Our first home in Costa Rica was at Heliconias Nature Lodge, which was located about 20 minutes away from the La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano areas. The lodge has a unique vibe, making you feel right at home as soon as you arrive, which might be because the lodge is run by a local Costa Rican family. They definitely make you feel right at home, like you’re part of the family as soon as you arrive. After our long transfer from SJO airport, we arrived in the dark and were shown up to our beautiful treehouse accommodation. I couldn’t wait to see it in the daylight!
We booked a treehouse with a garden view for our stay, which was surrounded by trees and overlooking the gardens and the mountains that surrounded the lodge. The treehouse offered a great deal of privacy, located far enough away from each other that we never heard any of the other guests and the windows all faced away from each other.
Due to the location of the property it is a little difficult to get into the main town unless you have a car. Luckily the onsite restaurant, which is just for the guests of the lodge, is absolutely outstanding. With a menu full of local delicacies and authentic Costa Rican dishes, there is always something new to try on the menu. We ate quite a few meals at the restaurant on site, which were all absolutely amazing. Finding home-made style of food can be very difficult overseas, but Heliconias made it feel like Sunday dinner with the family every night. My recommendation would be the Cordon Bleu dish, superb!
The staff at the hotel were amazing, especially with email correspondence before we arrived, setting us up with airport transfers, answering all our questions and enquiries. I honestly couldn’t recommend them highly enough. The owner of the property even gave us a lift into the local airport on our last day! It really felt like our own little Costa Rican family.
Heliconias Nature Lodge
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
17km al sur de centro de La Fortuna
Sobre La Ruta 702
Check out the lodge’s website here for all the pictures, local information, and rates.
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