What We Love
- Therapeutic thermal river and three toasty resort pools with swim-up bars
- Sustainable modern architecture blends local hardwood, caña brava and steel
- Thoughtful staff members drop off homemade cookies at turn-down time
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What To Know
- Bungalows are small and somewhat close together, in keeping with nature reserve regulations
- The spa and restaurant complex opened in August 2012, the cabins in December 2013
- In rainy season the property is lush. Come January, trees go bare and the canyon appears
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
To arrive at Rio Perdido is to confront prickly cacti, curious volcanic rock formations and vibrant native trees with delicate red flowers. These natural elements are embraced by the towering, open-air welcome rotunda, which doubles as the spa and restaurant complex and frames the landscape in glistening steel and teak. Cowhide stools, colorful statuettes and avant-garde booths resembling pipe organs lend some flair to an otherwise understated scene.
Bed and Bath
A short walk from the main building, 20 posh little bungalows are huddled together, each propped on stilts to preserve the foliage. Each one features a large balcony with a hammock, a bright accent wall (to match the splash of color on the exterior walls) and colorful throw pillows. The plush white beds are divine, and trundle beds can accommodate a third person. On the walls, framed photographs of trees hang alongside 42-inch TVs and powerful air-conditioning units. The bathrooms are small but adequate, though the hot water is sometimes delayed.
The new chef at Rio Perdido is young and likes to experiment, but you’d never guess it from sampling his mouthwatering pineapple surf-and-turf dish. The ever-expanding menu also includes free breakfast, a wide selection of cocktails (try the mojito with fresh mint) and lots of protein-heavy dishes to satiate après-adventure appetites. The mountain-biking trails are a rush as long as you aren’t a beginner (in which case don’t even think about it). The less extreme canopy tour involves ziplining, canyoning and a Tarzan swing finale, and there are lovely hiking trails, a hanging bridge and a lookout platform. Days conclude with a soak in the toasty, secluded river and a treatment at the spa, which offers five well-practiced massages.
In the Area
Rio Perdido is tucked into a region that is as undiscovered as it gets in Costa Rica. Despite the lack of infrastructure, guests who wander are rewarded. Nearby Las Hornillas offers mud baths and tours of volcanic craters and fumarole sites. About an hour north, the provincial capital of Liberia features colonial architecture and some excellent new restaurants, including the Liberia Café. And between Rio Perdido and Liberia, intrepid travelers may stumble on the dirt road leading to the Llanos de Cortez waterfall, a dramatic cascade and an ideal spot for picnicking and swimming. For those looking for something totally off the wall, there’s Africa Mia, a unique safari experience just south of the capital.
How to Get There
My wife and I spent 4 nights at Rio Perdido and we were overwhelmed with the natural beauty and just how tranquil the environment was. We had the privilege of learning about the tremendous investments that the hotel made into the property to make it incredible experience that it was...that knowledge made the property that much more impressive. We stayed in the center bungalows where a short adventure trail was carved out of the canyon for guests to do a very short nature hike into the lobby/restaurant. The multiple pools with different temperatures, the nature hikes, the wildlife encounters, the zip-line adventure, the swim-up bar, the hike down to the thermal river (both during the day and at night) were so wonderful. We were concerned there would be too many people in the thermal river but there are numerous pools along the estimated 1/2 mile of the thermal river and rarely encountered other guests...we had a private "pool" to ourselves for almost an entire day. The thermal river at then end of the trail - the "south spring" - has water coming out of the spring at around 117 degrees farenheit (only in a small area), but the rest of the river is around 99-100 degrees. My wife loved it and didn't want to leave either. She also told me that her massage she received was the best she had ever experienced...and she has had her share. I would absolutely recommend this resort to ANYONE traveling to Costa Rica. Rio Perdido has a ton to offer and something excellent to offer for just about anyone. We feel that we got the experience we were really hoping for in CR.
A stunning setting which blends effortlessly with its natural surroundings. In July, this "dry" forest was lush and green but it had a different feeling than the "wet" forest we experienced at Nosara and Arenal. Definitely worth a visit for the hiking, tubing, and natural hot spring rivers. The double queen room is stark but elegant. The real jewel, service-wise, is Roy. If you get to meet him, know that you are in excellent hands. Seems like he could run that whole place!
The incredible hotel is in a beautiful jungle setting surrounded by wildlife, thermal pools, and hiking trails. We did the tubing adventure which was so much fun- the guides were so helpful and really cared about our safety. The food is excellent - we had every meal at the restaurant! Our favorite part was lounging by the pools or sitting in our hammocks on the porch enjoying nature and reading a good book. Such a peaceful and tranquil gem! Special thanks to Mario and Chris for their service and for making us feel so special and so welcome!
We just spent 2 nights at Rio Perdido and loved the lush jungle setting, the friendly & attentive staff, and our peaceful center bungalow with its unique outdoor shower. The food was excellent, and we were thrilled to see howler and white faced monkeys while we were dining and hiking. We enjoyed hiking to the thermal pools, white water tubing, and a guided nighttime hike...all without leaving the hotel! Amazing staff included Stephanie, Jonathan, Emmanuel and Edgar from the Concierge team and Norman in the bar. Roy always went out of his way to make us feel welcome, and he rescued my tennis shoes from the laundry minutes before we left. We are delighted to have found such a wonderful place!
We visited Rio Perdido last week and had the best holiday of our lives. Fabulous hotel, breathtaking deck, amazing wildlife and scintillating zipline adventure. The thermal pools were a treat and the service amazing. Spend at least 3 days!!