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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:
29 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


Left on Mar 9, 2018 for a stay in Feb 2018

Better than expected! and I had pretty high expectations. I mean how can you not! From the pictures this place looks amazing; but as all 18 people of my group said " The pictures do not do this place justice" We are a group of family and friends that go on an annual vacation. Ages range from 19-50 and we are a pretty lively group. Not sure where to start as there are so many things I want to make sure I cover. Preparing for the trip: - Henry and Ana were more than accommodating when it came to helping me figure out the weekly menu, travel and Tours. Ana did not skip a beat with airport pick ups, setting up tours, transportation for tours etc.. I am an organizational planning guru and she was always a step ahead of me. She accommodated every change and shuffle with a smile. She was my saving grace for the week. OUR STAY: - The place is amazing! Big, Beautiful and spotless. - Minor the Chef. He was exceptional and accommodated every request flawlessly. He nailed the all dishes even the ones that were our specialty and not native to Costa Rica. Lasagna was superb and the whole roasted pig was just SPECIAL!! It was when the staff arrived at 6am so we could have breakfast before our 7am pick up even tho I told Ana it was unnecessary and she insisted it was no problem is when I couldn't feel more appreciation for this team - The cleaning Staff. - What amazes me the most was how not once did I see anyone in my room yet it was always spotless. There were times I would go back to my room after leaving it for only a half hour and it was clean. Preparing the tables before our meals, serving our meals and all the time with such a pleasant smile - Josue' - He was by far the favorite of the group! Not JUST because he was the bartender that entertained our lively group of individuals that like to drink a LOT but he too always did it with a smile. He was there first thing in the morning to help with breakfast then followed us to the pool and attended to us all day and was there to help with Dinner. Josue was always there but was never intrusive. The Group LOVED him and continues to say " We miss Josue " as we reminisce about our days in ElCastillo. I can only Pray that we will come to visit El Castillo de Esparza and it's wonderful staff again! I can not recommend this place enough!! Thank you for a memorable week 👍
Jan 2018
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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 4.818182 based on 35 reviews

Stephanie K.

  • 5 of 5

El Castillo de Esparza was a dream come true vacation!!!

It was a once in a lifetime vacation where we didn’t have to worry about one thing for the entire week! Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner were prepared and served to us everyday for the entire week. We had a Full-time Bartender throughout the day that would prepare whatever type of drink we asked for and would make any type of kids drinks when asked :)! The staff cleaned all bedrooms and bathrooms daily and had same day laundry service when needed!

It was super easy to set up tours throughout Costa Rica! Transportation was arranged for us, a staff member came with to help when needing anytime of translating through Costa Rica. A few tours we did were Zip Lining in the Rainforest, Monkey Beach, and Crocodile Tours. All we would recommend and do again!

This is the perfect spot for any type of family vacation where you can truly enjoy and relax without having to worry about anything.

Our kids had so much fun and were always entertained :)! The staff was amazing, very attentive and super nice! You could tell they truly wanted you to have an amazing vacation. The food was incredible, the Chef was amazing and was able to prepare meals for both kids and adults. Made the kids special desserts every night!

We also brought extended family and the castle was so big that each person had there own space and could easily mingle or relax. I give this place 5 stars and hope to come back every year!

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A real vacation! Would highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

A very relaxing vacation. From the moment you arrive and are greeted by the amazing staff handing out cold drinks you know you’re in a special place. There’s no stress and everything is right there...dining, tennis, pool, games of all kinds, great movies, a wonderful masseuse and lovely areas to read and unwind.

Went with friends and we all loved it and look forward to returning sometime soon.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My daughter and I had an amazing stay at Esparza

  • 5 of 5

I travelled to Castillo de Esparza with my 12 year old daughter and promised her a fairy tale vacation in a Castle. The staff and experience at the Castle was five star and made us both feel like Princesses!

All of our meals were made to order and the staff helped my daughter collect mangos from the beautifully landscaped property. On the last night of our stay, the chef made a custom cake with a horse design for my daughters upcoming birthday. The cake rivaled anything I could have bought for her in Manhattan.

We spend gorgeous sunny days swimming in the pool and she spend hours on the massive waterslide. We took trips to go ziplining and to see the crocodiles. One day we went horseback riding on a nearby black sand beach; the ride included a path through a mangrove jungle. It was amazing! All of the tours were recommended by the staff; who had personally experienced each of the adventures. I felt completely safe entrusting myself and my daughter to these adventures knowing the Castle staff had vetted their quality.

One of our favorite activities was visiting a nearby jungle area where you could

feed monkeys, with fruit prepared by the Castle staff, and walk along the awesome


At night we watched movies from the extensive in-house selection and played pool and billboards in the beuatiful living room.

We’ve been to many Caribbean destinations and Costa Rica and Castillo de Esparza rivaled them all. It’s Paradise.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional in Every Detail- Truely an Escape

  • 5 of 5

We were completely impressed by El Castillo and its staff. Well worth the trip to CR and to Esparza (easy drive or they can provide pick up/return service). It was indeed a luxurious Castel in the hills. The food was varied and prepared perfectly by the chef, served with style by the friendly staff. All amenities were as advertised and made our stay an escape from the day to day. One night we arranged a fireworks display (staff coordinated), several nights we had local musicians play during cocktails. The putting greens and elevations was so unique. Tennis and/or pickle ball was a blast on the tennis court. We can't say enough other than we will be back next year- we deserve it!

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house was great we had 16 family members and had room to spare. Ana was excellent, she made sure we got everything we wanted and had the bus ready for everywhere we wanted to travel and see. Josue went with us on all of our site seeing and was a great tour guide and translator. I would definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
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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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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 £43.81

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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