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Gelegen in de rand van Corcovado National Park, in het zuidwesten van Costa Rica.
Corcovado National Park beslaat ongeveer de helft van het schiereiland Osa. Het park is prachtig: u loopt hier door ruige jungle, en hoort de woeste golven tegen het verderop gelegen strand slaan. De vele bontgekleurde ara-papegaaien spreken tot de verbeelding. Een prachtige wandeling door het Corcovado National Park is een gedenkwaardig onderdeel van uw Costa Rica rondreis. Daarnaast zijn er nog veel meer mogelijkheden; neem hiervoor contact met ons op.
we were renting casa Bambu during Christmas week, and decided to celebrate Christmas with a lunch at Lapa Rios lodge. It is about a 15mn walk, up the hill from casa bambu, and when you arrive at the lodge, you are at the same level as the top of the trees, in the middle of the rainforest, with monkeys and iguana. The view is amazing, and the entrance of the lodge so pretty. Everything is mad in wood, and the main dining room is wonderful, very high ceiling. You can even take a narrow stairs to be even higher and enjoy an even better view. The lunch was delicious, especially the small bites, the waiters very professional and stylist. The lunch menu is affordable, yet still expensive when you think that you are in the middle of nowhere, but it is worth it !
"an amazing lodge"
This is an amazing lodge . Everything about it is top notch. You can't go past it....expensive ....yes ....but they offer so much. Including Spanish lessons! Accommodation ,facilities,food all excellent. All tours are included. Wildlife is prolific ,...You can sit on your verandah in the early morning/ sunrise, and watch many macaws ad monkeys,.....And they deliver coffee to yours at the time you desire rom 5.00am on !
This hotel is amazing. The staff are friendly and helpful. Our airline didn't inform us that flights had been cancelled to get to Lapa Rios. The hotel emailed us the night before to let us know and to help arrange flights to a different airport and transfers. The food is all included and they had a great selection. We never had a bad meal. I loved the fish tacos and ceviche. The hotel offered several free nature walks each day which we took advantage of. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and could spot wildlife that the rest of us would never have seen if travelling by ourselves. We were lucky enough to see an anteater. We saw all 4 types of monkeys, toukans, macaws and other mammals. Of all the places we stayed at in Costa Rica this was the place with the most wildlife. Our room had the most amazing panoramic view of the ocean.
I will start with that I was actually a little teary when we had to leave this place. The viewing of wild life here is amazing. Showering with macaws screaming above you and toucans eating their breakfast was an experience I will never forget. Yes, the menu is limited, but they always offer specials and everything we ate was delicious. One night seemed limited because I do not eat meat. The server offered an alternative and it was my favorite meal of our stay. The staff truly love their job and make an effort to be available to point out wildlife even while you are eating your meals. The love the guides show of their country is something you rarely see. Jose and Edwin, thank you for the guided hikes and the wealth of information . The hikes can be difficult, but they do stop frequently to point out plants, wildlife so it isn't too difficult to keep up. I was struggling a little bit at the end of one and the pace was slowed a little. Even the other visitors are pleasant. The rooms are kept cool with the ocean breezes and I never once felt hot (except for hiking). Even used an extra blanket at night. Had no mosquito bites. Listening to the howler monkeys is something I will always remember. We stayed at a well known supposedly top 2 hotel in the Arenal area and honestly, all we could think is that it could not even begin to compare with Lapa Rios. We felt there was a nice variety of hikes and I never knew how much I enjoyed bird watching until we went out with Jose. Even the driver back and forth to the hotel seemed to love his job as he pointed out things we would never have seen. There is a self guided hike and a beach you can walk too without guides for things to do by yourselves. I normally do not care for guided hikes, but was so glad we did them. I could go on and on, but just come, you will not be sorry. We flew both Sansa and Nature air, can't say I noticed any difference. The flight, care right and stay is one fantastic adventure that is priceless. A thank you to the server that made my husband the crickets... We will keep them as added memories.
"Mixed feelings - would not return"
People raved about this place, and I wish our group could rave as well, But we just can't. Many things are great here. The rooms have beautiful views and are well-decorated, cleaned every day, have turn-down service. The restaurant staff is very friendly and attentive. The hotel's efforts for eco-tourism and sustainability are really quite amazing. We did the Pigs/twigs tour and were quite impressed. However, the big issue with this hotel is their lack of flexibility and their inability to veer from the plan. For example, they offer set activities each day. One activity per time slot. So if you don't like that activity or have already done it, then there is nothing for you to do during that time slot. That limits those who want to be active. Once you did the event at 9:30 one day, then the same event is offered the next day at 9:30 so you have to do it twice or have down time during that time slot. For active travelers, we found that annoying. Another example, one hike is not for families or for the elderly. While we were there, that hike was on the schedule, yet the only guests in the lodge were elderly or families, so no one would do that hike because the staff advises against it. So why schedule a hike when you know that the current guests aren't advised to do it? That left every hotel guest with nothing to do during that timeslot, except read or entertain themselves in some way. That's not always a bad thing...downtime is good on a vacation. But it happened too often with their schedule for us to be happy about it. Management need to see who's registered and adjust their activities accordingly. We noticed this a few times during our stay. For those considering a stay here, I would say that the activities list is impressive, but they are offered on a limited basis and many are repeated. So be careful and ask good questions when booking your stay. By our third day, we "ran out" of things to do from their list, because they weren't scheduled or because we had already done them. Our other complaint was that the restaurant menu doesn't change. It's an impressive menu at first glance. 6 options for lunch. 6 other options for dinner. but it's the same 6 options every day. So if you immediately take 3 or so out because you don't like the ingredients or the spice level, that leaves you with just three or so to pick from EVERY DAY that you are there. We were quickly frustrated with the lack of flexibility on the menu and dreaded looking at the same menu by our third lunch there. The wait staff is very friendly and attentive. The bar drinks are great. Just wish their was more variety each day on the menus. No AC here and it was very humid. Nothing dried, but we expected that going into a stay in the rain forest. They offer umbrellas. The paths are long and up/down hills. Bring a flashlight. We were surprised how dark the paths were in the evening. Internet is only available at the hiking hut and it was very intermittent. Don't feel you'll always have a reliable signal, but it was good enough to get a message in/out when we needed to. We wouldn't go back to this place. It's not terrible.. But the lack of variety in food and the lack of thoughtfully scheduled activities prevents us from fully recommending this hotel. There are many in the area to pick from. If we go back to Osa, we'll try a different property.
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