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Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

Our family (children ages 8 and 10) enjoyed four nights in a center bungalow in May. My husband and I loved the modern and thoughtful design of our bungalow. The cool, dark interior surrounded by lush green forrest was soothing and zen. And my kids loved coming “home” to a special new treat left on our bed each evening. The outdoor showers with local bath products were divine! The care that was put into this beautiful resort is very unique. The center bungalows are placed carefully into nature and feel very private. The main building of the resort is beautiful and surrounded by amazing wildlife and flowering fruit trees. We were lucky enough to see howler and capuchin monkeys, and toucans right from table! And the pools are incredible. We loved testing the different temperatures of the three mineral pools. The crystal clear thermal river is paradise- with multiple swimming holes surrounded by monkeys, Jesus Lizards, iguanas and exotic birds. And the zip-lining is a must do.... Exhilarating, beautiful and the guides were so fun while still making us feel safe.

With all this said, the most amazing thing about Rio Perdido is the staff. I have traveled throughout Asia and Europe and have never encountered a more genuinely helpful, friendly and attentive staff. As we were leaving my children said how much they were going to miss our “friends”. I am sorry I didn’t write down all the names of the people who made our stay so special- but I did manage to remember a few names. Emanuel made sure every detail of our stay was perfect from a lovely check-in - to bringing a surprise birthday treat to her by the pool - and finally preparing a delicious farewell picnic lunch for our drive back to San Jose. Alejandro made the best poolside drinks ever while also pointing out plants and wildlife to my kids. Ariel guided a truly adventurous night walk with scorpions, bats, spiders with claws and a pitch dark zip line! He was so knowledgeable and wonderful with our children. We cannot wait to go back to Rio Perdido again!

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Morgan.

This is my favorite review of the month. These words serve as pure impetus to our dedicated team; it keeps this labour of love kindled! I thank you, on behalf of the entire Rio Perdido team.

I want to clarify that it does not take luck to spot monkeys here. It is basically a daily guarantee. The question is how many species and different troops will you see. Most popular are the very charismatic and "pura vida" howlers. They have thrived within the reserve, as the big cats generally keep a distance from humans... and we have zero tolerance for poachers and hunters... everyone in the region knows that. So we see larger and more healthy troops every season. We recently had a few ant-eaters return after a few months of absence. We have kinkajous, possums, arboreal porcupines, ocelots, pumas... trogons, herons, jays, misc hawks, tucans... and soooo many species of reptiles and amphibians. Some people have asked us if we bring animals in on a regular basis. We don't... it simply happens...

The "crystal clear thermal river" is precisely the "why" behind this project. We knew that we had to secure it from what would have most likely been a bad case of overexploitation. You and all of our guests noted that when you descend within the thermal canyon, it is rare to see other people. That was one of our goals.

The Center Bungalows: yes, we spent two years developing what may seem like a simple design. But I could write a book about the applied architectural and scientifically based wellness concepts. In simple terms, people feel the conscious creativity and decision making that was invested... guests feel at "home", as you mentioned. Loved ones connect with eachother. We are thrilled with the results!

Finally: the staff... they are wonderful, amazing, talented. We have truly assembled a dream team here.

Morgan, we very much look forward to hosting you again. Remember: we do our best to spoil every single one of our guests... but we always do something extra-special for our returning guests. Let us know...!

PURA VIDA.

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Reviewed May 9, 2019

We loved the Zip Line tour with Juan Diego and Marvin. Highly recommend it. Juan Diego and Marvin made it simple and fun. Perfect way to spend the morning. Love Rio Perdido so far. Now off to the thermal river/hot springs.

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey Coach!

Thanks for the review. We're thrilled that at the time of writing, it had been a good visit... and we hope that it simply got better as the day progressed! It seems that you were a day visitor and not a hotel guest. We'll kindly ask TripAdvisor to place the review under the attraction listing (yes, we have two listings; one if for hotel guests and the other is for our day visitors), as the experiences are differentiated.

Cheers-

Gabriel

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Reviewed May 7, 2019

I can’t say enough about Rio Perdido! My husband and I stayed in Bungalo 10 and had an amazing view of Howler monkeys every morning in Capuchin by the pool in the afternoon! The property is just breathtaking, feels like you’re in the treetops! Lush, green in perfectly humid. Two rivers run on either side of the property and the sound of the water is so relaxing! Such an incredibly beautiful place!
The staff goes above and beyond and take the time to get to know you, it’s a very personal experience. Kind a like a cruise, but way better!
I think Mario stood out the most, he was super helpful and welcoming. just a really cool guy! Can’t wait to come back to see him again!
Daniel is also amazing and helpful and so many ways, really a great guy!
Stephanie is super sweet and really helped me with my Spanish, she’s awesome!
Albert is just the BEST and Kendall was hilarious! They really stood out as some of our servers , took great care of us every single night and always made us laugh.
Erwin, Kalina, Roy and Arial really stood out too, as well as a few others whose names we didn't catch.
They hugged us when we left and made it really hard to leave! They’re just really cool, genuine people and we honestly can’t wait to go back! Puravida!

Room tip: Bungalows 10 and 11 had a front row view for monkeys
Date of stay: April 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Neicy, what a warm review!

You have mentioned very special members of our all-star team. These are wonderful individuals that serve you, our conscious-minded guests, with a perfect combination of attentiveness and "from the heart" TLC. This is the main formula behind the Rio Perdido concept. Add this to the 600-acre reserve, the "unique in the world" thermal gorge, with its dozens of completely natural warm river pools... and well, it is "truly amazing".

Bungalow 10, and all of the other "blue East Bungalows" have access to that special, permanent sound of rushing water. It's great, indeed.

Neicy, it's great to know that you'll be back; hopefully in the near future! Please let us know ahead of time, as we always go the extra mile for our repeat guests, and insure a completely fresh experience, guaranteeing new sights and activities.

PURA VIDA.

Gabriel

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Reviewed May 1, 2019

We stayed two nights at this spectacular hotel that features great pools, a nice spa, zip lining, a thermal river and wonderful walks in the forest...all in one single property.
The rooms are cottage like, simple but clean and ok. Maybe a bit far off from the main building though.
The one thing that was unfortunately disappointing was the food, both breakfast and dinner. If you are that far off the beaten track and basically forced to eat at the hotel, you would definitely expect more. We stayed during our trip throughout Costa Rica in seven hotels and the food at Rio Perdido was at the bottom of our list.

Date of stay: April 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there!

First off, I wanted to thank you for posting your review. I do wish that you would have gone into a bit more detail. We always hope that all feedback - especially that which is negative - offers us concrete ways to improve. Otherwise, it's just a complaint, really.

Regarding the distance from the bungalows to the reception: I am on Google Earth right now, corroborating that the distances oscillate from 150 to 250m, depending on which room was assigned to you. Guests can always call reception and ask for pickup, as our electric cars run 24hrs a day. There is rarely any waiting as we always have at least 2 cars available and only 30 bungalows on the property. It is worth mentioning that the vast majority of visitors to Rio Perdido are active people whom enjoy the scenic walks. There are always several paths and trails to chose from, which makes getting around a beautiful adventure, in and of itself. Everyday you are guaranteed to see amazing fauna that you are unlikely to see elsewhere.

TTP: based on this particular comment regarding the walking distances, I feel that you may have not read up on Rio Perdido prior to making the decision to visit.

Regarding you disappointing food experience: we all regret this. We make a serious and permanent effort to provide delicious and healthy cuisine for our valued guests. The majority of dishes are based on either local recipes or on our chef's creativity, incorporating typical (usually organic) produce of the region. The majority of our guests love the Rio Perdido gastronomy. Occasionally, some folks may have trouble clicking with the locally rooted concept. That being said, Chef Chudler has been working for many weeks now on a new menu which will be launched in the next few months. It still relies on the tenets of local cuisine, but it also takes into consideration years of notes from our guests, particularly those that have worked in the food and bev industry. Our goal is to provide all RP visitors with the best eating experience of the region.

Be well,

Gabriel

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Reviewed April 30, 2019

We have been staying at a great place in Playa Ocotal (see a different review for Bahia Pez Vela) and decided to take a day trip to Rio Perdido. When I looked online, I couldn’t find a rate for the day pass, but as of the time that I am writing this it is $65US per person. With our day pass we had access to the natural thermal river, the hiking trails, and the human-made thermal pools. When you pull up to the security entrance, simply tell the guard that you are there for a day pass and he will write down the number of guests in your party, then wish you “pura vida” as you enter the 240 acre facility. When you pull into the parking lot (assuming you drove yourself), park your car and it is highly likely that someone will already be pulling up in a golf cart to drive you to the entrance. Once you walk down the beautifully designed and constructed wooden walkway, you will be met at the check-in desk by a friendly and welcoming member of the staff. For those who are not well-versed in Spanish, everyone of the staff that I encountered spoke English. When you check in, you will be provided a delicious hibiscus/passionfruit-infused drink that was so tasty that each of us ended up ordering it with our lunch (a meal that was included in the cost of the day pass). After we checked in, we were met with the spectacular open-air restaurant that is an architectural marvel with a view that invites you to sit down, enjoy something cold to drink, and simply enjoy the peace. However, we came to soak in the thermals (having foolishly believed that we were still as young as we once were in our surfing excursion the day before), so off we went downstairs to the locker room. The locker room has lockers (duh), showers, and restrooms. Changing into swimsuits, we walked out of the locker room, and grabbed a towel (towels are supplied so don’t worry about bringing your own), and headed off to walk down to the natural thermal pool. Be forewarned that you must wear flipflops or shoes for the descent down the trail and that it is a bit of a hike for us urban-dwellers into the canyon (and back out). The trail is not overly-steep, but you must walk slowly and be sure-footed. Once at the bottom of the canyon, you have four concentrated naturally formed pool areas to choose from. We were told that there is a mudbath set-up at Pool #1, but us 3 guys decided to pass on that and head to either Pool #2 or Pool #3. As we were walking towards Pool #2 we met some fellow travelers who told us that the howler monkeys were asleep in the trees above Pool #4...so off we went to Pool #4. Sure enough, there were about 20+ howler monkeys sleeping in the trees; except for the 3 babies who were monkeying around (probably to the annoyance of their parents). As it was warm and about 12:00pm when we were there, the resting monkeys were undoubtedly looking down at us and questioning Darwin’s Theory regarding our relative positions on the evolutionary hierarchy. For those worried about being exposed to too much sunlight in the canyon, don’t worry because the canopy (where the monkeys are sleeping) provides more than enough cover while you relax in the stream. After checking out the monkeys at Pool #4, we decided that Pool #4 was a great place to swim because there is a great natural swimming pool there, but we wanted to find a place where the water was running between the rocks like a natural jacuzzi jet. So we walked back to Pool #2 and found a few great places where we could actually sit in-between two rocks in the stream and let the natural current give our shoulders a great message (see foolish-old surfers above...lol). (See pictures.) I cannot vouch for any other time period, but we soaked in the water for over an hour and never saw another human being. Afterwards, we made the trek back up out of the canyon (maybe a 10 minute ascent) and made our way back up to the restaurant. We took a table overlooking the canopy where our server Nina helped us with our lunch. Nina was friendly, witty, and took great care of us. 2 of us had the tomato soup as a starter, while 1 of us had the salad du jour. The tomato soup was delicious, while the salad was very tasty and could actually serve as a lunch for someone who is normally a light eater. For entrees, 2 of us had the pesto pasta and 1 of us had the jalapeno steak tips. All 3 of us were extremely satisfied with our meals. When it came time for dessert, none of us had room for anymore food, so Nina told us to come back later and either have dessert or a cup of coffee before we leave. Happily we went off to enjoy the 3 human-made pools - the peace and relaxation we experienced was incredible. The first pool has a wet bar and music playing (nothing too loud or offensive), the second pool is relaxing and the third pool is underneath the location where massages are enjoyed (an extra charge that we could not pay because there were no appointments available). Because the third pool is underneath the massage area, all of the guests in the pool respect and observe the sign that asks to keep the noise to a minimum so as to not disturb the guests who are enjoying their massages. After spending a great amount of time soaking in the third pool, we decided it was time to leave so that we could drive the mountain road while there was still some daylight remaining. We went in to the locker room, showered (well, one of us did), changed, and went up to have a coffee before getting back on the road. Nina helped us again while we savored the view from the open-air deck. When we were ready to leave, we were driven to our car and wished “pura vida.” If you drive to Rio Perdido and you think you are lost, then you are probably on the right path (the secret is in the name...lol). The only thing that you will not like about Rio Perdido is leaving.

Date of stay: April 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Gabriel S, Founder at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Andrew,

WOW... this play by play review is easily the most complete writing ever posted by a day visitor.

That being said, it would have been ideal to get this up on our attractions listing, rather than the hotel listing, as the experiences are differentiated, of course. The size property is actually over 600 acres (about 250 hectares). This is part of the reason why hotel stays are unique; you simply can't have the full experience in one, two, or even three days.

Whatever the case, we all love your review and we do hope that many people will read it. I will further clarify by adding that: 1. guests are guaranteed to see a couple of species of monkeys, at the very least; 2. Fortunately, you were able to experience a couple of the totally natural, thermal river pools. Actually, there are DOZENS of pools, which is why you are unlikely to have to share them with other people. And yes, you may have to share them with a monkey of two! 3. Welcome beverages change daily, they are always made with fresh and local ingredients, they are always delicious... indeed, the hibiscus medley is well-liked!

Andrew: thank you for having come out here to experience Rio Perdido. Have a great week!

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