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“Beautiful property - highly recommend!”
Villa Encantada Lakefront  40 acre Eco-Nature Preserve. 'You'll think you died and went to heaven'
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Villa Encantada Lakefront  40 acre Eco-Nature Preserve. 'You'll think you died and went to heaven'
Villa Encantada ~~ A vacation DESTINATION~`~ one you won't forget Villa Encantada ~~ Tri Level Architectural Masterpiece for your enjoyment
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Villa Encantada Lakefront  40 acre Eco-Nature Preserve. 'You'll think you died and went to heaven'
Villa Encantada ~~ A vacation DESTINATION~`~ one you won't forget
Villa Encantada ~~ Tri Level Architectural Masterpiece for your enjoyment
Side View ~~Huge Terrace w/ Lake Views. Perfect for your family reunion or wedding celebration
Your Hosts at Villa Encantada ~~ Family Photo of Glenn, Patricia and Gloriana
Kayaking in your Backyard.. too much fun!
Kayaks for up to 10 persons (included~~ no extra charge). Kayak on the Ponds or 5 min walk to lake
Brand New (June 2013) 100 ft Waterslide at Twilight
5 yr old enjoying the Waterslide. Fun for all ages. Little people don't go too fast. It's safe!
Priceless Moments.. what a Blast!
Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals)
Pool at Twilight ~~ Chemical Free Crystal Clear Spring Water ~~ A Dream Come True!
The Owner and your Host, Glenn.. enjoying the fruits of his labor. This is where YOU need to be!
Waterslide.. Awesome adventure! Want to go fast..lay down ~~ 100 ft in 4 seconds..WOW! Gravity Rules
Villa Encantada Magical and Mezmerizing photo by Guest Randy Gribbin taken  in Jan 2012
Another Fabulous Sunset at Villa Encantada
Meet Chalupa, our resident 2 Toed Sloth ~~ scroll down for more pics of this tame, sweet animal
Chalupa lives in the tree next to the Pool/Slide.. she's free and not a caged animal
Chalupa climbing her tree in the gardens.. right next to the Pool/Slide. She's free and happy !
Lindo ~~ our Axanthic (Blue Morph) Green Iguna is a regular visitor to our gardens. ,more pics below
Glenn w/ Lindo, our tame Blue Morph Green Iguana..Awesome colors to be found only in Nature
Howler Monkey on a daily visit ~~chillin' out on the Preserve.
Villa Guest with Bass caught in our backyard pond.. delicious dinner.. YUM!
Your kids will forget where the left their Ipods/Nintendos
Your kids will have a blast swimming in this huge pond over 120 ft X 100 ft
Refreshing outdoor shower prior to entering the swimming pool. This young man is a happy camper!
Villa Encantada Private Waterfalls in the Rainforest
Awesome beauty of Nature found on our Trails
Villa Encantada Guests enjoying a massage
Nature at its Exquisite Best
Your own Private Paradise
Tame Peacock meandering thru the gardens of Villa Encantada
Peacock in it's Mating Ritual at Villa Encantada
Master BR Suite w/ Queen Sized Bed,  Fireplace, Full Bath & Incredible Lake & Garden Views
Master BR Suite 2nd pic perspective from front view.
Swan Towel Sculpture ~~ Deatils of a fine hotel await you
Newly Remodeled Master Bath
Mini-Master 1 Suite with Queen Sized hand carved bed overlooks manicured gardens and Rainforest
Front view of Mini-Master 1, exquisite hand carved furnishing
Mini-Master 2 Suite with Queen Sized hand carved bed overlooks manicured gardens, Ponds & Rainforest
Mini-Master 2 ~~ ALL suites elegantly furnished w/  full length drapes, & private entry from Gardens
Fine Hand Carved Doors throughout Villa Encantada
Master Loft, sleeps 4 or 6 using the Sofa Bed, awesome views of the Lake and Gardens
Master Loft has a Double Bed, 2 Singles and a Double Sofa Bed.. ALL new Furniture and Ortho Beds
Dining area w/ Unique Carved Table for 8, w/ glass walls to enjoy Nature at your fingertips
Wet Bar and Kitchen overlooking the Ponds and Garden, Hand Craved Doors and Hardwood are everywhere
Dining Room with Living Room ~~ Casual Elegance at it's Best!
Sunken Living Room has Fireplace and Super Comfortable Sofa
Hand Painted Mural of Lake Arenal. Guitar and othe instruments for your enjoyment, play some music
C. Garvey's pic of Spiral Starcase at Villa Encantada
Garden view from Master Loft deck.. great spot for some R&R
Main Living Area w/ Wet Bar, Sunken Living Room/ Fireplace and Awesome Lake Arenal views
Sunken Living Room  with Fireplace & Awesome Lake Views ~~ Cable TV ~~ WiFi ~~~~ SWEET!!!
Lake View from the Master Loft has outside deck to take your coffee or read a book, or suntan
Full Kitchen w/ Granite Counter Tops, Wet Bar, New Appliances & Refi w/ Ice Maker. Everything U need
Wet Bar/ Kitchen overlooking our Gardens, Ponds and Lake Arenal. Nature at it's best!
Full wrap around kitchen with plenty of space.
Our Lovely Tame Peacocks wandering thru the Gardens
Your Host ~ Glenn showing off a 9 lb Guapote Bass caught in the pond at the villa ~ and released
We have some 10 Lb Bass to catch and release right in your back yard ~ Awesome Fishing
Fly Fishing on the Villa Encantada Preserve. You CAN catch fish on our streams... Awesome!
Lake Arenal & Rain Forest view from our 1200 sq ft deck perfect for Weddings and Family Reunions
Spacious Terraza overlooking Lake Arenal
Miles of Manicured Gardens ~~ Everywhere
Villa Encantada ~~ An Architectural Delight
Villa Encantada ~~ Front View
Villa Encantada... an architectural delight
Huge tiled deck for catching a tan. Great place for your family reunion or Wedding!
Comfy furniture for a relaxing day. Fire up the BBQ and enjoy life ~~ you deserve it!
Your own private Paradise. It's our pleasure to share this with yor group/family
Sit under this waterfall for a great massage.
Our private pool on the river for a nice swim.. concrete lined.. and so refreshing.
Your Host Glenn at the Waterfalls Pool
Pristine Waterfalls  and swimming area
Volcan Arenal~~ a safe 15 miles from Villa Encantada..Awesome & Spectacular to watch Lava Flows
Huge BBQ overlooking the Ponds and Gardens
Villa Encantada Front Terraza pic by R. Gribbin 01/12
Magical Full Moon over Villa Encantada
Pond at Villa Encantada to Kayak, swim and fish
Swimming Pool Waterfall ~~ Crystal Clear Chemical Free Water ~~ You can Drink this Water.. honest!
Swimming Pool Waterfall...details like this everywhere
Puma Woodcarving on our trails ~~  a work of Art
Arbol Encantado (Magic Tree) Old Growth Primary Forest Tree at 300+ ft tall on our Nature Preserve
Arbol Encantado only a 5 minute hike from Villa Encantada. Over 400 years old ~~ simply INCREDIBLE!
Rainforest Stream ~~ Waterfalls everywhere! Thanks Scott for some great Pics!
The Tanden Falls after a Rainshower.. the force & beauty of Nature
Let me take you on a Trail Hike..the next 10 pics of Primary Rainforest, Manicured Trails, Waterfall
After 16 Years nothing delights me more than an early morning hike.. always new critters and Nature
Monkey Trail.. along the River w/ waterfalls,lots of wildlife, including Howler & Whiteface Momkeys
Awesome scenery at every turn
Primary Old Growth Rainforest still amazes me after 15 years
Mini Falls.. a great spot to relax and enjoy Nature
Miles of Manicured Trails... well marked ~~ you can't get lost
Easy access trails ~~ for explorers of all ages
LadyBug Trail.. well manicured with lots of Orchids and  photo opportunities
Bridge to the Island
Rare... Poison Dart Frog found on a trail hike
Surprises like this tiny Tree Frog around every corner
White Tail Deer on a frequent visit to Villa Encantada
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Nuevo Arenal, Province of Guanacaste

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Leslie3ki...
Allen, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful property - highly recommend!”
Reviewed 8 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We spent 5 nights at Villa Encantada and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Plenty of rooms/beds and baths for our family of 5 and so much to see and do. The first morning we woke up, opened the drapes, and saw 3 toucan birds. The following mornings we woke to the sounds of howler monkeys. A couple of the days the gardener had the 2 peacocks and some chickens roaming the grounds around the house. We spent days fishing (kids each caught 15-20 fish), kayaking, walking the grounds/trails but especially with the kids going down the water slide. Our 3 kids each rode that slide 50-100 times. Over & over - they had a blast. We even found ourselves rushing through our activities the last day so we could get back to the house & enjoy the house, slide & fishing one more time. The grounds are beautifully groomed and maintained, you have all of this land to yourself. It really is a beautiful place that I have already recommended to friends. One quick tip: If the water slide is important to your group, find out in advance when it will be drained/cleaned so you can plan outside activities while it's unavailable. It takes some time to refill with that cool refreshing water. Also, it's not too far of a drive to Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges & several hot springs which are also highly recommended. And it's a quick drive into town where there are multiple good restaurants and a couple of small grocery stores.

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Liked best: Everything, but kids would likely say "water slide" :-)
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Wesley Chapel
Reviewed 28 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

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Liked best: The amenities that were a part of the property
Liked least: No air conditioning in the house
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Orlando
Reviewed 5 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

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Liked best: The Villa and grounds are beautiful.
Liked least: Nothing.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Mar 2016
Thanks so much for your Beaming (detailed) 5 Star Guest Review Doug. Having your extended family (30+ persons) here at Villa Encantada for your 2nd visit and your daughters wedding was an Awesome Experience for me. Of course, I was able to locate additional accommodations for your family, as well as assist with all of your needs, ie: ground trans, wedding planner, tour activities, and more. It's my goal to make sure that our guests have a memorable and hassle free vacation of a lifetime that will ALWAYS be one of the fondest moments of their lives.... and That, for me is my reward ~~ Building Lasting Memories!!!.

I really look forward to your next visit Amigo, and as Ol Vern says.. "we'll keep the light on for ya partner"
Your Host and Friend,
Glenn
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Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 4 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

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Liked best: The grounds are immaculately kept.
Liked least: Getting to Villa Encantada is a little difficult, but well worth the effort.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Mar 2016
Hola Steve,

Thanks for your Vote of Confidence. It's ALWAYS an honor to have Guests return for a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th visit, and I look forward to your next visit as soon as time allows.

I appreciate your comment about "The price is incredibly reasonable".
Fact is, that I haven't raised my Base Rate in more than 14 years, and when I ask guests about this topic, they all affirm what you've stated. We're still not inexpensive, BUT here at Villa Encantada you get VALUE for your hard earned dollars. You don't have to be spending $$$ off site, as there is so much to do on our Eco_Estate that you don't need to leave... just take advantage of everything right at your fingertips.... which in the long run ~~ saves you ALOT of money.

We're happy and humbled to share our "slice of paradise"with you and yours.
Pura Vida Amigo
Your Host, Glenn
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Joe T
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What A Paradise!!!”
Reviewed 14 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Chris (my son-in-law) scheduled our families at Villa Encantada for 5 days in April. My wife and I arrived a day before the rest of the family due to airline complications, but Glen, the owner, took care of everything for us. He went above and beyond to get us from the airport in Liberia, Costa Rica to the property. Everything he said would happen did, and we spent our first night in the luxury of the Villa. The Villa is a mountain rain forest paradise complete with all the amenities of a luxury home (beds, baths, kitchen, laundry service, streams, pool, rain forest, hiking trails, close to Lake Arenal and all the things surround the lake and the volcano). The family arrived and it was so much fun to be together in that Villa even cooking outside on the new grill. The monkeys would come at night, and the 2 peacocks on site were always fun to watch. There is no doubt, if I go back to Costa Rica, Villa Encantada would be the place for me to stay. Thank you Glen for the home, the service, and the luxury you provide.

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Liked best: The setting, the luxury, and the outdoor scenery and activities nearby.
Liked least: Nothing to criticize at all.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Apr 2015
Dear Tom, Chris and family,

Thanks so much for your 5 Star (heartfelt) guest review. I'm glad that I was able to assist with your travel issues (air line delays)and ground transport to the villa. My job, which is really a labor of love, as an Inn Keeper is to be available 24/7 to take care of any arrangements or issues that arise and to make your vacation memorable and hassle free.

Indeed, once settled in, your very active family did and saw so much in just a short time, doing the ATV tour, Rapelling/Rafting tour and the Canopy Zip Line tour at Selvatura near Monteverde...and that you found plenty of time to enjoy the villa, Gardens, Hiking Trails, Pools/kayaks and Waterslide was the icing on the cake. You really did do it all and that you'll have fond memories of your family vacation to Costa Rica and Villa Encantada is what makes all of our efforts so well worth it.

It was a pleasure hosting your family and we look forward to your return visit as soon as time allows.

Thanks again amigos ~~ Your Host, Glenn
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Reviewed 8 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

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Liked best: The grounds, trails and waterfalls on the property, and the easy access to N. Arenal and great restaurants.
Liked least: That we had to leave!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
16 Apr 2015
Dear Jim,

Thanks a million for your 5 Star Guest Review. That your family came to us as a referral from a past guest, and that you've shared your sentiments with future guests at Villa Encantada validates all of the hard work we do to ensure the best vacation of your lives.

You spent much of your time right at your home away from home... venturing off property occasionly for day excursions, but it's great that everyone in your family found the villa so accommodating, both inside and out. There is no shortage of activities on-site to keep everyone enthusiastic and smiling.

Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to be of service, and above all, thanks for sharing your time and smiles with us. We look forward to seeing you and your family next year.

Hasta Pronto Amigo
Glenn
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Canada
Reviewed 31 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
1 Apr 2015
Dear Brian, Betty, Jim and Jean,

There is nothing more rewarding as an Innkeeper and host, than to have repeat guests, and your FOURTH visit to Villa Encantada and Great Review has made my day! You arrived with all of your provisions and that you spent your entire 3 days on the property, not leaving even once even to go grocery shopping, is really an awesome and a great tribute to our efforts. Even after 18 years Villa Encantada is still a work in progress, and we are constantly striving to (as you've stated) make it better ~~ and yes, it's true that our base rental rates have not increased in over 13 years. We just keep adding amenities that our guests so richly deserve, and always have a project or two on the list to complete... next up, install our own Hydroelectric Plant, and start producing our own electricity. Our eternal source of water is just screaming to be put to work. .. and a 9 hole golf course really is going to be a reality one day!

That you hiked all of our trails, spotted too many birds to mention and even saw a Whitetailed Deer along with Howler Monkeys, Poison Dart frogs, Jesus Christ Lizards (can really walk on water) and Coatimundis.. while enjoying the waterfalls and more is what our Nature Preserve is all about. Our goal is that our guests have the best vacation of their lives, a memorable and hassle free experience that will always be in their minds eye. And to return for a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th visit as you have done.

Thanks amigos. I look forward to seeing your smiling faces again and sharing your unbridled enthusiasm.

Hasta Pronto,
Your Host and Friend,
Glenn
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