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I'm german, living on CR for the last 12 years, running an eco lodge down at the Osa Peninsula
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Wow, a really paradise-like place in all aspects! We should've done this at the end of our CR trip, not the beginning.
Tip: You'll need a car that's somewhat off-road capable to get there (very bumpy unsealed roads)
Where to begin? We experienced several jaw-dropping moments upon walking into our cabina. The craftsmanship, design, and decor are stunning and inspiring. In fact, every detail of Ojo del Mar is truly fantastic. Candlelit and raked stone walkways. Beautiful custom woodworking in every structure. Artful blending of landscaping with natural forests. Warm and friendly staff...I could go on, but I need to spend some time on Nico's cooking. Amazing.
Every morning and evening she prepares delicious, healthy, local meals. Beyond restaurant quality, she puts serious care and love in every dish.
Nico was accommodating in every possible way!
Thank you Nico we hope to come back soon!
We really loved the decor and ambiance. It's really far out there, so stop for food/drinks before driving off the main hwy. Why? Because it is insanely expensive to eat down on the peninsula. The next door restaurant actually ripped us off insisting on a 500 exchange rate when it was actually 540 colones to dollars. The road to Ojo Del Mar is BUUUUUMPY! Be sure you have a 4x4. The surf looked fun, though I didn't get the chance to go. Nico was hospitable and breakfast was tasty.
Pictures absolutely don't do the Ojo Del Mar Justice. Hands down one of the most relaxing places I've ever been. The food at breakfast and dinner was fantastic and the bar/restaurant next door also had great food and was adorable. Nico set up a horse riding tour and a day hiking trip into Cocovado which were both excellent. The area was a bit more remote than we expected, which for us was a good thing. It does get really dark at night, though so I'd recommend bringing a flashlight!
We were personally greeted by a cheerful Nico who gave us a little tour of the place. Nico is the perfect host, relaxed and very helpful with info and tour recommendations.
Given all the previous reviews, we had very high expectations, but the food is absolutely delicious!!
The place is beautiful and the impressive construction of the main house, the huts and the open air bathrooms is fantastic, as you are so close to the nature. With monkeys in the trees and hammocks overlooking the beach it is the perfect place to stay for both relaxation and adventure when visiting Osa Peninsula.
My husband and I loved our 2 night stay at Ojo del Mar. Our house/hut oozed charm, with its private trail and wooden bridge, organic architecture of bamboo and a variety of local wood. So beautifully conceived and executed. Our wall less shower was surrounded by jungle. What a treat. The common area is just as lovely and we enjoyed the fresh buffet breakfast and chats with other guests at the long communal table. The beach is clean and gorgeous and right on the property. Our hosts were gracious, kind, and informative. Ojo del Mar is truly a taste of paradise.
Nach einer abenteuerlichen Anreise (auf keinen Fall nach googlemaps fahren! ) sind wir im Paradies angekommen! Dieser ist einfach magisch. Man kommt in eine absolut traumhafte Unterkunft mit Outdoordusche bei der die Affen über einem in den Bäumen klettern während man duscht. Das Essen war sehr lecker und ist in entspannter Atmosphäre mit den anderen Gästen an einer großen Tafel eingenommen worden. Es war alles super sauber und das Personal war sehr freundlich. Nico haben wir nur kurz kennen gelernt, da sie später weg musste, auch sie war sehr nett. Einzig, der Weg zum Schwimmstrand ist etwas mühsam, aber machbar. Rundherum absolut zu empfehlen!
Ojo Del Mar is a magical place... if you are looking for a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous resort experience, look no further. We felt as though we were truly living in the jungle in our open-air cabin, awaking every morning to the sounds of monkeys and parrots. The waves of the nearby ocean and the hum of night insects lulled us to an early sleep every night.
In the morning, the coffee was always waiting for us in the main house. Breakfast was fresh and plentiful and just what we needed before an active day on the Osa.
Nico was wonderful about arranging our activities, there was no need to book ahead of time. Also we were reassured that Nico directed us to the best guides and services. As busy as she is, Nico managed to answer all of our questions before and during our stay.
Dinner was magnificent! As foodies and as people who appreciate fresh, healthful food, we were in heaven. One of the most delightful things about Ojo Del Mar is the concept of sitting at a large communal table, meeting other travelers and sharing stories about our days.
It is worth mentioning that this is not the place for everyone. If you are fearful of insects or require air conditioning or if you need complete privacy... stay elsewhere. Bring your sense of adventure... take a flashlight or even better, a headlamp to find your way around at night. Bring clothing that can dry easily since everything stays pretty damp in the tropical environment. The insects were not bad but bring bug spray nevertheless. The only thing that I wish I had brought and didn't was a washcloth. Oh, and the water in the showers is unheated (except for one location)... and this freeze-baby didn't mind a bit- it was that warm!
I can't begin to say any one thing that made Ojo Del Mar so special. As a lover of nature, animals, delicious food and stimulating conversation... I was never at a loss. Though there were plenty of activities available, I was just as happy reading a book in a hammock and watching the life in the jungle around me. I completely lost track of time while visiting. We look forward to our return!
Unser Aufenthalt in Ojo del Mar war wunderbar. In einem schönen Dschungelgarten liegen einige sehr geschmackvolle und nette Häuschen. Wir haben die Ruhe dort sehr genossen. Es war für uns spürbar, dass alles mit Sorgfalt und Liebe gestaltet wurde.
Die Dschungelbewohner haben uns eine tolle Geräuschkulisse geboten und viele von ihnen haben sich auch sehen lassen (Affen, Tucane, Gürteltier, Waschbär, Leguane, Faultiere, Eidechsen, Geckos, Blattschneideameisen-Kolonien u.v.a.m.).
Nico, Brian und Mark haben eine sehr familiäre Atmosphäre geschaffen. Das inkludierte Frühstück und das optionale Abendessen waren immer hervorragend.
Für die vielfältigen Aktivitäten und Ausflüge (Reiten, Hochseilgarten, Besuch im Tierreservat, Kanu-Fahren im Mangrovenwald etc.) wurden wir bestens beraten. Die Organisation hat das Team übernommen.
Die nach Außen offenen Lodges waren sehr sauber. Das Meer direkt vor der "Haustüre".
Wir würden jedem unserer Freunde Ojo del Mar weiter empfehen.
Helga, Matthias und Elina
My husband and I had a fantastic time at Ojo Del Mar in May 2013, celebrating our honeymoon. It was the start of the rainy season in Costa Rica and as it turned out we were the only visitors to stay at Ojo Del Mar, so Nico upgraded us to the nicest cabina they had available. The organic food was fantastic (Nico is a gourmet chef and every meal was outstanding) and the place was incredibly relaxing; we went to sleep and awoke to the sounds of the jungle every day. We watched monkeys play from our open shower and from our favourite spots, perched on a couple of hammocks in the main lodge. The main lodge, cabinas and whole property is beautifully designed and constructed by owners Nico and Mark. We really enjoyed our experience here, felt very spoiled and left with some new and exciting ideas about sustainable living in our own household,