Copa De Arbol Beach & Rainforest Resort
What We Love
- Three meals a day, a welcome drink and use of paddleboards and kayaks are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Secluded setting surrounded by wildlife; guests may see the occasional macaw or capuchin monkey in the trees
- Outstanding views from the on-site restaurant overlooking the water
- Beachfront property with eco-friendly accommodations in elegant jungle cabanas constructed from recycled materials and reforested wood
What To Know
- There are no roads to the hotel, but being accessible only by boat adds to the privacy. Service to/from the hotel is limited to the daytime, ensuring a peaceful rest for travelers
- Due to the location WiFi service is limited, but it’s free
- The hotel can arrange massage treatments, guided rainforest hikes and sunset cruises
- Children four and under are not permitted
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- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve, Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort lies between Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park — one of the few remaining untouched areas of Costa Rica. Getting to this luxury resort is part of the experience; due to its isolated location, guests must be brought in by boat, so they can truly get a feeling of rainforest immersion. The 10 air-conditioned cabanas average around 400 square feet and were constructed with recycled materials and reforested wood. All accommodations feature thatch roofs with cathedral ceilings and exposed rafters, pillowtop orthopedic mattresses, tile bathrooms (with eco-friendly toiletries) and private balconies overlooking the beach or rainforest — the views are best enjoyed from a swaying hammock. Clock some pool time before heading to the open-air restaurant (three squares a day are included) for a memorable dining experience. Dinner entrees vary but may include Caribbean snapper with coconut red beans and rice, roasted chicken breast with chayote, carrots and coconut Thai curry sauce, or Costa Rican beef tenderloin with warm cassava and camote salad, haricots verts and salsa verde.
In the Area
The beauty of Copa de Arbol makes it a destination in itself, but there are several outdoors adventures in the area available for guests to immerse themselves in the wildlife and rainforest. The main draw is Corcovado National Park, home to various species of monkey, jaguar, ocelot, tapir and anteater, as well as numerous birds, including the resplendent quetzal and red macaw. Snorkelers and scuba divers can visit Caño Island Biological Reserve, a protected marine area that is about as diverse underwater as Corcovado National Park is aboveground. Visitors can also go on one of Costa Rica’s famous zipline canopy tours, or take a whale-watching tour in Drake Bay.
How to Get There
Just spent 3 nights here. The journey from Siempre by speed boat lasted an hour and was spectacular. Travelling down mangrove edged rivers to get to the sea and past Drakes Bay to the hotel on the beach surrounded by primary rainforest.
Service, accommodation and food couldn't have been bettered. Two fabulous trips to Cano Island and to the Corcavada National Park were excellent value.
What a great great team!
The place is simply amazing, the area that surround you will leave you with no words to describe it !
Very clean and animal friendly!
But what I rely want to talk about is the staff. They are very committed with you and your comfort. They will do everything for you to have your perfect holidays, felling that you are at home.
Also I would like to named specifically Randal by his kindness and Monica by her kindness and unstoppable effort. They are truly good people !!
This was our 3rd visit to Costa Rica ( we love it here!) and have stayed in other similar 'eco-resorts'. Copa de Arbol did not disappoint and the 4 days here was the perfect relaxation setting for the last 4 days of our holiday. From our pick up in Seirpe we were treated like royalty, without exception every member of staff was genuine, friendly, engaging and a credit to their role. The rooms were perfect, each raised on stilts with air conditioning, immaculately presented and with enchanting en suites. The food was delicious, the staff taking care to ensure that it was ready surrounding trips and food preference and never disappointed...Now Ive thought carefully about the next bit, don't get me wrong, we had a fantastic time 10/10 for enjoyment, however having stayed at Pacuare Lodge previously our expectations was very high and although the trips were very good, with stunning scenery and animals they were not perfect...Where CdA did not score 10/10 ( and therefore given a 4/5 not 5/5) was the state of the paddle boards on the beach and the diving equipment from the dive company used. As a qualified diver pre-booked through CdA, I was hoping for a dive only boat, with proper PADI facilities, briefing and safety equipment. What I got was a shared snorkel / dive trip, my BCD clearly had not been serviced and was leaking air, the dive master forgot some of my dive equipment and on the first dive kept several divers underwater for a dangerous 80 minutes...Dont get me wrong, the guys taking us out were lovely, friendly gents and I saw some stunning sites and fish but in a nutshell the dive part was to a critical eye 'unsafe'. Having signed up to PADI rules I would be wrong not to mention this and hopefully this feedback will be enough to make the guys improve and therefore prevent an injury or worse!!..On the resort beach ( that has a few rocky bits and can have a strong current) the paddle board's safety cord ( that you velcro on your ankle to prevent it floating away if you fall in) was missing, I did fall in and if i hadn't been a strong swimmer I would have struggled to get my board back!........Again, if I can prevent a future injury by mentioning this I will have succeeded and that is why I have mentioned both incidents...Also the 'night walk' we expected to be a walk in the jungle, actually we walked around the front of reception and shone a few torches into the bushes!!...value for money? debatable !!...However, aside of the above we did have a fantastic time, everybody was friendly, keen to help and the service was top notch..its a shame I need to mention the leisure bits, but those with expectations of high Health & Safety would agree with me that these little things can be easily rectified to make it 5/5 rating!..thank you guys we may well return as we loved Copa de Arbol and Drake Bay
This was our final stop on a 3 week trip around Costa Rica to celebrate my husbands birthday and we couldn’t have ended our trip in a better place. Such a small and beautiful hotel with an exceptional, personal service.
We stayed for 3 nights and I wish we could have stayed for longer. Beautiful location, gorgeous accommodation, delicious food and exceptional staff.
We saw some amazing wildlife including sloths, tapir and spider monkeys on our trip to the Corcovado national park and our guide Julian was fantastic. We also saw dolphins, turtles, sting rays and some beautiful fish on a snorkelling trip to Caño Island.
A special thank you to Randell for sorting out our missing luggage when we arrived and to Greivin, James, Henry and Walter for making us feel so welcome and making our stay so memorable.
What an amazing place: the setting, the accommodation, the people, the food, and the activities. The service was great, from bringing a lounge chair and yummy drink down to the beach and delivering drinks to our room so we could sit on our deck and enjoy the gorgeous view. Our guide to Cano Island and Corcovado Park was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The warm Costa Rican ocean right out front! Our second trip to Costa Rica and love the Osa Peninsula! Perfection.