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A Unique Tropical Jungle Experience Amongst Magical Gardens and Rainforest.

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Upper balcony showing two seating areas.

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Last updated: 05/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

La Fortuna hotel description

With more than 15,000 square feet under roof, this immersive tourism 'Eco Lodge' experience is everything one imagines a stay in Costa Rican paradise to be. The house perches on the edge of the valley providing incredible views of the birds as well as the jungle spread out below and the volcano looming over the far side of the valley.

These views were one of many reasons that NBC chose to shoot part of their reality show, 'Love In The Wild,' here. Costa Rica's most authoritative travel websites have reviewed the property and 'Highly, highly recommend it for groups and families...'

The hotel provides a unique lifestyle experience by social integration with the local community and we like to emphisise this importance as we are not a standard hotel.

The kitchen/dining room area accommodates up to 30 people. There you will often find bunches of bananas and coconuts hanging from hooks and ready to be used. Large, locally made wooden tables provide functional preparation and dining area and there are propane and wood fired stoves as well as a microwave, toaster and coffee maker. There is also a brick grill/oven with a motorized spit large enough for a full pig or a half dozen chickens if you decide to have a party. The kitchen has everything that you need to prepare your own meals.

Or you can take it easy like most of our guests do and let us do the cooking for you! Meals are family style and dishes are decided based upon what is fresh and available. Breakfasts are $7/person and typically include eggs made the way that you like them, beans and rice, (a staple of every Costa Rican meal,) mountains of fresh fruit, fried plantains, bread or arepas, (south American 'pancakes' with or without syrup,) fresh juice and tea/coffee. Lunches and dinners are $10 and $15/person respectively and feature salads, fresh produce, hand made sauces, rice and beans, beef, pork, chicken or fish, fresh fruit and juices, local cheese, deserts and tea/coffee. The food is regularly described by guests as the best of their entire trip. Notice needs to be given the day before for breakfasts and in the morning for lunches/dinners. There are also a large number of restaurants and other dining options available. Chef Service/Catering can also be arranged.

There are a variety of ways for you to enjoy your time here including MILES of maintained paths created over the course of nine years. The paths are lined with carefully selected plants and the forests have been very carefully maintained to achieve a blend of cultivated fruit and sustainable gardening, park land and virgin forest.

By using proper plants and sustainable permaculture techniques, we've achieved a unique experience here. Maintained grounds gradually give way to more rustic views, which gradually blend into permanent, untouched, virgin jungle. One of the trails ends at a stream that cuts its way down through heavy plant growth and a unique, 'weeping wall' of black earth that is covered in a variety of orchids.

Along the way you'll discover not one but two swimming pools. One is slightly more conventional with maintained plants and gardens around it and is fed by pure spring water. The other is hidden at the end of a hike to the bottom of the valley next to the stream. It is fed directly from the little stream, there are NO CHEMICALS used in either. Just a continual supply of fresh, clean water flowing into the pools and then back out into the stream. Two German guests recently described their hike to the waterfall and enjoyment of the river pool as the best thing that they've done so far in Costa Rica, saying that the river pool looked as if it had been built by elves and had a 'feel of magic to it.' The River Pool is only sometimes available, as it is prone to flooding after heavy rains. However both are excellent spots for secluded picnics and relaxed enjoyment... either alone or with special friends.

Back at the house you'll find that the line between indoor and outdoor living has been blurred. Huge bedrooms open out onto balconies and a variety of sitting areas, all of which are appointed with interesting curios, wall art and a profusion of plants. Several of the rooms are connected via open hallways lined with tropical gardens instead of actual walls, providing the perfect balance between security and the impression of living right in nature itself.

The natural flow from the balconies into the dining/kitchen area take you past a small, bamboo paneled bar that is right next to a sitting area with a stereo and which easily converts into a dance floor. Further down is the large hot tub, just above a covered 'Ranchero' that is perfect for meditation, yoga or martial arts practice. The hot tub is built into the actual building and is quite large, so it takes several hours to warm. Please give notice if you intend to use it so that it can be made ready for you!

The hanging bunches of bananas attract toucans and other birds. While writing this I was watching a Keel Billed Toucan munching away on a plantain with great enthusiasm. Other animals in the area include kinkachoos, a dizzying variety of lizards and loads of other animals.

A guest recently described his experience here by saying, 'It takes a minute to sink in that this is not a zoo and not an animal reserve. It's an actual house, right in the middle of paradise and all of these birds, animals and everything else are real, here and natural!' I think that his comments sum up the experience here quite nicely.

We are only 5 kilometers away from down town La Fortuna, meaning that you are minutes away from all of the typical activities and tours that you might enjoy including:

* Hanging Bridges
* Zip Lines
* Hot Springs
* ATV and other rentals
* Butterfly Conservatory
* Eco-Snake Zoo
* Horseback Riding
* Volcano Hikes
* Rafting
* Canyoning and Rappelling
* Bird Watching
* Swimming
* Much more

We're happy to book activities on your behalf and can save you 5 - 10% if booked in advance.

You'll find this house ideal for group getaways like family reunions, corporate retreats, group vacations, sports teams, civic groups etc.

This place has been a labour of love for a decade and it is truly, one of a kind. I'm certain that you'll love your stay here and I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Property Type

  • House
  • 15000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Hotel

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Massage
      • Private Chef

      Suitability

      • Children Welcome
      • Smoking Allowed
      • Wheelchair Accessible
      • Pets Considered
      • Events Allowed

      Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22, Beds for 22

      Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

      • Bathroom 6: toilet, combination tub/shower

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      • Every bedroom has its own bathroom

      Kitchen & Dining

      • Stove
      • Oven
      • Dishes & Utensils
      • Pantry Items
      • Coffee Maker
      • Toaster

      Amenities

      • Wood Stove
      • Linens Provided
      • Towels Provided
      • Washing Machine
      • Clothes Dryer
      • Parking

      Entertainment

      • Stereo
      • Books

      Communications

          • Internet

          Outdoor Features

          • Outdoor Grill
          • Deck / Patio
          • Balcony
          • Lawn / Garden

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Romantic
           

          Reviews

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          Rental basis: Per property
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          My Standard Rate
          1 night min stay
          $110

          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees:

          • Taxes Not included

          Notes:

          Individual room rentals: $110 per night

          Whole property rental: $550 per night.

          Holiday Premium: Dec14-Jan3, add $50/night/room or $250/night for the whole house.

          ACTIVITY DISCOUNT: Book zip lining/rafting/hot springs etc. in advance for 5% off.

          LONG TERM RENTAL DISCOUNT: Stays of a week or more receive a 10% discount.


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          Last updated: 05/21/2014
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          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 2001

          About the owner: I don't like to talk about myself all that much, but I'll say that I came to Latin America 15 years ago and fell in love with it. Over the course of that time I was involved in financial services in almost every country in Latin America and when i saw this property I immediately had to purchase it. Everyone thought that I was mad for several years. Of course no one thinks so now! :)

          Why the Owner Chose La Fortuna:
          It's quite simply stunning. The volcano view is everything in this part of the country and I have incredible ones. And then of course there is the type of soil and other growing conditions; I intended from the start to create a blended perma-culture environment and so it needed certain growing conditions... light, rainfall, elevation etc. And of course there is very little virgin jungle in this area outside of the protected parks. Much of what is referred to as 'primary jungle' around here is actually second growth forest. So it was both a privilege and a huge challenge to incorporate nearly inaccessible, true jungle into the project. But the results are fantastic.

          The Unique Benefits at this Hotel:
          It is very difficult to find houses with the ability to accommodate larger family groups. While there are plenty of homes which can accommodate up to 10 or 12, groups any larger usually require renting multiple properties at significant expense. Here your entire group of up to 23 people can be accommodated perfectly comfortably. There are even overflow options available at reasonable prices. This means being able to keep your group together without having to worry about coming and going to multiple properties. This is something very valuable, for instance when there are children in a group and the adults wish to spend a little time together after the kids have gone to sleep. Since we don't charge any more for having more people stay, the property also represents tremendous value! To provide beds for the same number of people in a hotel would cost several times the price. At the same time the design is such that smaller groups or couples can rent and enjoy their individual quarters without fear of having their privacy intruded on by other guests nor of having theirs intruded upon. The unique architecture and layout provide unparalleled flexibility.


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          Speaks: french, spanish, english

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          Photos

          • Upper balcony showing two seating areas.

            Upper balcony showing two seating areas.

          • 1 of 6 sitting areas, 1/3 of the second floor balcony and Luna the Great Dane.

            1 of 6 sitting areas, 1/3 of the second floor balcony and Luna the Great Dane.

          • River pool, maintained seasonally. Not available year round.

            River pool, maintained seasonally. Not available year round.

          • Another shot of the volcano as the sun sets... this one from the upper balcony.

            Another shot of the volcano as the sun sets... this one from the upper balcony.

          • Seating/music area. Dining and kitchen to the right, jacuzzi to the left.

            Seating/music area. Dining and kitchen to the right, jacuzzi to the left.

          • This is the second pool. Constantly spring fed so NO CHEMICALS are used!

            This is the second pool. Constantly spring fed so NO CHEMICALS are used!

          • Acres of parklands full of huge bromeleads, beautiful birds, sloths and monkeys.

            Acres of parklands full of huge bromeleads, beautiful birds, sloths and monkeys.

          • Another of the 'hallways,' it is the entrance to rooms #1 and #2.

            Another of the 'hallways,' it is the entrance to rooms #1 and #2.

          • Rooms 1 and 2 open onto the balcony.

            Rooms 1 and 2 open onto the balcony.

          • The pool from the ranchero next to it. Fresh spring water only, no chemicals!

            The pool from the ranchero next to it. Fresh spring water only, no chemicals!

          • Another shot of the spring-fed pool....

            Another shot of the spring-fed pool....

          • Tropical setting and many fruit trees.

            Tropical setting and many fruit trees.

          • River pool, maintained seasonally. Not available year round.

            River pool, maintained seasonally. Not available year round.

          • Rm #3: 2 queen beds, rustic, close to nature, very spacious and comfortable.

            Rm #3: 2 queen beds, rustic, close to nature, very spacious and comfortable.

          • Over 8km of trails through park lands, semi-cultivated areas and forest!

            Over 8km of trails through park lands, semi-cultivated areas and forest!

          • The 'Hallway' from room 3 to the upper and lower balconies.

            The 'Hallway' from room 3 to the upper and lower balconies.

          • Base of the volcano from the lower veranda at dusk.

            Base of the volcano from the lower veranda at dusk.

          • Winding paths, fruit trees, hidden staircases...

            Winding paths, fruit trees, hidden staircases...

          • Little resting areas thoughtfully placed.

            Little resting areas thoughtfully placed.

          • Fully equipped kitchen.

            Fully equipped kitchen.

          • One of six seating areas, perfect for quiet chats or relaxing with a good book.

            One of six seating areas, perfect for quiet chats or relaxing with a good book.

          • Jonathan and Luna doing a maintenance patrol of the trails.

            Jonathan and Luna doing a maintenance patrol of the trails.

          • Lizards, toucans, armadillos, tree frogs and monkeys live in the local jungle.

            Lizards, toucans, armadillos, tree frogs and monkeys live in the local jungle.

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          This listing was first published here in 2014.

          Date last modified - Friday, July 11, 2014

          $110 per night (USD)
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          5 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
          Sleeps 22

          View calendar: Updated 05/21/14
          Minimum stay: 1 nights
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