Casa Cielo is very deserving of all five stars and I'll gladly tell you why...
We were a group of 6 (three couples) traveling to Costa Rica for my girlfriend’s 40th Birthday. Prior to our arrival, (during my planning stage) Paul was always prompt to replay to emails and answer my many questions. I found his knowledge of the area and good communication skills to be extremely helpful. Upon arrival Paul coordinated our transportation from Fortuna Airport to Casa Cielo.
Casa Cielo is even lovelier than it appears in the pictures and the grounds are very well maintained. The location is beautiful and has a great view of the Arenal Volcano and a well-designed outdoor pool and dining area.
Paul was so helpful both with helping plan excursions and going out of his way to arrange meals, transportation, and offering other concierge services.
Coffee was prepared each morning to be enjoyed poolside. Breakfast of tropical fruit, fresh juice, and pancakes or omelets was absolutely delicious! I can honestly say that every meal prepared was delicious and truly enjoyed by all six of us. I recommend planning to eat dinner at Casa Cielo during your stay. My friends especially enjoyed the wood fired pizza and BBQ.
By the end of our stay Paul and his family felt like old friends. Given Paul's helpful planning and attention to details, the beautiful home, and excellent food... Casa Cielo is the place you want to stay! PURA VIDA!
Casa Cielo is a truly magical home, perfectly designed to create a down to earth vacation retreat that allows the soul to reach ultimate relaxation while also being surrounded by beautiful views and the sounds of nature. Every morning we woke to the sounds of birds, were mesmerized by the view of the volcano, poured a cup of coffee brewed by Paul, then enjoyed a fabulous breakfast prepared by Rosy. One morning we had the pleasure of watching a blue Morpho butterfly hatch and fly around the pool and garden. The pool was gorgeous and felt wonderful. Every morning fruit was put out on the bird feeders and it attracted a lot of crazy looking birds that were fun to watch during breakfast. Paul was such a wonderful host, he provided perfectly detailed directions to the home. We were a little concerned about driving the last two hours of our trip during nightfall, but it was very doable and added to the adventure. We were running a little behind schedule and arrived two hours late, but Paul and Rosy still provided us dinner which we really appreciated. Paul also gave us many ideas on how to spend our days in this beautiful part of Costa Rica. Our entire group decided to do a 2 day pass at a nearby hot springs resort called The Springs that Paul had recommended, it was a blast and the hot springs felt amazing in the evening. The house and property were very clean and well maintained. The beds were extremely comfortable. Before arriving we were a little weary about having no air conditioning, but in the evenings it gets very cool and by opening a window and turning on a ceiling fan the room at night was the perfect temperature (this is coming from someone who likes to sleep with the house at 68 degrees). The cooked meals provided at Casa Cielo were by far some of the most delicious food we had in Costa Rica. One night each couple enjoyed a poolside massage arranged by Paul, it was ahhhmazing and very affordable. Paul was so helpful, he provided us with directions to Arenal Volcano National Park, The Springs, and even directions/advice/tips to our next destination. Paul was very available, but also allowed us our privacy. Our entire group’s expectations were exceeded at Casa Cielo and one day we all hope to come back to this beautiful home. If you haven’t booked this place yet you really need to, you won’t regret it!
Our family of 3 generations wanted a special place to celebrate a 70th birthday, with a lot of relaxation and private family time. Casa Cielo was just perfect for us, the location was far enough from the hustle and bustle but close enough to drive to excursions. Our hosts Paul and Rosy provided us with everything we needed. From the delicious poolside breakfasts to tour planning and home cooked dinners, we felt like we had friends to lean on the whole time. Paul planned the most amazing day for our 3 year old daughter at the local butterfly farm and a dairy farm. Every time we left for the day, the house was tidied up and we were never short of towels or any amenities. It was beautiful to come back to the house and dip in the refreshing pool. In the morning, forget your alarm clocks. Wake up to the sound of birds coming to the several bird feeders on the property. Eat breakfast and watch butterflies hatch out of their cocoons. Lounge in the hammock with a cup of Costa Rican coffee looking at the picture perfect view of the Arenal volcano. It's been over two weeks since we left Casa Cielo and we still miss it everyday. We will be back!
I stayed at Casa Cielo together with my husband and 2 other couples. We are world travelers and very selective as to were we stay as well as food. And I can tell you from the moment we reserved Casa Cielo to when we left Paul and his wife were all attentions. They purchase groceries and prepare a brick oven super fresh pizza night for our welcome dinner(you can order all types of food and drinks, Margaritas by the Jar to die for...). THey arrange for us a private birdwatching tour with a tour guide and we could even order to them to prepare a cooler with food so we could enjoy the full birdwatching trip. Another day we requested massage services and again they were perfect . The only thing is stay a week, when we left we wanted to stay longer. So whenever you are in the Arenal area go to Casa Cielo. Perfect view of Arenal Volcano and the pool perfect after a day of rafting and activities. We never went to eat elsewere. Every morning during breakfast which is delicious we order our dinner and drinks to be ready at 7:00pm by the pool.
Spent four nights at this lovely oasis at the top of a mountain. Paul and Rosy couldn't have been more gracious and wonderful hosts. It felt like staying with friends. The meals were amazing. Our three teenage daughters are begging us to return next year. I'm not the type of person who writes reviews, but this genuinely exceeded all expectations.