“A wonderfully rustic lodge with thatched cabins and self-catering villas in the unspoilt Osa Peninsula”
At the centre of the property, by the main lodge and restaurant, are 8 Deluxe and 2 Classic Cabinas, as well as the Vista Mar Suite and the Aracari Suite which are on the ground and first floor of a cabina respectively. The cabinas are simple constructions with thatched roofs, and doors that can be folded back to reveal the ocean view. They open onto a balcony with rocking or lounge chairs and hammocks. There are thoughtful touches, like the comfortable chairs and reading lights above the bed. Bathrooms are in 2 parts, with a basin and toilet inside, and an ample shower area outside.
The 2 Garden Cabinas and Casa Teca are in a separate part of the property, reached via a 300ft long suspension bridge (75ft above a creek) and spaced out generously, surrounded by rainforest in beautiful gardens. They are finished to a much higher standard and equipped with everything you need for self-catering. The Garden Cabinas each have a bedroom that is open on 3 sides to jungle and garden views; roll-down canvases protect the cabinas in inclimate weather. Casa Teca is an open, ranch style 2-bedroom house. You get great wildlife sightings here but are a longer walk from the main lodge.
In addition, you can live in the rainforest in 1 of 3 casas about a mile away from the main. Casa Miramar (sleeps up to 8 in 3 bedrooms) is spread over 3 small houses linked by heliconia-lined pathways and has an observation deck, a solar power system, and a small private pool, as well as wonderful panoramic ocean and sunset views. Whereas Casa Blanca, is a 2 bedroom home decorated in a classic tropical style with a large wraparound porch with Pacific views and a sundeck. While the newest house, Casa Coco is completely private, with its own trail to the beach and a private pool and large deck area. All have their own living room, dining area and fully equipped kitchen.
Ask reception for a torch to find your way around at nights as the paths are not lit.
All meals are included in the tariff if you're staying in the cabins, and are served in the restaurant. If you're staying in a Casa you can self-cater, or add a meal package to your stay.
Breakfast is served from 7-9am, though a simple early breakfast is available for those who are going off on early morning activities. There’s juice and fruit followed by a choice of hot breakfasts, including ‘the famous banana pancakes’, which went down very well.
Lunch is served from 12-1pm (and for up to an hour after that if you're late back from an excursion); there’s also an all-day menu of snacks, dips and chips between lunch and dinner. There’s tea and coffee available throughout the day for you to help yourself - in the afternoons, banana cake might be on offer too.
Dinner is at 7pm, a generous buffet with a choice of meat and fish dishes, together with salads and potatoes. Restaurant staff can be flexible if guests don’t eat meat or bread: just let them know. The food is Costa Rican and international in style; themed menus appear throughout the week: Asian flavours, Italian dishes, fish options or North American style.
Families will find the villas or the larger cabins with lofts ideal. There are lots of kid-friendly activities (horse-riding, zip wire, the pool) and they'll like the buffet-style meals. Pleasingly, due to limited power supply and the wealth of wonders to behold, there are no televisions. While babies are welcome and accommodated for with cots and high chair, very young children/toddlers are not encouraged as some cabinas don't have railings on their decks. The lodge is best suited for older adventurous kids, largely because of the activities nearby; we'd say best for children from 6 upwards. Note that Bosque del Cabo do pride themselves on welcoming family groups of any size and type.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Families with 2 adults and 1 child can book the deluxe cabinas with loft, which has a bedroom in the loft and master bedroom below it. For those with 2+ children, Aracari Suite (sleeping up to 4), Casa Blanca (sleeping 4) and Casa Miramar (sleeping 8) are good choices, and extra cots/beds can be added where needed. Note that most bathrooms are shower-only and in some circumstances children may have to share double beds.
Available from the local Spanish-speaking ladies who love children
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There's a child-friendly restaurant in walking distance; cabina guests won't have as much mealtime flexibility as those in the houses, who can self-cater. Afternoon snacks are served for all
There are unprotected drops on the property, cliffs and unfenced balconies. There are strong currents and waves at the beach. The rainforest has plants with thorns and which are not for human consumption