With Costa Rica opening its borders conditionally back in August, they’ve effectively managed the flow of visitors back into the country. The Central American nation is one of the most transformative and experiential travel destinations that we’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, and arguably among the top places that we at OutThere have encountered in our decade of travelling the globe.
News is, one of its best-kept secrets, ORIGINS Lodge has just emerged from under the radar. It’s a luxurious, seven villa, sustainable eco-lodge property, with the option to choose from six one-bedroom villas and an opulent 3 bedroom woodland manor. Suspended as if by witchcraft in the canopy of 111 acres of lush rainforest jungle, the views are stupendous, over the forest and beyond to Lake Nicaragua.
The resort’s design is influenced by the pre-Colombian circular architecture of the Ticos (natives of Costa Rica) and is brought up to date with contemporary design and modern conveniences. Yet it pays homage to the age-old, raw, natural rituals, philosophies and original building techniques – but without stopping short of incorporating luxuries like private plunge pools, outdoor fireplaces and rain showers.
Not that you’d need an excuse to escape here, but if you’re looking to ‘work from away’, ORIGINS Lodge provides a unique experience for the working nomad. We can’t vouch for the internet connection should you need to dial in, but for creative experientialists like us, the tranquility of the place is sure to inspire some innovative thinking – we can just imagine kicking back here and writing a book, or coming up with that new entrepreneurial idea – backed up by world-class holistic wellness and Michelin-starred cuisine on offer. And if you’re someone that might find equalising your work-life balance challenging, we’re sure the scales will definitely tip the right way, out in the Costa Rican jungle.
At time of press, visitors from the United Kingdom and most European nations, Canada and selected states of the USA can enter the country – although we urge OutThere travellers to check ahead as things can change. A negative COVID test result (not the antibody test), within 72 hours pre-arrival, must be shown.
Travellers must hold pre-purchased travel insurance from an agency authorised by the Costa Rican Insurance Authority – Superintendencia General de Seguros de Costa Rica – or international insurance approved by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) that covers all possible COVID medical expenses, accommodation or repatriation for at least 14 days. A pre-arrival health pass must also be applied for online.