Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
Overview

Lapa Rios is situated in a private 1,000-acre nature reserve of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest. It is located on the Osa Peninsula, near Corcovado National Park, a region that holds an astonishing amount of ecological variety. National Geographic called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth" and ecologists have named it " the Path of the Panther".Lapa Rios is an epitome of ecotourism, which strives to show that a forest left standing is a much more sustainable source of income to a community than one that is cut down. It was designed to merge superbly with the leafy surroundings and to minimize its impact on nature.  

 

Guests will connect with the remote wilderness of Corcovado in this serene, earthy lodge, where little separates the comfort of the warm interiors from the haunting beauty of the natural spectacles outside. Sixteen stand-alone suites are scattered across three ridges, overlooking the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean. Each suite is a lofty tree house constructed with indigenous materials: palm-thatched roofs, bamboo, hardwoods, and stone. The room's private verandas and large windows open up to a breathtaking panorama where lush green wilderness blurs into turquoise horizons. Other facilities include a lovely terrace overlooking the rainforest, a bar with a raised central platform for stunning views, private dining in a secluded rainforest setting with a dedicated waiter, and a vast array of trips and excursions.

What We Love



• This fascinating sanctuary is the perfect site for living and learning about tropical wildlife. • Lapa Rios is located on a natural reserve and it is the ultimate model of sustainability. • There are so many birds in Corcovado that the tropical breezes live with their color. • Zen Shiatsu, Ayurvedic, and Reiki massages are available, as are Hatha Yoga and Chi Kung classes. • Lapa Rios offers a variety of onsite activities, most included in the room rate. • Food is organic, and most of it is sourced locally to support farmers and growers in the region

Press and Awards



• Top 5 Central America Hotels, 2010 Readers' Choice Awards,  Conde Nast Traveler. • Top 10 Central America Hotels, 2009 Readers' Choice Awards, Conde Nast Traveler • Conde Nast Traveler (US), Gold List 2011  "The eco-resort is "simply amazing." • Conde Nast Traveler (US), World Savers Awards 2009  "Supports rural Costa Rican schools and encourages continued education for staff members.  Improved infrastructure, launched health initiatives, and supported the building of a recycling centre on the Osa Peninsula." • Frommer's ,  "This is Costa Rica's most famous ecolodge".

Sustainability



Lapa Rios has been recognized as a standard for sustainability by the Rainforest Alliance and Stanford University. The lodge has achieved the 5 leaves of sustainable tourism from the local tourism board (ICT).Lapa Rios successfully protects 1,000 acres of mostly primary rainforest from logging and uncontrolled development, making it a sanctuary for a variety of plants and animals. The lodge is deeply concerned about energy conservation and the use of sustainable systems for chemicals, waste, sewage, recycling, and water management.

Rooms

In Lapa Rios everything is chosen to delight the imagination and to enhance the intimate encounter with nature. Inside each suite there are wooden interiors, bamboo furniture. Bright colored textiles invite the surrounding forest indoors, while thatched roofs and natural branch railings blur the edges between the natural and the manmade. For the ultimate lavish experience, suites feature an open-sky shower, surrounded by a tropical garden.Suites feature:• King size or 2 queen size beds with mosquito nets • Private outdoor terrace overlooking jungle and ocean views • Spacious terrace with jungle and ocean views • Hammocks and comfy arm chairs • Upscale bath • Open-air shower • Safety deposit box • Fan • Mosquito Net • Organic toiletries The host invites:• Daily à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner • Organic Coffee • Non-alcoholic beverages • Handmade soap and shampoo • One to one service • Fresh tropical flowers • A wide selection of on-site tours

Suites feature:

Swimming pool, restaurant, ocean view, tropical gardens.

Signature Cuisine

The Brisa Azul restaurant welcomes guests with wholesome aromas and friendly faces. All meals are included in the room rate and are served in a spacious palenque - a traditional building with a soaring thatched ceiling and wide veranda overlooking the valley below.The restaurant showcases local specialties with a seasonal twist, as well as standard international fare. Dining is a la carte with highlights like Pejibaye and Camote Soup, Red Snapper in a coconut sauce and fresh seafood or Hearts of Palm Casserole.

Off Site Activities

• Corcovado National Park

• Golfo Dulce Dolphin Watching

• Sea & Mangrove Kayak

• Horseback Riding

• Surf Lessons