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Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

My wife Linda and I recently returned from four days at Copa de Arbol. The scenery was breathtaking, the ocean was warm, the wildlife was spectacular, and the accommodations were very comfortable with great views. Best of all the staff, especially Randall was outstanding and took care of our every need. The food was absolutely fantastic with a wonderful wait staff led by Orlando. If you want to treat yourself, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Mike M, Owner at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

Short but sweet. It feels nice to know that you two got what you came for! Thanks for choosing Copa for your place to stay here on the Osa. Come back soon!!

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

It's been two weeks since we returned home from Costa Rica for the second year in a row. Our first visit left us wanting to see more of this amazing country and this year we wanted to include the Osa Pennisula. Our stay at the Copa de Arbol ended our trip this year reminding us that there are few places like this left to visit and we feel very fortunate to have done so.

The ride down the Sierpe River with the opportunity to see and photograph moneys and caiman, macaws and other birds made my day and was well worth the price already. Then the river opens into the Pacific and Drake Bay giving one the feeling that this will be a different kind of adventure. No... there isn't a boat dock...the landing can be a bit wavy and bumpy and yes...you might get splashed and bit wet, but that's what makes this place unique. And did I forget to mention...no shoes!! No flip flops or sandals in the buildings....check your shoes at the steps of even the restaurant and eat in your bare feet! Take time to notice the wood....really notice the quality and finish. It truly makes sense why you wouldn't want to scuff all that up with gritty sandy shoes. The cabins are comfortable. We loved hearing the ocean in Coco #1 and totally agree that it is nature's sweet lullaby.

This resort is not for everyone. You have to be able to appreciate the work it work it took to create this resort in this particular location and what it takes to keep it running. Having spent part of an afternoon talking with one of the owners, Mike, it became very clear to both my husband and I what challenges there were in building this resort and what challenges there still are. Yes, the electricity occasionally goes out....sure...the Wi-Fi is iffy at times...the menu choices aren't pages long and there isn't a row of shop to spend money in, but when you take the time to stop and think about the fact that just about everything comes in by boat, it's pretty amazing how efficiently this resort runs. All of the staff, from those in the restaurant to the guys doing the grunt work of unloading and loading and holding the boats, make every effort to welcome you and assist in any way they can. Most remember and address you by name which makes you feel pretty special.

We loved this remote place in the Osa Pennisula and feel fortunate to have gotten to experience it. There aren't many places as untouched as this left.

Room Tip: Loved #1 Coco listening to the ocean's lullaby.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mike M, Owner at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

This review touches on something that I highly recommend, arriving via the Sierpe River. Nowadays there are several options for accessing Drake Bay. When we first came to this area over twenty years ago, the only access was the hour & 15-minute boat ride down the Sierpe River out into the Pacific and on to Drake Bay. To me, it creates a true feeling of separation from the outside world and is the most adventurous way to start your stay here on the Osa. We all deeply appreciate your recognition of the effort it takes to make this happen and difficulties of providing luxury in the wild. Your satisfaction and enjoyment of the area makes all the effort worthwhile. Thanks for taking the time to share. It’s true Copa De Arbol is not for everyone, but we are glad it was the right place for you!!!

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

There are many aspects of our stay here that we enjoyed: i.e. the welcome, the experience in the restaurant. Staff generally really seemed to care and the location was amazing.

However, there are some things that spoilt the experience for us: a resort of this price and calibre should have a jetty, it was difficult at times to get on and off boats here and a challenge for the staff who had to load the luggage. Also, for this price I do not expect to have to sit in a wet seat when leaving the resort to be transferred to the air strip. It would not take a lot for staff to provide a towel to ensure seats on the boat are dry.

Our excursion to Corcovado was not a pleasant one. It rained cats and dogs before we even set off, but the hotel provided bin liner style rain covers, so I went along. There were also gum boots available, but staff persuaded us that we would find our own hiking boots more comfortable. This was a big mistake, because we got absolutely soaked and our shoes did not dry for many days. On our return we were not offered any way of drying our shoes or clothes, which in this damp climate is a real challenge unless there are some facilities to aid the process.

The next place we stayed at however (which was a simple 3 star hotel) did offer us the use of tumble dryers and ways and means of drying our shoes. They also had a shop where you could buy proper rain protection, which Copa de Arbol did not offer, but again, it would be a good idea for them to do so to truly make it a first rate experience.

In summary to command such a high price this place needs to provide dry landings, facilities to dry clothes and shoes and should sell/rent or lend all types of wet weather gear, as low weight restrictions on internal flights mean not every one will be able to bring all they need with them.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mike M, Owner at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

Seeing that you stayed with us almost a year ago, we are saddened that you still carry negative memories of your stay here at Copa. Worse yet, all of your complaints could have been avoided. First I would highly recommend any potential guests to read the “Is Copa Right For You” page on our website. You will find info that may help you when choosing a place to stay on the Osa. Summer our reservations manager is an expert in Drake Bay travel, knows all the area hotels, and is glad to refer people to neighboring hotels better suited to a guest’s individual needs (in your case Aguilla De Osa or La Paloma both have dry-landing docks closer to town). The Costa Rican government has thankfully placed strict development restrictions on the area we are located. Building a jetty would never be permitted and we would never build one if it were allowed. Instead, we inform each of our guests in their itinerary of the wet landing prior to arrival. It states “Please have on shoes that are easily removable, or can get wet, as you will exit into knee deep water and will get wet.” To us as well as many of our guests, the beauty of the area and the purpose for visiting is to experience raw nature, unobstructed. To me a jetty in place of the natural existing reef and the life it sustains would be a shame and goes against what we are trying to achieve. Our local captains and boat staff all have years of experience in these waters and most guests enjoy the boat transport and access as part of the adventure, with the main hazard being wet shoes which bring us to your next issue. I must say I am confused as to how you could conclude that we offer no way to dry shoes or cloths. We are a full service resort; we have laundry bags in all rooms and laundry service like any normal hotel. Our staff makes every effort to anticipate guest’s needs, however a simple request if something is overlooked will usually resolve any issue. Drying shoes and clothing is a routine request here, which we are happy to fulfill. We also provide umbrellas in all of the rooms, rubber boots for hikes and full-length raincoats for all boat trips as needed. I have never heard our guides trying to talk people out of using the rubber boots. Our guides are the ones who requested we have them available. We provide them free because they are best for hiking in this environment and always recommend their use. I am sorry to learn you were advised differently. I think this is a very helpful review and hope it helps other people who share your concerns to choose carefully and understand that Copa De Arbol is not for everyone. Thank you for sharing.

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

If you would like to escape to a place that is totally off the beaten path and lets you enjoy everything there is of the rainforest and ocean, then this would be a great place to come. You arrive by boat to a beautiful luxurious resort that only has 11 cabinas on premise. They are well appointed, spotlessly clean, air conditioned and have wifi. After a day touring Corcovado National Park or snorkeling off Cano Island, they are a joy to come back to and freshen up in a immaculate setting. They also have a whole list of other tours to choose from. The guides are first rate and very knowledgeable. The food is also very good at breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks in between. The other element that really makes this resort is the staff. From the tour guides, front desk, restaurant and bar, they are all so nice and accommodating. The resort is perfect for a romantic getaway. I was here solo(I planned on going with my girlfriend but we did not make it to trip time. That is a whole other story. lol) But I still really enjoyed myself with the interesting tours and beauty of the area. If you are looking at Drake Bay as a destination and want to stay at a nice place, than strongly consider Copa De Arbol.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Nick M
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Mike M, Owner at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

As the title of your review states, this part of Drake Bay known as ”Las Caletas,” which translates to the small coves, is a very private part of the Drake Bay area. There are only 6 small lodges including us between the Aguijitas River and Punta Marenco, which covers about 2 miles of coast. This leaves most beaches free of people making its easier to find solitude than company. We are glad you found your piece of paradise here at Copa. Thanks for sharing!!

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Reviewed 19 March 2014

This is a gorgeous, off the grid place to totally unplug. The setting, food, service, pool, casitas are truly wonderful. The food was excellent and despite having, officially, a limited number of choices for lunch and dinner, they were always able to come up with other options if one of my children had a specific request. There are plenty of activities - rain forest hikes, snorkeling, paddle boarding, etc. - but our favorite times were afternoons around the gorgeous three level pool, having a cold drink.

The whole place has a completely relaxed, personal, other worldly vibe. We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in #1 and #4 - both lovely!
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Mike M, Owner at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

Short, sweet and to the point! I feel like you summed up my personal feelings about Copa in one paragraph. Thanks for choosing us; we look forward to your return.

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed here in December and loved every second of it!!! It did downpour for hours one morning (it is a rain forest) and our day trip was cancelled, but all the animals that came out around the grounds after the rain was amazing!!! We got so many great pictures and experiences just at Copa de Arbol. Stayed in one of the new cabins which was beautiful and perfect, it looked out onto this tree that had toucans on it EVERYDAY!!! All the tours were great, there was also good hikes into town and around the grounds. I can't say enough about the food or the service impeccable!!! Highly recommend this place if your staying in Drake Bay, it looked much better than the other resorts in the area, from what I could tell.

Room Tip: The only issue we had was that the shower would never stay one temp, it would be good for 1 minute a...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mike M, Owner at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

One of my favorite things about the rainforest is the rain. I love to feel the power of raw nature. Our guests come from all over the world and from all walks of life, but no matter who you are or where you’ve come from when there’s a true thunder and lighting storm hitting Osa-style, you can’t help but feel and understand that nature is always in charge. Thanks for sharing your experience and choosing us.

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Reviewed 8 March 2014

I can't say enough about how special this place is. It's both sophisticated and raw at the same time. Beautifully, and minimally designed.

The owners, who make The Dude seem uptight, are an integral part of the charm. They are personally engaged with the guests, open, accessible and fascinating. Even inspiring.

Our family of 5, including our 3 elementary school aged kids, enjoyed 5 days at this blend of rainforest and beach. The resort is inaccessible by car, so you arrive by boat, a delightful transfer that may as well have been a planned excursion of its own. And while there we enjoyed snorkeling, paddle boarding, jungle hikes, and the regular sightings of all sorts of exciting creatures like monkeys, exotic birds, dolphins, bizarre jellyfish, and sea turtles, as well as beach and pool-time.

The resort's maximum occupancy is 25 people, and since the hotel is inaccessible by road, you get to enjoy a feeling of seclusion.

The food was incredible. We said so again at every meal. And we loved the experience of being in the dining room. Like a luxury Swiss Family Robinson house with a master chef.

And I'm not a person who is usually that impressed by service. It's just not the aspect of travel I require much of to be pleased. But the staff here is so friendly and helpful. They make a significant attempt to know every guest's name, and use them, sometimes even using fun nicknames. (My son Bennett became Benito, and my daughter Sutton became Princessa (which she loved). And they will go to every length to help you have a great experience.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates the genuine over the artificial.

Room Tip: Room #5, Palm, was fantastic. Its two stories, with two bedrooms and an extra daybed room, was perf...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Mike M, Owner at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

It was a pleasure to have you and your family spend your vacation time with us here at Copa. Before we opened, I would often times think about how exciting a place like this would be for a child. I know that visiting the Osa Peninsula can be a life-changing event, it was for me. The children of today face a world full of so much environmental damage and at times it seems hopeless. The Osa Peninsula provides hope and teaches us that its not to late and that we can turn it around. Hopefully exposing the next generation to nature’s wonders will make the difference that the planet needs. Thanks for choosing us!!

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Address: Drake Bay 60101, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
#1 Family Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Drake Bay
Price Range: £638 - £1,373 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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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