El Arbol was the primary reason we chose Costa Rica for our 2010 holiday vacation. We stayed there on the last 5 days of our 2 week trip, and it exceeded all of our expectations from what we had read/seen online. Gracious hosts Jan and Marjolein were helpful and knowledgeable. They live in their own jungle lodge on stilts just 100 meters away, but out of sight and sound, which made our experience truly private and unique. The design of the lodge itself is elegantly and harmoniously blended with its surroundings. Sustainably built and maintained, El Arbol truly combines the feeling of being in the middle of a dense, lush, life-filled jungle with the luxury and comfort of modern accommodations. There's a plethora of activities and tours to be booked, but we loved the space so much that it seemed like most of our time was spent at the lodge itself, enjoying a nice bath in the jacuzzi, or sitting/hanging on the swing chair and hammock on the balcony, reading a book, gazing in amazement at the flora and fauna that abounds. There were plenty of restaurants and local "soda's" near by, but we also utilized the simple and well equipped kitchen and cooked up our own feasts—Mopri's Pescadaro (a local fish market in Puerto Viejo) was a daily stop for us.
My only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer...but we'll definitely be back!
Be sure to check out the amazing Jaguar Rescue Center nearby; up close and personal with monkeys, sloths, toucans, snakes, and so much more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vacation house & jungle villa rental.Fascinating jungle experience in the middle of the Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica! Our distinguished lodge on 16+ acres of private property is situated in the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge, with the beautiful Caribbean sea less then a mile away. You will stay in one of our luxurious, fully equipped houses on stilts. Experience the jungle like never before. Have the monkeys waiting outside your window as you wake up to the sounds of tropical birds singing (more than 100 species counted on our property). There are sloths, nosebears, other mammals, frogs, and so much more…Let comfort surround you while you are relaxing in the Costa Rican rain forest, drinking a good bottle of wine on your jungle porch. Have a massage, walk our private nature tracks or relax at the creek that runs through the property. Go on one of the many excursions we can arrange for you. Visit the picture perfect & quiet Caribbean beaches just a few minutes away! Venture into Cahuita National park or the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge. Enjoy a night out in the bustling beach town of Puerto Viejo (9 miles away). But most of all look forward to waking up in a jungle paradise that seems to have been created especially for you… ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Arbol Costa Rica/Limon