This is a gem in the Arenal area. The view of Lake Arenal and Mt. Arenal are amazing from the infinity pool and main lodge porch. We had the treat of enjoying the entire main lodge all by ourselves! The village of El Castillo is less touristy than La Fortuna and Nepenthe is well off of the beaten trail so this stay was a refreshing change from other Costa Rica areas. The "attractions" of La Fortuna are 30+ minutes away making it very accessible yet separate. The breakfast was filling and delicious. Agustin is a wonderful person and made our stay feel very warm.
We had a 4x4 for traveling around Lake Arenal and were thankful for having this for the road up to Nepenthe. It might be accessible by a non 4x4, but would recommend verifying this with Agustin. The entrance was challenging to find at night because the entrance was not obvious. There is a concrete Nepenthe sign at the entrance on the left side of the road from La Fortuna immediately before a bridge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nepenthe Bed and Breakfast is Beautifull piece of paradise located in the little town of El Castillo of La Fortuna in Costa Rica. Surrounded by the rain forest and exuberant wild life, you can appreciate the magnificent Arenal Volcano and the mistic Arenal Lake, enjoy beautifull sunsets from our infinity edge pool or relax in the jacuzzi or with a Massage in The Blue Lagoon Spa after a day of adventures and fun in the area. ** Also, the Phoenix Restaurant at Nepenthe is located on the grounds of Nepenthe and serve a daily dinner menu with handmade food and fresh local ingredients. ... more less
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