We call this the Mariposa room, it is a cozy, clean , fun, Garden Cabin, Comfortable double orthopedic mattress, windows to lush garden area. There is a built in closet, desk and shelves which can not be seen in the photos. This room opens to a Mediterranian style stucco patio guest kitchen with large tiled sinks, hammock and sitting area. The kitchen is equipped with a frig, toaster, double gas burner and any stainless steel cooking pans you might need. There is a large terra cotta tiled bathroom with hot shower.
Located in the quiet , village of Sabalito in the district of Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica. Only five minutes to lake and Tico Wind Surf and Kite center.
Walking down the village street you can see the active Volcano Arenal and breathtaking Lake Arenal in the foreground. There are several different hot springs,Canopy Tours, Kayaking, River rafting, Wind Surf and Kite at Tico Wind, Great hiking just out the front door, Horse Back Riding, Bird Watching from large patio area.
Great Restaurants within five to 20 minutes by car and some fun gift shops.
Laundry service is available and there are covered clothes lines and areas for windsurf and kite gear also.
House rules are RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR STAY:
The host was accurate, responsive and courteous. The neighborhood was mellow, clean, green, and a little remote. Howler monkeys and chickens were in the near surroundings for natural wake up calls. There is helpful information both on Helena's site and in paper form on the property. Cleanliness and recycling etiquette is important, although I found myself wondering how to dispose of some problematic items. A car seemed to be important to our goals for this area.
Elena is such a sweetheart!
the house is great and it has everything u need! Super clean and great comfy bed!
Although a little far from everything, (if u dont have a car), the views are spectacular. Theres a little corner store with a little bit of everything and 2 restaurants down the hill!! If ur a kite-surfing or wind-surfing avid, this is the spot for you with Tico wind surf just down the hill!! Overall i would recommend this lovely place to anyone. Loved my stay at Casa de Elena! :)
We had a great stay at Casa de Helena! They bed was comfortable. The room and bathroom was exceptional clean. The kitchen was well stocked (and included oils/seasonings) and the patio area was great to unwind in. The place is in a really nice location near to the lake and surrounded by nature (be prepared for the howler monkeys wake up call). Helena was wonderful, she was very accommodating and responsive to queries (and had a great folder of things to do in the surrounding area).
Helena is fantastic and her place is superb! Staying at Casa de Helena made our vacation to Costa Rica so perfect. She has created a wonderful space for travelers to relax, cook a simple meal, and just enjoy sitting in the cool evening and listen to the birds and critters make music. She is an artist and healer and her place definitely reflects that. She even let my boyfriend paint a mural on her bench during our stay. She took us to see a beautiful sunset and recommended a fun day hike that we loved. I can't wait to return.
Casa de Helena is set in wonderful surroundings, with the jungle literally in the back garden! The rooms are a good size, simplistic and elegantly decorated. There is a lovely shower room and the kitchen was clean with all the necessary equipment, charmingly set half inside/half outside. There is a good-sized seating area on the patio and Helena provides an invaluable folder full of information about what there is to do in the area.
It is necessary to have a car in order to experience the area to the fullest. However, the rooms are really great value, the ambience is great and the local people are friendly and usually make an effort to chat! Helena herself is charming, friendly and hospitable. She made me feel very welcome and was very helpful when I needed assistance. Thanks so much, Helena!
I absolutely LOVED staying at Helena's magical residence. There is a cottage/outdoors feel to it. It's like having an awesome hotel room in the middle of the hills. You hear the howler monkeys and birds and the sounds of the forest around you. Close the patio doors and the sound is there but not loud. The sound of rain on the roof during the night can keep you awake though but it doesn't rain for long, and of course it depends when you go to Costa Rica. I went when the rain season really started so I was asking for it. While I was sleeping it rained once for a couple hours.
You can chill on her covered patio and observe the wildlife just around the premises. Helena is very kind and social and does massages and her own soaps.
Her place is ideally situated at the northern tip of Lake Arenal. On the eastern side you find all sorts of great sodas and other places to wine and dine, on your way to the volcan. On the western side you can work your way down to Tilaran and beautiful Monteverde.
This is definitely a place I'll be staying at again, Next time: high season :)
Helena's place is a lovely and magical sanctuary, and s great location for exploration of the Arenal area.
Highly recommended ! !
I have no idea how a stay could be better than my stay in Casa de Helena. Well, that's not completely true. If I had bought a lottery ticket and won the lottery while staying there, then it would have been better! But, alas, I did not.
What I did get was thorough and timely e-mail communication, prior to arrival and while in residence, and a lovely home in the countryside at the west end of Lake Arenal. I was 5 minutes off the main highway, straight up the paved road. Regardless of which unit that you stay in, there is a large hedge along the front of the property which gives you great privacy. The back yard bumps up against the jungle foliage, so nature's delights are right before your eyes and ears: toucans, howler monkeys, butterflies, motmots, etc. We spent hours on the back patio watching, listening, eating, dozing off, and enjoying Sabolito life in the slow lane.
If you like rush hour traffic, special gringo pricing, people all in a hurry, McDonald's and a Wal-mart nearby, then Casa de Helena is not for you. We found it to be peaceful and sustenance for the soul.
We had a Tica dinner in the home of a neighbor, Juana, which was delightful. Her grand-daughter was there for English support, which we didn't need, but some people might. Although we like to practice our Spanish, I figured out that it pleased her to use her English, which we did. We met the whole clan of 3 generations after our meal, escorted back to Casa de Helena by flashlight. It was cute, like stepping back in time to the Costa Rican version of dinner with Aunt Bee and Andy Griffeth from Mayberry.
It was with some regret we had to leave home in Sabolito, but the plethora of beautiful places in Costa Rica called us on.
CasaHelena is a very relaxing--and healing--environment. In December and January the winds blow in gales but you're wrapped in a green jungle environment so it's invigorating. The guest rooms and outdoor cooking space are beautifully designed and decorated in a rustic elegance--reminded me of my family's home in Marches, Italy. I came without transportation and when I found the cafes were a longer hike than I wanted to make (most European guests wouldn't mind), Helena arranged for a neighbor to prepare suppers for me. That was a very pleasant Spanish immersion experience--and the cooking was outstanding! Helena is a natural health practitioner, and, aside from providing lovely accomodations, she prescribed and provided a homeopathic treatment that cured a dental ailment that dentists had no clue how to heal. From the many areas of Costa Rica I've visited the Lake Arenal area is my favorite--I'll be back!
This is a GREAT place. It is off the beaten path yet close enough to get to the popular destinations around Arenal. There is some excellent hiking/walking just out the front door. I went by bus from San Jose to Tilaran and then by taxi to Casa de Helena. Two things to note if you do the same 1) when the taxi driver asks if you want to stop for groceries say "Yes". There is a little little store in Sabalito but everything else is a bus or taxi ride away. You'll want things for breakfast/cocktails or whatever you want to eat in. 2) the restaurants are a 20-30 minute walk. Helena can fill you in but her recommendations were spot-on. The walk isn't a bad thing. I ate out all four nights and was able to use the walk back to justify having dessert. If the view is clear go early to Mystica - pricy but the best view of the volcano. Best local food is Equis. Plaza del Cafe was good too (and the best ice cream).