Magical Resort in a Magical Place
Reviewed 5 October, 2021
My family and I stayed at Bosque in June of 2021, our first vacation since before the pandemic. We had never been the Osa Peninsula before, and our time there definitely lived up to our expectations. We rented Casa Blanca for a week. The resort is about an 8 or so minute drive to the surfing beaches. There are also a couple of beautiful and fun trails down to the pacific ocean side, where there is the most amazing tide-pooling, including large rock "hot-tubs" for playing in, and waterfalls to explore. The resort itself is truly amazing. The staff are all friendly and personable, each person will know your whole family by name before you even get there. The owners, Phil and Kim, will likely be there and they also will know you and make you feel like family. The resort pool, bar, grounds, and restaurant are all extremely well maintained and easily accessible (short walks on nice pathways) from all the cabinas and also from the house we rented, casa Blanca. The food was also just amazing. Breakfast, lunch, dinner...all truly superb. There weren't any meals we didn't love.
In regards to traveling during covid, this place is ideal. Everything is outside and even at max capacity, there is no way you would feel crowded here. It is a less traveled region of CR, so the beaches are by and large empty, and there are no crowds in the surf line up. It is very easy to stay a safe distance from everyone, even at the resort. The staff also, all wear masks.
About Casa Blanca: this house is truly spectacular. It is located close to the main resort for easy access to the pool, bar and restaurant, but yet it is completely private. The way they have designed the house, you feel as though you are tucked up in a treehouse; just you and the monkeys and macaws. It has a beautiful and large kitchen with all the kitchen items you need for making your own meals, if you want. The beds were all very comfortable. there is no A/C, but it cools down at night so much, we never needed it. There are fans in all the rooms, and at night we didn't even need those. Each of the 3 rooms opens up to the enormous back deck, with floor to ceiling shutters that open all the way up. The deck overlooks the pacific ocean and all you can see from the house is blue ocean, blue sky, and jungle. It is really breathtaking. The outdoor bathrooms were also beautiful and there was ample hot water too. There is no wifi or TV in the house, which for us was great.
We were there with our 7 and 10 year old kids and they also loved our entire week there. The
I was very glad we had our own rental car. The staff can definitely take you places, but it is nice to be able to just get up and go when and where you want. Having said that, the roads are incredibly, unbelievably, rugged and pot-holed. Driving around matapalo was truly one of the great adventures of the trip! But, get yourself a good 4WD car or jeep, you will be glad you did! You are traversing deep and relentless potholes, streams and rivers, and sometimes steep muddy banks. It is fun, but you want to trust your vehicle.
I just can't say enough good things about this place.
What an Adventure! We loved this place!
Reviewed 24 August, 2021
This place is truly amazing. Be prepared for constant wildlife experiences! We rented Casa Miramar for our family of five, and it was beautiful, with a spectacular view of the Pacific and rainforest all around. The only issue for us is that it has no glass or screens in the windows, which means it is completely open air. Thank God for the mosquito nets on our beds. It is beautifully-decorated, and had everything we needed to make our own breakfasts. We chose to eat dinners at the main lodge, and all of them were fantastic. The staff here are all wonderful. They truly care and want to ensure that your stay is excellent. Every morning was an adventure just walking out to the lanai and looking around. Macaws, coatis, peccaries, toucans, agoutis, parrots and all four kinds of monkeys came to visit us. The grounds are truly amazing and ideal for hiking to incredibly-beautiful beaches that are practically deserted. We saw more wildlife from our casa than we did when we toured Corcovado national park! I can't wait to return.
Reviewed 23 August, 2021
I just had the most amazing stay at Bosque del Cabo in the Osa. I almost didn't want to write a review because I don't want anyone to find out this hidden gem so I can keep it for myself. The amount of wildlife you see just walking around the property is incredible plus you have fantastic ocean views from the cabinas. I was able to see whales and dolphins, pizotes, scarlett macaws, spider monkeys peccaries plus so much more all from my deck. It was hard to leave my cabina but when I did it was for great hikes around the property and some pretty fantastic surfing. The surfing was a short 15 min drive down the mountain. Although a 4x4 car is required.
The staff were so incredibly nice and thoughtful 5 star service all around. I've never felt so well taken care of at a hotel before. I loved the packed lunches or early breakfast whenever I was going to be out and about during meal times. They always made sure you had everything you needed for your day.
Traveling during the pandemic is always a nerve wracking thing but since everything is outside and in the open air you feel super safe at bosque and it is amazing to get away from the computer screen and be in nature after so much time inside during the pandemic. This place was the perfect place to recharge.
Just a couple of things to be aware of... the Osa is rainforest, there will be bugs, 2 orb spiders liked to hang out in my outdoor shower, I just said hi and would keep an eye on them to make sure they didn't move (they never did). It is wet & humid at least it was in August and it made everything kind of wet including my clothes and sometimes the bedding sort of had a damp feel to it. The hot water works best if it has been sunny during the day (solar powered) but not so great if it has been raining. I wouldn't let any of that deter you, because it was literally my favorite vacation but be aware you are coming to the jungle and therefore has a little bit of a glamping vibe despite the amazing accommodations.
It is really incredible what Phil and Kim have built, and I love that they are buying and preserving the land, so that the Osa can stay this magical place. I was super lucky to visit and I'm already planning my next vacation which hopefully comes sooner rather than later.
Another fantastic stay - 12th time and still charmed!
Reviewed 26 July, 2021
I haven't written a review for awhile, but feel compelled to continue sharing the amazing lodge that is Bosque del Cabo. When researching my first trip to Costa Rica in 2007, my initial itinerary was all the usual "first time spots", but as I got further into planning (single mom traveling with 10 year old daughter) I happened upon the jewel that is the Osa Peninsula.
Having been 12 times to CR now, I've realized no trip is complete without ending my stay at this wonderful lodge!
The hiking trails on 750 acres of preserved land are well marked and groomed and offer different flora and fauna in abundance, as well as spectacular trails to the Pacific beaches. The trails are various distances and intensity levels, , and natural hottubs on the beach, so something for everyone! The grounds themselves offer a tremendous amount of the same, which you can view up close and personal from the lodge, bar, pools and the privacy of your own cabina. You my be greeted by such things as Toucans, Macaws, Agoutis, Curasows, Parrots, Aracaris, Coatis, Peccaries, 4 species of monkeys (Titi, Capuchin, Howler and Spider), frogs, Hawks, as well as a plethora of other birds and wildlife. You may also see Tamandua, Tayra (which I saw twice this trip), Puma, Armadillo, variety of snakes and cool spiders and insects, and so many other critters it's unbelievable!
The cabinas are... all fabulous! This time I stayed in Tucan, which has a king size bed, loft with additional beds, outdoor shower and outdoor bathtub (I KNOW!!!) and an incredible deck with hammock and lounge chairs. Everything your heart desires. One morning a Tayra visited the banana plant in front of my cabina, and in my excitement I took a 45 second video of the shy and elusive creature, only to find out I didn't press "start". Sadface. The next morning I had a strong feeling it may come back, and sure enough it did! This time long enough to climb around on the banana plant, pluck a banana, and take it for breakfast. A great start to my morning!
The food NEVER disappoints. EVER. Always fresh, plenty of options to choose from, and if a guest charters a fishing boat and brings back their catch - everyone wins! Ceviche, sashimi, you name it. You'll never go hungry. Fresh, tropical fruit plates accompany your delicious breakfast of choice, lunch rotates with options to satisfy anyone's taste buds (don't miss the fresh tuna melt), housemade snacks are available after lunch, happy hour delights include a range of things from housemade hummous, to tostones, to sushi...drooling right now. In the past, dinner was typically family style with seating at tables with other guests. No need to be shy, it's a great time to sit down with strangers, share stories of the day, and get to know each other! I've made so many lifelong friends over the years this way! When I traveled in May, COVID precautions were in place and only people traveling together were seated at the same table, unless requested otherwise. Staff wore masks and followed all guidelines approprately. Yes, even in the outdoors and rainforest. Oh, happy hour, be sure to try the Passionfruit margaritas and Chiliguaro extra picante - and tell Heylin I told you so!
The term "Eco-lodge" is an overused and underdefined term, but 5 Leaves takes perserverance and a tremendous amount of hard work to accomplish. And Bosque del Cabo has earned it. If your search filter requires sustainability, you're heading to the right place. I'll also challenge you to find a friendlier staff anywhere. They will be your Facebook friends forever by the time you leave, if you wish. Including the most passionate, dedicated owners. One, which has the best smile award, and the other, which has the best giggle award, AND is best wood oven pizza maker ever! Not mentioning any names in this review, but I'll say that the long time staff has become like family and I look forward to seeing them as often as I can.
While you can stay here and have a pure bliss experience without doing anything at all, there are super onsite and offsite options for things to do. Kayaking (this time I did sunset kayaking, gorgous), tree rappelling, ziplining, surf lessons, waterfall rapelling (just do it!), night walk (so cool), primary walk (a must do for anyone new to CR or CA), birding with Carlos (so cool), fishing, snorkeling, dolphin watch, and you must go horseback riding with Miguel. That's #1!
I'm sure I'll remember awesome things to add after I submit this review, but this is my happy place, and I'm happy to share. <3