$344 / night
Total guests, Nights

Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve – Home 2297778 Villa

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 12 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve – Home 2297778

  • Villa
  • 4 bedrooms
  • sleeps 12
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 121 mi
  • Swimming pool
  • Child Friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


20 YEARS OF SERVICE. We are the Original vacation villa rental property at the Lake Arenal/ Arenal Volcano area. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa (no need to negotiate seemingly endless rock-dirt roads). When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire Lakefront Villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Estate with acres of Manicured Botanical Gardens (that no other property has). AND NOW.. Our Brand New EXECUTIVE Nine Hole Par (walking) 3 GOLF COURSE w/ 5 Bermuda Grass Greens and golf clubs for your use ~~ additional fee may apply!

No sharing with other groups. View our 12 Virtual Tours of Villa Encantada and Gardens at so that you'll really knows what awaits you at Villa Encantada.

We have hosted many thousands of guests since 1996, with a great many repeat visitors. Our goal is to provide a memorable, hassle free experience for your group/family and to help you get the most out of your time with us and in the area. Over the years we've learned so much about what we can do to help you have the best vacation of your life, to "hit the ground running", provide useful info on the area, including assistance in arranging your Tour Itinerary and/or Ground Transportation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE.

Most importantly, see our 100+ (5 STAR) Guest Comments here on the TripAdvisor site at of those who have visited Villa Encantada and happily share their experiences. Once you arrive, you'll be thinking... "I've died and gone to Heaven ~~ It just doesn't get any better than this". Our reward is your smiling faces and the knowledge that we've made a difference in providing a unforgettable travel experience for your group/family.

Enjoy Casual Elegance at an affordable price. This Tri--level 2800 sq. ft. architectural masterpiece designed villa is fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, fully equipped Kitchen and comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons, and on many occasions we’ve hosted groups of 15 persons.

You’ll find imported Italian Tile, Hand Carved Doors and Exotic Hardwoods throughout the villa. An Interior Design of local art, indigenous masks, antiques, and 30 ft. glass windows that will make you feel at one with the mature manicured Botanical Gardens/Nature Trails with lake and Rainforest views that surround you. You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ microwave, appliances, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, Barbecue Grill, and Washer & Dryer just to name a few of the amenities. Linens & towels are provided with maid service every third day. Chef Services, Child Care and Professional Massage service are available upon request..

Villa Encantada is situated on an INCREDIBLE 40-acre lushly landscaped Private Nature Preserve/Botanical Garden Estate on the shores of Lake Arenal, yet conveniently located close to the village of Nuevo Arenal with its restaurants/shopping and tourist amenities. We’re close to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, and only minutes away from a multitude of adventure activities in the area. We refer you only to the most reliable, efficient tour operators in the area. Take advantage of easy self guided day excursions to La Fortuna, The Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, Rio Celeste Waterfalls, National Parks, Rain Forests and many Beaches that await you.

Finally, what really sets us apart from other properties is that here at Villa Encantada you’ll enjoy Nature at its Exquisite Best.. with acres of Mature Botanical Gardens, complete with miles of extensive manicured hiking trails through virgin Rainforests and rivers. NEW SPRING FED SWIMMING POOL (no chemicals) with a 100 FT WATER SLIDE & Natural spring fed ponds for swimming and waterfalls to relax by… lots of Waterfalls, FLY FISHING streams on our property, stocked FISHING PONDS w/ BIG fish. Huge ponds that you can use our (8) Kayaks on, or take them down to the lake and paddle in secluded lake coves to see wildlife with Flora/Fauna too numerous to mention here. We are the ONLY villa rental property that has LAKE ARENAL ACCESS, just an easy 3 minute walk to the lakeshore to explore the Gem of Costa Rica ~ Lake Arenal.

At Villa Encantada we have a 3 night minimum stay requirement. Exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons OR for a 2 night stay when available between other reservations. Honeymoon couples or groups of 15 persons will find Villa Encantada an unforgettable experience in a tropical paradise setting. Rental rates are based on the number of guests in your group. Children 6 years of age or under are free**

Thanks for your interest in Villa Encantada. We hope that we’ll be a part of your special travel experience to Costa Rica. We’re here to be of service in any way that we can.

Your Host,

Glenn McBride

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 4: Full bed Sofa beds 2 Twin beds
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds
  • 3 Full baths


  • Wireless Internet
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Children's pool
  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Boat available
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

We are available to help the guests get settled in.. at their option!


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 09:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $300.00
Yes, smoking allowed


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Smoking allowed outside only in designated smoking section.


About the owner

Glenn M.
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 Nov 2021
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Spanish





77 reviews

Very Good

“Paradise Vacation”

Reviewed 13 Mar 2020

Villa Encantada is a total body, mind and soul experience. It is located 3 miles from the town of Arenal. This hidden gem is more then you can ever phantom. It comes with its own waterfalls, hiking… More

“More Amazing Every Visit!”

Reviewed 20 Feb 2020

Our trip to Villa Encantada this year was our fifth, and the sixth for our friends who introduced us to this spectacular place. Glenn is continually updating the property, and a small golf course is t… More


Reviewed 4 May 2019

I woke up every morning between 5-6am ready to explore the property and take in all the beautiful sites and sounds. This place is magical! So many trails through the rainforest, a fresh spring pool wi… More

“A huge slice of paradise!!!!”

Reviewed 30 Apr 2019

We booked Glenn's property for our group of 9. We flew into Liberia and rented cars for the week- it was such a neat drive to get to the house. Landing in Liberia looked like a desert, but half … More

“If you are looking for amazing this Villa is everything you could want....”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2019

Our family of 8 stayed at this awesome villa the second week of February: 4 seniors, 3 younger adults and my 9 year old granddaughter. This was a perfect place for us. The villa and property are abs… More

Response from the owner Thank you Jacquelyn and Terry, I very much appreciate your kind words and detailed 5 Star Review.... so well written and documenting the highlights of your visit. To be sure... detailed guest reviews are oftentimes difficult to come by and know that I Thank you for taking the extra time to elaborate on your adventures both at Villa Encantada as well as off site. With your 7 night stay you were able to experience all that we offer, chill out at the villa and see some of the local sights too. Thanks Jacquie ~~ we'll keep the lights on for you and yours and look forward to hosting your family again as soon as time allows. Cheers, Glenn

“Your own botanical gardens.... color galore!!!!!”

Reviewed 26 Jan 2019

Staying here you have the perfect resort property with the privacy and space of a house. I have never seen a house with such manicured grounds!! The views from the house were great from both the livin… More

Response from the owner Thanks so much for taking the time to "weigh in" with your 5 Star Review on your visit to Villa Encantada. I appreciate your comments and the fact that you posted your review 7 months after your visit really does say alot ~~ that we're still in your "minds eye" and that your visit was all you had hoped for.. and more. We look forward to your return visit and wish you well amigo. Your Host, Glenn

“Paradise on earth”

Reviewed 17 Dec 2018

I cannot find adequate words for this place and its owner. Privacy has a whole new meaning here....40 acres all to yourselves, and those acres include manicured and heavenly trails, waterfalls, glori… More

Response from the owner Thank You Very Much for our 5 Star Review Jami ~` you made my day, and it was a pleasure hosting your extended family of 10 persons. I appreciate your detailed Guest Review and am so glad that your visit to Villa Encantada was "all you ad hoped for.. and more". That you spent as much time at the villa, enjoying all that we offer is especially gratifying to me. Our newest attraction ~~ the 9 hole Executive Golf Course is ready to open after 8 months of getting the Bermuda Greens ready for a quality experience. Still lots of details to go ~~ but it'll be playable by Jan/Feb 2019. Never a dull moment here at Villa Encantada! We look forward to your next visit and know that we'll keep the light on for ya! Pura Vida Amiga, Glenn

“A beautiful slice of Paradise”

Reviewed 12 Nov 2018

This Villa is a piece of heaven. Our family of 6 (3 couples) stayed here for a week. The Villa is beautiful and the grounds are gorgeous. Glenn was in the States on vacation but was still so helpfu… More

Response from the owner Hi Shelly, Vicki and friends/family, Thank you so much for your detailed Guest Review. I always like to be on hand and at the villa to receive our guests in person, but every once in a while I (and my family) get to take a vacation too ~~ but as you mentioned, we stayed in touch and I'm looking forward to meeting you all in person on your next visit. I'm glad the staff took good care of you... they do a Great Job and have a cumulative 14 years attending to our guests, so when I'm not available I know that our guests are in good hands... and thanks for mentioning it. I'm glad you had a most memorable visit to Villa Encantada ... thanks for your confidence. Warm Regards, Glenn

“This is the place to stay!”

Reviewed 2 Jul 2018

Our family booked Villa Encantada based on our friend's recommendation. We were just as thrilled with our experience as they were. Villa Encantada is the BEST place to stay in Costa Rica. Our 2 f… More

Response from the owner Hola Tim and family/friends, Thanks for taking the time to express your sentiments in glowing detail and I'm so glad that we had the opportunity of hosting your group/family of 8 persons. It's a great "job" that I have ~~ getting to meet new guests and make lasting friendships, and helping you to have the best vacation of your lives. It's very rewarding to me that you were recommended by a former guest and that you found Villa Encantada as "Enchanting" as your friends did ~~ and I hope you'll do the same and refer our "little slice of paradise" to your friends/family, and that you'll come back to your home away from home as soon as time allows. Thanks for your confidence and sharing your enthusiasm with me. Your Friend, Glenn

“Such an amazing place!”

Reviewed 11 Oct 2017

We stayed at Villa Encantada with another family (3 kids and 4 adults in total). The property is amazing and easily accommodated all of us. The kids loved the pond and the water slide and hiking along… More

Response from the owner Thank You so much for your 5 Star Guest Review Donya... entitled "Such an Amazing Place". I very much appreciate your taking your time to describe your visit with us at Villa Encantada. REALLY, what is "Amazing" is that you visited Villa Encantada a full 2 years ago, yet still have a refreshing and lasting memory of your time with us ~~ and have kept us in your minds eye all these years later. I'm so glad that Villa Encantada has left a lasting impression on your and your family and do hope that you'll find your way back to your "home away from home" soon, and that we'll have the opportunity of hosting your family once again. Warm Regards, Glenn

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How do I find more info about the property?

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to send the owner a message.

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Send Glenn (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Glenn (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Glenn the owner's contact details or send them a message.

What's the difference between 'Book your stay' and 'Contact the owner/manager'?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online and send Glenn (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Glenn (the owner) an inquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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When you pay online through the Ready to book? form, a booking request is sent to Glenn (the owner). You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then.

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Simply enter your dates in the Ready to book? form to calculate the cost of your stay.
Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

You can also request a quote from Glenn (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Glenn (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Glenn (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage your booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your booking or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my booking?

You can pay the remaining balance of your booking at any point. Simply go to Manage your booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Glenn (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Glenn (the owner) a message.

If Glenn (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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