date: December 2013
we arrived and were greeted by Leo (the owner) and Peggy (his daughter and hotel partner) who greeted us very pleasantly the hotel sits peacefully about 40 minutes from la fortuna along the lake it seems like every house has a fantastic view of the lake and the volcano is visible from our rental.
the house just drips charm, the kitchen is robust and well designed plenty of counter space to prepare the family meals we were even given a microwave by leo.
I have to recommend the Selva Leona tour, the horseback riding was spectacular, the local guides gave us well fed, well kept, happy horses that knew their stuff. Accommodating to all skill levels. started calmly and when they saw we knew what we were doing we sped up a bit and even had a couple opportunities (4) to race each other through the rolling hills towards the base of the cloud forest. i felt like i was riding through something that belonged in some sort movie. cattle and grazing horses watch on as we rode up and down the hills, at the top of the tallest hill we had a beautifully clear view of the Arenal volcano. the hour it took to reach the base of the forest seemed to fly by.
The jungle hike was pleasant and we got to swim under an idealic minor water fall. At the end of the walk we ate BBQ then back on the horses through the rolling hills.
I highly recommend the tour it was easily the high point of the stay.
Pros: Beautiful location, Great Selva Leona tour, kind & helpful staff.
Cons: food and beers a bit costly, quite the drive from la fortuna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This exclusive and luxurious Arenal hotel is located amidst overwhelming nature and tropical gardens on the scenic ARENAL LAKE. The inn is made up of 17 luxury boutique VILLAS of 1-3 bedrooms, all with their own private tropical gardens, terrace, AC, satellite TV, fridge and sweeping lake views. The Mansion Inn is the ideal starting point for the activities in the ARENAL and TENORIO area, like fishing, Hanging Bridges, Canopy, Selva Leona,Volcano Hike, Bird watching, Venado Caves, Rio Celeste...... ... more less
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- La Mansion Inn Arenal Hotel Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal