This lodge was not just built it was carefully planned with every detail meticulously executed to a high level making a stay here luxurious and comfortable. If you are after peace, quiet and nature then you won’t want to leave. Jim and Renee welcome you not to their lodge but into their home and the feeling you get staying here is of belonging to a very caring family. As far as wildlife lodges go this is one of the most thought out, eco friendly and sustainable lodges we have stayed at. Trying to think of ways that they could improve is a difficult task as the owners have already thought about everything we would normally be ready to suggest.
Individual private cabins are set out in the wonderful gardens and all cabins are peacefully set apart from each other. Beautifully designed they offer luxury in the jungle. Spacious and equipped to a high standard each room offers a double or twin beds, air conditioning, a fabulous bathroom and a balcony with seats and a hammock in which to unwind. Because they are sustainably run this means everything you see or do has been designed to have as little impact on the surrounding natural forest and mangrove as possible.
Water is collected in an ingenious tank and special UV filters in every cabin mean all water is purified and drinkable.
When you stay at Tranquilo Bay it is on a full board basis with 3 meals a day included, and coffee and snacks available during the day. The meals are home cooked and supplies are sourced locally.
The main dining area is very welcoming and opens out onto a large veranda where you can view the forest, many birds and several hummingbirds that come to feeders.
There is a superb tower built in the gardens from where you can view the forest and across the bay to other islands. In the evening this is an ideal place to be as groups of parrots fly past on their way to roost. the narrow forest trails take you through patches of woodland where Golden-collared Manakins can be found, there is a small stream that attracts bathing hummingbirds and if you want you can go in search of a variety of colourful frogs.
Excellent experienced local guides can show you around and point out the wildlife, and excursions can be made to visit other nearby areas rich in wildlife. Boats are available to get you to and from the lodge, and these boats also provide super trips to other islands and around the mangrove where all sorts of different birds and animals live.
For those interested in snorkelling, or kayaking all the equipment is readily available and free to use, and surrounded by mangrove are areas of reef where the sea life is very rich and varied.
This lodge was built and is run to a very high standard and was a sheer delight to stay at.
If you want to get away from it all and enjoy nature, birds and the ocean life then we cannot recommend Tranquilo Bay high enough. And it’s perfect for families and groups to.