About this listing
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 $4 kilo, wash basins....
Interaction with Guests
we can help you plan any activities you have in mind for the area or around, we are here to serve you with open arms :)
The Abundant Nature and Animals surrounding us in the jungle is paradise. good food, good people, and good energy.
We appreciated our stay at Essence. Rooms are clean , hot shower, good location. The view is breathtaking from any point of view there! We enjoyed the spa and the hamocs.
However we didnt like the fact that we can't use the kitchen and the prices of their meals are the same as a hotel. We didnt expect that from an ecofarm/backpackers place. And as El Castillo is a very small village, theres no other eating option.
Nico and the staff are very friendly. But be careful if you take the laundry service. I gave them: 2 sweathers, 1 short, 1 t-shirt + 2 kids briefs and they wanted to charge me 12$ (3kg)
Also i have to say that after the room service , 1 of my shirt had dissapeared. I waited to come back home to see if it was somewhere in my bags but no, it really dissapeared that day at Essence :(
Still, the view was somewhat worth it!!!!
Upon arriving we first noticed that the location point from the website and the way description from the owner were very different but luckily we trusted the description and found the place easily although it's about 20min more on a dirt road - I guess you should not rely on airbnbs maps.
However the location was still nice with beautiful views of Lake and Volcano Arenal - depending on the weather.
Clean rooms, everything you need and even a jacuzzi. ;)
Arrived to an incredibly friendly crew. The room was perfect and very clean, close to reception/restaurant, and had a very comfortable bed. The food was not only awesome but fun to make with the chefs and other guests. I met a lot of great people and will definitely be back!
Essence is an absolute gem! Leading up to the trip everyone at Essence was very helpful in sending over driving directions and other details regarding our stay. We were so thrilled to arrive at Essence. The property and the farm are beautiful. We had originally booked the Superior Stay room, but once we saw the Superior Terrace Tents we had to switch. The tents are amazing! We enjoyed sitting on the terrace watching all the birds and listening to the howler monkeys. We enjoyed two meals while at Essence and the food was amazing. Martin made delicious burritos for dinner. We enjoyed an early morning yoga class on the upper property before checking out. We would have stayed longer if we could. I would highly recommend staying at Essence Arenal. We look forward visiting again soon.
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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