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Lapa Rios Ecolodge Osa Peninsula
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Reviewed January 6, 2008

We really enjoyed this place, but think it is also way overpriced for what it is. It was a fantastic experience though and here are a few thoughts on it:

Value: We paid about $650/night and were surprised to hear that alcohol is not included. It also felt cheap that they limited us to 2 tours. I can understand giving priority to people who haven’t gone on 2 tours yet, but more should be included (I’d feel ripped off if I paid an additional $30 for a night tour that was mediocre). The place is very nice, but not quite nice enough to justify the price.

Facilities & Grounds: Our cabin was great. We loved how private it felt and the view it offered of the forest in the foreground and coast in the distance. We were surprised at how much of a hike it was from our room to the main lodge (we were in cabin 10 and it was about 175 steps…NOT exaggerating…ask for cabins 3-8 as they are only about 55 steps). We felt a robe should have been provided, but that wasn’t the biggest deal. The grounds were in great shape and the access to wildlife was amazing! We saw tons of monkeys and toucans, and a bunch of other things like macaws, snakes, lizards, spiders, a sloth, and much more. It wasn’t until we went to other places like Monteverde that we really appreciated how great animal access at Lapa Rios is. My biggest piece of advice for spotting animals is to talk to staff and other guests as quickly as possible about tips on how to spot things because we found we saw a lot more towards the end of our visit simply because we knew where to look and what signs to look for (i.e., a tree branch shaking abnormally usually meant there was a monkey in it). We were surprised at far away the beach is and what a mediocre one it was. The pool was just okay too. Spend some time sitting around by the pool or on the decks and overlooks as you are bound to see interesting wildlife just by being patient (tip: eat breakfast and lunch on the outdoor area).

Food: It was hit or miss. Breakfast was great (particularly the banana pancakes). Lunch had a great variety of choices and we found some great items (particularly the smoked tuna sandwich with mango, the gazpacho, the flan of the day and the ginger cookies). Dinner was consistently disappointing though as we had only 3 choices and we usually didn’t love any of them. None of our dinner mains were anything special during our entire stay. Feel free to ask for a juice or snack any time of day.

Service & Staff: Generally this was very good, but there were too many fumbles for the 5 star price we paid. Don’t count on the “wake up knock” as they forgot it one day with us (set a back up). Also, don’t count on the wake up drink delivery as they brought the wrong thing (we asked for tea and got one pot of coffee and another of hot water without any tea bags). Double check your bill as they also tried to overcharge us for an excursion we had.

Other activities: Highly recommend doing the dolphin swim and wildlife sanctuary visit. The sanctuary visit was incredible as there were a couple monkeys that jump all over you and we learned a lot about them and most of the other animals around (sloths, toucans, macaws, etc.). Make sure the boat operator stays focused on finding you dolphins though as ours showed us too many turtles and birds and we never actually got to swim with the dolphins (the only time we found them they were hunting and we were told we shouldn’t go in the water with them then). Have Lapa Rios pack you a picnic lunch for the trip.

  • Stayed: December 2007
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7  Thank SEANinSoCal
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Reviewed January 1, 2008

Fantastic lodge extremely well run. The staff is extremely courteous and helpful. The guides are great. The rooms are very special. The food is very good. There should be more places like this.
The setting is fantastic great opportunity to view wildlife. Great to either kick back and relax or take part in the various activities available.

  • Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed December 20, 2007

Lapa Rios is top notch. We stayed there as part of our Honeymoon and had the time of our life. If you enjoy the outdoors combined with a little comfort, this is a sure bet. The staff are wondeful, the guides are excellent, and the encounter with nature is truly special. We will especially miss the wake-up knock and the morning call from the howler monkeys. If you can afford the price tag, this is a great experience and we would definetely do it again for an anniversary.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JoshFromCanada
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Reviewed December 17, 2007

We absolutely love Lapa Rios! The setting is incomparable, the rooms are private and lovely, and the food amazing.

Ok, so getting there was a bit of a challenge, but once there we were greeted immediately with fresh tropical juice, amazing views, and friendly service. The rooms had screened windows, outdoor garden showers, and lovely bathrooms. Imagine our suprise the first morning as we're showering and a coati runs by just outside the window!

The night hike and hike with a local shaman were very memorable as was the incredible massage we got! Best massage I've ever had. We enjoyed a sea kayaking trip where local fishermen pulled their boat up beside us and shared a portion of their day's catch! The 'lapas' (scarlet macaws), howler monkeys, coatis, iguanas, etc. were so close and undisturbed that we went almost unnoticed.

Another thing not to be missed is a visit to the local school. We brought supplies and gifts for them, but they were closed when we were there so we didn't get to visit. Next time!

Truly, it was like being in the Garden of Eden. Amazing people, incredible setting, and great service make this a place we look forward to visiting again. But maybe we'll try their Nicaragua resort first... : )

  • Stayed: January 2003, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank FunLovin'
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Reviewed November 25, 2007

Our extended family (including 3 children and 2 grandparents) spent Thanksgiving at Lapa Rios. We absolutely loved the resort. It is nestled in the rain forest, and we were able to see many birds and animals right from our bungalow. Because there are only 16 bungalows, the service is very personalized. We took several hikes into the rain forest with the Lapa Rios guides and found them to be most personable and knowledgeable -- especially Nito and Alberto. The one outside tour we did to the animal rehab facility across the gulf was very interesting. The kids loved playing with the monkeys and seeing the other animals up close. We hope to return to Lapa Rios someday!

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank paseoal
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