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, well worth a visit. The guided tours are highly recommended!”
David, Switzerland (05.06.13)
“This is a really nice lodge, the casitas are lovely, service is friendly and genuine and there is a relaxed vibe about the place. The Osa Peninsula is famous for its diversity and the quality of the wildlife encountered here is fantastic. You don't even have to hike the trails to see several species of monkeys, macaws, toucans, coatis or agoutis up close. We spotted all those and more from our casita. Having said that, hiking Bosque's network of trails is not to be missed, as it provides a different perspective and is fascinating. We also did the Ecology Walk, which was very interesting. Getting here was also straightforward. We flew with Sansa to Puerto Jimenez and returned with Nature Air. Both airlines provided a good service and the flight time to San Jose is only 50 minutes and actually quite scenic. Only downside - it's lush and green for a reason and when it rains, it pours and did so continuously for two days whilst we stayed. It's still warm, but best to bring lots of books just in case. You could also book a massage with Jutta in your casita. She's fabulous!”
Barbara, United Kingdom (01.12.12)
“This is one of the great places in the world to stay. It is a 'you wish' destination.”
robert, Australia (21.01.12)
“This is not a cheap place to stay but it is a beautiful one. You are in the middle of primary rainforest here and surrounded by wildlife - monkeys, birds, snakes, giant moths, frogs, they're all there and you will see them either walking through the forest itself or down to the tropical beach which is a 15 minute stroll away. A special thank you to Philip the resident botanist for his inspiring enthusiasm and knowledge sharing tours.”
David, United Kingdom (18.12.11)