Rio Magnolia is definitely a holiday destination, not a place to stop by for a night or a place to use as a home base for off-site excursions. Many species of birds are seen from our terraces. We have walking trails, a large infinity pool, and a bar and restaurant serving delicious food and drink.
Our Costa Rican ecotourism project is located near the small rural towns of La Alfombra and San Cristobal where our employees live. Our commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment is reflected in a number of initiatives. Out of our 110 hectar (280 acre) property, 90 hectares are primary and secondary rainforest, which we protect. The balance is pasture, where we have some cows and horses. We participate in a conservation program whereby its 84 hectares of natural forest are protected for the mitigation of greenhouse gases, the protection of the water resources and the preservation of the biodiversity and ecosystem. We are also involved in a reforestation program to plant pasture land with various species of indigenous trees. About 5000 shade Arabica coffee plants have been planted with fruit and poro trees intermingled to provide shade as well as habitat for some species of birds. Hummingbirds particularly like the flowers of the poro trees.
Our electrical power is produced by a renewable energy source, the river Magnolia, which runs through our property. A 12 kW hydro-electric system provides all of the electricity to the Lodge and is distributed to the various buildings by buried cable, thus protecting the wildlife from harm. We are located in the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor, which was developed by a conservation group called ASANA, friends of nature. This biological corridor of forests allows habitat for the movement of wildlife. This year Rio Magnolia became part of UNESCO's Savegre Biosphere Reserve!
Experience the casual elegance of the Lodge, an exciting combination of comfortable accommodations set in primitive surroundings. Imagine waking up nestled in soft white linens while listening to the sounds from the jungle! Breakfast always starts with Arabica coffee from our coffee plantation, fresh fruit and juice and homemade granola and yoghurt followed by a daily special. Tour our plantation and see how our plants are shade grown and the ‘cherries’ are processed using the renewable energy from our hydro plant. Dinner menus are prepared daily to meet your expectations for great food using the freshest ingredients. Produce that we don’t grow in our garden, we purchase from local farmers and from the weekly feria (farmer’s market) in San Isidro. In the evening, enjoy mouth-watering appetizers while watching the sunset over the ocean at the bar or on the terrace, or cozy up by our crackling fireplace. For dinner the tables are dressed with colorful table linens. Candles flicker.
Río Magnolia promises to provide its guests with superior accommodations, food, and service. Words or pictures cannot describe the beauty and magnificence of the vistas; Rio Magnolia is a rainforest experience! Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys and toucans!
John and Maureen Paterson