Aside from the abundance of natural wonders waiting to be explored and the wide range of adventures to be enjoyed in Costa Rica, the exclusive and unique accommodation is in itself a perk of visiting this jewel in Central America. Costa Rica’s luxury eco-lodges are changing the standard and definition of what was previously conceived to be sustainable and environmentally friendly accommodation.
Home to nearly half a million species, the relationship between nature, its preservation and providing services for travelers wishing to explore her varied landscapes are as strong as ever.
Previously, you might have held the perception of an eco-lodge as having showers made with a bucket with holes in the bottom, and other less than luxurious features. However, the recent growth of new luxury lodges around Costa Rica has started to attract those travelers that might have previously avoided this category of accommodation or this destination altogether. With this in mind, here are just three spectacular eco-lodges in Costa Rica that are redefining this category of accommodation.
El Pacuare Lodge, Turrialba
One of the best white-water rivers in Central America, the Pacuare River, runs next to this beautiful jungle lodge in the heart of Turrialba’s Talamanca Mountain Range meaning you can’t possibly pass on the opportunity off arriving by raft!
Your adrenaline infused smile will continue as the thrill of the unique arrival will convert into pure relaxation and serenity.
The lodge’s thatched wooden cabins nestled in the Costa Rica’s famed jungle; you can explore the rainforest on foot, horseback or as you arrived, by raft. Blending in with its surroundings, the Pacuare Lodge cabins offer simplistic luxury with their spacious bathrooms and hard teak floors. In the evening, the candlelit lodge and its open air restaurant is the perfect place to unwind as you listen to and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest and river. Supporting local primary-school programs, helping to reintroduce howler monkeys to the surrounding jungle and heating the water via solar panels, the lodge received the Rainforest Alliance Verified seal of approval and the highest Sustainable Tourism Certification rating from the Costa Rican government. In supplying both comfort and luxury, the El Pacuare Lodge does not forget about its ties to the stunning biodiversity and nature which surrounds the lodge.
El Remanso, Puerto Jimenez
Located on the Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula, the El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge is perched above a secluded and exotic beach and is surrounded by unspoiled and wildlife filled rainforest.
Near to the world renowned Corcovado National Park, the intimate lodge takes its sustainability and impact on its surroundings extremely seriously.
Completely powered with renewable energy, offering a chemical-free pool and being constructed from minimal impact materials; the El Remanso lodge fully deserves the highest rating in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism by Costa Rica’s government. The calm, quiet and sophisticated retreat is set in its own wildlife reserve and with nature trails leading off from the property; you can explore the jungle environment around you as well as visit the tropical beach below. Opened by a Spanish couple with a background in Greenpeace, the passion and link between its surroundings and luxury is one of the strongest in Costa Rica. The El Remanso wildlife lodge is a paradise for travelers looking for an adventure-filled vacation before returning to their ecological and exclusive accommodation.
Finca Rosa Blanca, Near San Jose
With sustainability and conservation going hand in hand, this deluxe inn is located high above the Central Valley forests just outside of San Jose. Receiving the highest certification rating for Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rican government, the Finca Rosa Blanca is so proud you can even take a sustainability tour to see what the hotel does to be more eco- and community-friendly.
The artistically decorated rooms have views over the scenic coffee plantations and spring-fed swimming pool making any stay here more than just spectacular.
Set amid stunning coffee plantations the Finca Rosa Blanca has a much deserved reputation as one of Costa Rica’s most exclusive and sumptuous places to stay and a favorite honeymoon location. With such beautiful surroundings even the birdlife has caught onto the exclusivity of this inn, making spotting and taking wonderful of the exotic indigenous and migrant birds as easy as it is to enjoy your stay there.