I can't even begin to describe what El Remanso is. From the beginning to the end, my husband and I enjoyed every minute. We stayed 8/24/13 to 8/28/13 and were so impressed that we already want to go back. First, I have to start from just the reservation process with Gabby, she made it so easy and was more than accommodating to my multitude of questions leading up to the trip. We flew in to San Jose and Gabby sat up our small flight to Puerto Jiminez through Sansa (a local airline in CR). She greeted us at the airport where our driver, Jose was already waiting for us. On the drive there, although Jose didn't understand all of my gibberish he stopped a multitude of times pointing out the Spider monkeys, and beautiful wildlife. We drove up to the resort and it felt like the garden of Eden. It was so lush and green with wildlife humming all around you. We were greeted by the owners, Adriana and Daniel. Adriana took us on a small tour and offered us a greeting drink as she thoroughly went over everything with us. We stayed in one of the deluxe suites that overlooked the gorgeous pool that offered views of the rainforest and Pacific ocean. But honestly, after roaming the property I think any room you book would be well worth it. All of the rooms had its own unique character and qualities. Although my husband and I were not honeymooners, we still booked the honeymoon package and it was well worth it. The first day we did the canopy breakfast where you zipline to a tree on the property and watch the rainforest come to life as you sip on coffee and juices and a light breakfast. Our guide, Rinaldo was very knowledgable and pointed out all the birds to take pictures of. We also went on the short and long hike, bird watching, and waterfall rappelling with Gerardo. I can't begin to tell you how smart this guy is and how passionate he is about nature and the rainforest. I felt like I was in a college class learning about wildlife and I was so interested in everything he had to say. We went to Arenal after El Remanso and stayed at the Springs and I can tell you our guide there had nothing on Gerardo and the rainforest near Arenal could not rival the Osa. I was teaching the guide things I had learned from Gerardo and could even point out bird calls to others in my group all from learning from Gerardo! He is the best of the best! We even saw the very rare two toed sloth while we were there. I don't know how he finds things in the trees, but everytime he did and by then I had forgiven him for making us get up at 5:30 am. I couldn't say which experience of all the tours were the best because they all each held something so unique that each were very special in their own way. My husband and I each got 2 massages in 4 days!! Why?? Because Laura is amazing and you are in a little hut in the middle of the rainforest which is so magical. Seriously, I have had tons of massages and got one at the Springs (hey, it was vacation..don't judge) and Laura was still better! The wait staff were truly a joy and they decorated our table so beautifully for our romantic dinner. Each staff member knew our names and were always willing to go the extra step. Daniel gave a powerpoint lecture over El Remanso and how they are an ecolodge which was equally interesting on our last night there. I believe he does them once a week and it is well worth going to.
I know this is a long review but I wanted all of you to know this place is simply amazing not just because of the surroundings but because of the staff in front and behind the scenes. Without them, it would not be possible. I was one of those people who had never stayed any where without AC and this is my first! I live in Texas, so you know it gets hot. We didn't even notice.
To the El Remanso Staff, thank you for a great stay and we hope to see you all again soon!
Angie and Scot
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- Also Known As:
- El Remanso Hotel Osa Peninsula
- El Remanso Osa
- El Remanso Lodge Costa Rica/Osa Peninsula