About this listing
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 ideal 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 Living Forest lodge has three comfortable rooms, each sleep max four people. Rates vary depending on how many are sharing a room.
This listing is for double room with shared bathrooms, 55$. Other options are: triple 75$/room, quad 85$/room and dormitory style 35$ per person.
The rooms are called Mariposa (butterfly), Rana (frog) and Mono (monkey). Mariposa has a queen bed and a comfortable bunk bed. The other rooms have two single beds and a bunk bed. Across the hall we have two large bathrooms each with two nice showers with hot water and two toilets. You will be sharing, but still with comfort and style :).
If you prefer a more private double room with own bathroom, check out our River View Casita, which is also listed with Airbnb.
The Living Forest lodge has a big lounge area overlooking the jungle and river. Often we get to observe animals such as monkeys, toucans and Morpho butterflies right from the deck.
We have a beautiful wooden yoga deck, which you are welcome to use anytime. If you need a mat, we can lend you one. Once a week we have a yoga class in the house for visitors and locals.
NEW: We have a brand new addition: A communal kitchen for our guests in the newly built Casa de la Luna Nueva.
Feel free to use the grounds, relax in the hammocks and benches, have a dip in the river, lounge at our deck area and marvel at the exotic plants in our gardens.
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, waterfalls etc etc.
Many visitors like to use us as a base and do their trips to the surrounding area.
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 25 min to Nuevo Arenal in the other direction.
We recommend hiring a car, as it makes it easier to explore the area. We have a good rental car contact who gives our guests a discount and good service. Let us know if you are interested.
From Tilaran and Nuevo Arenal you can also take a local bus to us or use a taxi service. For sight seeing the local bus is not efficient. 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!
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.