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The Good Earth

by Martine Bury

An intimate eco-lodge perched in Costa Rica’s northern rainforest

Situated between two imposing volcanoes, ORIGINS lodge sprawls over 111 enchanted acres of primary forest at the edge of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Conservation Area.

In close range, the Rio Celeste carves through an expanse teeming with waterfalls, hot springs, wildlife and birdsong. In the midst of this raw, unfiltered nature, six guest lodges and the three-bedroom Villa Vertigo (almost 50 feet above ground) evoke luxe treehouse living with decks with private Jacuzzis, panoramic views that stretch to Lake Nicaragua, and the occasional visit from a toucan.

Sustainability is woven through every aspect of life at the lodge. Furnishings are built at an on-property workshop from renewable materials like Guanacaste wood. Products from coffee to bath soaps are sourced from local artisans. And the gardens are managed without pesticides and nurtured via a robust composting program.

The staff at ORIGINS eases a seamless entree to this lush, rare world with nocturnal wildlife tours, guided hikes to waterfall-fed pools, naturalist-led walks revealing the hundreds of medicinal plants used in treatments at onsite spa Laka-Tii, and in the sublime culinary offerings at El Salto restaurant. In fact, the property’s organic farm and beehives, and locally sourced and foraged ingredients fuel the French fusion menu designed by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Luc L‘Hourre and executed by Chefs Dominique Serres and Rachel Biehn. Under the same roof, the Skyview Lounge is a quiet place to sip cocktails or soak in the infinity pool, and catch a glimpse of wild horses galloping by.

It doesn’t take much to tap into the earth mother energy here, whether it’s a sunset flow class under the yoga bale’s soaring roof and skylight, or a massage in the able hands of an intuitive healer. The feeling here is “connected.” To what? It’s all in the name.


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