This last-outpost lodge is one of the premier eco-lodges in the Southern Zone, attracting nature lovers, bird-watchers, yoga enthusiasts, and people who want to get away from it all in comfort. Peter Aspinall, a passionate farmer and conservationist, and his wife, Lisbeth, moved here in 1977, and today the property includes a vast orchard with more than 125 varieties of fruit trees that attract plenty of wildlife. Surrounding it are 800 acres of primary and secondary forest, a habitat for the more than 275 species of birds, including more than 65 scarlet macaws, the result of a 10-year release program. A 90-strong troop of squirrel monkeys also roams the property, which includes a large yoga deck with an ocean view. Comfortable wooden cabins on stilts have rustic furniture and tiled bathrooms. Cabin No. 6 has the most privacy, with an outdoor rain-forest shower, screened windows on three sides, and a huge porch looking onto a beautiful ocean view. Trails invite you to explore the jungle
and a cascading waterfall with freshwater pools. Healthy meals using local produce are served in an open-air dining room. The beach, with swimmable waters, is a steep 15-minute downhill walk. Special packages include yoga teacher training and an inside look at the scarlet macaw project. Many guests arrive by small plane at the hotel's private airstrip.
On road between Pavones and Punta Banco, 6 km (4 miles) south of Playa Pavones, Pavones, 60704, Costa Rica