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

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Patrick Hughes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Patrick Hughes

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.

Patrick Hughes purchased this villa in 2001

Why Patrick Hughes chose Alajuela Province

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.

What makes this villa unique

'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...

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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(79 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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Great Host, Beautiful Home, & Memorable Experience

  • 5 of 5

The “Red Sunset” was a lovely, comfortable, and beautiful rental home, perhaps one of the best in Costa Rica. As soon as our family came driving up the hill with Jamie, our wonderful driver, we were overcome by its extravagant presence. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Patrick, our superb host, who brought us on a tour through the palatial residence. The house was elegant and lovely, boasting a breathtaking view of the lush land and an old-world charm. The dining room, including the entire home, perfectly accommodated our family of fifteen, consisting of six adults, seven teenagers, and two children. The bedrooms were spacious and the air conditioners kept the house cool. The living room had a splendid library, containing hundreds of books that were signed, within the span of five decades, by a thoughtful, soul-searching family member of Patrick’s. We loved relaxing in the hot tub and adored the pool table. Although we appreciated the indoor pool, we were a bit disappointed since it was sometimes too cold to swim in. Still, we amused ourselves playing pool, cards on the poker table, and board-games.

Every morning, Patrick’s lovely wife, Elisa, and her sweet helper prepared us a (complimentary!) breakfast fit for royalty. The food was so lavish and abundant—we were so stuffed that we didn’t even want lunch! Elisa was so gracious, accommodating a member of our family with dietary restrictions by providing delicious substitutes. She even prepared some foods separately for him, demonstrating her care and consideration. The fruit smoothies were delightful and the variety of meals was overwhelming. We looked forward for the delectable breakfast every morning—it was one of the best parts of our trip. Patrick kindly advised us about the best tourist attractions and we had a blast on a safari, exploring the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Our host was also quick to respond to our needs: whether we needed paper towels or wanted “pipas” to drink, he was there. We also loved our drives with Jamie: the sensation of the warm breeze, the sight of horses and cows grazing, the scent of tropical flowers, and the taste of cold coconut water were glorious. (Jamie’s awesome driving gave us a thrill, too.)

We made beautiful memories and had a wonderful time in Costa Rica, thanks to our wonderful host, Patrick, his hospitable wife, Elisa, and their magnificent rental home. God Bless!

A special shout out to Hunter, Patrick’s little boy, for his vivacity and cheer.

¡Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Great Place! Especially if you have dietary constraints.

  • 5 of 5

We had a phenomenal time at Red Sunset. The house is huge, amazing, and you have it all to yourself, including an indoor pool and hot tub. I personally loved the intricately carved doors and other finishes. The only thing better than the house was the hospitality of Patrick and his family. The man can cook! Breakfast was always a treat to look forward to and if you have any dietary requirements like my son (gluten) and my wife (grain), I doubt you’ll find a more accommodating place than Patrick’s kitchen. I highly recommend that you have him prepare a dinner for you while you there. Patrick can also tell you all the ins and outs of the local attractions and let you know about some of the lesser known options in the area (we rappelled down waterfalls!). Great house. Great hospitality. Great trip.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pura Vida - no worries

  • 5 of 5

Patrick was an exceptional host and vacation planner helping us plan our daily outings and make reservations and arrangements for transportation. We went with his advice and used his driver Jaime. So nice to not have to navigate unfamiliar territory and roads and worry about getting lost or where to eat. Patrick's dinners and his tour guidance, breakfasts by his wife and helper all earn them 5 Star ratings!

The house is spacious with 6 bedrooms each with it's own bath and they made up beds each day. Nice to have access to a washer and dryer especially since things don't dry in the damp rainy season. The kitchen is fully equipped should you want to cook yourself, though we never had to as we took advantage of the option to have Patrick cook for us two nights--Thai w/ chicken satay & pad thai first night and Chicken Parmesan the other. We so appreciated him accomodating our daughter who has to eat gluten free as we had no problem and she always had dessert. The food was wonderful and we had plenty of leftovers for another night. Breakfast included each morning was also a delicious and hearty treat to send us on our way. We also enjoyed the hot tub, dipped in the indoor pool, played some pool and ping pong on the rainy nights. We were there in the beginning of rainy season, but were fortunate to have views of the volcano one morning and of the lake. Going out, we had sunny weather for our activities. House is a bit dimly lit and the upstairs floors creak. It's also a rough ride to get up the dirt road to it. I'd rate the location 4 Stars

The location is great to be in the middle of different activities, though you do have to travel over an hour to get to things like Sky Trek Zip Line, Eco Zoo, Canyoning & the hot springs near La Fortuna, and an hour in other direction to river float (saw lots of iguanas and some monkeys & crocs!) & the Puma Refuge. Sky Trek was our favorite activity.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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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Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $46 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 13.49%

Children under six stay for free.

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Guatuso Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 15
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • 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
  • seating for 24 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
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
  • 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
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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