My husband and I spent a wonderful week at El Remanso in December. We stayed in both La Vanilla and a suite at El Poniente, but the cabinas are also lovely, with nice rainforest views.
Our first four nights were at La Vanilla, which is isolated from the other accommodations and completely open to the rainforest around you. Relaxing there in the afternoons, watching the ocean and the monkeys and birds, was a highlight of our trip. I was delighted on our first afternoon to see a very small colony of bats sleeping on the outside of a shade. We watched them fly away each evening and return every morning.
Our last three nights were in El Poniente. The rooms are still very open, but you can close the shutters if you want. The entire front opens to face the pool and gorgeous ocean sunsets. Huge picture windows throughout the room and (really nice) bath allow for unobstructed views of wildlife and gardens. We took dips in the pool and then retreated to our solarium to read or play games.
I cannot say enough nice things about Adriana and Daniel, and their excellent staff. Adriana made our visit seamless from our first contact, and everyone at El Remanso seems dedicated to ensuring that your visit is wonderful.
Gerardo, the naturalist, took us on the zipline to our canopy breakfast. The cost was reasonable to us for the close-up views of the colorful small birds and the raptors. The long hike should not be missed. Gerardo knows tons and he is a lot of fun, as well. He also took us bird-watching on our last morning. We loved the waterfall rappelling with Joel and enjoyed his stories. Horseback riding through the rainforest and on the beach was fun and relaxing.
El Remanso is a wonderful small and intimate retreat located in a remote area on the Osa Peninsula. As noted in other comments, there is no tv, no air-conditioning, no phone service, no blackberry connectivity, and blow-dryers are not allowed.
This is not a child-friendly place; there are too many natural hazards. Bringing young children is not safe for them and not fair to the other guests or the employees. This is a small resort. Children would be happier in places where there are other kids, a larger pool, and children’s activities. And adults traveling without children should be allowed to enjoy the pool and the wonderful natural surroundings and sounds.
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- Also Known As:
- El Remanso Hotel Osa Peninsula
- El Remanso Osa
- El Remanso Lodge Costa Rica/Osa Peninsula