Most guests here are well-heeled, avid anglers on all-inclusive sportfishing packages, but the young owners have completely transformed this beachfront property into a top-notch luxury resort that can be enjoyed by those who have never dropped a line. The carefully groomed grounds are a riot of tropical foliage and flowers, shaded by massive mango trees. Water elements, from a koi-filled pond and trickling fountains, to the inviting pool with ocean view, provide a cool
note in the southern heat. Hammocks strung between trees and lounging areas, both indoors and on shaded beachfront platforms, provide relaxing places to contemplate the Golfo Dulce view. Guests retreat from the heat into spacious, air-conditioned, deluxe rooms in a two-story building shaded by tall trees. The style is chic and contemporary: dark-wood furniture softened by earth-toned fabrics in natural textures; beds dressed in top-quality linens; and ultra-modern bathrooms with thick towels and huge showers. Two separate bungalow suites are larger and have private porches with pool and ocean views. For guests who crave an ocean view, two huge luxury suites have wrap-around glass walls. The upscale restaurant serves bountiful, innovative breakfasts; lunch and prix-fixe dinners with four to five courses. The focus is on freshly caught fish (with a meat option), and greens from the hotel's own greenhouse. Kayaks and surfboards are available, or for landlubbers, there is a regulation bocce court.
Jan 1, 2011
Just came back from a week at The Zancudo Lodge.....sort of Four Seasons in the jungle. Location is great. River on one side and the Pacific on the other. I read the Fodor's information about the lodge and was hesistant about going considering I was there with my fisherman boyfriend. On the contrary about being only fisherman friendly, I found the lodge to be TOTALLY luxurious and accomodating. The staff was amazing and service was excellent.....not
in your face but they always instinctively right there when you needed something. I loved my stay there. So much to do. There's an awesome pool, beach at your doorstep, I tried standup paddle boarding (in my early 40's), kayaked one morning, went on awesome nature tours, relaxed and ATE the freshest food. The town is quaint and very third world and we even went dancing one night to reggae music. And boy can the locals move. If you're looking for a raw natural environment with luxury amenities for a good night's sleep, THIS is the place. The rooms are brand new, super super clean for an anal person like me and there's suites available but they were booked at the time we were there. Absolutely the southern zone's BEST, better than the other high end places in the area charging double the price. (Don't think the new owners have really caught on yet on how much the other places are!). By the way, my boyfriend told me the fishing was awesome and the captains were honest and really experienced.
Jun 16, 2005
We just got back from Roy's Zancudo Lodge near Golfito. We had a ball. We were after rooster fish and weren't disappointed. We caught a large variety of others and were treated like queens and kings at the lodge. The food was absolutely fabulous - the chef can do amazing things with fish and seafood. The bloody marys and scotch were flowing freely by a terrific bartender who took care of us everyday. There were plenty of crocs in the river and a sloth
in the backyard. Almost no mosquitos. It rained only one day and the humidity was easier to handle than the southern US. Oh yeah, the flight from SJO to Golfito was beautiful. The rooms were modern with a huge shower, shampoo dispensers and hair dryers. I plan to return in July.