My husband and I, along with another friend of ours, stayed at Orquidea Lodge in for 3 weeks in November 2009 and loved it. Barbara and Itay were very helpful and accommodating, recommending surf spots, surf instructors, restaurants and tours. They have two dogs, China and Akiles, both of which I was afraid of when I first arrived. Barbara and Itay made special effort to tie them up if I was outside or to be outside at the same time as me (which I REALLY appreciated - THANK YOU!), but I soon learned to love both dogs and it was no longer a problem. They are VERY cute!
As far as location goes, the lodge is in a great spot. It was a fairly easy walk to the beach (just make sure you wear flip-flops because the road leading up to Orquidea is quite rocky) which was fantastic because we surfed twice a day while we were there. The waves were amazing and we found that there were waves for all different levels, depending on what beach you went to. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed the surf. Also, the lodge is close to some really delicious restaurants (I still crave the fish I had at Burger Rancho!!), a very good surf shop (Kina) and a grocery store.
Orquidea Lodge itself was exactly what we wanted. We'd been traveling for 4 months prior to arriving in Santa Teresa and the lodge really felt like a home. It had all the amenities we required: the beds were comfy, the shower was powerful and had hot water (a nice perk!), it was cleaned every day by a very friendly cleaning lady, there were beautiful balconies to relax on, and there was satellite TV. I would highly recommend Orquidea Lodge to anyone staying in the Santa Teresa area.
We were told that a swimming pool would be going in shortly, and from the looks of it, Barbara and Itay have put one in! Our stay at the lodge was already incredible, and a pool would make it that much better. I'm hoping that I'll have the chance to stay there again sometime in the future, and if not, I'll be recommending this location to all of my friends! ;-)
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Owner's Response: Hi Lia!!
Thank you a lot for this great review and so much information you provided..!
(I can't tell you how happy the guys at Buger Rancho were when I told them about your fish cravings... :D )
We have been working really hard since last January, to get the pool and the 3 new units done, you'll love them!!
I'd like very much to have you over again, I hope you choose Santa Teresa for future holidays... :)
Will try to send you some pictures with the updates to your old e-mail address, I hope you still check that one, otherwise, please get in touch with me so we can catch up for all this time.
Lots of love from the whole family, take care...
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