My wife and I just returned from a five night stay at Copa de Arbol. I can't say enough good things about the location, the staff and the owners. When we wanted to relax, the pool and open air bar/restaurant made for the perfect refuge overlooking a stunning view down a rainforest hill to the beach and deep blue Pacific. When we wanted to see wildlife in its natural habitat, the abundant tours that were available for snorkeling, boating, horseback riding and especially the walking tour of Corcovado National Park consistently and abundantly delivered. Further, the food was excellent.
I think anyone considering Copa de Arbol should know what they are looking for. If one is looking for a "lay by the pool" and "eat in five star restaurants" resort experience, Copa can provide something approximating that. However, you may be able to find more luxury at the price-point. If you are looking to spend your days experiencing the beauty of remote, mostly unsettled and unsullied rainforest and Pacific Ocean habitats and your nights in luxury accommodations with excellent food and drink, I do not think you will find Copa de Arbol's equal elsewhere.
The grounds are as beautiful, if not even more beautiful, than the pictures you will find online. The rooms are very, very comfortable with good air conditioning in all of the bedrooms. I am sure if you opened the doors and let them run, they would cool the entire cabin, but we never really tried to do that because we felt it was unnecessary.
The food was excellent, authentic Costa Rican fare. None of the meals I had there would rank among "the best I've ever eaten", but all of them were very, very good. To give you an idea, imagine that the best cook among your friends and family was Costa Rican and they were cooking you breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for five days. Each day has a pre-set menu; but if you ask for something else, they will make it for you. My wife is a vegetarian and particular about the quality of the food she eats. She came away with no complaints whatsoever.
The staff and owners at the hotel all take great pride in their work and are very friendly. By the second day there, they all knew our name. By the time we left, it was as if we were all friends. The one problem we had during our stay was a pipe under our bathroom sink that leaked onto the floor while we slept our second night. I told one of the owners, Mike, about it the next morning at breakfast and it was fixed by the time we returned from our horseback riding trip that morning.
As for the tours that are available, every one we went on was a great experience - especially the Corcovado National Park tour. Our guide on the Cano Island snorkeling tour and the Corcovado National Park tours, Jose, was an employee of Copa and he was tremendously knowledgeable, enthusiastic and hardworking. He made sure that we had the greatest chance to see as much maritime and rainforest wildlife as possible. We saw all four kinds of indigenous monkey species, coatis, anteaters, rare birds like the potoo, dolphins (we were not there during whale season), an abundance of tropical fish and even a very rare sighting of a Galapagos sea lion. We peppered him with questions about the ecosystem and the wildlife we were seeing. Not once was he unable to provide detailed and interesting answers.
Overall, it was perhaps the best vacation experience we have ever had. We will definitely go again.
- 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