Villa Encantada: 40 Acre Private Lakefront Nature Preserve
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Volcano Arenal villa description
16 YEARS OF SERVICE. We are the Original Vacation Villa rental property on Lake Arenal. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience, a DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa. When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire lakefront villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Estate...COMPLETE PRIVACY ~~No Sharing with other groups.
To see what really awaits you at Villa Encantada, just cut/paste this URL link to visit our numerous VIRTUAL TOURS of the Villa and Nature Preserve Estate...
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You'll find miles of Manicured Hiking Trails thru the Rain Forest. ~~ A Brand New 100 ft WATERSLIDE (June 2013) that is Awesome Fun for all ages. Our Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals), Drained / Cleaned and Sanitized prior to your arrival ~~ Crystal clear water, so clean you can drink it. And WATERFALLS, lots of Waterfalls, an experience in Nature that you'll not find anywhere but at Villa Encantada.
We have hosted thousands of guests since 1996, with a great many repeat visitors. Our goal is to provide a memorable and hassle free experience for your group/family and to help you get the most out of your time with us and in the area. Over the years we've learned so much about what we can do to help you have the best vacation of your life, to 'hit the ground running', provide useful info on the area, including assistance in arranging your Tour Itinerary and/or Ground Transportation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE.
Most importantly, see our Guest Comments from those who have visited Villa Encantada and happily share their experiences to get an idea of what really awaits you at Villa Encantada. Once you arrive, you'll be thinking... 'I've died and gone to Heaven ~~ It just doesn't get any better than this'. Our reward is your smiling faces and the knowledge that we've made a difference.
Enjoy Casual Elegance at an affordable price. This Tri--level 2800 sq. ft. architectural masterpiece designed villa is fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms & 2 fireplaces and comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons, and on many occasions we’ve hosted groups of 15 persons. In addition, we have a second villa on the Estate that sleeps 6 persons, so that we have the overall capacity to accommodate 18/20 persons when necessary.
You’ll find imported Italian tile & exotic hardwoods throughout the villa, an interior design of local art, indigenous masks, antiques and floor to ceiling glass windows that will make you feel at one with the mature manicured gardens/nature trails, lake and rainforest views that surround you. You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ new appliances, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, FREE Int'l telephone calls, Barbecue Grill, Washer & Dryer... and MUCH more!Experience our newly remodeled bathrooms. Linens & towels are provided with maid service every third day. Chef Services, Child Care and Professional Massage service are available upon request.
Villa Encantada is situated on an INCREDIBLE 40-acre lushly landscaped Private Nature Preserve Estate on the shores of Lake Arenal, yet conveniently located to the village of Nuevo Arenal with its restaurants/shopping and tourist amenities. We’re close to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, and just minutes away from the multitude of adventure activities in the area with which we have 16 years of experience at your disposal. We refer you only to the most reliable and efficient tour operators in the area. Take advantage of easy day excursions to Monteverde, Cano Negro, National Parks, Cloud Forests and many Beaches.
Finally, what really sets us apart from other properties is that here at Villa Encantada you’ll enjoy Nature at its Exquisite Best.. with acres of mature gardens, complete with miles of extensive manicured hiking trails through virgin rainforests and rivers. Brand new Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals), Drained / Cleaned prior to your arrival and a brand new 100 ft WATERSLIDE, Natural Spring Fed Ponds for swimming and waterfalls to relax by… lots of Waterfalls, FLY FISHING streams on our property, stocked FISHING PONDS w/ BIG fish. Huge ponds that you can use our (8) Kayaks on, or take them down to the lake and paddle in secluded lake coves to see wildlife with Flora/Fauna too numerous to mention here. We are the ONLY villa rental property that has LAKE ARENAL ACCESS, just an easy 3 minute walk to the lakeshore to explore the Gem of Costa Rica: Lake Arenal.
At Villa Encantada we do have a 3 night minimum stay requirement. Exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. Honeymoon couples or groups of 15 persons will find Villa Encantada an unforgettable experience in a tropical paradise setting. Rental rates are based on the number of guests in your group. Children 6 years of age or under are free***
Fishing/Lake Tours available on our Bass Boat, with Glenn as your personal guide.
Thanks for your interest in Villa Encantada and we hope that we’ll be a part of your special travel experience to Costa Rica. We’re here to be of service in any way that we can.
Keywords: Arenal Volcano,Arenal Lakefront Vacation Villa, Private Nature Preserve, Eco Adventure, Botanical Gardens
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Included
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 2-15
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Coffee Maker
- Child's Highchair
- Wood Fireplace:
- Linens Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Parking Off Street
- Unique custom architectural design, Tri-level home 2800 sq, ft, Extensive Decks, patios and balconies, Villa situated on a 40 acre Lakefront Private Nature Reserve Estate, miles of manicures Nature Hiking Trails, Natural spring fed pond for swimming and waterfalls to relax by, Hammocks and outdoor gas grill, Magnificent views from every room in the house, Convenient to the village of Nuevo Arenal (5 km, ), Sleeps 2 to 12 persons, (many times we've hosted groups of 15 persons) CHILDREN UNDER 6 FREE**, 4 BR, 3 Bathrooms, Vaulted ceilings, Imported Italian tile and exotic hardwood throughout, Hand carved doors, Spacious spiral staircase, 2 Fireplaces, Telephone, TV, DVD, WI-FI, stereo system & CD player, Fully furnished, Full kitchen w/ microwave, appliances & wet bar, Ceiling fans throughout, Licensed massage therapist available for guests, Maid service provided every third day, Linens and towels provided, Garage and ample parking for 6-8 vehicles. SEE OUR GUEST COMMENTS...moreless
- Video Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet:
- Mobile Phone
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Wood Deck
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Kayak / Canoe
- Porch / Veranda
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Water Skiing
- Roller Blading
- Mountain Biking
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Equestrian Events
- Massage Therapist
- Whitewater Rafting
- Rock Climbing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Basketball Court
- Water Tubing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Rain Forests
- Recreation Center
- Botanical Garden
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Villa Encantada and Lake Arenal are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, with a multitude of activities within 1-3 hours from the villa, EASY self guided day excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Tabacon Hot Springs, Cano Negro, National Parks, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Volcano Tours and many beaches--, Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip, Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve with over 450 bird species sighted, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, Rio Celeste Nat'l Park,Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja National Park (volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls), Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to 240 meters, Beaches, and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is only 2 to 3 hours away, Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo Beaches...moreless
ReviewsWrite a review
Villa Encantada stay was terrific
Villa Encantada stay was terrific
Our family spent 7 wonderfull days at Villa Encantada. Not too far away from Nuevo Arenal a quiet little town which we all enjoyed visiting. Villa Encantada is close to, and has a spectacular view, of Lake Arenal. The owner (your host) also has a pontoon boat available for fishing trips. Or, in our case, for sight seeing cruises. We were in awe of the beautiful Volcano Areanal. Our trip on the boat was so enjoyable and relaxing. Speaking of relaxing. From the moment we arrived at the Villa we felt at home. The Villa is everything we had read about prior to selecting Encantada as our vacation destination in Costa Rica. Honestly Encantada is everything it was to be and MORE. The Villa has a beauty and warmth you can feel the moment you see it... Not to mentiion how one feels upon walking in the front door. Of course you will have to tear yourself away from the spectacular view of Lake Arenal, from the front porch, in order to enter the Villa. Walking into the Villa you immediately have a view of the back porch and the garden paradise which is your backyard. The pond and island are the center piece of the back yard and garden. You will want to walk across the suspended bridge to the island where you can enjoy feeding the fish in the pond. A daily task my Granddaughter gladly took on and which we all enjoyed sharing with her. There are 4 Kayaks available to use in the pond or take down to the hill to Lake Arenal. My granddaughter and I tried our kayaking skills in the pond. She took to it like a duck takes to water. And, I can attest to the fact the water in the pond is clean, clear, cold and drinkable... As I swallowed half the pond before I mastered the art of getting onto the Kayak. Another fond memory from our stay at Encantada. The nature trails created by the owner are maped out for your review. Or, as wek did, you can begin exploring them on your own. Getting caught up in the beauty of the rain forest, following the flowing creek up to the water fall and beyond... An enjoyable time was had by us as we explored the gardens and trails of Encantada. Every morning we were awakened by the Howler Monkeys in the rain forest. Once you have heard them you are not likely to forget it. Even better than hearing them was seeing them one morning from the back porch of the Villa. Watching the amazing variety of birds eating from the bird feeder and taking a whole bunch of pictures... Most enjoyable! And, if you don't have a camera I seriously doubt if you will soon forget the first time you see the Toucans. We enjoyed the variety of restaurants which are easy to get to from the Villa. We found them to be clean, reasonably priced and the food and service was very good to terrific. Eating "Tico" is most enjoyable, and we would recommend the pleasure that can be derived from eatiing "Tico". The canopy tour is most enjoyable and only a short drive from the villa. If you want to see the rainforest try seeing it from the Top down... Very impressive. Our host, guide, skipper (on our boat tour of Lake Arenal) and new "Friend". Made our stay at the Villa truly and Enchanted vacation. You can not ask for a better host anywhere. We will return again to visit paradise at Villa Encantada. It is everything it was said to be... and more!! If you are going to Costa Rica you do not want to miss out on staying at Villa Encantada where you can experience the gem of Costa Rica... Lake Arenal, and the crown jewel Arenal the Volcano
- Guest ticoatheart (Tampa, Florida)
- Date of stay 03/01/06
- Review Submitted 08/22/06
Villa Encantada - The Best Vacation Ever !!
Villa Encantada - The Best Vacation Ever !!
Our family and some friends had the pleasure and honor of a wonderful vacation at Villa Encantada this summer. Our group consisted of three families (6 adults and 5 children). It was a first time trip to Costa Rica for all of our group and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The owner and our host, Glenn did everything he could possibly do to make our stay enjoyable. For example, upon our arrival we discovered we forgot our camera's battery charger and the owner was able to obtain one for us. Without the charger we would not have been able to take many photos of family, events, and nature that we will cherish for years to come. The Villa was spectacular and the grounds even more beautiful. The property consists of a large yard looking down on a pond in which we all enjoyed fishing and canoeing and just hanging out. There is also a beautiful swimming pool fed by a natural spring, and a Brand 100 ft New Water Slide Feature. It was a big hit with everyone. What a thrill going down that slide and/or watching others in our group doing the same. The property consisted of many manicured trails thru the rain forest and a natural waterfall along one of the trails which provided a very cold, but FUN, place to sit under the waterfall. The grounds were beautifully landscaped with plants and flowers. Every morning we could look out our bedroom window and watch little hummingbirds fly from flower to flower. We were entertained by many birds and other wildlife, including the screams of the howler monkeys that lived high in the trees of the property's rainforest. The children could not get enough of fishing in the pond. One day they caught enough fish for a delicious lunch!! Our group did a lot of day trips to various nature parks and local towns but most of all we enjoyed our off days just relaxing at Villa Encantada and soaking in its natural beauty. We will never forget our trip and most especially Glenn's hospitality and the wonderful Villa Encantada. We highly recommend anyone interested not to hesitate to book a stay there.
- Guest Linda & Butch (Harmony Township, NJ)
- Date of stay 06/25/13
- Review Submitted 11/12/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, people with disabilities.
Owner response: Dear Kristi and Linda, You've made my day ~~~ It was OUR pleasure hosting you/ your family and traveling companions AND.. your header line "Villa Encantada- The Best Vacation Ever" is truly what we strive for here at Villa Encantada. Our goal of helping you have a Memorable Experience and The Best Vacation Ever makes all of our preparations and hard work so well worth the effort. I'm so glad that you took plenty of time to enjoy our Nature Trails, the villa itself and enjoyed the 100 ft Water Slide and swimming in our Natural Spring Swimming Pool ~~ it really is a Great Adventure for our guests of all ages. That I was able to assist in getting a battery charger quickly for your camera was so well worth the effort when I saw the relief and smiles that that small favor brought to your faces... and I do hope you'll send me some of your photos so that I can post them to to share with those that follow you. We're looking forward to your next stay with us and "we'll keep the light on for you". Thanks so much for your special endorsement of your time with us at Villa Encantada and for recommending that others follow suit. Your Friend and Host, Glenn
Incredible! The best in Costa Rica
Incredible! The best in Costa Rica
We have been visiting Costa Rica for 8 years, and now live in Costa Rica. My husband and 3 kids (ages twins, age 11 and 9) visited Villa Encantada for a week during green season this year.We have stayed ALL over CR, and this was by far the BEST place we have been! The house is decorated beautifully, it is well constructed and clean. And the yard and patio are GORGEOUS! Our kids had a blast paddling around the fish pond in the kayaks and swimming endless hours in the pool and waterslide. We found the little red poison dart frogs in the jungle near the house, and heard howler monkeys and birds. Glenn is very professional and amicable. I highly, highly recommend this place!
- Guest Sunny (Costa Rica)
- Date of stay 10/05/13
- Review Submitted 10/05/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Hola Sunny, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences at Villa Encantada with myself and our future guests. That you've traveled all over this wonderful country of Costa Rica for so many years and put us at the very top of your "best of the best" list of destinations, is a wonderful compliment ~~ Muchas Gracias! It was our pleasure hosting you and your lovely family at Villa Encantada. That you enjoyed all of the many activities right on the Estate is what we strive for ~~ making Villa Encantada a Destination, and nothing pleases me more than seeing our guests and their kids laughing, kayaking, fishing, zipping down the 100 ft waterslide, playing in the swimming pool, hiking our miles of hiking trails, and more. Sharing all that the villa offers and experiencing our guests smiles and enthusiasm is truly my reward. It just doesn't get any better than this for me. Thanks so much for spending time with us Sunny. Keep us in your Bucket List and please do visit us again as soon as time allows. Mi casa es su casa. Warm Regards, Your Host and Friend Glenn
Heaven on Earth
Heaven on Earth
The Villa is absolutely stunning! The property is lush, beautiful, well appointed and a short drive to the best restaurant we ate at during our trip, Gingerbread. You do NOT want to miss staying at the Villa. The chef team that Glenn (the owner) can hire for you are SO talented. Again, an experience you don't want to miss.
- Guest monarch806 (St. Paul, Minnesota)
- Date of stay 04/13/13
- Review Submitted 08/21/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
fabulous family fun!
fabulous family fun!
Our family spent a glorious week at the villa. The home was beautiful and so much to do right there on the property. We fished, swam, canoed, hiked with the gardener, played horseshoes and animal watched through the telescope on the patio, all right there at our "home away from home". We went on some great adventures like the zipline and horseback riding and shopping. The owner was so gracious and always helpful. I would highly recommend this place! ( and I am scared of water and heights and animals but I did it all and loved it)
- Guest sis (Bountiful, Ut,USA)
- Date of stay 06/17/13
- Review Submitted 07/23/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children.
A Destination Property
A Destination Property
You could spend your entire stay without leaving this home and find plenty to do. The estate grounds are perfection, manicured yet natural. Various trails going right from paths in the yard out into the rain forest are maintained and provide a Costa Rican hike without leaving home. Relaxing in the comfortable outdoor furniture, overlooking the estate, feeling the pleasant breezes, makes you feel as if you've been able to afford where the rich and famous would stay. Glen is currently working on a water slide for the multilevel pool - the kids should love it! The home is unique and comfortable with beautiful, carved wooden doors on each of the bedrooms. The baths have an "upscale" feel. The kitchen is well equipped. Every time I needed something I looked around and by golly it was there - candles, matches, first aid kit, extra pillows. Glen, the host, is available yet unobtrusive. He is available to provide as little, or much help as you need. The care he puts in this home is obvious. It clearly makes a difference Glen lives down the road and has a very "hands on" approach versus a property manager of a home owned by someone not even in the country. Be aware: Just like most homes in the area it is not air conditioned. In the afternoon and when retiring for the evening we were sometimes too warm. There are numerous fans in the home but this was not sufficient at times for complete comfort. There are two sets of spiral stairs that would be difficult for anyone with physical limitations or difficult for young children. The bedding was in some need of replacement but knowing Glen is is likely in the works.
- Guest Susan M.
- Date of stay 04/20/13
- Review Submitted 05/02/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway.
Owner response: A Destination Property.... your headliner, is what I've been trying to achieve for many years. My goal has been to provide as many activities right on the property so that our guests really don't have to go anywhere. The new 100 ft Water Slide just completed in May, 2013 has proven to be an incredible attraction that our guests of all ages are really having alot of fun riding. It pleases me to hear our guests oftentimes say.. "We're staying right here, there's so much to do on the property ~~ why leave?" After 16 years of adding more and more activities like miles of manicured hiking trails, ponds for fishing and kayaking on, new swimming pool, fly fishing on our streams, waterfalls, and now the 100 ft Waterslide, and more ~~ well, I can really say that yes, Villa Encantada IS a Destination. Our guests actually save alot of money by not having to look for things to do off site of our 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate. It's all right here!.. and the new improvements and upgrades inside the villa like the newly remodeled bathrooms, re tiling the bedrooms and decks, new beds, mattresses and new furniture and more are only a few of the new amenities inside the villa. I am trying to maintain a standard of excellence that our guests appreciate and will write home about. Also, I appreciate your constructive criticism about no AC in the villa and am glad that you mentioned that most homes here don't have AC. Well, here in Nuevo Arenal our average daytime temps are in the mid-high 70's (F) and evening temps are in the low 70's... with the exception of the month of April, where the temps can be higher ~~ so there has really been a need for AC, as these Springlike Temps are ideal. As you mentioned, there are plenty of fans throughout the villa. Also, I just came back from the USA and brought back all brand new, top of the line, quality sheets and luxury towels.. it's hard to get decent bedding here in Costa Rica. So as you mentioned "I'm on it" and yes, that's been taken care of, and we're all set. Thanks so much Susan and Carl for your great review and we hope to see you again as soon as time allows... as always ~~ "we'll keep the light on for ya". Your Host, Glenn
Incredibley Awesome ~~ Defies DescriptionGuest comment entered by owner
Incredibley Awesome ~~ Defies Description
Hey Glenn, Villa Encantada was awesome. So much so, that we really felt like we were slumming it once we got to Jaco. The house is absolutely gorgeous and so are all the surroundings. You have done a wonderful job. We just got all our pictures back and had already forgotten how green everything is there. For the most part we just relaxed a lot. Each night we ate somewhere different. Our adventures included the Canopy Tour, La Fortuna waterfalls and Tabacon Hot Springs. All were absolutely beautiful. The landscaping is absolutely beautiful. Once we left Villa Encantada we made our way to Jaco just in time for the rain. So much for going to the beach. Anyhow our visit there was short and like I said we really felt like the luxurious part of our trip had ended. We had an incredible time. We certainly appreciate you sharing your home with us. Please send me some cards and brochures as I have already had inquiries from people we have showed our pictures to. Thanks again,
- Guest Stacy, Garland, TX
- Date of stay 03/10/11
- Review Submitted 04/29/13
a slice of heaven
a slice of heaven
Villa Encantada blew us away.... every word the owner Glenn writes is true. The home and grounds are amazing, you will feel like you have your own personal paradise. The home is quality throughout, lacking nothing. The decor is unique and wonderful, and the recent bath upgrades are fantastic. Glenn is an amazing host and a helpful planner for excursions etc. He had an answer for our every question and made great arrangements for canopy tours and white water expeditions. He arranged for a local chef to prepare dinner for us, clean up etc which really made our time relaxing. Be sure to walk every trail in this beautiful property.... it encaptures what Costa Rica is all about. We had our family of 9 there .... ages from 2 to 62 and all had great fun. When we return to Costa Rica, there is no question where we are staying.... Villa Encantada is the place !! There are many options out there but you wont find this combination of home, acreage and view anywhere else.
- Guest Mar (oshkosh, WI)
- Date of stay 03/27/13
- Review Submitted 04/14/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Hola Marlin, Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and experience with me and our future guests. It's an honor to know you and your family and I'm so glad that I was able to make a difference in your Costa Rican vacation experience. Sharing Villa Encantada and our "Slice of Paradise" over the last 16 years is and has been an incredible journey for myself and our staff as it is for you and your family, and helping you hit the ground running when you get here makes a huge difference in your getting the most out of your time with us. That you placed your confidence in me to help arrange your activities is a great compliment, and making sure that our guests have only the best (and safest) tour operators to attend them is what I strive for. That you made the time to explore our extensive hiking trails and activities, (including a Kaykaking Trip excursion on the lake) on the our Nature Preserve makes all of our efforts and hard work so well worth it. Thank Amigo ~~ we'll keep the light on for you and your family and hope to see you all as soon as time allows. Your Host and Friend, Glenn
March Break 2013
March Break 2013
When we decided to take our family, including grandchildren (ages 8 and 4) to Costa Rica for a vaction we researched potential venues and discovered Villa Encantade on line. Having seen the pictures and descriptions provided by owner Glenn McBride we had high expectations of this accomodation. Not only were our expectations met, they were exceeded. The website cannot do justice to this beautiful property, loving created by Glenn over 15 years. The house has every conceivable amenity and the 40 acres of grounds are impeccably cared for. Our grandchildren loved the pools, the bird feeder which attracted a wide variety of birds throughout the day and the trails through the rain forest. Glenn was a most attentive host, seeing to our every need. The property is close to town for groceries and restaurants and is an easy drive from the Liberia airport.. Our highlight was a three hour boat ride on the river in Cano Negro during which we saw caymans, monkeys, sloths and birds galore. Don't miss this opportunity. It is worth the three hour drive. Do yourself a favour - enjoy this delightful property. Sue and Doug, Toronto
- Guest Sue and Doug (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- Date of stay 03/09/13
- Review Submitted 03/28/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children.
Owner response: Muchas Gracias Sue and Doug, We appreciate your beaming review 5 Star Review, and thanks so much for spending time with us at Villa Encantada. When you say that your expectations were exceeded.... we proudly wear that feather in our cap, and realize that we must work hard to maintain the standard of excellence that we strive to acheive. Really, it's not work ~~ It's an Honor to be of Service to our Guests...... Helping them have the best vacation of their lives, helping arrange an Itinerary, and being available 24/7... that's is what it's all about. We look forward to your next visit Amigos, Your Host, Glenn
PERFECT! AWESOME! LUXURIOUS! A MUST VISIT VACATION VILLA!
PERFECT! AWESOME! LUXURIOUS! A MUST VISIT VACATION VILLA!
Villa Encantada is the perfect vacation place for everyone who wants to relax and enjoy every moment and bring home the most wonderful, long-lasting memories. Your host Glen facilitates your vacation even prior to your departure from home. Glen is your personal concierge and books trips and activities for near-by attractions. We went horseback riding, luxuriated at the hot springs, took a boat ride and more. Our family consisted of my husband and I, our two daughters and sons-in-law and 3 young grandchildren. The stunning 40 acres of Nature Preserve include a beautiful pond in which we swam, kayaked and fished. The children loved walking over the hanging bridge that led to a center island. The exquisite multi-level pool is perfect for a refreshing swim and is surrounded by stunning landscaped shrubbery everywhere you look. The Villa is meticulously decorated and maintained. Local accessories abound in every spacious room and the flowing layout enables everyone to be together and still enjoy private time when desired. The grounds in the back of the Villa include spacious patios and roaming lawns. We all loved dining, relaxing and simply watching the toucans, various other birds as well as the eguana who frequented. The gardener is on property always unobtrusively attending to the grounds. When you visit Villa Encantada, treat yourselves to walks, hikes along the beautiful paths, while listening to the howler monkeys and birds. We hiked down to Lake Arenal, passed waterfalls and were transported to what felt like a paradise too beautiful to be real. Villa Encantada provides the feeling and spaciousness of a luxury resort yet it is private you you and your guests. My grand-children love to tell people about their favorite activities. Exquisite Peacocks showed off their beauty and entertained children of all ages (including my husband and me). The children loved playing horseshoes with their Aunt. At the top of their list were their morning hikes with their parents, locating unusual flowers and tropical foliage. Even though the children never admitted to being tired, when they had to give at night, an occasional treat was sleeping in the huge beautiful loft with Grandma, Mom or Aunt Rachel. I could go on and on, but the best thing I can say is to suggest that you discover for yourself how awesome Villa Encantada can be. Book your glorious vacation before Villa Encantada is totally sold out. We have already booked our return for next winter.
- Guest Peri and Mickey (Long Island, New York)
- Date of stay 01/27/13
- Review Submitted 03/14/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, people with disabilities, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thank you so much Peri and Mickey for your Awesome Guest Review... so full of wonderful details to share with those that follow you. It was such a pleasure hosting your lovely family, and having the opportunity to get to know all of you. It was great that you spent 9 days with us at Villa Encantada. What impressed me most was that, even though you did venture out for several day excursions, you spent the majority of your time at the villa, not wanting to leave ~~ and what is even more of a incredible compliment for me, is that you've booked the entire month of February 2014. That in and of itself... speaks volumes... and leaves me speechless! Rest assured that your next vacation here at Villa Encantada will be even more spectacular that your first visit. I get a great sense of satisfaction attending our to guests needs ~~ helping our guests get the most of their time with us. Eliminating the stress of having to deal with those minuscule details of traveling that can be a hassle. That is what I'm here for... to be of assistance and to make sure that your special vacation to Costa Rica and Villa Encantada is memorable and hassle free. In fact, in July of this year (2013) I'll have the honor of hosting a family that stayed with us ten (10) years ago. That they remember Villa Encantada and have kept us in their minds eye after so long is a very special tribute to me and our staff. I think they'll be delighted with so many changes and upgrades that we've done and provided here at the villa over the past 10 years. We look forward to your visit and being a part of your special vacation. Very Warm Regards, Your Host, Glenn
Rates Based on the # of guests in your group.Kids under 7 FREE (3 kids = 1 adult) You get the Villa & 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate..no sharing w/ other groups 3 night minimum stay.EXCEPTIONS for groups of 8+ persons. Sales Tax of 13% added December 1-September 15th ~ 2-4 persons: $2,100.00 per week ...Extra Guests: $35.00 per person/per night September 16th-November 30th~~ 2-4 persons: $1,850.00 per week...Extra Guests: $35.00 per person/per night Christmas/New Year,Thanksgiving & Easter Weeks $3,500.00 per week for 2-12 persons
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- Nearest Airport: Liberia at 60 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Punatreanas at 80 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Hiway 142 at 200 Metres
- Nearest Beach: Playa Hermosa/ Playa Coco at 75 Miles
Year Purchased: 1978
- Primary: +506 Cell: 011-506-8706-7079 Int'l Direct Cell Telephone #
- Secondary: +506 Tel/Fax: 011-506-2694-4731 (Costa Rica)
- Tertiary: +1 (505) 658-4533 USA exchange
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Villa Encantada: You'll think you died and went to Heaven..Your Private Paradise
Spacious Tri-level 4 BR, sleeps 2-12, views of Lake, Rain Forest from every room
Sunken Living Room w/ FP and Lake/Garden views.. Casual Elegance at it's best!
Wet Bar/Kitchen overlooking Garden Ponds and Lake Arenal
HUGE Master BR w/ Fireplace, Full Bath and Incredible Lake Views... Enjoy!
Master Loft sleeps 6 w/ additional sleeper sofa, w/ wrap decks overlooking Lake
Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals). Drained / Cleaned prior to your arrival
Awesome Safe Adventure for all ages. The less you weigh the slower you go.
Spring Fed Waterfalls everywhere. Enjoy pristine nature here like nowhere else.
Your kids won't remember where they left their Ipod or Nintendo... Too Much Fun!
The Famous Arenal Volcano a safe 15 miles from the villa. Awe Inspiring vista.
Your Host/Owner at Villa Encantada ~ Glenn, with a Poison Dart Frog on my finger
Villa Encantada ~~ A vacation DESTINATION of a Lifetime ~~ one you won't forget.
Terraza overlooking Lake/Gardens: A Perfect Venue for Family Reunions or Wedding
Dining Area for 8 w/ Garden- Pond views. Patio w/ Huge BBQ and Exquisite Nature
Full Kitchen w/ Wet Bar, new appliances, refri w/ Ice Maker. Everything you need
2 Guest BR's (Mini-Master Suites) w/ Garden views, Queen Bed & awesome furn.
Pristine Gardens~~ enjoy a nice BBQ, after hiking our miles of Nature Trails.
Brand New 100 ft. Water Slide (June 2013) Great fun for all ages. Yippee!
Awe Inspiring Rain Forest Waterfalls and swimming pools right on the Estate. WOW
Fly Fish for Bass on your Private Nature Preserve at Villa Encantada. Sweet!
Howler Monkey on a daily visit ~~ Villa Encantada REALLY IS a Nature Preserve~~
Sunset like this one await your enjoyment. Taken at Villa Encantada from terraza
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