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Mystica Lodge & Retreats
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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Ver relaxing!”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I am a local and have seen many of the other hotels in the area and found Mystica simply so different and relaxing! Many little details make you feel as if you are in your own "finca-house", the service was very friendly and the food, specially the breakfast with home made bread and marmelade, was excellent. The gardens are beautiful. We only missed the hike to the Ceiba tree because it had rained a lot and the trail was very muddy.
I truly recommend the place to get away from the stress and to enjoy the fantastic view.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

The food was good but limited choices. The managers were great! The rooms were average and no AC. I had a massage in a tree house which was cool. There were ten of us traveling together and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The view was spectacular!

Room Tip: All the rooms I saw were comparable. All one floor.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Quebec City, Canada
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

The place is wonderfull ! Food is great (we had pasta one night and had breakfast every morning), room is perfect (with a queen size bed and a pull out bed) and the view... in the hammock with a beer you are in paradise!!! WOW!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

We stayed 5 nights, 2 adults and 2 children,payed 150 US dollar tax included for a bungalow ( low season).

Positive; the place, garden, view over lake and volcano, the playground for kids, the food, the staff, the yoga place, the pool, breakfast very rich and feels homemade, the bungalow with a hammock, small kitchen, relaxing,no tv and Internet in bungalow, baby cod, dinners, we had all dinners here, also the dessert we were happy with it. The dining area feels very clean. Coffee is good.

Negative; if you look for wi-fi and tv in room it's not here. For us the most annoying thing was the aunts inside the bungalow, if you spill anything on the floor aunts are there fast. Cleaning in the room it's not the worse, but I felt it was not done really deep. The wi-fi in reception was a bit slow at times, we could not try yoga due to sickness, had looked forward to that. A reason to return

We missed a small Buddha welcoming you in the entrance of hotel.


I would absolute recommend this place, and if we come back we will stay here again. We tried for first time windsurf in Tico surf,5 min drive from hotel, also good. Had Tom as teacher, nice guy.

Room Tip: We stayed in bungalow to have possibility to make some baby food, but the room are also very beautif...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

Mystica was a beautiful way to start our Costa Rican adventure. Francesco was very helpful in making suggestions of activities to do, and very easy-going about it all. The vibe was peaceful and friendly, and the breakfasts and Italian dinners (which we initially found silly given we were in Costa Rica) were delicious and generous, and served in a colourful and cheerful restaurant by unobtrusive waitstaff. They have a beautiful yoga deck as well as yoga classes and massages but we didnt have time for that unfortunately.
We stayed in the Jungle Cabin, and loved the privacy it offered (and the outdoor shower). We were even awoken by a silly white faced monkey knocking on our door!
The view on the lake is stunning, and if you are as lucky as we were you might see numerous armadillos, a toucan, and hear howler monkeys!

Room Tip: Take the Jungle Cabin for added privacy and enjoy the outdoor shower.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Black River Falls, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

We were only able to stay one night but I wish it had been longer. The owner and staff try very hard to make your stay enjoyable. The grounds are lovely with a panoramic view of Lake Arenal. There is a tree house massage and Reiki room and a covered natural wood yoga platform next to a brook with morning yoga classes on some days. Also a natural stone pool for a cool dip. The restaurant and lodge and the rooms could best be described as boutique, with a very comfortable and inviting feeling. The included breakfast is very nice. The restaurant specialty is wood fired pizza in many varieties, very tasty. If I am ever to return to this area, I would not consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Unfortunately we were only there for a day, actually just the night and were on our way the next morning. We checked everything out and would stay there again if we are in the area. Seems like a pretty cool place too be, Owner and staff are very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: We had a bungalow and it was very nice.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mystica Lodge & Retreats
Address: | 300 mts north of Tierras Morenas Cross Road, Arenal Volcano National Park 50801, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Arenal Volcano National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mystica Lodge & Retreats 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mystica Hotel is a tropical paradise with an excellent Italian restaurant, wonderful yoga and meditation classes in a forest sanctuary, a detoxifying infrared sauna, a dipping pool with a waterfall, and tree-top therapies such as massage and Reiki. Mystica is conveniently close to all of the great adventures and water sports that Lake Arenal offers: windsurfing, kayaking and fishing, excursions to Arenal Volcano including canopy tour and hot springs (40 km/25 miles from the hotel) and Tenorio National Park with its world famous Rio Celeste waterfall hike (35 km/22 miles from the hotel). Mystica Hotel is especially designed for travelers who want to relax and/or be in contact with nature. The lodge sits atop a rolling green hill and is surrounded by lush gardens. The rooms don't have TV, WiFi, or phones to support the complete relaxation of our guests, but there is free WiFi in the reception and restaurant area. Mystica's motto, inspiring all who visit, is: 'Live the Magic!' ... more   less 
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