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Lapa Rios Lodge

Cabo Matapalo Costa Rica
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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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David wrote a review Jun 19
Ashland, Massachusetts11 contributions
This resort is phenomenal. If you want a real Costa Rica Experience and not that of a chain hotel that you can get on any Caribbean island, this is the place. I can’t stay enough good things about the staff and how professional and well trained they are. The customer service is a ten; as is the food. Most everything is locally sourced and you choose from the daily menu earlier in the day as it is prepared on demand. The head chef is a very young woman who cooks with the experience I have a 40 year veteran. The rooms/ cabins are perfect with breathtaking views of sunrise as they are facing east. I had coffee delivered each morning at 5 AM and was on my private secluded deck watching the sunrise listening to the howler monkeys each morning by 5:30. The excursions offered are not the cruise ship style canned adventure but significantly more personable. Too, the free excursions offered on the property by the five or so full-time nature guides are wonderful. They have adventure for every level of fitness, but one can choose to do a significant amount of hiking and see every creature on the Osa Peninsula as well as beautiful waterfalls. It is not inexpensive, but you certainly get what you pay for. My wife and I will most definitely be back for another visit.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Plan at least four days if you can. We stayed seven, and could easily have stayed longer.
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded 4 days ago
We are very glad to have you David and your wife at Lapa Rios Lodge! Love your description of the Osa Peninsula and our lodge as a real Costa Rica Experience, it is something we strive for every day here and our other 3 sister properties part of Böëna Wilderness Lodges, all located in unique areas of Costa Rica. Our amazing staff is something we are very proud of, they are an essential part of making Lapa Rios a success every day. A cup of freshly brewed Costa Rica coffee is a must for early risers such as you to enjoy our spectacular sunrises, vistas and the sounds of the rainforest waking up. Howler monkeys deliver a good wake up call ;) 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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Greg Wintroub wrote a review Jun 17
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This is beautiful and isolated eco lodge. We are a couple in our 70's and went with our 14 year old grandson. The staff is unbelievable and accommodating. Highest regards for the 5 rangers. They accommodated all of our requests and carefully planned trips to allow for our physical abilities. The food was excellent and well presented. After long walks and lots of bird watching and rainforest experiences it was great to come back to the lodge for a glass of fresh juice and the smiles of the staff. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. There is no air conditioning but lots of fans and ventilation. Do be prepared to walk up and down both in the rainforest and between the rooms and lodge. Great for families and couples -- kids should probably be 8 or older. While the pool is wonderful and wifi works well there is no TV. The combination of nature, great staff, and the ability to learn and grow is exceptional.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: As mentioned, be prepared to walk. Even "close in" rooms are a hike.
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for sharing your experiences at Lapa Rios Lodge and for bringing your grandson to explore the exotic Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica! We are glad that age wasn't an issue for your trips, our amazing staff is always prepared to accommodate your needs, no matter how small they are. We really appreciate your kind words about our onsite team, they are an integral part of making a stay at Lapa Rios memorable! 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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LindsayPaige wrote a review Jun 14
Landenberg, Pennsylvania76 contributions74 helpful votes
My experience with the Lapa Rios team began more than a year ago. I was planning my honeymoon as a welcome COVID distraction when I found Lapa Rios through a luxury travel marketing book I had received some time ago. In reading about Lapa Rios, I also learned about the Pacuare Lodge. In short order, we decided to visit both locations, so I reached out to the Lapa Rios travel team to help coordinate a connection between the two properties. Our travel coordinator Nicole went beyond the two properties and coordinated the entire trip. She was wonderful to work with throughout the year: patient, creative, attentive, and friendly. While COVID prevented the wedding, we decided to move forward with the trip and Nicole made us feel special the whole way. So, I could not honestly review this property without first giving my sincerest thanks to Nicole for developing a great itinerary and managing the logistics flawlessly for the entire 11 days we were traveling around Costa Rica. And I mean FLAWLESS. From planes to cars to boats, there was not one hiccup during the whole trip. We arrived at Lapa Rios in the morning, greeted promptly at the airstrip with coconut water and a smile. I loved that we arrived early because it gave us the entire day to enjoy our spectacular villa and the beautiful grounds. There are no words to describe how beautiful this place is - it's truly stunning. Within hours upon arrival two scarlet macaws perched in the tree by our villa, the monkeys were swinging in the trees and we were full and happy from our first (of many) delicious meals. We had enough time to hike the beach and return in time for cocktails and bocas before dinner. The cocktails were great, the snacks were appreciated and dinner was fantastic. It happened to be my birthday on arrival day, so they made a special dessert and wished me a happy birthday. Lovely. The next day, we visited Corcovado with our guide Edwin, who was very knowledgeable and passionate about Osa and the wildlife. For us, this was a can't miss trip - we saw monkeys, a Tapir, a Crested Owl, Cuotis and so many birds. We loved it and we were grateful we decided to spend the time and money to do it. If you plan to do this trip, take the advice from Lapa Rios and get an early cold breakfast, a sandwich for the boat trip, and a cooler of cold drinks for the ride back. Don't be shy about it - it's a very long day and you will appreciate the sustenance. The following two days we relaxed, enjoyed our villa, and did the Waterfall Hike and the Osa Trail hike. I highly recommend both tours. All of our meals were really great. I could drink their watermelon juice every day for the rest of my life and be happy. The standout dishes for us were the Green Gazpacho (and, really, all the cold soups), the Ceviches, the Octopus and Risotto dishes, specifically the Gaucho Rice. Someone back in the kitchen really understands risotto! Rodney, our bartender/waiter for much of the time, also snuck me out the recipe for the Green Gazpacho. Thanks Rodney! The people onsite pulled the entire experience together for us. Everyone you meet is so friendly. It's clear that they love the property, great hospitality and, most importantly, the Osa Peninsula. Thanks to everyone who made our stay special, we won't forget you or the experience you delivered to us. TL, DR: Our trip to Costa Rica was my beacon of light throughout 2020, and the actual experience delivered the dream. Feel free to message me with questions and please see my other review on the Pacuare experience.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Lapa Villa 16 has an amazing view and is very private. It is a hike to the main lodge, which was...
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Lapa Rios Lodge + Pacuare Lodge: The perfect pairing! Lindsay, we sincerely appreciate your kind words about our amazing travel coordinator Nicole, for putting together a flawless 11 day trip between our properties, in relatively isolated locations in Costa Rica. We will relay your thanks to her and to the rest of our onsite staff. Our lodge is the perfect choice to relax, enjoy our trails in our private reserve and nearby beaches while immersed in flora and fauna (and scarlet macaws) right your villa. Also we are the home base for exploring Costa Rica’s exotic Osa Peninsula and one of our most important national parks: Corcovado. It is a day long day but worth while! When preparing Green Gazpacho, you’ll remember this trip! :) We are very proud to have delivered an unforgettable experience during this and the past year and a chance to celebrate your birthday and preweddingmoon in two exotic destinations in Costa Rica!
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Nate B wrote a review May 2021
Marietta, Georgia131 contributions88 helpful votes
As the reviews consistently point out, this is a beautiful place. Rather than repeat all that (lots of steps, etc.), I'll just say that when you stay here make sure you take advantage of every guided experience possible. The guides are incredibly well-trained - impossible to stump them. You will see more than you ever thought you could and you will learn some very cool stories about the natural world.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: Villas are not far apart, they are well-screened for visual privacy but not for blocking loud...
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded May 15, 2021
Thank you Nate for your review! We are very proud of our amazing guides who know the flora and fauna of the exotic Osa península like the back of their hand. And yes, even if you are not a morning person, it is worth getting up early to enjoy our sunrises, while sipping a cup of freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee. We hope to have you again in the near future or at any of our sister lodges.
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Sean B wrote a review May 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
I have never been more disappointed in a business in my life. After booking a 5-night stay at Lapa Rios, we decided that we just weren’t comfortable traveling internationally yet due to COVID. We canceled 45 days in advance… and they have REFUSED to provide any refund at all. Per their own cancelation policy, reservations that cancel more than 30 days prior are subject to a 96% refund. THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR OWN CANCELATION POLICY. They have stopped returning emails, they haven’t returned a dime, and I am left with no recourse other than to post publicly about what amounts to THEFT. Horrible and dishonest businesses like this don’t deserve to continue operating. I strongly encourage you look elsewhere for lodging while in Costa Rica - there are plenty of hotels that honor their word and don’t steal from customers.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded May 19, 2021
Sean, we understand your concern about not traveling internationally due to COVID 19 back in May 2020. A credit note was offered and accepted with you eventually requesting booking dates in June 2021. After cancelling the second booking dates in June 2021, we again extended the credit note through 2022, honoring the original rates. Our agent has been in contact throughout this year and a half. We hope that you can book a future trip to Costa Rica and experience the exotic Osa Peninsula.
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$818 - $1,396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lapa Rios Lodge offers an airport shuttle 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.