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“AMAZING--You must stay here!!” 5 of 5 stars
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La Cusinga Eco Lodge
200 south of km mark 166, Uvita, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Uvita
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“AMAZING--You must stay here!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I stayed at La Cusinga for a 6-day yoga retreat and had a spectacular time. This hotel is divine! "Paradise" popped into my head every morning when I stepped out of my room. The property is nestled in a tropical paradise, the food is outstanding, and the people are kind. This is definitely a place you want to visit. I'm really missing the out door shower right now!!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to give us this review! We hope more people do come and enjoy our hotel and our yoga studio! We are glad you and the groupd had a good time! Hope to see you bacj soon!
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  • Rooms
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Toronto, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

La Cusinga is more than a hotel, it is a place where ecological responsibility is practiced. Its owners and managers are really model citizens of the planet, and if you get a chance to talk to them and meet them, it's a real treat. Get the owner's book, The Gringo's Hawk, and read it before you come - it will enrich the experience. There is a strip of beach like no other I've ever seen, and it's worth the long walk through a primary rainforest to get there - you might see species you haven't seen before every day and night you're there. Go out in a boat and you've got a good chance of seeing dolphins very close. Or just sit in the front lounge and enjoy one of the most breathtaking views you'll ever experience. Food is delicious, the rooms are simple luxury, there are howler monkeys just hanging out and you'll hear them in the morning. Just go, you will not regret it. I will come back here every chance I can for the rest of my life.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
thank you for taking your time to review our hotel and for reading the book :) we are glad that you enjoyed both! hope you visit us again! and again thank you for review!!!
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I just spent over a week at La Cusinga with a crew of fellow Biomimics. We had access to some amazing tropical rain forest trails to do our studies and find some really unique organisms. The setup allowed for us to gather as a group at times and retreat to our cabins at other times. The food was always very good, on time, with plenty for everyone. Constant access to cool water, fresh juice, and coffee was essential and much appreciated. When needed, we had very reliable wifi access to stay in touch with folks back home, which made things really easy. But really, it was about the access to the rain forest, river tidal pools for swimming (incredible), beautiful/basically private beach access (down a jungle trail walk) and incredible views and sounds - and the Yoga studio area was such a nice surprise and very useful. Most importantly, they do this all while respecting their sustainability and eco-lodge principles. Excellent place with great people running it.

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you for your review! We love having your group at our place! To me is a perfect match! Nature as our common point! We look forward to your next visit! And please do keep intouch! Pura Vida!
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

La Cusinga is the poster child for a tropical paradise. I spent a week here for a course about nature (Biomimicry) with an international team of 20 people. Every day was an adventure as we spotted birds, monkeys and all sort of wildlife in the beautiful gardens and forests of La Cusinga. The meals are simply delicious and the pretty buildings and facilities are very comfortable and makes you day-dream about one day moving to a place like this. The staff is friendly, kind and helpful in the most legitimate way and according to the highest standards for client service. On top of all these good things, it's amazing how La Cusinga takes so seriously their environmental footprint and to keep their operation Ecologically friendly in the best possible way. Their interest in conservation and protection of their natural surrounds are an example for other lodges.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Balamontero thank you for your review! As you know we love having your group at our place and for me it was an honor to see yoou again. So glad that after so many years Biomimicry continues to grow and to be an important part of great leaders. Thank you and we hope to see you soon.
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Doral, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

The last time I went to La Cusinga, I was blown away by the sheer beauty, vistas, and closeness to nature that the property provided, the impeccable service I received by every member of the staff, and the top priority given to remaining true to it's title of "Eco Lodge" being nestled within virgin rainforest, in an area literally inaccessible to anyone other than those staying at the lodge. That was in 2007.

Today, five years later, La Cusinga has only built upon what I had first experienced, doubling-down on their commitment to preserving the natural environment within which they are situated, and quite literally living with the land and ocean. There are now deeply educational experiences, even higher standards of eco-care, and greater efforts to not only educate guests, but effect change in their own lives and the way they perceive the world around them. They've also added regular yoga classes - with a view that, as far as I am concerned, is entirely uneatable.

Rooms are even better than before, and the food continues to be sublime. The staff continues to be unwavering in their level of service and friendliness, and there are even more options for distractions if you want them. The electricity continues to be self-generated via hydro power (supplemented by the grid), water is purified from the rainforest, furnishings and finishes sourced from the lodge grounds using neighborhood talent and labor (which, in turn, creates jobs for the local economy), hot water is solar-heated, and the lodge continues to tirelessly give back to the community.

I will re-iterate, however, if you are looking for a place with air-conditioning (though absolutely NONE is needed), a resort-like pool, and electronic gadgets, this is not the place for you. What you will find here is a tranquil, pristine setting in which to completely disconnect from the world, and spend time with yourself and the environment around you.

Make no mistake, you will leave this place a changed person, with a deep longing to return as soon as you possibly can. You simply cannot go wrong with La Cusinga.

Room Tip: Ask for a cottage room on the upper floor as high up the hillside as possible. These, to me, offer t...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you zaxe for taking the time to give us such a complete review! Hope this will help future visitors! Hope to see you back soon! Great to know that people come back and like it even more! :)
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed with our 7 and 11 year old boys for 4 nights. After our 2 weeks in Costa Rica they said La Cusinga was their favorite! We did not eat many meals there because it is a set menu and our kids are picky. The meals we did eat were good. One idea would be to offer plain scrambled eggs for breakfast instead of eggs with meat or veggies scrambled in. They liked the pancakes though!

The beach was fantastic, so beautiful and secluded. Waves were perfect for fun swimming but not scary. Lots of sea life - crabs, live sand dollars, sea urchins. And the birds! We saw toucans every morning as well as lots of other birds right up close. Even saw some macaws fly by squawking! Also monkeys right up close and howling. The cabin was darling. For the price they might consider including shampoo and soap. The best part was the solitude, only sounds of the jungle at night.

The staff was very helpful. We set up a snorkeling and whale watching tour through them and it was good. We saw a whale and her baby. Snorkeling only o.k but for the kids it was plenty. We also did a zipline tour nearby at Hacienda Baru - super fun and not far away.

You will need a car to stay here. We loved it and would go back. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you for your feedback and the tips that you give us and the readers. We are going to look into making a kids menu, as for us it is important that they also have a great experience in all areas, including the food! I have asked also to offer the two choices of eggs, as other feed back people wanted not just plain eggs. So to have both options will make sense :) Look forward to your next visit and to see if the kids will like the food.Pura Vida!
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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Spent 3 nights here and just loved it. Right smack in the middle of the rainforest with a 10 minute walk to a beautiful secluded beach, just magical. This is really an eco-lodge (not just lip service). I think the water in the shower was solar heated, warm in the evening & cool in the morning but it still felt great. Breakfast was wonderful, staff was friendly and helpful. Lunch and Dinner were a little pricy but lots of good eats a short drive into town. Beware, at 5:15 am each morning, the howler monkeys did there thing. What a racket but we loved it. Half an hour later it's quiet again. Will stay there when we save up to go back to CR.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you for your review! And your visit!! We work hard to make sure we are what we say we are! At times people do visit having a diferent expectation. But we love it when people that gets what we are about visit us! Thank you!!
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Address: 200 south of km mark 166, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Uvita
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Uvita
#4 Romantic Hotel in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in the hilltops overlooking the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's still-virgin south pacific, where the ocean crashes into the jungle sits La Cusinga. Tucked away in a private reserve of over 600 acres, this rainforest lodge provides guests with sweeping ocean views, sandy beaches, natural pools, and the chance to experience the burgeoning forests and astonishing wildlife of the country's most famous ecosystem - OSA. The hotel offers ten rooms designed with sustainably-harvested wood and local materials to maximize comfort while minimizing impact on the environment. The open-air restaurant creates an ideal setting for couples and families alike to enjoy delicious tropical dishes made with fresh produce grown on our farm. In addition to the hundreds of acres of privately-owned primary and secondary forest, the lodge borders the Ballena Marine National Park, one of only two nationally-protected marine zones in the whole country. The lodge's genuine commitment to sustainable practices along with our first-hand experience in local and national conservation efforts enrich our guests' appreciation of these ecosystems and the importance of their continued preservation. This unique insight enhances the exploration of the natural surroundings while the beautiful location offers the tranquility of fresh ocean breezes and breathtaking sunsets that make for the perfect tropical escape. ... more   less 
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