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Mystica Lodge & Retreats
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121 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Unique!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Mystica is set on a beautiful piece of property overlooking the lake. The restaurant which serves mainly Italian food/wine was rustically pretty and also had a lovely view of the lake. Our pasta dinners were very good as was our breakfast. The owners were very attentive and charming. The rooms were colourful, immaculate and spartan. There is no TV, WiFi,hairdryers or the other amenities you find in most hotel rooms. The beds were comfortable and despite the wind and rain it was very quiet. There was internet available in the main lodge. Overall the ambience is relaxing, peaceful and mystical!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

My husband came for a 2 night stay at Mystica as a getaway from our busy working life in Tamarindo. My friend had recommended that we take a look after she came here for dinner and had loved the relaxed energy.
I had not expected such a wonderful little piece of paradise. My husband and I enjoyed our stay so much we plan to go back for another getaway.
The staff are very welcoming, the restaurant serves good quality delicious food all day. We lay in hammocks by the trickling stream, swam in the natural pool, walked to the giant Ceiba tree. There is Reiki and body massage in a treehouse, yoga at the deck in the heart of the jungle.
The rooms have a wonderful view of Lake Arenal with balcony seating to relax and read.
We are very happy to have found this magical place and will be back for sure.
From here you can explore around Lake Arenal with all of it's attractions, stay here as a base to go off and enjoy the surrounding wonders.
Family and couple friendly, clean, welcoming, accomodating, great food, everything you need in one spot. A time to fully relax, to enjoy the natural energy and feel the love that is put into everything they do. Thank You Mystica

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LydiaBeechArt
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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

We left the windy Tenorio region in the afternoon and arrived to the rainy Arenal region just before sunset. We didn't have any reservation for a place to stay so at a certain point we decided to just pick the first spot that looked good. Luckily it wound up being Mystica, which is owned by an Italian ex-pat. Luckily it was also just off the main road. Went in and asked if there were any rooms available and thank goodness they had only a couple left. We were taken to the room, told about all the amenities and everything that was/was not included in the price.

We got the Butterfly room, which had a queen size bed and bunkbeds with very comfy linens and pillows. The room was large enough to have a build out that was sort of a closet which was large enough to store some clothes and luggage. There was also a desk with lamp and chair. The room was nicely decorated and painted as well as the bathroom. The nice touch to the bathroom was the use of organic natural handmade soap from a local village. The shower was big with curtains but be careful cause too much water and it splashes out to the floor. Now just like in other hotels we stayed at in the Guanacaste area, none of the windows had glass, they were almost all simply screened off. I say almost because the one that wasn't (in the bathroom) was were the bugs came in. It wasn't an invasion, but there were certainly a few different types of bugs. We just simply closed the window and left the ones who weren't in our way alone.

The grounds of the hotel are wonderful and full of opportunities to explore. First and foremost is the restaurant/bar/lounge/wifi spot. Dinner wasn't included in the price, but we weren't going to venture to the nearest town in the rain. Suffice it to say that after we tried their food, I don't think any of us regretted the decision to stay. We had a scrumptious meal of squash soup, pasta, and handmade pizza....all natural and organic. It was still quite windy at night and since there was no TV in the room, we decided to just hang out at the lounge and use the wifi. The lounge area was nice, quiet, and comfortable. So much so, stayed for a couple of hours but only felt like a half hour. The next morning the rain had subsided some, but not the wind. So took a walk around the grounds to explore and came across a rock lined pool with small waterfall (restrooms/changing rooms are there too) and a few steps away was the massage room, which was up a tree and more of a treehouse. Further down the hill on the path towards the rear of the property is the roofed, but no-walls yoga 'sanctuary' in a great setting next to a small creek. Even further down the path and sort of off the beaten path is the way to the Ceiba tree. Follow the arrows and be careful. When you come to the creek you will have to cross over to continue on to the tree. Keep following the arrows. When you come to an open field take a look to your left, you'll get a great view of the lake. It may seem like the end of the path but if you just follow the dirt patch you will come up to more arrows again. Keep going until you go down the hill and come face to face with one very large tree.

Sometimes the great places are the ones you discover on your own. Now having found this place we will definitely book here if we get a chance to come back to Costa Rica.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

we arrived only to find the owner not there. The rooms are just ok and we found the bed very hard. No desk with lamps to sit at with a computer nor did the wifi work in the rooms. We were staying there because it is very close to Tico Windsurfing on the Lake. The views were very nice and the staff was very good. Our first night in the dinning room was very interesting as the one waitress had to call the owner to come in and help with the table service which was slow. Again it seems as if the owner really is not attentive to the hospitality business. The food was good though. Because of the shaking windows and 20-30 mph winds i had two sleepless nights. When I went to leave on the third day I was charged for the two nights ( which I expected) and then 100% for the following 2 nights and 25% for the remaining 3 nights. In the contract? yes but very unjust. I would never stay there again and we found a The Lucky Bug B and B a much better place to stay. Paul

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pcudone
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Toronto, Canada
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1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

As one of the women in the group of 11 who stayed almost a week at Mystica in February, I can report that we all fell in love with the place. The design of the buildings and their interiors show the owners' unique and tasteful creativity. The rooms are delightfully decorated, and sort-of-rustic in a very pleasing way. If you are really afraid of insects then this may not be the place for you because some do at some point get in the rooms - it's in the rainforest after all - but there was nothing horrible about them; they're just different from thsoe we're used to. We also had a cute gecko staying with us! All the buildings are made from some kind of local warm and beautiful wood, the name of which I've forgotten. The main buildings' cabins do have large screened windows - I believe it is only a larger stand-alone cabin that didn't have screens. You can enjoy a glass of wine on your front porch admiring the view, or walk the very extensive and truly gorgeous gardens to the pool, yoga platform, "healing" (massage) treehouse open to the monkeys on one side, and even right out into the forest, where you will see lots of howler monkeys, capuchins and many other birds and animals. The views are spectacular too. The food is all made from scratch in both Italian and Costa Rican styles, and is so fresh and high qualilty (two of the owners originate from Italy). The owners and all the staff are warm and helpful and will seem like friends almost right away. If you are a larger group you will want to hire a driver/guide and minibus/van, who can take you wherever you want. Mystica arranged for a responsible, knowledgeable and lovely (and funny) driver who went everywhere with us for 9 days. We all quickly learned to love Flaco (of flacos_tours@yahoo.com) and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. If you are looking for adventure and a much more interesting place than the Hilton, you won't find a more special haven than Mystica. I'm still dreaming about it a month later.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Mystica Lodge & Retreats

Property: Mystica Lodge & Retreats
Address: | 300 mts north of Tierras Morenas Cross Road, Arenal Volcano National Park 50801, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Arenal Volcano National Park
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,533 - ₹ 11,529
Hotel Class:3 star — Mystica Lodge & Retreats 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mystica Hotel is a tropical paradise with an excellent Italian restaurant, wonderful yoga and meditation classes in a forest sanctuary, a detoxifying infrared sauna, a dipping pool with a waterfall, and tree-top therapies such as massage and Reiki. Mystica is conveniently close to all of the great adventures and water sports that Lake Arenal offers: windsurfing, kayaking and fishing, excursions to Arenal Volcano including canopy tour and hot springs (40 km/25 miles from the hotel) and Tenorio National Park with its world famous Rio Celeste waterfall hike (35 km/22 miles from the hotel). Mystica Hotel is especially designed for travelers who want to relax and/or be in contact with nature. The lodge sits atop a rolling green hill and is surrounded by lush gardens. The rooms don't have TV, WiFi, or phones to support the complete relaxation of our guests, but there is free WiFi in the reception and restaurant area. Mystica's motto, inspiring all who visit, is: 'Live the Magic!' ... more   less 
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