Main Lodge room, Armadillo

Private room

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

Private room

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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Ages 2 - 12
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About this listing

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 1PM - 9PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests


The space

Mystica is a beautiful lodge and retreat centre right over-looking Arenal lake and volcano. We have a main building with 6 private rooms (each with their own bathroom) perfect for single, double, or triple occupancy.
Guests can enjoy the lovely environment at Mystica, practicing yoga in our magical sanctuary by the river, being refreshed in our
dipping pool made of river stones with a waterfall, receiving a relaxing massage or Reiki session in our healing tree-house, and of course, savoring the delicious food offered in Mystica's restaurant. We specialize in authentic Italian cuisine, and guests love our wood-burning oven pizzas, homemade pastas, fresh soups and salads, and our delectable desserts (including the famous chocolate Tortino and handmade sorbets such as lemon and mango/passion fruit).
Many of our clients like to make Mystica their home-base while they take day trips to the volcanic hot springs, adventure in the canopy tours, and hike to amazing waterfalls.
It is best to come to Mystica with a car so that you can have the freedom to get around to the various adventures. There are also local buses and guides you can hire if you like for alternate transportation.
The owners and staff are happy to meet you and to help you enjoy your stay with us - we hope that your time at Mystica enriches your vacation in Costa Rica and that the wonderful memories you make here stay with you for always.

Interaction with guests

Our staff will be always available to help you and to make this an unforgettable experience.

The neighborhood

The location of the hotel is located in the far west of the lake. It located on a hill overlooking the lake and the volcano, surrounded by the forest through which flows a river. This beautiful setting is home to many animals. With the help of the staff you can coordinate a massage, a yoga class, a sauna and many other activities that will make your stay unforgettable.
The environment is perfect for families with children who find their way and enjoy themselves with toys and with a slide and swing

Getting around

The bus stop is 300 meters to the hotel entrance, on the road that surrounds the lake.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 1PM - 9PM



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

1 night minimum stay

24 Reviews

Check In
Grace User Profile
April 2017
Staff was welcoming and helpful. Barbara eagerly gave us suggestions of nearby activities, even booking them for us. We loved returning each evening to watch the sun set and to eat delicious Italian food. Can't wait to return to this amazing spot!

Tiffany User Profile
March 2017
We really enjoyed staying at Mystica! The property was even more lovely than I expected, particularly the lush gardens and yoga space which we explored even on a very windy/stormy day. The staff were very kind and helpful, and we really appreciated how intentional everything was at Mystica - from locally sourced soaps to a thoughtfully sourced and composed menu. We'd love to go back!

Tracey User Profile
December 2016
We arrived on a very cold rainy day which was too bad because we missed seeing the volcano/mountains and more of the lake. The location seems awesome with the view of the lake and the grounds are really beautiful. Activities were a distance away except Barbara set us up with horseback riding and kite boarding which was closer and so helpful. We did not meet Francesco, but Barbara was so friendly and kind and we so appreciated her.

Alex User Profile
March 2016
Hosts were awesome, made me feel right ay home. This place is great for a quiet, rustic, romantic getaway. The yoga class was great and you can get a treehouse massage after. It is perfectly located for exploring the western lake area. Staff were kind and welcoming.

Christopher User Profile
January 2016
This place is such a gem and omg the food!!! The food is the best part. I've stayed at 7 other hotels and nice places but their kitchen is the best!!!! The food is great and the cafe is super nice with the fireplace and great music!!! Absolutely spacious place with stunning views. This place is a must.

Jessica User Profile
January 2016
My husband and I stayed at Mystica for just one night (unfortunately) on our trip to Costa Rica. We absolutely loved everything about it! Mystica has such a great vibe and is a very peaceful and relaxing place to stay. The grounds are beautiful and the view of the lake from the rooms is amazing. Having the restaurant, yoga, massage studio, pool etc makes it so you wouldn't have to leave this place for anything, we would have loved to stay longer and take it all in. Francesco and Barbara were very helpful during our stay. Love the locally made soap in the rooms, which we purchased some of before we left and are still using it, reminds us of our great time in Costa Rica. The one piece of advice is put on some form of bug spray/repellent if you decided to take the short hike to the Ceiba tree on the grounds. My feet and legs got attacked by chiggers and I am still dealing with the itchy bites!

Elizabeth User Profile
December 2015
Francesco and his team made us feel incredibly warm and welcomed. The lodgings were just as we expected with an incredible view of Lake Arenal. From this little tucked away gem in the mountains we were able to drive to the Rio Celeste waterfall hike, La Fortuna and the various hot springs around Arenal Volcano. We like to avoid tourist traps when we travel. This beautiful boutique hotel allowed us to do just that while also offering gourmet Italien cuisine, small and personal yoga classes each morning and massages or Reiki treatments in a tree house! There was also a pool and a short hike from the grounds to an incredible 1000+ year old tree! Overall it was even better than we expected and the perfect first stop for two weary New Yorkers to slow down, relax and connect with good people and beautiful nature!

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Francesco User Profile

I am co-owner of Mystica Lodge & Retreats along with Barbara Moglia, my business partner. We came to Costa Rica from Torino, Italy many years ago, and have put much love and energy into creating Mystica. The Mystica family is committed to sharing the beauty of Costa Rica and Mystica with those who come to stay with us. We have a deep respect for Nature and Peace, and we love the Pura Vida way of living.

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