Origins Lodge is located in the region of Upala in Alajuela, Costa Rica, opened their doors on july 2018, is now offering its clients a unique an luxurious experience that involves not only their space and services but also their gastronomy offer. Located in the middle of the lush Costa Rican rainforest, Origins Lodge benefits from a spectacular location and unspoilt surroundings. Nestled into a mountainside with 180º panoramic views of Lake Nicaragua and the valley, this hotel is in the heart of the pristine rainforest. Over 6% of the entire world’s biodiversity can be found in this tiny country, and it is likely you will spot many of these species here, such as howler monkeys, sloths and toucans.
The hotel is the creation of French investor Thierry Le Goascoz who wanted to create a space inspired by the raw nature of Costa Rica. Aiming to inspire the next generation of luxury travellers, the lodges are raw and yet exceptionally modern, simple yet stylish. Suspend your ordinary life and dive into a spectacular adventure, into the alchemy of the mystic in the high valley jungles of Costa Rica. Let the volume of Nature place you in a world both raw and luxurious. Origins Lodge offers a chance to rediscover the world that is in front of you, to ally your thoughts and wonder in a connection to what you like, old and new.
A handful of private lodges are spaced throughout the perfectly landscaped grounds, all afford wonderful views and an ambient atmosphere. Each is exceptionally well equipped, with amenities including over 100 square metres of space, a dreamy terrace with fire-heated bath, dedicated room service, complimentary WiFi, open air shower, duo sinks and more. For those seeking even more comfort for an extra special holiday, the Villa Vertigo is an enormous, high end villa suitable for families or groups of friends. It includes three private suite bedrooms large outdoor heated jacuzzi, a totally equipped kitchen and living room. Magnificent views of the mountains, volcanoes and the Nicaragua Lake.
In addition of three-bedroom Villa Vertigo, at Origins Lodge, there are six one-bedroom lodge. Each has over 1.000 sqm of space, 180-degree views of the surrounding landscape (including Lake Nicaragua) and fire-heated baths. While this all sounds romantic, we’re told these rooms aren’t strictly for couples and have accommodated mothers/daughters, friends and even solo travelers.
Aside from the fabulous accommodation, the lodge also offers guests a gastronomical wonderland, created by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Luc L’Hourre. Each day, fresh ingredients from the garden are used in dynamic dishes to suit every taste. The restaurant, El Salto, is intended to make guests feel like they are visiting someone’s home. Unique use of flowers and forestalls makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner a journey of flavors and sensations. Each day is a little different and foodies won’t be disappointed. There is also an impressive wine list, with varieties from across the globe. Visit the on-site farm during the morning along the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef, who teaches you about farm-to-table dining as he picks up the ingredients for the day. El Salto is located in a main building, which is also occupied by the lounge bar and entertainment center with an adjacent pool and hot tub.
The infinity edge pool is connected to the main building terrace, and it hangs above a line of rainforest and green plains. This is the perfect place to dine and enjoy the view. Watch the sunset from the restaurant while dining or fight the day’s heat from the pool.
If you are looking to relax the mind, body and spirit, the onsite spa and yoga studio will help you on your way. The Laka-Tii Spa is currently under construction but guests can request massages, facials and pedicures in their lodge or on the yoga deck. Away from the tranquillity of the lodge, there are a variety of exciting activities which the staff at Origins Lodge will be more than happy to help organize for you. Options include hiking to their waterfall “Oro”, horseback riding, fishing on the lagoons, cocoa tour, paddle boarding, tubing, rafting, birdwatching tour, nocturnal tour, among others great activities.
Tucked in a hillside and inspired by pre-colonial architecture, this hotel is an eco-friendly option for those travelers who want to commune with nature while still enjoying the comforts of modern conveniences as well as gourmet meals. The experience at Origins has been featured in renowned magazines like National Geographic, and it’s easy to see why. Expansive greenery, lively wildlife, and disconnection from the outside world are all waiting for you here.
Located among the volcanoes Miravalles & Tenorio, Origins is so close to Guanacaste it’s only 15 miles away from Tenorio Volcano National Park. Accessible only via four-wheel drive vehicles, Origins takes its name to the next level. Return to what makes humanity human and commune with the surrounding elements of nature. Origins Lodge is the only hotel in the world that captures the wild opulence of nature along with Costa Rica’s pre-Columbian history, making Origins a truly rare place to connect with this breathtaking part of Costa Rica. Nearby reigns over one of the most beautiful secrets of Costa Rica, Tenorio National Park. Climb the Tenorio volcano summit along the Lago las Dantas Trail which winds its way through rain forest to cloud forest. This region serves as home to Ocelots, Jaguars and Cougars along with Tapirs, Howler Monkeys, Toucans and Sloths. The other spectacular sight is the vibrant turquoise waters of Rio Celeste created by the volcanic activity of Tenorio and the sulfur it emits. Costa Rican legend has it that the gods dipped their paint brushes into the river while painting the sky. A hike along this vivid blue river to its waterfall will no doubt, have you believing in the ancient legend. The closest international airport to Bijagua is Daniel Oduber International (LIR) in Liberia, about 90 min. away.
Costa Rica is home to many beautiful and colorful birds. You get to watch these stunning and exotic birds in their natural habitat. Is there a better way to connect with nature? Grab your binoculars, curiosity, and enjoy the view. You’ll end up learning so much about birds, their behavior, anatomy, diet, and singing abilities. Come to paradise and exceed your own expectations. Some of the birds you can see are: hummingbirds, woodpeckers, trogons, tropical peewees, scarlet macaws, toucans, and more.
Origins have registered 235 bird species, which the 25% of the total bird diversity of the entire country with 900 species approx. This is huge. Out of the 30 species of hummingbirds in the country, they have 20. This is fascinating for the birdwatchers and nature lovers. So it is a guided activity with their naturalist which you can not miss. Also, don’t miss trying to find slots in the property if you are lucky enough to watch them on their natural habitat. Costa Rican favorite mammal along with the toucan that you can watch it from the comfort of your terrace.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from Euro 765,00) in high season; and from Euro 585,00 in low season (+ taxes). These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Access for guests with disabilities?
They have one room, for people with disabilities with main accessories.
They are open Family Friendly but starting from 12 years old, in case of a buyout of the property they are flexible and they love to host multigenerational family trips.
Our Special Readings
Bijagua: an unknown gem of Costa Rica
Bijagua is located in a valley just 45 minutes from Cañas Guanacaste, but it belongs to Alajuela Province. Bijagua is a small mountain town between the Miravalles Volcano and the Tenorio Volcano that is home to tropical animal species like pumas, tapirs, sloths, anteaters, coatis, giant butterflies and rare plant species, like the wild orchids. Bijagua is a birdwatchers paradise, the forests here provide critical habitat to squawking green parrots, macaws, humming birds and toucans. It is known for its history of cheese making and promising ecological adventures.
This rural village is probably best known as a stop-over destination for those visiting the nearby Rio Celeste Waterfall. And while the famously blue waterfall is quickly becoming a must-see attraction, the town itself remains peaceful and undeveloped.
Hanging Bridges at Heliconias Lodge
Heliconias Lodge is an small ecolodge located in a rainforest adjacent to the Tenorio National Park, their trails winds through the rainforest and features three hanging bridges for spectacular views at canopy level. The forest provides home to a wide range of flora and fauna including numerous rare bird species such as the tody mot mot, rufous vented ground cuckoo, white hawk and ant-trushes and endemic plant species such as the jicaro danto.
Rio Celeste is located in the Volcano Tenorio National Park. The trail is about 7km in total and includes an impressive waterfall, blue lagoon, bubbling hot pools and the Teñideros” where the river takes its blue color from merging with a small creek. This is a bright blue river named after the color of its water caused by dissolved minerals at the confluence of two small rivers. The colour of the river can change after high amounts of rainfall due to sediments carried in the river, however after several hours of dry weather the river’s colour can be restored to its remarkable blue colour.