25 acres of lush gardens and rainforest, volcano views and spring fed pools.
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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 Estate in 2001
Why Jonathan Davies chose Peñas Blancas
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 Estate 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.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Stay here!! William made our stay fantastic!
We arrived close to midnight and William made sure we found the pineapple house and settled in. He made our stay memorable and easy! We would stay here again when we come back to the Arenal area.
Thanks fpr the Review .. Yes the Pineapple House is a 3 bedroomed house part of the Ecolodge grounds, which is a Big Park and jungle , set near the main Ecolodge... It sleeps 7 prs could slepp 8 prs if necessary .....We serve great food in the Ecolodge ... Best wishes
Chalet au Costa Rica
Nous avons eu un excellent accueil. Le personnel était très disponible et faisaient tout ce qui leur était possible pour rendre notre séjour agréable,
Toutefois, la maison pina ne correspondait pas aux photos du site. Les commodités étaient très de base. Il n’y avait pas de luxe dans cette maison. L’extérieur ne correspondait pas aux photos. Peu d’endroit pour se détendre pour le nombre de personnes que nous étions. Les piscines étaient très éloignées et peu invitantes en raison de leur propreté.
Il n’y avait pas de laveuse et de sécheuse comme il était indiqué sur le site.
Le site est très beau. Je recommande la rivière et la cascade,
Great Tico family style house
Pineapple house was separate house from the hotel. Tico style house and authentic experience, not shown in any photos on the listing (the hotel is shown). When we arrived the house was not what we expected. We were welcomed warmly by property manager who was very nice and friendly. We had all our children and it was family friendly.
So we enjoyed our stay overall especially the amazing waterfall hike on property!
Surrounded by nature and friendly hosts
We spent three days at the Ecolodge and enjoyed being immersed in nature. We walked out of our room to the large outdoor common area each day and took in the beauty of the forest with an up-close view of the volcano. Delicious, authentic meals were served outside by friendly people. We also enjoyed a trek through the lush grounds, waded through a small river, and arrived at a hidden waterfall. It was like a mini-adventure in the backyard. It was a lovely experience and I would recommend it for anyone who wants to trade the resort experience for one that is close to nature and truly authentic. Thanks for a great time!
Great start to a wonderful first visit to Costa Rica
Our family had a wonderful stay at the property. We really enjoyed the homemade breakfast, dinner and the property tour given by Will. It was a wonderful experience which we will repeat in the future.
Thanks very much for the Review .. Yes the food is great .. recommend dinner for the first evening as a good way to start ...The Adventure Tour after breakfast is a unique highlight for guests ... William gives very good advice given regarding Tours and activities and this really helps make a successfull trip , no need to overplan before the Trip , best be flexible and decide here knowing all the options ..
Best wishes Jonathan
Beautiful surroundings, friendly staff, amazing Costa Rican experience
Was this the Marriott? No. But it was absolutely the perfect Costa Rican experience. The location is unmatched. It is beautiful, in the middle of nature with all its sounds and smells. The lodges are quaint and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and made us feel at home. Would absolutely stay again!!
Thanks for the Review .. We have a Stunning Setting , very good food , theres plenty to do ..and good advice for what to do and when ...best decide here be flexible ...And here you dont have to do anything relax ,observe in comfort , you are in the middle of a big Tropical Park this is a unique Lifestyle experience fun and interesting.. Quick easy access to La Fortuna and all activities ...
Best wishes Jonathan