My family and I, five of us total, stayed at Lapa Rios July 7 thru July 13, 2006. We had two bungalows, one for our children, 15, 17 & 19, and one for us. Words cannot adequately express the wonderful time we had at Lapa Rios. The Lapa Rios staff is amazing! They treated us as if we were royalty always making sure we had what we needed; enough towels, food, etc. The food is excellent! Fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, you name it. However, the best part of Lapa Rios is the scenery. Whether you are in to birds, plants, the jungle or the ocean, Lapa Rios has it all as you can see from our photos. As for what to bring for clothing, we found the best thing to bring is athletic wear. Things that dry fast and are mildew resistant. You may have to pack damp clothes in your suitcase on the trip home and we had mildew on our cotton items when we arrived home. You are going to sweat at Lapa Rios, unless you just sit around, remember you're in the Rain Forest and there's no AC. Nights are very comfortable for sleeping and we never had any problems with bugs. One word of caution, if you are in poor heath, 30 lbs over weight, have bad knees or are just lazy, the walk to and from your bungalows may be difficult. There are many steps to climb. I am not trying to scare anyone away, but again remember this is an Ecolodge in the Rain Forest and not the Spa at some Club Med Resort. Not that you can't just lounge around the pool, do yoga and get massages if you like. We just found the hiking, jungle tours and walks to the beach to go surfing much more enjoyable. I hope I provided enough information to encourage anyone who reads this to visit Lapa Rios. Please read all the reviews you can about Lapa Rios as we did before we went. This will help you to decide what to bring, what you will want to do while at Lapa Rios and how long to stay. Lapa Rios is mentioned in the book “1000 things you must do before you die” and I (we) highly recommend you do. They are doing wonderful work protecting the Costa Rica Rain Forest so please help them do so by visiting Lapa Rios.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a 1000-acre private nature reserve in 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, a destination matching everyone's idea of paradise. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project and a sustainable tourism pioneer. Over the years, we have received many awards for social and environmental excellence. Home to a plethora of incredible wildlife, including monkeys, scarlet macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco lodges Ecolodges will be the experience of a lifetime. Lapa Rios is one of only 24 National Geographic Unique Eco Lodges of the World ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapa Rios Ecolodge Hotel Playa Matapalo