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we like to hike and relax eat good food talk with the locals and walk the beauty way
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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.
I stayed in a private jungle tent and loved it. It was more than enough space for one person and could easily fit 3 or 4 people with the bunk beds.
The common lounge area outside with jacuzzi and hammocks was perfect for a much needed break after hiking. The food and service was remarkable. All the staff were friendly and accommodating. I wish I could have spent more than one night there.
WOW!!! What a spectacular place! We felt welcomed and valued by all the staff. The attitude is one of positivity and fun. The food is GREAT and generous. A couple of ways to fix the tent: pls put gravel all the way to the entrance as the ground got very mushy. Also more options to hang wet clothing would be great. But these are very minor compared to the joy we got being awoken by howlers and symphonies of birds. Hummingbirds were our neighbours ... Oh I forgot to mention ... The road to this paradise bad.... Really really really bad. But it is worth it.
Thank you Deb for your honest lovingenergy and opinions.. It was nice to have you have you and the family here.
Thank you and all ways love.
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Great little find for a stay in and around Arenal. Great for families with young kids. Owner and staff were very friendly and helpful. Dinners were healthy, tasty and we lived the communal environment. A long and bumpy 9km drive from the main hwy, but well worth it. Thanks for the great tip, we loved our stop at Llano de Cortez waterfall.
Very professional opertaiotn...lots fro interstting people from all over th world...beaitiful views of Lake Arenal...and counrtrysisde...excellent meals
Definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Not only was it an amazing experience sleeping in a tent in the rainforest, but the people we met were equally amazing. Essence offers such a unique experience that really affords you the opportunity to get outside of your comfort zone and exceed all expectations for your trip! The family style cooking and eating was wonderful and allowed us to meet some really extraordinary new friends. Melissa and Nico are awesome and made us feel at home immediately. Melissa hooked us up with a great local food spot and Nico help us design our route to our next location. The route cut our trip time in half and we saw some really gorgeous scenery. Would go back in a heartbeat!
Accueil chaleureux et décontracté, chambre identique au descriptif.
Friendly, fun and fantastic view overlooking the lake and volcano Arenal. The rooms were all booked, however we were offered one of the "furnished" tents instead (you can stand up inside - it's like a room!), complete with our own balcony for more of that fantastic view. Great open-air yoga on top the hill. Dinner is offered as a communal affair - always entertaining. An eclectic enjoyable non-run-of-the-mill stay!
As we were dropped off, Nico greeted us and made us feel welcome. He booked all our transfers and excursions for us. What a paradise this place is! We loved our safari tent...we decided to stay another day. Loved the vegetarian meals by Martin, Melissa's yoga, the tours of the grounds. What a great climate and place to stay. If your lucky enough to get a tent with a balcony you are in for a treat!