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Reviewed February 1, 2012

We are a vegetarian couple and we were happy to learn that the restaurant would be able to accommodate our diet even though the regular dinner menu didn't offer a vegetarian entree. (Breakfast and lunch menus always have a veg option.) When we arrived, Silvia explained that the kitchen always has a vegetarian dinner selection. Each day at breakfast we were asked to select our dinner entree, but the choices didn't include a veg option. So we'd ask the waiter if one was available. He'd go back to the kitchen and return with the vegetarian option. No problem. So, "Just ask".

The food was always delicious - stuffed tomatoes, stuffed zucchini, soy burgers, veg burritos, etc. Three courses for every meal: Soup/Salad, Main, Dessert. We never went away hungry and we ate every bite.

We had an added bonus one day after lunch. We asked about the Green technologies used at the resort and Daniel gave us a brief tour, showing us how the electricity is generated and waste is disposed of. This is not a regular tour. So, if you're interested in how 50 people can live happily off the grid, "Just Ask".

The entire staff was very helpful and friendly all the time. They all seemed to know our names which gave their service a more personal touch. This was a feature of El Remanso we came to love. It was like we were staying with our long lost spanish cousins at their rain forest property. So much nicer than being a nameless face at a crowded resort.

Only thing we'd change -- the hot water heater for the shower. The propane heater at our cabin had only two states - on / scalding hot water, and off / ice cold water. We were finally able to get a happy medium by turning the sink hot water to maximum with the shower set to moderate.

Nevertheless, we left grudgingly and returned home fully relaxed. We'd love to return there one day.

Room Tip: Delux cabins are farther from the restaurant but more quiet and isolated. Classic cabins are landscaped for privacy but close enough to the other cabins that you may hear conversations from next door.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ron Z
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

If you are looking for a party atmosphere w/ lots of people and wild activities...don't go here. On the other hand, if you truly love nature, want to get away from it all, and have very personalized service and care, then do! We went w/ our parents (ages 65 & 66) and children (ages 14 & 11) and loved every minute of our week there. We began seeing the incredible wildlife on our drive into the resort and continued to be awed by it until we were riding back out a week later. The people at El Remanso truly love what they do and they do it well...from taking care of the land around the resort, to cooking and serving fantastic meals, to the in-depth knowledge of the guides, and the warmth and genuine caring of the owners...you will not find better. We can only hope to make it back someday.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Casa Osa family cabin since we traveled w/ our family. There was plenty of room and plenty of privacy. Perfect for us!
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank LeslieBattjes
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

The welcome was warm and our stay so relaxed yet stimulating, that when the time came for us to move on we were very sad indeed. There is real teamwork here looking after guests and a homely but non-intrusive atmosphere. The choice of small group informative wildlife tours with El Remanso's own people in it's own rainforest were a real bonus - enjoyable and memorable.

Room Tip: I don't know what other rooms are like - ours was wonderful and I can't imagine there would be below par rooms at El Remanso.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank helenred
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

Our trip to the Osa Peninsula was by far the most unique and adventure filled vacation that our family has taken. Our kids are 15 and 13 and they did not want to leave El Remanso Lodge. They have told us it’s the only place they ever want to vacation again! El Remanso is literally in the middle of the forest and seeing the exotic wildlife and hearing the Howler monkeys makes this destination very extraordinary. The grounds are extremely well maintained and the accommodations are awesome. Keep in mind….you are literally living in an open air room in the rainforest (no TV, AC or WiFi) …which is what we wanted and signed up for. The food was incredible, service outstanding, and the tours & hikes are second to none. We highly recommend the waterfall repelling, the kayak tour, and the 3-hour hike with Gerardo. His knowledge of the ecology is impressive and he is passionate about the Osa Peninsula and sharing his knowledge about the Osa ecosystem with you. Don't miss walking the path to the beach and visit the tide pools too. The owners Adriana & Daniel and all the staff go above and beyond with their hospitality. They are wonderful hosts and take care of every detail of your stay with them. We look forward to returning to El Remanso! If you want a sense of the experience, check out the El Remanso five minute video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2SUu-4-1ec

Room Tip: There are different room options available so be sure to ask.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank AnnO3589
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

So not only is the Osa Peninsula one of the most breathtaking places I have ever seen, but staying at El Remanso made this trip a total dream. The staff is unbelievable-- friendly, accommodating and professional. They take amazing care of you -- arranging all of your activities, transportation and ensuring your safety. THE GROUNDS AND LODGE ARE GORGEOUS -- If i could build a dream home this would be it. Everything is made out of bamboo so it has a feeling of being both romantic and natural. Lastly, the food was excellent. In fact, our family wrote and asked for a number of recipes we enjoyed it so much. I wouldn't stay anywhere else and wish I could go back now.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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