Coral Hill Bungalows Hotel - Cahuita | Review



Serene and secluded in the jungle

It is hard to imagine being stressed out during a stay at the bed-and-breakfast-style Coral Hill Bungalows. Already located in the quiet town of Cahuita, the intimate hotel is set off an isolated, stony road with almost nonexistent traffic. The hotel's three bungalows and owners' house - the outside of which doubles as the lobby / breakfast area - are surrounded by rich garden grounds on all sides. Trees, dense bushes, high ferns, and colorful flowers border and arch over both paved and unpaved pathways, with sloths, monkeys and exotic birds calling their branches home. Since each of the three profitable bungalows have a maximum occupancy of two people, there are minimal chances of being disturbed by any noise (other than howler monkeys in the morning) or interacting with fellow guests other than at breakfast time. This also means that the hotel is geared more toward adult couples than larger families or with small children. The couple that owns Coral Hills is always on-site and available to assist with any needs.

Tucked quietly in the sleepy, nature centric town of Cahuita, 30 minutes outside Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Quirky decor and spacious bathrooms, but can buggy even with the mosquito nets


There are three bungalows on the property: Toucan, Calibri, and Mongo Congo, with a maximum occupancy of two people each. Each is made up of carved wood and includes a private wraparound porch and views of the lush garden grounds. Four-poster beds are flanked with bamboo poles and made with white bedding and orange pillows; mosquito netting adds an element of romance but does not always keep the bugs out. Colorful artwork lines the wall and surfaces are composed of polished wood; the bed frame and desk chair have been carved to resemble shooting flames. Built-in cupboards hold an electronic safe, hangers on a hanging rod, and an extra blanket. None of the bungalows have Wi-Fi.

Huge bathrooms have frosted glass bricks and colorful mosaic designs over the open air shower. Sinks are hand painted with images of plants and birds. The shower has two shower heads - one overhead waterfall fixture and another mobile nozzle - that function at the same time.

Free parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast - but no pool

Coral Hill's selling point is not the laundry list of extras and features. There is no pool here and a short walk is necessary to access the beach. The highlight here is the free, extensive breakfasts served in the morning. The couple who owns Coral Hill go out of their way to provide a personalized gourmet breakfast of fresh squeezed juice; coffee; a variety of locally grown fruits like pineapple, guava, and papaya; a tray of fresh baked breads; eggs; meats; Pancakes; French Toast; and omelets. Note that breakfasts are timed for early risers who want to get a head start before morning tours and excursions, which staff is happy to help set up and book. Special requests can not be guaranteed. Additionally, there is free Wi-Fi, free parking, and drinkable water from bungalow faucets. Pets are allowed.

Hidden Architecture: Buten House
The house of David occupies 4 floors on the north side of the plot and the whole new basement dug with a courtyard in the middle. The exterior vegetation is continued in the interior through a large flower pot that is built on the soil itself.