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Official Site of El Castillo de Esparza Luxury Resort Villa, Pacific Ocean view

Bedrooms 10
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


About the property

Villa, 10 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 10+ Baths, (Sleeps 20-30)

The most prestigious, luxury villa in Costa Rica is now available for rental. This secure, private estate is perfect for romantic getaways, family reunions, corporate retreats, incentive travel and weddings.

The Castle offers many booking options for groups of two to thirty people. When

you rent the Castle, your rent the entire property exclusively for you and your group.

Regardless of the size of your group, you get our full service staff including Chef,

and Concierge.. I makes it a real vacation for you and your guests.

Our rates vary on the time of year and the size of your group, but even with all

our amenities you are likely to pay less than if your were booking hotel rooms at

Costa Rica's best hotels. And you don't have to go out to dinner at high priced

restaurants when you have your own executive Chef prepare three meals a day

to your choice...the freshest of ingredients.. fine meats, fish and shrimp, fresh local

vegetables and fruits..something different every day..

Your stay includes the service of twelve professionals

including a Chef, sous Chef, house staff, laundry, bilingual guide bartender, property staff, Concierge, and General Manager Henry Denzler.

The villa features 2 large multi room suites and 8 spacious bedrooms. It can easily accommodate groups of up to 30 people or an incredible private getaway for two ! Luxuriate in the private pools, large hot tub, waterslide, golf and tennis court. A private spa is located within the walls and more!

One of the most famous landmarks in Costa Rica is the Manor House of El Castillo. A noted German architect created the various spaces using Costa Rican hardwoods and artisans.

The 'Castle' is your own private resort. with your own private staff including our Castle

Manager, Ana, Chef Minor, sous chef, concierge, bartender and a full house staff.

Chef Minor will prepare meals for you as you choose, provisioning the finest meats

and fish, fresh vegetables and fresh local fruit...Our guest are always thrilled with

the selection and presentation from our kitchens.

Scroll Down to just above our photos and click the link connecting you to our virtual tour.

Keywords: Estate, Castle, Retreat, Villa, Resort

More Details

Property Manager
Henry Denzler
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
2 March, 2018

About Henry Denzler

I grew up in the Midwest and have had a corporate life and entrepreneurial experience. Now just getting ready to enjoy retirement.....well at least less stressful activities.

Henry Denzler purchased this villa in 2004

Why Henry Denzler chose Esparza

Costa Rica, aptly described as the Switzerland of Latin America is truly a land of Pura Vida ! The

biodiversity is incredible and with more than 30 micro climates, the variety of activities is incredible. Our villa, located on a mountain close to the Pacific coast enjoys warm days with cooling breezes and does not have the intense heat you find close to the northern beaches of Guanacaste Yet we are only 5 minutes away from the closest beach.

What makes this villa unique

We can arrange private carnivals within the property, custom designed firework displays and an array of local entertainment, including some of the top Costa Rican groups, all on the grounds of the villa. Should you choose to arrive by helicopter, we feature our own heliport.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I just wanted to let you know what a great time we had at your home last week. The home is so beautiful and the staff is incredible. What great food and great service! We really appreciate all that Hank and the rest of the staff did to make our stay so perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful, amazing home with us for the week and providing us with such and great opportunity to share a perfect vacation with friends. With thanks, Tammie
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Esparza in Cantón Esparza

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
    Bathroom 10 -
    Bathroom 11 -
  • 10+
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Deluxe
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Deluxe
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 10 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 Grand Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large two room suite with King Bed,, large bath
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , ensuite bath
    Bedroom 2 - Grand Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large three room suite with large bath
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
165 foot water slide to a separate pool. Tennis Court, Basketball Net, 2 putting greens with 6 holes, Spa, Exercise equipment. Al fresco dining in our Rancho by the pool.


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Official Site of El Castillo de Esparza Luxury Resort Villa, Pacific Ocean view
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 29 reviews

The Hidden Gem of Central America

  • 5 of 5

I have spent several months traveling in Costa Rica and the neighboring Countries of Central America. To say that 'El Castillo De Esparza' is THE most grandest place that I have had the privilege to experience would be an understatement. Surrounded by such all-around beauty, inside and out, to dine on fresh local fare prepared deliciously by the Chef was just another treat. The massage overlooking The Gulf of Nicoya was extremely relaxing and I am a Pickleball addict and they even had a court and paddles!

The Staff was very personable and professional and no doubt could provide anything needed to make your stay something special.

Having spent so much time in Costa Rica, I have visited most of the tourist destinations such as: Tabacon Hots Springs, Extreme Zip-line, volcanoes, Butterfly farms, Jungle tours and every Beach from Panama to El Salvador so I was happy to just spend time right there at El Castille. For me, there was plenty to keep me occupied and I had no desire to leave the property!

It really was an easy destination to get to and I think it will be a great place for me to enjoy a girls getaway next time. All in all it was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it.


  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St Charles, IL

Magical place - best place to entertain large groups of adults and children

  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to drop you a quick note as to the wonderful time my guests and I had at El Castillo. The place is truly amazing—much larger and more spectacular than the pictures. But it is the staff that made the trip truly magical. Annabelle, Joswey, Colon and the entire team could not have been more professional and accommodating. We had a total of 30 guest, 14 of whom were children. The house provided so much space and activities to keep the kids busy and happy. Same for the adults (my guests especially enjoyed the masseuse). The food was 1st rate and it was wonderful that the specious dining room allowed us to eat together at dinner. Colon's Thanksgiving feast was as good as grandma used to make!

Also, Henry's recommendations re special activities were spot on. He arranged not only fireworks right outside our balcony, but also for a fantastic band to play in the home. Outside activities were as you would expect in Costa Rica--fishing, zip-lining, ATV driving and golfing. All transportation was arranged by the staff (including airport pickup and drop off). Every detail was flawlessly executed by Annabelle and her staff.

On a scale of 1-10, several of the children rated El Castillo as a "100", a "200" and even as a "1200". I would agree that it will be extremely hard to find a better place in the world to enjoy the company of a large group

I will sing the praises of El Castillo and your team to my friends and definitely want to visit again in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delray Beach, Florida/ USA

Outstanding personal experience-Worth every penny

  • 5 of 5

Third time returning and it just keeps getting better- you get a lot for the cost. Professional yet very personable staff are the best we find in our global travels (spoke Spanish & English expertly). Annabelle & the staff helped arrange a deep sea fishing adventure with HUGE results! Chef Minor & protégé Diego prepared a traditional pig roast which was a unique experience and wonderful in taste. The sushi was expert. All the meals and drinks were excellent. Lots of time to hang by the pool, read, walk, relax in the evening to decompress and escape. But we also enjoyed fireworks overlooking the distant Pacific, played golf, pool, tennis & pickleball. Some days we did nothing at all. Easy to get to from San Jose and everyone in Costa Rica is friendly

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Want to live and be treated like royalty?....stay here!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 12th family vacation. We've vacationed in Mexico, Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S.

All of these were 1st class properties BUT nothing was as grand as El Castillo!

The property is magnificent and the 3 specially prepared meals/day were outstanding!

EVERYTHING exceeded our expectations!

Although the day trips were a bit long the refuge of El Castillo more than compensated.

Hats off for assembling the most gracious and accommodating staff we have ever encountered. Ana, Josue and Chef Minor as well as the 7 others couldn't have treated us better if we were royalty. Don't let this team get away, they are an absolute 10+!

It was truly a FIVE STAR experience!

Thanks to Hank as well for being on the money with his recommendations and being spot on with his answers to our questions....not one hiccup!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Royal treatment ... even if you're not so royal!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic getaway. The food was top shelf - staff attentive as needed. Evening entertainment ranged from local musicians to fantastic fireworks. Pitch and putt golf on the property tests your pitching from high. Loved it. Would return in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Escape & Luxury Environment

  • 5 of 5

Took a large group of business associates and El Castillo met every need for logistics from San Jose, business meetings and personal fun, all in an extremely relaxing and safe environment. WIFI kept us connected as needed and plenty of areas for gathering. Lots to do on the compound- golf (chipping), tennis, huge pool & hot tub, water volleyball, water slide- great games/team building. The mountain/valley views were peaceful and the fireworks they arranged were fantastic. Close to the beach and other adventures but once there, it was hard to leave. The staff were excellent, attentive and communicated very well, they made us feel at home. The chef prepared wonderful meals in several locations on the compound. This was a fantastic venue for pleasure or business- plenty of space for privacy. I have already booked later this year with the family. Highly recommended and actually a great value for all you get.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Juan Santamaria (San Jose)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway Interamericana
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Playa Dona Ana
Nearest Point of Interest
Parque Aventura
Nearest Point of Interest
Private Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Local Art, Sculpture and Carvings
Nearest Point of Interest
Carera National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Crocodile Tour
Nearest Point of Interest
World Class Sportfishing
Nearest Point of Interest
Jaco Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
ATV Tours
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Manuel Antonio National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Volcano Arenal
Nearest Point of Interest
Turubari Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Tabacon Hot Mineral Springs and Spa
Nearest Point of Interest
Megafauna Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Monteverde Reserve
Nearest Point of Interest
Fiver rafting float trip
Nearest Point of Interest
River Rafting
Nearest Point of Interest
Tropical Bungee
Car: not necessary

Canopy Tours, ATV Tours, Crocodile Tours. Bungee Jumping, Deep Sea Fishing, Diving, Snorkeling and many more.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Insurance £42.6

Please inquire for complete rate information as group size can affect the rate. We are very flexible on payment schedules if the booking is longer than 6 months in advance of your arrival. Costa Rica requires a 10% gratuity added to the rental rate.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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