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“Heavenly Views-Heavenly Hosts” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villa Decary

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Villa Decary
Ranked #1 of 12 Nuevo Arenal B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Heavenly Views-Heavenly Hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2011

From the moment you set your eyes on the grounds to the minute you step into your room, Villa De Cary's beauty captivates and frees your soul. There is something magical about this place. Suzy & Dan are the ultimate hosts, they extend themselves and their knowledge of the area to enhance your stay. We arrived with no agenda; they made arrangements for us to horseback ride, tour a private farm, take in the wonderful hot springs available in the area, and dine on local gourmet food! Breakfast is a special treat that sets the tone for the day. Whether you hike the grounds, enjoy the monkeys and the birds, or just digest the spectacular views your stay will be a memorable one. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank ridercheryl
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2011

We turned up the driveway to Villa Decary after sunset, but it didn't dim our awe one bit upon viewing for the first time the extravagantly landscaped biosphere before us . The sounds of tree frogs peeping and popping were are first greeters, quickly followed by warm greetings from Suzy and Dan. We had arrived for our nine day stay at a most delightful Costa Rican rainforest B&B. Our party of four stayed two sharing a room in the B&B, and two in a cassita up the short hill from the B&B, so we got to experience all that Villa Decary had to offer in the way of dramatic lake views, sunsets, birdwatching, hiking about the property, and privacy for optional evening forays before and after dining at any of the nearby restaurants. This is a perfect location to lauch from for Swinging Bridges canopy tour at the Arenal Dam, several luxurious thermal spas along the road to Arenal Volcano, Eco Glide zip line on the Arenal volcano, and short walks to outstanding restaurants in either direction from Villa D. Villa D's breakfasts were always a treat to start the day. A super treat for all was Elkin's family farm tour and should not be missed for the up close and personal look at life on the farm, his mother's cooking talents and the entire family's hospitality. Personally, the discovery of the montezuma oreopendula's sound was the most awesome discovery, as were the diligence of the leaf cutter ants.
Lake Arenal is spectacular and quiet beyond any other lake experience, at the time of year we were there only a few kayakers were spotted, and one fishing boat used to tour tourists about. Put your vacation dreams in Suzy and Dan's hands and you won't regret it.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maggie011650
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Raleigh NC
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2011

We loved our stay at Villa Decary. The location is simply stunning, fabulously landscaped, with a great view of Lake Arenal from all rooms and casitas [we had a room.] We enjoyed the little fridge with $2 beers outside our door, sitting on our deck looking at the lake, watching for birds, and listening to the howler monkeys. Birders give tours on the property because the sitings are good. The hosts are lovely people, and were very helpful in pointing out the best of the local attractions and restaurants [we highly recommend Maya for pizza and Gingerbread for a lovely meal]. We went to bustling La Fortuna briefly and were glad we didn't stay there ... very touristy. Villa Decary is about a 30 minute drive to the volcano, but the volcano is in the clouds most of the time anyway and it wasn't active when we were there. There are wonderful restaurants near Villa Decary and we loved our quiet paradise. The breakfasts were lovely, especially the fresh juices and beautiful fruit plate.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lojoni
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Nueva Arenal
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2011

Overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal and a whole mess of green sprinkled with amazing colorful flowers, trees and other plants, the Villa truly lives up to its name. The owners are excellent people who seem to enjoy meeting everyone who walks in. They were also very concerned and helpful with making sure I had the best time while I was here and had some great discounts on various activities I was interested in... recommend!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cribbagechamp
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Cahuita
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21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2011

I recently spent one night at Villa Decary and one night at the Arenal Observatory Lodge. While I love the setting of the Observatory Lodge there are just too many people. I much preferred Villa Decary, the laid back atmosphere, the view of the Lake Arenal, and the kind, attentive service provided by Suzie and Dan. I highly recommend this place to all travellers visiting the Arenal region.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marise V
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Nyack
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

Villa Decary was just right for us. The breakfasts, as advertised on Tripadvisor, were so beautiful that we took photos. We are grandparents, traveling with our 2 daughters, their husbands, and five children, ages 7-13. Dan wisely suggested that we take the five bedrooms in the main house, where there was no one else to bother with kid noise. Although there's no pool, the kids played games on the property every morning and evening, and said they would stay there again. Dan and Suzy are attentive, helpful, but laid back, and their staff is lovely and warm. We spent five nights there. It was a great base for touring the Arenal Hanging Bridges, basking in Hot Springs, white water rafting (for a few of us), river floating (and wildlife viewing) for others, ziplining, and a visit to Elkin's family, where we had a great time in spite of mud and rain. It was a privilege to spend time with such lovely people.

If there is any way to arrive before dark, do it. The roads can be treacherous, especially after rainy season. That's my only caveat. Villa Decary is an easy, comfortable place to stay. We even ordered in pizza one night when all were exhausted. Suzy and Dan do all they can do accommodate guests, without hovering.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Judith R
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istanbul
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2011

Unfortunately I only spent one night at Villa Decary and wish I was able to spend more time. The region is very picturesque and the view from the B&B is outstanding. I am not normally a breakfast person but I really enjoyed the fruit plate, homemade juice, breads and the omelette cooked to perfection. Both Suzy and Dan are excellent hosts and I recommend Villa Decary to everyone travelling to Arenal.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dorynenarin
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Property: Villa Decary
Address: Mile East of Town 1 | Route 142, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Nuevo Arenal
Number of rooms: 8
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

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