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Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

This was our second trip to L&L, the first being my our honeymoon. After that visit we decided it was a great trip for the entire family of six. Our kids are older from 11-16 and despite the fact that we worried about the retreat aspects of no A/C, no TV, or other "distractions" everyone had a spectacular time. This year we went in mid-June--rainy season. This was also a concern, but it was not an issue at all. Yes it rains frequently, but the duration is general short and occurs at night. As before the owners and staff were AWESOME. The food is wonderful, the setting is spectacular and the overall experience is authentic and wonderful. I highly suggest partaking in the activities onsite; the horseback riding and trip to the Tico farm. Obviously, the other excursons were experiences we got to share with our children that they will never forget.

Room Tip: With the family of six we stayed in the Hummingbird Hacienda. Our teenager slept on the foldout and...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Leaves and Lizards is something special. A retreat, an oasis. But set your expectations -- these are cabins in the rainforest. Animals and insects abound.

The owners have created a unique place -- and the staff is incredibly helpful and happy.

The cabins and the dining area have an incredible view of Volcan Arenal, and nature is everywhere. Oh, and the food is AMAZING. Excellent quality. And the varied menu is a break from the typical beans and rice.

If you enjoy a rustic accommodation with plenty of nature and an English speaking staff, this is the place. Debbie and Steve really make it special.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We had such a wonderful time in Costa Rica at Leaves and Lizards! We loved loved loved the Hummingbird house and were SO glad that we upgraded to it. The bird watching was just incredible - far more than we even hoped for. We had toucans in the trees right outside the house singing to each other, a flock of green parrots, saw a white hawk, and of course saw gorgeous hummingbirds all around. The horse riding was wonderful - my girls who compete and ride pretty much daily especially enjoyed just the freedom to ride in the country and to just enjoy the horses, who were very well trained. We enjoyed learning about the Parelli method and found the horses to be very willing and responsive and kind! The guides were also wonderful! They helped us see two different kinds of poison dart frogs and also explained so much about the wildlife and plants that we saw, including information about the leaf cutter ants that we found very interesting. The food was also delicious and the setting of the restaurant could not have been more perfect. Everyone we met who served us was so willing and kind and joyful. Please tell everyone on your staff thank you!! I could probably go on and on!! We felt so relaxed and only wished we had more days there :) We hope to return!

Not sure how to change the extra ratings below... There actually is not a swimming pool or fitness center but I wasn't able to leave it blank. However, you can get plenty of fitness on beautiful hikes and horseback rides and you can swim in the private, beautiful waterfall which is far better than a pool!!!

Room Tip: The hummingbird house was wonderful - the beds are comfy, it is spacious and well decorated. The wa...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

My family and I stayed at the Leaves and Lizards for 3 nights(too bad it couldn't be longer) and had the best time! We felt at home with Steve and Debbie and all the staff. Everyone was so friendly including the animals! We stayed in the Congo cabin and had the most breathtaking view of the volcano through the floor to ceiling window. The porch was such a relaxing place to sit. The hammock was pretty comfortable too. There were board games and a deck of cards in the room already for our convenience. We had such a great time playing games together. It was refreshing not to have wifi available in our rooms so we weren't tempted with technology. Although it was available in the dining room and we caught up on our emails in there! We were nervous that there wasn't air conditioning but that wasn't a problem at all since our elevation was so high. We had a lot of rain considering it was rainy season but what a peaceful sound it was to have our windows open all the time and listen to the rain. There are hikes to enjoy as well as the kids going to the barn to see the horses, chickens, pigs and cows. The kids enjoyed collecting the eggs and milking the cows in the morning. The horseback ride is a must do to the waterfall. Our guide Enrique was amazing and got us up close to a sloth!! His dog followed us the whole way. The food was so fresh every morning for breakfast and the dinners were even better. We had a great view of the volcano even from open air dining room. We would highly recommend Leaves and Lizards to anyone!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

We stayed in the Toucan Cabina with our young son and just had a fantastic experience. My wife and son got to experience riding horses for the first and second time during our stay. Riding to a waterfall and back after swimming in the stream and experiencing a tropical downpour! Zipline rides across the falls in La Fortuna and swimming with the hot springs all to ourselves. The volcano didn't want to show itself until our last day but it did finally appear. Breakfast and dinner with the hummingbirds, parrot and the occasional lizard was always very tasty as well. I agree with the folks saying the road is a little rough, but what is a trip to Costa Rica without requiring four wheel drive!!

Room Tip: I truly don't think there is a bad cabina on the place, just chose the one that suits you and yo...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We stayed at Leaves and Lizards January 28 - February 5. If you're up for a true vacation where you can escape the tourist traps and experience the real Costa Rica, this is it! Hands down this is the best vacation we've ever experienced. Steve and Debbie are wonderful hosts and take a real interest in their guests. The staff here are second to none. They will help plan your day, give you advice on things to do, tell you the best times to go places and avoid crowds. The web site says don't book up your time prior to arrival. Take that advice to heart; You will change your mind on what you want to do, you will get a better experience with Leaves and Lizards. The accommodations are top notch (we stayed in Congo house). We had an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano and wonderful gardens and rainforest just off one of the best decks I've ever experienced. During our stay we spent a couple days just relaxing around the property. There is so much to see and do. The food is five star all the way. They went out of their way to prepare dishes that suited everyone's tastes and dietary needs. Breakfast and supper were two highlights every day. The staff brought people together in the dining room for supper, you got to meet the other guests, make friends and exchange experiences we had over the day; This helped immensely in planning an outing for the next day.

This is the place to be if you enjoy nature, birds, animals, plants. Its the place to be if you want a central location where you can go out daily and enjoy adventures like ziplining, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking and much more.

We will be back!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We found this place on TripAdvisor and it did not disappoint. Be prepared for a rough drive to get there because it's a little off the beaten path, but it's well worth it. Our own cabin (Mariposa) in the jungle was close enough to walk to the restaurant, barn, trails, and office but secluded enough to feel private and use the outdoor shower. The owners are so friendly and the entire staff is very helpful. If you have ever felt nervous around horses this experience might fix that forever. The trail rides start with a lesson in natural horsemanship and even my husband relaxed and admitted it was the first time he felt really comfortable on a horse. They will arrange any type of adventurous outing you want. Get a massage, listen to the jungle live, take photos. I could have spent many more happy days here and I'd love to go back again.

Room Tip: Noise level comment is not human-made. The jungle is loud at night with cicadas but we got used to i...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat

Address: Meters South Of Super Kiki 500, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21012, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#8 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: £126 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This secluded resort is located on 26 acres with spectacular viewing of the Arenal Volcano near La Fortuna. Enjoy the panoramic vista of Arenal and Cerro Chato from a hammock on your porch or from your comfortable, orthopedic, queen sized beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. Meals prepared using locally grown ingredients at the Lava Lizard on-site dining facility. Guests are invited to help with daily 'chores' on this working farm. Milk a cow, collect eggs for breakfast or groom a horse. Enjoy private horseback riding, professional guide service, on site spa and 2 km of on site nature trails. The vision at Leaves and Lizards is to create the perfect blend of adventure, discovery and tranquility for each guest. ... more   less 
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Leaves And Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos

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