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El Remanso

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Highlights

- Eco-friendly rainforest lodge
- Great midrange option
- Water and land-based adventure activities
- Plenty of accommodation options

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Overview

El Remanso is a sustainable and eco-friendly, midrange lodge set within one of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests very near the tip of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula on the southwestern side, near the Pacific coast. Since opening its doors nearly 20 years ago, this characterful property has been something of a local pioneer for conservation and environmentally friendly practices, taking part in a reforestation program, providing its own electricity, and making sure it minimises it’s impact on the environment however it can. The lodge is set in remote, pristine rainforest facing the Pacific, far away from any tourist hotspots. We highly recommend this friendly, relaxed and peaceful property which provides full immersion in nature and a genuine feast for the senses.

There are several different accommodation options to choose from, including Standard Rooms, Classic Bungalows and Deluxe Villas that come with their own plunge pool. Though the rooms vary in size and configuration, they all offer plenty of space and have views of either the Pacific Ocean or the lodge’s lush, well maintained gardens. Those with garden views even have their own private outdoor shower. Amenities common to all rooms include a ceiling fan, a hammock and either a balcony or a terrace. The accommodation options are broad and flexible enough to suit a range of visitors, from couples to large groups or families.

The lodge is set within its own private reserve and has a total of six hiking trails to explore, offering fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities, with sightings of monkeys, parrots, sloths and even eagles quite possible. Close by is a long, beautiful beach that’s nearly always deserted thanks to the hotel’s rather remote, out-of-the-way location. Back at base, there’s a pool surrounded by wooden decking with plenty of loungers and a nearby bar serving light snacks, colourful cocktails and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks. Main meals are all served a la carte at the open-air restaurant which is set in a pretty bamboo-structured building. Menus feature a range of international and national dishes, all of which are expertly prepared and use fresh ingredients sourced locally.

The many activities on offer include leisurely birdwatching walks, dolphin watching trips and horseback rides. For the more energetic and adventurous, there’s waterfall rappelling, surfing and tree canopy tours. Three guided hikes per day are also offered; two of these take place during daylight hours and last about three-and-a-half hours, plus there’s a two-hour night-time option that showcases some of the rainforest’s many nocturnal species.

The lodge welcomes children of all ages and offers reduced rates for under 12s. While there is no designated ‘children’s programme’, children will no doubt enjoy splashing about in the pool and there’s plenty for all age groups to enjoy in the surrounding area. Given the lodge’s remote, rainforest location, parents are reminded that children should remain under adult supervision all the time.

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Average Rating

based on 497 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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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