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Simply the best,great views,pool,delicious food,great advice,peace

Patrick Hughes

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Speaks: english, spanish
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Simply the best,great views,pool,delicious food,great advice,peace

Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Nuevo Arenal Villa Rental Photos and Description

6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps two to twelve. (Able to accomodate up to 15)

Come stay at the rental home that offers the services of a fine hotel. On site chef services, complete transport arrangements, HUGE breakfast included in the rental rate, all tours can be arranged for you so that you spend your vacation having fun instead of trying to plan your next activity. Let us help you tailor your vacation to exactly what you want. We have been in the Lake Arenal area for nearly eight years and can advise you and your special group on the tours that you may really enjoy as well as those that perhaps are a bit overpriced for what you receive. Let us help you make the most of your vacation by offering our years of local experience and contacts. Take full advantage of having 'a friend in the area', right here at 'The Sunset'

Adventure at every turn.: Lake Arenal is the premier adventure spot in Costa Rica for windsurfing, canopy tours, lake fishing, boat tours, jungle hiking trails, quad rentals, kite surfing, horseback riding, kayaking, swimming in an extinct volcanic crater, spelunking and more. Enjoy the many adventures available or simply relax in our indoor glass pool/jacuzzi area with pool table and ping pong and enjoy the tranquility and majesty of your surroundings.

Tourism with a purpose.: In an effort to help the Costa Rican National Park system finance education, outreach and protection. Red Sunset of Guanacaste will devote a full 50% of each commission gained through our sales of adventure tours sold toward this goal. With the added benefit of specialized access to individuals in the tour system that make it all work. Tribal leaders, guides, and park directors.

What you can expect at 'The Sunset': Five beautifully appointed bedrooms featuring Costa Rican art, hand carved beds and doors with bathrooms en suite The entire property is a showcase of Costa Rican art, decorative tile, stone and craft work. Two of the bedrooms feature custom designed gas fireplaces. The downstairs master suite bathroom features a hot tub built for two. Large library/ living room area with wrap-around couch, television, Direct TV, VCR, DVD, stereo. Large dining/presentation hall with a variety of available seating arrangements.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Patrick Hughes (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2015

About Patrick Hughes

Patrick Hughes: Is the head cook, bottle washer and buck stop at “The Sunset”. If you need something special, out of the ordinary, corresponding to a birthday, celebration etc. talk to him and it will happen. He also promises to coordinate your chosen activities, meals and transportation to make your stay enjoyable, hassle free and unforgettable.

Patrick Hughes purchased this villa in 2001

Why Patrick Hughes chose Nuevo Arenal

A shell of a house requiring a complete renovation, five acres of rain forest, high atop a hill, near the town of Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica. An absolutely breathtaking view overlooking nearly the entire lake Arenal valley and on clear days a perfect view of frequently erupting Volcano Arenal, all within minutes of some of the worlds premier adventure activities and natural treasures, was more than enough to convince the Hughes family to risk a move to the beautiful and nearly undiscovered gem of Lake Arenal Costa Rica.

What makes this villa unique

'The Sunset' Luxury Guesthouse has six beautifully appointed bedrooms, bathrooms en suite featuring Costa Rican art throughout. With a gourmet kitchen, large shared library/TV room, dining hall, office/business area and laundry . Guests enjoy a large, indoor, swimming pool with attached jacuzzi and gymnasium, with pool table and ping pong table. Fantastic panoramic views of Lake Arenal and the frequently active Arenal Volcano. There is an experienced and dedicated staff ready to assist in everything from where to go and what to do, to gourmet meals, group events, tours and therapeutic massage. All of this with some of Costa Rica’s most glorious national park treasures in your own backyard! When you stay at 'The Sunset' you are literally two minutes to one hour from almost all of Costa Rica's adventures' including breathtaking class four whitewater, rappelling down lush water fall filled rain forest canyons, canopy tours, horseback riding, windsurfing, kite boarding, ATV tours, mountain biking and natural jungle trails just to name a few. All activities can be tailored to your pace and the kind of vacation you want to have. Upon your return from a fantastic day of adventure enjoy a delicious home cooked meal or dine in one of our great nearby restaurants. Be our guest and experience the Costa Rica you've been dreaming about. 'The Sunset' Guesthouse is for singles, couples, families, corporate groups and all those that know how to travel well...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank You Patrick!! for making our stay in Paradise so enjoyable, all your recommendations were spot on, we couldn't have asked for a better guide, to send us on all the activities that we we really wanted to do. From the hanging bridges to Skytrek everything you advised was outstanding. The house was perfect, clean and gorgeous with lots of room for our group of 6 then 9 as the other group arrived. I've never seen views like what your home has to offer. The breakfasts were healthy and sooooo delicious with just the right amount of indulgence. Just outstanding in every way.
Feb 2013
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Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Simply the best,great views,pool,delicious food,great advice,peace
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 61 reviews
Glenview, IL

just as good as it looks online

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here between Christmas and New Year's in 2006. We had two families: 4 adults, 6 older children (high school and college). The listing is very true to what you find when you get there. The owner is next door to the property, and he is as helpful as the best concierge in the finest hotel anywhere. You are within 5 minutes to 1.5 hours of almost any activity you can think of. The only negative thing to say is that we took so many digital photos that 8 months later we are still editing and organizing them!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2007
  • Stayed: Nov 2006
  • Source: HomeAway

Incredible vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I do not think a better value could be found. The view and house were awesome. I would say that the huge breakfast and home cooked dinners were the best. The problem is, the owner, Patrick was even better. Having him as a concierge was invaluable. His knowledge of the area made our trip one of a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Truly A Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Incredible view of the lake. Loved the house. Food was excellent. Everyone was so helpful and took very good care of all our needs. Patrick helped us with several day trips that were the highlight of our trip. Definitely recommend staying here as part of your visit Lake Arenal. We look forward visiting again in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful hospitality, great breakfast, and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 2 adults, 4 children (ages 13, 12, 8, and 7) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Red Sunset. Each day we were greeted with a different and tasty breakfast cooked especially for our vegetarian family. Shortly after breakfast, Patrick visited to make sure we had directions to our planned events for the day and answer any questions. Patrick provided great referrals to different types of activities and made reservations for us. The house provided plenty of privacy and places for everyone to enjoy their own space, plus a nice pool and hot tub to enjoy. The house isn't very far from Nuevo Arenal if you want to head out for supplies or meals, however, activities in the Arenal area are a bit further. Driving to Arenal Volcano isn't very difficult and certainly beats the traffic at home! We would all recommend Patrick and his lovely vacation home!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Awesome house + awesome adventures = awesome vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I won’t rehash all of the other wonderful things that have been said about this house in previous posts. I will simply add---they are all true! We had an absolutely wonderful time in Costa Rica. Everyone in my party agreed that it was one of our all-time best vacations.

When I sent an email before our trip asking whether we should have all of our days planned out with what we wanted to do, Patrick's response explains everything… “Just come with your ideas and I will set it all up for you, no problems at all.” This really sums it up. It was the most carefree vacation of my life. Every evening after dinner, Patrick would discuss the next day’s activities and then set EVERYTHING up for us! Seriously worry-free. Breakfasts were amazing and Patrick prepared dinner every evening. He took seriously our food requests (no dairy) but we still ate like kings. Coming home to a clean house, clean clothes and dinner already prepared was a treat that I have never before experienced.

One other thing that I will mention about driving in Costa Rica---it is no simple task. Google maps, um…no. Road signs, uh-uh. Potholes, unpaved roads and steep shoulders are everywhere. And rules of the roads are more like “suggestions.” We really considered renting a car for our trip but hiring Jaime as a driver was one of the BEST decisions of our trip. Our vacation was better because of him. Not only the obvious… we didn’t have to worry about getting ourselves from point A to point B in an unfamiliar country. But it was more than that---he had an eagle eye that could spot wildlife from what seemed like a mile away. We knew that when he started to slow down… get your cameras out! We saw different types of monkeys, lots of birds including toucans, coatis and so many more. In addition, he was very helpful to me in practicing my Spanish---I could tell that I was getting better every single day. He helped explain the “Costa Rican” culture in a way the really enriched our trip. He also indulged my desire to take more pictures at every turn. He was so patient with his “Americanos Locos!” Hire a driver. You will not regret it.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful place, wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four nights in February, but could have happily stayed for a month - or more! The house itself is beautiful, clearly crafted as a labor of love, with relief-carved wood doors in every room, vibrant butterfly tiles for flooring, and a kitchen I wish I could have packed up and brought home with me. There were just three of us, so we never even needed the top floor and there was lots of room for us on the first level. Everything was sparkling clean, and considering how wild and natural the location feels, I was surprised to note how bug-free the house was! I'd recommend this place and it's wonderful hosts to anyone and everyone - it's truly special. To keep this from becoming an epic review, I'll just summarize:

Best stuff for me & DH:

Beautiful view and landscaped grounds

Great library for a rainy day

Very comfortable temperature-wise - never too hot or too cold

Convenient, safe parking

Helpful host

Best stuff for our 2yo daughter

Saw a coati on the first day!

Delicious fresh fruit smoothies at breakfast

Safe, fun house to run around and explore

Jacuzzi, pool, and giant bath tub

Great for all of us

Delicious, nutritious breakfasts and a homemade dinner

Peaceful but convenient location

Very helpful advice for itineraries and excursions

Maria, the housekeeper, bears special mention! She played with our daughter and was all-around wonderful. Patrick and his wife are no less marvelous, and his wife very kindly supplied us with milk and Tylenol from her own home when our daughter woke up sick on her last day (likely the result of drinking water at the Baldi springs, thankfully it was a very quick recovery!). Would stay again and recommend in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Liberia, Daniel Oduber
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
The Caballo Negro
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Gingerbread
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Coco, Panama, Nascoscolo, Ocotal.
Car: necessary

The rental property is perched high in the Tilaran Mountain range nestled between three of Costa Rica’s most magnificent treasures; Lake Coter, Lake Arenal and the world-renowned Arenal Volcano. This luxury, Eco-friendly Costa Rican rental home has first class amenities and is located within minutes of many of Costa Rica’s exciting adventure activities. The rental home offers an unequaled view of Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano. Lake Arenal, Lake Cote, Arenal Volcano and other adventure tours are available. There is great dining nearby or dine in with the services of our world class chef. For families, groups, classes or corporate retreats, it all adds up to a fantastic luxurious rental home value.

Other Activities: canopy tours, birding, ATV tours, canyoneering, jungle hiking, spelunking


Rates & Availability

From $199 Per night

Nuevo Arenal Villa Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 13.49%
Notes Children under six stay for free.
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Nuevo Arenal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 24 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Two person stone jacuzzi tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , All bedrooms have bathroom en suite.
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
  • The master bedroom features a built in stone covered jacuzzi for two and stone shower. The other rooms include a walk in shower with toilet, a sink and mirror is featured outside each bathroom.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , cribs available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , additional airbed available
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , additional airbed available
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , additional airbed available
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , additional airbed available
    Bedroom 6 - 2 queen , All bedrooms have bathroom en suite.
  • The Master bedroom features a custom designed gas fireplace. All the bedrooms feature custom designed, hand carved, sustainably harvested exotic hardwood beds.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Staffing: Depending upon your groups needs, standard every other day maids service, on site self-service laundry, Internet and fax is provided free of charge. However, if you are looking for a more accommodating vacation, daily maid service, laundry, chef, translator/Spanish teacher, massage therapist and chauffeur services are available at an additional, affordable daily rate. Adventure tours: Our proximity is very close to several landmark adventure areas. The Eco-lodge hotel is our neighbor and boasts “The Best” canopy tour and offers guided hiking and horseback riding. The mysterious Lake Coter sits behind us where fishing and boating excursions can be arranged, as well as on Lake Arenal. Other lake activities that are nearby include world class wind surfing, sunset volcano cruises, shopping or relaxing at the Tabacon or Baldi hot spring resorts. Venado Caverns, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, and Arenal National Park are nearby protected areas and are a worthwhile day trip by car

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