Lapa Rios has a justifiably legendary reputation with its spectacular setting, ethos of combining luxury with wilderness and commitment to sustainability.
Set high on a hillside surrounded by lush rainforest canopy and with breath-taking views over the Pacific, this is a place which will linger in your memory long after you’ve returned home. Experience beautiful unspoilt beaches, pristine rainforest and wilderness adventures.
Facilities & Activities
Lapa Rios is all about immersing yourself in the glorious surroundings. There are a plethora of walks and hikes within the private reserve to suit all ages and abilities. The enthusiasm of the bi-lingual guides is contagious and you will be overwhelmed by the sheer diversity of trees, animals, butterflies and birds. For those who want to explore further afield the hotel also now offer a day excursion to the remote Corcovado National Park, only accessible by boat.
For a beach experience, guests are transported to the stunning and largely deserted Playa Dulce where the hotel set up lounge chairs and refreshments to create a private ‘beach club’ experience. The currents here can be too strong for swimming, but perfect for surfing or stand-up paddle and there is tuition on hand for those who want to learn to master the waves.
Other popular activities include sea kayaking, waterfall rappelling, zip-lining and fishing. Or you might enjoy horse-riding along the beach and through the rainforest.
For relaxation, there is a lovely swimming pool with loungers and stunning views. There is also yoga or you could enjoy a wonderful, restorative in-room massage.
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The setting for meals is the atmospheric open-air Brisa Azul restaurant with spectacular views over the valley below.
There is a fantastic choice on offer for breakfasts – the perfect anecdote to an early morning birdwatching expedition, or as a precursor to a morning spent exploring the rainforest.
Having already selected your meal choices for dinner earlier in the day, the evening meal starts in style with drinks and cocktails at the bar from where you can watch the sunset and enjoy wonderful views of the Golfo Dulce. The impressive menu is organic and locally sourced wherever possible.
The thatched Deluxe Bungalows are nestled on the hillside and are very much in harmony with their setting. With high-pitched ceilings, they feel spacious and calm. Screened, open sided walls and the latest silent, high power/low energy fans provide a welcome breeze (no air-con). Rooms are finished with warm wooden floors, beds draped with soft white mosquito nets and each bungalow offers a private deck, with secluded garden shower.
Two new Premier Villas offer unparalleled comfort whilst immersing guests into one of the most biodiverse places on earth! Each private standalone suite is surrounded by the rainforest canopy with views of the brilliant blue Golfo Dulce. They feature an open-plan bedroom with living room, large windows and wraparound terrace with a refreshing outdoor rain shower.
Four new Lapa Villas also enjoy the added benefit of a refreshing plunge pool!
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Lapa Rios goes out of the way to welcome families and multi-generational groups.
Children with an interest in nature will be enthralled by the wildlife and will love the variety of family-friendly activities on offer. There is something to suit all ages.
The new villas offer spacious accommodation sleeping up to 6 – perfect for a family rainforest adventure!
The lodge and surrounding 1,000-acre reserve was originally created to protect the area’s precious biodiversity and find a way to share it in a sustainable way. Lapa Rios is now recognized globally as a model of sustainable tourism and is keen to promote environmental awareness through its guest experiences. Join the ‘Twigs, Pigs & Garbage Tour’ for a behind the scenes view of how the lodge keep their operations ‘green’ and their family of biogas-producing piglets! The most recent achievement is converting the lodge to 100% reliance on sustainable and renewable sources of energy with new solar and hydro energy sources.
Lapa Rios is located on the remote Osa Peninsula, on Costa Rica’s South-West Pacific coast. The easiest way to get here is by light aircraft from San José (approx. 1 hour). On arrival you will be met at Puerto Jiménez’s Airstrip by the hotel staff and offered a cold drink ahead of your shared 4WD transfer. Private transfers are of course also available upon request for an extra charge.