This hilltop, jungle lodge has it all: exquisite bungalows in the closest location to Corcovado National Park, extensive gardens, excellent tours and guides, and first-class service. Earth-toned fabrics, cane and bamboo accents, four-poster beds, and huge tile bathrooms with open-air showers set a serene mood. Laundry service is extra, but each room has a clothesline for drying your sure-to-get-damp clothing. There are two swimming pools and self-guided nature trails, including a well-signed garden tour of the immaculate grounds. You can take a boat to Corcovado's nearby San Pedrillo station, or you can hike there with a guide. Another highlight is the Caño Island snorkeling tour, with stops to watch dolphins and whales en route. A daily sunset ritual takes place at the hilltop bar, where guests snack on bocas as the sun disappears behind Caño Island. In the elegant restaurant, decorated with stained-glass panels, ambitious four-course dinners focus on locally produced fish and meats
(some dishes are more successful than others). Breakfasts are excellent, and the kitchen packs hearty picnic lunches. There is now Wi-Fi throughout the property. The best deal is a three-night package that includes air transportation from San José, all meals, and guided trips to Caño Island and Corcovado National Park.