We're traveling throughout Costa Rica for five weeks and spent our first five days at Aguila de Osa, a gorgeous property under the outstanding helmsmanship of Bradd Johnson, or as we like to call him," the Commodore". We stayed in the beautiful honeymoon cabin, which is more like the most luxurious treehouse you can imagine, looking out over the property's wild rain forest landscape. The woodwork of the gleaming polished floors and beams is astonishing.This truly feels like the middle of nowhere, and for us that's always a good thing! Every detail has been considered in making this hotel blend into the surrounding environment, and Bradd and his staff's commitment to sustainability is very impressive --- indeed, he pretty much wrote the book on environmentally conscientious hospitality in this part of the world.
We can't say enough about the calibre of service of the entire staff, who nonetheless keep it real with a warm and easy-going vibe. No stuffy or pretentious "boutique-ness" here! Two especially noteworthy residents are Chef Dixon, who went the extra mile to whip up delicious gluten-free dishes for me (Thank you, chef!! Still dreaming of those banana pancakes ...) and the undisputed divine hostess of Aguila de Osa, Coco, whose warmth and constant attentiveness added immeasurably to our delight during our stay.
Needless to say, there was an abundance of wildlife on site every day --- scarlet macaws, monkeys, toucans, giant grasshopper, lizards, frogs, a cayman, two and three-toed sloths, giant morpho butterflies --- and in the water, white tip sharks, giant schools of brilliantly colored fish, moray eels, puffer fish, dolphins, turtles, and many, many others. All dive trips and hikes were perfectly organized and conducted by very enthusiastic and well-trained naturalists (special thanks to our two wonderful dive mistresses, Gabriela and Sandra!).
We were happy to meet The Commodore, so muchas gracias, Bradd, Coco, and the oustanding staff at Aguila de Osa for an unforgettable stay --- we'll be back! Pura vida!