I've stayed at both El Silencio del Campo and now, Kokoro. I would stay at Kokoro again hands down. Felico and his mom Anna took care of us as if we were family. We had villa #7 that had windows on all sides, and the view from lying in bed was great. I also liked that this hotel was away from the road. Silencio del Campo is right next to it with a huge hotel overlooking the grounds.
What made our visit stand out was that we truly felt like family members of the Li family. One night, we were on our way to dinner, and they instead invited us to dinner with them. Anna made 4 or 5 huge dishes that we ate family style. It just doesn't get any better than eating with the owners of the place you are staying.
Kokoro is updating and adding new things. We look forward to coming back when their new restaurant is open, and the authentic hot springs are open (I think they were shooting for sometime very soon.)
On a side note, we did a white water rafting tour with Wave Expeditions located in Fortuna. Highly recommend them as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest of the northern hills of Costa Rica, Hotel Kokoro Arenal is the perfect hideaway retreat blessed with untouched flora and fauna and a panoramic setting overlooking the majestic volcano of Arenal. At Kokoro Arenal, each of our carefully designed eco-villas offers a stay in a cozy family oriented style, with charm, and a service approach prepared in a joyful, attentive, and sustainable way. The lodging grounds also invite you to dip into the hill-top swimming pool, tropical hut with hammock, and explore our tucked away rainforest trails. With our Kokoro ‘heartfelt’ ways, we aim to revitalize your senses and share with you a vibrant experience in the Costa Rican tropics. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kokoro Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- Resort Kokoro Arenal
- Hotel Kokoro Arenal Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park