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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.
Wonderful little "base camp" in El Castillo. We had no idea what to expect and were presently surprised by the layout, the kind and friendly staff and the cleanliness.
Community dinners were so amazing. Loved the staff and the atmosphere.
Not much of a "hostel-chill-out" meet other people environment during the days though.
Simplemente hermoso! My roommate and I stayed at Essence Arenal for two days and were amazed by the natural beauty and genuine hospitality. The location is unbelievable - surrounded by unspoiled rainforest with a perfect view of Volcan Arenal. Any and all activities are right at your doorstep if you like embracing nature - I highly recommend hiking Cerro Chato and visiting the local hot springs. There is a very inexpensive shuttle available to take you to many local offerings. If you'd rather just relax, the property offers gorgeous views, guided walks, yoga, and interactive (and delicious) communal meals. Everyone at Essence was incredibly kind and helpful with any needs or requests (shout out to Jairo!). We were welcomed as family and left with the intention of returning again. If you're looking for a non-traditional place to truly experience the peaceful heart of Costa Rica, this is it.
It was amazing! You are in the middle of the jungle with a great view. The people that worked there were really nice and helpful!
Essence Arenal was great! We had to adjust our reservations really last minute and they were really great about making it happen. The tent we stayed in had a great view of the volcano and has a hiking path through the jungle. It was great! Thank you for the stay!
My boyfriend and I had a lovely time staying at the essence hostel in el Castillo. We stayed in a private tent with a bunk bed- double on the bottom and single on the top. The tents are clean and relatively bug free. The have a large locker inside each tent for your belongings. The tent doors are Velcro, but we never felt unsafe on the property. The tent had electricity and a nice screened window that looked out into the jungle. You are outside, so expect the sounds of nature booming through your tent at all hours of the night. Paths are lit by street lamps so you can make it around the grounds quite safely. There is strong internet available in the shared area and spotty internet in the tents which is to be expected. The property had a bathroom located about 20 meters from the tent with a shower that had a view of Lake Arenal. There is hott water.
The property itself is a farm with a coffee garden, vegetable garden, natural pool, and yoga stage located about a 15 minutes walk from the tents. Tours are given every day depending on the weather and cost about $8 per person. Be warned, if you take the paved driveway, it's a steep trek and good shoes are encouraged. If you take the trail, it's a good hike down and up the side of the mountain. Again, good shoes encouraged. Breakfast is served in the morning for an additional $5 per person. Dinner is served every night for an additional $10 per person. Dinners are themed.
To get to essence you need a 4WD vehicle- it's BUMPY up the mountain. You can drive or walk to the butterfly conservatory. It has a beautiful trail and several tents with different types of butterflies. You are provided with a tour guide, and tickets are about $15 per person. There are some great restaurants on the mountain as you make your way to La Fortuna. We highly recommend "La Ventanita". Delicious and authentic tico food from an expat. Get the patacones and a fresh fruit drink, you won't regret it.
I had an amazing time at essence Arenal. We arrived late at night, and were brought to our amazing tents. It felt like sleeping in a tree house; you could hear monkey and see the whole sky from the tent window. In the morning, we woke up to see one of the most incredible views I've ever experienced. We practiced yoga in the morning, and cooked a family meal together at night. Overall, the experience at Essence was simply perfect.
My experience was great! This the place you want to stay if you want to see more of the really Costa Rica. It's a community not a tourist destination. Everyone who works here is very helpful and can arrange anything you might need. I personally enjoyed the tents more then a room. It's a great place to meet fellow travels.
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