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Aguila de Osa
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 February 2014

We stayed for 5 nights and every morning we were up by about 06:30 and in bed by about 21:00 and it was great. Trips out every day -snorkelling, to the mangrove, to walk in the reserve and so on. These all cost but they come with the boat, the guide and sometimes lunch.

All meals are included and drinks are not overpriced. Some people paid to go deep sea fishing and what they caught we ate. So we had really fresh fish every day and it was excellent - indeed all the food was great; and there is coffee and cookies and bananas always available. Make sure you don't miss the pre-dinner appetisers.

Meals are at communal tables of 10 or 12 so you meet and talk to all sorts of people from all over - US, France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and maybe a couple of others. Really interesting and interested people, with good senses of homour - especially Bill & Sharon!

And all the staff are very friendly - and seem able to remember everyone's name.

Rooms have no air-con - but the ceiling fan was plenty to keep it cool and we slept really well .

Pity there is nowhere on site for a quick dip in the water.

Room Tip: We had room 10 which I think was the least good. Apart from that anything above 8 has good outside s...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

I stayed at Aguila de Osa Inn from February 1-9 and it just was not long enough. My friends and I travel far and wide to scuba dive and Costa Rica had been on our bucket list for a while. I am not usually a review writer but I feel compelled this time. The Inn is beautiful with large rooms, fantastic bathrooms and the food - well the food deserves it's own review. This was not your typical dive lodge with a buffet every night and large quantities of average quality food. The chefs and kitchen staff create fresh, inventive, healthy and most importantly delicious food prepared to order for every meal. My pet peeve when I am on vacation is often the inability to get coffee early in the morning. Not here! 5:30 am? No problem. A cup of freshly brewed coffee with real milk is available.
The staff at Aguila de Osa is friendly and ready to help 24/7. Want to take a tour? No problem. Want to switch tour tour? No problem. Going to the beach? Let me get you a fresh towel. Their attention to detail is superior.
The diving was great with dive masters and boat staff that were very skilled and bent over backwards to make every dive enjoyable and safe. The fish and critter populations are healthy and large. We had dolphins follow the boat each day and twice saw a humpback with calf.
We went on two tours. First to La Sirenna Station in Corcovado National Park. Our guide Tony was fantastic. His love of the jungle and it's inhabitants shines though. We saw everything from three kinds of monkeys to tapirs to more birds than I could possible remember. Then on to the tour of the mangroves. Our guide Carlos was no less enthusiastic. He found us a three toed sloth right off the bat and things only got more interesting from there.
If you plan to visit the Osa Peninsula (and you should) this is the place to stay.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
2  Thank ileneberezin
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Aguila de osa from Feb 7 to 9. All in all we had a reasonable stay. I can understand some of the reviews assuming you have never travelled in Asia or Africa.
Rooms were nice but dated, and for USD 600 per night I would expect some AC. The pick up at the airport was spotty and we seemed to suprise the driver with our arrival despite numerous emails as they had to call the resort to confirm. The ride to the coast for the boat was hot and with no aircon and the stop to pick up beers by the driver was slightly surprising. After that no major incidents and staff was friendly ans helpful despite the obvious attempt to upsell the tours.
The National park tour was nice but disappointing for this seekibg a hike.
Location is nice and view is breathtaking.
If you dont mind the cost or the heat, good option otherwise search for alternatives.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
1  Thank mike_sh5
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

A little slice of Heaven in a remote corner of Costa Rica. If you want an authentic experience with professional and friendly service, Aguila de Osa can't be beat. We spent 8 nights in Room 11 (most private of all the rooms) and took in Birdwatching, the Mangrove tour, and the Night Tour with resident expert, Carlos Gonzales. Carlos has the eye of an eagle and found amazing animals, birds, and plants for us to enjoy. All the staff, bartenders, chamber maids, all tour guides, everyone was first class and spoiled us rotten! Bradd, the Owner, was gracious and always eager to help with information and suggestions. Truly a wonderful time!

  • Stayed: January 2014
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1  Thank little_beanda
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

If you love nature and want to experience all the rain forest and ocean has to offer in a natural setting, Aguila de Osa is the place you need to go to. This place was a great hub for all of the activities you can do on the Osa Peninsula, but you didn’t even have to leave the resort to experience nature. Everything here was top-notch; the food, the staff, the accommodations, and the scenery around the resort. My wife and I will definitely return to this place someday. Since there is so much to say about this place, I have decided to put this review in parts so you can skip to the areas you are most curious about.

ARRIVAL: We flew into Drake Bay Airport via Nature Air, and from there were taken by transport van to a boat where you had to enter the boat in the surf. Your feet will get wet this way, but it didn’t bother us too much. The boat ride from here is about 5 to 10 minutes to the resort where you exit the boat onto a dock. If you are weary about boarding a boat in the surf, there is a way to get here where you will not have to get in the water. You can fly into Palmar Sur; the resort owns a dock near this airport situated on the Sierpe River, where you can get into the boat without entering the water. The boat ride from this location to the dock at the resort will be somewhere around an hour, but is more scenic than the Drake Bay Option.

BEACHES: There are multiple beaches within walking distance of the resort. The ones with the best water are a 20 - 30 minute hike away from the resort and have signs along a well travelled path to help show you the way. The resort will provide you with beach towels if you plan to check out the beaches. The sand here is darker and more gritty than you may be used to, so wearing water shoes is a good idea, and this sand gets HOT if the sun is shining. The great news is that you don't have to worry about the beaches being crowded. The most people we saw on any of the beaches was about 10 to 15 people.

FOOD/DINING: The resort provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and appetizers during cocktail hour before dinner. Also, many of the tours provide lunch for you if you will not be back at the resort in time for lunch. Breakfast includes your choice of cereal, fresh made juice, coffee, and muffins/rolls/bread. Also, there is a menu in which you can order anything from toast to specialized omelets, and also offers sides of sausage, bacon, ham, etc. For the lunches at the resort, you typically get to choose between two offerings; one fish dish and one chicken/beef/pork dish. The appetizers during the cocktail hour were a pleasant surprise. There are typically fresh made chips, crispy plantains/yucca, along with some dips and ceviche made from fresh caught fish. There is also some sort of meat/fish appetizer included with the chips and dips. Dinners are served right after the cocktail hour in a communal fashion. You get a 3 course meal, which comes with a soup/salad of the day, choice of fish or meat entrée, and dessert. All dinner choices are posted on a white board, and change daily depending on the fresh fish and meat available to the chef. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every meal we had during our stay. The chef is great, and they can work around any food requirements you may have. We also really enjoyed the communal dining aspect of dinner. You get to talk to many different people from different places and share your experiences that you had throughout the day. Before each dinner, you are assigned a table at which to sit; you do not sit at the same table every night with the same people, so you get the opportunity to get to know different people as they come and go.

ROOMS: My wife and I chose to stay in room 12, which is also known as the Junior/Honeymoon Suite. As you have probably read, the trek to the room involves a lot of uphill climbing, but you get used to it. There are plenty of places to stop and catch your breath on the way up. The path up is paved and has rails and steps along the way. The path is well lit, so a flashlight is not required, but you may still want to bring one along in case you want to check out some critters you may encounter along the path. We found the room to be very accommodating. Although we were concerned about not having air conditioning, we found this was not an issue with the fans running and the breeze coming in through the privacy screens. The rooms include a stocked refrigerator which you can either use what they provide (for a fee), or put your own items inside. The water in the resort is filtered, and my wife and I filled up our water bottles from the tap many times without issue. Most of the rooms face in a direction so that you only get sun in the morning, and by the afternoon your porch is shaded. Rooms 12 and 14 are the highest and most private rooms in the resort.

STAFF: All of the staff at the resort was very friendly, and almost all of them spoke English in addition to their native language. Once they learn your name, they always acknowledge you by your name, and always greet you with a smile. They always ask you if you need anything, and are ready to accommodate. Carlos is the man you will probably deal with when planning your excursions for the next day, and he is also a guide for some of the tours offered. He is extremely passionate about wildlife and probably knows the scientific and common name of every bird, plant, and animal you will come across while you are there. He will also go out of his way to help you find any bird/animal you may want to see.

TOURS: I’m not going to go into great detail about the tours since most of them happen away from the resort, but I will tell you every tour we took was enjoyable. If you want to see the most wildlife, take the Mangrove Tour/ Corcovado Sirena Station Tour. We were a little concerned about taking the Sirena Station Tour because of the descriptions we read about it not being for the “tepid traveler”, but we found the hike to be pretty easy. The terrain is mostly flat, and you stop frequently to check out the wildlife. The hardest part about the tour was the wet landing where you have to walk over a rocky beach before reaching the sand to change into your hiking boots/shoes.

TIPS: Surprisingly, we did not encounter any mosquitoes during our stay. You should bring bug spray as a precaution, but don’t expect to need it. Bring lots of sunscreen, especially if you easily burn. Bring a good set of binoculars/scope to help you view the wildlife better. The tour guides usually carry a scope with them, but you’ll have to share it with everyone else on the tour and the wildlife doesn’t usually stay in one place for too long.

Room Tip: Rooms 12 and 14 are the suites that are the most private in the resort. 12 is the junior suite and...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Bryan P
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

My husband and I stayed at Aguila de Osa Inn for 3 nights last week and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our room had screens on 3 sides to allow for airflow and adequate fans as well. It was perfectly clean, plenty of towels provided and no nasty bugs on the room. The balcony with rocking chairs and hammock overlooking beautiful grounds and water was great.

We did the Cano Island snorkeling tour and Corcovado National Park tour. The snorkeling was great- we saw sharks, sea turtle, an eagle ray, school of big eyed jack and tons of fish. Sandra was an excellent guide. The Corcovado hike entailed plenty of birds and other animals with walks through beach area and rainforest. We were very hot and sweaty towards the tail end of the hike and were happy it ended in a refreshing swim in a natural waterfall. Tony was a great guide, very interesting and did a superior job explaining things to English, Spanish and Italian speaking people on our hike. He made sure everyone understood and got a good look at the animals, plants and flowers he was pointing out.

The service at the Inn was unobtrusive, but very friendly and helpful when engaged. We both thought that the food was excellent. Many choices for breakfast, hearty lunches, and tasty dinners, usually with a fish choice or beef, chicken, etc. I'm vegetarian and they couldn't be nicer or more accommodating. Special lunches during the tours and dinners that were absolutely delicious. Only mentioned that I'm vegetarian upon check in and they took it from there. They really took the time and made lovely, well thought out dishes for me.

Although we agree with others comments about the walk to the room and not always having hot water for an entire shower, didn't really find that to be that big of a deal. Who wants a super hot shower for a long time in a warm tropical climate anyway! We would definitely recommend this Inn and return again ourselves in the future.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Christine S
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

This is a charming and friendly lodge type hotel which is pleasantly small and where you get opportunity in the evenings to get to know your fellow guests. Plenty to do from walks, scuba diving, trips to the nature reserve, kayaking etc. This is quite a remote area but you can walk to the small village where, should you wish, there is a bar or two to break the monotony of meals/drinks at the resort restaurant/bar. Having said that the food was good as was the wine. The staff were really fantastic and we found this a wonderful, and probably the best place in Costa Rica, that we stayed. The rooms were good but with no air conditioning although we didn't find that to be a problem. I even managed a 10k run along the coast path through the forest. Head toward the beach and just keep following the trail. Very hot but very enjoyable! If you are looking for a base from which to explore this remote region you are unlikely to find better.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
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#2 Family Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
Price Range: £282 - £368 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aguila de Osa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainforest and Marine Adventure Lodge: Nestled amidst the jungle-covered hillsides overlooking the tranquil waters of Drake Bay, Aguila de Osa is an exquisite rainforest and marine adventure hotel. It’s here where you will experience life right on the edge of the Osa. Aguila de Osa is the destination for adventurers from around the world, offering the most convenient access to Corcovado National Park, Caño Island Biological Marine Reserve, and a full array of adventures including world-class sport fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling, plus bird watching, hiking, beach trips, river kayaking, mangrove estuary tours, and more. ... more   less 
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