Special to OneWed by Marie O'Mara of Honeymoons.com
With Costa Rica offering couples everything they are looking for in both romance and adventure, it is no wonder that travel to this exotic & tropical country has become extremely popular. Not only has Costa Rica become known for being both friendly and peaceful, it also offers travelers pristine beaches, multiple outdoor activities, amazing spas & top of the line golf courses in a one-of-a-kind natural setting. Although The Pacuare Lodge is just one of several great places to stay in Costa Rico, it has quickly become a favorite of mine offering the perfect amount of luxury, romance and adventure that couples are looking for. The Lodge, which is located about 2 hours outside of the town of San Jose, has developed into a popular and exotic honeymoon destination. Perfectly situated along the Pacuare River in the middle of a Costa Rican rainforest, they have mastered the exact blend of “tropical and exotic” with “action and adventure”, as any guests staying at the property must whitewater raft down the Pacuare River to get there. This enchanting location was clearly designed to be secluded enough to feel dangerous and exotic, but welcoming enough that you arrive in awe of the adventure in store for you.
Once the guests arrive at the Pacuare Lodge they find their escape from the world nestled inside the mysterious and adventurous rainforest. The lodge, with 19 bungalows and suites, was built to create a place where people could enjoy nature and each other, while respecting and protecting the environment. The resort has become known in the community for its dedication to preserve the environment, as well as the planet, making it a much loved and respected retreat amongst naturalist. The Pacuare Lodge and its eco-friendly bungalows & suites are surrounded by exuberant tropical foliage and have no electricity! Before the thought of no electricity panics you, I want you to imagine what could be more romantic then spending an evening together in your own candlelit bungalow lying in a hammock looking up at the stars? Or better yet, imagine a candlelit dinner together with the sound of the jungle as your background music. As if that is not enough, the lodge also has many waterfalls in this secluded part of the rainforest for you to explore with or without guides on very well and clearly marked paths.
The lodge has five types of suites, from the more affordable options of the Garden-view bungalow & River-view bungalows, both are palm-thatched and either offer a view of the garden or the a river-view, they have a private terrace equipped with a canopy king size bed, hardwood flooring, a spacious private bathroom, an additional outdoor shower and your very own hammock that overlooks a landscaped garden of towering vine-draped trees. Those who want to splurge can do the Honeymoon Suite or the brand new Linda Vista Suites. When you are ready to go to your room, there is a cobbled stone path that will lead you and your partner from the main lodge up to a knoll overlooking the other facilities. There you will find you palm-thatched bungalow adorned with wide screened windows, teak floors, hand-crafted rattan wicker chairs and plenty of natural light. Honeymooners will love the king size canopy bed, gorgeous in door bathroom, an outdoor solar heated shower, your very own private deck, terrace and hammock with a much loved spring-fed pool. A private hanging bridge to a treetop platform is also connected to the suite. The Linda Vista Suites are brand new as of 2009 and are perched on a ridge amidst exuberant tropical greenery, and offer unforgettable views of the Pacuare River and surrounding rain forest. The suite features a living room, king-size canopy bed, spacious private bathroom with solar heated shower, outside solar heated shower, a private deck and terrace with hammock and a spring fed pool.
Since the Lodge is at one with nature, all of its meals are cooked on premise and is included in your the package. The much talked about authentic Costa Rican cuisine is made with ALL local ingredients and the lodge prides itself on being sustainable by giving back to the environment and community, which is why all chefs are native to Costa Rica and ALL of the food is transported in from nearby towns. For those who just want to relax, the main lodge is always open and has several comfortable chairs and couches, perfect for relaxing and reading with the roaring river in the background. And while the accommodations have no electricity there is some electricity in the main lodge and is used to power the kitchen. So there are a few outlets in case someone would like to use a hair dryer! They even offer games, books and magazines for couples that want to enjoy the comfort of a group setting. Additional activities guests can partake in during their stay include their Pacuare canopy adventure tour, horseback riding through the jungle, a private massage or facial in their suite, and a canyon/waterfall rappel tour or hiking
What honeymooners seem to love most about this property is the simple and gorgeous waterfall hike where you and your loved one will enjoy a spectacular, romantic experience. And Couples looking for adventure will get an adrenaline rush on the canopy adventure or canyon rappel tour. I found that the Pacuare Lodge has one of the more special honeymoon packages that I have seen. This getaway package includes a bottle of iced Champagne that couples will find waiting in their private suite, all of your breakfasts served in your suite, a therapeutic massage for two, a Pacuare Canopy (zip-line) Adventure and a private guided hike through the rainforest where couples will plant their very your own tree with a plaque to commemorate this special occasion and future life together. Simply put, if you want to start your life off together in a place that is not only full of adventure, absolutely gorgeous and ecologically friendly, this romantic once in a lifetime experience will leave you with memories you will cherish forever.