- Ecolodge with Ocean views
- Views over Ballena Marine National Park
- Simple, mid-range cabins
- River swimming
La Cusinga Eco Lodge is situated just a short drive from the popular, tourist-friendly town of Uvita on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. This simple yet characterful midrange property has ten comfortable cabins and is nestled within a private nature reserve that spans several hundred acres and encompasses beautiful sandy beaches, naturally formed pools, flourishing rainforest and a breath-taking abundance of wildlife. In fact, the stunning Ballena Marine National Park, one of just two of the country’s protected marine zones, borders part of the reserve. The lodge is actively involved in a number of local conservation efforts and adheres to various sustainability principles in order to minimise its impact on the local environment, and there’s a huge variety of water and land-based activities and adventures to be enjoyed in the area.
The ten comfortable cabins are constructed from fully sustainable, reforested wood. There are Single Rooms for solo travellers, Double Rooms with two queen size beds and the Family and Group Rooms, both of which have a queen size bed, along with five bunk beds, and are naturally ideal for larger parties. Finally, there’s the secluded Honeymoon Suite which comes complete with its own outdoor garden area. With the exception of the Honeymoon Suite, all rooms come with a private balcony with views of the rainforest or the ocean.
The activities on offer are many and varied. Exploring the Ballena Marine National Park is a real treat, with snorkelling and kayaking on offer and the chance to spot dolphins, turtles and possibly even whales. A visit to the Corcovado National Park is another ‘must’ – the park boasts wonderful, dense jungle and intense, vibrant wildlife which includes the elusive puma and jaguar, tapir, dart frogs and crocodiles to name but a few. The local birdlife is phenomenal and birdwatching walks are available, as are horseback rides to the spectacular Nauyaca Waterfalls. For the more energetic, there are also some more thrilling and physically challenging options such as zip lining, surfing and self-guided hiking trails.
It’s a genuine pleasure to relax ‘back at base’. The Aracari Restaurant is the lodge’s main eatery and is open for three meals a day, with an open-air seating area that offers captivating views of the natural surroundings. The focus here is on tasty, nutritious tropical dishes that are made with locally sourced ingredients. Yoga classes are on offer and there’s also the Cinnamon Spa with its range of revitalising and rejuvenating treatments, from hot stone massages and reflexology sessions to foot scrubs, mini facials and more.
Children of all ages are welcome, and the Ocean View superior rooms which house two queen size beds are ideal for families. The maximum number of guests per room is four, so families of five would need to take two rooms. There is a children’s menu, and plenty to do for all age groups, although do be prepared for age restrictions on some activities. Due to the remote, rural location of the lodge, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision. Please note, there is no swimming pool at La Cusinga, but there is a swimming hole in the river running through the property.
- Set in tropical gardens with nearby rainforest
- Lovely ocean view
- Large pool
- Variety of activities
- 12 contemporary glass-walled villas
- Hiking trails, waterfall, natural swim holes
- Under 17s not permitted
- Great range of water and land activities
- Luxurious, ultra-contemporary retreat
- Boutique property with 8 stylish suites
- Adults only, great mix of activities
- Unspoilt coastline near Uvita
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