- 8 bedrooms
- 8 bathrooms
- Sleeps 20
Description from the owner
We have the Best Views and the Most Incredible Property in all of Lake Aenal. A Private a Gated 13 Acre Estate with 5 Incredible Distinct Villas to choose from. Rent just one or all of them. There is absolutely no comparison. We are 2nd to none of our competition. Don't be fooled by other ads, just check our reviews and see for yourselves that we are the envy of our competition.
Unlike others, my wife and i reside on the estate and are here to help you with your stay and with tours and even transportation. Maid service is (3) times weekly. Unlike some others who are located off of some very bad roads, we are conveniently located.You wil...l be hypnotized by this exotic location. We are located between la fortuna and monteverde along beatiful lake arenal. Five incredible villas to choose from or you may rent the entire estate for family or business gatherings, weddings, etc..Also help with wedding planning. We have a large pool and dynamic views abound on this property. Casa grande, our finest comes with a jacuzzi and an outdoor rancho for bar-b-q's .
No need to rent a car. We have a van service that works with our clients to pick you up at the airport or any location in costa rica, escort you to your tours, shopping and dining and even taking you to your next destination. Pricing depends on the amount of people and destinations.
Casa grande...Incredible view of lake arenal and the mountains. One king en suite, one queen en suite, one queen with ½ bath, laundry and large equiped kitchen and dining area and a magnificent 55 foot living room with panoramic views. Outdoor ranch for bar-b-que and 6 person jacuzzi.
Casa primera..Great views and close to the pool. King bedroom en suite, twin bedroom en suite and a bedroom with two double beds en suite. Plus another ½ bath. Living room with t.V. And dining area. Large front porch and laundry. Wifi and sat t.V.
Enchanted cottage...Full kitchen, one king bedroom, bath with shower, living room with queen fold out sofa. Large enclosed veranda with views of lake and mountains. Nicely furnished and private setting.
Casa bella visa...Over the garage with a queen bed and bath with shower, queen sofa bed in living area and kitchen. Balcony with great views of lake arenal and the mountains. Next to casa grande.
arenal springs villas by the lake is the most magnificent and pristine property in the arenal lake area of costa rica. Temperatures here are the most comfortable in costa rica. The daily highs are in the low to mid 80's and the nightly lows are in the mid to high 60's years round. There are four separate beautiful homes of differing personalities. Beautiful pool with more magnificent views. All homes are fully equipped for cooking and have television with dvd players and movies available.
Lake access is available with kayak and canoe rentals. Fishing is great and charters are close by. There are many restaurants in the area for your dining pleasure. We have connections for tours, rental cars, etc.
We are so conveniently located if you want the flavor of getting the most out of your vacation. We are only 40 minutes from the arenal volcano (which is active and may be seen from our property. Also, 40 minutes to the tabacon hot springs. The beaches of flamingo, coco and ocatal are less than two hours. Locally is wind surfing, horseback riding, butterfly exhibits, biking, canoeing, fishing, lake tours, canopy and adventure tours, atv tours and on and on.Read more
About the owner
Thomas Ploskina +506 4123575222 Full profile
Response rate: 85%
Response time: A few hours
Calendar updated: 11 months ago
Overall rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 84 reviews
Arenal Springs Villas by the Lake
Nuevo Arenal, Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica
Additional Location Information
We are conveniently located on Lake Arenal in Guanacaste. 1 Hour to La Fortuna and Volcano Arenal and 1 1/2 hours from Monteverde in the opposite direction. The small town of Nuevo Arenal is only 4 miles away for shopping, dining, etc...Magnificent Views of Lake Arenal and close to Views of Arenal Volcao. Day trips to the Beaches are frequently taken by my clients.Careful of my competition as many are located up some very bad roads or are not Private and Gated as we are.
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Lake nearby, Mountain nearby, Warm winter getaways
Last updated on November 05, 2013
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YOUR RATES WILL DEPEND ON THE VILLA CHOSEN AND YOUR METHOD OF PAYMENT. THE HIGHEST PRICE LISTED IS FOR CASA GRANDE UP TO (2) GUESTS. INQUIRE ABOUT MY RATES FOR THE OTHER VILLAS. WE HAVE FOUR DIFFERENT VILLAS FROM $99 PER NIGHT AND $675 PER WEEK UP TO $325 PER NIGHT AND $2100 PER WEEK PLUS TAXES....CASA GRANDE...CASA PRIMERA....CASA BELLA VISTA...& THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE..
HOLIDAY RATES ARE AT A PREMIUM....CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, EASTER AND THANKSGIVING.
CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER ARE FREE.
- Towels Provided
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Housekeeping Optional
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Fax Machine
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
- Ocean or water views
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- DVD Player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Stereo or CD player
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - yes
- 7500 square feet
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70 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Mauro, Debra, Lyle & Val
Regina, Saskatchewan Canada
Paradise at arenal Springs
From the first contact with Tom and Maria we knew we would be well looked after. Tom's response to our online inquiry was within 24 hours followed up by a phone call to our home in Canada. Maria was also instrumental in helping us get tours booked and arranging ground transportation to pick us up at the west coast and take us to arenal Springs. We continued to use Emily and Balo's shuttle service through the course of our week at arenal Springs.
We arrived at arenal Springs later in the day to find that the grounds and the house were even more beautiful that the pictures depicted. The grounds were manicured and clean. There were many kinds of birds and the howler monkeys in the trees made for good entertainment. The pool was kept spotless and included a couple of lounge chairs and a table with benches so we spent a couple of afternoons lounging by the pool.
Our group included two couples and we stayed at the Casa Primera house. The house had a good supply of dishes and cooking utensils which make meal prep easy. We were surprised to learn that we could drink the tap water so we didn't need to purchase bottled water. We got groceries in New arenal which was about a 15 minute drive.
The bedrooms were spacious with comfortable beds and a large bathroom ensuite. The house remained cool in the evenings in spite of the hot weather during the day. The maids came to change out the towels and clean the house every second day. On the front deck of the house was a table and chairs so we ate our breakfast outside most every day.
Tom was very generous with his time. He came and chatted with us on a couple of occasions answering all our questions. He took us to look at some real estate and he even put us in contact with Daryl who took us out on a 1/2 day boat cruise on Lake arenal.
We will definitely return to arenal Springs on our next trip to Costa Rica.
breathtaking nature and a beautiful and comfortable home
Lucky enough to have 5 nights here after traveling throughout Costa Rica in the dry season. But the arenal area was clean and beautiful, not dusty like down below. And this property is perfectly situated with a view of the beautiful clean lake, all kinds of birds galore, and the sound of the monkeys in the trees at night. Everything we could possibly have thought of was included in our beautiful home, and we enjoyed cooking dinner and enjoying a Costa Rican Imperial on the patio at night, enjoying the view and the cool breeze. Beautifully decorated, perfectly maintained, and the owners, Tom and Maria, were charming and helpful. and there's a little neighborhood bar not too far donw the road for mingling. Great!
Ron & Monika
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
I am writing about arenal Springs Villas by the Lake. Tom & Maria, who run the place, were so friendly & helpful we feel we have new friends. wwee arrived late but Maria brought us food so that the next morning we could have a civilized start. They gave us maps, advice on restaurants, & Tom drove us around to show us homes (the purpose of our trip). They live on site & always there for anything needed. The villas were exactly as advertised. This is a gated, secure estate on a terraced mountain side, fully staffed with grounds staff & maids. We stayed at Casa Grande, which is complete with luxurious furniture & a romantic hot tub with a great view. There is an outdoor Ranchero with BBQ & wood burning fireplace. It is big enough for 3 or 4 couples. The kitchen is fantastic, but if you wany Tom has contacts with a chef who can cook for you. The setting was very serene with Toucans and monkeys in the trees & the exquisite sound of silence at night. All the other villas were well equipped & had great views. Families have rented the entire estate for weddings & other occasions & it is a perfect venue.
The time we spent at arenal Springs Villas by The Lake was memorable. Our goal was to relax, but mostly to prospect for a retirement home. The site is located with not too distant drives to surrounding areas including San Jose, Liberia & the Pacific Coast beaches. The area is full of surprises with many fine homes & gated estates with excellent homes at reasonable prices. There is even a Yatch Club nearby. You might want to rent a car, but there is transportation & many rewards with visits to local small towns, La Fortuna, the arenal Volcano, Monteverde National Park, etc. We will be returning soon to finalize our home search & I can think of no finer place to stay. This is definitely 5 Star!
Glen and Cathy
A little slice of heaven
My wife and I and two other couples stayed in the large home for 4 nights in January. The home was very luxurious and we had a wonderful time chatting with Tom and his wife and Daryl who lives just down the road. Daryl was kind enough to take the six of us out for a few hours on the lake where we did a little fishing, swimming, and just enjoying the peace and tranquility of the area. We already decided we will retire in this area and this just confirms it. You cannot go wrong staying here. We ended our stay with a barbecue and feast with our new found friends, cooked up some fresh home made dumplings and seafood. The two other couple came all the way from China to travel with us. We all loved our stay and will certainly visit again.
My husband and I organized a trip for 19 of our friends to join us at arenal Springs Villas by the Lake over New Year's this past January. We rented out the whole estate, and could not have asked for a better experience. While planning the trip, Tom was available to answer any questions by phone or email. Compared to other places we looked at online, the price was quite reasonable, and even though he had other offers, he was patient with us while we figured out how to send our deposit to Costa Rica. Maria was great about helping us organize day trips. (The white water rafting trip we went on was a long drive, but truly excellent rafting.)
When we arrived, the place was perfect. The villas were in immaculate condition and the views were stunning. Tom and Maria were always available if we had questions, but they were not intrusive in any way. We even had a little incident where we broke their sprinkler. They were very calm about it, dealt with it right away, and didn't charge us because they had the parts they needed on hand.
The only caution I would tell someone thinking of renting here is that you need to plan ahead for your transportation. The Villas are about an hour drive from La Fortuna, so you either need to rent cars or arrange with Maria to get a van service ahead of time. If you have enough people, the van service is very reasonable. When you rent the van you get it and the drivers all day and they will take you wherever you want. We did that one day and the diver and assistant were very kind and ended up showing us where we could get into natural hot springs for free! We were very happy with this option but you need to book in advance.
I would definitely recommend this place to someone looking to spend some quality time with a group of friends or family. I'm sure anyone in my group of 21 would be happy to come back again as well!
Ronan & Diane
Waukesha, WI USA
The Gem of Costa Rica
My wife and I have been spending twenty-three days in the beautiful country of Costa Rica every year since 2007. We most likely know more about the country than most of the people that have lived there all of their lives. During those years we spent two of the weeks, on separate occasions, in the arenal area. We decided to spend another week in areal and by the greatest of flukes, we happened upon the internet pages for the arenal Spring Villas rental cottages.
If you are a one time visitor or are revisiting Costa Rica, the best place to savor what Costa Rica has to offer is at the rental cottages of Tom and Maria Ploskina. Besides visiting the most active volcano in the country, there are three zip lines, hot springs, hanging bridges, waterfalls, and excursions to nearby Monte Verde. Eating opportunities, wildlife viewing, and orchids are found everywhere.
We stayed in the Enchanted Cottage, which has a babbling brook just outside the window to fall asleep by and a pool just out the back door. The cottage was more than we could have asked for. This gated paradise is the best kept secret in the country. The lands are immaculately groomed and the house keeping staff are some of the most friendly individuals that I have ever met in my life. The pictures on the website will blow you away but be prepared to be even more overwhelmed upon your arrival.
Had a great time
My fiance and I stayed in the Enchanted Cottage during our Costa Rica vacation. We had a great time and Tom & Maria couldn't have been more helpful. The location is about 50-60 minutes outside of La Fortuna depending on who you're driving behind--the roads are only 1 lane, very curvy, and people like to take their sweet time. The Enchanted Cottage is located on the grounds of the arenal Springs Villas. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and we finally saw toucans on our last day there after looking every morning. The cottage was very clean and private and has a basic kitchen so you can prepare your own meals--we got very tired of eating out all of the time by our 8th day in CR. If you do choose to go out to eat, we really suggest Moya's. Great food! Tom can recommend all the places to try and what to avoid. If you want to be in La Fortuna, this may not be the place for you. However, if you want to get away from all the touristy stuff and off the beaten path a bit, this is a wonderful place. Lake arenal is gorgeous and La Fortuna is not far when you feel like being a tourist.
We stayed here for 4 day during the Thanksgiving Break. Tom gave us amazing directions to get to the property and we made it here without getting lost. This is a bit of a drive from all activities but coming back home to a nice house with amazing views was a pleasure. The house was clean and well maintained, Loved waking up in the morning to the sound of chirping birds. We got to spot a lot of them too .
I would recommend this property to a friend for sure
We stayed with Tom and Maria the first week of October 2013 for the first half of our honeymoon. Tom's directions are perfect, we stayed in the Enchanted Cottage which was wonderful, and beautiful. The place is safe, pristine, and close to all the activities you can imagine. Maria made our reseravtions for us when we arrived, and found us great deals with La Fortuna's best guides. Tom and Maria will treat you like family, they were most gracious to us. There is absolutely no question that we will visit again. Tom and Maria - thank you so much for everything! Our stay was amazing, and your maps ans suggestions are so helpful. Thank you for your generosity, The Smith's
Wonderful place for a family getaway!
Our party of 10 stayed at Casa Grande and Casa Primera last month for a week. The villas absolutely met our expectations with incredible views and very comfortable and clean accommodations. The owners went above and beyond our expectations in terms of arranging activities for us, including catering and yoga instruction at the villas and several activities off-site. We would highly recommend these villas and hope to go back some day.
Incredible Home with amazing Views
My sister put together this vacation staying at arenal Springs Villas by the Lake. The house, Casa Grande, was absolutely amazing. The of the lake and surrounding forest are incredible. Parrots fly overhead while Toucans feed in nearby trees. If you're lucky (we were!) you will see white faced monkeys in nearby trees. All of this while sitting on the patio of the house. Tom and Maria are terrific people and will help you plan your stay. Arenal volcano is 90 minutes or so away. There are hot springs resorts near the volcano that offer day passes. We went to "The Springs" where my 11-year old daughter marveled while a toucan ate fruit while sitting on her arm. Those are pictures and memories we will treasure forever. Later, we ate burgers at the swim up bar in the largest hot water spring. If you're going to stay in this area, Arenal Springs Villas is the place to stay. There is a swimming pool on the grounds that is a short walk from the home we stayed in. The pool was nice and we used it a couple of times.
Arenal Springs Villas by the Lake Works!
My party of four stayed at the Casa Primera, part of The Villas. The house was very comfortable, very clean and well maintained. We found the price reasonable for four people and the environment very comfortable. It offered a sense of security and comfort that we welcomed. Tom and Maria are very pleasant hosts and are very helpful with information on local attractions. The location is superb because of the views of the lake and its accessibility to Nuevo arenal and La Fortuna. The thing we liked most about the location is the quiet surroundings, the sunsets and the morning calm as we overlooked the lake. We highly recommend the villas as a wonderful place to stay while in the area.
Tim and Lauren
A once in a lifetime experience!
When some friends asked us to join them in CR, we jumped at the idea but had no idea what to expect. Having arrived at night, we couldn't fully appreciate our surroundings until we arrived at the blue gates of arenal Springs Resort. From there, the maticulously manicured grounds leading up to the house on the hill hinted to us what we would see in the morning. Absolutely breathtaking and beyond my expectations for a rental home!! So clean and comfortable. The views are amazing. The host and hostess are so accommodating and
welcoming. We enjoyed many evenings on the front patio with friends and conversation. Not to mention enjoying the many excursions that CR has to offer. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Kara and Lance
Exceeded our expectations!
What an amazing setting and views that are absolutely breath taking. The hospitality and cleanliness of this property were beyond compare. Every detail was attended to from the interior comforts to the immaculate landscaping. We felt incredibly welcomed and safe on the property. Maria was more than gracious with her time assisting us with points of interest and helping us lay out our plan during our stay. Not having visited this area previously, we were unsure of what the experience would be like, but it certainly exceeded our expectations!
Gary & Liz
Luxury in Paradise!
Wow, what a great vacation hide-a-way! Casa Bella Vista was everything claimed and more. We found the villa very convenient to La Fortuna and yet not right in the hustle of the tourist attractions. Tom and Maria were the perfect hosts, providing valuable insights and recommendations for where to go and what to see including: several water falls, Sky Trek and Hotel Las Lagos. Although we had rain 8 of the 10 days we were there, the weather never slowed us down. I guess we got to experience a side of Costa Rica that only the locals are familiar with. The mountains and lake were a great start to a vacation that ended with several days on the beach. Thank you Tom and Maria for contributing to an unforgettable experience. Gary & Liz
Once in a lifetime experience!
A group of us were referred to Costa Rica and specifically to arenal Springs based on their amazing experiences while there! Our experiences were nothing short of amazing: the property, the house, the atmosphere, the culture and the excellent hospitality of the owners. We would recommend this to everyone!! We were sad to leave but found comfort in the unforgettable memories and experiences we had while there.
Don't 2nd guess it...do it! You won't regret it!!
Carol and Dan
Houston, TX, USA
A fabulous vacation place, with wonderful amenities.
The home we stayed in at the top of the hill had an amazing view; the open concept provides views from many directions. The home had everything we needed - from nice, fully furnished kitchen to hot tub to nice bedrooms and bathrooms to TV area and another larger sitting area, a large table in the kitchen and another dining area with fabulous view. The gardens are kept beautifully with hundreds of tropical blooming plants everywhere. Maria and Thomas Ploskina were excellent hosts, directing us to restaurants, outdoor activities, macadamia nut farm, grocery stores and other fun things to do in the area. Maria is very willing to make reservations for any of the activities that you want to do, suggesting the best companies to work with. They were very available and willing to do anything needed. We couldn't have had more fun!! (We were guests of friends, so I can not rate the value. But we loved everything about it. )
Vince and Joyce Lemons
What more can I say...
We just returned from our 6 night stay at arenal Springs Villas by the Lake. Before I started writing this review, I read a bunch of the other reviews posted here and I wholeheartedly agree with everything that has been reported by Tom and Maria's previous guests.
We rented the Enchanted Cottage, a beautiful 1 bedroom apartment, just right for two people. The cottage was nicely furnished and equipped, clean, comfortable and though it doesn't have the 5 star view that the Casa Grande does, its 4 star view was gorgeous.
A quick word about Tom and Maria... Absolutely fantastic hosts. Everything was just as arranged when we arrived, no surprises, and arranging it all via email with Tom could not have been easier. Maria is an absolute gem when it comes to helping arrange your trips/tours/activities etc. etc. From what I could see she actually enjoys helping her guests and does not in any way make you feel like you are intruding or over taxing her.
One word of advice for anyone planning on staying with Tom and Maria... Take their advice and suggestions when it comes to restaurants, tours, activities and the like. They are extremely knowledgeable about what works and what doesn't. We took their suggestions every night for dinner and were never disappointed.
Too bad 5 stars is all that I can give, because if I could I would give more.
Vacation @ Arenal Springs
The Casa Grande at arena Springs Villas by the Lake is one of the nicest Villas I have ever stayed at. The owner's Tom & Marie were wonderful and very helpful with information about the area and the various tours available. The Villa is positioned for a beautiful view of the lake & volcano and we were delighted to have monkeys in the rain forest area behind the Villa as well as in the other areas around the lake. The hot tub was a welcome addition after a day of walking in the rain forest and the grill came in handy for cooking dinners. I hope to return to the Villa in the near future to experience more of the hospitality that we were shown. Thanks Tom & Marie.
Beautiful villa, fully furnished and clean. The villa has three rooms comfortably fit 6 people. Wifi is available, pool is a few steps away.
Merrillville, IN USA
Great views and friendly owners!
Case Primera had beautiful woodwork and felt so cozy, with plenty of room for our group of 5. Gorgeous views of the lake and the property was well manicured. The home was very clean and the showers had great water pressure and lots of hot water. The owners Tom and Maria were so kind. We arrived late at night and Maria had an all day rafting tour scheduled for us early the next morning. They gave us food from their own kitchen so that we wouldn't be hungry before our adventure! Tom was also a great help drawing out maps for us and showing us short cuts. I had the opportunity to meet the renters of the largest home on the property and they invited us to take a tour. It was so impressive and elegant! If I had a larger group I would definitely rent it.
Amazaing place to stay
We stayed in Casa Grande at Spring Villas by the Lake 4 nights in late January. We were 3 couples and found Spring Villas on Vrbo. I have rented many times off of Vrbo and have always had a good experience but sometimes the properties look so much better in the photos than they really are. Not so with Casa Grande. It exceeded our expectations. The home is so beautiful and the views are outstanding. It is quite a distance from all the activities of arenal and La Fortuna but that was exactly what we were looking for. A place of solitude after a full day of fun. To add to the wonderful experience Maria worked with us in advance to help us plan all of our activies and all we had to do was show up. We gave her a brief description of the type of people we were and she came up with a perfect itinerary. But the very best part of our trip was our drivers Emilce (Emily) and Balo who Tom and Maria arranged for our entire stay in arenal. Balo doesn't speak any english but he is delightful and very helpful. Emily is one of a kind. Our trip would not have been nearly as successful as it was without her. She knew all the best markets, bakeries and places to eat. She joined us on most of our activities and we usually asked them to join us at dinner when we ate out. They were always promt and spent the entire day with us. We even had an emotional goodbye when they drove us to Playa Grande to drop us off for the second 4 days of our vacation. Highly recommend Spring Villas by the Lake.
Susan and Bill
Pancake Bay, Ontario
A wonderful place to stay
We stayed one week, residing in the smallest villa...The Enchanted Cottage. It was well kept, clean, comfortable and we particularly enjoyed the screened in front room. It was steps away from the pool and surrounded by lovely gardens and adjacent to rainforest vegetation. This property has a spectacular view over Lake arenal and there was always a breeze. As a birder, my husband was up early wandering the property in search of birds. Howler monkeys were heard daily and one morning, seven were perched in the trees above our cottage...very exciting. Our hosts, Maria and Tom, were very helpful in suggesting activities and restaurants in the area. We were approximately one hour from the hot springs and tourist attractions near La Fortuna but this wasn't an issue for us as we enjoyed the scenic drive along Lake arenal. Neuvo arenal was close by with grocery stores and restaurants. We were impressed with the great restaurants in this area. We would not hesitate to stay here again and would highly recommend it to others.
An amazing vacation with a great host and hostess!
We had the pleasure of staying here for a little less than a week. I wish we could've stayed longer! Tom and Maria are fantastic! They bent over backwards to meet the needs of our large group (21 people). From arranging transportation to arranging tours, all of our needs were met.
We had the whole property and it suited our family perfectly. The kids loved the hot tub and the pool (the adults too!) The views are breathtaking and the houses are simply beautiful. The grounds are gorgeous too! The cleaning staff was fast, thorough, and very pleasant.
The van drivers, Bolo and Emilce, were fantastic too! They pointed out fun places as we rode into town, were very patient and were willing to make extra stops as we requested. There prices were very reasonable too.
All of our questions and needs were responded to promptly. We could not ask for a better place for our family reunion!
25th Wedding anniversary
My wife and I stayed at Tom and Maria's for our vacation celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. After staying 4 nights in Tamarindo we drove to Nuevo arenal to arenal Springs Villas by the Lake.
Seldom to internet transactions exceed your expectations, but our stay here did. Tom was pleasant and easy to work with in coordinating and paying for our reservations, and Maria was such a wonderful host in helping coordinate our planned actiities. She called and arranged our tours and in one cash paid for our trip, as it required advance payment (we reimbursed her, of course). The tours we would recommend are the Sky Tram and Zip Ling, horse back riding to the La Fortuna Falls, and our favorite was our trip to Proyecto asis, an animal refuge south of La Fortuna.
Finally our "home" Casa Bella Vista was a beautiful studio with amazing views. You will not be disappointed in your stay with Tom and Maria.
Thanks Tom and Maria for experiences of a lifetime.
only adjectives...beautiful, peaceful,clean,stunning
The homes have all the comfort and amenities of the modern world in the rainforest. Spectacular property, immaculately maintained, a very thorough cleaning crew took care of the home. Excellent location, close to many attractions. Tom and Maria are very gracious, kind and generous hosts, helped us choose and book our outings and activities. This is our home away from home when we visit Costa Rica, we look forward to many many more visits here. From the kids: we loved chasing the birds, especially the toucans, watching the ants build their home, playing and exploring in the gardens and streams. We took many many pictures of the sunset and loved jumping into the pool.
Beautiful property . . . fabulous views . . . great service!
I took a 50th birthday trip to Costa Rica with 4 girl friends. We wanted a nice private residence to rent . . . not a hotel . . . so that we could play all day and then come back at night, relax and sit in our pj's, drink wine and chat til 2 am.
This was the perfect answer. Tom and crew arranged for transportation for a daily fee we had the van and drivers / tour guides to transport us wherever we needed to go . . . I highly recommend this.
My only criticism is that the kitchen had a musty/mold smell in all the cabinets . . . as the caretakers had been away for quite some time on vacation. It ruined my appetite each time I opened a cabinet. That is an easy fix though and I still recommend them highly.
As Beautiful as advertised
We are a family of 6, 4 of which are large teenagers. We stayed at the Casa Grande property over Christmas 2012. It was amazingly beautiful! The house and the grounds were all very well kept, with the villa being wonderfully decorated. The views across the lake from the villa cannot be exaggerated, they are gorgeous. The service from Tom and Maria was excellent. We arrived quite late our first night and had car trouble. Tom met us on arrival and arranged to have someone there first thing the next day to help us out. My kids loved wandering the grounds and we found the villa to be well situated for hiking and sightseeing at various locations around the lake area. We would definitely return if the opportunity presented itself.
The Bush Alaska
Great Location and Hosts
We stayed in the Enchanted Cottage on the estate for 8 days over the holiday break. It was perfect. Tom and Maria are gracious hosts and offered to help in any way with our travel plans. The grounds were well taken care of and the views are amazing. Our rental was clean and quiet.
The Estate has the benefits of having access to the main road of the lake, but because of the design and length of the driveway the estate maintains a secluded and protected feel. Walking distance to a great restaurant and driving distance to all that Lake arenal has to offer. A river with small waterfalls are on one side of the property with excellent landscaping throughout the grounds. The views cannot be beat.
This rental location is perfect for large families to rent all the homes on the estate for a reunion and it is ideal for a wedding at the top of the estate. A honeymoon getaway is also possible in one of the rentals, many options to choose from but all excellent rentals. No need to search the 1,000's of rental options anymore. Stop the headache of searching and know with confidence that this is the place to stay.
David and family
La Jolla, California
What a wonderful place!
Perched over Lake arenal, 60 minutes from all of the action at La Fortuna, Casa Grande and accompanying accommodations are spectacular! This is a great place for a family reunion or for a "getaway". 9 of us stayed in Casa Grande and in the adjacent Casa Bella Vista. Six adults and three children were comfortable, relaxed and energized. We enjoyed the adjacent pool, the hot tub, the deck overlooking the lake, and the comfortable dining room and living room, with space for multiple readers, game players or those who just wanted to relax watching TV.
My husband and I traveled to Costa Rica on business and made a leisurely trip up to Lake arenal to end our stay. I found this property online and after reading many reviews, we decided to stay in the Casa Grande. We were so happy we eneded our stay at this beautiful property. The grounds are well manicured & the views were amazing. We opted to stay in the larger house so we could enjoy the comfort of a hot tub. Everything was clean and met our expectations. Tom and his wife made us feel at home and were happy to give us recommendations of places to eat and see while we were in the area. If you happen to stay at Lake arenal Villas, you won't regret it!
Absolutely Incredible accommodations
We could not have found a better place for a Family Vacation and a Reunion of hardly seen relatives but still dear to our heart. As you pass through the Gates to this Magnificent Estate with the lush vegetation you are Incredibly inspired. We could not believe our eyes and our oohs and aahs were sounded by all. There were (20) in our group of family. Made up of 16 adults and 4 well behaved children. Tom and his wife Maria prepared us before our arrived and were there to greet us and show us all the great accommodations and explained everything for us. Maria had arranged all of our transportation needs and also arranged all of our tours so we had all of our trip preplanned for us ahead of time. The Views spoke for themselves. The pictures absolutely do no justice for what we encountered. We toured daily and we cancelled a couple days just to spend more time on the Estate to take in the beauty. We saw many tropical birds and had visits by the Howler Monkeys. I would highly recommend this place to all. I have not one complaint. The hosts were terrific. The place was immaculate. The girls cleaning were special and the Owners Tom and Maria could not have been more helpful. We left with a lifetime of memories and all of us hope to return some day in the future. After reading this, you don't have to look any further. Arenal Springs Villas by the Lake is unbeatable.
From the first moment I stepped foot on the property, I was in awe at the beauty of it. The villas are situated on a hill with a stunning view of Lake arenal. In addition to the natural beauty, the villas themselves are also spectacular. I stayed in both the largest house at the top of the hill, as well as the middle home. They're both very tastefully decorated with beautiful furniture and artwork. Everything was kept very clean by two nice young girls. The proprietors, Tom and Maria, were absolutely wonderful. They were exceptionally friendly and accommodating, as well as knowledgable about all of the wonderful activities in the area. Maria directed me to a fantastic zip-line tour, as well as fun days of tubing and white water rafting. If you're looking for something exciting to do, she is certainly the woman to ask!
If you're on vacation in Costa Rica, you will obviously want to be out and about most of the day, but when the day is over, Arenal Springs Villas by the Lake is the perfect place to return. The houses are beautiful, clean, have comfortable rooms, and with wifi and cable, provide some of the comforts of home that we take for granted. In addition, there is a lovely in-ground pool with a great view of the lake, and the top house even has a hot tub overlooking the lake and hillside. Everything about my stay was perfect and I couldn't have asked for more. If you're looking to stay in the area around Lake arenal, I can't recommend arenal Springs enough. Staying at the wrong hotel can easily ruin an otherwise great vacation, but when you leave the Villas by the Lake, you'll have a lasting impression of a wonderful stay and will already be planning your next trip there!
The True Essence of Costa Rica
Just returned from a "Most Incredible Vacation". The first week was in arenal and the highlight of our Entire Vacation was arenal Springs Villas by the Lake. This place is a hidden treasure. A Gated and Private Estate with the most beautiful landscaping we have ever witnesses. The Grounds are impeccable and the Villas so Charming. We staying in Casa Grande their finest and we were overwhelmed. The Views are absolutely breathtaking to say the least. The Villa is Incredible. The High Wood Ceilings with exotic woods and the decorating and furniture is elegant and warming. Immaculately clean and a living room with over 50 feet of windows looking over spectacular Views of Lake arenal. Maria and Tom were our gracious hosts and had helped us pre plan all of our tours and even arranged places to dine. We hope to return next year to have a family reunion here. We wish we had spent our whole time here in arenal. There is so much to do and the beauty abounds. We saw more exotic birds and monkeys on the Estate here than we did on the rest of our trip to Costa Rica. I highly recommend this place to all.
Great view with room to spare
Great place to stay within an hours drive to the activities around arenal and close to a number of good restaurants. The weather, view, house, and wildlife were great. Thanks Tom!
Watervliet, New York
Six of us stayed here for four nights and thought it was very nice and spacious. The grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed the hot tub and outdoor room, even though it rained a little. (We were in the rain forest, after all!) The rooms were very nicely decorated and comfortable. We enjoyed listening to the available CDs at night while we were relaxing. Tom and Maria were great hosts and treated us like family.
The only negative thing we found was that there wasn't any wifi in the house, but Tom & Maria graciously invited us to go to their villa to use theirs. In their defense, they did have it previously, but a bad storm blew the antenna away and they were unable to retrieve it. Plan to drive everywhere.
Mark and Helen
Vacation in paradise!!
Tom and his wife Maria couldn't be better hosts. The property is beautifully manicured and cared for. The house was spotless, quiet and comfortable. We felt welcome and Tom was available for local information.
Harrison & Abby
Sublime and majestic retreat
We stayed in Bella Vista. It was much smaller than their other houses (one room) but it was just what we needed for the two of us! Originally i had planned on staying closer to La Fortuna but decided to go with this place. Not bad at all. The Lake was beautiful and we enjoyed Kayaking to a island etc.
Thomas and Maria couldn't have done a better job taking care of us! She especially was warm and gracious. She decorated the bed with flowers in the shape of a heart upon request and was so interested in our well-being. We love that lady!
In the nearby town be sure to visit the only restaurant that serves pizza and get the 'pesto chicken.' i have to say this because it was the most unique and best pizza we had ever had!
Los Angeles, CA
My girlfriend and I stayed here and absolutely fell in love with the place!!! They have the most gorgeous view of Lake arenal. The owners stay on the premises and were very helpful!! It is approximately 1 1/2 away La Fortuna. We highly suggest you rent an SUV. I would definitely stay here again if we come back.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Outstanding View from Beautiful Casa Grande
We truly enjoyed our week at arenal Springs Villas by the Lake. We stayed in the Casa Grande which is a truly beautiful house with outstanding views of Lake arenal! Great place to get away from the rat race. Very quiet and peaceful. Wonderful place to watch birds. As an added bonus, we even had a howler monkey perform just for us in a tree nearby. The owners, Tom and Maria are very nice people and provide great service yet also know enough to respect your privacy and the enjoyment of it as well. We highly recommend this accomodation.
We fell in love with Costa Rica
We originally booked the Enchanted Cottage and spent the first 3 nights there. When another guest left we were offered the Casa Primera. Both places were awesome as is the entire estate. The homes are immaculate and the grounds are spectacular.It is exactly like the photo's that is on Tom's website.
I suggest that guests rent a car as it is a bit of a drive but the drive is very beautiful. Every time we went into town we saw a different vegetation or wild life. Tom's directions were very detailed and easy to follow. Maria booked some tours for us, but she was never pushy only extremely helpful and very friendly.
I recommend the zip lining in La Fortuna. We went on my 60th birthday and nothing could have been more exiting.
I would highly recommend staying here. The view of the mountains just over the lake is one I will never forget. This has made us fall in love with Costa Rica.
We will be back. Thank you Maria and Tom.
Better than we imagined!
We just got home from our trip to Costa Rica staying at arenal Springs Villas. We knew the Villas had good reviews so booked mostly on the good ratings and emailing the owner any questions/concerns. Our trip was wonderful. We had everything we needed in the Villa and the location was awesome! The owners Tom and Maria made us feel very welcome and were willing to answer any questions or direct us to find areas of interest. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The Villas were very clean and have all conviences of home. We enjoyed watching the monkeys outside the villa. We will definitely be back for a stay at the Villas. We loved Lake arenal so much we plan to retire there.
Tom and Maria are both fabulous people, that were both very accommodating. The home was clean, and with a beautiful view. The house had everything we needed and was close to some great places to dine, but the best part was meeting Tom and Maria. Such great people.
Peaceful and romantic with a glorious view
The Casa Bella Vista was perfect for our brief stay at Lake arenal.The grounds were spectacular, and we enjoyed long hours on the patio, gazing at the lake and enjoying the sunset.
La Fortuna is an hour away, so we didn't go there as much as we might have if we'd been closer.
The studio was lovely and comfortable, and Tom was always nearby to assist.
Don't miss La Rana ("The Frog") restaurant just outside the gates for memorable bird watching!
A microwave would be a real plus, as would a portable CD player.
Scott and Sarah Dontanville
Pure Costa Rica
We just got back from our two week trip to Costa Rica upon which we rented three properties and one of those being with Tom and Maria. We rented the Casa Bella Vista and the Enchanted cottage. Of the three properties we rented, theirs was by far the most accommodating. Unfortunately Tom had just undergone a tooth extraction before we arrived and was in no shape to greet us but his wife Maria had things well under control. She got us all situated into our beautiful house and cottage and made sure we were all quite comfortable. The views of the lake are incredible and the manicured grounds are well cared for. When we go on vacation we want a place to relax and have it like home, Tom and Maria have created such a place. You will appreciate all of the beautiful wood and tile work throughout. There are some great places to eat nearby and of course have Maria book you a zip line tour in nearby Fortuna. We had a great time watching the Broncos beat the Stealers only to find out later that Tom is a Stealers fan. Thankfully he was a good sport and didn't charge us a disturbing the peace fine with all our cheering. We would highly recommend the accommodations to anyone looking for a beautiful, secluded, and relaxing place to stay.
Heaven on Earth...An absolutely incredible vacation
I could not wait to write this review so I could share with anyone out there looking for a great place to land for an outstanding stay. We booked months before our stay and the owner and his wife were wonderful in helping us to have all the plans in place for our stay. We read all of the reviews about this place and we were not even a little disappointed. There were 8 of us and we stayed at the Casa Grande and Casa Bella Vista. The view is to die for. We felt like Vip's or Hollywood stars. The Villa was outstanding. The vaulted exotic wood ceilings, the beautiful furnishings and the largest living room I've ever seen in my life. Outside the porch wraps around the front of the villa and lends to the panoramic view of beautiful Lake arenal. We had the Rancho outside to gather for Bar-B-Q's and the Jacuzzi was a great place to relax. The grounds keeping here is phenomenal. It abounds with beautiful flowers and Palm and Banana trees. Tom and Maria are the greatest of hosts. Maria helped all of us plan our tours and I can't say enough about her. We had almost 50 emails between Tom and me and I can't believe the patience Tom had with all the questions we had. It was our first trip abroad and it has been the best vacation we have ever had. Just email Tom and he and his beautiful wife Maria will take care of the rest for you. Thanks Tom and Maria from all of our family.
Definitely not disappointed--an unbelievable experience!!
This was a 10th year anniversary trip and we wanted something special, which is exactly what we got. We spent the first 4 days of our trip at Casa Primera--one of Tom and Maria's beautiful villas. It was more than we could have imagined. The setting was beautiful and the villa was perfect--spotless and provided a very comfortable place to return to each evening. And the views from this proerty are incredible!! Lake and jungle views in one place; beautiful landscaping! I could go on and on. The location was perfect for us. A great restaurant almost at the bottom of the driveway and only about an hour to the volcano and all the activities we wanted to experience in the arenal area. Tom and Maria were exceptional hosts--very helpful. Will book any tours you need and provide you with all the information needed to make your trip a very memorable one. We are already planning a return trip to Costa Rica and hope to be able to make arenal Springs Villas by the Lake part of that trip! Thank you Tom and Maria--even though we had rain during our stay it did not dampen our spirits or ruin our wonderful vacation!! Read more
Response from Thomas Ploskina - 11/23/2011
Thank you so much for the review..You two were perfect guests and Maria and I hope to cross paths with you someday in the future....
A Great Family Vacation/Reunion
I can only begin by saying that this is definitely all that is says in the advertisements. What an incredible Estate. All of our mouths were hanging open in delight when we saw arenal Springs Villas by the Lake for the first time. I have no idea on how much work went into creating this place. The grounds are abundant with flowers and fruit trees. We picked oranges off of the tree for our breakfast juice. So convenient the location because we wanted to see not only Hot Springs and and Volcano and the beautiful Lake arenal, but we also wanted to visit Monteverde and spend one day at the beach. We had 20 persons in our party and I don't know how they did it, but Maria and Tom helped us so much in advance of our trip so we just hit the ground running. All the details were taken care of ahead of time. Tom's friends have a Van Service and what remarkable people they are. There was no need for a rental car and we just sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the scenery. The Villas are outstanding. Beautifully furnished and such well equipped kitchen and comfortable beds. It was so nice for our whole family to be together and at the same time we retired to our separate Villas. Tom had a map made up by hand so we knew where the best places to eat and to see. We also saw a lot of wildlife. Monkeys visited us each morning and you could hear their howls at night. We are now planning on staying here once again to reunite in 3 years. Thanks Tom and Maria for showing us a wonderful time and all of your help while there We will write you and keep you updated on our family. We will treasure your friendship always.
Our group had a wonderful stay at this house. The house itself was amazing and the view of the lake was just breathtaking. Tom and Maria were wonderful hosts and helped organized some of our excursions and dinners. We would totally recommend this wonderful vacation house to any of our friends/family!! Read more
Response from Thomas Ploskina - 11/11/2011
Thank you so much for your kind words...It was a pleasure having your group as our guests..
Paso Robles, Ca
Once we settled on aranal Springs Tom was in constant communication with us helping to set up or pick up from hotel and letting us know ahead of time things to think about. Upon arrival Tom upgraded my wife and I to a larger villa at no extra cost. Through out our stay Tom and his wife Maria were of the upmost help anything we needed was taken care of for us from renting a car to getting a way to our next destination. Beyond anything though Tom and Maria are just plan good people and made us feel completley comfortable and helped out so much. They made our stay there great.
The Villages, Fl
A week of bliss
My wife and I enjoyed a week of peace and quiet. The hotel and it's surroundings lend to the quiet life style. Very very serene. The flowers were beautiful as well as the birds singing continually, added to the good feeling. A week didn't seem long enough. Tom and his wife Maria were helpful to the extreme, ensuring that we had a good time. Pointing out the places to see and where to visit made everything easy for us and our stay that much more enjoyable. We plan on making this a yearly event and have gotten our friends excited about the place to the extent that 3 other couples want to join us. Read more
Response from Thomas Ploskina - 11/02/2011
Thank you so much for your review..We really enjoyed you all and look forward to crossing paths once again
Absolutely Incredible...The Perfect Location
I couldn't wait to write this review. We are a family of (20) persons who needed a weeks stay to have a much needed family reunion. I had possibly 30 emails with Tom the owner and he was incredible and so nice with so much knowledge of Costa Rica. We were able to hit the ground running because of his advice prior to arriving. His wife Maria handled all of our tours and her suggestions were spot on. Trying to organize 20 people is not easy and we can't thank Tom enough for all of his help. He was there for us when ever we needed anything and even helped us with local maps and restaurant recommendations. Thank you Tom and Maria for making this trip one to remember.
As far as the Estate, you would have to see it to believe it. The pictures do not do it justice. The views are so breath takingand you are consumed by the beautiful surrounding. All of the Villas are so beautiful that I have no words for it. Beautifully furnished and so comfortable. You don't hear a sound except for the visiting wild life. The monkeys visited us almost daily and so many beautiful birds. The maid service provided was great and all of our needs were filled.
The pool was located perfectly with amazing views and so refreshing and clean. I read a previous guests review about towels and Tom told us to bring our own in a prior form that we were told to read. Also they had said that it was an hour and a half to tours. That is not correct. It was an hour or less and we were so glad we didn't stay close to the tours as the area was so congested with tourists, noise and traffic. As far as we were concerned, it was the perfect, tranquil, scenic and entertaining place we ever stayed. All was as promised and we would highly recommend this place for active families who want a vacation that they will never soon forget. Once again, thanks to Tom and Maria , the perfect hosts and arenal Springs Villas by the Lake for Our Perfect Vacation.
Very nice property in aernal
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Enchanted Cottage... one-bedroom guest house on the arenal Springs Villas by the Lake property. We stayed 4 nights. The house was very nice and we enjoyed our stay... we had no problems. I would just advise if you need Internet access the wi-fi doesn't reach the house. You will have to sit on the porch of the main house where the owners live, but they do not mind at all. The owners are super nice, friendly, informative & attentive to any requests/issues you may have. Enjoyed meeting them very much. Lake arenal area is beautiful. We traveled for 3 weeks in Costa Rica and liked aernal the best. (Note that the property is about an hour drive to La Fortuna area.)
Luxury Nuevo Areal Villa
Wonderful Casa Grande
We stayed at Casa Grande for three nights in July 2011. This is the best house to relax and watch wild life during our Costa Rica trip. We like to sit at the front porch look down to the calm lake and forest. We see quite a few different birds, monkeys and other animals. Tom and Maria are very friendly and do their best to help us everything, from taking care of things we need at the house to booking trips for us. We would recommend this house to everyone who wants to have a luxury vacation
This place is paradise!
We really enojoyed our vacations! We had such a good time. This place is amazing! Such a nice view, wow! Tom Ploskina, the owner was always very helpful with every single thing and his wife Maria is the nicest! Wonderful place to spend your vacations, really recommend it! Cheers from Colorado.
Excellent Villa at Arenal
Denver, CO, USA
Wonderful Villa by arenal Lake
Excellent villa with modern design and features. View was phenomenal. Very private location with excellent ammenities. The owner and his wife were very helpful in making arrangements for activities and providing insight into the area attractions. Very secure location. We especially enjoyed our early mornings on the porch with the view, and, yes, even the rain.
El Paso, Texas
Wow! What a Gem!
Tom and his beautiful wife, Maria, are excellent hosts, with tons of information about what to do in their immediate area. The views from just about every angle on this gorgeous property are nothing short of spectacular! The pool is perfect, and in a perfect setting. The house we stayed in was very comfortable, and very, very clean. Everything we needed was right there, and that included wood for the fireplace (which we did not use; who needs a fireplace indoors, when there is so much outdoors not to be missed?!)
Would we go again? Try to stop us! Forget the hotels, the little B & B's; stay here!
Los Lunas, NM
After other arrangements fell through, I made some frantic calls and ran across this place. Although it was closed for repainting, I was able to tour Casa Primera and the surrounding casitas and grounds. The place is beautiful and the views are stunning. The grounds are beautifully maintained. If you are looking for exceptional accomodations in the arenal area, I would not hesitate to call Tom and his wife. When Tom's home was not available, he went out of his way to find us stranded travelers places to stay in the area.
Tilaran, Costa Rica
There's no place like home
My dog trainer was coming back to do some more work with me and Ziggy. He asked me to find him a place for his wife and two young adult daughters. They had specific criteria: Nice place, view, seperate bedrooms and baths for the girls, English speaking hosts, near the lake and things to do and a pool! I checked out a few places and settled on arenal Springs Villa. The fit all of the criteria. I know they are going to enjoy the place as much as I did and I didn't even get to stay there. Color me jealous! Maybe they will invite me over after dog training to hang by the pool! The only reason I gave it 4 stars on Location is I wish it was next door to me!
We were a large party and rented all the four estates on this gorgeous property. The view from Casa Grande was spectacular. Tom and Maria were wonderful hosts and took care of all arrangements including transportation. We took endless pictures just in the property alone. The kids had a great time in the pool as well as the jacuzzi. Overall we had a great time and a wonderful vacation.
Aliso Viejo, CA
Perfect Location in Paradise
We stayed at arenal Srpings, Villas by the Lake, in april 2011, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. First of all, the property is centrally located to everything you'll want to see in Costa Rica. The beach, volcano, and Monteverde are all accessible as day trips from this property. Moreover, the proprietors go out of their way to help you choose the best tours. The accommodations are pristine and extremely tranquil. What a rare treat to spend a day zip-lining or hiking and return to soak in a hot tub overlooking the lake and jungle canopy! Truly, in all of my travels, this is the most luxurious place I've stayed!
Beautiful and Relaxing
Our stay was wonderful. The accomodations were great and the view was spectacular. The grounds were beautifully landscaped and the view of the lake was marvelous. Sitting on the patio in the morning with a cup of coffee was my favorite time. It was quiet and the wildlife and birds were fun to watch.
Marietta, GA USA
Outstanding Luxury, Location, View, Hosts
What a great vacation! I recently (1-9 april 2011) spent 8 wonderful days at Casa Grande with my wife, 11-year old daughter and 9-year old son. Arenal Springs Villas is a luxurious and relaxing retreat. It was truly a delight to arrive back "home" after each day's adventure in the Central Highlands.
Casa Grande is everything you could want with spectacular views, beautifully maintained grounds, hot tub, pool, covered and partially enclosed BBQ grill and fireplace. The house is full of fine furniture, the master bedroom is palatial, and the maid service tops it all off. The house has an open airy feel with very high ceilings, expansive windows to take in the view, and a veranda that you could spend your entire vacation on except there's too much to do. The main living area has space for everyone. Our kids loved the place.
Tom and Maria (owners) are perfect hosts; very gracious and helpful - they seemed like friends that I had known for a long time. Maria made excursion reservations for us and their restaurant recommendations were spot on.
The property is private and secure with an electric gate and very quiet. I had almost forgotten how many stars are in the sky at night. It's a short drive to Nuevo arenal and not too far from La Fortuna and Monteverde where many adventures await.
I would recommend arenal Springs Villas to anyone that wants a little slice of paradise away from the crowds of the resorts. Thank you Tom and Maria; it was a pleasure to meet you and stay at your private resort. Daniel Kraft, Marietta, Ga.
Awesome, beautiful property and great owner!!
Tom's home and property are amazing. Like heaven on earth and Tom is very hospitable and helpful. He let us use his phone to call the states, recommended restaurants and spas to go to and was just a great guy. Location is awesome for folks going to Volcano and La Fortuna. A big thumbs up from me and my girlfriend Kelly. Do yourself a favor and stay here!!!
Living in Paradise
We celebrated our 40 aniversary with our children and grandchildren. This was a lovely place to stay with great views of the lake. Tom and his wife were very helpful. I would stay here again in a heart beat.
San Diego, CA
Palace-like stay in arenal Lakes
We were 3 couples that went to stay in this palace-like home in arenal. The house was amazing except for two things: 1. the Jacuzzi was not working 2. the drive to the volcano was a little long. We however, loved the landscape and view of the lake from this majestical home. There was plenty of room for the 6 of us and the price was just right. Tom and his wife made us feel right at home. He was available for anything we needed. His wife was gracious enough to set us up with excursions that were safe and fun, such as zip lining and the hot springs.
I would definitely recommend this home to future guests. Just be aware that you will drive approximately 45 minutes to the volcano, but I thought it was worth it to stay in such a beautiful home. Read more
Response from Thomas Ploskina - 05/01/2011
We enjoyed having you..Sorry about the Jacuzzi..heater pump went bad and had to be replaced. Guests who have witnessed La Fortuna are so happy they stayed here due to the heavily and noisy area of La Fortuna. Too many hotels and except for the Volcano...not too green and not as safe as here.
Great Family Gathering Property
Our family rented the entire property for 2 weeks and had a wonderful time, We are working on coordinating a return visit for another reunion
First, I want to thank Tom and Maria for their warm attention to our families. We made this a family reunion of 3 families. Would you believe there were 20 of us in total. From 78 years old to the youngest member of 5 months old. We actually hit the ground running. Tom and Maria through so many emails before we arrived helped us plan an itinerary so there was no confusion as there always is with so many people to please. On arrival, the many cameras were clicking to make a history of our stay. Just aim and shoot as we were surrounded by some of the most breathtaking views that we have ever seen. Tom provided a Van service company for our group with a guide to lead us around to the many sites and tours. We were in a great location. One way was to La Fortuna and arenal Volcano and the other directions was to Monteverde. Arenal Springs Villas by the Lake is so private and in a setting that is incomparable. Luscious gardens and panoramic lake views. So much detail in each and every Villa. We had a couple rainy days for the downside, but that was okay. We were prepared as Tom had provided valuable information as to what to bring with us. The maid service was great and many many thanks to Maria for all of her hard work helping us with all the Tours she had pre-reserved for us. Tom had a special map pointing out all of the best restaurants and places to go and see with detailed directions. Tom even let us use his cell phone to make calls to the States for free. I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for privacy and a great time with gracious hosts. Just wanted to mention, we had first planned to stay in La Fortuna..So glad we stayed with Tom and Maria. No green, no Lake View and so congested and noisy and over run with too many hotels. Thanks Tom and Maria for a great time and our best family reunion ever...Best Regards, Seth and family. Read more
Response from Thomas Ploskina - 05/01/2011
We love to see the faces of our guests as they arrive and see this place for the first time. They are awed by the Views as we are everyday. So fortunate to live here all year round and we love to share all this with our many guests. God Bless you and your wonderful family and we hope you return some date in the future.
Costa Rican Beauty
Costa Rica Gem- Casa Primera
Our first trip to Costa Rica and staying at arenal Springs for the first half was a great choice. The home located on a hill had wonderful views of the rainforest area, birds, and the beautiful lake. The rooms were comfortable and the house spacious. It was a great retreat-like setting away from the city but close enough to get to the volcano, which was entertaining, and to the area hot springs. Friends of ours from the states also stayed here in July following our visit. Great place!
Merle J. Thomas Jr.
This is a Family Dream Come True..This is Paradise
I am here now at arenal Springs Villas by the Lake with my family. I couldn't wait to get home to write this review because we are so excited about this place and wanted to tell others. Once you enter the Property through the Blue Gates and Stone arch, you will be mesmerized with all the beautiful gardens and trees. Beautiful birds of different colors everywhere. As you come up the long winding driveway you are able to see all of the other Villas and the spacious pool. Once we checked in with Tom and Maria, our gracious hosts, we continued up to Casa Grande. The Views from this property are breathtaking and once we saw the elegant Villa we were to stay in, we were left breathless. What a View! The kids were excited about the jacuzzi and we couldn't wait to go in the door. Incredible doesn't describe the beautiful Villas. High exotic wood ceilings, a Living Room as long as the house and furnished so nicely.
We have been here for 5 days of a 7 day vacation. Tom and Maria are just wonderful in helping us feel at home and Maria has been arranging all of our touring needs. The tours she has suggested are the best. We couldn't be more satisfied. The only thing is that we hate to leave this place to go on tours. That is why we decided to stay here today and just enjoy the view and the pool and the house. Last night out in this spacious Rancho we enjoyed a Bar-b-q and had a fire going in the fireplace outside looking at the stars and hearing the birds and wildlife. Even got to see monkeys on the property as they noisily passed through. When we return, I will soon be sharing our stories and photos with friends and tell them to write to Tom and Maria to help plan their stay in Costa Rica. I want to close by thanking Tom and Maria in all of our planning. Tom had hand made maps of all the good eating places and his knowledge of the area was so helpful. Maria was wonderful also and we will never forget them and will add them to our list of special friends..