Tama Rayner Downie

Lapa Rios

  • Where:
  • Why:Vacation
  • When:Spring break.
  • Who:Me, Tama Rayner Downie (11 years old); my brother, Cyrus Rayner Downie (8 years old), and my mum.
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Lapa Rios This was my photo from the plane - holds 8 people, small but colorful views everywhere. Very exciting as this was my first plane with the propeller in the front.

This was my photo from the plane - holds 8 people, small but colorful views everywhere. Very exciting as this was my first plane with the propeller in the front.

Lapa Rios Room was a real surprise - bed was the comfiest ever - the whole wall was a screen so feels like you are in outside the whole time.  The best thing is hearing all the animals from your bed…howler monkeys, macaws, loads of birds and frogs. Private deck with hammock and loungers, ceiling fans, indoor/outdoor showers with organic toiletries - housekeeping 2x a day and lovely turn down service with candles left burning at night.

Room was a real surprise - bed was the comfiest ever - the whole wall was a screen so feels like you are in outside the whole time. The best thing is hearing all the animals from your bed…howler monkeys, macaws, loads of birds and frogs. Private deck with hammock and loungers, ceiling fans, indoor/outdoor showers with organic toiletries - housekeeping 2x a day and lovely turn down service with candles left burning at night.

Lapa Rios Restaurant is open to the outside - food was awesome!  Never ceases to amaze you. Breakfast - try the pancakes!  Lunch and dinner menus changed every day! 
*Lots of vegetarian and vegan options - freshest fruit and vegetables.

Restaurant is open to the outside - food was awesome! Never ceases to amaze you. Breakfast - try the pancakes! Lunch and dinner menus changed every day!
*Lots of vegetarian and vegan options - freshest fruit and vegetables.

Lapa Rios Lapa Rios are protecting the rainforest.  We took a sustainability tour with our new friends Izzi and Georgi.  We then each were able to take a seedling of an endangered tree and plant them in the secondary rainforest to keep the native trees growing where they should be. So cool.  We dedicated them to people we love.

Lapa Rios are protecting the rainforest. We took a sustainability tour with our new friends Izzi and Georgi. We then each were able to take a seedling of an endangered tree and plant them in the secondary rainforest to keep the native trees growing where they should be. So cool. We dedicated them to people we love.

Lapa Rios The best way to start the day - the hotel team delivered hot chocolate for us and coffee for Mum everyday and left it outside our room. You can sit on your private deck and watch the sunrise on the beautiful horizon. In the morning, you hear cicadas, crickets, macaws, howler monkeys and many other animals while you watch the sun come up. Nature’s alarm clock. Afternoon cocktail delivery available for Mum too!

The best way to start the day - the hotel team delivered hot chocolate for us and coffee for Mum everyday and left it outside our room. You can sit on your private deck and watch the sunrise on the beautiful horizon. In the morning, you hear cicadas, crickets, macaws, howler monkeys and many other animals while you watch the sun come up. Nature’s alarm clock. Afternoon cocktail delivery available for Mum too!

Lapa Rios The pool is directly in the sun but with cabanas for shade.  Looks out across the rainforest to the ocean and you can see the surfers.  Frozen lemonade and passionfruit smoothies with the seeds in were delicious beyond this world.

The pool is directly in the sun but with cabanas for shade. Looks out across the rainforest to the ocean and you can see the surfers. Frozen lemonade and passionfruit smoothies with the seeds in were delicious beyond this world.

Lapa Rios Yoga deck - A place for parents to get away (from their kids!) and grab a bit of peace.  But too much fun to have time to relax.

Yoga deck - A place for parents to get away (from their kids!) and grab a bit of peace. But too much fun to have time to relax.

Lapa Rios Before sunrise you can go on an early bird tour.  We went birdwatching with binoculars and telescopes and the guides showed us loads of animals.  All the local kids go by on their way to the school the hotel built for the community.  We took some pencils and erasers to give to
the school. The guide hut has loads of boots you can borrow to hike the trails.

Before sunrise you can go on an early bird tour. We went birdwatching with binoculars and telescopes and the guides showed us loads of animals. All the local kids go by on their way to the school the hotel built for the community. We took some pencils and erasers to give to
the school. The guide hut has loads of boots you can borrow to hike the trails.

Lapa Rios The beach is so close to walk to it is ridiculous.  Loads of crabs, lizards and monkeys in the trees.  There is good surf and guests can get boards and surfing lessons.

The beach is so close to walk to it is ridiculous. Loads of crabs, lizards and monkeys in the trees. There is good surf and guests can get boards and surfing lessons.

Lapa Rios Lots of hikes to go on…best is the night walk in the rainforest. They lend you flashlights and you see tarantulas, scorpions and frogs and our guide picked up a snake!

Lots of hikes to go on…best is the night walk in the rainforest. They lend you flashlights and you see tarantulas, scorpions and frogs and our guide picked up a snake!

Lapa Rios Taking a shower outside feels like you are in the jungle in the rain!  You can shower and the birds are flying over your head and calling to you. Solar heated hot water on private deck with organic locally made shower products.

Taking a shower outside feels like you are in the jungle in the rain! You can shower and the birds are flying over your head and calling to you. Solar heated hot water on private deck with organic locally made shower products.

Highs & Lows

  • Lapa Rios is protecting the rainforest - No plastics! Hotel gives you reusable water bottles and bamboo straws which are cool. Hot chocolate delivery in a thermos in the morning.

  • Every-day you can sign up for different adventures like waterfall hikes (where you can jump in), early bird morning hikes (saw a sloth, toucans) and night walks by flashlight (saw loads of bugs including scorpions and tarantulas, snakes and frogs). We counted over 42 different animals and insects we had not seen before.

  • The bungalow is so beautiful with huge bed with canopy nets and amazing view over private terrace to ocean and rainforest. Outdoor rain shower, hammock, ceiling fans and sketch book you can draw the animals in.

  • Pool is sunny with cabanas for shade - always heaps of sun and chairs to relax on. They don’t use harsh chemicals like chlorine so doesn’t hurt your eyes or damage nature.

  • Mum says beautiful deck overlooking the ocean for early morning workouts and yoga. Secluded massage hut with gorgeous views offers small wellness menu of massages and facials.

  • Commited to Ecotourism…established with the intent of protecting and promoting environmental and social sustainability - utilizes renewable materials for sustainable and low-impact construction, installed solar panels, hire locally - 95% local workers! And fund the community’s local school. Locally sourced biodegradable products and organic foods, recycles all of it’s own waste. Inspiring and life-changing.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Eco Lodge in the rainforest, part of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

  • Vibe

    Back to nature meets peace and luxury.

  • Location

    Off the beaten path, tucked away within 1000 acres of rainforest reserve.

  • Rooms

    17 open-air bungalows with screens makes you feel like your outside when your inside.

  • Music

    No music because you’re surrounded by the sounds of nature. No alarm clock because the Howler monkeys wake you up in the morning when they start talking.

  • Year Opened

    1993

  • Designed By

    John and Karen Lewis

  • Health & Wellness

    Pool with sun, cabanas and new fresh fruit smoothies every day. Don’t forget sunscreen.

  • Restaurant

    OH MY GOD!!!!! So delicious and mouth watering. Kids menu with real food not junk. Even my Mum and friends ordered off of it occasionally.

  • Bar

    Mum said thumbs up, limited but good.

  • Minibar

    No mini bar but, who needs it when treats are left nightly in your room.

  • Children

    BRING THEM BRING THEM BRING THEM!!!!!

  • Price

    Not cheap but money goes towards the community, keeping the employees working during off-season and to preserve the rainforest.

  • Website

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Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios Lodge, Puntarenas Province, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

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