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Simply the best, incredible views,pool,delicious food and a friend in the area.

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,700 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps two to 15 or more with airbeds.

Come stay at the rental home that offers the services of a fine hotel. On site chef services, complete transport arrangements, great 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 17+ years and can advise you and your special group on the tours that you will really enjoy and steer you clear of the tourist traps. 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': Six 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 decorative 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, DVD, stereo. Large dining/presentation hall with a variety of available seating arrangements. Our unique indoor pool house features a divers pool, 4.5 feet on the shallow end, 10 ft deep on the deep end. 18x35 feet with attached jacuzzi heated on request. Featuring billiards, ping pong, weights, lounging areas, inversion table, massage table. We live in the rainforest and nobody wants to swim in the rain, with our indoor pool house your group has access to all these amenities rain or shine, many groups hang out till the wee hours of the morning enjoying this incredible space, that is only offered by The Sunset!

All located in the "real rainforest" we aren't in a gated community or off the side of the road. We are easily accessed but just far enough removed that your stay will be in the "real Costa Rica", a 500 hundred acre preserve is to the east of us and several thousand acres of protected rainforest encompassing Tenorio National park is to our North and West. A spot of perfect peace and privacy with access to all the great activities and adventures this country has to offer.

More Details

Patrick Hughes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

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.

Elisa, the heart and soul of "the Sunset" coordinates your fantastic breakfasts and keeping the home spotless with the aid of our fantastic maintenance manager Marjeny. Young Hunter is a tour guide in training and will dazzle you with his knowledge of the local wildlife!

Patrick Hughes purchased this villa in 1999

Why Patrick Hughes chose Cantón Tilarán

A one bedroom , one bath home that we rebuilt from the ground up a complete renovation, ending with 6 bedrooms and 6 en suite bathrooms, 26 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. So we took a risk and bought the property, then the work began, A complete renovation turning it into labor of love where we wanted to be and knew others would love as well!

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, wi-fi, and laundry . Guests enjoy a large, indoor, swimming pool with attached jacuzzi and gymnasium, with pool table and ping pong table.

A frequent question we receive is why we have a "indoor pool house" true it is unique to the area and the only enclosed pool house around. The reason is simple "people just do not go swimming in the rain". We want our guests to enjoy every aspect of their stay and no matter how gorgeous an outside pool is in sunny weather, we are realists that understand that when it rains you aren't going to go swimming outside. So with our unique indoor pool, guest groups can and do enjoy swimming, the jacuzzi, workout area, ping pong and billiards, till the wee hours if they like, under roof and protected from a sudden downpour, guests just love it and we are the only ones that offer it.

We strive to accommodate all dietary restrictions and put out world class meals for your group to enjoy.

We do everything we can to ease your transition in to paradise and are on hand, yet non obtrusive and no more than a phone call away to come over and help arrange the vacation that you REALLY want! We can set up all activities up for you, so you have one less thing to worry about and so much more time to enjoy!

'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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Cantón Tilarán Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • 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 ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • 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. All the bedrooms have a private bath.
  • 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, decorative fireplace. All the bedrooms feature custom designed, hand carved, sustainably harvested exotic hardwood beds.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • 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 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 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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Simply the best, incredible views,pool,delicious food and a friend in the area.
average rating of 4.965517 based on 91 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: November 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Caledon, Ont.,

Absolute best value for small groups

  • 5 of 5

Red Sunset is perfectly placed for our family group of four generations. The setting was comfortable and serene for the nappers and birdwatchers, but is right between La Fortuna to the south, for serpentaria, hot springs, tours and dining, and Liberia to the north, for beaches, historical sites, rafting and jaguar rescue. If we'd had more time, it's also convenient to Tortugera and Cano Negro, a regular stop for us if we're traveling alone.

The kitchen is well-appointed, which is important to us traveling as a group, and it was easy in nearby Nuevo Arenal to pick up ingredients to suit the less-adventurous oldies, as well as traditional Costa Rican fare.

Patrick was always only a call away, and arranged fresh fish delivered or anything anybody had a question or request about. Five stars.

Falling into the birder/napper category, my wife and I got great shots of toucans, red-throated ant tanagers, passerine tanagers, blue-gray tanagers, chachalacas, guans, brown and white-throated jays, oropendolas, buff-headed tanagers, rufous-winged tanagers and too many more to list.

The on-site indoor pool and recreation area was a total hit with the youngsters, although they didn't get to use it as much as they wanted for lack of time and other priorities

As noted in other reviews, the prices seem too good to be true, but true they are. All-tolled, a very inexpensive accommodation, in our case for eight.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

Patrick was very accommodating. He helped us set up our excursions and restaurants. It rained and poured, and rained some more, but we still had a great time. The breakfast they served every morning was outstanding!! I would recommend staying here for sure. The house is cool and is very roomy. Thanks, Patrick for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kristen! Thanks for the great review. You folks epitomized a real "can do" group of folks. We enjoy seeing our guests savor this fantastic country and you guys didn't let anything slow you down. We did have a lot of rain from that cold front that moved in from Cuba but you didn't miss a beat and went and had a lot of great adventures. I just wish I had more time with you all. We would love to have you back anytime. You will always have friends in Costa Rica! Our best to you all, Patrick and the Sunset Staff.
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Simi Valley, California


  • 5 of 5

We have rented several vacation homes. I always read the reviews before we book a property and the reviews of this home were spot on!!!!! The home is spacious, clean, and welcoming. The view is breathtaking and the wood carved doors exquisite!! The breakfast was a trip favorite for all 6 of us!!! We LOVED the delicious and plentiful breakfasts. The fresh fruit and smoothies were amazing!!!! There are several positive comments about Jaime, the driver. He was REMARKABLE!!!!! He knows EVERY bump and pot hole on every road. (There are MANY) He knows the best places to eat and is the nicest man. We spent several hours in the car every day. He talked, laughed, and ate with us. We made a dear friend and we all were sad to leave him and his beautiful country. What a MAGICAL place to visit. We fell in love with the people and the land. Vientos Frescos was a favorite!!! We also loved Mistico Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Zip Lining, and the river raft. Patrick was so helpful. I emailed him for several months before our trip. He graciously answered all my questions. He helped us plan all the activities and made arrangements for us. I always research and plan activities. It was quite a treat to have Patrick take care of everything!!! He and his family live on the property and he was available to help with anything. Oh those breakfasts are made by his dear wife, Elisa. Each night we would tell Patrick what time we wanted breakfast. An hour before Elisa and a helper would come to the home and make breakfast. The BEST part was after breakfast they cleaned EVERYTHING!!! It truly felt like a vacation. After breakfast we would leave for our daily adventures and while we were gone, the beds were made, the home tidied, and clean towels replaced used ones. The home, Patrick, Elisa, and Jaime were ALL a BIG part of an AMAZING week in Costa Rica!!! I am so sad to be back home to work and reality. I keep telling myself, "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." ( Dr. Seuss)

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Denise, I just want to say "WOW"what a pleasure it was to host you all here. You had such a wonderful sense of admiration for everything that you went to see and do. It was truly inspiring. Your Family full of achievers and heroes was a pleasure to meet and you even let us share your patriarchs birthday with you. It was an absolute joy to get to know you and your family and we feel the richer for it. Please know you are so welcome back anytime you please. Best Regards and fond memories, Patrick and the Sunset staff!
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Santa Cruz, California

Just what we wanted!!!

  • 5 of 5

Exemplary in every way, the personal and most pleasant owner and staff want you to feel so at home. It is a place to run around like crazy and just veg. Our large party with complicated schedules, all managed to enjoy and the advantage is the flexibility. A place to regenerate!!!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING house!

  • 5 of 5

This house was just so fantastic. Patrick was super helpful and made it extremely easy to plan activities once we got there. I am a crazy planner when it comes to vacations but it was so nice I didn't have to worry about booking our activities beforehand. When we got to the house, Patrick set us up with a horseback ride for the same day. It was unreal - we had the best time ever with those horses, and the family that owned them was beyond nice. They also have great food. For dinner we went to Tinajas - we actually went there two or three times because we thought it was delicious and it was pretty close by.

The second day we did the hanging bridges (which was cool, but I probably wouldn't do it again) and zip lining which was so so fun. My boyfriend & I had done zip lining a bunch of times and only went because my parents wanted to go, and WOW it was the most insane zip line I've ever been to - I'm scared to heights and it was high up there... so glad I did it though, even though the first zip line almost caused me a heart attack, ha!

The third day we did ATV'ing which was awesome and I'd highly recommend it. I had never driven one before but it was a blast! We then went to get great casados in town (place was recommended by Patrick).

Onto the house..... It was very breathtaking. The pictures don't do it justice, the views were incredible. It was only 4 of us but the house was HUGE. You could definitely fit a lot of people here and be very comfortable. Each bedroom had a bathroom with a shower. There is a separate pool house with a hot tub and a bunch of different games (ping pong, poker, etc), which was so cool. Everything was super clean!

I can't leave this review without mentioning the daily breakfasts that Patrick's wife makes. HOLY. It was delicious, and something different everyday. I dream about that breakfast, seriously so good.

Thank you Patrick! We loved everything and had the best time.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Catarata Fortuna
Llano de Cortés Waterfall
Las Tinejas
arenal hanging bridges
Sky Adventures
Sky Trek Sky Tram
Wave Expeditions Rafting
Los Platillos Voladores
Proyecto Asis
Rio Corobici
Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
Gingerbread Restaurant
Pure Trek Canyoning
Chavez Tours
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Kayaks
Paradise Hot Springs
Rainforest Chocolate Tour
Baldi Hot Springs Hotel Resort & Spa
Arenal Volcano Sky Trek
Río Celeste
Cavernas de Venado
Lago de Cote
The Stable Arenal (El Establo)
Arenal Rafting
Don Rufino
Los Platillos Voladores
Moya's Place
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. We also feature the only indoor pool house in the area, so you can enjoy the pool, ping pong, billiards, weights, jacuzzi and plain relaxing rain or shine! 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, fishing, waterfall hikes, hot springs.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 13.49%

Children under six stay for free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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