Rancho Margot

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Sitting on the lakeshore in the scenic foothills of Arenal volcano, this agreable ranch particpates in ecotourism and agriculture projects, giving a real sense of community

Staying at the friendly and welcoming Rancho Margot, wholeheartedly dedicated to sustainable living, is an experience in itself. You are free to roam around its 400 acres of land, participate in organic farming activities or free yoga sessions, and enjoy the two warm and cool, untreated pools, fringed by tropical foliage. Mosses, vines and wild flowers cover public spaces and the roofs of the individual bungalows, which are stylishly decorated inside with white walls and wooden accents.

Sitting on the lakeshore in the scenic foothills of Arenal volcano, the ranch takes on volunteers to help with ecotourism and agriculture projects, giving a real sense of community. Almost all the produce needed to feed the staff, family and guests is grown on site and is imaginatively prepared by the chef: the wonderful food is often remarked upon by guests.

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • Thus is more than just an ordinary hotel but it's aim is total sustainability.  They already provide all their own energy needs and much of the food provided is supplied by their own livestock or grown in their own grounds.  Truly fascinating.  There is a free 2 hour tour of the ranch which is highly recommended.  Only criticism is that the light bulbs are all low energy which is fine but they just need more.  The bedrooms are particularly poorly lit and the bar/ dining area felt a little dingy.  Definitely worth a visit.

    KB, Lochgilphead
  • Delightful.  Only regret is that we should have done the tour of the ranch on day one in order to appreciate the installations and philosophy.

    DM, Stowmarket
  • This didn't feel like staying in a hotel - it felt like staying on a working farm, which I suppose is what it is. There isn't the usual feeling of staff waiting on guests, it's more that we are observers on the side.  That said the kitchen and waiting staff were absolutely charming. Other ranch hands came and ate from the buffet alongside the guests. The self-sufficiency set-up is impressive and made us very aware of our huge touristic footprint as we travelled on from here. Food was excellent with the bonus of pizza available every night for fussy kids.

    KDP, Jersey
  • Amazing place and amazing staff. Stunning remote surroundings. Eco more than just a word for them - they live it!

    JH, London
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Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.


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