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Private Floating Dock @ Lake / Volcano View / Gated Community / Car Option*

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 8 Sleeps

The house is fully equipped and offers everything you need to enjoy a complete vacation experience. Comfortable beds, well-kept kitchen and laundry appliances, privacy and security. It is located inside a 29 acre private farm with a beautiful view of the Arenal Volcano and its 85,000 m2 lake. Besides this impressive scenery, the villa has an exclusive access trail to the lake & floating deck where you can enjoy water activities such as kayaking (kayaks available for FREE), swimming, fishing or just appreciate the fresh water of this amazing lake. We recommend the private area for picnics or any other family activities. For those who are passionate for the outdoors, there is also enough room to walk / run around the property trails.

The wonderful gardens make the environment perfect for a relaxing and an enjoyable stay. It makes you feel part of the spectacular nature that Costa Rica has to offer. We recommend meals on the outside deck while enjoying the amazing lake view.

If you feel like going out and trying local cuisine, there are plenty of options around (Nuevo Arenal 7 min away). We have provided a list of restaurants with their detailed descriptions, schedules and directions for you to choose. A great characteristic of this house is its strategic location 30 miles West of La Fortuna, 12 miles to Tilaran and approximately a 90 min drive to the Daniel Oduber International Airport (Liberia).

In addition to the local restaurants, we offer the guests grocery service or meals prepared by our local cook. Ask for more details on these options!!

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Chris & Antonio
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Chris & Antonio

Antonio and Chris are brothers-in-law that manage Casa Malecu. Antonio was born and raised in Costa Rica and Chris was born and raised in Kansas but living in Costa Rica for several years. We believe that our team fits perfectly well to host a vacation property.

Antonio's local experience provides hosts the support necessary to enjoy and discover more of Costa Rica. Antonio is available 24/7 for any assistance required during your stay.

Chris is a great resource to the management team since he knows and understands what North American travelers need to feel more comfortable and secure during their stay. With a cultural understanding, Chris strives at all times to make hosts feel more "at home". Chris is also available 24/7 for any assistance required during your stay.

Welcome to Casa Malecu!!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Private Floating Dock @ Lake / Volcano View / Gated Community / Car Option*
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Absolutely Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

From the time we pulled through the gates to the beautiful farmland/Lakeside setting to the time we pulled away, this home exceeded our expectations. The property itself, with its beautiful Lake Arenal view and lovely plantings (coffee bush included) were stunning.

The home couldn't have been more well appointed, we had everything we needed at our fingertips. Nice decor and comfortable living spaces and an awesome back deck to relax and soak in the beautiful Lake view. Thank you so much for a great Lake Arenal experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Arenal Home - Great for family with teens

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in mid- June and found the home suited our needs. Our teens liked their rooms and we enjoyed the master room with sweeping views. We were close enough to town to access groceries and restaurants but far enough away to feel like we were vacationing at a retreat.

We had a bit of trouble with the master toilet and safe but the grounds-keeper responded quickly and through some pantomiming, we managed to resolve the problem and didn't have any further issues.

I liked that I could cook breakfast and make snacks - the kitchen was suitable stocked with cooking tools.

The kids like that they could hike down to the lake and explore the area. The floating dock is pretty far out in the water due to the drought and the kayaks were pretty useless for the same reason but we enjoyed playing in the lake one afternoon anyway.

Internet is slooowwww, but that seemed to be the case everywhere in town so I am guessing the network is still begin developed and patience is required.

Should our travels bring us back to Arenal, we will plan on staying at Malecu without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home

  • 5 of 5

Espetacular and cosy house with a beautiful view of the lake and volcano. We stayed with 6 adults plus 2 toddlers very comfortably and everyone loved. Great place to relax, enjoy the birds and the fantastic landscape.

We will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I really cannot say enough good things about Casa Malecu and our stay there. It is a very beautiful home with a very exceptional view down the lake to the mountains and volcano.

It has every thing you need and a great kitchen . The master bedroom with its glass shower is really nice.

The care taker and his family are the nicest people you will ever meet and and respond immediately. They even put on a Tico birthday dinner for me.

The water access to a secluded bay that is protected from the winds made the kayaking(provided)fantastic.

Not to mention the garden surroundings and birds...yes lots of Toucans.

It's being situated between Nuevo Arenal and Tileran is a plus as both communities are welcoming.

Highly recommend Casa Malecu.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (3 adults, 3 kids) spent two weeks at this house last year in December (2014). It was one of the best vacations I have ever had. What I wanted more than anything was to find a place to just REST and relax and slow down. Waking up every morning and sitting on the couch on the veranda with my coffee and book was the best part of each day. We ate all of our meals outside on the veranda, even when it rained. And the view was priceless. I have three young kids and they loved running around and playing in the gardens. We walked to the lake almost every day. We listened to howler monkeys, kayaked, hiked, explored. We loved driving around and exploring the various areas. We easily got our adventures in (zip lining, hanging bridges, etc.) but I think I loved the peace and quiet of the house the most. Cannot recommend this place highly enough!!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Nice three bedroom house set up overlooking a beautiful view of the lake. Gorgeously landscaped in a serene setting. Kitchen, living room, master bedroom and bathtub, and big covered deck all look out to the view. My sons kayaked while I lost count of the Toucans flying about. If you need anything, Pedro is the man!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
61 Miles
Daniel Oduner International Airport (Liberia City)
Nearest Ferry
103 Miles
Playa Naranjo Ferry
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Playa del Coco
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

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New Years / Christmas
Dec 20 2017 - Dec 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning fee $35

$5 per night per guest after 5 guests. Guest #6,7, and 8 pays extra.

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Guatuso House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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