Eco-Hotels Southern Pacific, San Gerardo & Turrialba
We specialize in customizing bespoke itineraries, tailored to your personal preferences and interests, as self-drives, or as individualized packages composed of hotels, activities, and transfers. To this end, we work with many different hotels, but give preference to those that are certified under Costa Rica’s eco-label certification scheme, or another, similar scheme. The hotels listed below are of differing standards, some quite luxuries, others in the mid-range. Clicking on the photographs opens up a mini-gallery for each property. Please use the menu links in the top menu to navigate between the hotel listings for the different regions of Costa Rica.
The remote Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica is regarded as one of the worlds top biodiversity hotspots. Thanks to the minimal development and difficult access, large areas have been protected as nature reserves and national parks. The largest is Corcovado National Park. But unlike other Parks this is not meant for mass tourism, this is truly a sanctuary for nature. Nevertheless, many eco-lodges in this area also have their own private reserves and trail systems, so this fabulous wildlife-rich area is partly accessible. Besides the rainforest, there is also the ocean. The Southern Pacific offers superb water activities including whale and dolphin watching, mangrove tours and diving and snorkeling. But for swimming, the Golfo Dulce is much safer than the Pacific.
Cuna del Angel
This stylish and colorful little boutique hotel is located 9 km south from Dominical beach, well positioned for visiting popular places such as Manuel Antonio National Park, as well as the Marino Ballena (Whale Marine) National Park and the worldwide famous Corcovado National Park. But you don’t have to go far – there are lots of exciting things to do right here. The hotel offers 16 Deluxe Rooms arranged around a beautiful infinity pool with views that merge with the distant horizon. The hotel proudly runs its operations in a sustainable manner and is very conscious of its impact on the environment. The Angel Deluxe Guestrooms are richly decorated with Colonial and Asian details, all with ocean and jungle view from their terraces or balconies with modern commodities: A/C and two ceiling fans, Cable TV, WiFi access, Minibar, Safe, Coffee Maker, Private Bathroom with bathtub/shower and hairdryer, alarm clock, telephone. They have one queen size bed or two beds (queen + full size). This is a great place to go diving and snorkeling, surfing on the famous Dominical beaches, kayaking, river-rafting, and ultra light flying, mountain biking and mountain climbing, horseback riding on the beaches, or to visit the famous canopy tours in the vicinity.
The gorgeous location of Lapa Rios, at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula, where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, the lodge is set in a private nature reserve, that spreads over 1,000 acres of rainforest. Its seventeen beautiful cabañas are set like a string of pearls along connecting paths and steps. Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project that exemplifies why “a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down”. This is a fabulous place for a truly immersive nature experience, where guests will appreciate the conservation efforts that are protecting the region’s biodiversity. This is also a glorious place for adventurous honeymooners looking for a unique experience, or for families with older children.
El Remanso Rainforest Lodge
This is a beautiful nature lodge located on the South West Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula, about 22km from Puerto Jimenez. The Osa Peninsula with the Corcovado National Park is one of the world’s top biodiverse hotspots of the world. This lodge also has its own 185-acres of private reserve and an extensive trail system where visitors can observe wildlife. This small lodge has various cabañas in different categories: Garden View, Ocean View, Superior, Classic Bungalows and Deluxe Bungalows and Villas.
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is one of the most highly awarded eco-lodges in Costa Rica. They have been promoting and running sustainable operations at the lodge for many years, and in fact were among the first hotels to do so. The lodge is situated in a 165-acre private nature reserve located within the lush rainforest of the Piedras Blancas National Park, bordering the pristine coastline of the calm, clear waters of the Golfo Dulce. With only 10 rooms in 5 different, categories accommodating up to 26 people, this is a very small and intimate boutique Eco-Lodge. All rooms feature private open-air baths, canopied beds, ceiling fans, and full-length louver doors – with private verandas providing spectacular views of the rainforest.
San Gerardo de Dota
Still a bit of an insider tip, the region of Todos Santos with San Gerardo de Dota as its main, mini-hub, is a paradise for birdwatchers. The montane cloud forest has a magical ambiance and there are over 160 species of birds, including the elusive Resplendent Quetzal. If you are heading for the Southern Pacific, passing through these coastal mountains on the way down to the coast is an exhilarating journey, best done during the dry season.
Savegre Lodge & Spa
Located close to the small community of San Gerardo de Dota, in the Talamanca mountain range, about 90 kilometers from San José, in the Todos Los Santos region this little Eco-Lodge is a real gem, especially for birdwatchers. The area is well known for its abundant birdlife and it is home to the elusive, beautiful Resplendent Quetzal birds, which can be found in the hotel’s private reserve of 400 hectares, 80% of which is primary forest and the rest is rehabilitated forest. Savegre Lodge has 50 rooms in two categories, Standard Rooms, and Junior Suites. All rooms are equipped with a telephone, a coffee maker, a safe deposit box and a hairdryer. Nights can be cool at this altitude. Thus regular rooms also have space heaters, while the Junior Suites have fireplaces. The restaurant offers a la carte, or buffet style meals with many options, including fresh trout, the house specialty. Apart from bird watching, you can also go horseback riding, trout fishing in fishing ponds or at Savegre River, or go hiking to explore the Elfin montane forest. The latest addition to the Lodge’s services is a small spa.
This well-established Lodge that has long been a favorite with birdwatchers and nature lovers is located is located in San Gerardo de Dota, near Cerro de la Muerte, one of Costa Rica´s highest peaks, approximately 60 miles Southeast of San Jose (a two-hour drive). At an altitude of 7000 ft (2200 m) above sea level, the property is surrounded by a private cloud forest reserve. The lodge has 22 wooden standard rooms spread along the property, All rooms have heating units, which are a necessity in this region, due to the chilly nights, and a porch overlooking the forest.
Dantica Lodge and Gallery
Located in the heart of Los Santos Forest Reserve, about 80 km from San José, and very close to the newly created Los Quetzales National Park, this small Boutique Lodge, with only 12 rooms offers visitors a sense of total immersion. The units are built in such a way that the floor-to-ceiling windows provide a full view of the forest and surroundings. The 12 rooms come in 6 categories, from simple to luxurious. Three of the bungalows are located near the reception and the remaining six are situated in the forest. All rooms offer a spectacular view of the valley and the cloud-covered mountains. Every bungalow features one or two bedrooms with private terrace, large glass windows, goose-feather duvets, heating, mini bar, coffee maker, satellite TV, Jacuzzi, hairdryer and safe deposit box.
The region to the east of San José, beyond Irazú Volcano, is known as Turrialba. This is a quiet and rural region of Costa Rica, with an of nostalgia clinging to the little adobe villages and stately haciendas. This area is one of the best places for white water rafting in Costa Rica, but is also excellent for horseback riding and hiking.
Surrounded by sugarcane plantations and beautiful vegetation, Villa Florencia is located only65 Km Southeast of the city of San José (approximately 1H30), in the city of Turrialba. It offers 21 guestrooms of different types equipped with mini refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and wireless Internet access. Villa Florencia provides its guests with a healthy breakfast and free coffee in the afternoons, a refreshing swimming pool, board games, and relaxing gardens. The restaurant is open from 1 pm; however, guests can have lunch earlier if it is requested in advance. The home cooked menu of the day is prepared from locally produced ingredients. There are plenty of activities that can be done from Villa Florencia such as rafting in Pejibaye river, visiting the Golden Bean Coffee Plantation, horse riding, mountain biking or canyoning. This is a good hotel option in this part of Costa Rica.
Casa Turire gives a grand impression evocative of the stately charm of a colonial plantation home. Located less than 2 hours East of San José, in the heart of the Turrialba region. Turrialba is part of the Central Valley, which is characterized by agricultural activities. This beautiful estate situated on the shores of the Angostura Lake with the imposing backdrop of the Turrialba Mountains. This classy hotel offers 12 regular Standard rooms, three Suites, and one Master Suite. All guestrooms have direct line phone service, safety box, hairdryer, satellite TV, ceiling fans and a private balcony with a stunning view. There are also rooms for guests with special needs available. Suites have a king-size bed, a sofa bed, a comfortable area for sharing, mini-bar, a flat screen TV, a DVD player, air conditioning, Jacuzzi and a hydromassage bathroom.