Discreetly positioned among 1000 acres of Central America's last remaining tropical lowland forest, Lapa Rios is a pioneer in sustainable tourism, offering a luxurious eco-lodge experience. Guest bungalows scattered along a ridge overlooking the emerald-green forest fringing the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean have interiors furnished with softly canopied beds, handcrafted furniture and vibrant bursts of colour. The spacious bungalows are open along three sides, screened by netting, to bring the feel of the jungle inside. Wake to a memorable sunrise, alongside a dawn chorus of birds, tree frogs and howler monkeys, before settling down to a fresh flask of coffee on your private terrace.
With 2.5% of the world's biodiversity found on the Osa Peninsula, it is possible to spot an incredible breadth of flora and fauna, including sloths, scarlet macaws and iguanas - possibly even an endangered jaguar or distant humpback whale. Days are spent exploring the varying habitats with experienced naturalist guides or relaxing on one of four secluded beaches where you can have a surfing lesson. A spa hut overlooks the ocean, and the menu of treatments includes soothing massages and raw fruit facials.
The all-day dining restaurant, Brisa Azul, serves all meals à la Carte, starting with Costa Rican coffee, pastries and tropical fruit. Most ingredients are sourced locally, and while lunches feature colourful salads, zingy ceviche and traditional Casados, dinners are likely to showcase responsibly caught seafood, grass-fed beef, organic chicken and delicious vegetarian dishes. Round off an active day with a flaming cocktail in the bar.
Spa hut featuring a selection of treatments
Watersports including surf classes and kayaks
Guided naturalist tours
Things to do nearby
Self-guided walks including a Bird watching tour, Waterfall hike, Medicine walk, Night walk and rain forest hikes
Guided excursion to the national park
Golfo Dulce boat trips
Cultural activities such as cooking lessons and Spanish classes
Visit the nearby school or go on the behind-the-scenes sustainability tour
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