Hidden between the primary rainforest of the Osa Peninsula and the sparkling water of the Pacific Ocean, Lapa Rios has always been one of our favourite Costa Rican luxury retreats. With organic natural linens, locally sourced food and solar-powered water supplies, Lapa Rios takes its eco-credentials seriously. Days can be spent borrowing the eyes of your guide to spot well-camouflaged sloths, armadillos and tiny poison-dart frogs (a lucky few have seen jaguar). Discover starfish basking in marine rock pools, and during the migration season, humpback whales wave their tails out to see.
Each of the 17 open-air bungalows is perched on a mountain ridge and surrounded by jungle. The views of the Pacific below are spectacular, and with a private deck to drink it all in, many guests find it hard to leave the privacy of their hilltop home. We love the Lapa Villas with their large decks and private plunge pool to soak up the beauty of this stunning location.
Why we love it
Stunning hilltop location with lofty views of the Pacific Ocean
Tucked into the heart of one of the best regions in Central America for biodiverse wildlife
A brilliant option for a nature-filled family vacation (kids 6 years and over are welcome)
Access to a variety of secluded beaches along the Golfo Dulce coastline; explore tide-pools, lookout for whales further off the coast, go surfing or even horse riding.
Head off with a naturalist guide and venture into the rainforest; admire the vast array of bird species as you go along.
Immersive Wildlife Experience
A whopping 2.5% of the world's biodiversity is found on the Osa Peninsula, including endangered species - many call Lapa Rios home.
Rainforest fine dining - every meal is curated with exclusive local ingredients with a tropical flare. Enjoy cooking demonstrations or even request a themed evening.