About this listing
Found in the grounds of a tropical park near La Fortuna, Pineapple Houes is a typical local style house with three beds, bath, living room terrace and a spacious rancho. Ideal for groups 6/8 people or couples. An adventurous unique experience!!
Pineapple house is a rustic, 3 bedroom lodge with a kitchen (cooker, rice cooker, coffee maker, toaster, juicer, pots and pans, basic condiments) and shower room. In the main living area is a computer, wireless internet and a television. There's a large veranda with seating and steps down into a large covered ranch with more seating and a small barbecue. The house is next to the main entrance and perched on the edge of a slope, with views over the canopy. From here, there are 8 miles of trails leading to the main house, swimming pool a river and a waterfall. There are more than 250 types of birds (Currently 6/8 Collared Aracari visiting us for breakfast each day) and other incredible wildlife, an enormous variety of plants and fruits and a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano.
This is a private place although easy access to La Fortuna $10 in taxi or 12 minutes by car. We offer local authentic family style food, breakfast, lunch and dinner by prior request. There's a laundry service and help with tours and activities. Options are best discussed here as there are many, and the weather can change quickly.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is at the center of an array of geological wonders. The nearby Arenal is Costa Rica's most active volcano, routinely bursting with lava and ash, and the Catarata de La Fortuna is a waterfall pouring from a seventy-meter cliff. The Tabacon Hot Springs are a relaxing intermission in the midst of the various spectacles, and the Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is a blissful end to any day's excursion.
Other Things to Note
It is advisable to bring a torch for navigating the paths after dark and a map of the local area for navigation.
There are no rules as such, however, we expect guests to look after the house as they would at home and keep an element of tidiness.
We stayed with a party of four at the Pineapple house. It is a rocky ride to get there and we would advise to go there by daylight the first time. Almost immediately we got instructions and advise how we could spend the day in the area, which was nice.
The waterfall nearby is nice to see and takes a small jungle tour to get their. There is a cool dog that helps you to get there (he runs in front of you), though the signs would also suffice. We called her Tequilla (though that was not her real name; that was too hard to remember/pronounce).
The place itself is very roomy; the rooms are seperated and there is a large fan in each bedroom to keep the temperature in check. The place has good cooking equipement, though we missed the sharp knife for cutting the veggies. There's even an computer to take care of the things that are hard om a mobile (like writing a review like this). The place itself is isolated from other houses, so you don't have to worry about the sound in the night. Only getting stuff from the supermarket takes quite a while.
The breakfast was a bit expensive, but also delicious. We also booked the rafting with this place; though it was a little more expensive then expected (due to some miscommunication), we did have an awesome day.
I woud advise ppl to book the place if you have a car; the price/quality rate is good (we went in low-season) and the nature is beautifull. We really enjoyed our stay there!
Firstly we had a nightmare trying to find the place as it's totally wrong on Google maps so we asked several people and drove around for an hour before we found it thanks to a helpful lady who knew it. Directions/a map would have been great. It's a little far out on a long, bumpy dirt road so I wouldn't recommend it if you don't have a car but it was fine for us. The location is really beautiful though, surrounded by colourful tropical plants and there are hiking trails on the property which was fun.
Overall the cabin was average. It was not very clean because it is not sealed from the outside so there are lots of bugs and general dirt inside - especially the bathroom and shower needed scrubbing. The bed sunk in the middle so you rolled into the centre and the fitted sheet was too small for the bed so came off all the time. We weren't given a bath mat or hand towel. The hot water, wifi, tv and air con were good though. I just think the Pineapple House has potential to be so much better.
We do stress that the Pineapple house is within the grounds of Princesa de la Luna and this is what to look for.We are 12 mins from Fortuna and we can get a taxi service within 10 minutes so it does not matter if you have a car or not. We are surpirsed by the comments as they these guest wanted to stay another night...and when asked they said everything was great. We always provide towels and are ready to react to any problem...we think these comments are a little unfair..
The place is fantastic, right in a middle of an incredible vegetation. During breakfast and Diner you can meet people and share experiences and trip advices, and a very warmthful and cozy opened lounge.
The pineapple house, is a pretty big 3 brds house with a kitchen, and also had a huge patio when you can relax and have dinner.
Our host wasn't not there during our stay, but the communication was great, and his team William, Will and Anna are extremely nice, welcoming and helpful.
The road to access the location is a bit bumpy, and definitely doable with a 4x4, but this is Costa Rica !
Pineapple House was everything we wanted :) A quiet home in the forest on a mountain outside of La Fortuna. I never met Jonathan, but his property manager William took great care of us. From shuttling us into town to laundry and feeding us dinner at the ecolodge, we couldn't have asked for a better experience.
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Paradise in the hills of La Fortuna.
My daughter and I stayed here for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time. The hosts were most welcoming, cooked excellent food and gave us a tour of the property, which includes two waterfalls.
Would stay here again.
Staying at the Pineapple House was a wonderful experience thanks to William, Wilhem, Anna, Jasmine, and John who are the main staff at the Princesa de la Luna Ecolodge that the house is a part of. Both Jonathan and William were very helpful in making sure we had the right directions to get to the house, as it is definitely off the beaten path and tucked into the jungle. The dirt road to the house off of the main road is very bumpy, so definitely rent an SUV to handle the terrain. It was fun though, for those who like a true Costa Rican experience! William greeted us right when we got there to give us a tour of the house. The Pineapple House was very private as it is located about a 3 minute walk away from the lodge. The design was very jungle rustic, like Indiana Jones which we thought was really neat. We were amazed at how "in the jungle" it really was, and loved the sounds of the rainforest all around us with all the beautiful plants and wildlife literally outside your door. If you are afraid of bugs or little geckos and lizards you should probably stay at one of the Ecolodge's rooms, as they are frequent visitors around or in the Pineappe House. We had a few big moths fly into the house over our 4-night stay, a few beetles crawl in, and a few geckos, but it was understandable since it was so immersed in nature.
The best part of staying at the house though was getting to hang out with and meet the staff and the rest of the travelers staying at the lodge. William, Wilhem, Anna, Jasmine and John were so friendly and kind, and made us feel at home. All the travelers we met were also really fun and friendly. The meals they prepare there are also delicious and super convenient, so we recommend eating there! The lodge itself looks so cool and is a must-see. A definite gem. And you have a beautiful view of Arenal volcano from the deck and a spring-fed pool to walk down to on the property. We saw all kinds of frogs and Wilhem and Anna took their time to show them to us and explain them to us, which was so nice. We got connected with unforgettable ziplining, rafting, and Baldi hot springs connections too which were all amazing and must-dos. And, William also led the group on a tour hike around the property to show us all the plants and take us to a waterfall and another with a mudbath. So fun! So if you want to meet great people and have a bunch of great adventures and love nature, stay here!
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About the Host, Jonathan
I left England when was 18 and hitch-hiked through Europe,Africa to India overland which was a life forming experience,. I left with about $100 and returned 2 yrs later ..I had little money I stayed with local people ,or hostels or slept rough whatever I needed to do. Later as a professional investment consultant I have lived in Hotels throughout Latin America for nearly 20 years. I can tell you the best way to travel is not always in Hotels ...experience living and sharing with the local way of life ,with real people it is a far richer more rewarding experience. I believe in the concept of integrated tourism this is what we offer it is a much better way to travel ...