You have all of your needs for enjoying to the maximum.
Orthopedic mattresses, private bathroom with hot water showers, views of the nature, towels, sheets and pillows.
Affordable Costa Rica Hostel, accommodations for backpackers and Eco-travelers, in a totally unique ambient: 22 hectares of primary forest, jungle trails, waterfall, organic farm, Permaculture and bio-intensive vegetable gardens, lake with tilapia and ducks, free range chicken farm, and the best position to observe volcano´s activities from the lodge, with wonderful views over the valley and the lake. Part of our activities are morning and night hikes from the hostel, temezcal, Spa with different massage and treatment packages, happy people and a lot of good energy.
Restaurant serving 7am-8pm daily all vegetarian and Gourmet Demo Cuisine taught in the evening by the chef and guest participation, pool, guided hikes, hiking trails, hammocks, temezcal, Jacuzzi with spectacular view....
Tours with in walking distance observe the eco zoo or butterfly conservatory, the local shops and wonderful community of el castillo
Sky trek sky tram, hiking trails to volcanoes and waterfalls, the lake for kayaking, horseback riding, rafting...
common area with hot water heater, fresh tea all day long, fireplace, laundry $4 kilo, wash basins....
Interaction with Guests
we can help you plan any activities you have in mind for the area or around, we are here to serve you with open arms :)
The Abundant Nature and Animals surrounding us in the jungle is paradise. good food, good people, and good energy.
We were made to feel very welcome upon our arrival to Essence. Our greeter told us all about the hostel and the organic farm adjoining it (which we were given a nice little tour of) as well as things to do in the area. Upon our arrival, one of the things that took our breath away was the amazing view of the Arenal Volcano and the lake and surrounding valley. Our room was quaint with very pretty wooden furniture and clean sheets and towels. It opened up onto a little patio with the aforementioned amazing views right at our doorstep. Also at our doorstep was the hot-tub, which was a nice way to relax after our very long drive from San Jose. One of our favorite things about the experience at Essence was the community dinner. The dinner was delicious, but we also really enjoyed chatting with some fellow travelers. We pitched in at the end to help with dessert--which happened to be their version of French Toast and was absolutely delicious. We would absolutely recommend this hostel, especially if you are looking to get off the beaten track and escape the busyness of La Fortuna. The only warning I would give is to just be prepared for the road to the hostel, the last stretch is quite terrible and would be difficult to maneuver without a 4x4 vehicle. And in our particular room we had difficulty with getting the shower water temperature to regulate. With that being said this was the perfect place to find peace in Costa Rica and start our vacation off right. You will not regret your visit.
Essence Arenal est un endroit spécial,atypique et fabuleux,non pas que les chambres soient luxueuses,ici il faut chercher autre chose,l'ambiance ,le décor,l'acceuil.....
Mais ici ce qu'il y a de plus beau c'est la magie du décor,l'Arenal et à ses pieds le lac que vous embrassez d'un regard en vous balancant sur le hamac...Merci de nous avoir fait partager cela ,ah oui ,nous nous régalés des petis plats préparés avec amour !
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Very professional opertaiotn...lots fro interstting people from all over th world...beaitiful views of Lake Arenal...and counrtrysisde...excellent meals
We had a great time at Essence and would definitely stay here again. We arrived after sunset and it was a very pleasant surprise to see the scenery the next morning! The Essence crew was really helpful with planning adventures and giving advice of places to visit. They also had breakfasts and dinners planned for guests but they were not included in the price of the Airbnb rental.
The listing was excellent, the location was just beautiful, and the people there were unforgettable. Nico is the main person running the show and taking care of everyone. He is extremely friendly, can speak like 80 languages (some of which haven't even been discovered hahaha) and is everyone's friend. His story, along with the chef's and everyone else's stories alone are worth visiting Essence. The food is incredible, the crowd is incredibly friendly, and it removes all the drawbacks of a hostel type living arrangement. I was a little apprehensive about it, but we somehow got upgraded to something else since we got our room and it got upgraded for two nights.
Everyone communicated when we needed to and answered the phones when we were lost, it was dark, and we had no idea whether we were even supposed to be going to the right place hahaha. Once we got to the place, it was like an island/paradise type location that you just would not expect to see. The property is huge and they have a ton of tours nearby for anyone to visit to spend the time during the day. If you decide to go on a hike or anywhere, get the hiker sandwich. OMG THE MOST DELICIOUS SANDWICH IN OUR LIVES. It has some super fresh bread, avocado, eggs, tomato, lettuce or spinach, some cheese, and a slice of heaven or something (not sure where they got it). When you're tired, hungry, and it's been raining all day, this sandwich will make you feel like you can take on Everest (or just the local hike to the waterfall hahaha).
Be forewarned, though, that the local weather somehow got super rainy around the time we went (mid-February 2015), so pack for some dry clothes if you haven't left your home country yet. It's generally advisable to keep your electronics in a dry bag on any hikes (or get pro gear which can last), and bring lots of love to share with all the new friends you'll make at this place. I can't say enough about the great times we had with the two other couples we met.
Only downside to this place: the shower cycled from super hot or super cold in our room and it only had moderate temperature for a brief period of time. Maybe it's plumbing or something, but a small issue like it doesn't change how much we loved the place. I just wish we showed up at a better time, but the weather wasn't in our control at all.
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