My husband, 13 month old and I spent an incredible week April 2012 nestled amongst the jungle wilds at El Arbol. As their photos illustrate, the houses were created with excellent attention to colors, shapes and sightlines – the architecture is a beautiful blend of luxury jungle tree house and well-equipped home base. We cooked multiple meals every day that we enjoyed out on the porch, always in anticipation of the daily monkey parade overhead! We also strolled daily to the nearby Manzanillo beach or further into the refuge to more remote areas for great solitary swims. A hike up the path to the ridge affords a canopy view of monkeys, birds and the ocean – well worth the climb even with a sleeping toddler on your back!
We appreciated our hosts’ incredible hospitality – excellent pre-trip communication, helping assuage safety concerns and assure adequate facilities and adventures with our very mobile 13 month old. Jan and Maroleijn went above and beyond to help us baby proof the space and ensure safety, including a custom built stair cage they had used for their own kids which helped keep our spider monkey from climbing the spiral staircase, a crib equip with mosquito netting for his naps and an extra mattress to sleep with him on the lower level – not really needed because we were well spread out in the kingsize bed upstairs. They provided fantastic recommendations on local beaches, hikes and outings (incl. the Jaguar Rescue Centre which is well work a visit!). Even booked us a local guide for our trio alone (highly recommended with an unpredictable little one). Our guide Omar’s wealth of flora/fauna knowledge – especially culinary and medicinal plants still used by his family, is matched by his political passion and emphasis on ecotourism in a complex economy such as Costa Rica ☺.
Overall, El Arbol is a fantastic stay with great hosts in a brilliant location – very highly recommended!
- Also Known As:
- El Arbol Costa Rica/Limon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vacation house & jungle villa rental.Fascinating jungle experience in the middle of the Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica! Our distinguished lodge on 16+ acres of private property is situated in the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge, with the beautiful Caribbean sea less then a mile away. You will stay in one of our luxurious, fully equipped houses on stilts. Experience the jungle like never before. Have the monkeys waiting outside your window as you wake up to the sounds of tropical birds singing (more than 100 species counted on our property). There are sloths, nosebears, other mammals, frogs, and so much more…Let comfort surround you while you are relaxing in the Costa Rican rain forest, drinking a good bottle of wine on your jungle porch. Have a massage, walk our private nature tracks or relax at the creek that runs through the property. Go on one of the many excursions we can arrange for you. Visit the picture perfect & quiet Caribbean beaches just a few minutes away! Venture into Cahuita National park or the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge. Enjoy a night out in the bustling beach town of Puerto Viejo (9 miles away). But most of all look forward to waking up in a jungle paradise that seems to have been created especially for you… ... more less