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Casa Bella Vista
View from the Front Portico
Majestic 'Volcano Arenal'
Casa Grande Living Room...55 feet of Views
Pool and Casa Primera
Casa Primera
Casa Grande Jacuzzi with a View of Lake Arenal
Enchanted Cottage...Secluded
Private Gated Entrance
Beautiful Sunsets
Outdoor Rancho for Gatherings and Bar-B-Q
Have Your Wedding Here...Many have!
High Above the Rain Forrest
Our Pool with a View of Lake Arenal
View from Living Room of  'Casa Grande'
My Son enjoying the Typical Food of Costa Rica
Hike on Our Estate
Entering Our Estate of Villas
My Daughter was Amazed..You will be too!
Unforgetable Family Vacation
One of the Many Hot Springs
Are you ready to FLY through the forest?
My Daughter Could do it...Can you?
Graduation from Rapelling School
Not for the Timid!
I'm so Proud of  Son....You can do it too!
One of many Waterfalls
Bamboo bigger that you!
We Can Arrange This for You
Fine Dining Close By
Relax in the Jacuzzi
Casa Grande Dining...Great for Families
Outside the Living Room Window
Sometimes It Is Angry!
Sometimes a Visitor Comes to see Us
Frequent Flyer Miles
A Wonderful Time Awaits You
Family of 12 Adults and 9 Children 6 and under
Tom and Maria will be here to Welcome You
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Villa -
8 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20
Nuevo Arenal, Province of Guanacaste

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TheGad_a...
Paw Paw, Michigan
2 reviews
“Absolutely GORGEOUS!”
Reviewed February 27, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We came here to relax & enjoy a little diversity in Costa Rica. We had heard this was a beautiful mountainous area & we weren't disappointed. We happened to come when the Rainy Season decided to extend it's stay! This was a plus for the lovely people who live here though, because the lake was finally showing a rise in its level after several Rainy Seasons that fell short. Didn't matter! The place becomes a little different in its tone, but so beautiful you still can enjoy it! The Hosts: Tom & Maria couldn't have been better hosts, we shared a lot of talks, walks, meals & when we left, we left as new "forever friends"! The staff there was nice, efficient, kept everything comfortable & even helped with our Spanish! The Gardener, Mellvin, kept the grounds looking beautiful, which my husband & I loved. They were really great people! We couldn't have been much more pleased with our stay, & will go again someday! I definitely recommend this beautiful group of villas!

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Liked best: The setting was relaxing & beautiful
Liked least: Would have liked a little less rain, but really not bad & was needed by the area!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Heidi L
Rochester, New York
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Villa located in a little slice of Paradise!! Immaculately clean!”
Reviewed February 24, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

My husband and I, along with another couple stayed at the Casa Grande villa and we simply had a fabulous, incredible time! The home itself is even more beautiful than the pictures, (if that is possible!) and was incredibly clean with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. The view was breathtaking!! The grounds of the villas property are meticulously maintained with attention to every small detail. Perhaps the most important and impressive part about Arenal Villas is the fact that Tom and Maria helped us so much with planning our daily itinerary. There were numerous emails to Tom/Maria ahead of the trip which were all promptly answered. They recommended a driver (Emily and Balo who were incredible!), excursions, restaurants and tours. We were not disappointed with any of their recommendations. Our drivers, Balo and his wife Emily (whom Tom and Maria recommended) were so patient and wonderful with us and made sure we went to all of the right places and knew how to get us there! They even took us to a special souvenir shop to be sure we weren't over-paying for our souvenirs!! We truly felt like royalty staying at the Villa and having such wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable and patients hosts!!! None of us spoke Spanish and it was never a problem! Thank you Tom and Maria and staff for the trip of a lifetime!

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Liked best: The villa and the owners and their staff!
Liked least: That I had to leave!
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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OlegMarch
New York
1 review
“Simply fabulous!”
Reviewed January 26, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

Tom and Maria are the best host- There when you need them, out of site when you don't. Tom was even kind enough to answer my calls at 1AM. House is charming and spacious. Viwes- fabulous. They even got us a grill so we could BBQ. Grounds seem to be trimmed w. scissors.

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Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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buffumgir...
New England
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Heavenly”
Reviewed January 20, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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We loved our stay and built a very heart felt relationship with Tom and Marie.We decided to have my sons wedding there at this lovely place at the last minute and they made all of the arrangement's for us with out them seeking a dime.
Tom even played photographer and did an amazing job.Maria hunted down a wedding cake and found us a justice of the peace.The grounds are amazing,the house was amazing,the location was amazing.
We heard the monkeys near by in the trees every morning and saw a flock of beautiful toucans!!!
I have missed having my coffee on the veranda with my family every morning looking at that view.
Its completely safe,we traveled in our rental car near and far,even to Coco Beach.

I cant wait to return.Listen to Toms advise on restaurants he's very informative.
This exceptional place and people will always be in our hearts.

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Liked best: the beauty
Liked least: the giant leaf mantis
Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Barbara M
Santee, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great place to stay.”
Reviewed January 14, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We rented the Enchanted Cottage and Casa Primavera for our stay with the 10 of us in our group.We loved the property. Maria and Tom are very nice and great to work with. They helped set up a lot of our activities.

Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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gmurph59
Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
“Awesome location for friends and family to stay”
Reviewed December 22, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

We spent our honeymoon here with friends and it was an awesome time the houses on the property are very clean and well kept. We had great views of lake Arenal and the grounds are well groomed and just beautiful, the property is gate secured so you feel very safe too. We rented all four of the houses on the property and every one of them was just charming and everyone said how much they enjoyed their stay.

Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
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cmarston
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Lake Views, Birds and More!”
Reviewed December 7, 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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My wife and I were delighted with our 28 day stay at the Casa Premera. This was our 4th visit to Costa Rica and our second trip to Nuevo Arenal. We specifically came during the "rainy, or green season" as some call it to see it for ourselves. We experienced days of sun and days of rain and enjoyed them all. Each day, the views of the lake changed with then clouds and the sunsets were beautiful, and viewed right from the front windows.

The hill side is quiet except for the stream along one side of the property and the twice daily visits by the flock of parakeets. (Not a bad way to wake up every morning tho...!)

Melvin keeps the grounds trimmed and and the pool cleaned every day. The cleaning staff did an exceptions job each Monday and Friday. My wife and I are trying to learn Spanish and had a ball with Melvin every morning as we tried to discuss whether the sun would shine or not that day.

The Arenal Spring Villas are a short drive from the center of town for shopping and a slightly longer drive to many of the scenic spots. Yes, you really should have a rental car.

If you fly into Liberia, it's about a two hour drive but the scenery along the way is breath-taking in spots. Tom's directions from the airport are easy to follow and everything was as he described it upon arrival.

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Liked best: The view and the birds and the comfortable te,peratures.
Liked least: The pot holes in the road on the way to town.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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