Pros: Suzy and the other help were incredibly hospitable, and helpful in booking reservations for local attractions/food. The location is about 40 min from the touristy Fortuna area, close enough to the local culture, but far enough away to have the beautiful Lake Arenal and Volcano to ourselves. Also, the delightful fare of clean, well lit, and safe feeling was present at Villa Decary.
Breakfast was made for us as we arrived downstairs in the common area everyday, and was terrific. Local flavors, and home made breads, and fresh fruits, with a custom blend of local Costa Rican Coffee to boot. Delish, and a great start to the day.
Cons: Sadly the volcano is not in view most of the year, the clouds block its view most of the time, but i can hardly fault Villa Decary for this! Also there not too much of a Volcano view available at the Hotel (but there are nice views of the lake, birds and surrounding forest landscape)
Other: I would highly recommend renting a car if you stay here, although there is local transport and chauffers available in the area as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Arenal's most beautiful hotel. Botanical garden and rain forest setting, spectacular views of Lake Arenal, the Tilaran Mountains and the rain forest. All accommodations have private entry, private hot water bathroom, private deck, orthopedic mattresses. Rates include scrumptious breakfasts, beautifully served. Casitas with full kitchens available. Monkeys, 140 species of birds. Peaceful, private, serene. Close to many activities: kayaking, fishing, hot springs, volcano, birding, canopy tours, windsurfing, horseback riding, nature walks and more. Great eateries nearby. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Decary Hotel Nuevo Arenal
- Villa Decary Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal