Tama Rayner Downie

Lapa Rios

with Tama Rayner Downie
  • Where:Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

  • Why:Vacation

  • When:Spring break.

  • Who:Me, Tama Rayner Downie (11 years old); my brother, Cyrus Rayner Downie (8 years old), and my mum.

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

    • Life Changing

    • Plastic Free

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Takable Treats

    • Refer a Friend

    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


    • Designed By

      John and Karen Lewis

    • Pool/Gym

      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.

    • Wifi

      Get off your phones!!!!!! There is one little hut with chairs by the lobby and that is the only place with WiFi. No WiFi or tv in rooms. Yay.

    • Children


    • Price

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

    Lapa Rios

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

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