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Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa

1 km al sur de El Castillo A 10 Kilómetros del Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230 Costa Rica
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Essence Arenal is an ecological hotel surrounded by Tropical Forest that offers a wellness center to tourists, it is surrounded by gardens and beautiful views of Lake Arenal, the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato. Its location is in El Castillo 10 km from the Arenal Volcano National Park and 12 km from the hot springs. It offers accommodation, gardens, trails, spa, volleyball court, organic farm, free parking, WiFi, outdoor pool with water from a spring. Additional services are offered such as Yoga classes, Temazcal, Spa Circuit (jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna), Massages, different therapies such as Reiki, Ionic Detox, cooking classes. The Cacao tour, birdwatching and night tour are also offered. Essence Restaurant offers healthy food, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free meals, à la carte lunches and themed dinners, all created with local products or from the Essence organic farm. Reception provides tourist information. It's open from 7am to 9pm every day.
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Body wrap
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Walking tours
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Non-smoking hotel
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1 km al sur de El Castillo A 10 Kilómetros del Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230 Costa Rica
Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa
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Suzy W wrote a review Mar 2024
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If you’re a city slicker in need of a break from the bustling and insanity of the concrete jungle, this is the place for you. The hotel has from super affordable hostel like rooms to stand alone houses with private bathrooms, etc. this review is based on our stay at “The Pool house” which is a 2 bedroom house that is the furthers into the property. The house was spacious and provided with peace and quiet day and night. Although we only used one of the bedrooms, the second room has a bunk bed that would be great for people with children. However, keep in mind that the grounds are a series of hills and trails that you need to walk or drive in order to go to the lobby/restaurant/spa. The lobby/restaurant is approx half a mile away from the Pool House. The couple of times we ate at the restaurant, the food was good. The prices are bit higher than few other places near by, but understandable so as you are in a small SMALL town. This is the place for you if you love nature and don’t mind critters and being woken up by the chirping of birds. Tip: there’s a tree directly in front of the house/pool with lots and lots of birds (we called it the bird tree). This is not the place for you if you hate nature and walking is a major issue for you, unless you’re renting a 4x4 (you’ll need it) There are a few trails on the property and you have a fabulous view of the lake from quite a few parts of the hotel. Lastly, their massages are amazing!!!! Their primary masseuse is female and she pretty good. But if you don’t mind having a massage by a male, ask for Alejandro. I assure you, you won’t regret it. He’s their back up therapist, but he should be a primary. Of all the massages I’ve had around the world, he’s probably been the best. So much so, I had 4 with massages with him during our stay. Food is pretty good at the restaurant on premise, but if you’re not planning to eat with them, the choices are pretty limited. There’s 3 other places in town. All are a walk/drive down hill. Highly recommend a reset and some R&R at Essence.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Maria Sigrid L wrote a review Mar 2024
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I am very glad to discover Essence Arenal BioFarm and Spa as a place where I can "retreat". I came this February 2024, this is peak season for Costa Rica and yet they offer reasonable Yoga Retreat Packages which includes 02 yoga sessions per day, 01 massage, 01 hour private Spa Circuit that provides a breath taking view of the Arenal Lake and Arenal Volcano ; PermaCulture Farm Tour; Cacao Familiarization Tour and full board delicious, artistically crafted Vegetarian Meals. The culinary expertise of Chef Maria and Chef Gabriel is truly exceptional. They create delicious 03 course vegetarian meals using local ingredients and provides international flavors to it. Their plating and presentation skills are of a Fine Dining Restaurant. On top of this, their serving seems to have been carefully thought of. The portioning is just perfect to fill one's hunger. From my arrival experience that is with their Transportation Partner - Luis Angel and Stephanie who transports their guests safely to and from various airports across the main island of Costa Rica that is San Jose and Liberia. The transportation service they provide is also exceptional. The whole team of Essence Arenal headed by Jairo and from Wendy, Lena, Deborah, Mauricio (Front of House Team) ; Resident Tour Guide - Aurelio ; Yoga and Meditation Facilitators - Inna and Alejandro ; Resident Masseuse Johanna - they all have been A-MAZING at what they do. They provide affordable laundry services as well as housekeeping service on a daily basis. The team at Essence Arenal is a group of warm hearted people who are passionate at what they do. The "Luxury" that is expected from a 05 star hotel, I have experienced at Essence Arenal and even more. The concept of the CEO - Niko Boutifer is really great. He is a "promoter" of Sustainable Tourism. He preserved the rainforest and also created an organic farm and so they offer a "Farm to Table" dining experience. The dishes they serve are all freshly picked from their organic farm which is also inside the Eco Resort. I am very glad to discover Essence Arenal BioFarm and Spa as a place where I can "retreat". I came this February 2024, this is peak season for Costa Rica and yet they offer reasonable Yoga Retreat Packages which includes 02 yoga sessions per day, 01 massage, 01 hour private Spa Circuit that provides a breath taking view of the Arenal Lake and Arenal Volcano ; PermaCulture Farm Tour; Cacao Familiarization Tour and full board delicious, artistically crafted Vegetarian Meals. The culinary expertise of Chef Maria and Chef Gabriel is truly exceptional. They create delicious 03 course vegetarian meals using local ingredients and provides international flavors to it. Their plating and presentation skills are of a Fine Dining Restaurant. On top of this, their serving seems to have been carefully thought of. The portioning is just perfect to fill one's hunger. From my arrival experience that is with their Transportation Partner - Luis Angel and Stephanie who transports their guests safely to and from various airports across the main island of Costa Rica that is San Jose and Liberia. The transportation service they provide is also exceptional. The whole team of Essence Arenal headed by Jairo and from Wendy, Lena, Deborah, Mauricio (Front of House Team) ; Resident Tour Guide - Aurelio ; Yoga and Meditation Facilitators - Inna and Alejandro ; Resident Masseuse Johanna - they all have been A-MAZING at what they do. They provide affordable laundry services as well as housekeeping service on a daily basis. The team at Essence Arenal is a group of warm hearted people who are passionate at what they do. The "Luxury" that is expected from a 05 star hotel, I have experienced at Essence Arenal and even more. The concept of the CEO - Niko Boutifer is really great. He is a "promoter" of Sustainable Tourism. He preserved the rainforest and also created an organic farm and so they offer a "Farm to Table" dining experience. The dishes they serve are all freshly picked from their organic farm which is also inside the Eco Resort.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Mariah H wrote a review Jan 2024
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I can't even begin to describe how magical, refreshing, and rejuvenating Essence Arenal is. From the beautiful location and gorgeous glamping, to the endless activities (paddle boarding, hiking the hanging bridges, yoga 1-2 times a day, & more), to the relaxing opportunities (massages and daily spa access and a pool), to the DIVINE food (there's a chef on site that cooks a decadent 3 course vegetarian meal with stuff from the farm on-site from a different country every night), and best of all the people!! Both the people who work here and the people you will have the pleasure of befriending while in an environment like this. Everyone here went so far above and beyond to make my week here perfect, and I truly thank them. Thank yourself by booking here -- and whatever time you are thinking about staying, double it!!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Ingrid R wrote a review Aug 2023
Madison, Wisconsin26 contributions2 helpful votes
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I found this gem of a place by accident, and keep coming back. The owner and staff are excellent, friendly, kind souls who love what they do, and always make me feel special. The organic vegetarian meals in the restaurant are a big draw for me. But mostly the nature snd positive energy of the entire hotel and farm is healing and regenerating. There are many fun activities within walking distance such as horseback riding up the mountains to a waterfall, paddle boarding and kayaking, and of course the spa, massages, and temazcal. I will return again and again and highly recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Shuttle service is now available if walking down and up the hill to the farm is difficult.
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cristina_tuberosa wrote a review Aug 2023
Milan, Italy2 contributions
Great stay at the Arenal Volcano area, with amazing food with veggie and vegan options, multiple daily yoga classes with Thomas and different massage options. The Spa is cozy and with a beautiful view of the Volcano. We had also the chance to experience the Mezcal ritual and the Night Jungle Tour with very passionate and knowledgeable guide Aurelio, highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Curious59630569733 wrote a review Aug 2023
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I stayed for a week in Essence on a yoga retreat and felt at home. The people are all lovely, very helpful and welcoming. The yoga classes and instructors were amazing. The food was delicious and healthy (all vegetarian and mostly from their own garden) and they have a different menu theme every night. The surroundings are like paradise, with many trails and beautiful view of the volcano. The spa is nice with view on the lake. I had a cacao tour and night tour at the location with a passionate tour guide. As part of the retreat I had great massages, reiki and a journalling workshop. All the conversations, the journalling, the reiki, the yoga, helped me think of myself, see and treat myself (and others) with more love. It was an amazing experience. I would love to come back some day!!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Alexa C wrote a review Jul 2023
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I went for the yoga retreat and my only complaint is I wish I booked a longer stay! The staff was AMAZING. The yoga was life changing. The food was delicious. Lots to do at the hotel and plenty of adventures to be had in the nearby area. Highly recommend! I traveled solo and felt very safe and welcome.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Franziska B wrote a review Jul 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia17 contributions3 helpful votes
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Outstanding! From the moment we arrived we felt so welcome. Our room has the essentials and a personal touch. The weather changed daily and when the rain came it felt magical. We saw the most amazing sunset on our 2nd night. The food here is amazing! We embraced the vegetarian and vegan cuisine and loved every meal. And I mean EVERY MEAL! You can feel the love and details given by the chef in each dish. Morning Yoga with Michelle was a delight and got me ready for the day! We booked a couple of tours on site - the night tour and the cacau making tour and had the pleasure of meeting Aurelio for both. He is amazing and so passionate about his craft. Don't miss out on that! My absolute highlight was a massage with Tomas. He has an amazing energy which I felt all over and I felt like I was floating at the end. Thank you! This was a wonderful stay from start to finish. I want to come back!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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eb186 wrote a review Jul 2023
London, United Kingdom10 contributions7 helpful votes
I did a weeklong yoga retreat at Essence and loved it. The mountain setting, with the views over the lake and volcano were amazing. It was peaceful with amazing jungle and wildlife throughout the property, a fantastic permaculture farm (great tour from Aurelio who also took us on a very informative and interesting night tour and birdwatching tour) and the food was always delicious and healthy - I am a vegan and there was wonderful options every day. Michelle was our yoga instructor and she was so lovely and really took the time to get to know us. It was a great experience all around. Also lots of activities on site and close by. Massage, spa circuit (jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish baths), reiki, sloth tours, ziplining, paddle boarding, and more. Highly recommend, no complaints.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Megane D wrote a review Jul 2023
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This place was such a beautiful place, and so many beautiful people that worked there enhance the experience of our trip. It’s a beautiful place to reconnect to yourself, and rest . I highly recommend 😊
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hello Megane, thank you very much for your review. We really appreciated your stay with us :) As you say, this is a place where you can reconnect with yourself, rest and recharge. Hope we see you again! Best regards from all the Essence team.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Essence Arenal Restaurant, La Ventanita, and Restaurante phoenix.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and yoga classes during their stay.
Is Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of El Castillo.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
Does Essence Arenal Hotel, Biofarm & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.