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Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge

La Alfombra de Baru 25 km east of Dominical, Alto de San Juan, Baru 11901 Costa Rica
* Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
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Staying at Rio Magnolia is fun, relaxing and memorable. Our rates(minimum 3 night stay) provide everything to you - transfers from regional airports, luxury accommodation, 3 gourmet meals per day, afternoon coffee tea service, non-alcoholic beverages, on-site tours. Our property is 280 acres, which is primarily jungle; 70 acres are pasture of which part has been converted to a coffee farm and a portion has been reforested. We have a beautiful river, Rio Magnolia, with several waterfalls. Located between Manuel Antonio and the Osa, Dominical and San Isidro, we have numerous birds and interesting wildlife and plants and trees. We are located in the newly designated UNESCO Biosphere of Savegre. You can hike to the waterfall, go on a coffee processing tour, and explore the property, swim in our large infinity pool. We have hiking trails for you to enjoy and offer guides to show you the fascinating features of our primary forest.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Banquet room
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Room service
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Diane W wrote a review Mar 2020
Fullerton, California9 contributions1 helpful vote
From our first moment on this amazing property I was in awe. This lodge is located in the Costa Rican jungle and has everything you could want in a vacation setting. It is secluded on over one hundred acres. There is bird watching and hiking to a waterfall right on the property. Every morning it was so amazing to wake up to the sound of birds and our hosts had delicious Costa Rican coffee brewed and ready to enjoy. (Tea also for those inclined) Sitting on the back patio and gazing out see the wildlife and the forest reaching out to the ocean - what a treat. Sunsets were also spectacular. The food - every meal was beautifully prepared and presented - we were so spoiled breakfast, lunch and dinner were all delicious and healthy. Maureen has some wonderful desserts and I am so excited to try them as she graciously emailed her recipes to me after we arrived home. Vegetarians and vegans are also catered to. Our room was amazing. We had patios on three sides - and huge slider glass doors to the outside. We also had a fireplace. If you want to venture off of the property you can. We went zip lining, horseback riding and took a day to explore the beaches. Or if you are so inclined you can stay on the property and hike or swim in the infinity pool. My husband and I can't wait to return to this lovely place.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: Ask Maureen - she will take excellent care to put you in the best room
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orchids08 wrote a review Feb 2020
St. Charles, IL49 contributions27 helpful votes
This was the second visit to Rio Magnolia. We were there 4 years ago. We opted for the same wonderful suite with a balcony on 3 sides.We were greeted by one of the three wonderful staff who literally spoiled us! They were always smiling and helpful and eager to show us the grandeur of nature. Rio is owned by a wonderful couple (John and Maureen) who are always making sure all is excellent. The breakfasts and lunches are amazing and afternoon coffee/tea is as well. The 5 course dinners are absolutely the very best( 5+ stars) ! We were delighted to have a trio of musicians one evening. Every day we had a bird guide that was extremely knowledgeable and had the bird calls down pat! One morning John took us down to see the horses so I could brush them, since I love horses! More than the exquisite accommodations, grand property, superb food, were how delightful John and Maureen were and the wonderful gatherings with all visitors. We met wonderful people that truly also made our short time memorable. This was such a warm, inviting place and our memories equal all the splendor. This is truly a magical place!
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Date of stay: December 2019
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Choose the room with 3 balconies surrounding---Cafetal!
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1 Helpful vote
Response from RioMagnolia, Owner at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge
Responded 09 Feb 2020
We really enjoyed seeing you both again! Thanks so much for visiting and hope to see you again soon. Everyone loved your enthusiasm - for nature, photography (and horses)!
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Dominick M wrote a review Jan 2020
Brooklyn, New York9 contributions3 helpful votes
This was our second time visiting Rio Magnolia, and the reason we came back was that it is one of our very favorite spots on earth. After visiting in 2015, we decided to bring our extended family here for a celebration, and it turned out to offer everything we hoped for, and more. Rio Magnolia is perhaps the most perfectly balanced vacation spot I could imagine: wonderfully remote (it’s at the end of a 20-minute, bumpy dirt road that tumbles up and down a mountaintop jungle) while still being a reasonable drive from San Jose airport; beautiful without being fussy; decadent but highly eco-friendly (they power everything with their own hydro-electric power plant, i.e. the river Magnolia); and luxurious without the overwrought service that too many high-end resorts foist on guests these days. This is all because of Maureen and John (and the small team they’ve assembled), the owners, who are just the most lovely couple ever. We had 12 people in our party, which took up most of the accommodations, so it was a delightful place for a small family reunion. Maureen and John even brought in a small musical group to celebrate my parents’ anniversary. This is a great spot to see gorgeous birds, hike the property, take day trips to zip-line amidst the monkeys, see whales, go white-water rafting, go to the beach (a 40-minute drive), swim in the infinity pool, and generally restore, relax, and renew. The views are stunning, the food and service are great, the nature is genuine. The dogs add a great element of warmth. This place has it all!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from RioMagnolia, Owner at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge
Responded 09 Feb 2020
Thanks Dominick. It was great seeing you both again an meeting your family. It was so wonderful having you all here over the holiday season!!
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VinceCadoret wrote a review Apr 2019
Mansonville45 contributions55 helpful votes
Every morning your wakeup call is done by the birds ans sometime the monkeys, who pleasure to have your first coffee watching the birds, enjoying the sun and planning your day. Because of the heat most of the activities should be done in the morning and after a good lunch you can enjoy the pool and get ready for a 4 O'clock walk. The rooms are excellent and the meals are comparable to any 5 stars hotel I stayed in Costa Rica
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Date of stay: April 2019
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent
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288conniek wrote a review Mar 2019
Gravenhurst, Canada11 contributions5 helpful votes
Our 3rd stay at Rio Magnolia and as always it was nothing short of superb. Maureen and John have worked so hard to make this a memorable vacation for everyone. Rio Magnolia is beautiful. The lodge is clean and the food fabulous. The grounds are immaculately groomed and their walking paths are clean and free from debris. Love love their own coffee they grow. The staff, Karina, Karen, Sofia, Eli and Eliecer are friendly, hard working and extremely nice. It is truly like being a part of a large family when visiting. We have already planned to go back in 2 years. Pura Vida.....Connie & Wayne
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$654 - US$763 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of San JosePerez ZeledonBaruAlto de San Juan
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Pulpería and Coffee Don Emilio (11.5 km) and Eco Chontales Waterfall (7.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ricar2 Restaurant and Bar, Hospedaje y Restaurante Valle Encantado, and Bar y Restaurant Mirador Rancho Los Compayres.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.