Welcome to newly built lodge &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 secluded, yet you can easily drive to amazing sights 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!
This was the best place we stayed during our round trip through Costa Rica. The room was very nice and clean. The bath is awesome. Lots of nice details in the room and the bath. But not only the room was great also the garden and the atmosphere. Especially Johanna and her two lovely dogs were super. We saw tucans and colibries every day. We were a little bit sad to leave after just two nights. Would defenitely stay there again when we come back to Costa Rica.
Johanna ist sehr nette und unkomplizierte Gastgeberin. Ihre " Living Forest Lodge" trägt den Namen völlig zurecht. Naturerlebnis pur direkt vor dem Schlafzimmer.
What a unique forest living location with a spacious and clean bedroom and bathroom suite! We stayed at Johanna’s home for two nights. We really enjoyed the natural setting by the creek and lash tropical rain forest. Johanna was very friendly and helpful. She was also a very inspiring person. Johanna’s home is perfect for people who practices Yoga or looks for a quiet place to get retreat. Her two dogs were super friendly. She had an amazing garden. Thank you for everything. We will go back to you again!
Our stay with Johanna in Cabins by a magical river was too short & fantastic. It was everything promised & more. She is a very welcoming & superb hostess. We awoke every morning & fell asleep every night surrounded by the sound of nature. We were guided to great restaurants & trip options with great knowledge & with very satisfying results. I have & will continue to recommend Johanna's place to friends & family. Maybe one day we will get back. Thank you Johanna~!
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!
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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.