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Stay in the rainforest with its abundant wildlife, in your own comfortable house. Just minutes from the caribbean sea with its picture perfect beaches
El Árbol (the tree)
Jungle house rental
Fascinating jungle experience in the middle of the Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica! Our distinguished lodge on 16+ acres of private property is situated in the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge, with the beautiful Caribbean sea less then a mile away. You will stay in one of our comfortable, fully equipped houses on stilts.
Experience the jungle like never before. Have the monkeys waiting outside your window as you wake up to the sounds of tropical birds singing (more than 100 species counted on our property).
There are sloths, nosebears, other mammals, frogs, and so much more…
Relax in the Costa Rican rain forest, drinking a good bottle of wine on your jungle porch. Have a massage, walk our private nature tracks or relax at the creek that runs through the property. Go on one of the many excursions we can arrange for you. Visit the picture perfect & quiet Caribbean beaches just a few minutes away! Venture into Cahuita National park or the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge. Enjoy a night out in the bustling beach town of Puerto Viejo (9 miles away). But most of all look forward to waking up in a jungle paradise that seems to have been created especially for you…
El Arbol (the tree) is the creation of Jan Hein (designer and creator of the lodge) and Marjolein (counsellor and international marketer) from the Netherlands. We want to offer our guests comfort while at the same time they are being totally immerged in nature. The idea is to offer guests a pure, private and personal experience. We are nature lovers ourselves and we would like to show you and your loved ones nature as it can still be found on this planet. Enjoy nature without compromising on comfort.
We believe that the natural beauty in the lay of the land is best left as it is, especially if one of your goals is seeing animals. This theory is proven by the abundant wildlife that visits our 16+ acre property every day. We continue to let nature work her magic. Landscaping is done only around houses and common areas. We have a natural path through our rainforest that we keep clean and accessible; the rest of the jungle remains untouched. Outdoor lighting is romantic but restricted to what is necessary for orientation, safety & security.
El Árbol philosophy: Our philosophy is to create a unique and personalized jungle experience in the midst of complete comfort. Feel the mental and physical wellbeing that nature provides. We also place extra emphasis on being eco friendly and globally conscious. You as our guest take part in this process as 5% of your lodging fees will be donated to local charities.
The houses are designed with style, the immediate environment, comfort and safety in mind.
Our houses are beautifully and interestingly designed. They are built on poles so you have the feeling you you are living and sleeping in the treetops and have round shapes, rich colors and exciting features. Every house has its own jacuzzi from which you can see the jungle and its wildlife. The houses have a fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom, large living room with an extra sleeping sofa/bed, luxury bathroom, safe and all beds have the best orthopedic mattresses with good quality mosquito nets.
Because of their design and the protection from the rainforest's canopy, the houses have a comfortable, cool climate. The houses have glass windows to keep insects out, although it would amaze you how many days and nights you will sit outside on your porch without being bothered by any of these little creatures to fully enjoy the sounds of the jungle. The houses are cleaned for you 2 times a week.
Its an amazing experience, don't miss it. we hope to may welcome you, if the dates you want to stay are booked at this calendar , please look at our other airbnb listing as we have 2 equal houses for rent :)
Other Things to Note
No WIFI in junglehouses , you can either use wifi of ownerhouse also possible to rent portable internet needs usb and reservation ahead (+10$ a day) many people just buy costarican KOLBI rechargable phonecard then you have internet everywhere
always ask about availibility as we have 2 equal houses available!
Where do I begin? This truly is 'El Arbol', or Tree House, in the middle of the rainforest...but just a two-minute drive to the beach! Our hosts (Marilyn & Jo) were incredibly hospitable! Marilyn made sure to tell us about all the best places to go eat, watch Costa Rica play soccer, get laundry done, what tours to do...they took the absolute best care of us. What was really sweet is, they bought my husband & I a bottle of champagne for our honeymoon! I can go on & on about 'El Arbol' & our caretakers as they were the most incredible hosts we could image on our first visit to the very beautiful Carribbean side of Costa Rica--Puerto Viejo!
From the moment when we pulled up to El Arbol, Marilyn was so welcoming! We wanted to be away from any tourist areas and we couldn't have picked a better spot. The treehouse was simply amazing. We absolutely loved it. She even left me a bottle of wine for my birthday, which was such a personal touch. Coffee on the porch in the morning was priceless. Would come back in a heartbeat! Thanks for making our short stay so enjoyable!! xo
If you want a REAL jungle experience, I am certain this is the only place that can offer this in the area. El Arbol is literally a dream which became a reality for us. My girlfriend and I absolutely loved this place. Generally, we arrive at a place and find little issues that were not mentioned, however, at El Arbol this was not the case. Everything worked well and our trip went extremely smoothly. I attribute this to the wonderful jungle-house as well as our gracious hosts. Marilyn went above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Upon our arrival, she helped us plan some awesome excursions and then booked them for us. She also gave us recommendations for almost all of our meals. If we ever needed anything, she was just around the corner and happy to answer any questions.
This place is about a 20 minute drive from Puerto Viejo and a few minutes from the Manzanillo beaches. There are also amazing beaches just down the road in Punta Uva which Marilyn was happy to direct us to. The location is definitely secluded and really makes it feel like you are the only ones out in the middle of the Jungle(a very unique and calming feeling). Of course Marilyn and her family are just around the corner and there is another jungle house next to the one we stayed in.
Falling asleep to the sleepless jungle and waking up to howler monkeys is an extremely unforgettable experience. If you enjoy wildlife and nature, I can not explain how perfect this place is. We honestly can't wait to plan our next trip here!
Recommendations if you go:
- Jungle hike with Florentino (You will see incredible wildlife and learn more about nature than you could imagine)
- Wake up early and watch the monkeys, blue morphos, and whatever other wildlife greats in the morning from your porch.
-The Jaguar Rescue Center
Restaurants: Jungle Love, Cool and Calm Cafe, Bread and Chocolate.
I doubt anyone can be disappointed at this place. Just book it already!
El Arbol is an oasis. The treehouse is BEAUTIFUL with a gorgeous porch, lofted bedroom, full kitchen, and a bathroom with a keyhole-shaped door. They were WONDERFUL hosts, helping us find activities, with directions, and with checking into our next AirBnB. Amazing place!!!
We had an amazing 2 night stay in el Arbol. Within an hour of arriving we saw howler monkeys, humming birds and lots of frogs. The jungle house is beautiful and had everything we needed. It was very clean and Marilyn was really helpful and easy to communicate with. We would definitely recommend.
El Arbol is amazing and exactly as pictured! The place is truly majestic. We honeymooned here and found the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. The first morning we saw monkeys, butterflies, dragon flies, toucans, eagles, and probably more amazing creatures that aren't coming to mind. We didn't have a car or bikes for the first 10 days, and had no problems walking 20 minutes to the beach in Manzanillo, which is beautiful. We were also able to take the bus into Puerto Viejo and other towns with no problem (it ran every two hours). Because, we couldn't walk back in the dark, when we found ourselves out after sunset, we were able to get a local taxi back to El Arbol. Also, many of the tours/adventures will send a shuttle to pick you up from El Arbol. We had a car for three days, which was also nice, because of the freedom, but you could totally do without it.
Marilyn and Jan were a great hosts! We arrived after dark on our first day and Jan generously dropped us off in town for food. Marilyn provided a complimentary bottle of champagne to congratulate us on the wedding. Most importantly, she has a wealth of knowledge about the area and is more than happy to arrange tours and activities. She is truly invested in making sure everyone has a fabulous time.
I would mention that the two houses are pretty close together, although they are designed so that you cannot see into or on the porch of the other. Three sets of guests came through while we were there and the only issue we had was a old group that complained of moderately volumed inside music at 8:00 p.m. Otherwise, people were in the next door house for our whole stay and we had no problems.
I highly recommend El Arbol! It is so much different (and better) than all of the other resorts/hotels/cabins that we saw in the Puerto Viejo area.
An amazing experience in an amazing place. We had a fantastic visit at El Arbol. As described it is a perfect oasis in the middle of the jungle. Even better there is hot and running water and a beautiful jacuzzi tub looking out into the jungle! The junglehouses are just perfect- clean, cozy and well stocked with everything you need if you want to cook a nice meal. There is a spiral staircase up to the bed upstairs which is romantically enclosed in a net which kept the bugs out and allowed us to sleep with the windows open during our stay. You could hear lots of wildlife and howler monkeys every morning and there were lots of bats and other interesting creatures to watch from the balcony every evening. Even though the two jungle houses are side by side, they have been perfectly designed for privacy. Marilyn and her husband were fantastic hosts, inviting us inside when we had trouble with the internet from outside, making a fantastic suggestion for a nice valentines dinner and even offering to drive us out there! We did not have a car and Manzanillo is easily walkable in around 15 minutes. It's a bit pricey (~$15usd/ each way) to get into puerto viejo but we knew this before and all the taxi drivers knew where El Arbol was located which was quite helpful. We can't say enough about this wonderful spot and hosts and will definitely be back if we travel to the area in the future!
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About the Host, El Arbol
El Árbol (the tree) is the creation of Jan Hein (designer and creator of the lodge) and Marjolein (counsellor and international marketer) from the Netherlands. We want to offer our guests comfort while at the same time they are being totally immerged in nature. The idea is to offer guests a pure, private and personal experience. We are nature lovers ourselves and we would like to show you and your loved ones nature as it can still be found on this planet. Enjoy nature without compromising on comfort.