We just returned from our stay at Tres Palmas resort in Costa Rica. I have been around the world more times than I can count. I must say that this was one of the most stunning settings. It's located on the Osa Pennisula which boasts an abundance of exotic plants and animal life; only second to the Amazon basin according to local guides. After a forty minute bumpy drive from the Peurto Jimenez airport, which is the nearest town, and down a very steep curvy driveway, we drove through a tunnel of hibiscus flowers which opened to an Oasis of flowers, views and animals in a pristine boutique resort setting. The resort itself is equivalent or better than any five star island destination - except it is “off grid”. Mostly powered by solar - so leave your blow dryer and curling irons home - you won’t need them! The architecture and colors were exotic and vibrant - no expenses were spared on construction or landscaping. What a magical experience lounging in the infinity pool perched at the edge of a cliff overlooking the pacific ocean. The cabana cottages were romantic, private and luxurious. We were greeted with bright colors, fresh tropical flowers in our room daily and comfortable furnishings. The attached outdoor shower, with hot and cold water, had views of the ocean. It wasn’t unusual to see monkeys swinging in trees overhead or scarlet macaws and toucans perching nearby. What made this place so unique was the animals were in their natural wild environment. I’ve been to Africa where you drive to see safari animals. The animals at Tres Palmas are at home, you don’t have to go on a road trip. You are living amongst them in the jungle. The howler monkeys would call out before first light in the morning. Throughout the night we heard exotic sounds reminiscent of Jurassic park. If we fancied a dip in the ocean, we walked down the 350 plus steps under the cool canopy of the jungle. We swam in the warm Pacific ocean and watched the surfers catching waves. We were ready for dip in the pool after climbing back up the hill.
Don’t pack for dressy dinners in the distant town! Bring your bathing suits and casual clothes, as well as, comfortable shoes suitable for hiking. A small flashlight is handy for exploring at night. Everything you need is at Tres Palmas. Nearby horseback riding, waterfall hikes, fishing and whale watching were fun but the best times were lounging by the pool and exploring the resorts property.