Casa de Helena is a private guest house which welcomes people from around the world. The closest airport is Liberia International 1 1/2 hour drive on good paved road.
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Thank you Helena, for letting us into your home. I loved the beautiful evening winds and found the space very relaxing.....
We had a great time in the Arenal area. Some of our fondest memories yet! Helena's place was such a great guest house with all the comforts we needed. Very clean, quiet and spacious.
Will be back for sure!
Casa Helena is in an ideal location with views of Lago Arenal and close to both Monteverde and Volcano Arenal. Helena was a fantastic hostess! We really enjoyed her beautiful outdoor kitchen, terrace and living space. Her place is located on the edge of the jungle and the sights and sounds of various wildlilfe i.e. howler monkeys, etc....just amazing. In addition, she has a travel binder that we relied on heavily for recommendations for local restaurants, tour guides, etc. and found them to be very dependable.
We had a short stay here in April, 2014. It was a very nice and cozy and clean house, easy to find. Everything was as described. The sky was full of stars at night, never saw so many before. Thank you, Helena.
Helena's casa is an oasis of beauty and peace. Set on the edge of the jungle, yet in a neighbourhood of nearby homes, one feels completely private and close to the wilds of Costa Rica. Helena was available for any needs and questions, yet allowed us our privacy as well. She is also an excellent masseuse if that is what you are in need of.
You will enjoy the howler monkeys and beautiful birds in the nearby forest. You will not be sorry you chose this lovely place to rest and explore from. Thanks Helena!
Great place to stay. recommendation were great and Helena was very helpful. If you don't have a car-it is pretty far away from any town. Such a beautiful place to stay at.
We loved staying here. A place of peace and tranquility. Helena was away the first two days we were here - so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I believe there is another apartment there - so it might not be as private when there are other guests there. This is on the windy corner of the lake which resulted in loud winds/chilly at night - we thought this was refreshing after spending a hot day kayaking the lake. Helena has a wonderful place - great attention to detail! We enjoyed cooking in the outdoor kitchen and then eating our meals swinging in the hammock. We awoke every morning to wildlife right outside the door! You definitely need a car if staying in this area - we rented a small two wheel drive and that got us around the country fine. Helena then helped us by setting up private driver/tour guide for the Rio Celeste which we would highly recommend. So, if you are looking for peace and a true Costa Rican experience - I would highly recommend Helena's. She is a very nice and thoughtful host!!!
Helena made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived. The casita was wonderful. The beds were very comfortable and it was a welcomed relief to be up in the rolling hills around Lake Arenal where the temps were way cooler than the beach. We had the outside kitchen to ourselves and were happy to store our perishables in a good refrigerator. We were also happy to see that Helena recycles plastic, aluminum and paper - the proceeds from which support local schools. A true treasure. We'll be back!
Imagine the most perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living in a tropical garden. The bedroom - indoors, had windows onto the private garden that surrounded the bed at pillow height. The bathroom - indoors, was a luxurious design of creative excellence. The kitchen and living space were the true pinnacle of the experience, being outdoors, spacious and comfortable under a roof. Helena has space for yoga, and has the finest hung hammocks.
Helena met us upon our arrival and took the time to point out all the relevant amenities. The next day she helped us plan our excursions to Rio Celeste and Cerro Chato. She also provided a binder with information about many of the parks and destinations that guests might be interested in visiting.
We spent 3 nights in the small garden cabin, with large windows on 2 sides that put you right in the midst of a lush garden. The cabin is paired with a well-equipped outdoor kitchen, complete with large fridge, 2-burner propane stove, coffee maker (with complimentary coffee), and toaster oven. If you enjoy outdoor living, this kitchen space will likely appeal to you. A patio with very comfortable hammocks and a pair of sofas provide a pleasant setting for relaxing after a day exploring the Arenal area. Beside the patio is a modern tiled terra-cotta bathroom with (truly) hot shower.
Situated at the north end of Arenal Lake, in a small, well-maintained community, the Casa is easy to reach and find using Helena's directions. You can use this location as a base for trips to Arenal Volcano NP, Rio Celeste (Tenorio Volcano NP), or even Monteverde, but be aware that driving tends to take longer than you might expect, due to rough and tortuous roads.
This was one of the most beautiful and comfortable places we stayed while in Costa Rica, thanks to Helena's carefully designed spaces and aesthetic eye.
Helena responded to quickly to all our emails, before, during and after our stay at her Casita.
Beautiful and very peaceful. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed it.