you can enjoy an evening in one of them with cool wine or refreshments after dinner. There is also a mini fridge in each room where you can store water, refreshments or some tropical fruit you may have bought for snacking at the local supermarket.
The soft interior lighting of the cabins helps your body and mind to fall into a sweet state of relaxation and rest. On the way from the restaurant to the cabin, after a lovely dinner, you will feel the night air cooling your senses. The raindrops of the afternoon rain sound like a sweet lullaby from Mother Nature, inviting you to go to the bedroom and end your daily routine. You can always count the original soundtrack of the Costa Rica Tropical Rainforest “playing” all night long to take your mind off the busy streets.
The Almonds and Corals Hotel currently has two types of rooms set up, one with a king-size bed and another with two queen-size beds.
- Letto matrimoniale King size o due letti matrimoniali
- 79.5 sq. m/ 856 sq. ft.
- Aria condizionata
- Balcone con jacuzzi gigante e amaca
- Servizio di pulizia due volte al giorno
- Ricca colazione
- Cocktail di benvenuto a base di frutta
- Cassetta di sicurezza
- Wi-fi in camera e in tutta la proprietà
- Chiamate internazionali gratuite
- Minibar e caffettiera
- Yoga quotidiano gratuito
- Villa nella foresta pluviale
- Appartato & romantico
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