The lodge is very well organised, and staffed by local people who are caring and sensitive to the needs of guests. They do their best to ensure one has an enjoyable stay.
Cabins are large and, although critters manage to find their way in, screens keep mosquitos out. Bring insect repellent for time spent outside.
The biggest surprise was the quality of the food which was excellent. There is coffee delivery in the mornings, which is a lovely way to start the day.
Although it was rainy season, most activities still occurred. The rain was quite heavy at times, but it was warm and really didn't interrupt much. Also even in the green season, the lodge was full and quite busy. There were several families with school kids and honeymooners among the guests. Children did fine on the hikes rated 'difficult', but seems like these kids were used to spending time outdoors.
Wildlife is somewhat difficult to see because of the shadowy forests, but it shouldn't be to hard to encounter the four types of monkeys in the region within a three day stay. Toucans were visible almost every day. The dawn chorus of wildlife (especially the howler monkeys!) is quite loud, but that's what being in the tropics is all about.
The location is not as isolated as I initially thought, and unfortunately there is a fair bit of traffic noise from the road below.
As others have commented the stairs can make for a challenging hike to the common areas, most guests seem to be fairly active types.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a 1000-acre private nature reserve in Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's idea of paradise. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project and a sustainable tourism pioneer. Over the years, we have received many awards for social and environmental excellence. Home to a plethora of incredible wildlife, including monkeys, scarlet macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco lodges Ecolodges will be the experience of a lifetime. Lapa Rios is one of only 24 National Geographic Unique Eco Lodges of the World ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapa Rios Ecolodge Hotel Playa Matapalo