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A unique tropical jungle experience amongst magical gardens and rainforest.

Sleeps22
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms7
Space 15,000 sq ft
Property type house

Overview

About the property

25 acres of lush gardens and rainforest, volcano views and spring fed pools.

Princesa de la Luna 'Eco Lodge' experience is everything one imagines a stay in Costa Rican paradise to be. The house ,complex perches on the edge of the valley providing incredible views of the the jungle spread out below and the volcano looming over the far side of the valley.

VRBO specialises in Vacation house rentals .. we are an Ecolodge and also offer bedrooms individually.... vrbo assumes renting the whole Ecolodge.. Whereas we can offer individual rooms.

These views were one of many reasons that NBC chose to shoot part of their reality show, 'Love In The Wild,' here. 'Highly, highly recommend it for groups and families...'

The Ecolodge provides a unique lifestyle experience by social integration with the local community and we like to emphise 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.

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.Right now the main swimming pool is functional and swimable but needs tiles to be replaced and general maintenance so it is not as well presented as in the fotos!! Sometimes we have difficulty changing the water as from the Natura Spring it can take time to fill up...but most of the time it is usable..

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 lots 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.

More Details

Owner
Jonathan Davies
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Jonathan Davies

I don't like to talk about myself all that much, but I'll say that I came to Latin America 20 years ago and fell in love with it. Over the course of that time I was a financial consultant se in almost every country in Latin America . When i saw this property, there was no road no electricity no water. I purchased the land and sine then it has been a challenging project ,not easy at all...and has required an immense effort to develop and get to its its current level..The challenge is ongoing and our miantenance burden is muh greater than a normal hotel. Everyone thought that I was mad for several years. Of course no one thinks so now! :)

Jonathan Davies purchased this house in 2001

Why Jonathan Davies 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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Amenities

La Fortuna House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Hotel
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 15000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
  • Every bedroom has its own bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    House 1 - 3 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , all bedrooms have bathrooms
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Reviews

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A unique tropical jungle experience amongst magical gardens and rainforest.
average rating of 4.4561405 based on 57 reviews
5

Such an amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

Everything from the gorgeous surroundings to the staff that became family. We feel fortunate that we got to stay here. Our kids were right at home and loved the ‘hidden in the jungle’ pools. The tour that they offer is amazing. The help and suggestions that they offer were priceless. We would stay here again in a heartbeat and missed it as soon as we left.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect base for group for seeing area

  • 5 of 5

My husband and son and I are ticos and didn't take advantage of the property other than just going to the pool for half an hour, and for getting a very restful sleep in the Pineapple house. To get here you need a 4x4 (steep hill with loose gravel). We had plenty of privacy, however when we contacted the manager he was quick to respond. To really take advantage of the Pineapple house you should be a group of 7 people, who want a kitchen, and a nice covered outdoor space for dancing perhaps and grilling. The place is 10-15min away from the center of La Fortuna. Nice garden and lots of birds. No mosquitos. Large ventilators in each room and a ceiling one in living room. Internet router right there in living room for that cabin, free interent. I would've slept a tad better with a not so thick pillow, but I was able to sleep. I don't know about the food, we're Celiac's so I just made all food with our own utensils, and GF food at Orgánico Fortuna and The Springs.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Very rustic

  • 5 of 5

Very welcoming in every aspect. William was very helpful and maritza a great cook. Everybody in the residence are very helpful. If you are ready for a rustic adventure and a super calm place this is the place to be. Is not a five star resort so don’t expect anything like that but it is a family place where tranquility is the first priority and great hospitality. A little work to do but very nice location. Driving up to the residence is a bit tough a 4*4 is recommended very rocky. Overall for the location and knowing that you are going to an eco lodge I give it a five star

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Maria ... Thanks for your comments ... Just this last week a lot of work and expense has benn done by the community on the road and its a big improvement , not necessary a 4x4 , normal cars come and go everyday ..so that should not be a problem ..For many the highlight of the stay is the Adventure Tour in the morning after breakfast which shouldnt be missed ....We also have a seventh room not far from the main Ecolodge which gives us more capacity.. And we offer massages which is also popular ... Best wishes Jonathan
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Was overpriced and overrated.

  • 2 of 5

Rooms were rustic. Food mediocre and over priced. Wilmar and maritza were great. Hard workers and very helpful and kind. Volcan gold across the atreet was cheaper, 5 star beautiful accomodations and great food. Property was pretty but trails were very steep and very rough. Not worth the price at all!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maybe your expectations were too high as most people have given us great Reviews ... This is a first poor Review for our food which is home produced fresh , authentic local food served Family style and in abundance .. Breakfast $7pp and dinner $15pprs. plenty of fresh fruit and juices which we dont charge for.. Excellent value and quality ... .We have our own Tropical Park and our maintenance burden is greater than almost anywhere else as we upkeep 6 miles of trails, swimming pools etc ..Yes down into the valley in the jungle yes in places steep ...but many options where guests can walk..You obviously cam to the wrong place ...
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5

Very beautiful place. Great food. Worth the rough road to get there.

  • 5 of 5

Basic rooms. Beautiful decks that invite to linger. View of Arenal if the clouds allow, even if not the view of the rainforest is serene and peaceful. Large grounds with hiking. Natural spring pools but you have to walk there first. Very helpful staff. Very good food.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your Review .. We appreciate it ...The view of the Volcanoes Arenal and Zero Chato are normally good , very few days when you dont see them and the general views around are spectacular the valley and Rainforest..... we have an incredible amount of birds and wildlife, no guarantees of course but they are there Sloths Toucans even wildcats and Pumas if you are lucky.. We aim to have a family atmosphere and a fun social experience , it is an interesting Life Style and we aim to provide excellent food in a wonderful Setting .. Best wishes Jonathan
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5

Absolutely Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Tranquil and rejuvenating, a truly special place. Thank you William for making Princesa de la Luna our new home.❤️

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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