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Recent Costa Rica reviews

  • What a great place to stay in Costa Rica

    "We just spent a long holiday week-end with family at Villa Encantada with a number of family members. It was as beautiful and comfortable as advertised, if not more so. The owner, Glenn, was great to work with. He provided a wealth of information about activities in the area and helped us select a zipline tour that did a great job accommodating a seven-year old member of our party. Since our party was too big to all stay at the Villa, he arranged an additional house a few minutes away to take the overflow. He met us on our arrival and showed us around the property, providing a map of the trails, and checked on us regularly during our stay. We really enjoyed the well laid out trails throughout the property. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and well maintained and the views of the lake and rainforest are spectacular. We had six kids aged seven and under who would have spent the entire stay making the circuit up and down the water slide if the adults had the stamina to stay with them. (OK, the adults had their share of fun on the slide as well, especially when they could splash an unsuspecting onlooker.) Another popular activity was fishing in the pond located on the property, especially from the island in the middle. We hiked down to Lake Arenal, but didn’t fish there – that will have to wait on a future trip. The house itself is beautiful and comfortable with lots of nice touches. It is well stocked with towels (including for the pool), pots, pans, dishes, basic spices, etc. – far better than we have experienced in other rentals. Nuevo Arenal (sometimes just called Arenal) is only three or four miles away and has a grocery, meat vendor and bakery, as well as a pharmacy and we shopped and cooked most dinners at the Villa. There are a number of good restaurants in the area, and we had lunch at several, but we preferred not to drive at night. But watch your fuel level – the “gasolineria” in town was closed while we were there and is reputed to be expensive when open. The closest we found was Tilaran (about 15 miles) or La Fortuna (about 30 miles), but there are a lot of activities in and around La Fortuna, so you may be going there anyway. Remember that you are in a rainforest and I read somewhere that it typically rains at some point during 22 or 23 days in September, the month we were there, and it rained three of four days we were there, but only one day for a long period and you can find activities nearby that are rain-free since the climate changes wi"
    Guest: Jim L. Date of Stay: September 2016 Review Submitted: September 6, 2016
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  • A fantastic Villa with all of the amenities!

    "My wife and I booked this villa for our first vacation in Costa Rica. Additionally, our grown sons and their partners joined us. Let me say that we found the villa to be fantastic in every way! There are three ample bedrooms so that everyone has their own space. Every bedroom has sliders out to the villa-length deck. The master bedroom has a large en suite bathroom with double sinks and a huge jetted tub and separate shower. The kitchen/living room (great room) is very large allowing space for reading, sitting, cooking, or other indoor activities. But who wants to be indoors when the view from the deck is of the ocean and the mainland beyond. You can watch the ferry to the mainland go back and forth throughout the day. You could also see the clouds that hover over the section called the cloud forest on the mainland side. And if you want, and I did, watch all of the activity while standing in the pool on the deck. A wonderful way to cool down in a very private setting. Caroline, the property concierge, was extremely helpful in scheduling anything we needed. On two mornings, she scheduled a girls, then a boys morning of massages in-villa for us all. She and her husband, Michael, run a great little restaurant down at the beach on this compound that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Very good! Overall, Costa Rica has so much to offer, you can’t see it all in one trip. We made it a point to do all of the activities we could on the Nicoya Peninsula (where this villa is located) on this trip, such as the great beaches in Samara and to stay at other places on the mainland for future trips to see other attractions. We did take the car on the ferry (ferry landing very close by) and drove to the Monteverde area. We stayed overnight at Pension Santa Elena for short money to take in the Cloud Forest, Monteverdi Coffee tour and other sights. The property was very clean and well maintained and the only down note was that the air conditioning unit in one bedroom did not work and took 4 days to get it looked at and repaired. With the weather at 93 degrees every day, it was a slight inconvenience to not have it, but it did not affect my extremely positive review. So, if you are most interested in activities on the Nicoya Peninsula and want a fantastic place to stay with the utmost in privacy, this Villa will deliver!"
    Guest: Bob B. Date of Stay: February 2016 Review Submitted: March 30, 2016
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  • *Warning* you propbably never want to leave this place!

    "We had an amazing time at the house. We are a young couple travelling with our 2 kids together with grand-pa and grand-ma. Everybody had there own space and privacy. Even if I try to find a negative point about this place I couldn't find one! The kitchen and the outdoor dinning area, the pool, the huge shower, the amazing view, the wild life bustling around all day, the spacious rooms, Edwin the lovely care taker... Everything was simply fantastic. There is so much to see and to do in Dominical aria. I usually never travel to the same place twice cause their is so much to see in this world, but I have to admit, the 6 of us want to return to rainforest reserve. Thanks to you Dalip, for charing your piece of paradise with us. Emilie and the happy family"
    Guest: Emilie T. Date of Stay: January 2017 Review Submitted: January 9, 2017
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  • My favorite VRBO stay to date!

    "I've stayed in many VRBO homes throughout the years and this is definitely my favorite! Esteban is the perfect host! He provides so much info beforehand and really works to make your stay and trip the best. We gave us great advice on local tour operators as well as helped us with a car and the airport transfer so we didn't have to drive in the dark on our first day. The house itself was perfect too. The beds were so comfortable and the showers were even better than home. We loved just sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch watching the horses. We did horseback riding and ATVing with them as well. It was a wonderful, personal experience. It's only your family and the guide. Also, when our daughter got sick the first day, Esteban helped us reschedule our activities so that we could still do everything we wanted. His help was priceless as my daughter and I would have ended up missing the horseback ride, which has been my favorite activity so far in 2 weeks of Costa Rica. Thank you Esteban for everything!! We will definitely be back!"
    Guest: joy p. Date of Stay: December 2016 Review Submitted: December 31, 2016
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