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The real thing.
In 2009 I 1st visited Lapa Rios and have wanted to return since. My husband and I had the chance this week. We stayed 4 nights in this beautiful eco lodge. Everything about the experience was magnificent. The staff made us feel both like family and special friends. The food was simply amazing. They hired a new executive chef to develop the menu. Fresh. Clean. High in protein. Delicious. And, they serve the best coffee, Dom Mayo! We took the night hike with Frank and saw several red-eyed green tree frogs. He was a photographer as well as a guide so he made sure I got the shot! Jose was our guide for the Osa hike, about 3 hours and birdwatching (5:45 am). He was knowledgeable and a great spotter. Edwin was our guide for the Matapalo hike. It is obvious that all 3 guides love the Osa. Thank you to Luz and her staff for remaining true to the philosophy of offering a uniquely authentic rainforest experience. Thank you Henry, Sandra, Paola, Stephanie, Rolvin, Andreas, and the entire team. Hope to see you again.
Hidden Gem full of treasures!
We knew we were headed into the jungle, but we had no idea just how lovely these 5 days would be. The road to get there was horrible, to say the least, but what can you expect on a journey into the middle of the jungle. One thing for sure, my legs got a workout every day! We had to climb 216 stairs everyday, 3 times a day to reach the main lodge and dining room. They would have picked us up in a vehicle, but we choose to climb the steps for exercise. Everything is included! We wanted to do a few offsite tours before arriving there, but once we arrived we were so busy with onsite, included tours, we just used our downtime to relax. You do need to be ready to do a lot of walking if you visit Lapa Rios. We averaged 15,000 + steps a day. We are in our mid 60s and not in top shape so if we can do it, so can you! Edward and Jose did such a great job as our naturalists. They found us hundreds of howler, spider, white face and squirrel monkeys. And birds? I do not know how they do it, but they can spot a bird just by it’s sound a mile away and then find it in a high powered telescope. We had a blast exploring the primary and secondary jungles. The food was 2nd to none. So delicious! And beautifully presented. The service was amazing. We do not drink alcohol so they were so kind to always have a delicious fruit drink or mocktail waiting for us. The rooms are lovely, very clean and the decks are big. Once on our hike up to dinner we saw 6 wild boar. It really was a special time. Not cheap, but worth every penny.
Best experience ever!
Lapa Rios is exceptional is every way. My husband and I travel frequently and extensively. This lodge excelled in every area. We were met at the Puerto Jimenez airport by Andres, who greeted us with fresh juice from our own coconuts. On the trip to Lapa Rios, he asked about our preferences for activities. When we arrived at Lapa Rios, we were shown our room and later presented with a personally designed schedule of tours. My husband had sprained his ankle before arriving in Puerto Jimenez and Andres modified all tours to accommodate his limited walking ability. The level of service afforded by all the staff of Lapa Rios was unparalleled! Paola at the front desk was wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble for her when it came to helping you. The tours were all excellent. The guides make each tour fun, educational and very interesting. Jose was our guide for the Sunset Bird Tour, the Early Bird Tour, Twigs, Pigs and Garbage Tour and the Osa Trail. Each tour was modified to accommodate my husband's inability to walk long distances. All were great. Jose's enthusiasm, kindness and knowledge made each tour an adventure. One of my favorite tours was with Danilo. The Starfish tour is only offered once a month in accordance with the tides. Lots of marine animals in the tidal pools and Danilo shard his extensive knowledge with me. He also accompanied my husband and I on the Matapalo Tour to give my husband a taste of the beautiful beach. Edwin is a longtime employee of the lodge and took us on the Medicine tour. His knowledge of the rainforest plants and their medicinal uses made the tour a fun learning experience. Definitely take advantage of his enthusiasm and go on this interesting tour. The Night Walk with Frank was very good. Flashlights and night creatures! Again the level of knowledge and enthusiasm was appreciated. The food was great. All fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. It was the level of service, friendly attitude and helpful suggestions that made us feel we were dining with friends that made each meal exceptional. Thank you Henry, Rolbin and Vilma! The rooms were fabulous. We began in room 9 - beautiful views, a very large deck and lots of wildlife. We were upgraded to another very beautiful and larger room so that they could offer my husband relief from the many stairs by coming to pick us up in a vehicle. Just another example of exemplary service, thanks Andres! We look forward to returning to paradise!
Christmas in Paradise
This resort is truly magical. The views are stunning, the food is excellent, and the staff is amazing! From the moment we were greeted at the airport we were treated like family. Service is friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The excursions are amazing. I highly recommend the Osa Trail and the Waterfall Hike. The naturalist guides are extremely knowledgeable. You are in excellent hands between Edwin's 25 years of experience and Jose's incredible gift for mimicking animal calls. They will guarantee you have an incredible experience. The beach excursion is a must! Thank you so much to the entire staff of this wonderful property for making this Christmas truly special.
Not to be missed
One word for this lodge - outstanding! Set in the middle of a rainforest with views that take your breath away. All the rooms face the ocean and are not only beautiful they are top notch accommodation. Birds and monkeys in the trees over your balcony, butterflies everywhere. The food and service wouldn't be out of place in a top restaurant, but what makes this place extra special is the staff. Attention to detail is exceptional but done in a discreet manner. The staff are obviously very happy here as smiles abound and most of them have long service here, which reflects in their work. Everyone from the managers to the gardeners were helpful, personable and a joy to be with. The hotel has plenty of walks, hikes and activities for every level of fitness, done in small groups. We would come back in a heartbeat.
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