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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

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Kim W
Magnolia, Texas
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4 reviews
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“AWESOME EXPERIENCE”
Reviewed 17 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

I chose this villa because my wife loves to ride horses. I could not have chosen a better place. The stables were immaculate and horses well taken care of. Jonathan was the best guide. The villa was well equipped and very very clean. The owners were very hospitable and made you feel right at home.

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Liked best: Horseback riding, ATV excursion to the hot springs
Liked least: The drive back and forth from La Fortuna
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway
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Germany
Reviewed 10 June 2013 for a stay in April 2013

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Bronwyn E
Corvallis, Oregon
2 reviews
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“Beyond our Highest Expectations”
Reviewed 5 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013

My husband and I stayed here with our teens aged 13 and 16 for 3 nights and it was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. The property is beautiful and the accommodations were first rate. You can be on your own to explore if you'd like but I recommend talking with Esteban to plan your activities. We went on an outstanding horsebacking ride that we will never forget (and my husband and kids are not horse people) with Esteban's guide and horses. This guide also took us on ATVs (our first time on ATVs) to enjoy a small local hot springs resort and had a blast. Whether your activities are with Esteban or not, I highly recommend taking his advice on where to go because we found his recommendations spot on. I can't say enough about how terrific our stay here was and would recommend it those who are somewhat adventurous and want to get a taste of Costa Rica that is away from a resort but still enjoy top notch accommodations.

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Liked best: the accommodations, the personalized horseback riding and ATV trips
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
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JCaballer...
Pomona, California
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“The villa felt like a home away from home...”
Reviewed 31 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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My partner and I spent 8 days at the villa and we had a wonderful time. It was private, spacious, clean and safe. Esteban (the owner) was extremely helpful and made us feel very comfortable. It's located (about) 30 minutes from La Fortuna, but we didn't mind the distance between the towns. We went to Costa Rica to get away from the city life and the villa met our expectation. We felt like we were part of the local community and not like tourists. 3 years ago we stayed at Tabacon Resort & Spa and even though it is a very nice hotel, it was too mainstream for us.
Tip: rent a small SUV, always wear mosquito repellent and take a flashlight.

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Liked best: Privacy
Liked least: The ants.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Tami_Mike
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
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““Pure pura vida!””
Reviewed 29 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

Luck was on our side when we found Esteban’s property. The ranch – WOW!!!! The home we stayed in was spacious and luxurious. Decorated throughout with beautiful art, furniture was authentic Costa Rican, beautiful flower arrangements throughout, spacious bathroom with a sunken tub surrounded by windows, a large bedroom with a comfy bed and the kitchen had everything you could possibly need including the daily cleaning service. The ranch is so peaceful; we enjoyed the view watching the horses while swinging in the hammock. The maintenance of this property is unbelievable - the grounds were immaculate, the flowers beautiful, the stables extremely clean and the pool sparkled in the sun along with the Jacuzzi!

Jonathan (our private tour guide) took us out for a ride on the ATV’s through the mountains which showed us overwhelming views. We had a few pit stops – one to swim in a river to cool down and then ending the night to relax in the beautiful hot springs which was a fantastic experience. The best part of our stay was the hot air balloon ride that we took on our 5th wedding anniversary. We were very nervous but Esteban was an awesome operator/owner that went out of his way to make us feel safe.

Unfortunately for us there was only a 3 night opening at the Ranch during our 2 weeks in Costa Rica. Esteban was a blessing as he went above and beyond reserving all of our other accommodations and booking our rental vehicle. He truely made our vacation extremely exceptional sending us on some great adventures, not touristy at all and sending us to locations that were completely gorgeous. If we could say anything about Esteban, he is an honest, trustworthy person who really cares about others. He is for sure a great ambassador for Costa Rica.

We have stayed in many 5 star hotels and this is more than a 5 star in our opinion!!! We will definitely stay here again!!! Thank you Esteban, Monica and staff for the wonderful experience.

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Liked best: Can't really pick one, it was all wonderful!!
Liked least: the house gecko but they eat the other insects!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Cincinnati
Reviewed 20 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013

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DE, USA
Reviewed 24 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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