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Why we like it
- All 16 cabins have private terraces
- Lapa Rios is on the undeveloped Osa Peninsula, in the south west of Costa Rica - within its own 1,000-acre reserve of primary forest and overlooking the meeting point of the Golfo Dulce fjord and the Pacific
- The Brisa Azul restaurant specialises in freshly-cooked international cuisine infused with a hint of the tropics and offers breathtaking vistas
- Zen Shiatsu, Ayurvedic, Core Integration and Reiki massages are available, as are Hatha Yoga and Chi Kung classes
- The lodge has an outdoor pool surrounded by lush jungle
- Other facilities include a lovely terrace overlooking the rainforest, a bar, with a raised central platform for superb views, private dining in a secluded rainforest setting and with a dedicated waiter, and a vast array of trips and excursions
- Children are welcome, although the lodge is not recommended for under-fives
We loved the lodge's upper deck. At the top of a three-story circular stairway, it is the place to go for the best forest canopy and ocean views.
.Melissa is a first-rate Travel Consultant, and the relationship and trust that she has built with us is truly cherished.
- GF, Bedfordshire
Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean.
The surrounding virgin rainfrest is a nature-lover's paradise - home to rare and unusual species of flora and fauna, it is the only place in the country to spot squirrel, spider, white face capuchin and howler monkeys.
Lapa Rios was designed to stand in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main lodge and cabins line three ridges and are connected by paths and steps. The main lodge and the Brisa Azul restaurant soar 50 feet above the sea and, like the 16 private cabins, are built of locally harvested materials and have intricately woven palm-thatched roofs. All the cabins are open plan, to ensure stunning ocean and jungle views, and are furnished with comfortable, locally made bamboo furniture. Huge private decks aid relaxation amidst pristine nature.
Best time to be there
December to March is generally considered the dry season. Temperatures rise in April and the rains arrive on the Pacific side from May to November. The Atlantic side has no specific dry season but there is less rainfall between March and September.
San Jose - daily via Madrid
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required
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