It's hard to describe just how wonderful our stay at Copa de Arbol truly was. I'm writing this review on our first day home after visiting Costa Rica for 10 days, and Copa de Arbol is the part of Costa Rica I miss the most!
First, the journey there: We flew into Drake Bay airport, rode in a rustic truck bed through back roads to a boat, which we took to the hotel. It was a fun, adventurous way to star our journey! Francisco was a good driver and we saw dolphins during the boat ride
Once we reached shore, we were greeted on the sand by the amazing Copa de Arbol staff. Johnny and a few other staff members made us feel instantly welcomed with cool towels, welcome drinks, and their unparalleled friendliness! We were then shown to the restaurant where more amazing staff members brought us fresh coconut water (in the coconut), fruit and more refreshments! We heard that the boat ride from Sierpe was also a fantastic adventure, so maybe we'll try that route next time. (We also heard that Sansa was more on-time that Nature Air, fyi, as both of our N.A. flights were late, but the staff and transportation arrangements still flowed smoothly!)
Staff: Every one of the staff members at Copa de Arbol were FABULOUS! We feel like we left with new friends, Johnny, Ronni, Orlando, Nancy, and so many others! We were always greeted by name and they went out of their way to do whatever was needed to make us feel at home. One of my favorite memories is simply hanging out with Nancy at the bar and chatting about life while my husband and I sipped pina colodas. Thank you all!!! We miss you already!!!
Rooms: The cabin was impeccably clean and fresh, filtered ice water was delivered every few hours (just don't forget to put the do not disturb downstairs if needed, the all-glass views are pretty exposed) :)
Grounds & Facilities: Beautiful! The mineral pool (no chlorine!) had fabulous views and the hot tub was the perfect place to unwind and share stories of the day's adventures. No tv's needed here, as the monkeys provide the entertainment! There's nothing like watching four monkeys play (and plan the best way to sneak food from the kitchen!) in the tree just outside the restaurant while having lunch!
Food: The food. Where to begin? I think this may have been the highlight of our stay! I would make the trek back from DC solely for the food. The french toast is a must have for breakfast! The lunch, dinner and 'snack' (happy hour) menus change daily and are always a wonderful surprise. The passion fruit mousse was a particular highlight! Freshly baked cookies and coffee are always available and superb. We also visited over Thanksgiving and the staff went out of their way to prepare an incredible menu of delicious holiday favorites. They arranged it family style at one, communal table, just like home. We felt like we were surrounded by a community and we are so grateful!
Tours: Mauricio is The. Best. We took a night hike with him and a trip to Corcovado's Sirena station and, while I'm sure it's easy to see wildlife in such tremendous park, Mauricio is incredibly knowledgeable, and really takes the time to share information, answer questions and ensure everyone is safe. We also took a trip to Cano Island for snorkeling with Erick. As a first time snorkelers I was a little uncertain, but loved it! We saw multiple schools of fish, 3 reef sharks, a ray (from afar), and much more. There's still so much more we didn't have a chance to do, paddle boards, kayaks, horse back riding, etc!
Overall, there's just something special about Copa de Arbol. There's a sense of community among fellow travelers and staff at this small eco-lodge and we are so grateful for our time there. I would love to return some day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is an intimate, remote eco-conscious beachfront Drake Bay resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. Located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copa De Arbol Beach And Rainforest Resort Costa Rica/Drake Bay