Rancho Margot Sustainable & Self Sufficient Eco Lodge

Top choice lodge in El Castillo
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Part resort lodge, part organic farm, Rancho Margot is 61 hectares of cinematic loveliness, set along the rushing Río Caño Negro and surrounded by rainforested mountains. There are comfortable dorm-style bunkhouse accommodations but, if your budget allows, spring for a beautiful teak-furnished bungalow, blessed with views of hulking mountains, weeping jungle and a placid lake.

Prices include a two-hour guided tour of the farm and daily yoga classes. Hiking trails and (free) hot springs are at hand. Prices are more attractive if you stay three nights or more. Located where the El Castillo–La Fortuna road meets Rancho Margot Rd.

Information from Booking.com

Quick description

Featuring an extensive garden, furnished terraces with natural pools and rainforest-mountains views, the eco-friendly Rancho Margot is 700 metres from Caño Negro River and 3 km from Arenal Lake. The accommodations regionally furnished and decorated offer a fan, mosquito screens and a seating area. They also include garden and volcano views. The bathrooms have hot water showers .Homemade soap, linens and towels included The organic meals served at Rancho Margot and buffet-style breakfast are included with the package. The package also includes a complementary ranch tour, onsite night tour, two yoga classes per day, and cow-milking.This property also features home-made pizzas and regional food. Guests can arrange activities like horseback adventure tours to the Arenal Lake and nearby waterfalls, kayaking, biking and hiking at the Arenal Volcano National Park. The incredible view of Arenal Volcano from the Mirador viewpoint is also an option. This self-sufficient property is 3 km from El Castillo town and 26 km from La Fortuna Bus Station. San Jose Main Square is 3 hours’ drive away and Juan Santamaria International Airport is a 2 hour and 30 minutes' drive away.

Important information

Please note that the reception is closed from 21:00 hours until 07:00 hours of the next day. Guests arriving outside reception opening hours are kindly requested to inform the hotel in advance. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.


  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Fitness/spa locker rooms
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Wifi
  • Horse riding
  • Tickets to attractions or shows
  • Airport pick up
  • Lockers
  • No single-use plastics
  • On-site parking
  • Plunge pool
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Hiking
  • Head massage
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Foot massage
  • Airport shuttle
  • Children's playground
  • Sun terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Walking tours
  • Internet services
  • Packed lunches
  • 24-hour security
  • Single-use miniature toiletry bottles (including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturiser, hand soap)
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Swimming pool
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Secured parking
  • Guests have the option to reuse towels
  • Canoeing
  • Picnic area
  • Fishing
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Gift shop
  • Airport drop off
  • Indoor play area
  • Neck massage
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Family rooms
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Back massage
  • Cooking class
  • Breakfast options
  • Happy hour
  • Wine/champagne
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Bbq facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Garden
  • Kids' outdoor play equipment
  • Key access
  • Kid meals
  • Pool cover
  • Shuttle service
  • Entertainment staff
  • Spa/wellness packages
  • Full body massage
  • Yoga classes
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Tour desk
  • Bridal suite
  • Swimming pool
  • Hand massage
  • Accessible parking
  • Free parking
  • Bottle of water


  • Car hire
  • Luggage storage
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Laundry


  • Massage
  • Outdoor pool


  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Safety deposit box
  • Non-smoking rooms

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Free WiFi available