Origins Luxury Lodge
Upala, Northern Region
High up on a mountainside overlooking a valley, Origins is perfect for a relaxing Costa Rica escape. With just a handful of boutique accommodations scattered over the serene 100+ acre estate, guests can enjoy privacy and the luxury of the lush natural surroundings.
The gorgeous wooden lodges boast beautiful views of Nicaragua Lake, volcanoes and the hotel grounds, best enjoyed from the fire-heated plunge pools on each private terrace. Wandering the grounds, guests will find the scenic open-air Koora Yoga Shala, the ´gold´ waterfall, and a gorgeous free-form infinity pool above the canopy.
Ideal For: relax in the hills, intimate escape, personalized service
- Why we love it
With just six lodges and a 3-bedroom villa scattered over the grounds, a stay at Origins feels like you have the place all to yourself with an incredible level of personalized service – you want a foodie experience, they´ll make it happen! We love the sense of escapism afforded by the elevated location, plus the winding trails, horses, waterfalls, and wildlife opportunities that come with the territory. Take the guided sustainability walk as a way to get orientated and understand how all the eco-features of the property fit together, from the organic garden and plant nursery to the beehives that support Melipona Bee communities.
Origins employs an impact team to implement, measure, and monitor projects and initiatives that focus on the sustainable conservation of wildlife and wilderness areas. This comes from an understanding that operating in pristine natural locations comes with a responsibility to the planet and local communities.
The hotel was carefully designed to remove a minimal amount of dirt and trees during construction and include the use of sustainable structural bamboo, adobe walls for humidity control, recycled bottles layered under the guest bungalows’ floors, floating roofs on the guest villas to provide natural air conditioning, and living plant roofs on the bungalows. Several types of plants were also introduced to increase local vegetation by 75% and visually integrate the grounds with the surrounding wild jungle.
Clever techniques utilized for eco-friendly operations including gravity water pumps that don’t need electricity, solar water heaters, firepit-heated jacuzzis, and the creation of a wastewater treatment plant. Origins features organic and edible gardens, seedling nurseries, locally handmade guest amenities, and hyper-local, sustainably sourced produce for its restaurant´s cuisine.
Planning Your Experience
Our luxury, tailor-made journeys in Costa Rica reflect the individuality of each traveler, connecting you to your own authentic experience. With personalized attention, imaginative programs, and 24/7 in-country support, we´ll take care of the details while you live in the moment.