Playa Cativo: First Five-Star Hotel in the South Pacific

Playa Cativo: First Five-Star Hotel in the South Pacific

As a preface to your soothing adventure in the Golfo Dulce, a boat takes you through the magnificent blue waters to Playa Cativo Boutique Hotel. There, you are welcomed by the amiable staff that will discretely take care of you during your stay. The stunningly upscale beach lodge embedded in the untouched Costa Rican rainforest, transmits a unique feeling of peace, awe and indulgence. After three years dedicated to revamping the existing spacious luxury villas and adding ten more, some of them with private pools, Cativo has just been awarded with its five stars, thus becoming the first five-star hotel in the South Pacific of Costa Rica.

Mr. Allen Mairena, manager of the boutique hotel: “At Playa Cativo we have a commitment to the environment that defines our way of operating, living in harmony with nature and minimizing the impacts on it. It is the culture of the company, a way of life.”


Playa Cativo: First Five-Star Hotel in the South Pacific

Your stay will involve all your senses: The symbiosis of the comfort of your exquisitely furnished room, tropical temperatures, fresh breezes, air permeated with the aroma of Ylang Ylang, the calm and warm waters of the Golfo, spectacular views, nature sounds, exquisite cuisine and the freedom to venture into the well-kept surroundings of the 1000 ha of the primary forest Nature Reserve.

Watch dolphins, and whales twice a year, hundreds of birds, monkeys, guatusas, frogs, snakes, and deer! Participate in the monitoring of wild cats, take part in research on the restructuring of coral reefs or procreation of the needlefish (Tylosurus pacificus), which has important spawning sites in the golfo. Ask for Alejandra, the in-house biologist, who will guide you along the trails with pleasure.

After returning from your expeditions, such as a kayaking tour around the bay, a yoga session or a nature hike, take a refreshing dip in the pool before getting ready for your very memorable meal at the spacious new restaurant “El Gavilán”. Try the catch of the day! The refined Costa Rican gourmet cuisine based on the concept “Farm to Table” can even reflect a taste of calypso. Fresh organic fruit and vegetables are provided by the five-star hotel nursery. Enjoy the ample bar menu! The “El Gavilan” restaurant is open to the public. Just call to reserve, it will be a once in a lifetime experience!

By Dagmar Reinhard

Contact Info:

Playa Cativo Lodge, Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula


Costa Rica  2775 6262

USA: 508 745 5779

Email: [email protected]

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