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Reviewed February 7, 2011

My sister and I stayed at El Remanso for five days at the end of January 2011, We stayed in the La Vainilla deluxe cabin because it had two bedrooms and two bathrooms...overlooks the ocean. I could have stayed there a month...woke up with the howler monkeys every morning and slept in the hammocks during our siesta. Make sure you bring good binoculars...the birdwatching is great, even if you don't like birdwatcing.

We found the staff and the service excellent, and we did not have a bad meal while we were there. The food definitely agreed with us. We wished that we could have stayed another week.

From the time we got off the plane until we left, everyone there was hospitable and really wanted us to have a good time, without being pushy. We did a lot of the activities...the waterfall rapelling was the most exciting but having breakfast on the platform in the canopy was by far the most enjoyable (we did that twice). Renaldo always brought great coffee. They knew all the wildlife, plants and sounds. My sister did her first rapelling on the waterfall rapelling trip, and Heraldo and Aldo were both excellent guides and ultra safe...made you feel you were in good hands.

You can tell the staff are proud of what they have. Thanks to Gabby for answering 100 emails and Cindy and staff for looking after us. We had an awesome time!

If you want to get away for a while and relax...this is the place.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Thank Jawjah
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

We were with our friends when we stayed at El Remanso. The ride from the airport was quite exciting with the road surface totally shot. Luckily we had an experienced driver who handled the Range Rover very well. Once we got to the lodge, we all realized how special the location is; it overlooks the jungle all the way to the ocean! The welcome, the service, the food, the cabins were just what we had hoped for. Gerardo, the guide, was one of the best we've ever experienced and his patience and knowledge of the fauna and flora showed just how much he loved his job. Took the hike down to the beach (the trip back up (400' elevation) is strenuous but you just take your time and appreciate the birds and flowers. We also did the zip line to the viewing platform and it was delightful.
All in all, a wonderful place to appreciate the beauty of Costa Rica.

Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
Thank brokergal
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Reviewed January 12, 2011

We stayed at El Remanso over the New Year as part of our first visit to Costa Rica. It is fair to say that we were a bit apprehensive before we arrived as we were aware that the property was remote and set right in the jungle of the Osa Peninsula. Any concerns disappeared immediately we arrived at the property. The setting is spectacular, surrounded by rainforest with great views both into the forest and of the ocean.

The main lodge is rustic but very comfortable and very much the centre of the property. We enjoyed spending time there, watching the wildlife in the surrounding forest, sharing experiences with the other guests and talking to the friendly and knowledgable staff. The rooms are not luxurious as you would find in a 5 star hotel but are very comfortable, clean and spacious and are very much in keeping with the eco principles of the property.

The grounds of the property are spectacular, from the hiking trails to the waterfalls, lagoons and the beach. And at all times you are immersed in the sights and sounds of the rainforest. We particularly enjoyed the beach, whilst the hike down and back is challenging, you are rewarded with the most incredible and deserted beach you will every see as the rainforest meets the ocean.

However, what really sets this property apart is the staff. The owners, Daniel and Adriana are very welcoming and perfect hosts. The hotel staff, from the guides to the restaurant and bar staff and the chefs and the gardeners are largely from the local community. Of course they don't have the polish and experience that you would find in top 5 star resort but this is more than made up for by their friendliness and passion for both what they do and their environment. Each and every one of them went out of their way to make our stay not only enjoyable but also a unique and life enhancing experience. I hate to single out anyone in particular but Gerardo, the resident Naturalist is so knowledgable, in particular about the nature of the Osa Peninsula but what really makes him special is his passion for what he does. Spending time with him either on the hiking trails, bird watching of waterfall rappelling was very special.

This place is not for everyone. If you are looking for a luxurious 5 star resort and just want to relax on the beach, I suggest that you look elsewhere. However, if you want a truly incredible and life enhancing experience immersed in the nature of this amazingly diverse environment, I can't recommend El Remanso highly enough. We certainly would like to return one day!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank MarkAAdams
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

Although we had a pleasant stay at El Remanso, found the staff to be insincere and unable to take care of problems with their other guests! The room we stayed in had a shower that was visible from the stairs and when other guests were on the stairs they could see directly into the shower.

Also, tried to get a message to friends staying at another lodge and the staff assured us they would relay message, they decided NOT to! Thanks a lot, El Remanso!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mfinch45
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Manager-Remanso, Manager at El Remanso Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2011

Dear mfinch45,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review regarding your stay with us. In response to your observation we have placed a bamboo screen across the shower area in the Ocean View Rooms so that it now offers complete privacy from every angle.
We also apologize for not delivering the message you left with us in time to reach the recipients before they left the Osa Peninsula. This area’s communication network can be very limiting as there is no phones in this area, nor do we have cell phone coverage at the lodge or the surroundings and transportation is not always accessible. It was never our intention to disregard your request, and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
We would be very happy to have you back anytime so that we can leave you with fond memories of your stay with us!

The Management Team of El Remanso Lodge

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Reviewed January 3, 2011

We spent Christmas at El Remanso this year and it was perfection. The setting is truly unique and spectacular. But what sets El Remanso apart from any other experience is the wonderful staff. They are welcoming, knowledgeable and truly delightful. The guides for our various adventures knew so much that they eagerly shared with us while entertaining us along the way. Daniel and Adriana who run the resort are lovely and made us feel welcomed and cared for every moment of our stay. The rooms are spacious and wonderfully designed to enjoy the surroundings. I loved our porch with a hammock where we could watch the birds and monkeys stop to visit. The main dining room/lodge buildings is beautiful and a peaceful place to relax over a meal or just to read a book. The staff often wanders through during the day and points out birds, insects or monkeys. I had one of the best massages of my life with Laura (and I've had plenty) in a charming semi-open hut where you could hear the ocean (and to be fair some pretty loud parrots!). The beach is beautiful and we were often the only humans in sight. Our family had the beach completely to ourselves for sunset on Christmas Eve. We thoroughly enjoyed the waterfall rappeling, the night hike, and the daytime nature hike. Food was good and plentiful and the bar had a nice selection of drinks including a surprisingly nice selection of wines. Truly, we have taken our now teenagers to many places in their lives and El Remanso stands out as a truly unique an special place.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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