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Admit it: whether as a carefree kid or a stressed adult, you have imagined what life would be like as a member of the Swiss Family Robinson. You could spend your time exploring unfamiliar scenery, eating exotic foods, and sleeping in a tricked-out tree house. Ah, fantasy...

When you escape to the Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Hacienda in Costa Rica for a three-night ($201), five-night ($385), or seven-night ($470) stay, your adventuresome fantasy becomes an idyllic reality. Children under age 12 are free when accompanied by two adults.

Cast away your home-life troubles for a secluded rain forest room overlooking the hotel's lush acres. Noted as one of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the hotel sources the natural beauty of the surrounding Monteverde Mountain Range to influence its sustainable practices.

Your elegant double room comes with daily full American breakfasts (made from organic ingredients grown on site), a private bathroom, satellite television and air conditioning. Since you don't want to devote all of your time to relaxing — after all, those Robinsons were quite the productive bunch — visit the animals on the hotel's working ranch. You may see frogs and blue Morpho butterflies on your walk to greet horses and pigs.

"Nowhere else in the world are so many types of habitats squeezed into such a tiny area," says BBC Travel. "In terms of number of species per 10,000 square kilometer, Costa Rica tops the list of countries at 615 species, compared to the United States with a mere 104."

Lose track of your mornings while swimming in the pool, and then explore the area on horseback or bike tours arranged by the hotel. Hike through the breathtaking Monteverde Cloud Forest before zip-lining above its trees.

Pass late afternoons reading as vibrant birds fly nearby, and when night falls, listen to the cicadas sing. Let your adventurous spirit out with this escape, and finally live out your childhood's wildest dreams.

Escape kit

  • A three- ($201), five- ($385), or seven- ($470) night stay for two in a double room; up to two children under 12 stay free
  • Daily full American breakfasts
  • Book by 19 July

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes. Then, find further inspiration by viewing our Costa Rica slideshow and reading about Costa Rica's best beaches.

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