A Magical Paradise at Lake Arenal

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Tilarán, Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Your host, Francesco
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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, a private villa (with queen bed,bathroom, kitchenette, fireplace, terrace, and pull-out sofa),and a 2-bedroom house (two rooms each with their own queen bed, a large open kitchen, living room, fireplace, outdoor shower, hot tub, two bathrooms, and terraces).
We are also proud of our newest addition to the accommodations: a jungle cabin right overlooking the forest and river, with an amazing view and a unique sensation of being immersed in nature. The jungle cabin has a queen bed, a private bathroom, a semi-outdoor shower, and a large terrace.
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.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $8 / night after 2 guests
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We had a fabulous time at Mystica. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. The food was delicious. The hosts were great people. The kitesurfing nearby was so convenient. A real pleasure to get to know the hosts, they have done a wonderful job with the property, it has so much charm. We would much rather stay in a place like this than a hotel. We would stay again for sure.

    April 2014
  • The photos on airbnb do NOT do this beautiful property justice. REALLY, it is a lush, open air paradise. The grounds are absolutely outstanding--so many beautiful nooks and crannies to explore! There are beautiful gardens all over the property, fantastic views, a great trail to explore, and wonderfully decorated apartments.

    We saw two different kinds of monkeys and lots of birds--just while swimming in the pool or walking to our room. Sitting in the breakfast nook of the restaurant we had the luxury of watching the sun rise or set, and were able to see the surrounding lake, mountains, and rainforest better than any other place we travelled to. This was, truly, a wonderfully romantic, perfect escape on our journey through Costa Rica--we liked it so much we actually added a day onto our stay!!

    The restaurant is also very nice--I highly suggest the garden salad, which has some wonderful local Costa Rican vegetables added to the mix (hearts of palm and avocado). We also had the banana cream pie at the recommendation of the host (something neither my boyfriend or I would ever order ourselves) and were SO impressed--delicious!

    The hosts, however, may be the best part. They were so helpful with a lost bag, and provided wonderful driving directions for us that saved us quite a lot of time on our trip! I cant wait to come back, Mystica is not to be missed! You get far more than you paid for with a stay at Mystica. Total luxury, very beautiful, the perfect relaxing getaway.

    January 2014
  • Beautiful views and set up- very clean and comfortable rooms- staff is very friendly and great food! I highly recommend it and also to try one of their 2 jungle cabins- A must!

    January 2014
  • We loved our stay at Mystica! The surroundings are awesome, the food at the restaurant is delicious, andthe staff will do anything to make your stay even more comfortable.
    The yoga lesson was great at a spectacular yoga area!
    If you're looking for a peaceful stay, go to Mystica.

    December 2013
  • Mystica is beautiful and peaceful. We relaxed on the wide covered porch and read our books while watching birds in the very nicely landscaped grounds. We only had one night here but would highly recommend Mystica. We had dessert and drinks in the delightful dining room and would have tried their fire cooked pizza had we been there for dinner. Mystica is well located for people who are planning to drive around Lake Arenal.

    February 2013
  • I only didn't give this 5 stars because we were not able to experience the true beauty of the Mystic Lodge and the surroundings, as we were sick with food poisoning from a restaurant in Arenal when we arrived and we literally slept the whole time we were there. However, I have to say, the gal in the office made us a special lemon ginger tea as soon as she greeted us and saw how ill we were.
    Francesco and all the staff at Mystic Lodge were friendly and accommodating. The room was comfortable and the restaurant/reception area are very charming.
    I recommend this beautiful well kept lodge if in Tilaran. In fact, I left my watch in my room upon check out and Francesco kept it safe for me until I was able to return to pick it up.
    Thank you to all of you. I hope we will be able to come back and enjoy your hospitality.

    December 2012
  • We are a family of four, 2 kids ages 3 & 5, from Chicago. We started our Costa Rica adventure at Mystica and it set the tone for our magical 25 days traveling throughout the country. Everything about this property is as stated and shown in the pictures, except words can not do justice to the warmth and beauty of the hosts. We felt like we were staying with friends from the moment we arrived. We also enjoyed every dinner in the restaurant and little did we know at the time how challenging it would be to find such delicious food the rest of our trip.

    December 2012
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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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