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Spectacular Jungle Villa for 6, Free Nite Hike, Extraordinary Views, Hot Tub!

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4.9 / 5Exceptional
19 reviews


  • Air Conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Arenal Eco Zoo
    18 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Butterfly Conservatory
    20 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Costa Rica Sky Adventures
    12 min drive
  • Airport
    La Fortuna (FON-Arenal)
    39 min drive

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About this area

La Fortuna

Located in La Fortuna, this guesthouse is in a rural location. Those looking for an activity can check out Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, while everyone can enjoy the natural beauty of Arenal Volcano National Park and Lake Arenal. Traveling with kids? Consider Arenal Eco Zoo and Butterfly Conservatory.

What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Arenal Eco Zoo - 18 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Butterfly Conservatory - 20 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Arenal Volcano National Park - 9 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 12 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Arenal Volcano - 29 min drive

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 159 min drive

About this property

Spectacular Jungle Villa for 6, Free Nite Hike, Extraordinary Views, Hot Tub!

ENCANTADA GUESTHOUSE.. IN A NUTSHELL! Costa Rica's motto, is Pura Vida, meaning “Enjoy life and be happy,” Natural surroundings of rain forest, jungles, Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, volcanoes, and hot springs make it an unforgettable and fascinating place to visit. At Encantada Guest House, you will enjoy spectacular views of Lake Arenal & the simmering Arenal Volcano, private use of the Guesthouse and all the lush tropical gardens of our private estate. Lovers of wildlife can see more than 60 species of birds, 2 kinds of monkeys, sloths, Coati Mundi and more, living in their natural rain forested habitats. There are also plenty of activities nearby! The Arenal area offers everything from a "Tranquil Day" spent Hiking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Biking, Horse-back Riding, Visiting Waterfalls, Soaking in a Hot Spring and Exploring Nature - to- A "Heart Pumping Adrenaline Rush, while River Rafting, Zip lining, Riding an ATV, Canyoning, Repelling Down a Hidden Waterfall or Sky Boarding on the Lake! Either way...Coming home, after a busy day of adventure, you'll look forward to relaxing in our steamy hot tub or resting in a cozy hammock gently lulled by the peaceful sounds of the river rushing through the lush rain forest jungle below. Encantada is consistently rated as Five-star across the World Wide Web and offers our guests, a great location, peace, privacy, tranquility and many great amenities such as: a full kitchen, plenty of hot water, personal concierge, laundry service, BBQ, books, games, a classic DVD library and so much more. Choosing this delightful home will ensure that you find what Pura Vida means to you. Costa Rica has two international airports, Daniel Oduber Quirós in Liberia (LIR) and Juan Santamaría in San Jose (SJO). Lake Arenal and Encantada are an easy 3.5 hour drive from either. NEED MORE INFO...READ ON Encantada Guesthouse, is a hilltop home overlooking Lake Arenal and the Green Arenal countryside. It is located near the rustic village of El Castillo, where you will find an interesting variety of attractions, great restaurants and small markets. This wonderful home is well established as a top vacation rental in the area and has become a VRBO favorite. Consistently Rated 5 Stars.. Our award winning cottage is clean, quiet, and comfortable. Extra Large Picture windows make the home bright and cheerful. There is a lot of attention to detail. A Full Kitchen offers just about everything you'll need to make delicious money saving meals and includes most of the essentials: Sugar, Coffee, Spices, Flour, Oil and many condiments. Why Encantada? Encantada Guest House Features: 2 Deluxe Bedrooms, a spacious well equipped Kitchen, a large Sun Room, and an extra Large Bathroom. It is great for couple or groups traveling together and perfect for families with young children. The house sleeps up to 6 guests, and an infant with Crib, High Chair and Toys, available on request. We are very pleased to welcome all kinds of travelers and we we live on the estate, so we are always accessible and we will to do whatever we can to make your stay fun and enjoyable! All you have to do is unpack, relax and explore the natural wonders that Arenal has to offer. Our free personal Concierge Service can help you with Everything from Car Rental to Booking and Arranging your daily activities. OUR AMENITIES INCLUDE: Close to Adventure Activities Free WiFi, Free Parking Fully Screened Doors & Windows A/C Plenty of Hot Water Flat Screen TV, Classic DVD Library, Book Exchange & Board Games Charcoal BBQ, Double Hammock & lots of Outdoor Seating Cool Mountain Breezes, Ceiling Fans and Fresh Air Ventilation Comfy Beds & Quality Linens In Room Safe & Security System Over 2 Acres of Lush Tropical Gardens & Protected Rain forest Habitat Private Hiking Trail to Creek Below Full Guest Kitchen with Condiments & Spices Free Concierge and Activity Booking Service Stunning Views & Hot Tub Spa Pure Mountain Spring Fed Water Abundant Wildlife: Birds, Monkeys, Toucans, Jungle Animals Personal Greeting upon arrival Furry Ambassadors, Meet Dobby our sweet rescue dog. Private Estate, Peaceful, Relaxing, Secure Perfect Retreat for Families or Honeymooners Owner Operated means lots of Personal Service Non-Smoking House. Smoking only in Designated Areas Please Note: 1. A 2x4 or 4x4 SUV or other High Clearance Vehicle is Strongly Recommended in the Arenal Area. The road to El Castillo is rustic and rough road conditions may exist, This included navigating our own little cow path to paradise. 2. As a courtesy to Future Guests who might be allergic, the pets are not allowed to enter the house. Please feel free to enjoy their company Outside as much as you'd like. Book Now! Your Pura Vida is Waiting!

Property manager

property manager

Nita Kemsley

Speaks English, Spanish



Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM

Special check-in instructions

Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • Pets not allowed

Property payment types


Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

We should mention

A car is required for transportation to and from this property.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Internet access

Parking and transportation

  • Parking available

Things to do

  • Spa tub

Family friendly

  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • DVD player
  • Highchair
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate living room
  • Toys

Guest services

  • Concierge services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Garden


  • Massages


  • In-room accessibility


  • Books
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Games
  • Music library
  • Stereo
  • Video library

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Linens


  • Hair dryer
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • DVD player
  • TV

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Toaster

Outdoor space

  • Balcony


  • Dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone
  • Separate living room

Nearby things to do


  • Cave exploring
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Water skiing
  • Windsurfing


5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor

5/5 Excellent

Great local location. Well maintained property and very helpful hosts

Need a higher clearance vehicle to be on the safe side but once there the property was very nice. Everything was clean and very well maintained inside and out. Owners were very helpful even with finding some medicine for me (not related to anything in CR). The cat and dog were very friendly and like to follow you around. (They aren’t allowed in the house so no allergy concerns). Plenty to do nearby. Would definitely stay there again.

5/5 Excellent

Awesome Property

We had a wonderful time here. The house is beautifully set on a mountain top with an outstanding view. Comfortable and equipped with everything one might possibly need. For sure one needs a tall vehicle 4x4 to access property as the entry hill is quite steep and roads leading to it are unpaved. This is part of the whole adventure !! Loved it.

5/5 Excellent

Tico home a great experience!

Our family of 5 (my husband, myself and our 3 children in early-mid twenties) stayed at the Encantada for 4 nights in April, 2018. It was our first of 3 stops in Costa Rica and we were very pleased we started here. It was the most authentic, and least touristy spot we visited. The village of El Castillo was charming and we were pleased we decided to stay outside La Fortuna although we visited there twice to see the waterfall, hot springs, a coffee tour and do some shopping. Nita and Marty were incredibly helpful. We emailed several times before we arrived and they promptly answered all my questions and provided detailed directions that were great because we were driving from Liberia and got there just as the sun was setting. Nita will make recommendations and reservations for you at the various outdoor activity sites which we appreciated. The housed everything we needed, and felt very homey. You definitely need an SUV with 4 wheel drive as the roads in that area, including the path to the house, are not paved, very hilly and filled with potholes.

5/5 Excellent

Beautiful Place

Great house with a view, well equipped kitchen, comfortably furnished and beautifully landscaped. Loved El Castillo area, less crowded than other lake and volcano towns. Don't miss the zip line at Sky Adventures! Most fun of the whole trip! Nita and Marty were helpful in planning activities and taking care of the property.

5/5 Excellent

Tranquility and adventure!

Three couples, all in our 30s, stayed at the encantada guest house for 4 nights at the end of December 2017. The house is beautiful, secluded, clean, and spacious enough. There is sleeping space in beds for 5 people plus an inflatable mattress which was comfortable. We would highly recommend a higher clearance vehicle. The drive from Liberia is an adventure with a lot of twists and turns and the final road to the guest house was rough. Recommendations for activities Sky trek (zip line) Sky river drift (not for the faint of heart) Hanging bridges hike Hot springs (we went to los Lagos) Exploring the town of la fortuna La fortuna waterfall The guest house is located about 5 minutes from the sky adventure park and about 30 minutes from la fortuna. We bought some groceries to make meals but there are so many wonderful local restaurants I would recommend going out for as many meals as possible. There isnt much of a grocery store anywhere near the guest house. We ended up cooking all of our food for one lunch because there were so many recommended restaurants that wanted to try. If you are looking for tranquility combined with eco adventure, encantada is your place!

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