My boyfriend and I stayed at Lapa Rios for a week in May of 2006. It was wonderful. I had deliberately told him very little about the place so that it would be a surprise. He was stunned from the moment we arrived. It's hard to express how friendly and warm and attentive and skilled the staff is. A crew of happy, relaxed people meet you at the plane, see you into a Jeep and greet you with fresh juice when you reach the resort. I won't prattle on because you deserve to discover the rest for yourself. We found the other guests a big part of the pleasure. We are both in our 30s and found the crowd a great mix of young honeymooners and adventure-driven couples of all ages. We had all of the privacy and all of the socializing we wanted at any given time. The rooms and decks and views are incredible. The place looks just like their website photos. I can recommend the snorkeling/animal sanctuary/dolphin/planeboarding tour (uh, I can't remember the name) and the sea kayak/mangrove swamp tour. Oh! And the waterfalls. Hike to the waterfalls and jump around. We also took the full day trip into the Corcovado National Forest as well. The two of us went with two guides from Lapa Rios and had an incredible day. It was expensive but very very worth. We saw two pumas 15 minutes into the forest. I don't know if it's possible on this site, but please feel free to write me with any questions. I was unsure about what to take and what to wear and what the weather would be like, etc. I won't bore you here, but would be more than happy to answer any questions. I almost forgot the monkeys. We had monkeys. Every morning. We started the day watching monkeys jump over our heads. Enough said. Have fun -- Pura vida!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapa Rios Ecolodge Hotel Playa Matapalo