Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge

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Arenal OasisOwned by the local Rojas Bonilla Family, the quaint, intimate and homey charm radiating Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge is a combination of an incredible natural experience with personalized service and responsible tourism. This property is primarily an ecological farm that has dedicatedly practiced sustainable development methods along with stringent conservation norms for several years. Conveniently located at a distance of 10 minutes from the La Fortuna town center, a breathtakingly beautiful waterfall and the region’s popular hot springs; this quiet and unassuming eco lodge is known for its sustainable practices and its old-fashioned nature lodge aura. Arenal Oasis is more geared for visitors who seek a warm, family style hospitality experience in an intimate environment minus the exclusive trimmings that are characteristic of the bigger luxury eco resorts. This is a simple, down to earth property that lets you enjoy the beauty of its surrounding areas by staying as natural and true to its purpose (of conserving the region’s resources) as possible.

Activities and Amenities

Guests can enjoy a plethora of naturalist tours and pulsating adventure activities within the lodge’s own refuge as well as in the surroundings areas. Some popular tours that can be taken in Arenal’s own refuge include a bird watching tour, a night walk in the forest (starts just before dusk and allows visitors to get up, close and personal with a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, nocturnal animals and insects. The highlight of the exciting and unique tour is the Frog Song session, where guests can gain insights into the history of some of the most fascinating nocturnal frog species ), an enriching natural history walk (includes visit to a beautiful butterfly garden and a walk along several trails featuring different stations of insects, frogs, snakes and lizards).

Tours organized within the area are a Volcano Hiking Tour (where visitors can get to witness the majestic Arenal Volcano), a Safari Float on a Canoe, Kayak or Raft (on the serene and picturesque waters of rivers Arenal and Penas Blancas), a trip to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge (features a staggering variety of local and migratory birds), an exhilarating Arenal Hanging Bridges tour (get a spectacular aerial view from 15 hanging bridges), a tour of Venado Caves and a hike to Cerro Chato. Adventure buffs will enjoy horseback riding to the gorgeous La Fortuna Waterfall along with a super action packed white water rafting session on Sarapiqui and a Tironlias Canopy Tour.

In house amenities at Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge include a wildlife refuge, a butterfly garden and a tropical garden, in addition to the Restaurant Mi Tierrita (that serves authentic Costa Rican cuisine along with a few inspired international favors to suit homesick palates). The Aura Spa is housed at a distance of about 250 meters from the lodge and offers a host of therapeutic treatments including body wraps, hydrotherapy, skin care treatments, depilation, massages and several other wellness packages.

Accommodations and Rates

Accommodations at Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge are available in the form of five cabanas or rustic looking wooden cabins, out of which four are bungalows and one is a villa style cabana. The bungalow style cabanas are each equipped with a private bath, hot water, bathtub, hair dryer and a ceiling fan. Villa style Cabana rooms come with a private bath, hot water, hair dryer, a ceiling fan, a refrigerator and a microwave. Additional services that can be made available to guests are laundry, transport, tourist information and relaxing massages.

The high season rate for a double occupancy arrangement in the bungalow style cabana is $ 75 USD, while the high season rate for quadruple occupancy in the villa style cabana (with a garden view) is $ 105 USD.

Location: La Fortuna
Price: $60-$120/night
Features: guided tours, bar, bird watching, volcano, river, waterfalls