essence arenal

Total Number of Active Yoga Courses : 5


Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic & raw Costa Rican experience. Essence Arenal is located in El Castillo, a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal a top the hills overlooking Arenal volcano. From Forest trails down to a majestic waterfall hidden in the rain forest, enjoying mystical Free Hot Springs, horseback riding and canopy tours, there’s a rich amount of nature activities to experience here at Essence Arenal. Welcome home friends!


4 Days Relax and Breathe Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Address : La Fortuna Hostel

  • Starting : 01-September-2019

7 Day Rainforest Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica

  • Address : La Fortuna Hostel

  • Starting : 01-November-2019

4 Day Rainforest Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica

  • Address : La Fortuna Hostel

  • Starting : 01-September-2019

Lazaeta Thermal Hydrotherapy & Detox Retreat

  • Address : La Fortuna Hostel

  • Starting : 01-September-2019

7 Days Mind and Body Retreat/Workshop

  • Address : La Fortuna Hostel

  • Starting : 01-September-2019

essence arenal - Teacher

Nico Botefur
  • Core Subject : NLP Coach
Mahela Piti
  • Core Subject : Certified Yoga Instructor

essence arenal - Reviews

Steboii (Quebec City, Canada)

We were a group of four traveling by van. They let us park the van and use electricity for 20$ for 2 nights. My sister and her boyfriend slept in the van and my boyfriend and I rent a tent. It was very clean and comfortable. The hostel is very well located. You have a view on both the lake and the volcano. The little farm is amazing. There are little trails you can take to see a lot of plants and flowers. You can also hear howler monkeys (maybe if you're luckier than us you could also get to see them!). There's a hot tub on the patio and it's very clean also. We had breakfast one morning and it was very typical and delicious. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful time there and warmly recommend it :) .... Read More

Dario O

If you don’t like tourist places like la fortuna, El Castillo and essence Arenal is the place for You. Staff was heartwarming and we felt like h ome after minutes. Veggie food available and yummy. View is incredible! Highly recommended .... Read More

Caroline L (France)

The place is great, the big tents are nearly up in the trees with a great view on the lake. It is like sleeping in the middle of the forest. Nice jacu zzi to use in the evening, and a common area. Plus the food they make is delicious! Activities at a farm nearby (massage (amazing!!), Yoga, cocoa experience) It is a great place to relax for a night or two before continuing on your trip .... Read More

Cody B (Canada)

Ill start off by saying this was the most amazing place I stayed at during my stay in Costa Rica. Waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys and views of the rainforest every morning were just incredible. The food was amazing, cheap, and fresh as everything is from the farm just a 15 min walk through the rainforest trail. The wifi could be better but it was good if you were inside the main building. If you're looking for a unique experience Essence is for you. .... Read More

a135 (London, UK)

Tents were fully booked when we booked however we were offered the farmhouse which is approx 1km away from the main hostel (reachable with a 4x4 if yo u’re brave or just a short walk). We woke to absolutely stunning views over Arenal Volcano and lake. Friendly staff who were more than happy to help ... even when we had a flat tyre! Would recommend having your own 4x4 if staying here. .... Read More


This is one of the most special places i have been to in costa rica. insteed of staying in la fortuna which is just a regular place you can stay in th is beautiful farm in tbe most calm beautiful village of el castillio just above la fortune . the view to arenal and the lake is amazing, tha staff is amazing rooms are so.nice and comfortable food is great, this is just the perfect place. .... Read More

Heather H

This place was exactly what we needed to clear our heads! From the spectacular views, friendly staff, wonderfully wholesome meals, and exceptional hik ing trails we were not disappointed! We ended up booking another night because we couldn't resist one more sunset in the mountains Thanks so much Nico and staff! .... Read More

Matt P

Rooms were nice, service was nice and the views of the volcano from the hostel were breathtakingly good. Great place where we got a fairly cheap taxi to the dormant volcano, and then to the springs and then back again so a great location if you are looking to visit the volcano. The local town is nice as well with a few things to do. .... Read More