The amazing experience my fiancé (now wife) and I had at the Tree Houses Hotel, Costa Rica in Santa Clara outshines any vacation we've taken together thus far. Clean, air conditioned rooms,amazing property and a great breakfast to get you started for your day's adventures in La Fortuna and other points of interest.
Ours was the first marriage at the Tree houses Hotel, Mark and Lucy (The caretakers and sometimes our saviors) went above and beyond any and all expectations we may have had. We were married on July 11, 2009 down by the small waterfall and pools just off one of the trails on the property. The beauty of the location was only out done by how incredibly beautiful my wife looked in her wedding dress. Mark and Lucy drove us and our photographer to the location in their Hyundai Galloper (affectionately known as "Tree House #4/Honeymoon suite. More on that later), spruced up the area and were our impromptu witnesses, as we had no family in attendance, they were very welcome. After we finished our pictures, we were driven back to the our tree house for a few more shots and then off to our wedding day misadventures in La Fortuna.
After a small delay at the Ecoglide (Zipline!!!), our misadventures began with a trip to La Fortuna waterfall. After a rather rough, bumpy and lengthy drive uphill to the waterfall we arrived at 5 p.m. only to find that the trail to the waterfall closed at – 5 p.m.! We then went to our base of operations while in La Fortuna, "The Lava lounge," where we were told by an American expatriate about a fantastic view of the Arenal volcano eruption, just 20 minutes up the road and to go after dusk for the best view. Well the drive was 40 minutes up yet another bumpy pothole plagued road and halfway up, we noticed that our fuel light was on and no gas station in sight. We were told by a tour guide that the only gas station was back in La Fortuna – 40 minutes back the way we came!! After coasting into La Fortuna and getting gas, we found ourselves back at the Lava Lounge for some much needed liquid relaxation and a bite to eat. Highly recommend the Lava Lounge. Great food!
Upon our return to the hotel, we found that due to a power outage we could not open the gate with the remote. Grabbing what I think are the keys to our rental car, my new bride and myself make our way to our
Tree house where by candle light, we find that Mark and Lucy have left
a chilled bottle of champagne and two glasses! How cool was that!!! My wife wanted to take a picture of the generous gift and she asked me for the car keys. Reaching into my pocket, I realize the only keys are the keys to the room. Returning to the car, we see that the camera is in the passenger seat and the keys are, well, right where I left them, IN THE IGNITION!
Mark, Lucy, my wife and myself will never be the ring leaders of an auto theft ring.
We tried very unsuccessfully to get into the car with a coat hanger (works in the movies right?). We called the car rental office and they couldn't send someone until the morning and the office was 3.5 hrs away! Fearing that the car would be broken into or worse, stolen, we had our first disagreement as husband and wife, then opted to stay with the vehicle, sadly parked on the driveway of the property until sun up (which in Costa Rica is 5 a.m.) just 4 short hours away.
Mark and Lucy came to the rescue of their problem charges once again by backing their Hyundai Galloper up to the other side of the gate so we would have something to stand vigil in. So that's how we spent our wedding night, reclining in separate seats in Tree House #4/ The Honeymoon Suite!
The Tree House Hotel Santa Clara, Costa Rica will be the most memorable experience of our lives. Largely due to the warmth and hospitality of our host, the accommodations and beauty of the property.
Do not miss out on this folks!
Mark, Lucy, Bejuco, Minnie B, muchas gracias
Shawn and Megan P.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tree Houses Hotel is a bed and breakfast hotel conveniently located off the main road that runs through La Fortuna and around the Arenal Volcano. We are a short 25 minute drive to the high tourist area. People seek us out with that in mind, to be away from it all but close enough to enjoy all the fun adventure the La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano area has to offer.We have just 5 tree houses (each very private) on 8 acres and we are surrounded by a 70 acre wildlife refuge with a waterfall, pools to swim and a beautiful river. Each tree house features A/C, warm water showers, refrigerators and safes.There are few hotels like this in the world and none other in Costa Rica. There is something so very exciting about spending the night high in the forest canopy, wildlife all around you, safe and cozy in a tree house hotel in Costa Rica. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tree Hotel In Costa Rica
- Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica Arenal Volcano National Park