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Lapa Rios

South Pacific

Rating: Deluxe    

Lapa Rios overview

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 bungalows, suites and villas 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 mosquito 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. In addition there are four lapa ocean villas and two premier lapa suites. Each lapa ocean villa provides spacious accommodation for up to five guests with two en-suite bedrooms, a lounge and terrace featuring a plunge pool, outdoor shower, comfy chairs and hammocks. Premier lapa suites are similar in style and have one bedroom each plus a terrace with an outdoor shower, hammock and a sitting area. Villas and suites all have panoramic views.

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 and night walks, horse riding, dolphin tours, kayaking and surfing lessons, zip-lining and 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, wherever 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 spiral 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 available 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.

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"This was the peak of eco-lodges for us .... the whole place is "green". We had an amazing room with no walls (just insect netting) and net over the 4 posted bed; a large deck with outdoor shower and lovely views. The only downside was our room number - any room number higher than 11 means you are down the ridge from the main building. Down means in excess of 200 steps to get down/up (steps not paces) which is about a ten storey building. After the first day we learned how to plan our day and limit ourselves to 2 up and 2 down per day. The abundance of wild life and the expertise of the guides made the whole adventure worthwhile. We walked miles each day, saw spectacular birds, met lovely fellow guests and really nice staff - most of whom were proud to live and work in Pt Jimenez the local "town". The only time we left Lapa was to go on a dolphin seeking boat trip - they organised everything and it was a-maz-ing."

Professor Brent Davies
"The pool is great - the best in our trip to Costa Rica. The lodge says it is on a ridge and there are sufficient breezes to not need air conditioning!!! Not true it is so hot and humid in the rooms to make it unbearable. 77 steep steps from our room to the main building in a very hot and humid atmosphere was not fun. Despite the rhetoric for the lodge about not many mosquitoes we got badly bitten. The food in the restaurant was good but more changes needed as the dinner menu got boring after a couple of days."
R and Y Smith
"You’ll never be bored or hungry though you will be sticky!! Pleasant welcome at the office just outside the airstrip with a welcome drink and biscuit. The drive to the resort was not as bumpy as I expected and there was a friendly welcome at reception with the offer of lunch straight away or an orientation tour of the facilities and our room. We decided to eat first and then take the tour and be shown our room. which was 2, located on the road in just before you get to the main building with reception and the dining room. It had great views over the top of tree canopy to the Pacific and only a slope to the main area not the steps that others had to contend with. It was a large room with insect screens not windows so it did get sticky without air con but two queen sized beds beneath fans were comfortable as were the pillows. It also had good mosquito nets around the bed in case you felt you needed them. Our room had a large deck with sun loungers, chairs, table and a hammock. The outside shower was wonderful with butterflies and humming birds to watch as you washed - which was frequently in the humid heat. Throughout the resort there was drinkable water from taps provided by their own spring. All the staff we met were friendly, helpful and seem committed to the ethos of the resort. The guides were really knowledgeable and informative and we had enjoyable early morning and evening walks seeing many birds. Also highly recommended is the medicinal plant walk where Edwin, who took us, was good company and his knowledge was fantastic which made for a really interesting walk through the rain forest. We saw three types of monkeys within the first few minutes all within 20 metres of each other and the fourth species later in the walk. When we climbed the spiral steps to the observation tower we were lucky enough to see a toucan eating close by, spider monkeys and scarlet macaws flying from a neighbouring tree. You’ll probably find yourself keeping different hours - early awakening by the howler monkeys so early to bed. The early morning drinks order is left outside your door at 6.00. Great quality food is included in the price and there are long hours for each meal because of various tours. Which tours are free is clearly explained and there’s a list on a board in reception but others can be undertaken for an extra charge, There’s a wifi hut with a couple of tables and some chairs that has a high speed connection but it’s only available there. Lots of animals and birds around the resort. Water freely available around at various locations. A couple of negative comments from guests we met were the number of steps from other rooms up to the pool, bar and dining area and no shower caps so, if you don’t always want to wash your hair in the frequent showers that are necessary, remember to bring one yourself. "
Mr Andre Morrison
"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."
Mrs. Sara Smith-Laing
"Amazing, amazing, amazing. This place is super special. The view, food, the room, the wildlife, the staff, the activities, the pool - I could go on. Just go, you won't regret it! "

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