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Sabalito, Tilaran 50801 Costa Rica
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#1 of 9 Speciality lodging in Tilaran
Welcome to our Lodge & Retreat Center, Living Forest, located at Lake Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Here, you'll awaken to the sound of the river, jungle, tropical birds and, often, monkeys! Our location is perfectly secluded for the best of what you need: a tranquil stay in the rainforest, with adventure and excitement a short drive away. The majestic Volcano Arenal, Hanging Bridges, the wonders of Tenerio National Park, and the misty magic of Monteverde's cloud forest, are just a few. The River View Casita has double rooms with private bathroom and in our Living Forest lodge, we've got three rooms, each sleeps up to 4. We host travelers, retreats and workshops. Welcome!
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Hot bath
Yoga classes
Complimentary instant cofffee
Full body massage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Lazy river
Yoga room
Complimentary tea
Steam room
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Spanish, Finnish


Sabalito, Tilaran 50801 Costa Rica
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mailys p wrote a review Jan 2020
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We loved our 3 nights at a living forest. The place is so peaceful... You literally go to sleep with the sound of the river! There is a communal kitchen that has all you need (oven, blender,...) which is really perfect when you stay a couple of days. We also loved the common area with a beautiful yoga shala open on the jungle with also some hammock and great books to borrow... The rooms are also super comfortable. Would love love love to stay there again!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Johanna H, Owner at Living Forest
Responded 12 Jan 2020
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks so much for the lovely review. Hope to see you again one day!
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Martin Ziarati wrote a review Nov 2019
Coventry, England5 contributions
I stayed in the living forest and it’s exactly that..hearing and seeing the beautiful nature play out in front of you.. it was such a joy to hear and see the monkeys..with a jungle walk possible too! Johanna is a great host, always there for you, trying to make your stay pleasant and welcoming...the communal kitchen is a life saver as it gives you the option to stay in and cook.. There are activities that take place at living forest, such as yoga, dancing, workshops..and you meet great people staying here too.. I stayed a while so I got to know the place well..
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
Paul P wrote a review May 2019
Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica59 contributions4 helpful votes
The location of this hidden gem is extraordinary, with a babbling brook traversing the property and jungle climbing high onto the surrounding hills. The cabins facing the brook are clean and comfortable with really cool outdoor bathroom/showers. There is a clean communal kitchen and spacious yoga studio. Perfect place to read in a hammock and listen to the stream. We saw toucans from our porch! A short drive to many good restaurants. Johanna is a perfect host. I recommend Living Forest to anyone looking for a heavenly oasis in the Lake Arenal area.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Johanna H, Owner at Living Forest
Responded 2 May 2019
Thanks so much for your review. It was a pleasure to have you guys stay!
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Daniel T wrote a review Aug 2018
Tronadora, Costa Rica11 contributions
True Pura Vida. Great Host Ms Johanna... Relaxing.......Cool and fresh....Beautiful... Lake Arenal and surrounding area's are an exceptional part of Costa Rica. Off the beaten touristy path. Clean air, Lush green mountainside/ Jungles and rivers....So Much to do if you like the outdoors and rain....at times...Will visit Again..for sure ....Cheers
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Johanna H, Owner at Living Forest
Responded 1 Sep 2018
Thank you so much for your review, glad you liked it here! And yes, we are off the beaten touristy path, yet close by to so many amazing sights and activities. Pura Vida!
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Emily P wrote a review Mar 2017
2 contributions
I attended an amazing five-day retreat at Living Forest with a friend of mine who chose the center to host. She described it as "mother nature's womb" and I could not agree more. It is a beautiful, secluded little paradise where you can truly connect to nature. You will hear the sound of a rushing river, wind in the trees, birds, monkeys, and other animals. You can rest in a hammock and listen to this symphony. Johanna has created a truly peaceful place where we can re-connect to the earth. She is kind, welcoming, and extremely helpful. She offers solutions and is flexible with payment and other issues. I felt very at home and did not want to leave! There are two cute dogs and one sweet kitten as well, so you don't miss your pets at home too much. I highly recommend Living Forest and can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: March 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteTilaran
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Frequently Asked Questions about Living Forest
What are some of the property amenities at Living Forest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a hot tub, laundry service, and a lazy river.
What food & drink options are available at Living Forest?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Living Forest?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Living Forest?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna and yoga classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Living Forest?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Living Forest?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Finnish.