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“"Paradise" is the only word I can come up with to describe it.”
Review of Villa Decary

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Villa Decary
Ranked #2 of 14 Nuevo Arenal B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We had never traveled to Costa Rica before. I had spent a lot of time planning our itinerary and booking places to stay. We were going to Costa Rica in search of property to purchase and later retire to so our travels covered much of the country. We were scheduled to leave our house at 6 a.m. to head to the Kansas City airport to start our journey. At 9 p.m. the night before, I checked my email and was horrified to find that the place that I had made reservations to stay the next three nights had a plumbing issue and had to cancel my reservation at the last minute. Fortunately the place that I had originally made reservations for recommended the Villa Decary so I made last minute reservations for there. I am sure the first place would have been wonderful but I don't know how they could have topped the Villa Decary. The cottages were very nice and very clean and even had fully equipped kitchens. I have had breakfast nearly every morning for the last 60 years but I can't think any that were in the same leaque as those prepared by Elkin. Suzy was great and recommended several great places to eat nearby. I under-estimated the time it would take me to drive from San Jose to Nuevo Arenal so it was getting late by the time we arrived but Suzy called the Gingerbread House and got us in for a late dinner. The Gingerbread House is just a couple of blocks up the road from Villa Decary and is just one of the great resturants that Suzy recommended to us. Another thing that you can appreciate about the Villa Decary is that it has a paved drive and is just off the main paved road. Several of the other places we stayed at in Costa Rica were close to a kilometer off the paved roads and really needed a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to. Elkin took us to his folks farm and gave us a tour while his mother prepared a local dish. The tour was wonderful and the meal was great. I don't know that I have ever met anyone with more energy than Elkins parents. If you plan to travel to Costa Rica keep these things in mind. 1. It takes a lot longer to get anywhere than what mapquest will quote, the roads curve a lot and you can seldom see more than 10 or 12 car length ahead and the sides of the roads are covered with people waiting for the bus and lots of dogs and livestock meandering the countryside. 2. Be sure to rent a 4 wheel drive vehicle and be sure to bring or rent a GPS. 3. It gets dark very early as in 5:30 or 6 p.m. and by dark I mean really dark so allow plenty of time to get to your destination. 4. If you are in Costa Rica stay over at the Villa Decary and experience a breakfast by Elkin, and then you too can sit down and write a review like I just did.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stayed one night at Villa Decary and we regretted to not stay longer. The bedroom is stunning with a beautiful view on the Lake Arenal. From 5am to midnight the light is constantly changing and you can watch the sky for hours from your bed. The furniture is great and design. Suzy is charming, helpful and always ready to share good advice. Elkin is very nice and sweet. Villa Decary is a serious reason to come back to CR and stay there a whole week.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank luzzien
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stayed here just one night in mid August. It was wonderful. Sussie was very generous and kind and the grounds were beautiful. Great views, great wildlife, the rooms were wonderful and the breakfast was a delight. Elkin, the cook (and comedian) was super friendly and informative.

The bedrooms have a nice private deck area with a built in table/bar overlooking the lake. The beds are comfortable and the decorations and amenities have a nice touch. You feel welcome there and the hosts inspire trust. I dont have anything bad to say. It was a great expirence.

You do need (or at least it would be best) a car as the hotel is a ways out from downs and local resturants.

We recomend Las Delicious, a resturant in Nuevo Arenal. Sussie recomended it and it was lovely.

The only reason this place isnt sold out every night is that it is further away from all the turist attractions. But all the roads around are paved and the drive is really smooth.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room above the main lobby, they had nice views and we diddnt hear our neighbors.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Villa Decary was truly the highlight of our two weeks in Costa Rica. Suzy, Dan and Elkin, and the Villa's superb setting make this place special. IMPORTANT: Plan ahead if possible to book a day with Elkin to see his family's pristine farm with beautiful waterfalls and have an amazing meal, the single best experience we had in Costa Rica. Elkin embodies the Costa Rican spirit of Pura Vida for us. Suzy and Dan were wonderful and very helpful in making plans for other sightseeing. We particularly enjoyed the special Costa Rican breakfasts Elkin prepared--just amazing and not something you can get just anywhere! Dinner at Gingerbread next door was fantastic but equally we enjoyed the informal Soda cafe in town. The views from the room were spectacular and we spent pleasant mornings and evenings watching the incredible variety of birds. We travel a lot and this is a truly special place. Couldn't recommend Villa Decary more highly and can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Keith W
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

This hotel and staff were absolutely amazing. My girlfriend and I spent 5 days here and it literally couldn't have been any better. The owner, Suzy, set us up for a bunch of really awesome tours and sent us to some really good restaurants (Gingerbread was awesome). Breakfast every morning was also amazing. Suzy's dog Olivia was equally awesome and would follow us around. The other staff was extremely friendly and knowledgable. Elkin showed us around the grounds and was able to point out so much wildlife that we would have missed. If you get the chance, go on a tour of Elkin's family farm. It was an amazing time. I absolutely will recommend that anyone going to Costa Rica contact Suzy about staying at Villa Decary.

Room Tip: We stayed in Casita Zombia and it had some awesome views. Any of the hotel rooms would have had an a...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Brooks S
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Villa Decary. Everything was beautifully done, including the artful breadfast display by Elkin. Suzy made us feel welcome and looked after. Very clean, very pretty with wonderful balconies to watch the howler monkeys. Strongly recommend it.

Room Tip: Great place to kick back and enjoy Lake Arsenal
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JVillemain
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Lovely grounds, and wonderful and helpful people - a big thanks to Suzy and Elkin for making our stay absolutely wonderful. The breakfasts were delicious, the experience was wonderful, and Villa Decary is a superb base from which to explore the Arenal area.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Decary

Address: 1 Mile East of Town | Route 142, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nuevo Arenal
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Nuevo Arenal
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Arenal's most beautiful hotel. Botanical garden and rain forest setting, spectacular views of Lake Arenal, the Tilaran Mountains and the rain forest. All accommodations have private entry, private hot water bathroom, private deck, orthopedic mattresses. Rates include scrumptious breakfasts, beautifully served. Casitas with full kitchens available. Monkeys, 140 species of birds. Peaceful, private, serene. Close to many activities: kayaking, fishing, hot springs, volcano, birding, canopy tours, windsurfing, horseback riding, nature walks and more. Great eateries nearby. ... more   less 
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Villa Decary Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal

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