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Villa Encantada on Lake Arenal: 40 acre Private Lakefront Nature Eco-Preserve

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms w/ Loft + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-15)

PLEASE NOTE... The 'Instant Quote' feature above may not give you an accurate rate quote, as kids 6 and under are FREE**. For an accurate quote, Email Owner or see our Rates Section. (Our Base Rates have not increased since 2005).


We are the original Vacation Villa rental property on Lake Arenal. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience, a DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa. When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire lakefront villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Eco-Estate...COMPLETE PRIVACY

To see what really awaits you at Villa Encantada, go to our VRBO Photo Section for numerous Tour Video access.

You'll find miles of Manicured Hiking Trails thru the Rain Forest. ~~ A Brand New 100 ft WATERSLIDE that is Awesome Fun for all ages. Our Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals), Drained / Cleaned and Sanitized prior to your arrival with crystal clear water, so clean you can drink it. And WATERFALLS, lots of Waterfalls, an experience in Nature that you'll not find anywhere but at Villa Encantada.

We've hosted tens of thousands of guests at Villa Encantada , with a great many repeat visitors. Our goal is to provide a memorable and hassle free experience for your group/family and to help you get the most out of your time with us and in the area. Over the years we've learned so much about what we can do to help you have the best vacation of your life, to 'hit the ground running', provide useful info on the area, including assistance in arranging your Tour Itinerary and/or Ground Transportation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE.

Most importantly, see our 100 5 Star Guest Comments from those who have visited Villa Encantada and happily share their experiences to get an idea of what really awaits you at Villa Encantada. Once you arrive, you'll be thinking... 'I've died and gone to Heaven ~~ It just doesn't get any better than this'. Our reward is your smiling faces and the knowledge that we've made a difference.

Casual Elegance ~ Our Tri--level 2800 sq. ft. architectural masterpiece designed villa is fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces and comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons. On many occasions we’ve hosted groups of 15 persons, and if your group is larger than 15 persons, we have contacts w/ other nearby villas and can arrange additional accommodations for you.

You’ll find imported Italian tile & exotic hardwoods throughout the villa, an interior design of local art, indigenous masks, Hand Carved Doors, Antiques and floor to ceiling glass windows that will make you feel at one with the mature manicured gardens/nature trails, lake and rain forest views that surround you. You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ new appliances, Granite Counter tops, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, Barbecue Grill, Washer & Dryer... and MUCH more! Experience our newly remodeled bathrooms. Top quality Linens & Towels are provided with maid service every third day. Chef Services, Child Care and Professional Massage service are available upon request.

Villa Encantada is situated on an INCREDIBLE 40-acre lushly landscaped Private Nature Preserve Estate on the shores of Lake Arenal, yet conveniently located to the village of Nuevo Arenal with its restaurants, shopping and tourist amenities. We’re close to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, and just minutes away from the multitude of adventure activities in the area with which we have 19 years of experience at your disposal. We refer you only to the most reliable and efficient tour operators in the area. Take advantage of easy day excursions to Monteverde, Cano Negro, National Parks, Cloud Forests and many Beaches.

Finally, what really sets us apart from other properties is that here at Villa Encantada you’ll enjoy Nature at its Exquisite Best.. with acres of mature gardens, complete with miles of extensive manicured hiking trails through virgin rainforest and rivers. Natural Spring Fed Ponds for swimming and waterfalls to relax by… lots of Waterfalls, FLY FISHING streams on our property, stocked FISHING PONDS w/ BIG fish. Huge ponds that you can use our (8) Kayaks on, or take them down to the lake and paddle in secluded lake coves to see wildlife with Flora/Fauna too numerous to mention here. We are the ONLY villa rental property that has LAKE ARENAL ACCESS, just an easy 3 minute walk to the lake shore to explore the Gem of Costa Rica: Lake Arenal.

At Villa Encantada we do have a 3 night minimum stay requirement. Exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. Honeymoon couples or groups of 15 persons will find Villa Encantada an unforgettable experience in a tropical paradise setting. Rental rates are based on the number of guests in your group. Children 6 years of age or under are free***

Thanks for your interest in Villa Encantada and we hope that we’ll be a part of your special travel experience to Costa Rica. We’re here to be of service in any way that we can.

Your Host,

Glenn McBride

Keywords: Nuevo Arenal, Arenal Volcano, Lakefront Vacation Villa, Private Nature Preserve, Eco Adventure, Botanical Gardens

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Glenn McBride
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Glenn McBride

Yep.. that's a tiny Red Poison Dart Frog on my hand. They are an endangered species, and even after 20 years of living in this area of Lake Arenal, I am still amazed and thankful for the beauty and nature that surround me. Every day is an adventure and to be able to share this slice of Paradise with our guests is more than anyone could hope for in their life... and I am very thankful for this opportunity.

I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico. My 1st visit to Costa Rica and Nuevo Arenal was back in 1976... a long time ago. I've seen many changes since then and the Lake Arenal/Volcano Arenal region is now one of the most popular and visited areas in of all of Costa Rica . I built Villa Encantada in 1996 and have been renting it ever since, hosting many thousands of guests over the last 19 years. It's been an rewarding evolution and now my principal efforts go into making sure that our guests have the best vacation of their lives. I live here at Nuevo Arenal full time with my family, having built a 2nd home nearby as Villa Encantada is rented more often than not (Gracias a Dios!). By being here in the area full time, I am able to welcome guests to the villa and help them get the most out of their time at the villa and the area... and continue my 'work in progress' of 19 years in making Villa Encantada a DESTINATION, rather than just a place to sleep.

You'll find 11 Virtual Tours of the villa interior and 40 Acre Nature Preserve/ Botanical Garden Estate in our photo section or cut/paste this URL to your browser ...

On this VRBO site you'll find the maximum photos allowed (30) and (70) 5 Star Guest Reviews. In other words, you know what to expect when you spend time with us ~~ no unwelcome surprises. Our goal is to make your special vacation to Costa Rica and Villa Encantada memorable and hassle free.

Thanks for allowing us to be of service to you, your family and/or group.

Your Host,

Glenn McBride

Glenn McBride purchased this estate in 1995

Why Glenn McBride chose Nuevo Arenal

Our 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate at Villa Encantada is the only property with Lake Arenal access and Pristine Primary Rain forest with our own Aquifer Springs and too many waterfalls to count. Exquisite Nature surrounds you and you really will think 'I've died and gone to Heaven'. I can't improve Nature, but after 19 years, I've learned how to tweek it to make it to make it more accessible to our guests of all ages by building miles of manicured hiking trails and waterfalls that you can sit under and actually get an incredible massage that will be a very sweet memory that you'll always have to cherish.

The manicured gardens are still a work in progress and now I look for plants that are unusual and hard to find to share with our guests. Our new swimming pool and 100 Water Slide have been a great success with Rave Reviews and have been met with enthusiastic smiles all around. Next... on my Bucket List ... build a Butterfly Garden area and Orchid Garden, and install a micro-hydroelectric plant.

For me... it's so rewarding, and I love sharing this life's work with wonderful guests from around the world. Muchas Gracias!

What makes this estate unique

Villa Encantada and Lake Arenal are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, just 90 minutes from the Liberia Airport and 3.5 hrs from the San Jose Airport. There are a multitude of activities within 1-3 hours from the villa, EASY self guided day excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Hot Springs, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, National Parks, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Volcano Tours and many beaches--, Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip, Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area, Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja National Park (volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls), Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to 240 meters, Beaches, and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is only 2 to 3 hours away, Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo Beaches

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey Glenn,

Villa Encantada was awesome. So much so, that we really felt like we were slumming it once we got to Jaco. The house is absolutely gorgeous and so are all the surroundings. You have done a wonderful job. We just got all our pictures back and had already forgotten how green everything is there. For the most part we just relaxed a lot. Each night we ate somewhere different. Our adventures included the Canopy Tour, La Fortuna waterfalls and Tabacon Hot Springs. All were absolutely beautiful. The landscaping is absolutely beautiful. Once we left Villa Encantada we made our way to Jaco just in time for the rain. So much for going to the beach. Anyhow our visit there was short and like I said we really felt like the luxurious part of our trip had ended. We had an incredible time. We certainly appreciate you sharing your home with us. Please send me some cards and brochures as I have already had inquiries from people we have showed our pictures to. Thanks again,
Mar 2011
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Nuevo Arenal Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • CANCELLATION POLICY:** Please see our Rental Agreement .
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Mini-Master Suite w/ Fine Furniture & remodeled bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master BR (HUGE)w/ Fireplace, Fine Furniture, New Bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Mini Master Suite w/ Fine Furnishing, New Bathroom, Views
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Master Loft sleeps 6.. Huge area w/ Awesome views
    Additional Sleeping area - We can place extra beds in any of the BR's.. LOTS of Room!
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Queen Sleep Sofa (1) Sofa fold out double bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Unique custom architectural design, Tri-level home 2800 sq, ft, Extensive Decks, patios and balconies, Villa situated on a 40 acre Lakefront Private Nature Preserve Estate, miles of manicures Nature Hiking Trails, Natural spring fed pond for swimming and waterfalls to relax by, Hammocks and outdoor gas grill, Magnificent views from every room in the house, Convenient to the village of Nuevo Arenal (5 km, ), Sleeps 2 to 12 persons, (many times we've hosted groups of 15 persons) CHILDREN UNDER 6 FREE**, 4 BR, 3 Bathrooms, Vaulted ceilings, Imported Italian tile and exotic hardwood throughout, Hand carved doors, Spacious spiral staircase, 2 Fireplaces, Telephone, TV, DVD, WI-FI, stereo system & CD player, Fully furnished, Full kitchen w/ microwave, appliances & wet bar, Ceiling fans throughout, Licensed massage therapist available for guests, Maid service provided every third day, Linens and towels provided, Garage and ample parking for 6-8 vehicles. SEE OUR GUEST COMMENTS


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Great Property

  • 5 of 5

Spent 5 days on the southern coast at Manuel Antonio and 5 days at Lake Arenal. While the beaches and wildlife were nice down south we actually enjoyed the climate, scenery and sites better in the north. The Villa Encantada property is excatly as advertised and Glenn is a super host. The pool and waterfall on site are very relaxing and the waterslide is great for kids. Glenn was also working on an executive golf course when we left.

Glenn recomended seeing the volcano from the Observatory Lodge which was fantastic. One day the ladies went to Tabacon Hot Springs Spa and the guys went to Baldi Hot Springs with the youngster. We also went to Monteverde Cloud Forest which is worthwhile but quite a bumpy drive the last hour. Could have made this a two day adventure. Glen also pointed us to all the great resturants in the area.

If I had it to do over I would probably fly into Liberia instead of San Jose and spend 7 days at Villa Encantada, 2 days at Monteverde and a couple of days on the northern coast for the beach experience. You definately want a 4-wheel drive rental vehicle. We got GPS and never used it as the maps on our phones worked just fine.

Pura Vida


  • Submitted: May 14, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location, beautiful grounds and views

  • 4 of 5

The setting here is spectacular - a private reserve overlooking the lake. There are walking trails and you can hear the howler monkeys early morning. Although very private and peaceful the villa is actually only about 10-20 minutes drive from excellent restaurants - in particular the Sundowner (spectacular sunsets if you go for an early dinner) and Macadamia's. Glen was extremely helpful in directing us to the best zip lining for our needs (four 60 year old women!), canopy bridges, etc. We only had 5 nights but would have loved 10. Thanks again Glen.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helen, Thanks so much for your shining 5 Star Guest Review ~~ I very much appreciate it. It was a pleasure hosting your group from the other side of the pond (Ireland) and hope your find your way back to our slice of Paradise as soon as time allows. ** Next time for 10 days as you said ~~ it's very true that our guests often wish they had booked more days at the villa, as there is just soooo much to do and see, not only on our Estate but in the Lake/Volcano Arenal area as well. Warm Regards Amiga, Your Host and Friend, Glenn
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Wonderful space to celebrate milestone birthday with friends!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Encantada is a BEAUTIFUL place to escape for a long weekend, a week, a month or longer!!! The house and balconies have ample space for everyone, the sleep spaces are comfortable, and the common areas are large enough for each person to be comfortable. And the landscaping....OH MY!!! Glenn has poured his love of the area into the most PRISTINE GARDENS!!! The landscaping, flowers, walkways, water slide, pools, ladybugs....I cannot say enough good about the beauty of the place! As the commercial says....But wait...there's MORE! There's GLENN!!! He was so very helpful once we booked our stay, by sending local information and suggestions about the area. When we arrived, he took his time in showing us around the grounds, then coming by to help us plan the most of our time around Lake Arenal. He was available by phone when we had a tiny problem and quickly came by to help us figure it out. He arranged a horse-riding event to the base of the volcano, made us reservations at Tobacon Hot Springs, and directed us to Mystico Arenal Hanging Bridges park...He also recommended great places to dine...Side note, we went to Restaurante Tinajas Arenal twice as the food was excellent and the sunsets spectacular. Our entire experience w/ Villa Encantada not only met, but FAR EXCEEDED our expectations!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bev, Thank you so much for your glowing 5 Star Guest Review ~~ I'm so glad that we had the honor of hosting you and your amigos and that your milestone Birthday Celebration and time with us was both memorable and hassle free. And speaking of Milestones ~~ your Guest Review is our 100th. There are very few vacation homes that have 100 DETAILED (all 5 Star) Guest Reviews. Your appreciation for all of the effort that we spend to make everything as good as it can be ~~ makes my day! Gracias Amiga! Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to be of service in helping with tour tour activities and a Very Special Thank You~~ for your bringing so much positive energy and enthusiasm into our world. I look forward to hosting you again at Villa Encantada, and to seeing your smiling faces once again. Your Host and Friend, Glenn
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Great place and host - Will be back

  • 5 of 5

Villa Encantada is a wonderful place to vacation in Costa Rica. Wish we could have stayed longer because we just scratched the surface of the area and the lovely home and grounds. Pictures do not do justice to the lushness and beauty. We fished almost everyday, enjoyed sitting on the deck for coffee. The location is great and easy to get to. Glenn is a great host and helped us with our excursions and everything we needed. We definitely will be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for posting your 5 Star Guest Review Chris. It was a pleasure hosting your family and yes, the time goes quickly as there is just so much to do and see both on our Estate and in the area. We look forward to your next visit and we'll keep the light on for you. Warm Regards, Glenn
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Arenal Lake View Oasis

  • 5 of 5

You can tell who cares about what they do. They do more not so they can say "we do more" but because they think it will make your experience more interesting, more memorable. All of that extra effort is something you can touch and feel at Villa Encantada. There are so many physical elements that have been discussed in other reviews that clearly make the Villa outshine all of the others that dot the Lake so this review will not focus on those physical aspects. Instead, I will talk about what is the driving heart and soul of this peaceful place: Owner Glenn McBride.

Glenn's sweat and tears are in the Villa. He cares about it so much that it's grounds are manicured to the level of 5-star hotels that I have stayed at. A fishing pond, a fresh mountain water pool and slide, patios abound, and hiking trails are among the amenities that distinguish the property. The interior of the Villa itself makes you feel like you entered someone else's home complete with trinkets and and personal artifacts on the walls - Glenn is sharing his home and I would venture to guess he comes here as well to get away for a while. How could he not?

Glenn doesn't stop giving there, however. He is a proactive host but not to the point that you wish you could escape from your own vacation. He is a solutions provider from booking zip line tours (then telling you that the day you planned it would work better on a day when the weather is more agreeable AND then reschedules it for you.), to being your advocate with the local car rental agency when things go wrong, to offering only-in-the-know driving directions that will make you feel like a local because of the inside knowledge he armed you with.

His knowledge is as endless as his good heart. Somewhere in his life he decided it was better to be happy and open rather than be critical and judgmental. He fits the setting and the people of Costa Rica beautifully because the kindness in this country knows no bounds.

If you have the means and/or the will to visit Neuvo Arenal, explore it from Villa Encantada. You will have without question the best seat in the house. Go here.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW ... Eric, your glowing Guest Review is more than any Innkeeper could ever hope for and it surly gives me the resolve to continue my efforts in helping our guests to have the best and most memorable vacation of their lives... to return time and again and tell there friends/family about their awesome experiences both at the villa and exploring the Lake Arenal area. A very high percentage of our guests are via personal reference from past guests and when a guest returns or sends a friend/family member, I double down to make sure that everything they've heard is spot on and more. I certainly try to make the difference and appreciate your comment that I try to be proactive and helpful... but not to the point of being an annoyance. I contact my guests just about on a daily basis by telephone or occasional personal visit to make sure that everything is perfect and to help with any info that they may need, and after 19 years of receiving literally (many) thousands of guests at Villa Encantada, I think I've gotten to the point of knowing where to draw that line and that our guests are happy and thankful that I'm always there for them.. 24/7. I am very thankful for this opportunity and very much appreciate your comments and choosing Villa Encantada as your Costa Rican destination. Hasta Proximo (see you next time). Your Host and friend, Glenn
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Dream Property and Dream Host, Book Now You will be ASTOUNDED

  • 5 of 5

We had the most incredible time you could possibly imagine at Villa Encantada. The pictures are gorgeous, but even they do not do this phenomenal property justice. It truly is paradise. I spent countless MONTHS looking at all the properties in the area and there is no contest. Villa Encantada has everything you could potentially want.

The grounds are stunning. Everywhere you look is lush, verdant landscaping. We had our wedding pictures taken on site because the beauty of this property is beyond compare ( I wish it would allow me to share the pictures with this review). The pond is well kept and delightfully picturesque, the trails are easily traversed, and the waterfalls are stunning. You can walk to the lake and kayak, or swim, or fish. The trails are well designed and Glenn even provides a map (which includes time and difficulty). I know I am repeating myself but I cannot adequately express how spectacular this property truly is. The water-slide offers endless fun for those of all ages, the trails are a boon for those who love to explore and those who enjoy a scenic walk alike. The view from the terrace and the front door is perfection. This property has something (lots of somethings!) for everyone. Glenn has poured his heart into this miraculous spot and it shows. We would stay forever if we could afford to be away from reality for that long!

In addition to the property being incredible there is Glenn! He is the most welcoming, helpful, thoughtful, and kind host I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He has made sure every potential need you have while staying at Villa Encantada is filled. It was a running joke throughout our stay that anything you might think of, that would be helpful, Glenn had already thought of it. Whether it was life jackets, crock pots, Tupperware, fishing gear, laundry soap, etc. Glenn had us covered. Glenn went out of his way to make this an exceptional stay for each and every person. Glenn was my saving grace, helping me coordinate and plan a wedding that turned out just perfect. If you are considering getting married in the area or planning an event in town hire Glenn- It was the best decision I could have made!

There are plenty of activities in the area, from ziplining, hiking, waterfalls, atv's, paddleboarding, hotsprings, Rio Celeste, etc. However you might find it difficult to leave the paradise of Villa Encantada. Make sure you stay long enough to enjoy all the beauty and peace this place has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW.... WOW!!! ...Ashley and Ryan... What an Incredible Guest Review... Wow! Muchísimas Gracias Amiga/o for such a detailed and heartfelt 5 Star Guest Review. You booked Villa Encantada a full year prior to your arrival for your Wedding Ceremony which started out with 15 persons and grew to 40+, so that meant I had to find additional accommodations for your family/friends... and thankfully was able to get everyone settled in. By the time you arrived I felt like you were my best high school buddy ~~ and I just checked my inbox~~ and we exchanged (more than 187 email messages.. no kidding)!! You were always pleasant, patient and non-demanding and it truly was my pleasure helping to make your special event memorable and hassle free. I can laugh about it now, but you put me (and my wife Patricia) to the test... and from your Awesome Guest Review ~~ I guess I (we) passed! Coordinating accommodations, tour activities for your group, and finally your Incredible Wedding Reception at the Las Tinajas Restaurant (they did a spectacular job on your behalf) and it was alot of work, but was well worth the effort, and I mean that in a personal and not monetary manner! Your group used Villa Encantada as it's gathering point and it was so refreshing to see so many happy faces and I do hope you'll all find your way back to your "home away from home" at Villa Encantada. We'll keep the light on for ya! Warm Regards, Glenn and Patricia
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
75 Miles
4 Seasons Resort (Arnold Palmer design)
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Hiway 142
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
12+ great restaurants within 15 min. of the villa
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Playa Hermosa/ Playa Coco
Car: recommended

Villa Encantada and Lake Arenal are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, with a multitude of activities within 1-2 hours from the villa, EASY self guided day excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Rio Celeste Waterfalls, Cano Negro, National Parks, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Hot Springs, Volcano Tours and many beaches--, Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip, Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve with over 450 bird species sighted, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, Rio Celeste Nat'l Park,Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja National Park (volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls), Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to 240 meters, Beaches, and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is only 2 to 3 hours away, Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo Beaches


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

3 night minimum stay requirement. Pro-rated on weekly rate. Minimum stay exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. ~~ ~~ Rental Rates: Based on the number of guests in your group ~~

** Children under 6 stay free ** 3 kids equal one adult rate. Proof of age may be required.

December 1-September 15th ~2-4 persons: $2,100.00 per week ...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

September 16th-November 30th~~2-4 persons: $1,850.00 per week...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

GROUP RATE WEEKLY DISCOUNTS: May be available for groups of 9+ persons for visits of 7+ nights ~~ Ask!

Christmas/New Year,Thanksgiving & Easter Weeks $3,500.00 per week for 2-12 persons.

Rates do not include 13% Sales and Occupancy Tax. All major credit cards accepted.

~~ Rental Rates: Based on the number of guests in your group ~~

You get the 40 acre Lakefront Villa & Nature Preserve Estate sharing w/ other groups. Total Privacy!

CANCELLATION POLICY:**(In cases where payment in made by credit card, a 5% credit card surcharge of the amount paid is deducted from any Cancellation Refund).
*100% of Reservation Deposit refunded if cancelled 60 days prior to arrival, less $250.00 handling charge fee.
*50% of Reservation Deposit refunded if cancelled 30 to 59 days prior to arrival.
*-0% of Total Rental Price (less D&S Deposit) refunded if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival……..In cases where payment in full is received, the Reservation Deposit is calculated as 50% of the Total Rental Amount. Cancellations must be made in writing to Villa Encantada at the above listed email address

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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