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“your own private beach and waterfall” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 44 Hotels in Osa Peninsula
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“your own private beach and waterfall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

This is not the place for someone looking for 5 star accommodations. You are looking at a spacey cabin but with louvered doors and mosquito netting. Its cool enough (barely) to be comfortable at night but the sounds of the jungle being literally in your room is an experience. The private acreage with the secluded beaches and nature trails is the real attraction here and the food is good but not Michelin rated. The road to get there is an adventure in itself. You know the type of Costa Rica vacation you want, if this is down your alley it would be hard to top El Remanso

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

My husband and I stayed at El Remanso for our honeymoon and felt like we were treated like royalty! The staff is so friendly and unbelievably helpful, and our guided hikes were extremely professional. We learned A LOT about the species and history of Costa Rica and also picked up some new skills (like how to rappel down a waterfall)! Three delicious meals a day are included in the room pricing as well. Despite being absolutely in the middle of the rainforest, they managed to make the lodge very very comfortable and luxurious. I definitely recommend it if you appreciate nature and/or active/physical vacations.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

My husband and I stayed at El Remanso with our 2 kids (8 and 10) 4 nights the 3rd week of march. We had a blast: the lodge is very comfortable, the activities fun and unusual, the staff very friendly. We saw so many animals at any given moment of the day. Danny and Adrianna do everything to make you feel at home. The menus are set menus, but the staff was very flexible with the cooking (when the kids asked for pasta...).
Great activities not to be missed: jungle hike, surfing, visit to the animals Sanctuary, hike to the beach (steep though) and swim in the lagoon.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

I spent 5 days with 3 friends at El Remanso lodge and we had the time of our lives. Their online description is pretty accurate. Simple, serene and off the grid. They are what they say they are. An eco lodge that offers a rain forest adventure. We enjoyed amazing meals (thank you Javier and Marlon), waterfall repelling, ziplines, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing, and fantastic guided hikes with Rinaldo and Gerardo. The guides know their stuff and are so passionate about what they do that you can't help but feel their excitement for nature! The atmosphere at El Remanso is much like family. They laugh, joke and help you when you need it. The staff made this trip an experience to remember and I can't wait to recommend them to others and hopefully travel back to the Osa soon!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

My three friends and I just returned from a week on the Osa Peninsula at El Remanso lodge. The trip was absolutely amazing and far exceeded our expectations. We stayed in the group cabin called Casa Osa, which I highly recommend if you are traveling with a group. It was comfortable, beautiful and offered us a great view of the rain forest canyon just off of our deck. We woke up each morning to howler monkeys (5 AM--be prepared :), birds and insects singing us awake in the jungle just outside our room.
The food at El Remanso is delicious. It is made fresh each day with lots of local fruits and vegetables. We were never hungry between meals and everything was healthy and tasted great. I highly recommend the seafood as it is often the catch of the day!
The tours the lodge offers were unforgettable. We loved the waterfall repelling with Gerardo and Chico and horseback riding on the beach with MIguel. We also loved all of the guided hikes with Rinaldo and Gerardo. We learned so much about the animals, birds and insects of the rain forest and left with a new appreciation of the conservation efforts happening in the country.
But what really sets El Remanso apart from other places I have stayed around the world, are the people. They were amazing (running out of adjectives) and we left feeling like family. Danny and Adriana the owners were gracious hosts and they bent over backwards to make sure that my friends and I were enjoying our stay. We have been planning this trip for a year and from the start Cindy and Gabby helped us every step of the way over email and then again when we got to Osa...down to the last detail! In the restaurant Javier and Marlon were kind, funny, welcoming and happy to see us and talk each day. They made every meal a pleasure. Ellie helped enormously with planning all of our busy days of activities. Last but certainly not least are Rinaldo and Gerardo, El Remanso's guides. The tours with them were incredible and their warm, kind personalities help you feel at ease whether you are hanging off of a 70 foot waterfall or staring at a poisonous snake 10 feet away!
We would come back in a heartbeat. But not only for the great food, the beautiful pristine setting, the animals, and the adventure. We would come back to see our friends at El Remanso.
Tips: Bring both a camera and a waterproof camera, a good pair of water shoes, and binoculars! You don't need insect repellant--it's amazing--no mosquitoes! Also, this place is not for everyone! You need to be ready to live very close to many animals and insects. This lodge is best suited if you want a pristine, quiet setting with no frills (ie: no ac, big pool, resort feel). What makes this place great is the people it attracts. It is a truly special, unique place and we hope to visit again soon.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

My wife and I had a fantastic time on our honeymoon at the lodge. The staff are courteous, knowledgable and are always smiling. There seems to be an endless amount of activities to do on the grounds and the food is fantastic.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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missoula
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

This property provides a lodge type atmosphere. You can drive but most fly on Nature air or Sansa. We flew Nature Air which is an experience (in a good, adventurous way) all its own. After you land there is still a 45 minute drive. They have an office at the "airport" and we arranged for transportaion from their staff who met us there. Our driver knew as much english as we did spanish so our qestions were pretty much one word. However he took care to look for monkeys and birds and the trip to the lodge is a splendid one. Once we arrived we wre taken in hand and shown the grounds, given an explanation about the restaraunt setup (meals at set times) and offered the tour selections. Most staff had passable english and the owners and some senior staff had excellent english. Meals are included and while you can order breakfast off a small but satisfactory menu, lunch and dinner are limted to two choices each, typically a vegetarion and meat option at lunch and a meat/fish option at dinner. Meals were well prepared, and the fruit was to die for. Drinks were extra but considering the remoteness of the location prices were very reasonable. We took advantage of some tours and each were well done. The grounds have purportadly 8 miles of maintained trails which offer access to several waterfalls. There are monkeys galore, toucans and macaws seemingly on demand and we were "entertained" by a sloth for 24 hours. The owners are very approachable and willing to tell you anything you care to know about the property.They, or another staff member check in with each group at each meal to be certain all needs are met, and to ask you about your day. While the reports must be repetitive to them, they never failed to make you feel as if your adventure story was the most interesting one they had recently heard. We stayed 6 nights which might have been a day too long. One thing some might not realize: the trail to the beach is very steep. We really enjoyed ourselves here. One other thought: don't plan on sleeping in. The sun comes up and goes down early so its early to bed, early to rise. The staff is crunching around on the gravel trails at 5, and the howler monkeys even earlier.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: near Corcovado National Park, 8203, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 44 Hotels in Osa Peninsula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
El Remanso Hotel Osa Peninsula
El Remanso Osa
El Remanso Lodge Costa Rica/Osa Peninsula

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