The remote and exclusive Copa de Arbol Resort on the Osa Peninsula is both IN the Rainforest and ON the Ocean! Location! Location! Location!
Guests: 25 Maximum. Employees: 31. Experience of a lifetime at Copa de Arbol: PRICELESS!
During a week's vacation, I watched the employees and an owner of Copa de Arbol work as a professional team, and they felt like a family. It was apparent that all the key staff was sought out from the top of their fields. The service is outstanding. The property is spectacular. The food is exceptional. The cleanliness is spotless.
My travel to the resort continued with an hour long boat ride through the mangrove forest then into Drake Bay on one of the resort's private boats. I felt like I was a VIP getting off "The Love Boat", when greeted by Angel and other staff members on the shore waiting for our arrival. Angel, a resort manager, is also one of the most polite, kind, friendly Costa Rican gentlemen you will meet. Johnny, the other resort manager is surely the go-to guy; both true professionals!
I won't describe what kind of wildlife experience I had because we will each get something different, but you can be sure it will be amazing! You won't even have to venture far from your fabulous guest house if you choose, because the rainforest surrounds you just yards from the bay.
You can center yourself and "be" present here as a guest of the wild rainforest ON the ocean. Or you can "do" many of the things that are naturally offered by this extremely diverse landscape where North meets South, on both Land and in the Sea. It's up to you; a "do" vacation, or a "be" experience. The only motorized noises you may occasionally hear are the boats, without which we would have no access!
I was planning a "be" experience, yet the encouragement to try paddle boarding was just enough to coax me. I was amazed when Dylan, my private instructor (who happened to be on his work break), also volunteered to paddle all the way back to the resort, then paddle all the way back out just to bring icy cold cans of cervesa's for us to enjoy, with just the mention of it! He also showed his resourcefulness by finding cans because up to that point, I had only seen bottles of beer. Copa de Arbol does not need to put that on a list of activities offered because that kind of service goes without saying. Express something that may make your experience at Copa de Arbol a bit more enjoyable, and they will make it happen! The Copa de Arbol team is always looking to please the guests, and with conservation and safety in mind!
However casual, in many ways, Mike Michaelsen (owner with his friend Jason, both originally from California) sets the high standard of service for his team of employees by example. You will find Mike available, approachable, reasonable and grounded. He is the responsible team leader who also respects each team member. In all my travel years, I cannot remember a place that exceeds the highest European or American standards, and does so consistently. During my stay, I met with three different families that cancelled other reservations in Costa Rica to extend their stay at Copa de Arbol. You can immediately see, feel, and taste the difference of exclusive quality here. If there is ever an unsatisfied guest, which is unimaginable, it would be the guest's own fault!
I must add that I never thought I would return to a vacation spot just for the culinary experience, but I would at Copa de Arbol. That was the unexpected bonus! Chef Miguel's reputation has proceeded him his whole career. With an unassuming manner, Miguel told me that by invitation, he has cooked in some of the finest restaurants in Spain, France and Italy. Not surprisingly, I learned that a plate has never been returned to their kitchen once served! The presentation and tastes are sensuously indulgent! You will also meet Orlando, who manages the restaurant with detail as if it were his own; he has plenty of experience doing just that from when he owned and operated his own restaurant in Costa Rica.
Copa de Arbol may very well be located in the last frontier of Costa Rica! If you can possibly take that one extra day off for the experience, do it. You will wish you had once you arrive. Be forewarned, you may never be ready to leave! Copa de Arbol proudly represents the "Best of the Best" location to experience the Costa Rican rainforest!
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