The Peace Lodge is a little piece of the sky tucked onto a mountain facing one of three active volcanoes in Costa Rica, Poas.  Just a mere 45 minutes from the International Airport, you will think you are worlds away.  Every morning and evening you will see the ebb and flow of clouds draping themselves around one of the worlds most diverse cloud forests.

 

Mindful of the cool climate The Peace Lodge resides in, every room has a gas fireplace and Jacuzzi soaking tubs.  Better rooms feature private terraces fitted with outdoor hot tubs to allow for star gazing from the heated waters of your own bubbling pool. The lodge also has an enormous landscaped “lake” to swim in, a heated pool and hot tub. The sister property and predecessor to the five-star resort, The Springs (check out the review here), The Peace Lodge perfectly blends five-star service and accommodation, with a rustic, nestled into the mountain, atmosphere.

 

 

An ecotopia all its own, The Peace Lodge hosts an aviary, a butterfly habitat, rescued wildcats and monkeys, a frog habitat, an orchid garden, and a fern trail.  A mountain trail that leads you around the property and deep into the cloud forest will bring you up close to five magical waterfalls.  The La Paz Waterfall Gardens Park that encompass the dramatic, interweaving waterfalls were part of an elaborate, environmentally sensitive initiative set by the founders of The Peace Lodge .  The idea was to simultaneously protect the unique landscape and make it accessible to the public.  Imagine teetering on the edge of a bridge that connects one sheer jungle face to another, as the tingling mist of gushing waterfalls plunge to dizzying depths, seeming at arms length.  Staying at The Peace Lodge all of this is a short, albeit brisk, walk away—cradled in the notion that your own, private hot tub will be there to welcome you home.

 

 

In addition to the amenities and marvels the eco-resort provides on its grounds, The Peace Lodge will also arrange a half-day trip that will include a stunning look into the crater of the magnificent Volcano Poas, which has the worlds most acidic lake.  The outing can also include a tour of a local, family-owned coffee plantation (as one really shouldn’t leave the area without some of the deep, rich beans the unique environment yields).

The Peace Lodge is the ideal waypoint into or out of Costa Rica, providing a rare glimpse of a cloud forest eco-system and a perfect welcome or farewell to an adventure.

–  Jeffery Owens & Ava Fedorov

Photographs by Jeffery Owens and Ava Fedorov for Socially Superlative