I created a trip to the Osa Peninsula and to El Remanso Lodge in particular as a gift for my husband in early March. I had zero interest in what I thought would be a place full of mosquitoes, too-basic lodging, and plenty of birds/animals that I didn't think I wanted to be near. I didn't know how wrong I could be! We have travelled extensively, yet this place and our experience at El Remanso may have been the best ever - for more reasons than I can even fit in this review. You need to go here - it doesn't matter where else you may want to visit in CR - this will be the highlight.
We were greeted at the Puerto Jimenez airstrip by Julia and Marco after a great Sansa flight from San Jose. Their enthusiasm was contagious on the ride to El Remanso, and they felt like old friends by the time we arrived. Our first look at the lodge/restaurant was the next great surprise - it was so lovely - all open air and wood. Over the next hour, while Silvia described all aspects of this amazing place and we had a refreshing drink, a Toucan landed in plain view about 25 yards away - and we were already falling in love with El Remanso! Then we were accompanied to our cabin - Caramba. It was simple, but so tasteful with a great deck looking to the ocean and surrounded by "controlled jungle/forest". I was so happy! After 4 days - NO mosquitoes - just as they say! Unforgettable - sitting on our private deck in the morning, looking out to the ocean, watching a pair of Scarlet Macaws flying toward us, turning into the sun and absolutely blazing into full color!
I cannot say enough about the guided hikes by Gerardo (he speaks the birds' language)! I took two of these day hikes and then one night hike; we walked down to the ocean and hiked the beach a couple of times; my husband also did some self-guided hikes and the canopy breakfast. We both did Yoga one afternoon. It was just the right amount of activity and relaxation. Of course, you could choose to do nothing at all!
Last, but by far not the least, were the staff here. I know they have been mentioned many times in other reviews, but I have to comment again. Nowhere, in any of our travels, have we experienced such caring, conscious, concerned and friendly service! These are primarily local young people hired & trained by Silvia and Adriana. Their team is so well-coordinated and create such a lovely personal experience (with the best food ever and wonderful menu choices at every meal)! This place is really another world - one in which I'd love to be a part for a long, long time. Don't miss it. We have been missing it since we left!
Donna & Larry
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- Also Known As:
- El Remanso Hotel Osa Peninsula
- El Remanso Osa
- El Remanso Lodge Costa Rica/Osa Peninsula