Villa Decary was just right for us. The breakfasts, as advertised on Tripadvisor, were so beautiful that we took photos. We are grandparents, traveling with our 2 daughters, their husbands, and five children, ages 7-13. Dan wisely suggested that we take the five bedrooms in the main house, where there was no one else to bother with kid noise. Although there's no pool, the kids played games on the property every morning and evening, and said they would stay there again. Dan and Suzy are attentive, helpful, but laid back, and their staff is lovely and warm. We spent five nights there. It was a great base for touring the Arenal Hanging Bridges, basking in Hot Springs, white water rafting (for a few of us), river floating (and wildlife viewing) for others, ziplining, and a visit to Elkin's family, where we had a great time in spite of mud and rain. It was a privilege to spend time with such lovely people.
If there is any way to arrive before dark, do it. The roads can be treacherous, especially after rainy season. That's my only caveat. Villa Decary is an easy, comfortable place to stay. We even ordered in pizza one night when all were exhausted. Suzy and Dan do all they can do accommodate guests, without hovering.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Villa Decary Hotel Nuevo Arenal
- Villa Decary Costa Rica/Nuevo Arenal