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300 mts north of Tierras Morenas Cross Road, Arenal Volcano National Park 5710 Costa Rica
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#9 of 172 Speciality lodging in Arenal Volcano National Park
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Mystica Hotel is a tropical paradise with an excellent Italian restaurant, wonderful yoga and meditation classes in a forest sanctuary, a detoxifying infrared sauna, a dipping pool with a waterfall, and tree-top therapies such as massage and Reiki. Mystica is conveniently close to all of the great adventures and water sports that Lake Arenal offers: windsurfing, kayaking and fishing, excursions to Arenal Volcano including canopy tour and hot springs (40 km/25 miles from the hotel) and Tenorio National Park with its world famous Rio Celeste waterfall hike (35 km/22 miles from the hotel). Mystica Hotel is especially designed for travelers who want to relax and/or be in contact with nature. The lodge sits atop a rolling green hill and is surrounded by lush gardens. The rooms don't have TV, WiFi, or phones to support the complete relaxation of our guests, but there is free WiFi in the reception and restaurant area. Mystica's motto, inspiring all who visit, is: 'Live the Magic!'
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Hot spring bath
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Non-smoking hotel
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TinaRahner wrote a review Jan. 13
State of Bremen, Germany41 contributions12 helpful votes
I stayed here with my sister for one night and loved it. The garden is very beautiful with great views over the Arenal lake and vulcano. It's fresher than at the beaches which we enjoyed very much. We even sat by the restaurants fire place during the night. We very much enjoyed the dinner at the Italien Restaurants, Pizza and Pasta cooked by Costa Rican Ladies. We were impressed by the quality and enjoyed every bite. The owner was extremely helpful and gave us very good recommendations on tours in the area. We would highly recommend to stay here, if you are in the area. We had loved to join the yoga classes but didn't have the time.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Jennie wrote a review Jun. 2021
San Diego, California1 contribution
Mystica exceeded our expectations for our vacation. It really felt like what we imagine paradise to be - lovely landscape and views. Lori and Francesco were excellent hosts. The food was very good, and we especially liked that much of the food was organically grown on the property. Our lodge room was clean and spacious. We loved getting massages in the tranquility of the Tree House. We look forward to returning to Mystica on our next trip to Costa Rica!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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ilyssa r wrote a review Feb. 2021
enfield11 contributions9 helpful votes
We decided to leave our all inclusive resort early because of how terrible it was. We really wanted to stay in a room in the jungle and came upon this hotel. We were blown away by this hotel from the absolutely beautiful grounds to the best food hands down! It was so peaceful and you were able to see the Arenal Lake along with the Volcano. The jungle room was stunning, our porch walked right out to the view of the thick forest. We love camping and this 100% reminded me of that being out in the wilderness but in a nice room. The shower is an outside shower but it was so connected to the room. The food was delicious you can tell everything was so fresh and their presentation was beautiful. For dinner I had the sea bass cooked in a banana leaf and it was out of this world! The sleep was great we woke up to howler monkey's howling. We saw monkeys and toucans right thru our window. The grounds have beautiful flowers everywhere. I cant say enough about this place it was just the best and the staff treat you just like family. I would highly recommend this hotel!!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Nancy Payne wrote a review Feb. 2021
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Mystica is one of the most beautiful hotel retreats we've ever been to. The grounds are so gorgeously landscaped and cared for, including the pathways, waterfalls, plantings, yoga deck, main house, and restaurant, the large and well-appointed rooms with super comfortable beds, fireplaces, large bathrooms, it couldn't be captured in words or pictures. It must be experienced. Barbara, Francesco and the staff were so caring and helpful, especially during these difficult times. They even arranged for our Covid tests in Liberia to return home! The food is wonderful, and so beautifully presented! All the staff was so friendly and helpful. The drivers and guides that were recommended were all super reliable and informative, especially Flaco. The views from all the rooms are spectacular, looking out over Lake Arenal and beautiful fields and mountains. There are wonderful yoga retreats available there and within five minutes there are others as well as equine therapy and fabulous volcano tours and hiking through magical forests, visiting the Ecotheramales mineral pools, etc. And the prices were so reasonable - right down to the massages! All we can say is, give yourself the gift of a trip to Mystica.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Salima Pirani wrote a review Apr. 2020
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I ran my first ever international retreat for sixteen guests at Mystica for six days in February 2020. It was beyond my wildest dreams. Having never run an international retreat before and never having visited Mystica, my co-host and I were naturally a tiny bit anxious as we had to familiarize ourselves with the place so we could settle in and then make our guests at home as they arrived. As we quickly learned even from the moment we were greeted at the airport by our thoughtful and skilled driver, Flaco, there was no need to be anxious about a thing. Lori and Francesco, the owners and creators of Mystica, took care of us and all of our guests like we were long-lost family. Everything from the massages and treatments, to remembering everyone's dietary restrictions, handling special requests, those small and inevitable adjustments to the schedule, preparing the infrared sauna, to the outstanding and mouth watering cuisine prepared lovingly and carefully by the staff (everyone, from the joyful manager, Roy, to the kitchen staff and caretakers -- everyone felt like family), the amazing and exhilarating excursions -- absolutely everything was handled expertly and with what we came to know as that relaxed and easygoing, unique Mystica flair. Even Lori and Francesco's darling young boy, Tino, regaled guests with comedy and his lovely happy drum melodies over dinner. Yes, the place is a paradise in every way, including being run by absolute angels! I'm not even mentioning the gorgeous rooms and amenities like the refreshing waterfall dipping pool, stunning open air yoga sanctuary, the labyrinth tucked away in the gardens yet with a stunning volcano view, and the incredible and bountiful wildlife and lushness that greeted us throughout, from each sunrise to each sunset. Most of our retreat participants were already asking on day two or three if we could do it again next year. My co-host and I were still pinching ourselves and are so happily looking forward to introducing many, many more guests to the Costa Rican paradise that is Mystica. ❤️
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$117 - US$150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mystica Lodge & Retreats
Which popular attractions are close to Mystica Lodge & Retreats?
Nearby attractions include Leona's Art Studio (4.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Mystica Lodge & Retreats?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Mystica Lodge & Retreats?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mystica Lodge & Retreats?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mystica Lodge & Retreats?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe y Macadamia, Casa Delagua, and El Corral BBQ.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mystica Lodge & Retreats?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Does Mystica Lodge & Retreats have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Mystica Lodge & Retreats offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Mystica Lodge & Retreats have airport transportation?
Yes, Mystica Lodge & Retreats offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mystica Lodge & Retreats?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Does Mystica Lodge & Retreats have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.