We went here for our honeymoon. We stayed in the La Guinda suite (best for honeymoon couples) and had the active package. The entire stay was amazing.
First of all, as the owner Daniel even mentioned to me, it is important that you realize that this place is not necessarily for everyone:
-The beach is a steep, relatively treacherous half-mile (or so) walk from the lodge
-You are pretty much on your own. It can almost feel eerie how you get to just go walk around these trails with so much freedom.
-At certain times of the year, it can rain A LOT, and you will have to be content in your room or in the lodge reading a book, enjoying the sounds, etc... there are no TVs, nothing like that.
-After four days here, you will be TIRED. It is a workout constantly walking up and down hills from point A to point B. This is not a place to be pampered (though you can be massaged and what not). This is a place to explore.
If those warnings frighten you, you probably should not come here. If they excite you (as they do me), you should definitely come here. Some things that make this place amazing:
-The staff is so cool (I am not usually one to say this). They love what they do, and you really get to know. At one point, there were only two other people staying at El Remanso with us (these numbers will vary depending on the time of year). It is a VERY personal experience.
-The nature is insane. Just go outside your room and look at a tree and you'll see something crazy going on. Every little place is an ecosystem. Monkies wake you up in the morning. They pass through the trees outside your room.
-The food comes in comically huge quantities, and it was probably the best food I have ever had (consistently). Each meal was just ridiculous. I really, really miss it. The beans were amazing.
-The beach is deserted. And it is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. The waves are the biggest waves I have ever seen (no swimming!). There is a freshwater lagoon for swimming. You get to walk down a creek in the rain forest. There are tidal pools like hot tubs by the ocean you get to sit in (hard to explain). It is an adventure. Everything about it is unforgettable. And it is, unlike some other places we went on our trip, authentic. Even Puerto Jimenez was great.
You really need to plan ahead regarding what kind of clothes to bring. My wife and I brought Keen sandals, and once they got wet, they never dried (so humid!). Same went for all of our clothes. Once something got wet, it stayed wet. Be prepared for this. I don't really think that there necessarily is an ideal shoe for this place-- more than anything, you may want to bring a couple of pairs, and a lot of socks.... Our feet got pretty messed up. Particularly going to the beach and getting sand grinding against our feet, then having to walk back uphill with wet and dirty feet... It was pretty bad.
Also, this was apparently unusual, but we had a good bit of rain, which brought out the mosquitos. Even if they are not as bad as they were while we were there, you should bring bug spray. And DEFINITELY, everyone needs to have a very good pair of binoculars.
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- Also Known As:
- El Remanso Hotel Osa Peninsula
- El Remanso Osa
- El Remanso Lodge Costa Rica/Osa Peninsula