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Villa Decary
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

What an amazing place! We headed here straight from San Jose airportand arrived just in time to catch a one of a kind sunset from the porch of our casita. The owners and staff were wonderful; their suggestions were very helpful. Two thumbs up for this jewel of Costa Rica. How lucky we were to stay here for a few nights and absorb the culture, wildlife and hot springs in the Arenal/La Fortuna area. I highly recommend Villa Decary to everyone.

Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

I can't say enough positive things about the inn keepers and this special place. Their respect for the local environment, food, culture and people in so many ways. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the breakfasts were healthy and delicious, and their attentiveness to our needs were over the top. From the first time we made contact with them to find out about the area, I was impressed by their helpful and prompt responses. We stayed at a few places in Costa Rica, but this was one of the most pleasant. We also had an amazing experience with their friend and staff person, Elkin, who is from the area, getting "the real Costa Rica" tour. We fell in love with his family and culture and will never forget their wonderful hospitality and kindness. This is a place for nature lovers who want to watch birds, enjoy some isolation, eat well, and learn about the local environment. I would definitely return if I go back to the lake arenal area. Also,our teen girls LOVED their pet dog "Olivia" and seeing the toucans in the morning while having breakfast.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 21, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Villa Decary at the beginning of December, 2010, after e-mailing with Suzy about what room would best suit our bird-watching needs. We saw a wide variety of birds, including toucans, right outside our balcony, thanks to the bird-feeding station that Elkin filled each morning. The view of Lake Arenal from the villa was lovely, as were the landscaped grounds where we enjoyed several walks. Suzy suggested the butterfly conservancy on the other side of the lake; we were the only people there and loved the enclosures where we could see the butterflies up close and personal. Great views of the volcano, too. We ate dinner one evening outside at Gingerbread; innovative cuisine, huge helpings. One dish easily feeds two people. But beyond doubt the best part of our stay was sharing stories with Dan and Suzy, who make a great team. Needless to say, they saw to our every need. The breakfasts featured a beautiful fresh fruit plate every day, along with a substantial entree. I learned that my father had died two days earlier. Our stay at Villa Decary was the best possible way to reflect, grieve and renew our love of life. Warmest hugs saw us on our way when it was time to leave. Best of luck to our new acquaintances who felt like long-lost friends.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2010

What a great little place to call home while on vacation. We stayed in the casita closest to the lake. We had spectacular views of the lake and all the wildlife. Suzy and her staff were amazing. She gladly answered any questions and was full of knowlege about the surrounding area. They even put fresh cut flowers in our room for my birthday. Each morning we were cooked breakfast including rice and beens or eggs and fresh fruits, homemade jams, and breads. It was sooo good. Thank you suzy for a wonderful stay. My partner and I will be back someday!!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2010

Having just returned from a wonderful stay at Villa Decary in Costa Rica, we would like to recommend it to your travelers as a comfortable and spacious country inn. I have traveled all over the world and this is one of the most pleasant guest houses I have visited. It was truly a “find”.

Villa Decary is centrally located - a convenient starting point for pleasant forays in all directions - deep jungle, lush open country and the spectacular live Arenal volcano. Nestled in lush grounds with an exceptional variety of exotic tropical vegetation, the villa offers a panoramic view of the huge lake Arenal, in country seclusion but still close to town.

The Villa Decary offers all the convenience of a fine hotel with privacy, charm, peace and none of the drawbacks of an impersonal chain. The American hosts are most helpful without being intrusive. The accommodations are light and airy, the breakfasts wonderful, with views of the lake, flora and fauna. Less than a mile away is an international class restaurant of special merit.

On staff is a native naturalist who delights in showing the delights of Costa Rica.

We look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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