Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
i-escape's Best for Kids Awards 2013
Winner: Jungle Encounters category
"On a cliff at the tip of the Cabo Matapalo, this lodge has unparalleled views of the blue waters of the gulf. The property, with hundreds of acres of animal rich primary forest, also has the most beautiful landscaping on the peninsula...Appetizing meals are served in a rancho restaurant overlooking a garden alive with hummingbirds by day and serenaded by a chorus of frogs at night. Solar and hydro-powered generators provides enough light to read by, and ocean breezes make air conditioning superfluous...Owners Kim and Phil Spier work hard to make their lodge as environmentally responsible as possible."
"This secluded jungle lodge is my favorite place in this neck of the woods. The individual cabins are all spacious and attractively furnished, have wooden decks or verandas to catch the ocean views, and are set amid beautiful gardens...Congo cabin is my choice for its spectacular view of the sunrise from your bed. All cabins have indoor bathrooms; tiled showers are set outdoors amid flowering heliconia and ginger. About half of the units also have outdoor bathtubs.
There's a trail down to a secluded beach that has some tide pools and ocean-carved caves. Another trail leads to a jungle waterfall, and several others wind through the rainforests of the lodge's 650-acre private reserve...Attractions include a canopy platform 36m (118 ft.) up a Manu tree, reached along a 90m (295-ft.) zip line...Local naturalists and environmental activists give talks each Wednesday night on various conservation and wildlife subjects..."
The New York Times
"Our purpose in going to Bosque was to live in, feel and try to understand some of the complexities of the tropical rain forest, and Jon wasted no time getting us on the trail. Many times it wasn't a trail at all, but a slurry of leaves and mud and rocks, and the inclines and descents were steep. Within minutes of leaving Bosque our first afternoon, Jon announced that we were in primary forest, undeveloped, undisturbed, its reproductive cycles intact and humming.
During our treks, giant frigate birds with their wingspans of more than six feet wheeled into view overhead. Lovely little immaculate antbirds called out to one another in sweet bell tones, laughing falcons guffawed and, in the forest counterpart to hoisting the cocktail flag, parrots gathered in flocks at day's end and raised a happy ruckus. There are four kinds of monkeys in this part of the rain forest - squirrel, spider, white-faced capuchin and howler - and we saw them all. The spiders chatter excitedly and perform spectacular acrobatics in the trees.
We swam in waterfalls and splashed in pools in reef formations on the beach that emerge as the tide ebbs, producing a whirlpool-bath effect. We walked on beaches where the only signs of human life were our own footprints, and we hiked the forest paths in the midst of thunderstorms and marveled at how little rain fell on us."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“Amazing place with very helpful staff.”
Austen, United Kingdom (02.08.14)
“Excellent all round”
Ian, France (07.03.14)
“Amazing place, well worth a visit. The guided tours are highly recommended!”
David, Switzerland (05.06.13)