- Remote rainforest location
- Complete immersion in nature
- Superb luxury accommodation
- Waterfalls, hiking, surfing, kayaking
Lapa Rios is a particularly remote yet luxurious eco-lodge named after the many macaws that inhabit the area. It’s an award-winning property committed to preserving the surrounding 1,000 acres of pristine rainforest. Tucked away in southern Costa Rica near the tip of the Osa Peninsula, one of the world’s most biologically intense locations, this fabulous retreat is found nestled in a private rainforest reserve, a ten-minute walk from some superb beaches. Combining luxury with complete immersion in nature, a stay here will suit travellers who are not squeamish about being up-close to the abundant wildlife. It is quite simply one of the best wildlife lodges in the country, and there are also some renowned surf spots nearby with waves suitable for beginners, intermediates and pros.
The accommodation comprises 17 luxury bungalows constructed from wood and bamboo which are scattered along a ridge, all with superb open ocean views. Although there is no air conditioning, the bungalows are open-air in design and face the sea, so the breeze helps to keep temperatures cool. Each room has a sizeable deck complete with a private outdoor shower, a hammock and loungers, and two indoor showers to choose from - a cool rain shower and a warmer, standard option. Complimentary toiletries, cotton robes, ceiling fans and canopy nets over the beds are common to all rooms, however note that visitors are encouraged to fully appreciate their natural surroundings and thus there are no modern conveniences such as televisions or radios. Wildlife is often spotted from the bungalows or on the lodge’s pathways. It’s a real delight to enjoy the sounds of the surrounding forest, and it’s not uncommon to wake up to the unique rumbling of the resident howler monkeys.
There’s a broad range of activities on offer, many on an inclusive rate, so do bear this benefit in mind when comparing Lapa Rios to more mid-range properties in the area. Waterfall hikes, night-time walks and birdwatching sessions with one of the lodge’s four exceptional guides are a real treat. Away from the property itself, there’s horseback riding, mangrove kayaking, dolphin spotting and trips to the Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica’s largest national park, known for its exceptionally rich biodiversity. Back at base, there’s a lovely pool and restaurant, and dining by waterfalls or picnics in the wild are also on offer, along with cookery demonstrations. There’s also a lovely spa offering reflexology, massages, facials and yoga.
Families are very welcome, though children must be at least 6 years of age to stay. The lodge offers a children’s menu together with a fabulous selection of family-friendly activities which are not only great fun, but also highly educational. Youngsters can learn about reforestation and help plant small trees, they will spot all manner of wildlife from frogs and iguanas to sloths, monkeys and perhaps even dolphins and whales. They can visit a local school and enjoy surfing in the waves, running about on the beaches and swimming in the lodge’s lovely pool. Parents are reminded that due to the remote and rural nature of the property, children must remain under adult supervision at all times.
- Boutique, owner-run nature lodge
- Rainforest & unspoilt beaches
- Excellent location at tip of Osa Peninsula
- Wildlife rich area, animals 'up close'
- Eco-friendly rainforest lodge
- Great midrange option
- Water and land-based adventure activities
- Plenty of accommodation options
- Simple tented cabins, great value
- Idyllic beachside eco-lodge
- Adjacent to Corcovado National Park
- Birdwatching, night hikes, turtle watching
- Tranquil rainforest eco-lodge
- Restaurant, bar, yoga, massages
- Dolphin watching, deep-sea fishng
- Zip wiring, horse riding, kayaking
- Luxurious Ecolodge
- Rainforest & Ocean Wildlife Activities
- Gorgeous Swimming Pool
- Complimentary SUP & Kayaks
- Excellent midrange choice
- Stunning Osa Peninsula location
- Kayaking, diving, snorkelling
- Fishing, rainforest zip wires, horse riding
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019