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Set in a 1000-acre private nature reserve in Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's idea of paradise. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project and a sustainable tourism pioneer. Over the years, we have received many awards for social and environmental excellence. Home to a plethora of incredible wildlife, including monkeys, scarlet macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco lodges Ecolodges will be the experience of a lifetime. Lapa Rios is one of only 24 National Geographic Unique Eco Lodges of the World
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Andrea E wrote a review Jul 2022
Little Rock, Arkansas28 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed at the Lapa Rios in November of 2021. It was our first international trip since Covid began and what a way to kick things off! The Lapa Rios is on the Osa Peninsula and you've got access to the rain forest and the beach in one place. Each of the suites are situated so that you have beautiful views and they all feel very private. The dining and bar areas are lovely and the food is absolutely incredible. I never post food photos on social media, but during the time I was at Lapa Rios, I was sharing a photo from every meal. They were that pretty and that tasty. The staff is wonderful and anxious to make your stay as wonderful as possible. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded Jul 25, 2022
Andrea: A big hello from your friends at Lapa Rios Lodge. Thank you for sharing your review of your experience visiting and enjoying the lush Osa Peninsula. If you are seeking a true rainforest (and beach) experience while enjoying amazing dishes (pretty and tasty for sure!) and comfortable villas with amazing vistas, we are the place! We appreciate your mention of our amazing and dedicated staff. Hope to have you both in the future! Also consider our sister lodges: Pacuare Lodge, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge.
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Erin B wrote a review Jul 2022
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We travel fairly often, but going to Lapa Rios was a financial stretch for us. It was worth every penny and more! We thought this was a one-time adventure, but we feel like we will have to go back someday! Everything about Lapa Rios was amazing. A huge shout-out to Grevin, the person I communicated with as I was booking the trip. I asked way too many questions, but he was always helpful, kind, and patient. Grevin booked out airlines through Sansa, it was a very easy process. When we arrived, there was a women from Boena lodges who immediately greeted us, and took us to the Lapa Rios private office where we had a refreshing drink and were able to use the restroom before the drive to Lapa Rios. Before we even got to the office, we got to see macaws! Our first interaction with animals and employees proved to be consistent throughout the trip. Lapa Rios staff have SO MUCH pride and knowledge for their home and are love sharing it with guests! Our driver was also very knowledgeable about the Osa and was alert and looking for animals to stop and observe as we drove in. The road is VERY bumpy! We were greeted at the resort with juice and cold towels. We stayed in Bungalow 6. The view was BEAUTIFUL and we saw so many animals from our front porch and balcony! From there we saw toucans, macaws, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, and so much more!! Our room was beautiful and cleaned/restocked everyday. They do provide soap, shampoo, and conditioner. They also provide hair dryers now, but considering the weather and nature of the resort, it never felt necessary to spend a lot of time on my hair! A few tips about the room: 6 was great, but it was right next to the workers station,and it frequently sounded like the workers were in our room (especially in the afternoon). Remember that you are in a sustainable resort IN nature. They do have wifi and electricity, but it isn't always consistent. This never bothered us, we but I wouldn't want to try working remotely from Lapa Rios. We used their laundry service while we were there. It was very helpful when we needed a few extra shirts. In hindsight, I wish we would have taken a plastic bag to bring our dirty clothes. Everything is always a little bit damp and after being in nature for so many days our clothes did start to stink. It would have been helpful if we could have separated clean and dirty on our way home! (We had one more short stop after Lapa Rios). We did several onsite tours: Sustainability, Sunset Birds, Osa Trail, Waterfall Hike, and the Nightwalk. We had Danilo for most of our tours and he was very helpful and knowledgeable. We absolutely recommend the onsite tours to get yourself moving, and for the educational experience. However, we saw more animals on the resort than we did on our tours! We didn't do any external tours. Lapa Rios does a great job of partnering with other groups in the Osa, but we just loved the resort so much, we didn't want to leave! We took several walks to the beach. It IS quite a hike. We enjoyed the walking, but the walk back was especially steep. It is really important to listen to the expertise of the employees regarding the beaches. They are not all recommended for swimming, and we had a short-but-scary moment when we tried to get out in the water in Backwash Bay. We did the beach lunch, and really enjoyed that as well. We didn't have to lift a finger! They drove us there and had everything ready when we arrived. We both got massages from the spa. They were great and there is nothing like getting a relaxing massage in the rainforest! As a couple traveling without kids, we were a little nervous about the dynamic of kids and families at the resort. Looking back, I can't imagine the trip without the families! We met some incredible people on our trip, the kids were so engaged in nature and we're teachers so we loved getting to talk to the kids and watch their excitement about the animals! The staff was also incredibly good with the kids! The meals were fresh and there was something for everyone on the menu. Because we stayed several days, we saw some of the menus more than once. Our waiter was very kind and offered us some other options in case we were bored of the menu. The options were all simple American favorites, but that was exactly what we needed mid-trip! We had great pizza! It was our anniversary, so one might we did the private dinner. The menu was the same, but it was nice to guarantee a date night atmosphere. ❤️ As everyone says, you won't need an alarm. The howler monkeys and sunrise will have you up by 5! We never used the shades in our room. We loved feeling like we were sleeping outside and although we are not usually early risers, we were very happy to be up at 4:30 with coffee in hand. We frequently wandered around the resort with our coffee at 5AM. It was the best time to see animals! My husband's favorite thing to do was to go out to the lookout platform (by room five) as soon as he got out of bed and just sit and watch the howler monkeys. The lodge is beautiful, the nature is humbling, the animals are so fun, and I got such an education from the tours!! On top of everything else that was excellent about the resort, the staff was phenomenal. Each evening we would stop at the bar for a cocktail before going to dinner. Elir was usually our bartender. He was so friendly, and he let me practice my very bad Spanish! After my husband asked for a very specific drink, Elir named it after our silly vacation mascot (a stuff rhinoceros that we carry around with us for fun photos). If you like bourbon in your cocktails, ask for the Farfi! Gabriel was the waiter that we interacted with most. He was helpful and friendly regarding every aspect of our trip. He knew our likes and dislikes, and was able to answer most of our questions regarding animals and tours. The last two nights we were there, we spent some time at the bar after dinner and Gabriel was our bartender. By the end of our vacation, we felt like we had made a true friend in Costa Rica! I cannot recommend this resort enough. It was the perfect combination of education, luxury, relaxation, adventure, and nature! We hope to see them again very soon!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded Jul 2, 2022
Reading your detailed 5-Star experience at Lapa Rios is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us and we can’t wait to share it with our entire team, specially Greivin, Gabriel and Eli. As you mentioned, the adventure to the Osa Peninsula start even before the check in where you will be greeted by wild scarlet macaws and other fauna. The onsite tours with our naturalist guides are the perfect way to be immersed in the rainforest without being too far from the lodge. And you got pampered at our new spa and added a special cocktail to our bar, the Farfi! Again, thank you for choosing the Osa Peninsula and Lapa Rios Lodge. We look forward to having you back in the near future!
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Aloha-Jo wrote a review Jun 2022
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This is for sure one of the few places you shouldn’t miss when visiting Costa Rica. A very special place in the middle of nowhere. The bungalows have a great view towards the ocean. You can’t stay closer to nature and animals than there. The Macaos, Tucans, Monkeys, all step by. Or during night walks, see Ant Eaters, frogs etc. The most amazing is hearing and then seeing 2 Macaus flying in formations. Or hearing the monkeys throughout the night sknce you just have a Moskito net between you and nature. The staff was very attentive and the food extraordinary! We are blessed having had the chance to stay at Lapa Rios!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded Jun 13, 2022
Thank you for your enthusiastic review of your experience at Lapa Rios Lodge and the Osa Peninsula, which is the most biologically intense place on Earth according to National Geographic. Our lodge and its private reserve provides close contact with the flora and fauna of the peninsula and Costa Rica, even from your room. And thank you for highlighting our amazing staff and culinary experience! Pura vida from Costa Rica!
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CountVizzini wrote a review May 2022
Sicily, Italy15 contributions5 helpful votes
Having made extensive efforts to resolve this internally, we are sorry to leave our first 1-star review on any platform. This rating is specifically for Lapa Rios ownership, and not the welcoming, caring, and professional employees and guides we met during our stay. In short, a board from the 40-foot high canopy walkway broke during our walk to breakfast, injuring my wife as her foot fell through, impacting the rest of our stay. The owner of Lapa Rios eventually acknowledged that they were responsible for the failure of a critical piece of their infrastructure. Most hospitality ownership would immediately understand the severity of a guest falling through a canopy walkway, as well as sustaining an injury caused by that faulty infrastructure. They would formally apologise, acknowledge the severity of the incident, and work to improve the guest experience. Instead, it has fallen to us to repeatedly follow-up with Lapa Rios ownership to try to resolve this incident. The Lapa Rios ownership response has been to not believe our detailed account of the incident, how it was handled, and its impact. In their written responses to our emails, they do not address the factual content of our emails, but instead continuously rehash their same talking points that we have already explained are false. Most distastefully, Lapa Rios ownership clings to their own central narrative that in their view the injury did not appear to be too bad (!) and therefore didn’t really affect our stay – in one response actually itemizing our post-injury lodge activities as if to imply we were making this all up. We wonder what level of injury we would have had to sustain before they felt our guest experience was affected in some way. Five stitches? Ten? A broken foot? We find their responses mind-boggling and their logic incomprehensible. Let me clear about this. Your guest fell through your defective 40-foot high canopy walkway. That occurrence alone should have been enough for a responsible owner to realise that their guests’ experience had been affected. In this case, your guest was additionally injured by your faulty infrastructure. Your guests then spent the remainder of their stay fetching their own ice, pain managing their activities, and spending hours during and after their stay to request some kind of formal ownership response. That ownership then goes on to dismiss the guests’ efforts to resolve the situation, to disbelieve their account, and to not move a single inch towards finding a mutually-agreeable solution. Quite simply, Lapa Rios ownership has decided to brazen it out. It’s one thing to say you care for your guests. It’s another thing to actually demonstrate that you care for your guests, especially when things go wrong. Personally, we are deeply disappointed that Lapa Rios owners demonstrate so little care and respect for their guests when things go wrong - and have so little insight as to how their response continues to worsen the experience. This whole regrettable incident could very easily have been quickly and positively resolved with a different ownership response. It’s unfortunate that this ownership does not have the capacity to understand this. We cannot recommend Lapa Rios or any of the other lodges under this Boena ownership. --- Below are our own letters to Lapa Rios ownership, which we provide under TripAdvisor’s policy permitting original content written by us, with personal information removed. It does not include the two written ownership responses, which they are welcome to provide themselves under the same policy conditions. (1st letter to ownership) Dear (X), We are writing today to follow-up on an incident that occurred during our stay at Lapa Rios, from January 29 – February 2, 2022 (four nights). On the morning of January 30, while walking to breakfast on the canopy walkway that connects all the buildings at Lapa Rios, a board broke under (A)’s foot. The pieces of the board fell down to the forest floor, forty feet below. (A) managed to grab the railing and pull her leg out of the hole. We are sure you can appreciate how frightening it feels for a canopy walkway to break under your foot, or to watch your spouse fall through. (B) ran to get help from the main office. (A) sat and waited for assistance, and also ensured that no other guests fell through. Guests and Lapa Rios employees passing by expressed shock at what had happened. We were also in shock at what had happened. As the Lapa Rios manager was away for several days, the acting manager arrived with a first aid kit. (A) was given pain relief medication, and later ice. We consider it fortunate that (A) sustained a badly bruised foot, and minor scrapes, because the outcome could have been much more severe, especially if it had happened to someone with limited mobility, or to a child. As it was, the injury limited (A)’s ability to experience the guided activities without pain for the rest of our stay. Unfortunately, we were ultimately more shocked by the lodge’s subsequent response to the incident than by the incident itself. We appreciate that the lodge’s initial response was affected by the absence of the Lapa Rios manager at the time of the incident. When the manager returned to speak with us, thirty-four hours after the incident, we had a thorough conversation about what had happened, and what could be improved in terms of response and communication. But until that time, we did not receive any updates on actions being taken to check the safety of the canopy walkway, or to replace the defective and leaking gel pack we had been given as first aid. Lacking any updates as to what was happening behind the scenes, we were left to wonder if the lodge had any response whatsoever to this incident. We thank the kind staff who inquired how (A)’s foot was doing, but were quite amazed that there was no formal apology or acknowledgement of the seriousness of what had happened. We spoke with the manager to communicate that both the incident and the lodge response had seriously impacted our stay, and affected our ability to participate in the guided activities which were the reason we came to Lapa Rios. We asked what actions Lapa Rios would take to address this impact on their guests. We were, incrementally, offered a massage, a special dinner, and a room upgrade. As your manager may have communicated to you, we did not think these offers acknowledged the severity of what had happened. When there is an issue with a guest’s meal, a manager might offer a special dinner as a gesture of goodwill. If there is a plumbing issue with a guest’s room that takes a while to resolve, a manager might offer a complimentary room upgrade as a way of acknowledging the inconvenience to their guest. In our case, Lapa Rios was responsible for the failure of a critical piece of infrastructure, that caused an injury to one of its guests, and affected their ability to participate in guided activities throughout their stay. These are serious impacts that deserve an equally serious response. We believe that the manager made the various offers in good faith, but within the limits of what they were authorised to do. Therefore, when we requested some degree of refund for our stay, we asked the manager to relay this request directly to you, (X), as the owner of Lapa Rios, and the person ultimately responsible for the safety and experience of your guests. We were therefore truly shocked that your response to our request, as communicated by the manager, was a single word, “No” - without explanation or apology. And we were additionally taken aback that your only offer was to have a doctor examine (A)’s foot as soon as possible. Since you did not show any consideration for our request, you can perhaps understand why your offer of a doctor’s examination seemed to us more motivated by legal advice to limit your liability, than by a genuine concern for the welfare of your guests. We believe that guests and owners have a shared responsibility during a stay at any accommodation. If there is an issue that affects a guest’s stay, it is the guest’s responsibility to raise the issue directly with the management, so that there is an opportunity to correct the situation; and it is the management’s responsibility to listen to the guest, genuinely reflect on their responsibilities as the business owner, and take appropriate measures to resolve the issue. During our stay, we raised our concerns with your acting manager, your manager, and—through your management team—with you. We requested your direct contact information because we invite you, the owner of Lapa Rios, to address this serious incident with the professionalism and attention it deserves. To date, we have had no formal acknowledgment that a serious incident occurred at your lodge. We have had no apology for the impact on our stay. And we have not in any way received the response we expect from a lodge like Lapa Rios to indicate you care about your guests and their experience. We thank you for your time in reading this letter, and we look forward to your direct response indicating the steps you will take to resolve this incident satisfactorily. Sincerely, (A) and (B) --- (2nd letter to ownership) Dear (X), Thank you for replying to our letter. Thank you for acknowledging that this incident occurred during our stay. We are sorry that we do not seem to be understanding each other. From your response, it seems that your interpretation is that this was a minor incident that was immediately dealt with by your team, and that caused us no apparent concern during our stay. As we explained in our previous letter, the incident caused (A) pain throughout our stay. We had to alter our planned activities to accommodate this. We tried to make the best of our stay despite this injury. It did not make sense to us, as biologists in an amazing part of the world, to sit in our room all day and miss all the reasons we had come to Lapa Rios. However, even in making the best of the situation, dealing with the injury caused by a failure in your infrastructure meant that we had to spend considerable time dealing with the incident rather than enjoying the full experience that a paying customer of Lapa Rios should reasonably expect. Of our four-night stay, we lost a morning due to the immediate incident, hours required for resting and icing, as well as time required for follow up meetings with management. For the activities we did do, the options were limited to those where the pain could be managed. If you have understood that the medical response offered was declined, that is not accurate. We immediately accepted the pain medication and ointment offered by the assistant manager at the time of the incident, and we further requested ice packs. We are not sure what you mean by therapist, but we were initially offered a massage, which we did not think would be of use since the foot was too painful to touch. The offer for a medical doctor was not extended to us until 56 hours after the injury on the afternoon before our departure. What we were offered was a gel pack that leaked blue fluid all over (A)’s foot, and were not told that anyone was trying to find a replacement. When a new gel pack was found 24 hours later, it was left in a cooler in the room but the ice was never refreshed, so that it sat in a pool of water for days. As nobody checked with us about the ice pack or cooler afterwards, we needed to ask for ice several times a day from the restaurant and applied this to (A)’s foot ourselves. We find it very disappointing that we need to provide so much detail about the incident, instead of simply being believed when we say the response was not adequate. As we mentioned in our previous letter, we were not told that any part of the walkway was being checked for safety until we specifically requested a meeting with the manager, since no one had come to see us with follow-up information. We spent many hours during our stay waiting for a response, following-up with management, and now continuing to try and resolve this by multiple letters. We are disappointed that we need to repeat ourselves and go into yet more detail before you believe that all of this greatly impacted our stay. We do not understand your statement that you “take great care of your guests’ experiences”, and that your “guests’ well-being is of paramount importance”. We have now explained to you on multiple occasions that none of this has been a good experience for us. We do not understand how you can acknowledge that your lodge caused us an injury that affected our stay, and yet make no attempt to meet us even partway in our request to have some measure of refund. We should not have to request this repeatedly. If you truly valued your guests’ experience and well-being, you would be proactively looking for ways to make this right with us – and not placing the burden on your guests to be repeatedly requesting a respectful resolution to an incident for which you are responsible. We ask once again that you consider our request, and hope that we can resolve this situation amicably amongst ourselves. Sincerely, (A) and (B)
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded May 26, 2022
Greetings, We would like to provide clarity of your comments for TripAdvisor readers since we already provided very detailed answers to both of you through various private emails in the past months. At Lapa Ríos Lodge we take any incident with utmost seriousness, big or small. You mention that “Your guest fell through your defective 40-foot high canopy walkway.” To be clear, her body did not go through the walkway. What happened is that a board broke and one of her feet went through the hole. Our staff took quick action, our on-site manager immediately offered her medical assistance but it was declined by both of you. The walkway board was fixed and the others inspected by our maintenance team within minutes of the incident and that was later informed to both of you since she was concerned about this happening to someone else. Our staff followed up with her during your stay, putting cold packs in her room and offering to have the therapist check her foot, but she also didn't agree to the offer. Our house keeping staff did change the ice and asked constantly how she was feeling, if there was any need for medication that we could drive to Puerto Jimenez and buy it, etc and the answer was no. Both of you did activities the day after the incident, leading us to believe that she was indeed better. On the day of the incident both of you wanted to walk to the beach but were advised to take a car, which you both did. On the day after the incident, both of you did the waterfall hike, which has a high degree of difficulty, and the sunset bird tour. The next day, both of you did the Osa Trail. We are sorry about this unfortunate incident, our staff did follow the established protocols for such cases. Regards, Management
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ukrandomtraveller wrote a review May 2022
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Without doubt our best experience in Costa Rica. The hotel and grounds are stunning...a lovely spacious room overlooking the ocean...we watched the sun come up every day!. And once the sun is up all of the locals come to play in front of the balcony...macaws, monkeys, frogs toucans...so amazing. Every day we would walk up a boardwalk to the restaurant in the forest canopy and see so many things...and the mango tree next to the restaurant brought a constant stream of visitors. The staff were the most courteous and helpful I can ever remember...I had to get some printing and scanning done for work...absolutely no problem. The food was delicious...and a nice wine list too. We especially loved all of the in house trips...the night walk...the ridge hike....the rangers were so knowledgeable. We have a treasure trove of memories which will stay with us forever. Thank you to all of the wonderful staff...you are amazing! The only point for you to consider is that if you are unfit or unwilling some of the rooms are a hike to the restaurant on the boardwalk..but when booking just check with the hotel as there were rooms near the top!....But you will miss out on a great part of the experience of seeing more wildlife if you chose to avoid the hike!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded May 18, 2022
We are very glad to have you at Lapa Rios Lodge! Love your review and descriptions of your experience, the connection with Costa Rica's nature without sacrificing comfort. It is something we strive for every day here in the Osa Peninsula and our other 3 sister properties part of Böëna Wilderness Lodges, all located in unique areas of Costa Rica. Our amazing staff we are very proud of, they are an essential part of making Lapa Rios a success every day. We hope to have you both again in the near future, again immersed in the rainforest and enjoying adventures that the our destination offers. Pura Vida!
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Audrey L wrote a review May 2022
Toronto, Canada34 contributions27 helpful votes
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This was our third Böëna eco lodge and again really a beautiful setting with spectacular views of the Pacific, great rooms with indoor and outdoor showers, interesting meals, wonderful service from knowledgeable and friendly staff topped off with terrific wildlife experiences. Getting to the rooms gave us an opportunity to see wildlife up close and personal. One day while walking to lunch i encountered a spider monkey grabbing a mango from the ground and hanging upside down in a tree eating it. Another afternoon while sitting outside reading, a group of at least 10 squirrel monkeys jumped onto the roof of our outdoor shower and then climbed onto the railing and flew off into the trees. What a sight. The birding guides were great and made sure we saw as much as possible. We loved it.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded May 8, 2022
Thank you Audrey for your reviews of Lapa Rios Lodge and Böëna Wilderness Lodges. Our Böëna brand encompasses our sister lodges Pacuare Lodge, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge, all located in unique destination in Costa Rica and each with its own character. They do share in common immersion in nature and fauna, attention to detail, dining experiences, amazing staff dedicated to making guests feel right at home.
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Peter D wrote a review May 2022
San Francisco, California3 contributions
We had a great three days and would return in a heartbeat if it were less expensive. We got a great deal during Covid times and they were underbooked. The jungle tours were educational and varied. The food, cooked by a chef who looked like he was in high school, was fabulous. The rooms with screen walls were really neat. Overall it was a great experience.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded May 3, 2022
Hello Peter, from all us at Lapa Rios Lodge! All of our amazing staff, from kitchen to guides strive every day to ensure that guests have the best possible experience during their stay in the southern Osa Peninsula. Thank you for highlighting our culinary experience. Pura vida!
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James T wrote a review Apr 2022
York, United Kingdom7 contributions5 helpful votes
I first visited Lapa Rios six years ago and always wanted to return. After two false starts due to the Pandemic I finally made it this year. It was worth the wait! As has been documented many times, this is a very special place. I am a very keen nature lover and the environment here is an absolute treasure trove of birds, animals, reptiles (and insects, a particular passion of mine). The wonderful thing is that so much can be seen around the Lodge grounds, literally outside your room where I would wake up to Spider or Squirrel monkeys feeding in the surrounding tree or parrots eating mangoes from another . There are a number of in house guided tours, through the Rainforest, along the nearby coast and bird watching excursions. This though of course is a luxury hotel with all the amenities and service you would expect from such including a pool and Spa. There is gourmet food on a very varied menu, and special requests are graciously catered for. the staff are all professional, polite,friendly and so obliging, from the pick up at the airport to returning at the end of your stay. My room was airy and very comfortable with a large viewing deck, great views over the surrounding forest and the sea. The wildlife guides are all very knowledgeable and go out of their way to explain the wonders of the local environment. I could name every member of staff, all of whom helped make my stay such a memorable one. However, a particular mention to the guides who provided such a great wildlife watching experience, Edwin, Danilo, Jose, Frank and Jeffrey. Thanks too to Kattia and all her hard working staff.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded Apr 25, 2022
Hello James! We are glad to have you back at Lapa Rios Lodg to explore the exotic Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica! Thank you for your shout out to our amazing staff, who is always prepared to accommodate your needs, no matter how small they are. The viewing decks on our rooms are the place to start connecting with the flora and fauna within our private reserve such as the monkeys and parrots you witnessed. Consider in the future visiting any of our sister properties: Pacuare Lodge, Tortuga Lodge and Monteverde Lodge, all located in unique areas of Costa Rica.
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Kirstin P wrote a review Apr 2022
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Magical is the word that comes to mind when I think of our stay at Lapa Rios. Between the time we first stepped out of the van and arrived with the concierge to our bungalow, we spotted howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, two different varieties of toucans and a giant lizard. This was just in the first 10 minutes! This was typical that every time you set foot outside the bungalow, you were surrounded by wildlife. The facilities and accommodations were all first class. The food was gourmet 5 star quality. The VIEWS! Breathtaking. What makes this place so special though, besides the complete immersion in wildlife, are the amazing staff and guides. We took advantage of the on site guided hikes each day ( I think we did almost all of them!), only leaving the property to do a surf lesson with an outside vendor (highly recommend). The guides are experienced, knowledgeable and engaging. The staff were kind, helpful and always professional. Thank you Jose, Frank, Edwin, Andreas, Anthony, Danil, Jose, Ivan, Vilma and Henry (I'm sure I'm forgetting some!) for making this the trip of a lifetime! Pura Vida!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded Apr 9, 2022
Hello Kristin from all of us at Lapa Ríos Lodge! We are delighted that you got to experience the thriving flora and fauna of Costa Rica's unique Osa Peninsula, right on our property within the first 10 minutes of your stay! Thank you for highlighting our amazing staff, all for the surrounding communities. As you mentioned in your review, they are part of the magic makering here at Lapa Rios! Our bungalows do provide all of the comforts but stepping out of them brings you into the surrounding rainforest. Glad your enjoyed your surfing lessons! The souther Pacific coast offers some of the best, more secluded surfing spots in Costa Rica. Our lodge is part of Böëna Wilderness Lodges, dedicated to keeping the paradises where we operate for the enjoyment and wonder of generations to come!
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Kathryn E wrote a review Mar 2022
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I am beyond passionate about the experience that my husband and I had at Lapa Rios for our honeymoon in early February. This was the most incredible travel experience either of us have had. Here is why: The People: The staff at Lapa Rios were amazing. They thought of absolutely everything and "no" was simply not an answer. They always went above and beyond to give us the experience that we wanted at every step of the way. They were also genuine, interesting, kind, and personable people that we loved getting to know over the course of the 5 night we were there. We were sad to leave them at the end of our time! The Location: This was magic. The entire lodge/resort including bungalows are in the canopy of the rainforest overlooking the ocean. We woke up every morning either to the sunrise coming into our bungalow (we chose to keep the shades open) or to wildlife starting their days around us. We sat on our porch drinking the fresh coffee delivered to our door overlooking the sun rising over the ocean and watching as the scarlet macaws ate nuts in the tree next to our bungalow. Pure magic! The tours: Lapa Rios has amazing nature guides that led us through the rainforest every day. They were knowledgeable and passionate day after day regardless of what we were seeing and who was on the tour. If you are a nature lover, this place is for you! The food: Every meal was a 3 course masterpiece that we got to enjoy in the beautiful environment and alongside fun, delicious local juices and drinks. We took a fishing charter out one day and brought home fish we caught. The chef cooked us up a multi-course meal with the fish we had caught that day! Again, always going above and beyond. Overall, we cannot recommend this experience enough. We were there for 5 nights which felt perfect for us before we continued our travels around Costa Rica. If you love nature and luxury, this is the place for you. Of course, remember that this is in the middle of the rainforest, so know there is going to be some bugs and lizards, but it's honestly amazing. Please go visit this place!! You will not regret it! We will certainly be back!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded Mar 29, 2022
A big hello Kathryn and your husband from from your friends at Lapa Rios Lodge. Thank you for your amazingly detailed recommendation and heartfelt review of your honeymoon in the lush Osa Peninsula. Yes, we are relatively isolated, if you are seeking a true rainforest experience while enjoying amazing cuisine, freshy brewed coffee at sunrise at your bungalow. That does not mean that our guests are isolated from sharing with locals, that make up our dedicated staff, from cooks to naturalist guides. We hope to have you both back in a future anniversary! Also consider our sister lodges: Pacuare Lodge, Monteverde Lodge and Tortuga Lodge.
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PRICE RANGE
$1,095 - $1,608 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
lapa rios ecolodge hotel playa matapalo
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaCabo Matapalo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lapa Rios Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Lapa Rios Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Lapa Rios Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lapa Rios Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lapa Rios Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Buena Esperanza, Briza Azul Restaurant, and Fusión Food.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lapa Rios Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Lapa Rios Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Lapa Rios Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lapa Rios Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Lapa Rios Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.