We just returned home on Sunday, July 1st from 16 days in Costa Rica. We started our trip at the Leaves and Lizards and found it a great experience for our introduction to this beatiful country. We traveled with 3 generations (my parents, my husband and I, our two girls (18 and 11) and our 11 year old niece). We chose not to rent a car for much our our Costa Rica trip as we were traveling to 4 different locations. When we arrived at the Leaves and Lizards, they were a little surprised that we did not have a rental car as we stayed in the Hummingbird Hacienda which is the furthest hacienda from the dining and reception areas. Deb and Steve were so helpful and accomidating to us that first night by helping us get to and from our hacienda. The 1st evening after a weary day of travel was spent eating a wonderful meal in the open air dining hall. The staff were very attentive and the food was great! Deb helped us by arranging for ziplining for the men and kids the next day. They did the Mundo ziplining, and according to them, the hike up to the zip line is not for the faint of heart!!!
During our stay at Leaves and Lizards, my niece became very ill with a bad case of strep throat. Deb and Steve arranged for a driver to take us/her to a doctor in La Fortuna. They called ahead to let them know we were coming. When she wasn't much better the next day, Steve took her and my mom to the doctor again as he needed to go to town himself. Deb also had the ladies make some special chicken soup to help her closed up throat. We could tell that Deb and Steve really care about their guests.
We met so many nice folks during our stay and found the meal times entertaining as we realized what a small world it was when my parents met folks born in their home town and that attended some of the same schools. We also got great travel advice from those who were ending their Costa Rican trip as we were just starting on ours.
There are so many memories for us: The wonderful view of Arenal from our back porch at the Hummingbird Hacienda, the hikes to and from meals up and down the gravel road, the horseback riding adventure through the rainy "rainforest" with the foals running by our sides, the river trip with Darren and finding the baby sloth on the last day and watching Steve "play" with it.
Deb and Steve have done a tremendous amount for the community there. We enjoyed the staff, especially Dora in the mornings, we miss her infectious smile. We certainly plan to stay at the Leaves and Lizards again. This time, we will rent a car :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This secluded resort is located on 26 acres with spectacular viewing of the Arenal Volcano near La Fortuna. Enjoy the panoramic vista of Arenal and Cerro Chato from a hammock on your porch or from your comfortable, orthopedic, queen sized beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. Meals prepared using locally grown ingredients at the Lava Lizard on-site dining facility. Guests are invited to help with daily 'chores' on this working farm. Milk a cow, collect eggs for breakfast or groom a horse. Enjoy private horseback riding, professional guide service, on site spa and 2 km of on site nature trails. The vision at Leaves and Lizards is to create the perfect blend of adventure, discovery and tranquility for each guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Leaves And Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- Leaves And Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos