My husband and I spent the first four days of our honeymoon here, and it was the highlight of our trip! Lapa Rios is the perfect mix of luxury and rustic, adventure and relaxation, surrounded by wild animals but staffed with wonderful people who will meet your every need!
Main areas: The lodge is set on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, so from the lodge/dining/pool areas you get a view of both the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce! The breeze is lovely, and we spent many hours at the pool and on the decks enjoying the views and reading with a cocktail in hand. Just in the main areas we saw macaws, toucans, coatis, agoutis, spider monkeys and even a sloth! Lizards, spiders and other creatures are always around, but in a good way - you come here to experience the rainforest after all!
Room: AMAZING! We were in 16, which was a little more private than the longer rows of bungalows, and had a jungle view with a window to the water. I loved watching the birds and monkeys roam the trees as I sipped my coffee (delivered to your room at 6am!) on the balcony. Though we did see a few lizards and bugs in the room, the screens kept out most critters while still letting in the breeze and jungle noises. The first two mornings the howler monkeys woke me up at 5am - but if you settle into rising with the sun and sleeping at 8/9pm after dinner, 5am feels great! Take the opportunity to settle into nature's rhythms!
Food: TO DIE FOR! We swear that all the best chefs of the world have relocated to Costa Rica! We loved the club sandwich, fish tacos, fish soup, pork tenderloin, and the cocktail menu (Green Breeze, mmm...). Food is included, and you don't have to be shy about ordering everything you want for 3 course lunches and dinners - you have to fuel yourselves for hiking, of course! We also had a private dinner on the pool deck our last night with sparking wine :) At first it was kind of awkward to be out there alone in the dark, but then the stars came out and it was BEAUTIFUL.
Activities: The included hikes by the Lapa Rios guides were great - you get to move, explore, and have a guide to answer your questions along the way. We did Osa, matapalo, waterfall, night walk, and sustainability and enjoyed them all. I loved going in the low season so that the hikes were only a few people. We also did a private boat whale watching and snorkling tour ($390 for 1-5 people) which was awesome - saw 6 humpback whales including two babies, a group of dolphins, and some colorful fish in the Golfo Dulce. But beware the jellyfish!
Staff: Everyone was so lovely - guides, waitstaff and front desk! All were very helpful, taking time to chat and make suggestions.
A few other notes: You should definitely be fit to handle walking around the property and the activities. Make sure you've arranged your activities/transportation for your next hotel BEFORE you get cut off from the internet! I loved disconnecting, but it was a pain to ask the front desk to contact our next hotel to set things up - I prefer to handle logistics myself.
I would 100% recommend Lapa Rios for folks who love the outdoors, good food and relaxing while overlooking rainforests, oceans and animals!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapa Rios Ecolodge Hotel Playa Matapalo