This owner-run lodge is in lush rainforest some 350 feet above a secluded beach. With 13 rooms it's a small lodge and the friendly service will soon ensure you feel right at home.
Your room is charmingly decorated and comfortably furnished. You'll have a private bathroom with hot and cold running water and your own balcony complete with a chairs and a hammock, and if staying in a private villa you'll also have a plunge pool. Lying here, listening to tuneful birdsong, the breeze in the trees and the distant sound of waves breaking on the shore below, you'll feel as though you're in paradise.
Days here can be as busy or lazy as you wish. El Remanso offers a huge range of activities, all taking place in a pristine natural environment on the un-spoilt Osa Pensinula. This is a place to give yourself over to nature, whether it's watching birds and monkeys from your private deck, on a trail on the private reserve or enjoying a dolphin watching cruise. There are plenty of activities, from a sedate early morning bird watching walk, to horse riding through the rainforest and along the beach, and abseiling down a waterfall!
After all this you'll be in need of some downtime, so head to the pool for a leisurely swim followed by some sunbathing, enjoy a drink from the bar and treat yourself to delicious cuisine with a classic 'tico' touch. With rooms and cabins to suit couples, small families and large groups, El Remanso has something for everyone.
Open: El Remanso is open all year round.
Location: Osa Peninsula, close to Corcovado National Park.
Rooms: There are 6 rooms (4 standard and 2 deluxe) in Casa Poniente, on the ground and first floors respectively. There are 3 classic bungalows, each with 1 bedroom. La Guinda is a 1 bedroom bungalow with a deck and plunge pool. There are 3 deluxe villas, all with 1 bedroom and space for 1-2 extra beds, a deck and plunge pool. Villa La Vainilla is a 2-storey villa with 2 bedrooms, a balcony, deck and plunge pool. Casa Osa has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms arranged over 2 floors and accommodation for up to 8 people. All rooms and bungalows are spacious and feature local furnishings.
Activities: There is a good choice of activities here. From guided tours in the reserves, bird watching and rainforest tours. Why not kayak through the mangroves or take a horse ride along the beach. You can also wander at leisure through the trails on the private reserve. During the season you can also take tours to the beach to see nesting turtles or hatchlings making their way to the sea, or you could relax to the sounds of the jungle and enjoy a yoga session.
Facilities: There is a delightful open air restaurant and bar overlooking the forest canopy. The swimming pool is always inviting.
Dining: Dining is at individual tables.
Children: Children over the age of 6 are welcome.
Health: Costa Rica has a low risk of malaria.
Communication: WiFi is available in the reception area.
"Our favourite hotel during the trip."