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Lapa Rios, Matapalo, Osa Peninsula 

Matapalo , Puntarenas
Costa Rica
Tel: 506 2735 5130
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Lapas Rios, the first deluxe eco-lodge to open on the Osa Peninsula, is one of the best wilderness resorts in Costa Rica, in part because of its prime perch on a ridge 350 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Reached by boardwalks above the forest floor, the 16 thatched-roof bungalows are suspended at the rainforest's edge like tree houses complete with canopy beds, spalike bathrooms, and expansive decks with amazing ocean views. Don't be surprised if you're joined by a few wild visitors while lounging outside, such as toucans, howler monkeys, three-toed sloths, and huge morpho butterflies. Animal lovers come here for rainforest hikes, bird watching, ocean kayaking, and horseback riding on deserted beaches, plus yoga classes, massages, and lazing in hammocks.—Updated by Christopher P. Baker

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The eco-resort is "simply amazing." Set amid 1,000 acres of "pristine protected rain forest," individual bungalows have screened-in walls, ocean views, and bamboo beds. Brisa Azul is the only dining option, and it utilizes local organic produce—"you never know what celebrity will become your friend and dining partner." "Service is unobtrusively attentive."

(16 bungalows)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 93.3
  • Design: 93.1
  • Food: 90.0
  • Location: 96.7
  • Rooms: 93.3
  • Service: 93.3

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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Ecotourism at its best

Lapa Rios Ecolodge has done some amazing work to protect the surrounding rainforest and to work towards the sustainable development of the Osa Peninsula. It is a... more

Best Resort in Costa Rica

My family and I have stayed at Lapa Rios twice. The first time we only stayed for a few days. But we loved it so much we decided to return the next year and spend... more