[Note: This is an unsolicited review and we did not receive payment, free food or accommodations from the Peace Lodge.]

Sometimes you find a really special resort.  One that exceeds your expectations and makes you wish you didn’t have to go home.  We found that at the Peace Lodge, just north of San José, Costa Rica.

The Peace Lodge is about a 90 minute drive north of San José, which makes it a great place to begin or end your tour of Costa Rica.  Located in the mountains between two national parks: the Poás Volcano National Park and the Braulio Carillo National Park, the Peace Lodge has both cloud forest and rain forest vegetation, due to its elevation at 5000 feet.  The site is simply stunning.   All access to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens was included in our stay.

The resort

The resort is part of the overall area of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park (click to read our separate post on the park).  La Paz is a place of intense natural beauty, with 5 waterfalls connected by pleasant walking trails.

The resort features 2 pools: the outdoor pool is scenic with a waterfall and a jacuzzi.  There is also a warm indoor pool, which our boys loved of course.  Above the waterfall pool there is a fishing pool called Trout Lake.  It’s a spring fed lake filled with rainbow trout.   Fly fishing rods are available, as well as spin cast rods.  If you can catch a fish, then the chef at the Big Trout Bar will prepare it for you.

Our room

Our room was amazing!   We were in an 800 square foot Deluxe Guest Room with Two Full Size Beds.  The beds were luxurious with quality mattresses and soft sheets.  Our room featured a large stone fireplace and a seating area with a sofa.  Everything you could think of was included in the room, including a refrigerator, Surround Sound Home Theater System with CD/DVD Player and a TV with some English channels.

The bathroom was spectacular!  It was a huge indoor garden with a skylight filled with tropical plants.  It featured a jaw-droppingly deep soaking tub in front of a 7 foot high waterfall.

The bathroom also included a traditional shower and an open garden shower near the waterfall.

The Peace Lodge stocked the bathroom with cozy robes and plenty of soft towels.  The toilet and bidet were in a separate room.

The balcony was equally amazing!  The view was beautiful.  There was a Jacuzzi tub for long soaks under the stars, a hammock with a hummingbird feeder nearby that drew in the wide variety of beautiful birds.  The patio table was the perfect place to enjoy the wonderful room service.


The food

There are four restaurants on the property: 2 bars and a café with coffee and pastries.  Our boys loved eating at the Big Trout Bar which serves salads, sandwiches, and wraps.  This restaurant and bar are located next to the Trout Lake and waterfall pool.  The boys loved swimming while waiting for their food.  We also really enjoyed eating dinner at Vista Poás Restaurant.  The food was delicious with attentive service and a lovely atmosphere.

But our favorite place to eat was right on our beautiful balcony!  We loved the room service!

The Peace Lodge has a sister property in Costa Rica called The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal.  It’s at the top of our resort bucket list!  Have you been?

For more information on the Nature Park, read our post about La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens