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Lost Iguana Resort

Habitats:Mountain / Tropical RainforestVolcano

estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation
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Transport Time to/from Arenal
Option 1: By land
Bus: 3-1/2 hrs
Option 2: By air
Hotel to/from airport:15 - 60 mins
Plane & bus:1-1/2 hrs


Frommers.com, 2006:
“This new hotel offers large and luxurious rooms with great views of the volcano, although you're a little further away from the action here than you are at the hotels closer to Tabacón Hot Springs and La Fortuna. Most of the rooms here are housed in two separate two-story buildings set on a hillside facing the volcano. The rooms themselves are quite spacious, with either one king or two twin beds on bamboo frames, attractive handmade wooden furniture, and interesting decorative touches. All feature a wall of glass letting out on a private balcony or porch, which in itself lets out onto the view. The suites are even larger and feature a Jacuzzi tub on the porch or balcony.

“Just below the open-air restaurant are a pretty two-tiered swimming pool and poolside bar. You can also reserve one of several villas, which are in effect two-bedroom suites, with a full kitchenette and an extra-long balcony. The hotel has a small network of trails on its own 40 hectares (100 acres) of land.”

The Lost Iguana Resort has 40 rooms and is Arenal's newest hotel; offering luxury accommodations in the rainforest. The resort's 100-acre property overlooks the world's most active volcano, Arenal Volcano, located near La Fortuna, Costa Rica. All rooms are spacious and well appointed with first-class furnishings, artwork and full amenities. Dine at our open-air restaurant or relax in the Palapa Bar.

Amenities include A/C, hot water showers, Jacuzzi baths, mini bar, refrigerator and safe deposit box, satellite TV and hair dryer in all rooms. Laundry service available.

Enjoy waking to the peaceful serenity of the jungle and the playful sounds of the local toucans and howler monkeys. Plan your day's activities while enjoying coffee on your private balcony while viewing the majestic volcano and abundant wildlife.

After spending the day exploring the miles of foot trails available at the resort, enjoy your evening by relaxing in your private hot tub and witness the spectacular lava flows and eruptions from the volcano.

Jun. 2, 2009“I was ''shocked'' to see how everything was well-coordinated, especially the flights and transportation.”
Dear Luis: Indeed, times fly! Our trip was absolutely fantastic! Costa Ricans are so welcoming and friendly, and the wildlife is great (but the rain is wet...). We have only good things to say, and to thank you for so many good advices! I think that the biggest success was having Diego Blanco with us. He is a superb guide, and together with Randel the driver they made an excellent team. We (also our 4 kids) regretted not having Diego for the rest of the trip (we needed him especially in Corcovado). Comments regarding hotels from my perspective:
1. The Lost Iguana Hotel was an excellent recommendation for spoiled people like us! Just a marvelous place.
2. Punta Islita was also outstanding, especially having the 2 casas with the private pool. Please note that the main infinity pool is off limits for kids, please make sure to mention it to future travelers. The kids adored spending 4 days in Punta Islita, but my wife and I ended up regretting not spending a couple more days in the humid, air conditionless La Paloma in Drake instead of having the relaxed days in Punta Islita. The zip-lining is indeed very family-friendly, non-scary at all. People who look for more adrenalin rush (not me) should go somewhere else.
3. Monteverde Lodge - great restaurant, food and hotel garden.
4. Tortugero Lodge - exciting garden and trails, but I suggest emphasizing to travelers that the beach should be off limits as not only dangerous but extremely dirty.
5. Finca Rosa Blanca - another success, especially if you take the coffee tour.

Itinerary planning: I was "shocked" to see how everything was well-coordinated, especially the flights and transportation. There was only one "glitch", and it was in our favour: instead of flying Drake - San Jose (and getting our bag with clean clothes) -Tortugero, we had a direct flight to Tortugero without realizing it until touching the ground. Luckily Nicole in La Paloma suggested to have our clothes washed and dried for a ridiculous fee (8$ per basket). Highly recommended!

The only disappointment that we had was Corcovado. Our guide wasn't so enthusiastic as the others. I was hoping to get in the deep secluded forest, but we were taken to the nearest official entrance. Although it was a half-a-day trip with provided lunch, it ended up to be the less exciting tour with almost no wildlife (but beautiful beaches). I would have much preferred touring the more remote (Southern?) entrance and spend a longer day in Corcovado. Luckily, the following day we had a great day snorkeling at Cano Island with Roy, who was a great guide. I will email you some pictures in a separate email (although you're probably tired of wildlife pictures).

Again, thank you for getting us such a great experience, and PLEASE tell Diego that our kids don't stop talking about him. Apparently he became a role model for them. Should one of you visit Canada, please email us prior your arrival.

Jun. 26, 2007“Excellent service, planning, escort, tour, lodging and transportation.”
I would be happy to reply and praise the excellent service, planning, escort, tour, lodging and transportation that Costa Rica Expeditions provided Sam and I. We continue to share our experience and thoughts about your staff and especially our stay at Lapa Rios Ecoresort and Lands in Love. Our guide in Lapa Rios was especially fabulous, I so wish I remembered her name. She helps teach at the school, her father is in engineer in Costa Rica, and she has a brother living in the U.S. while attending school in Kansas. Lands in Love was unique, while not luxurious like the other resorts, it was warm, fun and the people were extraordinary. The tour we took rappelling into the canyon was fabulous. The Lost Iguana Resort was another highlight. Although the turtle season was past, Tortuguero was still pleasant and our guide was terrific.
-Judy Yablong

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