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As good as they say it is
First of all : this place is very expensive (actually the whole country is expensive, as one of the locals said, the taxes are very high here). Only a little bit more than staying somewhere like The Delano in Miami - but what a world of difference. All meals included, a string of hikes and walks included, access to a team of terrific guides included. I won’t use this review to repeat the praise given by other reviewers. I do not give praise lightly but in this case it is well deserved. The staff are fantastic, the location, the rooms (We were in one of the ‘older’ rooms - the ones further away from the main buildings have been renovated to include jacuzzis etc) - all are terrific. We met the new Costa Rican owner who told me he was going to pave a pathway between the rooms and the main buildings and have motorized buggies take guests and luggage up and down (it is a real hike up and down thats for sure). The quiet everywhere is wonderful. If it had a couple of comments then they would be 1. Do your homework with the hotel before you go, check out all the excursions etc included in your rate and organised off site for a fee and plan your stay. 2. Check with the tour guides (who are always around in the hotel and easily recognizable) about the level of difficulty of the hikes, the front desk staff are so nice but for them everything is ‘easy’ :) Its not all easy. 3. The evenings can be long, and it might be nice if the hotel offered some evening entertainment in the dining-bar area - maybe the brilliant guides (Danilo and Jose are terrific) can give a talk about the conservation work or the animals? Maybe some local musicians? Yes the rooms need luggage racks and I’m sure the new boss will get that sorted. But my oh my what a fabulous place - keep up the good work and KEEP that National Geographic label. Its what drew us to you in the first place.
Faultless lodge I just don’t know where to start with the praise so let’s start with the staff they could not be more charming and helpful in every way from the front of house ,bar staff and waiting staff a credit to the hotel.The food was amazing and most of it very healthy the green chilled soup was exceptional. The rooms were good and very clean with great views but may be a few more lights on the steps up and down at night would be good .The guides were very knowledgeable and kind again a credit to the lodge. We did have a problem but not the lodges fault at all and did complain to them and I am sure they will be aware that a gentle word would be all it takes. The pool area is lovely and most of the time very peaceful just what you need after a very early bird walk and so much wildlife visits just sitting in the peace watching them was a true treat. Highly recommend.
A few updates to an amazing tropical resort, but same spectacular service
We stayed a Lapa for 4 nights. I agree with Mkie27 and Jeannie K's reviews for their details, so will try not to duplicate their information here. We were not informed that Lapa came under new ownership this summer after we booked our trip. Costa Rican ownership, who also own the Pacuare Lodge, who seem to share the vision, and are advancing the sustainability mission here visibly. So there have been a few changes, that you may feel on the reception/bungalow side. The "outside" activities are under revision, and a guide for what is available both internally and externally, and on the updated website would be helpful. Some of the internal activities did fill up over the weekend, although this did not impact us directly. Several bungalows have been completely rebuilt- perhaps all starting at 12 and above. Our boys stayed in 15 and we in 12. Large spaces, we would have all fit in either, they are larger than the older bungalows, but who wants to share a bathroom with two teenagers? 12 is a standalone, 15 is part of a duplex. There were moderate steps in between these two. These new cabins are drop dead gorgeous, with simple yet elegant design. I believe they are not quite finished, for instance the private jacuzzi pool that is in 12, the controls are under the front deck, only to be reached by staff member climbing down there! We didn't have a mosquito net (not needed yet, but will be...) There is no luggage rack, so what you can't fit on the sparse closet will be on the floor ( CR jungle insects...) The views are amazing from these cabins. There are walkie talkies to communicate to the front desk only, and no communication between cabins, as the wifi is at the pool and main building only. This all said, you will not find a more gracious, friendly staff each and every one of them working hard for all of the guests. I want to especially thank Stephanie at reception, she singly handled any issue I raised. Some at the reception were flummoxed by my questions, but Stephanie came to our rescue each time. I found the new LED lighting on the ramp to 12 to be much too bright. She had the staff there in 30 minutes after I told her about it, and they disconnected the lighting completely at my request for the remainder of our stay. I had dark nights and joy and just used my flashlight to walk down the ramps. She also helped arrange our outside horse excursion, as it is currently under revision, when others at reception told us that it was not possible. As for the internal activities: Jose led us down the Osa trail. You will not easily find a birding guide with a better ear, and he was so kind and knowledgeable about all the things on the hike, as well as showing us the work at Lapa for sustainability, including new solar panels and other plans to get them completely off the grid. Jeffrey for an early morning birding walk, and also for our day trip via boat to Corcovado (this needs to be requested at least a month in advance). And let me mention the tapirs, and anteaters, and innumerable birds and monkeys that he helped us to see. He is an astute guide. And Frank! he the man of many jobs- he may be your driver, or your waiter, or our good luck to have him for a night walk guide. You will not meet anyone more friendly, enthusiastic than he. Daniello, intrepid for another morning bird walk as well as keeping the teenage boys safe down the Ridge walk past the waterfalls (there are peccaries there, and we think a puma by the growl we heard). We missed only Edwin for a guide somehow. All internal hikes get a lift to the top and then you are walking the easy way down. Lovely. They provide socks and water boots if you need them but this week, the hikes were not too muddy for our hiking boots, with hoses to rinse them off. Every walk is greeted with waters afterwards. We enjoyed our personal (included) lift to the Dulce beach, with a pickup. Greeted by fresh juices after two hours of playing in the waves. And lastly, the restaurant. Do not think you will wish to eat anywhere else, nor will you get bored by the lunches and breakfasts. There is a fish catch of the day, that is on both lunch and dinner menu. Snacks and drinks poolside or at the snack deck. And Alex the pastry chef....heavenly desserts. Including the fudge brownie with ice cream that is not on the menu but is there nonetheless. On our final day, two of us actually chose to hike up the Ridge hike just to work some of the food off! We are home now, back to our winter weather and sad to have left such a special place, with special friendly people and special wildlife. Thank you to all at Lapa Rios for an unforgettable visit to the Osa Peninsula!
Honeymoon at Lapa
I will start out this review by saying that I have read all the reviews for Lapa so my review will be thorough! My husband and I stayed here for seven days for the beginning of our honeymoon. It was the perfect start to a relaxing week and I would recommend this resort to anyone looking to unwind and immerse themselves in the rainforest. Food: The food exceeded my expectations with everything being fresh and delicious and the service was outstanding. There was enough variety even for staying a full week. The servers greeted us each day by name and will do anything to accommodate you. Also want to mention that the drinks are delicious! Property: pictures do not do justice for the beauty of Lapa. The beach is a short 10 minute walk down hill and the staff will pick you up when you are done. The beach is public and in November during low season was empty and we were one of the only people there. Around the resort we saw a number of wildlife, our favorite being all the monkeys and macaws. We did most of the included activities and all were great. The guides are so friendly and knowledgeable. There is a book in the room and information online about each hike. My one recommendation here would be to add in a “what to wear/bring section” to help plan better. We were greeted with wet washcloths and cold drinks after each hike, the best end to a warm hike. The room was clean and comfortable. We never saw housekeeping but our bed was always made and fresh towels were available Lapa is truly here to make your vacation memorable. Coffee is delivered to your room each morning. Want some banana bread with your coffee? Chairs brought down to the beach with beers and snacks? Sunset drinks on your deck? Just ask! There is a guest booklet in your room with lots of helpful information during for your stay. If you are a light sleeper you will be woken up by all the sounds, but I expected this. You’ll likely be going to bed early so getting up with the birds is all part of the experience. Thank you to Lapa Rios for making this an unforgettable experience!
Don't hate me, but we only had lunch there and we LOVED it.
This is not a review of the entire lodge (although we wish that we had stayed there), but rather a review of the restaurant. We had been driving for hours on the Osa Peninsula and dropped by Lapa Rios, hoping that they would serve us lunch. It was fantastic in all respects: we were welcomed by a wonderful host who explained the resort and the restaurant; we were given a great table in the middle of the spectacular restaurant, and we had a great meal. Even though we just came in "off the street", they staff could not have been nicer. During our stay, we saw multiple toucans, a massive iguana at the top of a very spindly tree, blue morphos, and some little rodent thing that we couldn't identify. And that was in parking lot... We would love to return here for the beauty and, well, the food. It was heavenly and a very good value ($120 for four of us with tax and tip). If you're on the road to Matapalo, and you get hungry, see if they will feed you as they fed us.
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