Lapa Rios Ecolodge is best known for being a beautiful rainforest hotel, with a deep commitment to sustainability. The hotel is an ideal destination for travelers from around the world, a destination matching everyone's idea of paradise.
Originally, the hotel was built by john and Karen Lewis as a private nature reserve. Today, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project. Built over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios was designed in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges and are connected by walking paths and steps.
With 16 private upscale bungalows, the ecolodge features warm wooden floors, classic bamboo furnishings including one King sized bed or two Queen sized beds and open wooden decks with ocean and rainforest views. In the mornings, the scarlet macaws and the howler monkeys are in charge to wake you up, after a good night sleep.
The main lodge and the Brisa Azul restaurant soar 50 feet above the sea excellent cooks combine fresh fruits and vegetables with local fish, chicken and meat to provide delicious, hearty meals with a tropical flavor. A full service bar mixes favorite beverages from fresh juices, wines and spirits. The restaurant offers a wide variety of seasonal and organic foods with an emphasis on quality and freshness. It also features a fine selection of international wines to compliment all your meals.
Lapa Rios is a biological reserve where wild life is abundant in the common area and near the bungalows. The bungalows themselves can be visited by a variety of small insects and creatures but nothing large or dangerous. You can easily observe 4 species of Costa Rican monkeys: spider, white-faced, squirrel and howlers, also in this 1000 acre reserve you may find agaouti, coatimundi, collared and white- lipped peccaries, jaguars, ocelots, margay and puma.
Its main activities are focused on the nearby ocean and the rainforest, including hikes, bird watching, ocean kayaking, horseback riding, catch and release sport fishing and surfing. Their tours help to preserve the reserve and the National Park Corcovado by paying for ranger to guard the park.
When visiting Lapa Rios, you will need to wear only light weight, casual clothing, sunscreen, a bathing suit, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, a large–beam flashlight and a refillable water bottle. They also recommend binoculars, which you can also rent at the lodge. During the rainy times, the ecolodge offers rubber boots.
Lapa Rios lodge has been making great efforts to have extremely minimal impact on its surroundings, utilizing only local materials; in fact, only one tree was cut down in its construction. Also they carry out recycling programs, have installed solar panels, they plant only native species in its landscape; use biogas systems, a non-chlorinated cleaning system for its pool and recently biodiesel. In the community aspects, they host a local Costa Rican dance group, offer tours to a nearby local farm, promote local Costa Rican cuisine and artwork and offer a tour that highlights the property´s sustainability efforts, focused on education, conservation and community development. This is one of only a handful of hotels to win five leaves from Costa Rica´s renowned Certificate for Sustainable Tourism.