- Contemporary lodge with activities
- Secluded setting in private reserve
- Thermal river and natural hot springs
- Ziplining, hiking, yoga, mountain biking
Rio Perdido is a very smart and stylish, eco-friendly hotel found just an hour outside of the city of Liberia in Costa Rica’s northerly reaches. This excellent, high-end offering is tucked away in an expansive and breathtakingly beautiful dwarf forest on its own private 600-acre reserve, thus offering plenty of peace and privacy. At the heart of the reserve is the thermal Rio Perdido after which the property is named and it’s a delight to swim and wallow in the warm waters here. There’s a wealth of activities to participate in from adventurous zip lining and mountain biking to relaxing yoga sessions, gentle walks and spa treatments.
The accommodation comprises 30 sleek and contemporary forest bungalows. All bungalows are spacious, with large windows admitting plenty of natural light and affording wonderful views of the surrounding plants and trees. The bungalows are set off the ground and are reached via a network of elevated walkways, though there are some which are more easily accessible for anyone with reduced mobility. All bungalows house a modern, en-suite bathroom, along with a private terrace area with a hammock, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar. Meals feature an appetising selection of local specialities, with many international dishes available as well. Food is prepared freshly by the cooks, and many of the staff live locally.
The main attraction for many is Rio Perdido itself, a thermo-mineral gorge which stretches for some 45 metres and has no fewer than eight hot springs along its length, as well as dozens of pools that are suitable for bathing and swimming. For anyone looking to unwind, the spa treatments are divine and group yoga sessions are on offer. For those after something more fast-paced and exciting, there are plenty of options including zip lining tours through the canyon, exhilarating mountain bike rides (experienced riders only), hikes and white water tubing trips down the river. Beyond the reserve there’s plenty more to do. The towering Miravells Volcano is well worth a visit and provides hiking and horse riding opportunities. The little known Llanos del Cortés Waterfall is a well-kept secret and another must-see attraction, and the hotel conveniently runs a shuttle service so guests can easily access attractions outside of the reserve.
Children of all ages are welcome, although there are age restrictions for some activities. Given the rural nature of the property, the high walkways and unguarded pools, parents are reminded to keep youngsters under constant adult supervision.
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023
Hi Lisa, Holiday has been a huge success and we have thoroughly enjoyed it all, such a wonderful experience. Many thanks for all your help. Best wishes, Leona
Leona L reviewing Family Holiday: Inca Trail and Amazon on 18 August 2023