This is a find! It is way up a winding steep road in already secluded El Castillo, but I promise you it's worth it.
We stayed in the cabinas located just below the main house. They were very spacious and clean. There were 2 beers in the fridge and some popcorn waiting for us when we got there! My favorite thing about the cabinas was the hammock and chairs on the porch where you can sit and enjoy an incredible view of the lake and volcano. It is paradise.
On your way up to the main house, you will see a spa that is run by the costa rican manager's wife, crissia. She is not only a very sweet person, but you can sign up for one of the best massages of your life at half price if you are staying at nepenthe. It also has a hot tub for guests use that we spent way too much time in. People we met all around knew nepenthe for their massages.
At the top of the hill you arrive at the main house where Nancy and Gordon, the owners from California stay along with two side rooms guests can rent. It is adjacent to an infinity pool looking out over the amazing view. It's quite a piece of property. Every morning a large breakfast is served (coffee, pancakes, eggs, sausage, beans, rice, and fruit) in Nancy and Gordon's kitchen.
Despite how much we enjoyed the view, massages, relaxation, and food, our favorite thing about nepenthe was the people! Gordon and Nancy, owners, are hilarious and fun. We ended up spending an hour after breakfast each morning on the porch talking to him. One night, they offered to take us to pizza johns, a friend of their owns. It was one of our favorite nights in costa rica. The owners themselves drove us and ate with us! With pizza johns entertainment added in, it was a blast. Then there is Agustin, the costa rican manager they hired. He is one of the nicest people you will meet and helped us arrange everything we were doing. He is professional, kind, and runs the place great. We loved getting to know him as well.
I didn't want to leave at all when it was time. I was ready to move my wedding that is in a few months there! Stay here! You won't regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nepenthe Bed and Breakfast is Beautifull piece of paradise located in the little town of El Castillo of La Fortuna in Costa Rica. Surrounded by the rain forest and exuberant wild life, you can appreciate the magnificent Arenal Volcano and the mistic Arenal Lake, enjoy beautifull sunsets from our infinity edge pool or relax in the jacuzzi or with a Massage in The Blue Lagoon Spa after a day of adventures and fun in the area. ** Also, the Phoenix Restaurant at Nepenthe is located on the grounds of Nepenthe and serve a daily dinner menu with handmade food and fresh local ingredients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nepenthe B&B Costa Rica/El Castillo