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Simply the best,great views,pool,delicious food,great advice,peace

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Dec 7, 2016
6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps two to twelve. (Able to accomodate up to 15)

Come stay at the rental home that offers the services of a fine hotel. On site chef services, complete transport arrangements, HUGE 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 15 years and can advise you and your special group on the tours that you may really enjoy as well as those that perhaps are a bit overpriced for what you receive. 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.

More Details
  • Sleeps 15
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

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.

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Speaks: english, spanish

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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76 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(76 traveler 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: Nov 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about this property. Patrick and his wife went above and beyond to ensure our stay was fabulous. Breakfast was wonderful everyday and Patrick cooked an amazing dinner for us. I highly recommend this place, you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time. Everything was wonderful from our driver Jamie to our host Patrick and his wife. The house is beautiful with a fantastic view of Lake Arenal. Breakfast was great as well as the two homemade meals Patrick prepared for us. The chicken Parmesean was fantastic as well as the homemade chocolate cake. Recomend sky trek for zipling. Will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"The Sunset" is amazing!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 just got back from Costa Rica. We stayed 4 of our 8 days at “The Sunset”. We had an amazing time there. Patrick and his wife Lisa were very friendly and accommodating. Lisa cooked our breakfast every morning and they were delicious. Every morning there is coffee, a beautiful fruit plate, a meat of some sort, and either waffles, pancakes, French toast, etc. She offered to make us a traditional Costa Rican breakfast, and we decided to have that the last day. It was amazing!! I’m so glad she asked us!! There is a housekeeper that comes every day, which is also really nice. She does a really good job. Every morning after breakfast Patrick came over and helped us plan our day. We came in the rainy season, so we knew weather could be iffy. Our first full day there it was pouring and Patrick was able to suggest some things to do in an area that it wasn’t raining. Not only did he suggest these excursions, he called them to check the weather and made our reservations for us every day.

The house is very clean and well maintained. Each room has it’s own air conditioner but the main areas don’t have one. I was worried at first since the temps were in the 90s but ended up never missing a/c. Each door has a screen as well as the windows. We would open some up every morning and be completely comfortable. Each room has it’s own bathroom, which is great when everyone is trying to get out of the door. The bedding is clean and the mattresses are comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped and also very clean. My only disappointment is that we weren’t able to see the majestic view until the day we were leaving because of the weather. I’m glad we got to see it because it was spectacular. I highly suggest staying here and if we return to Costa Rica we will definitely choose “The Sunset”.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Extraordinary Stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely wonderful introduction to Costa Rica. Patrick and his support staff went above and beyond to make sure our party of six would never forget the wonder that is Costa Rica and the splendor that is "The Sunset".

Breakfasts in the morning were fabulous and plentiful. Our excursions all went off without a hitch. Balo and Emily, our drivers, were the most helpful people I have EVER come across in ANY country. We hiked, we swam, we zipped, we rappelled, WE ATE, we drank, we hiked again, and we relaxed.

Oh, and THE HOUSE!!!

What a wonderful home. Great breezes during the day, and comfortable AC at night. All room have an en suite. Huge bonus. The detail of this home is exquisite. Two families stayed, and there was room for much much more. We were truly spoiled. By the way, pictures DO NOT do this property justice.

Patrick. Thank you. Thank you. You have helped shape a memory that will never fade.

M. G.

Austin, TX

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved It one of the best I have stayed at

  • 5 of 5

From the start Patrick was so welcoming. The house is large and easily accommodated all 14 of us. The grounds are beautiful and we went for a walk every morning. If you go early enough you get to see all kinds of different birds. Patrick helped us set up rides so we could go to the hot springs as well as Zip lining. We opted to have Patrick cook all 3 of our meals. We did the Italian which we had Chicken parmesan. (one of the best I have ever had the chicken was so tender) We did the local cuisine as well as Greek. Everything he cooked for us was fabulous. I highly recommend you let them cook for you and enjoy your vacation. I easily would come back to this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

A shell of a house requiring a complete renovation, five 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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liberia, Daniel Oduber at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : The Caballo Negro at 6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : 1.5 at 2 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : The Gingerbread at 4 Miles Nearest Beach : Coco, Panama, Nascoscolo, Ocotal. at 50 Kilometres 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. 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.

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From the Owner

'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, office/business area and laundry . Guests enjoy a large, indoor, swimming pool with attached jacuzzi and gymnasium, with pool table and ping pong table. Fantastic panoramic views of Lake Arenal and the frequently active Arenal Volcano. There is an experienced and dedicated staff ready to assist in everything from where to go and what to do, to gourmet meals, group events, tours and therapeutic massage. All of this with some of Costa Rica’s most glorious national park treasures in your own backyard! When you stay at 'The Sunset' you are literally two minutes to one hour from almost all of Costa Rica's adventures' including breathtaking class four whitewater, rappelling down lush water fall filled rain forest canyons, canopy tours, horseback riding, windsurfing, kite boarding, ATV tours, mountain biking and natural jungle trails just to name a few. All activities can be tailored to your pace and the kind of vacation you want to have. Upon your return from a fantastic day of adventure enjoy a delicious home cooked meal or dine in one of our great nearby restaurants. Be our guest and experience the Costa Rica you've been dreaming about. 'The Sunset' Guesthouse is for singles, couples, families, corporate groups and all those that know how to travel well...

Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • 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
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax


  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...

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


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Water View


  • 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

Floor Area

  • 4000 sq. ft.


  • 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.


  • 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 gas fireplace. All the bedrooms feature custom designed, hand carved, sustainably harvested exotic hardwood beds.


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace


  • Included in Price
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • 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 Eco-lodge hotel is our neighbor and boasts “The Best” canopy tour and offers guided hiking and horseback riding. 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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