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Welcome to El Fenix: A Treetop Retreat in Costa Rica's Southern Zone

Nestled in the Heart of Nature
El Fenix offers a tranquil escape in Costa Rica's lush jungles. This cozy, split-level treetop home provides serenity, where the only sounds are tropical birds and the soothing whispers of a nearby waterfall. Situated within the private Finca Bellavista community, El Fenix invites you to experience a unique, off-grid adventure.

Essential Information:

  • Check-In: Strictly before 5 PM.
  • Access: The final 3km approach requires a 4x4 vehicle.
  • Amenities: No shop, restaurant, or office on site.
  • Arrival: A 10-15 minute hike from the car park, crossing a river on foot.
  • Connectivity: No internet, with limited phone signal.
  • Power: Solar-powered home with refrigeration (weather dependent).

Your Stay Includes:

  • Meet and Greet Hosts: Local hosts prepare the home, maintain the premises, and guide you from the car park to El Fenix.
  • Assistance: Hosts can arrange local taxis, fresh produce bags, meal delivery, and excursions.
  • Exploration: Access to community trails, waterfalls, and rivers. The intimate setting offers a unique jungle experience.
  • Independent Taxi Service: Transfers to various destinations are available.

Home Details:

  • Main Bedroom: Private space with a queen-sized bed.
  • Loft: Additional queen-sized bed located above the living area/kitchen.
  • Facilities: Solar power for lighting, a small fridge, and device charging. A toilet with shower and hot running water, gas stovetop kitchen (no oven), and two split-level balconies with seating.
  • Location: Just minutes from Bella Vista River and a waterfall, situated on the green trail with steep, challenging steps.

Ideal For:

  • Couples seeking privacy,
  • Families desiring a nature-filled retreat,
  • Bird and wildlife enthusiasts,
  • Off-grid living explorers, and
  • Those seeking a digital detox.

Explore the Osa Peninsula's untouched beauty, celebrated as one of the most biologically intense places on earth, offering secluded beaches, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking scenery.

Before You Book:

This experience is ideal for those comfortable with the adventure and self-sufficiency of jungle living. It’s not suited for anyone uneasy with being alone in nature.

Embrace Adventure, Privacy, and the Raw Beauty of Costa Rica at El Fenix.
For more information and to prepare for your journey, additional links, suggestions, and tips will be provided after booking.
Ready to escape to the jungle? El Fenix awaits.

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  • Lance
    January 10, 2021 at 7:52 am

    El Fenix is a truly magical treehouse, with touches of authenticity and simplicity. What more could you ask for when staying in a jungle treehouse? I was able to charge my devices during the stay and having the entire community (basically) to myself was truly incredible. Such an awesome spot to unplug and reconnect to the world around me. Can’t wait to come back!

    • Fiona Reid
      January 11, 2021 at 5:09 am

      Thank you Lance! I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay in my treehouse! I hope to see you again soon

  • Kathryn
    June 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    For avid off the grid camping and hiking lovers, this place is a true hidden oasis. Would only recommend for those coming with their own vehicles, as it is too far and remote from services to walk on foot. It doesn’t get more beautiful than this view in the middle of the rainforest. We saw a family of caotis who visited the treehouse area daily, plus bats, butterflies, caterpillars and Pygmy squirrels. Lots of on site trails to discover, and opportunities for self-reflection, reading and quality time with your companions. Bring your hiking boots for the trails and rainboots for the river, as well as your wildnerness survival and travel smarts! Loved reading Fiona’s Cost Rican mammal pocket book to help identify some of the creatures we encountered during our stay.

    • Fiona Reid
      June 14, 2021 at 11:11 am

      Great advice Kathryn! I’m glad you saw some of the wildlife and enjoyed your visit.

  • Liliana
    July 7, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    This is a wild place! You are truly by yourself in the middle of the jungle. Off the grid, with no cell signal or wifi to look up what might have biten you that is making your skin break out and itch. So just prepare accordingly. The treehouse is very cute and well designed, with a view that can’t be beat! The kitchen was well stocked with everything you need to prepare and cook food, and I was delighted to see there was also a way to make coffee! We were also pleased to have warm showers which is something I had not experienced anywhere else in Costa Rica.
    Be prepared to hike 15 minutes with your stuff to get the treehouse. It is a beautiful hike, with a river crossing that was easy, but just took us by surprise. There were also some bats residing in the outdoor living room. So if that freaks you out, I would plan to stay somewhere else.

    • Fiona Reid
      July 10, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you for your helpful feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed the amazing view!

  • Sara
    August 3, 2021 at 11:49 am

    This treehouse is an absolute dream. I was searching to get off the beaten track on my trip to Costa Rica, and I succeeded at Fiona’s perfectly designed treehouse. It has the coolest bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, loft and outdoor balconies! Extremely peaceful, beautiful, wonderful place to truly get away from it all. My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon as a last stop after 3.5 weeks in CR, and this was seriously the best shower I’d taken! This place is for the special type of human with an adventurous spirit and a love of nature. If that’s you, put this on your list.

    • Fiona Reid
      August 4, 2021 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you Sara, I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay and I hope you’ll come back again!

  • Justin
    December 10, 2021 at 4:49 am

    We’ve already recommended the treehouse to friends! It was a beautiful time

    • Fiona Reid
      December 11, 2021 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Justin! We enjoyed having you there and hope to see you again.

  • Oliver
    January 7, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Incredibly beautiful location and a lovely place to stay. A lot of privacy and well equipped for all the comfort you wouldn’t expect in the middle of a forest. Costa Rica at its best!

    • Fiona Reid
      January 8, 2022 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Oliver! You are welcome any time.

  • André
    January 15, 2022 at 9:34 am

    It was an amazing experience for us to spend 2 nights there. The lodge is beautifully built and offered everything we needed like fridge, well equipped kitchen with gas stove, pots and pans, bathroom with shower. Especially loved to lie in a hammock at the terrace listening to the sounds of the jungle.
    Reading the given instructions carefully is a good advice – the trail to the lodge is a real trail, so pack light 🙂 And keep in mind you have to bring all the food and stuff you need for cooking etc. Would definitely recommend the place and would come again.

  • Joy
    January 22, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    On our recent trip we booked a night in the tree house for my husband’s 40th birthday. hoping to make it amazing. We drove 5 and a half hours to get there. We had no cell or wifi service so Fiona was nice enough to give us a restaurant about 35 min away to use to let them know we were on our way. We let them know what time we would be there and they said the person meeting us would meet us in the parking area for the community. We were told to have a 4×4 vehicle and we did. On the way up the mountain on the horrible road filled with boulders and washed away areas we got stuck, for over an hour. No one came looking for us at all. my husband climbed for 45 min and found a house and they said over a 30 min more walk, up the mountain. He came back to the car. We finally got un stuck and headed back down because up was not an option. No one down the road allowed us wifi so we drove 35 min away back to the restaurant. I explained what happened and how we could not get up the mountain. We then got a call from someone in California becausethe people I was communicating with did not speak English. He explained we should park at the store and have their taxi service drive us up. So we drove 35 min back. Still no English, by the time we finished explaining what we needed it was pouring rain and close to dark. We got up there after a 25 min drive through washed away roads and through one of the worst roads I have ever been on and the worst part is we had to pay $40.00 for this taxi service. We get there, after they knew we were coming, and they locked the gates. We beeped and nothing. The taxi took us back down. We were left in the middle of know where with no cell service. Then they continued to say it was our fault and they waited all day for us when all we did was follow their instructions. We never got to stay and had to drive another two and a half hours for a place to stay. 4×4 will not cut it, you need a off road vehicle or land rover for sure.

    • Fiona Reid
      January 24, 2022 at 10:12 am

      Dear Joy, I am so sorry you were unable to reach my treehouse. The directions are specific about contacting the meet and greet team at least 3 days in advance, but they only heard from you on that day (and as you had no internet, you could not always respond).
      We also specify 4WD, and when you contacted Francis the day of arrival you said you had 2WD. Alexander was looking out for a 4WD vehicle and that may be why he missed you. Unfortunately a lot if rental companies say their SUVs are 4WD when they are not. The road is steep in some sections, but with a regular 4WD people have no problem. Our instructions also state the latest entry is at 5 pm (the area you were outside was the former basecamp which is clearly stated in all literature as being closed permanently). We offered you the house for the following day, not for a late arrival. I am sorry if that was not clear. I refunded your payment and I am sorry you didn’t get to my treehouse. Sincerely Fiona

  • Geneviève
    March 22, 2022 at 4:46 am

    Un bel endroit dans la jungle pour explorateur avertis. Pas de wifi ou communication extérieure possible.
    Être seul au monde c’est la bas!
    La nature a repris sa place.
    La maison est merveilleuse, la douche est exceptionnelle. Les lits sont confortables

    • Fiona Reid
      March 23, 2022 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you for your feedback!

  • Alex Sébastien
    April 8, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    A great place to reconnect with love ones without other distraction: tv, internet, phone etc.
    This place is clean, comfortable and the view is amazing. Completely submerged in nature. We got to see pacca in the morning and all the critters/reptiles at nights when they’re out hunting.
    Francis who you would be corresponding with before your stay is very responsive and helpful.
    We stayed 4 nights and it probably the only most significant/memorable stays out of our 7 different hotels/air bnb during our trip, even though the community is not in normal functioning/operating due to pandemic. Can’t imagine how great it would be like.

  • Alisha
    May 10, 2022 at 11:42 am

    A real jungel experience!
    Wonderful treehouse, with really everything you need and want!!

    • Fiona Reid
      May 11, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you Alisha, I am glad you enjoyed your stay!

  • Paola
    December 13, 2022 at 8:23 am

    Fiona’s house is just a dream! We should have stayed at least three days…next time 🙂

    • Fiona Reid
      December 13, 2022 at 5:55 pm

      You are very welcome to come back as soon as possible!

  • Reinhard
    January 5, 2023 at 10:13 am

    wir habe es geliebt allein im Regenwald zu sein
    Es ist ein Ort den man gesehen haben muss
    Das Baumhaus war ein Traum

  • Isabelle
    February 9, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Our stay at Fiona’s treehouse was magical! El Fenix is such a special property for folks who are looking for a bit of adventure and seclusion. The pre check-in instructions were very detailed, and we had no trouble finding and travelling the road to base camp using G00gle Maps since we had a 4×4 car (definitely essential!), and the hike in only took 20mins or so. Matt was also super helpful before we arrived – very responsive and made sure we got in and out alright. The treehouse itself was so beautiful and well put together – had all the amenities we needed, including basics for cooking (oil, salt, sugar, coffee), the linens were very comfortable, and everything was very tidy. The mammal guides illustrated by Fiona were a great touch – we used ours during our stay at El Fenix and for the rest of our trip around Costa Rica! Would highly recommend El Fenix for couples or small groups who are confident in the outdoors and want a quiet, simple place to stay while exploring the trails!

    • Fiona Reid
      February 10, 2023 at 9:14 am

      Thank you, Isabelle! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at El Fenix.

  • Brian
    March 10, 2023 at 7:12 am

    We were not given a mosquito net as advertised, which made sleeping much more uncomfortable due to the critters in the bed room. We were also only given 1 towel to share between 2 people, which was problematic since things do not dry very well in this environment. Otherwise, everything is as advertised in the pictures/post. The house itself is awesome, especially the upper deck. Definitely a unique experience.

    • Fiona Reid
      March 10, 2023 at 7:45 pm

      I am so sorry there wasn’t a mosquito net and only one towel. Thanks for letting me know. I am glad you enjoyed the balcony, it is special the way the light changes through the day.

  • Tara
    March 23, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    El Fenix is a magical treehouse in an incredibly beautiful location. The house is very comfortable and exploring the jungle was magical.

    • Fiona Reid
      March 24, 2023 at 3:23 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay. I agree it is a wonderful place! Thank you for visiting.

  • Andreas
    April 2, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    das Baumhaus hat komplett unseren Erwartungen entsprochen. Es war die erste Übernachtung für uns dieser Art und bleibt definitiv als einmaliges Erlebnis hängen!

    • Fiona Reid
      April 5, 2023 at 7:16 am

      Thank you Andreas!

  • Raquel
    April 11, 2023 at 2:31 am

    Tuvimos una estancia increíble en la casa de Fiona, nuestros hijos alucinaron con la casa del árbol y toda la experiencia en la jungla, no pudimos ver ningún animal pero disfrutamos de los paseos, la espectacular flora y los baños en las pequeñas piscinas y riachuelos.
    Nos sorprendió lo bien equipada que estaba la casa para estar tan aislada!
    Pd: Se requiere espiritu aventurero!

    • Fiona Reid
      April 12, 2023 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you very much Raquel, how good that you enjoy the house and had a good experience!

  • Max
    July 15, 2023 at 8:15 am

    A wonderful treehouse in a perfectly beautiful location. El Fénix felt so remote despite being easy to reach. Fiona and Matt were super responsive and made the whole adventure easy. The house is well equipped and comfortable, the views are superb, the privacy absolute. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Matthias
    March 4, 2024 at 9:54 am

    The place is simply one of a kind. If you want nature and wilderness experience (and do not need comfort), you will be happy there.

    • Fiona Reid
      March 4, 2024 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you! I agree, it is magical and so nice when others enjoy it too.

  • Melissa
    March 15, 2024 at 3:42 pm

    Great experience that we don’t want to miss.

    • Fiona Reid
      March 16, 2024 at 5:18 am

      Thanks Melissa I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Angela
    March 22, 2024 at 11:20 am

    We only stayed there for 2 nights and did a little hike to the river to bathe there. The treehouse is really great, highly recommend.

  • Ines
    April 12, 2024 at 1:55 pm

    We thoroughly enjoyed the stay.

    • Fiona Reid
      April 14, 2024 at 11:11 am

      Thank you, it was great to host you. I am glad you had a good time!

  • Stephanie
    April 18, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    We really enjoyed our time at El Fénix. I wish we’d had more time to explore the area. We didn’t find the waterfalls (one of them may have been dry due to the timing of our trip at the end of the dry season). I also would have liked to see more of the treehouses to get a better feel of what the old community felt like. Our 2 night stay didn’t allow for this nor did the heavy rain that set in the afternoon of our only full day. We did have a few problems. These aren’t really complaints more of a FYI. The refrigerator never ended up working and the shower very quickly alternated between way too hot and way too cold which made showers a little difficult. I don’t know if both of these things were just a function of being off grid, but thought I’d mention them in case repairs are needed. Also, a mop onsite would be nice so we could wipe up the floors after getting rained on. Despite not seeing much wildlife it was a relaxing, incredible experience I’m thrilled I was able to experience it.

    • Fiona Reid
      April 20, 2024 at 6:37 am

      I’m sorry to hear about these issues. The solar isn’t charging the batteries, but usually runs the fridge by day, but if it’s raining a lot then it won’t charge. I’m not sure why the shower was fluctuating from hot to cold. The nearest waterfall collapsed recently, due to very intense rain. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay despite these issues.

  • Lee Anne
    April 25, 2024 at 4:12 pm

    This is our second stay at El Fenix/Finca Bellavista. And 5 years later, it is still the magical place of paradise we remember. So much wildlife and plant life to be seen and heard and so peaceful. We loved falling asleep at night to the sounds of the frogs and the rest of the jungle. We also appreciate Fiona’s recommendation for a tour in Corcovado. It was amazing!

  • Maja
    May 2, 2024 at 2:23 pm

    The stay at Fenix was a unique and very nice experience. The hosts are very hospitable. For the access it is necessary to have proper 4×4 drive with reductor and 4 low. We suggest arriving early enough so there is day light. The access is not easy, you have to cross a river by foot and the path is very slippery, since you walk through true jungle. The house is beautiful, clean and the view is magnificent. It is important to keep the all door closed so the moscitos dont come in. We loved it.

    • Fiona Reid
      May 3, 2024 at 7:50 am

      Thank you Maja, I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for the advice for other guests. It’s rainy season now, so even more slippery than usual. Enjoy the rest of your vacation! Fiona

  • Jörg
    May 5, 2024 at 11:03 am

    The treehouse is located in the middle of the jungle, fantastically located near a river.
    The way there is not for the inexperienced, leads over a suspension bridge and three smaller ones, is already a challenge in the rain with a backpack, but was no surprise for us.
    The house itself is ideal for two people, overlooking the jungle from a beautiful open terrace. You are wonderfully offline (no network/wifi), electricity from about 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. is not available, light with battery is available, we still had headlamps and a large lamp with us.
    All in all, a little adventure for those looking for something extraordinary.
    P.S. A machete as a tool is very rich, as a tree had fallen on the street and we did not pass by with our 4×4. A friendly Tico with his quad bike solved the problem with targeted strokes. Simply Pura Vida.

    • Fiona Reid
      May 6, 2024 at 8:10 am

      Hi Jorge, I am glad you enjoyed the adventure of visiting the treehouse! I’m sorry the instructions were not clear, we will do what we can to improve them. Best wishes, Fiona

  • Stephanie
    May 10, 2024 at 4:19 am

    We had an amazing stay, the tree house was exactly as described. It was such a relaxing experience to be off grid and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We even had a Kinkajou visitor! Definitely would recommend this place.

    • Fiona Reid
      May 10, 2024 at 5:18 am

      I’m so glad to hear you had a good time and saw a kinkajou! You are welcome to come back again soon.

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