Perfect destination for a wildlife and bird watching holiday, with a touch of adventure and beaches!
We can offer a selection of accommodation in every part of Costa Rica, from resort hotels to small guest houses and even homestays and villas in some locations. All the hotels we recommend are hand-picked by us for their charm, character and glorious locations. Whenever possible, we prefer to use small hotels that are locally owned and managed, with great attention to detail, comfort and of course delicious meals.
Set in the heart of Costa Rica´s rainforest on the Golfo Dulce coast in the Osa Peninsula and accessible exclusively by boat, Playa Cativo is a luxury beachfront eco-lodge offering stunning accommodation in true harmony with nature. This 5 star Costa Rican hideaway is a private and exclusive destination where you will go back to nature in luxury, and its design complements the surrounding nature, its stunning grounds, and its oceanfront setting, where you will truly unwind.
Relax by the fresh-water, chemical-free, outdoor swimming pool enjoying the stunning views of the ocean and sunsets over the Golfo Dulce. Facilities include a Spa and wellness centre and complimentary high-quality paddleboards, kayaks and snorkel equipment.
Enjoy the excellent and varied self-guided walking trails. The tropical gardens are abundant with butterflies, exotic birds, and mammals, all enhanced by the soothing sounds of the ocean. The impressive variety of plants and bird species will keep you fascinated for hours.
Here you will easily forget that you are just 15 minutes from downtown or the airport. Set amidst the coffee farms of Santo Domingo de Heredia, the hotel has beautiful botanical gardens dominated by tall trees and brightened by plentiful flowers. Hotel Bougainvillea offers you the chance to enjoy Costa Rica from the first minute of your vacation and has the charm of a family owned and operated hotel.
The rooms are large with two double beds, a sitting area and the full range of facilities. Each has a balcony offering marvellous views of the mountains on one side and the San José skyline on the other. Most of the rooms have free wi-fi internet access. Each of the eighty one rooms has twin double beds, tub or shower, and a separate seating area. There are also four Junior suites and two rooms for the disabled. The furniture is especially made of Costa Rican hardwoods, and all rooms have cable T.V. and direct dial telephones.
Selva Verde is a rainforest lodge built on stilts over the Sarapiqui river, near to the main road. This expansive complex stands on the edge of a 2-square km private reserve of rain forest. Its 40 rustic but comfortable rooms are raised on pillars over the jungle and they are all connected by covered walkways that lead to a riverside dining room where meals are served buffet-style and an open lounge area with wide verandas. For over 30 years, it has been a haven for nature enthusiasts from around the world. The abundant biodiversity, comfortable rainforest lodge and exciting activities are ideal for bird and wildlife watchers and adventure seekers.
Around the area guests can enjoy hiking with one of the lodges naturalist guides and learn about the primary rain-forest environment, glide down the Sarapiqui River in search of caimans, howler monkeys, iguanas and birds.
The Savegre Mountain Hotel, is located in San Gerardo de Dota, a small community in the Talamanca mountains in the midst of a precious ecosystem. Here, visitors will find a deep cloud forest filled with massive oaks and other native species. The woods serve as a sanctuary for a large number of mammals and innumerable species of insects, amphibians, amazing plants and colorful birds, a paradise for birdwatchers.
The hotel is run by the Chacon Family, whom arrived in Savegre in 1954 and were the first pioneers settling down in this valley. They have not only developed this wonderful hotel, but have, over the course of the years, taken advantage of the crisp weather to grow apples, plums, and peaches, which you will enjoy during your meals there. Rainbow trout abound in the Savegre River which is great for fly fishing. Over 170 bird species have been observed in the area and its multiple hiking trails in the Cloud Forest. This is known as one of the best places in the country to observe quetzals, who live here year round.
Macaw Lodge is located among the hills and lush forests of Cerros de Turrubares in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. It is a lodge built in harmony with the environment and its objective is to house anyone who loves nature and wants to get away from an everyday routine. The spacious, open ground floor of the Lodge is home to the restaurant and lounge with stunning views of the surrounding ponds, gardens, forests and wildlife.
Opening in 2011, Macaw Lodge is a working, growing and evolving centre for eco-tourism, research and conservation. The Lodge is the culmination of a long-held vision of the Gordienko family who participated in a government-sponsored Forestry Investment program designed to reverse damage done by overplanting of monotonous agricultural crops. Over the past two decades, the farm that is now home to Macaw Lodge and The Macaw Lodge Private Forest Reserve has become a model of sustainability. The forests have recovered and fostered the return of many animals, plants, insects and bird species, including the Scarlet Macaw. The Lodge, cabins and other buildings are crafted of reclaimed or sustainably grown materials from the 264-acre oasis and surrounding communities. With accommodations for up to 24 guests, you’re assured a highly personalised experience. The eco-resort is completely off-the-grid by using solar power to generate electricity and heat water.
Rancho Naturalista is one of the premier birding lodges in Costa Rica. The main building of the lodge is in a traditional Spanish colonial style, with a comfortable sitting room and a large internal and external dining area along with a recently extended birding balcony, where over 250 species have been recorded. You will also have a superb view of the distant smoking Turrialba volcano. It’s a wonderful getaway for birders, photographers, and naturalists. This comfortable lodge is also famous for its excellent food and welcoming hospitality. Expert bird guides help maximise the experience for each guest and can cater for all levels from the beginner to the professional birder. The lodge is owned by John and Kathleen Erb and is a home from home with 15 comfortable well appointed rooms. You can choose from a room with balcony views to a private casita with its own veranda.
Set on a ridge 1.7 miles from the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Observatory Lodge offers the traveller the opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s rainforest, volcanoes, and nature in one extraordinary location. The hotel sits in a private nature reserve in the heart of one of Costa Rica’s greenest areas and the only hotel located within the Arenal Volcano National Park. There are 870 acres to explore, including 270 acres of natural primary rainforest with rivers and waterfalls, 400 acres of reforested land and tropical gardens, and 200 acres of pastureland. The gardens and landscaping are extravagantly designed with colourful flowering plants, shrubs, and trees chosen to attract wildlife, such as jewel-toned hummingbirds, brilliant butterflies, and exotic birds.
The lodge features 48 comfortable rooms, most of them with a fabulous view of the volcano and the extravagant green surroundings. Enjoy delicious meals in the lodge restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for gazing at the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, and a huge observation deck just outside. A well marked and manicured trail system traverses the property and provides easy access to the breathtaking rainforest and magnificent views of the volcano. An infinity swimming pool tiled in cobalt blue offers refreshment and a sunken bubbling jacuzzi provides soothing relaxation beneath a glass gazebo that frames the volcano’s peak against a starry sky.
Your stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa includes daily complimentary walks in the gardens and the rainforest with their local naturalist guides. A host of activities await the spirited adventurer: mountain biking, whitewater rafting, canopy tours, fishing, horseback riding and 7 miles of well-maintained trails to hike on. An 800m paved trail allows universal access to explore the gardens and rainforest. For the adventurous, experience the rugged River Trail through the primary rainforest. The lodge is also a preferred destination for bird watching in Costa Rica, with more than 500 species of birds recorded in the forest.