Welcome to new boutique hotel/retreat center Living Forest, where you wake up to the sound of a river and jungle with tropical birds and monkeys often in sight. The location is perfect, as we are secluded yet with an easy access to amazing sights and amenities by Lake Arenal.
Living Forest is perfect for a romantic get-away, gathering of family and friends. It is for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts (cycling, wind surfing and other water sports). Or just come and relax amid the magical nature!
The River View Casita has two beautiful double rooms with private bathrooms. The Living Forest lodge has a big deck area, office, kitchen and three shared but comfortable rooms, each sleep max four people (shared rooms at lower rates).
You are welcome to use the grounds, relax in the hammocks and benches, have a dip in the river, lounge at our deck and use our beautiful wooden yoga deck. We have a weekly yoga class for visitors and locals Wednesday mornings.
Interaction with Guests
As your host I am happy to help you with any questions you might have. We can book tours for you and recommend restaurants and activities to make your vacation run smooth and easy. There are so many adventures to be had in this area! You can experience zip lining, hot springs, hanging bridges, sailing, kite surfing and other water sports, horse back riding, visiting coffee farms etc etc.
We have two labradors living at the property. These dogs are playful and loving. Please let us know if they bother you, as they can be enthusiastic at times. They love having guests over and have made many new friends here.
I am aware of the magical quality of the nature here and like to invite you to have some time to relax and enjoy it all. If you like some quiet time for yourself or like to be more social, i respect your wishes.
I welcome you to stay for couple of days or weeks to experience the PURA VIDA of Costa Rica and have a wonderful experience in this magical country.
Please note for longer stays the rates are negotiable.
We are secluded in tranquil nature, yet it takes only 20 minutes to drive to local town Tilaran or Nuevo Arenal in the other direction.
When you turn to us from the lake road, we are located just before a tiny cute village called Sabalito, where you find a small shop for basic groceries. Little bigger shop is 10 min drive away in Rios Piedras - an idylic Costa Rican village with lovely local restaurants (sodas).
We recommend hiring a car, as it makes it easier to explore the area. There are several rental companies by the airport.
It is also possible to use the local bus and taxi service to and from Tilaran and Nuevo Arenal. If you need a pic up from the airport, we can help you to organize this for you.
Other Things to Note
PS. We are happy to host retreats. Let us know if you have a group you would like to bring over. (Photography, spiritual/healing, yoga, creative writing...)
Welcome to this laid back, exciting and stunningly beautiful part of the world!
We had a great time at this serene place and Johanna is a lovely hostess. We saw lots of Kolibris, Howler monkeys and even a couple of Toucans. At night and early in the morning you can listen to the most spectactular sounds nature has to öfter. And dringend the day you can just relax or visit all the great places the Arenal area has to offer. Also, Johanna is very friendly and helpful in finding the right activity for you to do. We also LOVED her dogs Nela and Blue as well as the visiting neighbour's dog wo stopped by at our room for some cuddles every now and then. I would definitely recommend this place if you want to relax and still be close to Arenal, Monteverde and other places to visit in the area.
We felt so sad when leaving Johanna's place! We had a short but amazing time here, it was so calm and wonderful. We felt right at home, also because Johanna is the sweetest and a great host.
The room has a nice view over the garden and the river, there is just one other room so it is very peaceful. The semi outdoor bathroom is very private, you can watch the birds from the shower but no-one can see you.
We really enjoyed the homemade breakfast and taking the time to wake up in the morning. There are lots of birds like hummingbirds and some howler monkeys. And we even saw toucans on a lucky day!
We loved it here and definitely recommend this place!
After beach hopping for a few days prior, this beautiful, secluded, serene place was just what we needed to recharge, and experience the Arenal and Tenorio areas. Many great places nearby to eat and plenty of activities within a short drive as well. The sound of flowing water next to the open windows helped me sleep like a baby! And the open air bathroom was a treat! Thanks for a great experience!
We stayed 2 nights at Johanna's and this was exactly what we needed: a relaxing, peaceful and beautiful place in the middle of the forest and close to the Lake Arenal where you can hear and see monkeys, toucans and colibris. The room was exactly as advertised: spacious, clean and well furnished. A perfect place for a honeymoon! Johanna is a great host, she gave us good advice on restaurants around and was very accommodating. We would definitely stay there again.
After a week of traveling the busier parts of Costa Rica it was so nice to arrive at such a peaceful place like Johanna's . Her place was absolutely magical and the whole time there held nothing but relaxation and adventure. Johanna was a gracious host offering us a tone of information on things to do and places to go. We will always remember our stay at the living forest and plan to stay with her again on our next trip over.
-Chelsea & Laith
We had a wonderful 4 night stay with Johanna at the Living Forest! Johanna was a wonderful hostess and was incredibly helpful. The room that we stayed in was simple, but very nicely put together and very clean. We loved the semi-outdoor shower/bathroom, though we did have one rather large, eight-legged visitor. The rest of the grounds were very well kept with a beautiful little river, hammocks, wildlife and a nice large deck to sit, sip coffee, and visit. Johanna's dogs are both absolutely lovely and we really enjoyed having some doggy time too.
The location was great for being able to explore a wide variety of places, though there was a bit of driving involved to get anywhere. If you are willing to drive and want to stay somewhere central to Monteverde, Arenal, Rio Celeste and Lake Arenal, this is a great spot.
Johanna was a great host! She was very friendly and welcoming. She offers a delicious breakfast. Her place is wonderful,a charming little paradise in the jungle. We heard howler monkeys while we were there! Loved sleeping and waking up to the sound of birds and the river. My husband attended a yoga class offered at Johanna`s place on Wednesday mornings, he says it was fantastic because of the location and it being in nature. The bedroom was beautiful, the outdoor private washroom was awesome cause it allowed us to really connect with nature. We would definitely go back and HIGHLY recommend this place! :)
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Hi, I am Johanna, the owner of Living Forest.I love nature and animals. I adore living in Costa Rica in this magical piece of land. Yoga, dance and movement, transformation and creativity are close to my heart. I love adventures and enjoy life.
I have traveled extensively and welcome people from all backgrounds and cultures.
My motto is not to take life too seriously, to be grateful and enjoy the precious moments we have.