"elemental style ... relaxed,
a paradise for nature lovers"
...Ojo del Mar ("eye of the sea") is an eclectic, intimate eco friendly retreat (european run)
nestled between the pristine beaches and the tropical rainforest
in the wilds of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
As National Geographic says, the Osa is the "Last Great Peninsula" still untouched by the ravages of civilization, with over 350 species of birds, 115 species of reptiles, 750 species of trees and 10,000 species of insects ... along with the 100,000 acre fantastic Corcovado National Park.
This is a gorgeous hideaway for nature lovers: we will be happy to consult and arrange all sorts of adventures upon your arrival (see "adventures/activities")
Waking up to the morning sound of howler monkeys, the squawking of macaws and the orchestral singing of birds and insects against the background rhythm of the ocean.......
Disconnect to reconnect the essential.
Ojo del Mar has capacious spaces in its main "Casa Grande" (restaurant) with hardwood floors and a thatched roof bamboo construction, solar powered, all designed and built by the owners.
Ojo del Mar's artistic, elegant building concept follows a calling that is environmentally and socially responsible.
The lodge is located beachfront and you will find great places to relax on the beach, such as our
surf bench, various hammocks and open air yoga lounge.
We are the only place on the Osa where you can stay close by the sea, in our new Beach Cubes !!!
During the season (May through December) if you are lucky you can see turtles nesting, baby turtles hatching or go watching humpback whales with their young ones.
Meanwhile, the solitude and beauty of the beach awaits you, the jungle of the Osa is calling (literally),
Ojo del Mar's gardens, with a variety of native species are beckoning,… wildlife all around you.
Things to consider:
We are happy to charge your camera batteries and smart-phones, kindles, pads.
Ojo del Mar is a ´solar powered only´ eco-resort, which implies that energy consumption must be regulated. For the proper function of our energy system, we ask of our guests not to use high consuming appliances such as laptops, hair dryers, electrical toothbrush, iron and others.
We do not offer air conditioning, telephones, or televisions,... we are TRULY 100% off the grid.
We, Nico and Mark, consider Ojo del Mar as a sacred place of life energy, far from everything but closer to its goal:
Living large on a small ecological footprint !
As a final note, please keep in mind that because the Osa is so remote, it is not an inexpensive spot in which to vacation.
We speak English, Spanish and German.
We welcome you and all sorts of groups/events
to support our
mindful and sustainable commitments
in deep connection with nature.
The Butterfly Club awarded Ojo del Mar with the highest score of 5.0 for its ecological excellence.
>> see report
" ... tucked in admidst the windswept beach and the lush jungle, this is a little plot of paradise ..."
Lonely Planet 2007
USA Today: Ojo del Mar is listed as one of the three eco vacation tips in Costa Rica
The Surfer's Journal
A short excerpt of the 8 pages long articel in 'The Surfer's Journal' ,
Volume 18, Number 4
...Ojo del Mar fits the low-key local vibe ... crushed gravel walkways lit by bamboo lanterns wind through the jungle to the main lodge, an open-air bamboo structure built by Mark. The feeling is quiet, peaceful, and reverential of the forrest surrounding. ....Mark and Nico's eco-ethics are pragmatic, a development of their practice of living lightly amid the Osa's robust yet fragile ecosystem.
"My mission is to inspire people and to help them get access to their deeper understanding, their intuition of what is wrong and what is right. To me, it feels good not to create a toxic environment with a building. We are so used to artificial, industrial living that we become immune to nature. I want to take people back to the roots, to the tribe, to the ground." To the ecological choreography of the planet.
Condé Nast Traveler " ...a lovely and conscientous little spot...that benefits the local environment and economy... "