Designer junglehouses with jacuzzi!

House - Entire home/apt · Manzanillo,carribean coast of Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo, 7304, Costa Rica
El Arbol

Stay in the rainforest with its abundant wildlife, in your own comfortable house. Just minutes from the caribbean sea with its picture perfect beaches

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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

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El Árbol (the tree)
Vacation house & jungle villa 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…

Let comfort surround you while you are relaxing 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, air conditioning (at extra cost) and all beds have the best orthopedic mattresses with good quality mosquito nets. The houses have a fully equipped kitchen and beds with the best orthopedic mattresses.

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 3 times a week.

Its an amazing experience, don't miss it. we hope to may welcome you soon.

1 WEEK 2 PERSONS 750$ instead of 900$ (+airbnbfee) !! make use of this extraordinary discount!

ps: if the dates you want to stay are booked at this calendar , please look at airbnb listing (phone number hidden) as we have 2 equal houses for rent :)

Other Things to Note

Airconditioning + 10$ a night

No WIFI in junglehouses , you can either use wifi of ownerhouse (reaches anywhere from below our house (phones) untill parking (laptop) 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

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $900 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Our stay at El Arbol was absolutely perfect! We loved the jungle home! Mornings on the porch on the hammock and swing were perfect! Waking up to the sounds of the rainforest was a wonderful treat. Marilyn is the most accommodating host we have ever had. She helped to find us the best deal for a car rental and set it all up for us. She offered to book any excursions that we were interested in. After we arrived the first night she sat down with us to give us pointers and tips to help make our stay comfortable and smooth. She always made sure we had fresh towels and sheets for the bed. The town of Puerto Viejo was perfect, cute little beach town with the nicest people in Costa. We highly recommend staying with Marilyn and her family in El Arbol Jungle home. :)
    Thank you Marilyn for a wonderful vacation!! You truly made us feel at home!

    June 2014
  • We were seeking a jungle adventure for ourselves and our baby boy, and we found it! Marilyn and her family were an excellent host, providing us with every detail we needed for our trip, from detailed driving directions from SJO (note: 3.5 hours can turn into 6 with the city traffic), to what the house was equipped with, to where to find a pediatrician for the baby. Our favorite moments were the mornings: having breakfast on the terrace, listening to the howler monkey and toucans, watching giant blue butterflies float between the giant trees. Marilyn recommended the beach at Punta Uva (about 10 min north by car) which became our favorite spot for the duration of the holiday (note: we arrived to the beach early, around 8:30 to get our favorite spot). Marilyn recommended excellent dining spots, but while there was an abundance of places to eat, we shopped at the Saturday organic farmers market (note: Saturdays only, so plan ahead) and cooked the meals ourselves. The kitchen was swell-appointed with utensils, but not condiments. The fridge was a bit small, so we had to make multiple trips to the store during the week for bulky items.

    May 2014
  • My wife and I enjoyed our stay at El Arbol. Even though during this vacation we had a series of mishaps it was one of the best places we have ever visited. The house is located in the jungle. It's deep enough to enjoy serenity of the forest but close enough to the road connecting villages along the coast. We went swimming to the Punta Uva beach. From now on this is our favorite beach in Caribbean. Right on the beach we saw toucan, sloth, and other less memorable animals. Another reason we recommend to visit this property - the hosts. We really tested their patience and hospitality with managing to get in the car accident, catch some stomach infection, etc. Jan and Marjolein helped us resolve all of these issues. They called our car rental company, translated for us from/to Spanish, drove us to the restaurant while we were waiting for the new car, gave us some pills, ...

    This is really a magical place with unbelievable hosts!

    March 2014
  • My fiancé and I had an amazing time at El Arbol! Marjolein was great with suggestions of things to do & places to eat, and gave us our privacy for the week (& she lent us some iPod speakers for our stay!). The house was amazing, exactly as described on Airbnb. We spent some great evenings just relaxing on the hammock on the deck & listening to the sounds of the jungle. I highly recommend it to anyone!!!!

    February 2014
  • El Arbol was the last stop on our 2-week honeymoon, and it could not have been a better experience. Marilyn was always available to make sure we were comfortable and had some great suggestions for local attractions. The jungle house was, of course, amazing. I think it was the closest thing you can get to living directly in the jungle without compromising on creature comforts like plumbing and a giant comfy bed. Our favorite parts of El Arbol were the porch, the keyhole door, and the house gecko :)

    January 2014
  • What a fun, whimsical jungle house! We used the hot tub several times and Marilyn booked all of our amazing excursions so all we had to do was have fun! A true jungle experience while still being completely comfortable.

    January 2014
  • We stayed at El Arbol for a week and it was one of the most memorable vacations we had in a long time. The bungalow we stayed in was a gem, beautifully made and beautifully located. Surrounded by the forest, it is very private and restful. Marylin and her husband were welcoming, helpful and discreet. They put us in touch with a wonderful local guide who took us on a four hour tour in the jungle. He was extremely knowledgeable and obviously a nature lover. If you decide to get a guide (which I highly recommend) make sure to ask Marylin to put you in touch with Abel! She also helped us organize a dolphin watching tour that was marvelous.
    We we so glad to have made the choice of El Arbol rather than a hotel. We spent our evenings relaxing in the hammock on the balcony listening to the sounds of the forest.
    Everything about this trip was wonderful. Manzanillo is a quiet little town with really nice people. The beach is beautiful with great snorkeling. We couldn't recommend El Arbol enough!! Thank you Marylin and Jon.

    November 2013
  • Absolutely partner and I stayed here at the end of a very busy Intrepid tour that started in Mexico. We wanted some time out and a chance to explore Costa Rica by ourselves. We stayed here for three nights and it was perfect.

    When we arrived we were greated by poison arrow frogs with bright colours, the place has a real jungle feel to it and you are really in touch with nature. Marylin was so welcoming and helpful, she also gave us some great suggestions about places to eat and things to do.

    The house is just gorgeous...filled with windows to see out at the amazing view, the kitchen is well equiped (there is even a blender so grab some excellent costa rica bananas, honey and icecream and make some smothies!!) The bed is the most comfortable of any bed ever! And there (email hidden) around it to make you feel secure from mozies/bugs. One thing I was worried about was the bugs and critters before we arrived; however there was none in the house! considering the location this is quite amazing!! So i felt totally safe from insects!

    I want to go back to costa rica just to stay here! Totally peacful and relaxing, one of the best places i have stayed anywhere. Could not recommended it more highly- you will love this place!

    November 2013
  • I just can comfirm all the postiv aspects that the other travellers wrote - so just some words in german (as I know that Marilyn will understand them):

    Marilyn die Gastgeberin und ihre Familie waren toll und mehr als hilfreich beim Einleben und bei der Organisation von Ausflügen und Unternehmungen. Egal was sie anderswo lesen - Haus im Dschungel kann man oft lesen, aber dieses Luxus-Haus steht wirklich mitten im Dschungel inklusive Pflanzen- und Tierwelt. Von der Küstenstraße geht es 500 Meter eine Nebenstraße ins Landesinnere und dann nochmals 500 Meter in den Dschungel.

    Ein Miet-Auto kann ich nur dringend empfehlen - anderenfalls ist man einfach nicht mobil genug und kann die tolle Umgebung mit unterschiedlichen Nationalparks und Stränden nur schwer auf eigene Faust erkunden.

    Noch ein Wort zum Haus - es hat alles gehalten, was e versprochen hat. Das Bett war sehr bequem, die Ausstattung überdurchschnittlich und durchaus luxuriös.

    Und noch ein positiver Aspekt - obwohl ich öfters abends draußen auf dem Balkon gesessen habe, wurde ich nur einmal gestochen.

    Der September ist ja nicht die Hauptreisezeit für Costa Rica - aber hier in dieser Gegend bleibt man von den Regenfällen der anderen Regionen fast verschont und es ist traumhaft schön.

    September 2013
  • Wir waren Anfang September in El Arbol. Dies ist ein wunderschöner Ort und die Gastgeber sind sehr freundlich und zuvorkommend aber zu keinem Zeitpunkt aufdringlich. El Arbol liegt wunderbar ruhig abseits von der Hauptstraße mitten in der Natur. Wir konnten jeden Morgen die Brüllaffen in der Nähe hören. Die Ausstattung ist umfangreich und das Haus insgesamt genau so toll wie beschrieben. Wir haben viele Stunden auf der tollen Veranda genießen können und bedauern sehr, dass wir während unserer Rundreise nur wenige Tage hier verbringen konnten.
    Danke an El Arbol

    September 2013
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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.
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