Orchids are the world's most diverse plant family with the number of species estimated to be between 30,000 to 40,000 in over 800 genera. We have approximately 70 different species among our collection of more than 800 orchids in our garden. There are many more orchids and bromeliads at the lodge grounds that we continue discovering in it's natural habitat.
Our botanical garden was started with the collection that was purchased from Mrs. Ana D'Silva. It was her passion of 30 years to collect those plants and take care of them. Those orchids were part of her family, she could feel their needs, talked to them and loved them dearly. We became passionately involved with her plants as well, and since November 2006 almost doubled the original collection.
Some of the orchids will surprise you by it's astonishing shape, colour, texture and incredible perfume that will vary depending on the time of the day or night. Some of them are so delicate that you need to have a magnifying glass to see them, and some of them will be captivating because of the variety of the pollinators that will be visiting them. You will be surprised to witness how these flowers manipulate, connive, court, seduce and deceive insects into having getting pollinated.We carefully study our collection and continue identifying species that we have under the experienced leadership of our Head Gardener, Jobito Santos Chan.