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Villa Encantada~40 Acre Lakefront Nature Preserve Estate in Lake Arenal

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                                         Villa Encantada Estate Description

16 YEARS OF SERVICE. 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 Estate...COMPLETE PRIVACY

To see what really awaits you at Villa Encantada, visit our (12) VIRTUAL TOURS of the Villa Encantada Interior and 40 Acre Nature Preserve Estate... go to our VRBO/22582 listing site and to the Photo Section for the Virtual Tour Video access, or to our Flipkey/Trip Advisor listing for 100+ pics and Videos.

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 thousands of guests since 1996, 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 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. In addition, we have a second villa on the Estate that sleeps 6 persons, so that we have the overall capacity to accommodate 18/20 persons when necessary.

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 and lake and rainforest views that surround you.  You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ new appliances, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, FREE Int'l telephone calls, Barbecue Grill, Washer & Dryer... and MUCH more!Experience our newly remodeled bathrooms. 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 16 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 rainforests 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 lakeshore 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: Arenal Volcano,Arenal Lakefront Vacation Villa, Private Nature Preserve, Eco Adventure, Botanical Gardens

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Villa Encantada~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~                                An Architectural Masterpiece in a Paradise Setting

Villa situated on a 40 acre private Lakefront Estate; total privacy in this lushly landscaped tropical paradise setting with Awesome 360 degree Lake Arenal and Rainforest views.

Villa comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons--can accomodate large or small groups, Family Reunions, Weddings or Honeymooners. In addition, we have a 2nd villa on the Estate that can sleep 6-8 persons, so that we have the overall capacity to accomodate as many as 20-22 persons.

Easy Day Trips to Tabacon Hot Springs, Monteverde, Beaches, Rio Celeste Waterfalls, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve and many National Parks.  

Convenient to the village of Nuevo Arenal ~~Restaurants & Shopping  nearby~~

COOL CLIMATE Springlike weather year 'round...average temperature 78-82 degrees F.

Tri-level 2800 sq. ft. home with 4 bedrooms including huge master loft & 3 bathrooms. All bedrooms in the villa have their own private entrance access Imported Italian tile & exotic hardwood throughout 2 Fireplaces (living room & master bedroom) Fully furnished home with comfortable/modern furniture

Fully equipped modern kitchen w/ microwave, appliances & wet bar DirecTV, DVD, stereo system, Telephone & FAX, WiFi Internet Connection Outdoor Barbeque grill Washer & Dryer for your personal use, Linens & towels provided Maid service provided every third day.

Natural spring fed pond for swimming/fishing and waterfalls to relax by. Kayaks (7) for your personal use.

 Owner operated~~ deal directly with the owner

activities and attractions in Lake Arenal Costa Rica

Extensive hiking trails on the property~~See Monkeys, Iguanas, Deer, and Birds~~ 3.5 hours from San Jose Int'l Airport...90 minutes from Liberia Int'l Airport Garage & ample parking for 6-8 vehicles Fishing/Lake Tours available (extra) Cook available on request (extra) Responsible child care arrangements (extra) Professional massage therapy at your service (extra)


If you can drag yourself away from the comfortable, serene surroundings at Villa Encantada there are day excursions and a great many outdoor and adventure activities available in the immediate area that can be enjoyed.

In the immediate area here are some of your options:

Visit Arenal Volcano and one of the many Hot Springs mineral baths.
Visit the Rio Fortuna Waterfalls at the base of the Arenal Volcano.
Jungle hikes to discover pristine swimming pools fed by a spectacular waterfall of over 300 ft.
Canopy Tour at Lake Coter where suspension ropes hoist you above the treetops for a close up view of the rainforest canopy.

Venado Caverns for an exciting adventure viewing stalagmites, stalactites and cave exploring.

Jungle treks through the rain forest is an eco-adventure that most people will never have the chance to experience.

Miles & miles of manicured trails are at your beck and call.

Bird watching (this temperate zone climate offers as many as 300 different species of birds from keel billed toucans, tanagers, parrots, hummingbirds to red legged honeycreepers and a virtual
potpourri of colorful feathered friends).

Windsurfing (Lake Arenal is world renowned, attracting serious windsurfers from every corner of the globe). Rental equipment is available.

Horseback riding tour through the rain forest and up to Lake Cote, an extinct volcanic crater, where on a clear day you can see all the way to Nicaragua.

Tour Lake Arenal by catamaran sailboat or party barge. Fishing excursions are also available. Fish for rainbow bass and talapia with a guide that usually knows where the fish are.

Lake Arenal water-skiing tours are available, as are boat rentals.

Mountain biking on some of the best trails in Costa Rica through
protected wilderness areas. Bike rentals available.

Tour the Lake Arenal villages of Arenal, Tilaran, Tronadora, Canas,
and Fortuna to experience Costa Rica's friendly people. Personalized Spanish language study program. (Instructor comes right to Villa Encantada for Spanish lessons).

USA certified masseuse available on request (reasonable rates).


Because Lake Arenal and Villa Encantada are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, there is a multitude of activities that are but a few hours away by car. Birders and naturalists are particularly interested in many of the following sites or National Parks. A personal guide is available for a reasonable fee.

Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip - an excellent day trip in a lowland habitat where you'll see an abundance of birds, crocodiles and animal wildlife.

Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area - where a great many coastal birds reside. You will see 15 separate habitats with over 150 species of trees and 55 water plant species in this gigantic lagoon, as well the 279 species of birds that have been sighted here.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve with over 450 bird species sighted - a world famous destination where you may see the resplendent quetzal. You will want to get an early start as there is a host of activities.

Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve includes a lake and marshlands of over 800 hectares and 5 separate habitats. This lake virtually dries up in the dry season (February to May), but the river can be navigated and there is an abundance of waterfowl to see.

Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Park on the northwest Pacific Coast is a tropical dry forest and home to 260 bird species as well as cougars, jaguars, crocodiles and anteaters.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park ( volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls). This reserve is home to many of the high elevation birds that are seen at Monteverde. This park is known as "Costa Rica's Yellowstone".

Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to a depth of 240 meters and have a profusion of stalagmites, stalactites, pillars and other underground formations. Not much
wildlife, but very worthwhile park.

Beaches, Beaches. and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is less than 90 minutes away. Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa's Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo. Beach activities include scuba diving, sport fishing, golf, swimming,
surfing, horseback riding and shopping to name a few.

vacation rental rates

                     ~~ 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.

3 night minimum stay requirement. Pro-rated on weekly rate. Minimum stay exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. ~~ 

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

                                        2014/2015 RENTAL RATES
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.

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

You get the entire villa (and 40 acre Lakefront Estate) regardless of the number of persons in your group. Complete Privacy.

Reservation Deposit: 50%, Balance due 60 days prior to arrival
Damage and Security Deposit: $300.00 (Refundable)
Sales and Room Occupancy Tax (13%) not included in listed rates
** 3 or more children 6 years of age or under equal 1 adult rate

Cleaning Fee of $100 for groups of 6+ persons

Restrictions: Smoking outside only, please

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Top things to do in Lake Arenal
  • Volcano Arenal viewing
  • Canopy Zip Line Tours
  • Fishing Excursions
  • White Water Rafting
  • Wind Surfing
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  • Nature Hiking
  • Kayaking on Lake Arenal
  • Horseback Riding
  • Canopy Zip Line Tours
  • Fishing Trips
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  • Fishing Excursion
  • Bike Riding
  • Kayaking on Lake Arenal
  • Swimming on Lake Arenal
  • Picnic in the Rainforest

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Villa Encantada stay was terrific

Review submitted: August 22, 2006   Date of arrival: March 1, 2006

Our family spent 7 wonderfull days at Villa Encantada. Not too far away from Nuevo Arenal a quiet little town which we all enjoyed visiting. Villa Encantada is close to, and has a spectacular view, of Lake Arenal.

The owner (your host) also has a pontoon boat available for fishing trips. Or, in our case, for sight seeing cruises. We were in awe of the beautiful Volcano Areanal. Our trip on the boat was so enjoyable and relaxing.

Speaking of relaxing. From the moment we arrived at the Villa we felt at home. The Villa is everything we had read about prior to selecting Encantada as our vacation destination in Costa Rica. Honestly Encantada is everything it was to be and MORE.

The Villa has a beauty and warmth you can feel the moment you see it... Not to mentiion how one feels upon walking in the front door. Of course you will have to tear yourself away from the spectacular view of Lake Arenal, from the front porch, in order to enter the Villa.

Walking into the Villa you immediately have a view of the back porch and the garden paradise which is your backyard. The pond and island are the center piece of the back yard and garden. You will want to walk across the suspended bridge to the island where you can enjoy feeding the fish in the pond. A daily task my Granddaughter gladly took on and which we all enjoyed sharing with her.

There are 4 Kayaks available to use in the pond or take down to the hill to Lake Arenal. My granddaughter and I tried our kayaking skills in the pond. She took to it like a duck takes to water. And, I can attest to the fact the water in the pond is clean, clear, cold and drinkable... As I swallowed half the pond before I mastered the art of getting onto the Kayak. Another fond memory from our stay at Encantada.

The nature trails created by the owner are maped out for your review. Or, as wek did, you can begin exploring them on your own. Getting caught up in the beauty of the rain forest, following the flowing creek up to the water fall and beyond... An enjoyable time was had by us as we explored the gardens and trails of Encantada.

Every morning we were awakened by the Howler Monkeys in the rain forest. Once you have heard them you are not likely to forget it. Even better than hearing them was seeing them one morning from the back porch of the Villa.

Watching the amazing variety of birds eating from the bird feeder and taking a whole bunch of pictures... Most enjoyable! And, if you don't have a camera I seriously doubt if you will soon forget the first time you see the Toucans.

We enjoyed the variety of restaurants which are easy to get to from the Villa. We found them to be clean, reasonably priced and the food and service was very good to terrific.
Eating "Tico" is most enjoyable, and we would recommend the pleasure that can be derived from eatiing "Tico".

The canopy tour is most enjoyable and only a short drive from the villa. If you want to see the rainforest try seeing it from the Top down... Very impressive.

Our host, guide, skipper (on our boat tour of Lake Arenal) and new "Friend". Made our stay at the Villa truly and Enchanted vacation. You can not ask for a better host anywhere.

We will return again to visit paradise at Villa Encantada.
It is everything it was said to be... and more!!

If you are going to Costa Rica you do not want to miss out on staying at Villa Encantada where you can experience the gem of Costa Rica... Lake Arenal, and the crown jewel Arenal the Volcano

Helpful votes: 50 / 53


The best villa we have ever stayed in.........

Review submitted: August 25, 2014   Date of arrival: August 12, 2014

Perfect. All the web site says and more. We have travelled the world staying in rented villas but this is the top, the gardens, house, area and Glenn all make the vacation top top class. You will not believe the gardens and swimming in the lake, the pool and the waterfall is a gift. A trip to horse ride a bit of zip lining and then kayaking makes for a great stay. Glenn, well done, as I told you, the best villa!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Dream vacation in Costa Rica

Review submitted: August 16, 2014   Date of arrival: July 31, 2014

We considered staying at a hotel during our week in Costa Rica but were most fortunate to have found Villa Encatada. The pictures on the website looked beautiful, but it was beyond expectations when we got there. The house was not only richly decorated, but had very comfortable beds and lots of outdoor furniture to lounge and enjoy spectacular scenery. Un believable landscaping. Our teenage kids enjoyed the slide and pool with fishing poles and kayaks available to play around with on the pond. Our whole family spent several hours hiking what looked like any State Park in the United States right there at the Villa. There were very well maintained trails through the woods and along a beautiful waterfall. The owner checked in with us every day to make sure everything was working OK and was so helpful in arranging some of the activities (white water rafting -through Wave Expeditions- absolutely a fantastic ride and great guides and Zip lines through Selvatura- also highly recommended activity if you like adventure and thrill. We did go to the beach one day but because of the road construction ended up taking us 4 hours ( I would recommend staying overnight rather than a day trip for that one). We also went to the Baldi Hot Springs which was about an hour a way-good if you have kids because of the slides that they also have in addition to the cemented hot pools-nice clean park. We were able to go into the town of New Arenal which was less than 10 minutes away and do grocery shopping, however we really enjoyed the restaurants Moyas, Los Establos-authentic tica food, and great German cooking at the German bakery in town and La Rana. We very much hope to return one day to Villa Encatada.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

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