- Eco-friendly, hilltop lodge
- Access to a private beach
- Adjacent to Corcovado National Park
- Superb jungle wildlife, varied activities
Casa Corcovado is a secluded, eco-friendly lodge perched majestically on a hilltop in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions just outside Corcovado National Park on the south-western pacific coast of Costa Rica’s renowned Osa Peninsula. This charming, high-end property boasts amazing views and sits on its own reserve which spans some 170 acres, encompassing an abundance of unspoiled rainforest, a pristine stretch of beach and some fabulous wildlife to boot. The lodge was established some 35 years ago by an American who has since continued work on a number of conservation projects to protect the area’s extremely rich flora and fauna, and there is no doubt that sustainability is top of the agenda here.
There are three different accommodation types to choose from: Junior Suites, which are suitable for groups of friends or families; the even more spacious Deluxe Bungalows; and the luxurious Honeymoon Suites. Children of all ages are welcome, with some special rate arrangements for under 12s. All suites and bungalows are set amongst lush, unspoiled rainforest greenery and are well spaced out for plenty of privacy. The decor is simple yet stylish, drawing inspiration from the lodge’s natural surroundings. Packages range from two to seven nights, all including transport between the lodge and San Jose, all meals, access to hiking trails and a tour of the magnificent Corcovado National Park which veritably teems with wildlife from scarlet macaws to jaguars.
The activities on offer are many and varied and they naturally centre around the national park. Birdwatching walks, horseback riding, hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty, mangrove tours and night-time trips to spot some of the park’s nocturnal wildlife are all possible. There are also activities to enjoy outside of the park such as scuba diving and snorkelling around nearby Caño Island, and chilled out sea kayaking excursions.
Back at base there are two swimming pools: one is solar-powered, while the other is tucked away in the forest and fed by a natural stream. The bar is open-air and is a great spot for socialising or even wildlife spotting, while the lounge has some games and a small library, along with information on the aforementioned sizeable line-up of activities. The restaurant, Los Vitrales, specialises in traditional and local dishes, while Margarita Sunset Point is a well-positioned outdoor lounge area with spectacular ocean views. There’s also a gift shop and a spa with a good range of treatments.
- Excellent midrange choice
- Stunning Osa Peninsula location
- Kayaking, diving, snorkelling
- Fishing, rainforest zip wires, horse riding
- Simple tented cabins, great value
- Idyllic beachside eco-lodge
- Adjacent to Corcovado National Park
- Birdwatching, night hikes, turtle watching
- Luxurious Ecolodge
- Rainforest & Ocean Wildlife Activities
- Gorgeous Swimming Pool
- Complimentary SUP & Kayaks
- Tranquil rainforest eco-lodge
- Restaurant, bar, yoga, massages
- Dolphin watching, deep-sea fishng
- Zip wiring, horse riding, kayaking
- Eco-friendly rainforest lodge
- Great midrange option
- Water and land-based adventure activities
- Plenty of accommodation options
- Remote rainforest location
- Complete immersion in nature
- Superb luxury accommodation
- Waterfalls, hiking, surfing, kayaking
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.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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