Overlooking the majestic and pristine Lake Arenal and the beautiful Tilaran mountains is located Villa Decary. The Lake Arenal region is a special area of Costa Rica, uncrowded and unspoiled. At an elevation of 1800 feet, we are blessed with a uniquely temperate climate of cool nights and warm days.

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Overlooking the majestic and pristine Lake Arenal and the beautiful Tilaran mountains is located Villa Decary. The Lake Arenal region is a special area of Costa Rica, uncrowded and unspoiled. At an elevation of 1800 feet, we are blessed with a uniquely temperate climate of cool nights and warm days.

Nature abounds in an enchanted Rainforest. This magical area is rich with a lush and varied plant life, beautifully colored butterflies, more than 250 species of birds, and troupes of shy roaming howler monkeys. Ours is a true middle elevation rainforest set in the hills of Costa Rica at the edge of Lake Arenal.

Affordable and relaxed, the Gay owned and operated Hotel Villa Decary is nestled in a green hillside, within a botanical garden of exotic tropical plants and palm trees from around the world. We are located just east of the charming and tiny Tico town of Nuevo Arenal, a safe 14 miles from the active and popular Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs.

The spacious room has its own entry and private tiled bathroom with hot shower, built to international standards. The rooms are colorfully accented with beautiful fabrics from Guatemala and decorative items made by the Chorotega Indians, complementing the workmanship of local Costa Rican artisans who have crafted the fine wood doors and furnishings.

Every unit has a private balcony or deck with scenic views overlooking Lake Arenal, the rainforest and mountains.

As a country inn, the hotel offer hiking trails around the property for viewing the large collection of tropical plants and to investigate the rainforest environment, where you just may see a family of nesting turkeys, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, the elusive White-collared Manakin or the distinctive Yellow-throated Euphonia. Binoculars and Costa Rican birding books are available for your use.

When planning your Costa Rican vacation, consider Lake Arenal as a perfectly peaceful and relaxing stop between the bustling tourist towns of La Fortuna at the Arenal Volcano, and Santa Elena, site of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

 

Our opinion

Villa Decary has numerous virtues to recommend it. The paved road encircling much of Lake Arenal from Tilaran to the dam leading toward Fortuna does not have the attention or press allotted to the much more touristy area of hot-spring and volcano views just west of Fortuna but it has its own decided charms and strengths, not least of which is the non-touristy nature of this length of road — a lovely, lake-view ambiance, and a number of excellent restaurants with their own great views that are highly individualized and different from the more generic restaurants catering primarily to tourists just passing through.

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From $112.00: Per night, in double room

Green Season: 01.09.15 – 15.12.15

High Season: 05.01.15 – 15.04.15 & 16.06.15 – 31.08.15

Holiday Season: 16.12.15 – 04.01.16

Location

Nuevo Arenal

Included

  • Breakfast
  • Taxes

Not Included

  • Voluntary Tipping
  • Items of personal nature
  • Shuttle to the Airport
  • Optional Tours
  • Other meals