Official site of EL CASTILLO DE ESPARZA is Costa Rica's premier private villa rental. You and your family and friends can now enjoy the exclusive use of El Castillo with its friendly staff of eleven professionals led by General Manager Henry Denzler.
Located on 4 walled and lushly landscaped acres, El Castillo offers a wide array of activities right on the property. Six buildings on the property offer 10 bedrooms, outdoor dining rancho by the pool, pool bar, three story spa tower, and two guest houses. On site activities include a large pool and Jacuzzi, tennis court, water slide, golf greens and chipping areas. Two large verandas at the Main House overlook the Gulf of Nicoya, the mountains, and the ocean with spectacular sunsets beyond. They are perfect for cocktails and outdoor dining. Our Main House dining room comfortably seats twenty, and the Pool rancho has seating for up to 28 guests.
For your family and friends vacation, our staff can arrange entertainment including a private fireworks display, live contemporary bands for dancing and listening, local duos and mariachi bands and Costa Rican Carnival night all performed right on the Castillo property.
El Castillo has 24 hour high speed cable internet with wireless service, free phone service to and from the United States, and flat screen televisions with cable programming.
El Castillo is centrally located about an hour from the San Jose International Airport, and provides easy access to all the activities and adventures Costa Rica has to offer: Some of the best Deep Sea Fishing in the world, white water rafting, the WORLD FAMOUS Crocodile River Adventure, canopy tours through the rain forest, or a tour of a coffee plantation - all within easy air conditioned travel from El Castillo.
This secure private estate is perfect for romantic getaways, family reunions, corporate retreats, incentive travel and weddings. Our professional staff will make all of your arrangements to ensure that you time at El Castillo de Esparza is pure enjoyment.
El Castillo de Esparza is strategically located close by many of the most popular natural attractions of Costa Rica. El Castillo is located just over an hour from the San Jose International Airport via the new highway, opened just last year.
From here, you can explore beaches and rainforests as well as casinos and golf courses. Scuba diving, hiking, canopy tours, horseback riding, coffee farm tours, world class sport fishing and river rafting are all accessible from El Castillo, and most are within an hour's drive or less. Or take advantage of El Castillo's private helipad if you choose to travel by air! Our bilingual guide will accompany you on all of your adventures.
Costa Rica offers scenery, safety and adventure, and El Castillo is the perfect luxury home for your stay in this beautiful country.
Whatever your selection, be prepared for a an adventure of your making like you have never experienced. Our staff will work with you in advance of your arrival, customizing your vacation to fit the needs of the most discriminating traveler. With a land area of only 51.100 km2 (0.03% of the planet's surface), Costa Rica is considered to be one of the 20 countries with greatest biodiversity in the world. Its geographic position, its two coasts and its mountainous system, which provides numerous and varied micro climates, are some of the reasons that explain this natural wealth, both in terms of species and ecosystems. The more than 500,000 species that are found in this small country represent nearly 4% of the total species estimated worldwide.
What an incredible location for a luxury vacation that offers all the adventure of Costa Rica, and the comfort of the country's largest private estate....Read more
Left on 05/13/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | bore0043Reviewed May 13, 2013Stayed May 2013
Our visit to El Castillo was an unforgettable experience from the moment we stepped foot off the plane. What makes El Castillo special is not only the ornate and meticulously decorated spaces, but the staff who works there. During our entire trip of seven days, the staff would drop everything and make accommodations to take us on our choice of excursions, even at the last minute. Everyone truly goes the extra mile to make your stay unforgettable. The drinks, the incredible food, the music, the company...they truly exceeded any expectations we had prior to our trip. The key is that the staff is detail-oriented. From the moment you awake, your curtains are drawn and fresh sheets are on the bed. Every morning a gorgeous breakfast would be waiting for us on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Throughout the day, they oblige at any moment to make you a snack (we highly recommend the guacamole) or an alcoholic beverage. The dinners prepared by Chef Minor were absolutely phenomenal, consisting of three courses. We highly recommend Minor's famous azteca Soup, as it was unforgettable. As night falls, the bed is subsequently turned down and the curtains drawn. Day after day, no detail was looked over.
Not only are there several activities to keep you busy outside the castle (eg. Crocodile River Tours, exploring the Monkey Beach, Volcano view, etc.), but there are so many activities to do at the property. We could have spent all day playing volleyball in the pool, challenging each other to tennis tournaments, playing cards on the veranda, learning to play pool with a gorgeous view of the terrace framing the experience, or selecting a movie from hundreds of choices available in the home theater room.
El Castillo de Esparza is a true gem in the heart of Costa Rican activity. We will never forget the experience or the friends that we made on our celebratory adventure.
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