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1 km al sur de El Castillo junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230 Costa Rica
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#1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in El Castillo
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Alojamiento Bienestar y Aventura Aléjate de las multitudes y sumérgete en la Costa Rica más pura y auténtica. Essence Arenal se encuentra en el Castillo, un pequeño pueblo cerca de la Fortuna. Desde las colinas de este idílico pueblo disfrutarás de una vista inolvidable de la laguna y los volcanes Arenal y Cerro Chato. En Essence Arenal te espera una experiencia única paseando por nuestra finca orgánica donde podrás disfrutar de senderos en la selva, una piscina, una zona para hacer yoga y mucho más. Alejándote con nosotros tendrás a tu alcance una gran variedad de actividades como caminatas a los volcanes, tirolinas, excursiones a caballo o aguas termales entre muchas otras cosas. Bienvenidos al paraíso amigos! Qué ofrecemos. Magníficas vistas del lago y los Volcanes Arenal y Cerro Chato, zona para practicar yoga, jacuzzi, restaurante vegetariano y vegano con productos orgánicos de nuestra finca ecológica, piscina, hamacas, estanque de tilapias, caminos en la jungla, duchas de agua caliente, masajes en una cabina de bambú, servicio de lavandería y Wi-Fi gratis. En el restaurante se sirven desayunos, almuerzos y cenas.
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Free parking
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Canoeing
Hiking
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Outdoor pool
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
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mkafi wrote a review Sep 2022
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Remote place perfect to resource and relax. Staff very friendly and welcoming. We loved: - the SPA very authentic and facing the best views - the vegan gourmet food. Magalie, the cook, was very creative. It was surprising and delicious! - the Yoga classes with Freddy. Don't forget the bugs repellent as the mosquitos like to connect ! Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Erica BR wrote a review Aug 2022
Silver Spring, Maryland4 contributions1 helpful vote
I found Essence because of their yoga retreat, but this amazing place is much more than a place to do yoga (although it is that too and fantastic for it)! It is a home, it is a family, and it is a place for healing. I visited Essence alone, spending almost 3 weeks on the property, and was transformed. The location allows for daily walks in the rainforest, incredibly fresh and unique vegetarian and vegan meals each day, yoga on a stunning roofed deck to the sounds of birds singing, hammocks and lounge chairs for reading and rest, and both hot and dry saunas available, followed by a comfortable jetted jacuzzi. I also took advantage of massages, reflexology, ionic foot detox and juicing during my visit. I woke up every day to the sound of howling monkeys and views of Volcano and Lake Arenal and the whole property is idyllic. The team on site, across the board, go above and beyond to make your stay meaningful and joyful. The accommodations are comfortable and clean. I highly recommend coming for a retreat as you can really immerse yourself in what Essence has to offer. The culinary experience is top-notch with farm-fresh, all natural and organic ingredients. I immediately noticed the difference in both how I felt eating this way, as well as changes in my body doing so (good ones!). Every meal I had was full of flavor and presented beautifully. The chefs were friendly and incredibly accommodating of any dietary restrictions. I could go on, but if you’re still reading this, you’re intrigued. I would encourage you to take the next step and visit to see for yourself! You won’t be disappointed. Pura vida!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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A K wrote a review Aug 2022
Seoul, South Korea10 contributions1 helpful vote
Do not waste your money or time. So many reasons cannot place here. Even the photo here is fake. There is nothing 'retreat" about the establishment. Paid 125/night while others paid 30-50. Not helpful with wanting to go on excursions in amount of time available or ways of getting to places..had to rely on other travelers for help. All about the "hotel" making money. Stuck in room due to steep terrain that is not passible by vehicle unless 4x4, so imagine trekking each day 20 minutes to lodge and 20 minutes back to room with no assistance, even new hiking boots struggled. "You don't have a flashlight?" No, why would I have a flashlight? So many complaints, cannot list here. No access to coffee and teas as promised and no way to make some if you wanted. No access to spas as paid for and promised. Had to used only specific days at a specific time when normally wouldn't be there.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: Stay here for a night, not a retreat. Terrible, just terrible.
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Smoxy wrote a review Jun 2022
Greater London, United Kingdom46 contributions81 helpful votes
We had high expectations of Essence having read the reviews and looking at the hotel website. We were hoping for an all encompassing experience on the retreat. Firstly the yoga with Michelle was very special and she is a wonderful teacher. Jairo also went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and was warm and welcoming. The food was very good and we were solely catered for as when we arrived there were no other guests eating. The view of the volcano and lake are breathtaking. We were also kindly offered an hours use of hot tub and sauna which was nice, all other treatments and experiences are extra. However our superior room was in no way superior. No mattress cover, damp smelling bedding, no hot water in the sink, tiny mites all over the single bed, one socket for entire room, one bedside table, one bedside light. We were given a fan but on two out of our four nights we had a power outage which meant no light, no wifi, no hot shower, no fan…. NOT FUN! All we could do was go to bed and pass away another night. Also I need to mention that the walk to the yoga platform and pool was steep and treacherous, we wanted walk but we found it impossible so we had to rely on a pick up both ways which meant we didn’t once go to the pool or see the farm. I did mention that we would love to see the farm but nothing came of that. We felt extremely isolated without a car and ended up paying $50 for a return ride to the hot springs in La Fortuna. All in all this is not what we were hoping for and felt a bit misled. If you are happy with extremely basic accommodation and a bit of yoga and good vegetarian food you’ll be fine. However if like us you are hoping to feel rejuvenated and pampered with full blown yoga retreat experience you should look elsewhere. I stupidly told the owner that everything was lovely when we checked out, but wish I had been a bit more honest.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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poolsandwifi wrote a review May 2022
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There are as many ways to review Essence as there are reasons that people come here. First I want to give special recognition to few people in order of impact: Juan Carlos, Aurelio, and Coletane. Juan Carlos contracts through his brother to drive for the resort. I basically got a 3.5 hour priceless tour guide from the moment I hit Costa Rican soil until we got to the resort. I felt so at home immediately and his information was priceless. His English was unbelievable. You can ask for him, but there is no guarantee unfortunately. If I were the resort, I would hire him full time to ferry my guests and welcome them in – he sets the tone that well. Aurelio works part-time a few days a week doing the Cacao-Jungle Tour, the morning bird-watching tour, and the night jungle tour. His knowledge, passion, mastery of English, and his complete total dedication to his work is something one should experience no matter what. He is the Indiana Jones of Arenal and you will want to find yourself swinging from the jungle vines with him, savoring the fruits of the lands, and shelling your fresh cacao seeds for your very own luscious chocolate. If you are heading to Essence, ask ahead to see if you can align with one of his tours and do not miss it for anything. Coletane works part-time running the spa circuit, ionic cleanse, and will also invite people on jungle walks amongst other things. She is passionate about Essence, healing, and everything there is to do about making your stay memorable. Her hugs and shares were beautiful and she enriched my stay with her love. I would like to also thank Jairo the manager, Lena the behind-the-scenes scheduler, Nicola and Jovanny front desk coverage, and Marvin and his engaged kitchen staff. They welcome you with open arms. My purpose in going was a solo-female 10-day yoga retreat and cleanse and to check out the option for a leadership retreat for my business. A beautiful group vibe occurred wth other single female retreat travels and based on other repeat travelers, the magic of a beautiful cohort forming is very common. There are others that come there for touristic reasons and brief stays for the national park, termales, sloths, zip lines, and waterfalls in nearby La Fortuna. The area attracts Europeans and Canadians more than Americans but there is a mix. This is not a great place for advanced yoga classes. Not that the teachers cannot teach them- they can. But because there is invariably a few first-timers passing through or some travelers new to their practice. They must safely accommodate and teach an all-levels class. Just be aware and do not blame them for serving the more common attendee. Solo female travels – you can come here safely and be at peace. This is one of the few places that has managed to figure out a way to do a rolling yoga retreat successfully. I needed that flexibility of no exact date start and stop. I have my business to run and found I could work four hours a day in peace. The wifi is good but shared amongst all guests and some were doing video calls successfully. However, I feel if I had to zoom or teams I would be at the mercy of other remote workers that come here. Luckily, I did not need that but it is worth noting that video calls might be tough. We did good with electricity but after I left I was told there were some days it went out for five hours. One priceless thing I had was a travel fan. The strong prevailing breeze is helpful in the mid-day heat if you are outside but inside, if you are like me, I need a fan. Get one with a rechargeable battery backup and that will continue running with the electric out. Another positive note. I got about as many mosquito bites as I would on a summer night outdoors with the Great Lakes. Totally doable and pleasant with light bug repellant There were some powerful things that happened, deep soul-level engagement. Incredible stay.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Can L wrote a review Dec 2021
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Paradisiac location, very friendly welcome, great Cook, surprising wild visitons. If you are Looking for an amazing place with a unique view on the volcano you will find everything you are looking for here.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Wuest A wrote a review Dec 2021
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We were 6 friends from Switzerland coming for two days, that was incredible. We slept in tents in the middle of the jungle and that was a really nice experience. The vegetarian food was amazing even if we are not vegetarian. We saw toucan and parrot at the hotel. A hot tube and a small swimming pool are available for relaxing. A short beautiful jungle trail is also available across the property. Marvin and Caroline are very welcoming people. We hope to come back one day.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dany1218 wrote a review Dec 2021
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The place and the people working here are awesome. Meet touci the pelican and enjoy your stay with amazing meal and a peaceful atmosphere. I would recommand everyone to make a stop here. ............ ....
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Roely C wrote a review Nov 2021
New York City, New York2 contributions1 helpful vote
Wow!!! An amazing experience. No words. But onward. This was our first yoga trip and we felt safe and welcomed from start to finish! We arrived late at night but dinner was already waiting. The rooms were rustic but cozy. There was a communal area, a jacuzzi, and an view of the volcano. Jairo at the main desk helped us plan all of our excursions (horseback riding, hiking, ziplining etc) and got us the best drivers to and from town so we could explore hot springs and town life. He helped us create a perfect balance between relaxing and things to do. Yoga each morning was the perfect way to start the day. Sessions were provided by Adelina, who guided a group class according to the groups level. Tom led a great HIT workout class that wiped us out! Great workouts all around. And the food? We are not vegetarian but the food was so good we made sure not to miss one! The chef Marvin even packed us a “happy meal” for lunch when we were out on the town. We are now thinking of switching over to the lifestyle, as soon as we get some recipes, especially the causa limeña. Yum. Loren and I have made some friends at the hostel that we plan to run into again! The people that “worked” in the hostel felt more like family than staff and we will definitely go back to visit. Thank you so much for an amazing experience! Roely y Loren :>
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tyler S wrote a review Oct 2021
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico10 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited Essence to participate in an afternoon Thai massage and let me tell you, just the drive along is worth it. Curving through the mountain roads feels like a scene from Jurassic park. The massage was just the cherry on top of a beautiful day. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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$36 - $43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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essence arenal boutique hotel el castillo
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkEl Castillo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Essence Arenal and Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Essence Arenal and Spa?
Nearby attractions include Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Essence Arenal and 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 and Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Essence Arenal and Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Essence Arenal and Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Essence Arenal Restaurant, La Ventanita, and Phoenix Restaurante.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Essence Arenal and Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Essence Arenal and 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 and Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
Does Essence Arenal and Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.