This is a 5-Star Paradise. Starting at the moment we arrived, Esteban was diligently making sure you are having a exceptional and memorable experience at his Lodge. He will arrange everything for you, so all you have to do is relax and have a great time in Costa Rica! Our room was very clean and very pretty! I slept so good, I was very happy we got to stay at this lovely lodge. We really enjoyed a evening stroll around the Ranch, we watched tucan's flying around, water buffalo laying in the tall grass, the horses enjoying a little stall time and a huge pig just laying there sleeping and snorting. We also really enjoyed tasting all the fresh citris fruit we picked off the tree's! La Finca really is the most beautiful place in the world! We like to do daily activites on vacation, so we started with horseback riding. Esteban, arranged Alonso, a guide wrangler, a really great guy to ride with us. We really liked that all the horses are healthy larger horses and we could tell they are all very well taken care of. Alonso did a fantastic job in matching our riding ability to just the right horse. I went on the ride of my life, and I own my own horse, cantering, trotting, riding through river beds, sugar cane fields, and meadows. It was just so lovely, beautiful, actually it was spirtual! The next day Alonso took us on an ATV tour to a hot springs. We stopped at a really good BBQ restruant and then headed to the hot springs which was beautiful. The ride was great, felt like we were riding with friends, not on a tour. The Hot Springs was amazingly beautiful, a local spot not crowded, I think we were the only tourist! We went to La Fortuna Waterfall and Rio Celeste. Our favorite waterfall was Llanos de Cortes which is the one Esteban recommended. We stayed a extra night, since we liked the Lodge so much! Wish we booked a longer visit at La Finca! We will definatly be back! We want to say a Giant Thank You to Esteban for excellent very memorable vacation. We had a conversation about you and your family possibly coming to Grand Lake, Colorado. We would definatly love to return the wonderful hospitality to you and your family, even if it is in 20 years from now! When you come bring Alonso and his family too, we really loved him!
My girlfriend and I stayed in a Villa at La Finca Lodge for 4 nights. We were elated with the decor and finishings of our lodgings. The entire property is gated, and each villa has remote control security systems that guests can take with them if they have any worries about safety (though it is in such a nice area we couldn't imagine why they would). All the shared facilities like pool and jacuzzi were beautifully maintained. We almost felt out of place, everything was so nice!
The location is perfect for taking day trips to La Fortuna, however the best part about the entire area are the adventure tours made available by Esteban and his team. After doing some research, we participated in ATVing, relaxing in the hot springs, and went in a hot air balloon ride. Additionally, there are horses available for riders of any level of experience. If we had more time, we would have loved to go horse riding as well. These adventures were the highlights of our two-week stay in CR - our guides were entertaining and friendly, and each of our trips were custom-tailored to our experience, comfort and interest.
Esteban made himself available throughout our stay, and even before-hand and after we had left to offer his experience about traveling throughout the rest of the country. He is the most knowledgeable and nicest person you ever hope to meet, and truly cares that his guests have the best stay possible.
We LOVED our stay at La Finca. Esteban was so helpful - we chatted with him before our trip and he was happy to give us suggestions and even helped us arrange a rental car that we got with a discount. He has been a wonderful host and the stay exceeded our expectations. We felt like at home. The villa is beautiful and the view from the bed is absolutely stunning. There is nothing better than to wake up to a view of the mountains while being surrounded by a jungle. My girlfriend loves horses so this was a dream place for her. It is clear that Esteban's priority is a top notch quality and cleanliness, not just in the villa but also in the stables and around the property. We also did a horseback riding trip and ATV tour with Danny, which was also amazing.
To sum it up, this was one of our best trips and it is a perfect place if you want to relax/be active in the nature.
We (my wife, myself and our two kids 5 and 3) had an amazing time at the Villa. The fantastic terrace and sliding doors makes waking up a pleasure. Were the kids move between the rocking chair and the bed while slowly waking up and looking out at the nature. The pool is great and we all look forward to come back here next year.
We stayed in Villa Mangos which was perfect for us in every way. It was clean, spacious and air conditioned with gorgeous views of the gardens and rainforest. We saw loads of birds, including toucans, from our veranda. We had one very large bedroom with a huge, comfortable bed and an ensuite bathroom. The dining area was on the veranda and a well equipped kitchen in the adjoining room. On our first day Esteban arranged for a delicious breakfast to be cooked for us, but the rest of the time we prepared our own food. Esteban really took the time to get to know us and make sure that we could do everything we wanted on our holiday there. It was so private and we had the best time ever. The accommodation was amazing and went horse riding, ATV riding, hot air ballooning. The whole experience as loads of fun and we learned so much about Costa Rica and the rich and varied wildlife. I would love to return to Costa Rica and I would definitely stay at La Finca again.
Roughly 30-45 minutes from La Fortuna. It wasn't a bad drive. Esteban arranged travel for us to get there from the airport so we didn't have to drive there in the dark not knowing where we were going. Rental car delivered the next day at the villa. Esteban is a great host and if you are lucky you might be able to talk him into a hot air balloon ride. One of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica. He is a great pilot as well as a good owner of the Villas. They were clean, accommodating, updated, good wifi, and very friendly staff. Lots of excursions can be done right from your Villa. We highly recommend the white water rafting not far outside La Fortuna.
I can't say enough great things about The Villa. Our room and the surrounding property was beautiful. My husband is a birder and sat on the porch every morning to scan the property for new birds. He was never disappointed. Danny, our contact person, visited us the first morning to suggest activities and give us a tour of the property. he took us on an ATV tour to local hot springs and was very patient with me a novice rider. Danny also took my husband on a bird tour. He defintely knows his birds! He also made excellent suggestions for the La Fortuna area that fit our interests. Such a nice guy--we wanted to adopt him!!!