- 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
Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
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