Ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.0 out of 5
91% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
4.3 Room comfort
4.4 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by shawna from atlanta

Wonderful Resort

Posted May 23, 2014
The resort and staff were amazing. We arrived late from San Jose and the staff stayed late to assist us up the mountain. Additionally, they prepared a meal and had it waiting in our room upon our arrival. The house we stayed in and the grounds of the property were breathtaking. We will be returning to Samasati in the future.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 19, 2014 by Silvia, Hotel Management
Thank you for your review! We look forward having you back very soon!
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Alex from California

Great Place and Amazing Staff

Posted Apr 12, 2014
Pros: Excellent Location, Customer Service oriented crew, Great Food
Cons: Some rooms may use extra maintenance
Location: Rafting, Zip Line, Beach, Nature, Water Falls
Nice tropical forest location, not very far from the beach, really nice vegetarian food and an expert yoga instructor. We really enjoyed our 12 days stay
2 out of 5
by Tolga from London

Retreat in the middle of nowhere

Posted Feb 5, 2014 on Hotels.com
Usually reviews help me decide on a location but this time I made a mistake booking this Nature Retreat. From the entrance of the retreat there is a 1.5 km road that can only be accessed by a 4x4 which takes you to the reception where you get your key. So you cannot easily exit as you would have to hike the 1.5km. At night the roads to the accommodation are not lit. I stayed in 'Namaste' and did not have a torch light so had to walk in the dark to my lodge. Furthermore the retreat is 6km from Puerto Viejo but not on the beach but outside the city. For nature lovers who want to be away from it all, this could be great but I prefer places that are closer to the beach and where you can walk to the supermarket and are not a captive customer of the retreat. Would not stay there again.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 23, 2014 by Silvia, Hotel Management
Hello, I am sorry to hear that Samasati was not what you expected to be. We have 4x4 cars which take people to the entrance of the property any time that is needed and, once a day, we offer a shuttle to the beach/town. If you stay in Namaste house or any other house on the property we offer a pick up service with our cars. (The schedule is given by the receptionist). Samasati is a Nature Retreat is 6 kilometers (4 miles) from Puerto Viejo town and beach. It is nestled in the primary forest and it has spectacular views of the Caribbean.
5 out of 5
for Couples
by Mary from Washington DC

Perfect Digital Detox!

Posted Dec 1, 2013
Pros: Beautiful, quiet, undisturbed, excellent staff, good food. Felt part of the natural environment.
Cons: More spaces for people to congregate comfortably in areas other than the communal dining space. Not recommended for families or small children.
Location: Punta Uva beach, kayaking, zip line, hiking, horseback riding, indigenous tours, shopping, yoga, meditation. Or sit in a hammock and do nothing.
Samasati made it easy to get off the grid, which was exactly what I wanted. There is internet if you want it and it's easy to avoid as well. The grounds are beautiful, waking each morning to the howling monkeys. Open air and no air conditioning put you right in the environment. There is hiking on the grounds, or plenty of activities to do close by. The staff is exceptional and always ready to help you as they are able. Traveling as a single, I particularly enjoyed the communal meals which made it like we were having a lively dinner party. While not a vegetarian, I did enjoy spending the week as one. The food was tasty and plentiful. Overall, I would highly recommend Samasati for a getaway and this part of the island is quiet, low key, undisturbed and stunningly beautiful. All smaller inns and far away from crowds. It's worth the trek from the airport to get here.
1 out of 5
by hannah from Australia

Nice place but rude and uninforming staff

Posted Oct 31, 2013
The place was amazing and our experience was great, up until it came to check-out time. We were then wacked with a large bill and were very surprised with what we were being charged with. Firstly, no-where does it say that yoga isn't included in the price. Even when arriving they encourage you to take part, and dont even mention costs! Little did we know - and joined in nearly every day (to be faced with $25 per class!). Secondly, We decided to have dinner a few nights here, and were prepared to pay the price that we were told on arrival. When we went to check out, we were charged $10 more pp because apparently the price they told us on arrival was for lunches!! Talk about poor communication skills. Yes the food, yoga, room was all amazing but to be told the wrong information and then get an unsuspecting bill at the end of our peaceful stay really ruined it all. And to top it off, the staff were threatening to call the police if we didn't pay. I'm usually a reasonable person and would have accepted this if I thought it just - but it was completely unfair and I cannot believe the way the staff treated us on the last day. Safe to say I'll not be returning and I hope this is a useful warning - don't trust even the staff.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 20, 2014 by Silvia, Hotel Management
Hello, Thank you for the comment. I am sorry to hear you had such hard time with the communication during your stay and check out at Samasati. Yoga classes are not included in any rate, they are offered twice a day, each class lasts 1 and 1/2 hour and it costs $15.00. They are open to ALL levels. Our staff is well trained and they take pride in giving an excellent customer service. They give all the needed information upon check in and they are constantly available to answer questions.
4 out of 5
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by A verified traveler

Great hotel for a secluded quite retreat

Posted Sep 3, 2013 on Hotels.com
I did not realize this was in a secluded forest near Puerto Veijo so it was a little inconvenient for us since we wanted to be near the beach and the bars in town. Having said that the location is absolutely awesome if you are looking for a quiet retreat in the middle of the jungle but still just a few kilometers to the town. Also, you need a 4x4 to get to the rooms so make sure you take that into consideration before booking it.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 23, 2014 by Silvia, Hotel Management
Thank you for your comment. Samasati has a parking lot at the entrance of the property and it has 4x4 that goes to town once a day and that can take people at the entrance of the property at any time. Taxis to Puerto Viejo costs $10.00.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by walkirio

Amazing environmet for relax.

Posted Aug 22, 2013
Pros: Environment amazing
Cons: Access. Needed a 4x4 car to access the hotel Dinner price is expensive for a bufet.
Location: Beaches, surf, trekking, yoga, meditacion, animal watching
Quite good. Landscape great. Nature amazing. Room impressive. Dinner price expensive for a bufet dinner.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by sam from Boston

Excellent Staff and Beautiful Wilederness

Posted Aug 17, 2013
Nice people. Smiles are abundant (Sicilia). Forgot a pair of shoes. Staff where so eager to assist and sent me to San Jose.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Jennifer from Salt Lake City, UT, USA

A peaceful retreat for yoga/meditation.

Posted Sep 19, 2012
Pros: The sounds of the local community (nature), the sights and feeling of peace and harmony.
Cons: Feeling like outsiders for lack of participation in the retreats offerings.
Location: Incredible! We felt safe and very relaxed. The sounds were all natural rather than man-made.
The Samasati is a wonderful place to stay if you want to get away from the craziness in Puerto Viejo. The scenery was truly amazing. The sounds of the forest were constant with the early morning hours being the most active (around 4:00-5:00 a.m.) with Howler Monkeys, birds, etc. There is no A/C here. It is truly a nature retreat with screens replacing all glass. The deck was an awesome place to hang out, either on the hammock or the chairs we took out from inside. This destination is meant to be a yoga, meditation, retreat rather than just lodging. While no one was rude to us, we had the feeling that the staff/guests did not know what to make of the trio who never ate dinner or participated in massage/yoga. We would have if we had been invited, understood our options and felt more accepted (partly our fault for not being more aggressive). One of us had a recent leg trauma from an ATV rollover so we weren't pushing it for her sake. I assume most guests purchased packages that included yoga, lodging and vegetarian meals. Our lodging just included breakfast yet we could have stayed for dinner at $24US/person so we opted out. We rented our own car which was very expensive but it gave us the freedom to do what we wanted when we wanted. You need to have a 4-wheel drive to get to the bungalows. It is not an option. Our SUV was in 1st gear up and down. It is very steep and unpaved. They do have a driver that can take you up and down. We would recommend Samasati.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Alejandro from Haiti

Great place to stay for a few days or more

Posted Sep 9, 2012
Samasati is a great place to rest and recover in a jungle atmosphere away from city noise and pollution. It is great to retreat, practice yoga, meditate, eat well and sleep deeply. The staff are all very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The food is great and the surroundings are amazing, plentry of trails to do. If you plan to drive to Samasati from San Jose, rent a 4x4 as the access road to the very hotel requires it, although you may park a sedan by the entrance and be driven up to the hotel by their driver, this can be organized rather simply although it requires of course some coordinating. I had forgotten a sweater in my room which I realized when I got back home, it was kept for me and later was taken to a friend 60 kms from Samasati on the way to San Jose and later recovered it! this was really a nice touch on the part of Samasati. All in all, if you want to visit Puerto Viejo this is the place you want to stay at.