Built on a ridge, 350 feet above sea level, the entire lodge enjoys fabulous views of the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean, sunsets can be jaw-dropping. Lapa Rios manages to effortlessly combine Costa Rican culture together with luxurious trappings resulting in an charming eco-lodge with its own 1000 acre private reserve.
Every detail is taken care of down to fresh hot coffee being delivered to your bungalow each morning. Each bungalow has a private veranda complete with outdoor shower and large hammocks. The rooms and en-suite are spacious and the decor tasteful, light and uncluttered. Cooling sea breezes flow through the mesh windows so you can enjoy the fresh air, the beds have mozzie nets too, just in case. Every effort is made ensure as little impact as possible on the fragile environment including a friendly request that you use the bio-degradable toiletries provided. The restaurant serves excellent locally sourced, freshly prepared meals that can be enjoyed while taking in the breath taking views. Take a refreshing dip in the salt water pool, as you would expect the views from the pool are spectacular too or enjoy a relaxing yoga class or massage.
In the centre of the dining area is an impressive spiral staircase which leads to the the canopy rooftop. Here you can enjoy sweeping 360 degree views over the rain forest, Pacific Ocean, Gulfo Dulce, and nearby beaches and farms. It's a very special viewing spot for sunsets or sunrises and you can see beautiful wildlife all around.
The activities on offer are numerous and you may be spoiled for choice. You can enjoy self-guided walks around the reserve, setting your own pace or perhaps a bird watching tour. A slightly challenging hike would be the waterfalls tour, it involves some steep inclines and some slippery parts but you will get a chance to swim under the waterfall. You could go on a guided walk and learn all about the medicinal properties of plants found in the rainforest, or take a night walk or a guided excursion into the Corcovado National park. Horse riding is available and also while here, why not have a go at rappelling or zip-lining, that should get your blood rushing. There is also the opportunity to visit a nearby school or perhaps join a football match. The 'behind-the-scenes' sustainability tour is insightful too. You could try cooking or Spanish classes, you can try out recipes on your friends back home.
Open: Lapa Rios is open all year round.
Location: A superb eco-lodge with it's own 1000 acre private reserve close to Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula.
Rooms: There are 17 luxurious bungalows all built on the ridge overlooking the Golfo Dulce or Pacific ocean. They are tastefully furnished and have en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The spacious balcony has a hammock and comfy seating where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and the amazing views. Eco-friendly toiletries are provided.
Activities: There are plenty of activities to do here both on-site and in the surrounding area. Self-guided and guided hikes, waterfall hikes, visits to schools, cookery classes, Spanish classes, starfish walk, sunset walk, night walk, horse riding, dolphin tour, kayaking, surfing lesson, zip lining, canopy tours. So you get the idea, there is enough to keep you busy throughout your stay.
Facilities: There is a delightful open-air restaurant serving interesting fusion dishes that you can enjoy whilst admiring the views, whereever possible fresh locally sourced produce is used. The saltwater pool offers spectacular sea views as you swim. In the centre of the dining room is the sprial staircase that will take you up to the viewing canopy. The guide hut and library is a great place to swot up on the local wildlife, alternatively you might take advantage and have a massage or join in a yoga class.
Dining: Dining is at individual tables.
Health: Costa Rica has a low risk of malaria.
Communication: There is no WiFi or TV or radio availalbe at Lapa Rios, it's all about unplugging! You may find that you do get mobile signal here, but you are kindly asked to only use the phone in your bungalow and not the main areas.
"Excellent hotel and service. It may be out of necessity, but we found the menus limited and quite repetitive. However, the food was of a good standard. It was also strange that all of the lodges seemed to be marketed as the same, despite lodges 1&2 being at the entrance and 12 - 17 being some distance from the main building. We were actually moved from lodge 16 to lodge 9, but if we hadn't been then being so far from the main building would have lessened an otherwise fantastic stay. We were unable to request one of the closer lodges and would have been disappointed to have a further away one which presumably cost the same amount."