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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, hiking trails, hammocks, 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...
hiking trails, restaurant, common area, tea all day long, pool, parking...
Interaction with Guests
we are here to serve you with love anything you may need.
surrounde by birds and animals in the jungle
Essence Arenal me ha gustado mucho no sólo por el lugar donde se encuentra y lo limpio que estaba todo sino por el trato tan amable y la comida tan sabrosa que preparan. Totalmente recomendable. El único problema es que esta un poco lejos de Arenal.
Boy was this place something! Very zen and calm atmosphere. The location is very good (next to the volcano) and the view is AMAZING! The room is basic but has everything you need. The food is delicious and varied. I recommend the yoga in the morning, very relaxing. The people you meet there are very friendly. it was a great experience.
Essence arenal was amazing, the crew up there is incredible, kind people always there to help u . Everybody eat together we cooked with the chef. The view of the volcano is breath taking. Tks for everything guys.
This Hostel is awesome, in a remote place in El Castillo (near La Fortuna). Hosts are very nice and very help full and will give you recommendation on the activities to do in the surroundings depending on the weather and on what you would like to do.
They offer breakfast (~5$) and dinner (~12$).
I really enjoyed my stay there and for sure would stay there again.
This is a special place in the hills of El Castillo. From the morning yogas on the beautiful garden overlooking the volcano, down to helping make dinners with the crew, it was such a joy to stay at Essence. It is an experience in itself with lots to offer.
Essence was our favorite rental of the entire two-week trip! If we could do it over, we would have doubled our nights there and moved everything else around. The view is incredible, the area is so beautiful and felt much more safe than any other. Many activities near and far- they have a shuttle, but it's not too cheap. That may be my only gripe! Highly recommend the Cerro Chato hike- it's grueling but well worth it. Once you reach the top, keep going down to the lake in the crater! It's not too much further. And the Tabacón hot springs are divine.
We also recommend the nearby butterfly garden. LOADS of drunken blue morphos! But wear pants and sleeves- their iguana lagoon is a mosquito sanctuary. We decided against the snake house... it seemed a bit overpriced.
The dinners at Essence were so great. We were skeptical of the price, but ended up really happy. Though I agree with a previous reviewer that it would be nice if some breakfast elements were included in the price of the stay. There is a shop just down the hill in El Castillo to get snacks and lunch foods.
The hike across the property to the mineral pool is invigorating, and we got up bright and early to do it in time for morning yoga, which was amazing. The view of the lake, the creature sounds, rain showers on the roof. Unforgettable.
Hot tub, common area, and hammocks were great. The private room and bathroom were really nice and clean (they clean it every day while you're gone). Staff was great. We had a bit of the blues once we got to the next place and it couldn't compare to Essence. Don't miss it!!
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