If what you are after is a luxury resort where every detail is ironed out for you ahead of time, then you may want to look elsewhere. The Jungles Edge offers a mix of accommodations including Jungle Huts and modified shipping containers. The huts aren’t exactly traditional camping sites, but a somewhat improved configuration on the original concept. The tents are placed on raised wooden platforms, and shielded from the sun by metal roofed overhangs. The tents come with a micro fridge and a fan, and the bedding is a covered air mattress or two. Not too shabby.
The shipping containers come fully reformed and redecorated, with the most expensive and largest containing a private kitchen and air conditioning. The resorts amenities include a salt water infinity pool, yoga classes, Muay Thai classes, and more. The owners of this establishment in Nosara, Costa Rica, Edie and Dave Maher are originally from Virginia Beach, USA, but have spent more than decade in the province of Guanacaste off and on. They teach some of the onsite classes, surfing tours and welcome visitors to the property at the bar.
The hotel, which truly is right on the edge of the rainforest, has an outdoor gym where travelers can spend time getting or staying fit. For the travelers staying at one of the units that doesn’t offer a kitchenette, there is a do it yourself shared kitchen. Tours, especially surfing tours, are led out of the resort to the nearby Playa Guiones, and you can rent paddleboards and jet skis at the hotel.
The Jungles Edge resort won’t break the bank either. The Jungle Huts start at $29 for a single and $50 for a double, and the suites jump up to about $70 per unit. The resort tries to reach a middle ground where backpackers will feel pleasantly surprised, but the more delicate won’t feel as though they are roughing it too much. The family run outfit is looking to try to fill a gap in the market between the high priced all-inclusive hotels and the backpacker hostels, and they may have pulled it off.