We stayed there at end of Dec as part of a three week vacation in Costa Rica.
Make sure you have a 4x4 if you intend to drive there – we ordered one but ended up with a normal car which could barely cope with the easiest route in to L & L so every time you leave or go back was an ‘experience’ !
It is in a lovely place, well away from La Fortuna, which is rammed with tourists and pretty unattractive. Also would far rather have stayed here than some of the mass market offers in and around Arenal.
We stayed at Volcano Cabin, and the views of the Volcano (which revealed itself on Day 2) were quite simply awesome. The room itself is ok, certainly not luxurious, but basic and nice. There are quite a few bugs, but you are in the jungle! There are no curtains so you wake up at light (5.30am!) but it is worth it for when you wake up and the first thing you see is the volcano!
Debbie and Steve, the owners, are very helpful and very nice.
One thing we didn’t really get it the dinners, where you are grouped together with other people. Especially strange when the owners get to eat on their own table! I guess this may work better for families rather than couples....but that was enough to make us eat at other places for the remainder of our stay.
Its a lovely place for families, but not sure I would recommend for couples.
- 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
- 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/Arenal Volcano National Park