Lake Arenal Fun Guest House is an enchanting , private, Mediterranean style guest house just ten minutes drive from the lake shore in the hills over looking Lake Arenal in Guanacaste Costa Rica. Casa Helena is clean, classy, comfortable and relaxing.
There is a full kitchen,two main bedrooms each with a queen size orthopedic beds one is pillow top and the other adjustable to be more firm when needed, and built in beds around the fire place for kids or extra guests. There is upon request use of additional small bedroom with twin bed.
Casa Helena is great for groups of friends or family on sports adventures and it is also a very romantic space for two. Each person over 2 in the house is an additional 12 USD per night. There are two additional cabins on the private lower garden area to accommodate larger groups.
We are only about 5 minutes drive from three very good restaurants. And several other great restaurants around the lake from 20 minutes to one hour away. And we are located just a 10 minute drive to Tico Wind Kite and Surf center which is open from 1 December until 1 May each year.
The roads to reach here are all paved and the route is easy to find. The area is clean, safe and breathtakingly beautiful.
Water is clean and pure, completely drinkable and usable from the tap.
US. dollars can be used in Costa Rica. And there are local bank machines which give either dollars or Colonies. Exchange rate is better at the banks than at the airport.
The central house is surrounded by covered porches and garden area, with comfortable seating for watching birds and other wild life in the jungle below. There is a full kitchen, breakfast nook with comfortable rocking chairs for watching birds and other wild life in the jungle below the house.There is Private bathroom and also out door shower in the back patio area of the house.
We have laundry service at an additional fee .
I recommend that you shop for groceries on the way to the house. There is a small grocery store in the village.
The nearest airport is Liberia International LIR But you may also fly in to San Jose International airport.
.I recommend renting a car because there is so much to see and do in this area of Costa Rica. I also have two really great professional drivers who pick up my guests from either airport.. They even wait while you go shopping for groceries on the way up to the Lake. They can take you on private tours which is great for small groups. You have only to relax and really enjoy the enchanting beauty and majesty of the live volcano, hot springs, jungle and waterfall hikes on well groomed easy trails.
The drives around the lake are absolutely beautiful. And even walking down the street in my village there are a breathtaking views of the volcano and lake.
Local activities include, beautiful hikes just out the front door, hanging bridges tour, an easy hike over huge bridges suspended over the rainforest canopy, zip line tours, kayaking, horseback riding, and lessons, windsurfing and kiting and lessons, hot springs.. There is also one of the best gift shops in the province just 20 minutes away.
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My wife and I had a great stay at Helena's guest house. It was very comfortable and has a very well equipped kitchen. But I have to confess we didn't use the kitchen that much as we dined at nearly all the very good nearby restaurants Helena suggested.
We really enjoyed hearing the nearby monkeys every morning. Each day it was difficult to pull ourselves away from the private back deck where we had a wonderful jungle view and enjoyed seeing so many different and beautiful birds.
The neighborhood was very quiet and pleasant with beautiful views in every direction. There is a wonderful nearby country trail with amazing pastoral views.
Helena is a great host and pleasure to get to know.
If you are looking for a simple, clean and comfortable stay surrounded by natural beauty we definitely recommend Helena's guest house.
Casa De Helena was a great place to stay. There were four adults that fit very comfortably into the house, that has an open kitchen/dining/lounge and great outdoor area with beautiful gardens. Helena was a great host, she had lots of information about the local activities and sent us on a beautiful walk right around the corner that had an amazing view of the lake and several volcanoes. Helena was also very easily contacted when we needed her.
The location of her house was great, many restaurants and a brew pub close by and the drive to both Monteverde and La Fortuna were made easier with being in the middle.
My group and I would definitely recommend staying at Casa De Helena!
We had a very good experience at Helena's house, She was very well informed and helpful about finding activities and restaurants in the area. Her home is lovely, and the area is very peaceful and beautiful.
My family and I stayed in Casa de Helena for about a week and loved every moment of it. My favorite part of the day was waking up with the jungle on the back porch with a cup of Costa Rican coffee.
It was a truly lovely, and wonderful cultural experience to be in Sabalito. The home was comfortable and clean, with attention put into details. When and if we start to put our own home up on Airbnb, I will remember how much I enjoyed Casa de Helena and make sure I give the same experience Helena gives to the guests that stay in her home.
Helena is a wonderful and thoughtful host. She provided great ideas of things to do in the area including a free hot springs spot. The area is beautiful and her home is comfortable and private.
We had a wonderful stay at Casa Helena. Very cosy place made all the more welcoming with Helena's tranquil presence.
we saw more bird from her sitout than we saw from the hanging bridges and the howler monkeys in the forest close by were visible and vey audible !
The drive and parking is right upto the gate, but a car is required to be able to get around .
Thank you Helena.Look forward to another trip.
Helena was a lovely host...attentive, warm and genuine. Her beautiful energy was absolutely present in the space...we were comfortable and felt welcome there. It was a perfect spot to create a home base while we explored the vast Guanacaste region, from Rio Celeste to Monteverde and to places yet to be mapped! We fell in love with the area and will definitely return, next time WITH the kids, as we discovered that the hospitality and accessibility of the communities as well as Helena herself made living there quite easy. Equus was our favorite local, quality and inexpensive restaurant - we ordered BBQ to-go several times to be sure we were never without delicious, nutritious food while exploring the country by foot, zipline or car. Cafe y Macadamia was also notable with gorgeous views and tasty, creative dishes and drinks. We are thankful for Helena and her generous accommodations in what has become a favorite among vacation destinations for us!
We loved this place! At first unsure about the location but after driving to Fortuna we realized this is the most peaceful, beautiful location around the lake. Only an hour to the hot springs and 1.5 to the airport, close to Volcano Brewery and other restaurants. There weren't any other people staying while we were there, not sure how that would be. We stayed in the main house and it was really charming. Thanks Helena!!
Your place was beautiful Helena! The beds were super comfortable and the home was so inviting both inside and outside. Kitchen was very complete. Loved the option of the outdoor shower. You provided lots of ideas and maps for what to explore in the area which was really appreciated. It was a pleasure to meet you and and to stay at this beautiful home. Only wish we could have stayed longer! Thank you for everything.
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