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El Remanso

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

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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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