All of the comforts of a bedroom a little closer to nature. Electricity, windows and lights, lockers and cement floors with bed.
Affordable Costa Rica Hostel, accommodations for backpackers and Eco-travelers, in a totally unique ambient: 22 hectares of primary forest, jungle trails, waterfall, organic farm, Permaculture and bio-intensive vegetable gardens, lake with tilapia and ducks, free range chicken farm, and the best position to observe volcano´s activities from the lodge, with wonderful views over the valley and the lake. Part of our activities are morning and night hikes from the hostel, temezcal, Amazing farm to explore, yoga deck, jacuzzi, mineral pool, coffee plantation, ducks and chickens.....
restaurant serving three meals a day with guest participation cooking with chef
tours within walking distance Spa with different massage and treatment packages, happy people and a lot of good energy.
Large size, Jungle tents.with shared bath, with double and single beds in bunk style, sleep up to 3 guest, night lamp, windows with incredible panoramic view towards the jungle. Delux rooms with private bath, private and shared rooms with bath or shared bath.
615 guided morning hikes
630am daily yoga
430 guided night hikes
Restaurant serving 7am-8pm daily all vegetarian and Gourmet Demo Cuisine taught in the evening by the chef and guest participation, hiking trails, hammocks, Jacuzzi with spectacular view, infinity big size trampoline, Fireplace, Free internet, Laundry service, Tour desk.
common area, fresh tea all day, pool, free parking, wifi, restaurant, walking trails
Interaction with Guests
we can help with everything you may need, we are here to serve with love :)
Surrounded by birds and animals with in the jungle.
you can catch a public shuttle leaving from Fortuna at 7am 1230 pm or 530 pm for $6. The driver, Arturo or Luis meets in front of the mega super next to the bus station.
Next time I would stay two weeks at Essence, not just one night. Too short a stay in paradise. The safari tents are very comfortable, as are the common amenities: two showers, two toilet stalls, a common room that is half-outdoorsy and equipped with a kitchenette for tea (brewed from herbs outside the door), and a welcoming restaurant/office/Internet area. All is clean and perfectly functional. The view of the lake is breathtaking. Melissa was kind in showing us around. She gives massages and teaches yoga in the mornings (another thing I will do when I come back some day). A garden 15 minutes' walk from the cabins/tents sounds delightful, although I didn't get a chance to visit. I did however sit by the hammocks and gaze out at the view for ages. Profound contentment. Don't miss it.
This place was absolutely amazing. Especially if you are visiting Arenal and want to steer clear of the tourist vibe that La Fortuna can come off with. You are surrounded by amazing views of the mountains and if you are not too sure about what to do the staff are more than willing to help you out with some stellar suggestions. Would suggest to anybody!
We stayed in Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel for three nights in a safari tent room and we loved the location. The view of the jungle right outside our tent was fantastic but it rained and everything stayed a bit damp, which is to be expected in Costa Rica! Despite being up the steep hill to El Castillo, Essence was in a great location for surrounding activities, and Melissa was great, helping us book horseback riding nearby and transportation to surrounding areas including La Fortuna was convenient. Be prepared to eat some great vegetarian food from the kitchen grown at the organic farm, at a cost of about $10 per meal. The kitchen is not available for guests to cook in themselves, but meals there were fun and we interacted with the other guests. To our tent room, the steps were steep, dark and slippery, and we neglected to bring a flashlight. And most nights when we needed to walk out to the restroom, it was raining! Walking on the muddy path, we got muddy and wet on our way to breakfast most days, so be better prepared than we were on our first trip to Costa Rica! Showers were hot, but the jacuzzi was a bit cold. The scenery was awesome, and all the staff were very nice and helpful. We would definitely stay at Essence again, because our overall experience was wonderful, but we would probably choose to stay in a room with a private bathroom and shower!
Essence Areal was THE most amazing place I have ever stayed at. The safari test was clean, spacious, it had a great vibe & the terrace at the back of the tent is just amazing... We were planning on a lot of activities, but once there we also took the time to just sit there & watch. You see so many animals (all kinds of birds, monkeys, ...) passing just before your eyes. It's simply heavenly. Also the people at Essence are really nice, there is a very relaxed & cosy atmosphere and we felt really at home. Wonderfull! Not a bad word about this place! Showers & toilets also very clean & nice.
The place is located in a charming area in the nature. Food is good, people are very nice and we really enjoyed our stay. The only thing to take in confederation is that it takes 40-45 min to get there from 'La Fortuna' and this will cost 30-50$ if you don't have a car.
My husband and I loved essence , what a wonderful experience in the rainforest / mountains it is breathtaking! We stayed in a safari tent, it rained very hard in the evenings and was dry and the tempature was comfortable in the tent , our view off the balcony was beautiful and sounds of the rainforest amazing , wonderful food and the yoga in the morning was my favorite a nice hike followed by the most relaxing yoga ever! I want to go back!!
We just spent 2 days at Essence, kicking off our week in Costa Rica. The accommodations were perfect, the surroundings were gorgeous and the hosts were friendly, helpful and incredibly nice. The three of us staying are all vegan, and they gladly made adjustment to the dinner and breakfast options to accommodate our dietary needs.
We wanted to stay longer, and will definitely be back to stay again in the future.
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