My husband and I stayed for 4 glorious days at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort in mid-January, 2013. There’s little I can add to the other stellar reviews of this superlative resort, except perhaps to talk about the extraordinary hospitality we received.
We arrived at Copa de Arbol in a fun, adventurous way – via boat from Sierpe.
From the first moment when the boat captain took our hand in his to help us aboard,
we knew that we were in for something special. Thank you Tony and captains Hans and Pinkie for all the safe and fun cruising! When we arrived at the resort, several staff members waded into the water to help us ashore – it was like arriving at Downton Abbey!
That first warm greeting was echoed throughout our stay.
Soon after settling in, I realized that I hadn’t been in touch with my daughter for a few days, and I hadn’t brought a phone or a computer. I was quite anxious, but front desk experts Johnny, Keely, and Dylan set me up with their computers and helped me
When my husband Stephen, an accomplished woodworker, admired much of the construction, Mike the co-owner had Minor the carpenter take him to the on-site carpentry shop, where they browsed around together.
Mario and Ivan are masters of the bar and dining room, and Miguel is the genius chef. Everyone was careful about Stephen’s allergy to red snapper, and always gave him a beautiful alternative appetizer or entrée (he missed some wicked good ceviche.) One evening after dinner, I asked Ivan to teach me how to fold the table napkins as he had. We cleared a table, and Ivan and Mario gave us an exhibition and tutorial on fancy folding! They must know 20 designs apiece, and I remember two.
Like many reviewers, I appreciated that the dining room tables were separate, and
each had a perfect view of the jungle and ocean. However, for Mike’s birthday, Mario
set up the tables family-style, and the staff and guests ate dinner together.
Several guests and staff had gone fishing that day, and Miguel made amazing tuna sushi as an appetizer and grilled mackerel for the entrée. It was a lovely evening.
Mauricio, the biologist guide, took us on two excursions, one to Corcovado National Park, and one to Cano Island. Besides sharing his knowledge with us, we had meaningful, free-wheeling discussions on many topics, and we learned about his hopes for the future.
A shout-out to Kate, a waiter, who shared with us her unique perspective as a new ex-pat.
On our last full day at the resort, my husband and I walked into town. Although other guests seemed to get there and back with ease, we were really tired when we arrived at Aguijita. The resort’s boat was in town after having dropped off some departing guests, and came back to the beach to pick us up and bring us “home” to Copa de Arbol.
Although this doesn’t fit my theme, do consider that Copa de Arbol is the ONLY RESORT in Drake Bay with beautiful, private, AIR-CONDITIONED casitas. Guidebooks describe the Osa Peninsula as “sweltering” and “steamy,” and they’re not kidding. It was great to return to a cool room after a day spent exploring.
Mike and co-owner Jason took many years to build this gorgeous resort, and along the way they cultivated relationships with local people. They’ve brought people onto staff whom they know well, whom they trust, and who share their vision. It’s a pleasure to know that our visit contributes very directly to the local economy. We’re very fortunate to have visited Copa de Arbol Rainforest and Beach Resort in Drake Bay, and to have experienced their EXTRAORDINARY HOSPITALITY. We were treated as we would treat someone in our own home. Thank you so much!
P.S. Next time I’m going fishing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is an intimate, remote eco-conscious beachfront Drake Bay resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. Located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copa De Arbol Beach And Rainforest Resort Costa Rica/Drake Bay