This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation

Recent Lake Arenal reviews

  • July 2016 - Family Vacation

    "My wife and I and four teenage children loved this property. The setting is breathtaking, with views of the volcano and lake. Very nicely landscaped, with many species of birds visiting. Viewing the sun setting over the lake from the 2nd floor veranda hammock is an ABSOLUTE MUST! Large rooms with great views provided plenty of space for everyone's needs. We could comfortably gather as a group, or retreat to one's own space. The on-site WIFI easily powered all of our devices, and kept the teens happy. Along with the pool table, awesome large swimming pool and hot tub. Great for unwinding after a day of adventure. The property is conveniently located- a short trip (5 min.) to town for shopping and eating out if you desire (although the on-property kitchen is large and well-equipped to prepare anything if you choose). A freshly made, hot breakfast was provided each day- a great treat that allowed us to be into the day's events quickly each morning. A short drive (less than an hour) to numerous destinations like canyoning, zip-lining, hot springs, volcano. Michelle was very helpful in setting us up with reservations for adventure outings and dinner- in several cases she managed to get deals better than published rates. Alex was great, and led the daily horseback rides through the countryside, pointing out the toucan nests as we went! Highly recommend for groups and families."
    Guest: Frank Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: July 29, 2016
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  • This home has everything for relaxation!

    "We can"t say enough about how much we enjoyed this property and the kind attention from Ed (The property manager). The comfort of the house and the well equipped kitchen are without equal. We were thrilled by the great birdwatching (saw at least 20 different types) right from the terrace. The cabana and pool area are landscaped and very well maintained with beautiful tropical plants and flowers. We especially enjoyed the mini library with travel and wildlife reference books. We were very near to Nueva Arenal with nice stores and good restaurants. The location of this home is very convenient to La Fortuna and a few hours from Santa Elena. We recommend this lovely property and would love to return."
    Guest: Eldon Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: March 30, 2016
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  • Submerged in nature…

    "Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay! The property is surrounded by such beautiful nature. We saw so many birds and monkeys! The walk down to the creek with waterfall was amazing – definitely recommend taking a dip in the water. Everything was as described, or better. Mike and Cindy were so genuinely friendly and helpful! They have a tons of information they didn’t hesitate to share. Thank you for all the recommendations and suggestions! If we ever find ourselves back in Costa Rica, this is the place where we’ll be staying. Thank you for a wonderful time!"
    Guest: JACEK W. Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: September 14, 2016
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  • 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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