This was our last stop on a 10-day trip to Costa Rica and we definitely feel like we saved the best for last. The area in and unto to itself is amazing and Mike and his staff at the Copa de Arbol make it even better. The wet landings on the beach are really quite unique and reinforce the fact that you truly are in a secluded and natural area. From the moment we hit the beach, the service from the staff was excellent. From our orientation at check-in, to an unexpected - and welcomed - late breakfast (the granola here is fantastic by the way) to the attentive wait staff at the pool (the Sangria is most excellent), we never felt neglected. The accommodations were top-notch and extremely comfortable. You could relax on your porch or swing in one of the hammocks while taking in the nature around you. Jose led us on a snorkeling trip to Cano and went out of his way to make it worthwhile, even though we were dodging thunderstorms that morning and the water was a little murky from the rain the night before. There were only a few of us who wanted to snorkel in the deeper water and he had no problem obliging. Mauricio, who is a marine biologist by the way, led us on an all-day hike to Corcovado National Park. While you never know what flora and fauna you'll actually see on these types of trips, he, too, went out of his way to make sure we saw as much wildlife as possible. He even slogged through grasses and heavy underbrush to find a giant tapir resting in the shade. He was informative, flexible and very personable. He even came back by the pool after a long day to show us two toucans that had flown into a nearby tree. I also can't say enough about the food during our stay. Although it was mostly a fixed menu that changed each day, the staff always made it a point to ask if we were okay with the choices. There were always several options for breakfast. The preparation was always simple, made with fresh ingredients and delicious - and always more than we could eat. Everything that we would expect at home - living on the beach ourselves. We loved leaving our shoes off for dinner and inside our villa. Again, it reminded us of home. The staff was always, always accessible (without being in your face) - all you had to do was ring the bell if no one was actually at the front desk. They all made sure we knew where we were going (there are terrific hikes right from the resort) and knew what to bring with us for our excursions and were even flexible for some late-arriving guests with the departure times. You're on vacation after all! After a somewhat mediocre experience at our previous resort, the El Silencio Lodge, we were so happy and relieved to have had the good fortune of visiting Copa de Arbol. I only hope the word doesn't get out too fast. We'll be back - rest assured.
- 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