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Aguila De Osa

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Highlights

- Excellent midrange choice
- Stunning Osa Peninsula location
- Kayaking, diving, snorkelling
- Fishing, rainforest zip wires, horse riding

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Overview

Aguila de Osa is an outstanding, mid-range lodge set in a breathtakingly beautiful area of remote, unspoiled rainforest on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula which is known for its incredible biodiversity. This lovely property lies on a bluff by the mouth of the Aguijitas River and offers stunning, sweeping views of Drake Bay. There’s plenty of water and land-based adventure to be had in the two nearby reserves; the Caño Island Biological Reserve is excellent for snorkelling and diving, and a visit to the Corcovado National Park, the largest of Costa Rica’s many national parks, is a must.

There are 11 pristine, characterful guestrooms and two suites. All rooms have captivating views of the surrounding scenery and plenty of windows to let in generous amounts of natural light. They have an open, spacious feel with high, vaulted ceilings and screened windows that let in not only the gentle, cooling breeze, but also the soothing birdsong and wildlife soundtrack of the surrounding forest. Each room has a spacious en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, and both hot water and drinking water are supplied round-the-clock.

The hotel’s open-air restaurant, The Great Room, offers dramatic views of both the ocean and the rainforest, and is one of the main areas for socialising, the other being the Jungle Terrace, which has its own bar where guests typically gather for a round or two of drinks before dinner. Breakfasts are filling and plentiful, while lunches are on the lighter side and dinners feature a selection of sumptuous gourmet dishes.

There are a dozen or more excursions on offer for exploring the lodge’s wonderful, untouched surroundings and rich wildlife. Expert guides will impart their knowledge about the area, its many resident land and marine animals, and the ongoing conservation efforts. Some of the many activities include ziplining through the rainforest canopy, fishing, horse riding along the beach, whale-watching, birdwatching jungle walks and heading out after dark to see some of the many nocturnal species who inhabit the area. There’s also top-notch diving, kayaking and snorkelling on offer at nearby Caño Island.

The lodge welcomes children of all ages, though there are age restrictions on some activities. Two children under the age of 12 can stay in the same room with 2 adults with no additional charge for accommodation or food and there are activity packages tailored to the particular needs and interests of families. Given the remote, wild nature of the hotel’s location, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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