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Lapa Rios Lodge

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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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Free parking
Free internet
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Free breakfast
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Free shuttle or taxi services
Spa
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Public wifi
Outdoor pool
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Full body massage
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Ocean view
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English, Spanish
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Judi W wrote a review Nov 2021
Orlando, Florida287 contributions117 helpful votes
I knew we were in for a super experience when we got off the 12 passenger Sansa flight from San Jose and were greeted by a Lapa Rios staff member who escorted us to their own office at the small airport. She had fresh cold coconut drinks for us and there was a clean restroom. This was perfect before beginning a 50 minute ride to Lapa Rios on a very bumpy road. It would be nice if the Government would grade and improve the road. When we arrived at Lapa Rios we were greeted by several staff members. We were welcomed and taken to our room which was Villa # 16. It had a plunge pool and outdoor shower. The room was gorgeous and so was the view. It took us 6 minutes to walk from our room to the restaurant. There are a lot of steps, but we liked the workout and exercise. The on-site and off-site activities were explained to us and we signed up for what we wanted to do during our visit of four nights. We enjoyed the ridge and Osa trail hikes. We used their rubber boots on our first hike which went to two waterfalls. The boots were great when we had to cross a stream. The other hike was dry enough that we used our own hiking boots. We also enjoyed having "lunch with a guide". Edwin was our guide on our first hike and he joined us for lunch. I highly recommend having lunch with a guide. Edwin has so much knowledge about Lapa Rios and the entire Osa Peninsula. We went to the beach one morning and the staff brought beach chairs and a cooler. They will come and pick you you up whenever you want. My husband went rappelling while I had a 90 minutes massage in our Villa. The massage with Laura was wonderful. My husband loved the rappelling and wants to do more of the same. The food is outstanding. I had delicious Cappaccinos every morning with Costa Rica breakfasts. Every meal was wonderful. I also bought a cook book called "The Lapa Rios Story". It has recipes as well as describing building the resort. I highly recommend a visit to Lapa Rios and we can't wait to go back. Every staff member went out of their way to take care of every need we may have.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: Villa 16 and 17 have good views. We stayed in 16. Most rooms have water views. A few have...
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Responded 1 week ago
Hello Judy, from the exotic Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica! Indeed the Lapa Rios experience starts even before you arrive to our lodge, thanks to our amazing and attentive staff, each of whom will make you feel right at home. It seems that you and your husband tried many of the activities we offer: Pampering at our spa, rappelling, rainforest hikes, onsite and offsite tours, beach escapade and of course our unique dining experience. And nothing like freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee! We hope to have you back in the future, also consider our three other sister lodges, each one unique, all part of Boena Wilderness Lodges.
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TanMD wrote a review Nov 2021
Gig Harbor, Washington510 contributions122 helpful votes
A first class nature experience. The comforts of great food, luxe accomodations, super service, and wildlife that pose for you. We came to see animals and birds and were not disappointed. Actually, some of the best bird watching and monkey sightings were right from the decks and walkways of the resort. We had thought that in order to see animals we would be going on the several hiking tours, but they actually came to us. The only sloths we saw were at the entrance to the lodge. Guides, Frank, Edwin, Jose, Daniello were knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about their tours and sightings. We especially liked the morning and evening bird walks. When they warn you about the steps you have to take from some of the rooms, they are not kidding.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: We had room 10 which was midway between the lower level and the lodge, and a reasonable distance...
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Darryl from the southern Pacific of Costa Rica! Thank you for sharing your experiences while at Lapa Rios Lodge and our knowledgeable guides. A staggering 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity is found on the Osa Peninsula, including a number of endangered and endemic species. The reserve where our lodge is situated is the perfect place to observe the lush flora and fauna of the exotic Osa Peninsula. Sometimes from your own room and/or restaurant deck! In a future visit to Costa Rica, consider staying at any of our sister lodge: Boena Wilderness Lodges.
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Karen F wrote a review Nov 2021
new orleans, United States6 contributions2 helpful votes
Loved loved Lapa Rios Lodge! My husband and I stayed 3 nights and enjoyed every minute. Our room was private and beautiful with exeptional views. We took part in most of the hikes offered and every guide was knowledgeable about the rain forest and wildlife. The staff was so wonderful, we were well taken care of. The food was always gourmet! Can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: The views!!
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Karen, 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. Our hikes allow guests to discover some of the planet’s most treasured areas, while helping to protect them for generations to come. Thank you for highlighting our culinary experience. We hope to have both of you back in the near future!
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Julie W wrote a review Oct 2021
Manassas, Virginia7 contributions5 helpful votes
Stayed here for 4 nights at the beginning of our trip to Costa Rica. If you haven't been to CR before, might suggest saving this to the end of your trip so you can appreciate just how amazing it is, in comparison. We saw more wildlife on the walk to our room on the first day than the entire remainder of our trip. Sloth in a tree near the entrance. Viper napping near the pool. Monkeys eating coconuts by the restaurant. Toucans outside our room entrance. That was in the first 20 minutes of being on the property. Highly recommend the Corcovado tour, Pigs & Twigs, night hike, and a walk to the waterfall (if you go on your own and not on the tour, chances are good of having it to yourself). Magical! The staff are rightfully proud of all of the work that goes into helping visitors experience the splendor of the Osa with minimal impact on the environment. Love that the new owners share these ideals and have maintained the integrity and mission of the property. A little quiet/sleepy perhaps for families with kids, or if you are expecting a raucous resort experience. But if you can relax and soak up the natural beauty, you are in for a treat. Evening thunderstorms in the cool open-air villas were spectacular. Just go. You will not regret it.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Request a room near the lodge if stairs are an issue. However, our walk to our room every day...
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Responded Oct 6, 2021
Hello Julie 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! Thank you for the tour recommendations and your highlighting our amazing staff, all for the surrounding communities. 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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Dee C wrote a review Jul 2021
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Our luxe 4 night stay at beautifully designed Lapa Rios was amazing. Villa 12 is a magnificent space with a huge deck, indoor and outdoor showers, a plunge pool and spectacular view of the Pacific-- a wonder of natural design and comfort, including a mysterious silent cooling device over the bed. June starts rainy season; we had beautiful mornings/mid-days in the upper 80s with dramatic showers on 2 evenings and gorgeous stars on others-- great to watch from our open-air villa, deck or pool. Magically, excellent coffee appeared at 4:45am, before the vivid sunrises. (Howlers are the wakeup call.) We came over-prepared for intense heat, humidity, monsoons, scorpions, swarms of mosquitos. LOL. Yes, it’s humid with a long pathway/steep steps to 12, but the engaging staff happily gave lifts to meals and activities whenever we needed/wanted it. Never a bug bite. Food is delicious, plentiful and fresh. Staff works seamlessly to please guests of all ages/backgrounds/interests. (Kids & teens looked happy and engaged; birders satisfied.) Red macaws, toucans, parrots, sloths, Morpho butterflies, etc. abound. We did activities on site, and also relaxed. The naturalist on hikes and waterfalls swims had an astonishing breadth, and coordinated a last-minute request for an afternoon at the beach. (Other guests said the Bioluminescence, Night Tours and boat trip to Corcovado were absolute must-dos.) Great cocktails and desserts in the evenings. Lapa Rios is SO memorable. Worth every penny.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Responded Jul 22, 2021
Hola from all of us at Lapa Rios Lodge! Glad that you got to experience our amazing Lapa Villas, the plunge pool is a treat to relax and enjoy the amazing views of our lush southern Pacific coast. You did find Nirvana in Costa Rica! Early morning risers will benefit of the sunrises, howler monkeys are in charge of the wake up call! ;) It seems your family had a chance to fully experience Lapa Rios and the exotic Osa Peninsula and its fauna, rainforest and beaches. And thank you for your kind comments about our professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff. We hope to have you back at Lapa Rios in the future and at any other of our sister lodges, Boena Wilderness Lodges.
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PRICE RANGE
$818 - $1,396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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.