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Rancho Margot

3km West of El Castillo Center, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007 Costa Rica
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ALL RESERVATIONS AT RANCHO MARGOT INCLUDE DAILY BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER FROM OUR CHEMICAL-FREE GARDENS. ADDITIONALLY, 2-HOUR GUIDED RANCH TOUR AND TWICE DAILY YOGA CLASSES ARE INCLUDED WITH EVERY OVERNIGHT STAY.On the hills of Rancho Margot, you will find our 17 deluxe bungalows. The Caño Negro river whisper will guide you to the most peaceful rest possible, only to wake up the next day with the loud call of the howler monkeys. Hidden in our botanical gardens are bungalows, equipped to house couples or families of up to 4 people. Each bungalow has its own terrace on which you may enjoy the incredible view while relaxing on your hammock with a great book. Bungalows feature Orthopedic mattresses and are available with two queen beds or one queen bed and two singles. Additional amenities include mosquito netting, rocking chair, table & chairs, and handmade soaps. Each bungalow is equipped with a private bathroom with shower.Our vision is to protect our sustainable rainforest facility but also to make it an educational playground for adults and children alike, where we can inspire a new generation of global citizens to continue ‘closing the circle.’Rancho Margot is a family enterprise where everyone is welcome. We’re living our dream, and we invite you to join us.
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English, French, Spanish, German
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Brian C wrote a review Feb 2024
Marin County, California31 contributions10 helpful votes
Wow, what an experience at Rancho Margot! It is located literally at the end of the road in the jungle by Arenal Volcano. It is kind of hard to get to but once there you enter a different world. It is close to Sky Adventure park, the butterfly conservatory, and Lake Arenal. Be prepared to drive about 5 km down a rutted dirt road to get there but our 2WD sedan made it with careful navigation around potholes and downed trees. Super friendly staff. Can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be prepared to drive down a rutted dirt road to get there
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David R wrote a review Feb 2024
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Beautiful and super Convenient location to see everything in the Arenal area. The bungalow we stayed in was great very comfortable. I have to say the cooking here is poor. Which is a shame because the ingredients produced on the farm were high quality. Sad to see beautiful meat treated that way. Also a recommendation don’t sell bottled water in the bar. There is enough plastic waste In the world and the tap Water here is great.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: The hanging bridges walk at the sky adventure place nearby is great
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Natalie P wrote a review Feb 2024
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We stayed at Rancho Margot for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon. The rooms are an excellent size, with a fantastic balcony view. Recommend you take the lift up to your room with your luggage, it's quite a walk (fine with no bags, harder with bags!). We spent an afternoon reading and listening to the birds on the balcony as it was raining very hard. This was a super relaxing experience and we heard so many different birds (recommend using Merlin!). The facilities in the room are great and the beds are very comfy. The highlight of the trip for us was the farm tour - our guide was so knowledgeable and we learned so much about the sustainable ethos of the farm. It is really impressive work they are doing here and we left feeling inspired to get out in our own garden. A special thanks goes to our guide for this tour - he was fantastic. The food is served buffet style at all times - it was always tasty, particularly the salad which was all homegrown. We also really enjoyed the speciality cocktail at the bar! The facilities are good - we enjoyed using both pools, but the pictures are slightly deceiving as the swim up bar is not currently in operation. We also took the kayaking tour and the night tour - both were slightly disappointing unfortunately. We saw very little on the night tour (one frog and a hummingbird nest) which was slightly disappointing given the location and the fact it was $50 for 2 of us. I appreciate that is nature, but given the cost, we were hoping to see slightly more. It was pouring with rain whilst we were kayaking (can't be helped!) but our guide didn't give us any explanation on technique for the kayak, we just got in and headed off. We had kayaked before so no biggie, but one to be mindful of if you are a beginner! It's also not much of a tour, you paddle straight out and back. On our final night, we were sat between two couples celebrating (we were also celebrating our honeymoon and had noted it on our reservation). Both other couples were brought cake and celebrated by the staff, but we were left out. It's not a problem as it wasn't something we had arranged specifically, and you can't expect a free celebration! Just was a slight shame, given we had made the same note in our reservation and we happened to be sat next to them both. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, and you really get a communal feel here. We enjoyed our stay despite the rain. 2 nights was the perfect amount of time for us here.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: Know what you are getting into - this isn't somewhere you are wined and dined. It has more of a...
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stvtdls wrote a review Dec 2023
Palo Alto, California6 contributions2 helpful votes
The surrounding area is beautiful but the place does deliver the bang-for-the-buck that one expects for the prices we paid. The rooms were very basic; the beds not that comfortable; the mosquito nets didn't fit snuggly; we had no hot water in our shower (they claimed to have fixed it but they did not) the food was very disappointing; the so-called mineral pool was not heated well. If it were half the price we paid then I'd gve it 4 stars but at te prices they charge it is not a good option.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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samueld574 wrote a review Dec 2023
Naples, Italy13 contributions11 helpful votes
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Very interesting and educational tour. We did not stay here just came for the eco tour. Fascinating and our tour guide was great. Pro: great tour, helpful and friendly Con: pricey for just a tour. I was under the impression that our lunch was included (this was the fault of the company who booked the tour for us) and found out at the end it was not. No big deal at all, but honestly $50 per person is an awful lot.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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J. Zuther wrote a review Dec 2023
Grant-Valkaria, Florida16 contributions17 helpful votes
While we certainly enjoyed our stay, there are a few things that could be improved. Pros: really nice place, very friendly staff, good food Cons: 1. after a long day of traveling, we had to carry our luggage a pretty long way up a steep hill. We were told that normally the luggage would be handled by the staff, but the day we arrived the cart was broken (reading some reviews, we were not the only guests who had the bad luck of a broken cart....) 2. there was no hot water in the bungalow; after bringing it up with the reception, we were told to open the warm water faucet "just a little bit" to get warm water - well, it didn't work. This place is not exactly cheap, so you would expect to have at least warm water during a 4 day stay. Had we known this before, we would not have booked there. 3. Being charged $5.00 for a domestic beer and $8.00 for a small glass of wine left a very sour taste...... this is several times more what local restaurants charge. Despite this, we enjoyed our stay there, but would not come back
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Kellie G wrote a review Nov 2023
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Very cool experience. The staff are great and were very helpful coordinating a pickup for us from the nearest shuttle drop off in town. The location is beautiful and lush with a very cool indoor pool and yoga studio elevated in the trees. We had a great time taking the afternoon yoga class, kayaking the lake with one of the guides who also gave us a tour of the farm. He was very knowledgeable about the local plants and animals and history of Costa Rica. We enjoyed having the food included which made eating really simple. It was a buffet at each meal time and as a vegetarian had no problem with non meat options. The bungalow was large with two beds that we used one for sleeping and one as a day bed for relaxing. The shower was great with hot water and good pressure. There was soap included but no hair products. The room was screened in with a cool porch out front. There are a lot of bugs so would recommend bringing bug spray to help with that. Hike to the viewpoint is definitely worth it.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Bring bug spray and make sure to go to the lookout for a great view of the volcano.
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Martin M wrote a review Oct 2023
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This place offers luxury - stunning swimming pool, a library, yoga twice a day overlooking a lake, horse riding, and complimentary dinner. What you need to understand is that this isn’t a typical luxury resort - they don’t cut corners. There’s a reason that all guests are net-zero here (meaning there’s no bad impact on the environment). All the food you’ll eat is produced on site, pesticide free, free-range and grown in a way that actually supports the local jungle. In fact, this location was found to have one of the most different types of birds in all of Costa Rica. The water is so pure, you can ask them for a list of nutrients it offers. So yes, it’s not a super cheap stay but that’s because you, the guest, are experiencing something that I didn’t know was possible. A luxurious stay in the middle of a tropical rainforest, where the money you spend goes back to ensuring that their eco-conscious practices can continue, that the untouched rainforest remains that way, and you the visitor gets a front-row seat as to how sustainable farming and living can be accomplished. Our stay was beyond amazing - would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: You'll need a car to have an easier time driving in and out.
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Sophie W wrote a review Oct 2023
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This is the most special place I’ve ever stayed for a vacation. Nestled in a pristine rainforest, their eco-focused methodology (all guests are net-zero for their stay) has created an environment where there are more bird types I’ve ever seen in one place (we’ve seen toucans, 4 types of hummingbirds, parakeets, and at least 15 others I don’t know the names of and are extremely colourful). You honestly feel like you’re in a movie - the setting is so pure and beautiful it doesn’t seem real. It’s actually hard for me to explain how special this place is in this review. Cannot recommend enough, I’m going to be telling all my family and friends to stay here for as long as they can!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: We went during the rainy season (October) and found we had the place to ourselves! Although it’s...
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schulz wrote a review Jul 2023
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It’s a unique feeling to know that you are exactly where you need to be - and that’s the feeling I had at Rancho Margot. It’s truly a place to slow down and appreciate simple luxuries. As a solo traveler, I loved that all meals were included and that daily yoga is offered. The property is absolutely beautiful and wonderfully secluded. I enjoyed the farm tour and learning about the ranch’s sustainability practices. Biggest thanks to all the staff who made my stay great, especially Francisco at reception (who is so amazing at his job and gave me the warmest welcome!) and Christina who taught my yoga classes. Staying at Rancho Margot was the best way to close out my trip to Costa Rica!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 21 Aug 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience with others! We look forward to your return someday soon. Pura Vida !!
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₹25,866 - ₹28,105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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rancho margot hotel arenal volcano national park
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkEl Castillo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
39
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rancho Margot
Which popular attractions are close to Rancho Margot?
Nearby attractions include Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal (1.1 km), Lake Arenal (7.0 km), and Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails (6.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rancho Margot?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Rancho Margot?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rancho Margot?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rancho Margot?
Conveniently located restaurants include Essence Arenal Restaurant, La Ventanita, and Restaurante phoenix.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rancho Margot?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Rancho Margot have airport transportation?
Yes, Rancho Margot offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rancho Margot?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
Does Rancho Margot have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.