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Official Site of El Castillo de Esparza Luxury Resort Villa, Pacific Ocean view


Property Details

Updated: May 27, 2016
Villa, 10 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 10+ Baths, (Sleeps 20-30)

The most prestigious, luxury villa in Costa Rica is now available for rental. This secure, private estate is perfect for romantic getaways, family reunions, corporate retreats, incentive travel and weddings.

The Castle offers many booking options for groups of two to thirty people. When

you rent the Castle, your rent the entire property exclusively for you and your group.

Regardless of the size of your group, you get our full service staff including Chef,

and Concierge.. I makes it a real vacation for you and your guests.

Our rates vary on the time of year and the size of your group, but even with all

our amenities you are likely to pay less than if your were booking hotel rooms at

Costa Rica's best hotels. And you don't have to go out to dinner at high priced

restaurants when you have your own executive Chef prepare three meals a day

to your choice...the freshest of ingredients.. fine meats, fish and shrimp, fresh local

vegetables and fruits..something different every day..

Your stay includes the service of twelve professionals

including a Chef, sous Chef, house staff, laundry, bilingual guide bartender, property staff, Concierge, and General Manager Henry Denzler.

The villa features 2 large multi room suites and 8 spacious bedrooms. It can easily accommodate groups of up to 30 people or an incredible private getaway for two ! Luxuriate in the private pools, large hot tub, waterslide, golf and tennis court. A private spa is located within the walls and more!

One of the most famous landmarks in Costa Rica is the Manor House of El Castillo. A noted German architect created the various spaces using Costa Rican hardwoods and artisans.

The 'Castle' is your own private resort. with your own private staff including our Castle

Manager, Ana, Chef Minor, sous chef, concierge, bartender and a full house staff.

Chef Minor will prepare meals for you as you choose, provisioning the finest meats

and fish, fresh vegetables and fresh local fruit...Our guest are always thrilled with

the selection and presentation from our kitchens.

Scroll Down to just above our photos and click the link connecting you to our virtual tour.

For further information please call us directly

at 903 497-7677 (U.S. phone number)

Keywords: Estate, Castle, Retreat, Villa, Resort

More Details
  • Sleeps 30
  • 10 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I grew up in the Midwest and have had a corporate life and entrepreneurial experience. Now just getting ready to enjoy retirement.....well at least less stressful activities.

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Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the manager

I just wanted to let you know what a great time we had at your home last week. The home is so beautiful and the staff is incredible. What great food and great service! We really appreciate all that Hank and the rest of the staff did to make our stay so perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful, amazing home with us for the week and providing us with such and great opportunity to share a perfect vacation with friends. With thanks, Tammie
Nov 2013
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15 Reviews

based on 15 traveler reviews

Delray Beach, Florida/ USA

Outstanding personal experience-Worth every penny

  • 5 of 5

Third time returning and it just keeps getting better- you get a lot for the cost. Professional yet very personable staff are the best we find in our global travels (spoke Spanish & English expertly). Annabelle & the staff helped arrange a deep sea fishing adventure with HUGE results! Chef Minor & protégé Diego prepared a traditional pig roast which was a unique experience and wonderful in taste. The sushi was expert. All the meals and drinks were excellent. Lots of time to hang by the pool, read, walk, relax in the evening to decompress and escape. But we also enjoyed fireworks overlooking the distant Pacific, played golf, pool, tennis & pickleball. Some days we did nothing at all. Easy to get to from San Jose and everyone in Costa Rica is friendly

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Want to live and be treated like royalty?....stay here!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 12th family vacation. We've vacationed in Mexico, Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S.

All of these were 1st class properties BUT nothing was as grand as El Castillo!

The property is magnificent and the 3 specially prepared meals/day were outstanding!

EVERYTHING exceeded our expectations!

Although the day trips were a bit long the refuge of El Castillo more than compensated.

Hats off for assembling the most gracious and accommodating staff we have ever encountered. Ana, Josue and Chef Minor as well as the 7 others couldn't have treated us better if we were royalty. Don't let this team get away, they are an absolute 10+!

It was truly a FIVE STAR experience!

Thanks to Hank as well for being on the money with his recommendations and being spot on with his answers to our questions....not one hiccup!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Royal treatment ... even if you're not so royal!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic getaway. The food was top shelf - staff attentive as needed. Evening entertainment ranged from local musicians to fantastic fireworks. Pitch and putt golf on the property tests your pitching from high. Loved it. Would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Escape & Luxury Environment

  • 5 of 5

Took a large group of business associates and El Castillo met every need for logistics from San Jose, business meetings and personal fun, all in an extremely relaxing and safe environment. WIFI kept us connected as needed and plenty of areas for gathering. Lots to do on the compound- golf (chipping), tennis, huge pool & hot tub, water volleyball, water slide- great games/team building. The mountain/valley views were peaceful and the fireworks they arranged were fantastic. Close to the beach and other adventures but once there, it was hard to leave. The staff were excellent, attentive and communicated very well, they made us feel at home. The chef prepared wonderful meals in several locations on the compound. This was a fantastic venue for pleasure or business- plenty of space for privacy. I have already booked later this year with the family. Highly recommended and actually a great value for all you get.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A week at the Castle...Castillo de Esparza

  • 5 of 5

The Castle was a magnificent get away with great company. Chef Minor prepared wonderful meals exquisitely presented. Our personal fireworks show was absolutely the best ever, and the nightly entertainment at the cocktail hour was unique and very enjoyable....very Costa Rica! The Castle was filled with history, and the accommodations were superb. The staff was professional and always very attentive. The activities were many, chipping greens, tennis, huge swimming pool with volleyball, and my favorite...lounging. The Castle-again next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A five star experience in every way!

  • 5 of 5

I traveled to the Castillo with friends this fall and we all had a marvelous time. From the moment we arrived until the moment we departed we were so impressed with the staff and with the property. There is so much to do at the Castillo that we didn't even have time to visit the beautiful beach which we understand was nearby. We spent our days lounging in the pool on comfy floating beds, playing water volleyball, zipping down the water slide, on the tennis/basketball courts, doing yoga on the putting green-like grass, getting massages (so awesome!!), eating 3 delicious meals and enjoying cocktails poolside. This was a truly magical vacation for all of us and we'll never forget it. Can't wait to go back and would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Costa Rica, aptly described as the Switzerland of Latin America is truly a land of Pura Vida ! The biodiversity is incredible and with more than 30 micro climates, the variety of activities is incredible. Our villa, located on a mountain close to the Pacific coast enjoys warm days with cooling breezes and does not have the intense heat you find close to the northern beaches of Guanacaste Yet we are only 5 minutes away from the closest beach.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Juan Santamaria (San Jose) at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Esparza at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Puntarenas at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Highway Interamericana at 0.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Esparza at 0.75 Miles Nearest Beach : Playa Dona Ana at 4 Kilometres Nearest Point of Interest : Parque Aventura Nearest Point of Interest : Private Beach Nearest Point of Interest : Local Art, Sculpture and Carvings Nearest Point of Interest : Carera National Park Nearest Point of Interest : Crocodile Tour Nearest Point of Interest : World Class Sportfishing Nearest Point of Interest : Jaco Beach Nearest Point of Interest : ATV Tours Nearest Point of Interest : Riverview Nearest Point of Interest : Manuel Antonio National Park Nearest Point of Interest : Volcano Arenal Nearest Point of Interest : Turubari Park Nearest Point of Interest : Tabacon Hot Mineral Springs and Spa Nearest Point of Interest : Megafauna Park Nearest Point of Interest : Monteverde Reserve Nearest Point of Interest : Fiver rafting float trip Nearest Point of Interest : River Rafting Nearest Point of Interest : Tropical Bungee Car: not necessary

Canopy Tours, ATV Tours, Crocodile Tours. Bungee Jumping, Deep Sea Fishing, Diving, Snorkeling and many more.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
15 - 20 persons
Jul 5 2016 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas / New Years
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 5 2018
18 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.0%

Please see our website for complete rate information as group size can affect the rate. We are very flexible on payment schedules if the booking is longer than 6 months in advance of your arrival. Costa Rica requires a 10% gratuity added to the rental rate.

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From the Owner

We can arrange private carnivals within the property, custom designed firework displays and an array of local entertainment, including some of the top Costa Rican groups, all on the grounds of the villa. Should you choose to arrive by helicopter, we feature our own heliport.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...


  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Resort
  • Rural


  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Bathroom 5
  • Bathroom 6
  • Bathroom 7
  • Bathroom 8
  • Bathroom 9
  • Bathroom 10
  • Bathroom 11
  • 10+


  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king, Deluxe
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 king, Deluxe
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 9 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 10 - 2 twin/ single
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • Bedroom 1 Grand Suite - 1 king, Large two room suite with King Bed,, large bath
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 queen, ensuite bath
  • Bedroom 2 - Grand Suite - 1 king, Large three room suite with large bath
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

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


  • 165 foot water slide to a separate pool. Tennis Court, Basketball Net, 2 putting greens with 6 holes, Spa, Exercise equipment. Al fresco dining in our Rancho by the pool.

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