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Essence Arenal and Spa

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 6 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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Body wrap
Baggage storage
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Walking tours
Foot bath
Steam room
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Room types
Mountain view
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German


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Grade: 50 out of 100
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Adam H wrote a review Jul 2021
East York, Pennsylvania23 contributions5 helpful votes
From the moment I arrived, I began to relax. The spiritual energy and sense of peace brought on by such an incredible natural surrounding was refreshing and invigorating and inspiring. I attended daily yoga sessions with views of the Arenal Volcano, had massages, reiki, and the termezcal. I also did NLP and Timeline therapy sessions with Nicco, which were very insightful and meaningful. All of the staff goes out of their way to be kind, and make you feel at home. The food is excellent. I will most definitely return to this magical space.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Silvina C wrote a review Jul 2021
Puerto Rico14 contributions
You can definitely find the wonders of nature in this place. Beautiful views from the lake and the volcano. The team really cares about your stay. Comfortable rooms. I did the 10 days retreat. The spa services and the food are great. Yoga class in the morning is amazing. The are other adventure places available close by: the lake, zip lines, horseback riding. The place is magic.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Julia Alexandra B wrote a review Jun 2021
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I had anamazing time in Essence Arenal. It‘s a really beautiful farm with nice trails (bring your hiking boots for safety), the staff helpful with everything, I even got a beautiful bamboo stick for hiking, because my knees were bad, the yoga was just fantastic and the Vegetarian Food of Chef Marvin was an absolute delight. I can only recommend the place. To consider: to go to yoga or to the pool area, you have to be able to walk a trail or a very steep road.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Rancho Rana Roja wrote a review Jun 2021
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica1 contribution
This place is amazing to connect with nature, good food, good yoga practices and the massages with Steven were just incredible. You can really feel that the team is putting love and effort to make people feel good while staying here. Plus, they always have vegetarian and vegan delicious options.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Andre F wrote a review Jun 2021
18 contributions1 helpful vote
I am a volunteer working in the area. As I walked by I noticed Essence offers massage, reiki, yoga etc. After I booked a massage I immediately was introduced to a beautiful space with thrilling views. My massage was in a serene, beautiful setting. Energizing and nestled near an organic farm, yoga studio and pristine natural flora. No mosquitos! Exotic, an oasis of healing energy. Even the wild toucans make regular visits! When you come here you will not want to leave. Relaxing, rejuvenating and excellent service!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
$38 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkEl Castillo
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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 (0.4 miles) and Arenal Eco Zoo (0.3 miles).
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 center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of El Castillo.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Essence Arenal and Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and German.
Does Essence Arenal and Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.