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Grand Villa with Pool on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano!!

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 7 bedroom holiday villa in El Millon - The Majestic

This elegant 8 room home sleeps 21 people, with amazing Lake and Volcano views!

Tucked away in the middle of the rainforest, the Majestic Lodge rests in a peacefull, little village on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. This amazing Villa is more than just a home away from home. On the upper level you will find 5 private rooms which can sleep up to 12 people. For your comfort, all rooms offer air conditioning, ceiling fans, orthopedic mattresses and high quality bedding, as well as a full private bathroom for your privacy and convenience. On the first level of this amazing home, you will find a master suite with 2 full beds, air conditioning, ceiling fans and a full private bath, and one room with an outside entrance that sleeps 2 people with a private bathroom and we now have a new suite with a private entrance that sleeps 4 people in two Queen beds. This room have a jacuzzi bathtub, as well! Our kitchen is state of the art and fully equipped to handle a crowd! Sit outside on our beautiful deck overlooking the Arenal Volcano and pristine 22 mile Lake Arenal. Enjoy cocktails at the bar or take a dip in the pool or jacuzzi while listening to the sounds of the tropical birds and the howl of the Monkeys! This village is packed with adventure if that is what you are looking for! Our private concierge will be happy to book all of your travel activities at no charge to you. Choose Horseback riding to the waterfall, Sky Trek, the country's largest zipline, SKy Walk hanging bridges, The Butterfly Conservatory, The Eco Zoo, Kayaking on the lake, The National Park, Arenal 1968, and a variety of natural hot spring facilities. After a full day, return to the Majestic for a relaxing massage, or other spa services at Serenity Spa located on the property! There are many fine local restaurants to choose from and a local grocer. Sit back and let us plan your vacation of a lifetime!This home away from home is everything you need to enjoy relaxation or adventure in Arenal!

Also, check out our other accommodations, Pie in the Sky, above the Majestic Lodge. These three beautiful homes are our private rental homes and are just as outstanding as the Majestic Lodge. The views are amazing and the homes luxurious! You can view them on VRBO, listing numbers 442762 and 460480.

Don't need all this space? View our other listings just above the Majestic, 460480, 442762 and 933571. If a stay in the heart of the village is what you are looking for, we have listing number 438584, as well!

Let me know what I can do to help make your vacation the vacation of a lifetime!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster /Contact us for availability
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016
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About Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster /Contact us for availability

Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster, an American couple from Key West, Florida, and the property managers of the Majestic, found El Castillo out of a desire to explore the areas off of the beaten track. “Upon arriving in El Castillo almost 10 years ago, and seeing the majestic Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, we fell in love with this area. After traveling all over Costa Rica looking for a place to retire, we arrived here and immediately knew that this was it...our special spot on the planet! The people were gracious and kind and always very helpful and accomodating. There are around 240 people in El Castillo and the other tiny villages that make up this area we call home. With only a dozen or so Americans we have been able to fully immerse ourselves into the 'tico' culture. It has been a wonderful experience getting to know and love our neighbors who welcomed us into their village and their lives. This is a place we are proud to call home.”

Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster /Contact us for availability purchased this villa in 2003

Why Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster /Contact us for availability chose El Castillo

Being located on the Lake with a perfect view of the Majestic Volcano is spectacular. It is breathtaking and a very peaceful place!

What makes this villa unique

This home is the best of both worlds. It is comfortable and elegant and it is in the middle of the rainforest! I love being away from it all, but still having the conveniences of wifi internet, satellite t.v., local restaurants, grocery stores and a gorgeous view as well. It is the perfect getaway!


based on 31 holidaymaker reviews

Grand Villa with Pool on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano!!
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews
Sandy Hook, VA. 23153

Paradise in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a 10 day trip to Costa Rica. We booked a week on the Pacific at a 5 star property. Looking to visit the Arenal area we booked a 3 night stay at Pie In The Sky cottage. As it turns out, we wish we had spent the whole visit at The Majestic. The 5 star property paled in comparison.

The Majestic is a true paradise. The facility itself, the setting, and the people are absolutely wonderful. Plus access to countless activities can keep you busy from sun up to sundown. The view of the lake and the volcano combined with the natural setting is a spectacular experience.

We plan on visting The Majestic again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It is so nice to have guests who appreciate our little piece of paradise! You were all wonderful to have and we really enjoyed you and do hope that you will return again someday. Nancy
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Majestic is the perfect word to describe this property.

  • 5 of 5

We were meant to stay here! Nancy was the most amazing accommodating person ever. She was on her way back from Denver on a red-eye flight from Colorado while I was booking and she made it all happen during her travels. Major bonus: Nancy and Dan were on our flight to San Jose and waited for us to get our rental so we could follow them to the house. Blessed we were when we arrived and the kids said "wait, what? Are we really staying here?" Seriously, those were their words. Breathtaking. The first night there was a full moon with a halo around it and there were storms around with lightning illuminating the volcano. What a spectacular view from the hot tub! The sounds of the jungle are here! Exactly what I imagined the rainforest to sound like. Hundreds of different frog voices bellow through the night, and the rain at night was just what I would have ordered. No bugs! Plenty of birds, frogs, and bats take care of that. Taking a shower with the window open watching the hummingbirds sip nectar from the angel's trumpet tree was straight out of a fairy tale. We were there with two other sweet families which actually after a mention from an aunt on a Facebook post realized that Dan and their dad and uncles were pals back in the day. Again, we were so meant to stay at Majestic! Nancy arranged for us to go ziplining at SkyTrek, which is just down the road. What an amazing experience! I had anxiety at first, but fear not, the zipline is exhilarating with no stomach dropping sensation and the view is out of this world spectacular! We spent one day to celebrate my dear friend's birthday at Tabacon Springs. A beautiful posh resort around a therapeutic hot spring. The meal was delicious and the hot spring felt amazing! Nancy also arranged for us to go horseback riding in the jungle with our most sweet, humble, blessing of a man Leilander! The vistas during the ride were priceless and the waterfall was a magical place. Overall, this was the most wonderful traveling experience and was definitely the highlight of our Costa Rica trip. Thank you to Nancy and Dan for all of your help in making it happen. Best regards and I can't wait to come back to this "Majestic" place!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Galapagos, Ecuador

Magestic to say the least!

  • 5 of 5

The volcano, the jacuzzi, the entire place to ourselves! It was such a special place and experience I will never forget. Simply majestic!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Majestic house lived up to it's name.

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely amazing time at this property. Our party was three families so we loved having all of the rooms and the bathrooms attached to each room was perfect for our group! So much privacy even with all of these people under one roof. Our kids said the pool and hot tub at Majestic was the highlight of their whole MONTH in Costa Rica. They really loved it. This house is a retired B&B so you get a communal kitchen area that is stocked for large groups and was very comfortable for us to cook in. The rooms are cozy, clean and came with all the toiletries you would expect in a hotel. The house was a really nice experience but the view of that amazing volcano and being surrounded by the wild beauty of that tropical jungle paradise was truly beyond words. We did yoga on the deck and drank champagne in a hot tub under a volcano! It was a trip I will never forget. Our hosts were so kind and welcoming and our whole visit was truly a sacred connection. Thanks for the beautiful memories! We will see you again one day!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House was beautiful, but a lot of negatives.

  • 2 of 5

When we got there we were in complete awwww over the house. It was a B&B in the past, so every room had its own bathroom. That was a huge plus since we were traveling with a group of friends. All the people we had to communicate with were amazing.

When we fist tried to book, it would take them days to answer sometimes. When were finally ready to book (after going back and forth for over a month) I couldn't pay by paypal, credit card or check. I had to transfer money into an account, not being 100% sure of who I was sending it to.

They have a beautiful pool and jacuzzi, but you can only use the jacuzzi twice a day & have to call them to turn it on. None of this was explained to us while booking. When you are traveling with a huge group of friends it is hard to get everyone to want to go in the jacuzzi at the same time. There for lots of us weren't able to use it when we wanted to.

The bathroom in room #2 was unusable. The sink had a constant leak. They came and tried to fix it on the first day we were there, but all they did was put cocking, which gave up after the first time we tried to use it again. We had to keep that bathroom with towels on the floor, so that it wouldn't get into the room.

Over all the house is beautiful, but it need some work before they rent it out again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I must say that I am quite shocked by this review and I am not sure what the reason behind it is, so I would like to be very clear on what really transpired. First of all, we respond immediately to all guest requests and emails. I just searched the email correspondence to see what the issue was and there were 78 emails that transpired from February to April, and each one was answered in a timely manner. I am actually known, as you will read in many reviews, to be very attentive and quickly respond to all emails, as I did hers. Before these guests arrived, since May is very slow here, we began to the jacuzzi system from gas to electric so that guests could operate it themselves and when these guests came we were in the middle of this transition and this was clearly explained to them before arriving. They agreed that it would not be a problem and we gave them a very nice discount on the rental. Just to be clear, guests can use the Jacuzzi as often as they want in the home while they are renting it, as it is part of the home. The sink in the bathroom began leaking, and as she said, we fixed it immediately and never they never contacted us again about it, so we had no way to know that it continued to leak. Had we known, we would have sent a plumber immediately, as we are all about customer service! As for the payment options, it clearly states on VRBO, and on the rental agreement that guests sign, that there are three options to pay, Paypal, credit card and bank transfer. Paypal and credit cards involve fees that these guests did not want to pay, so they opted for the bank transfer, but that was their decision to do so. Overall I believe that this review is far from accurate, but for potential guests reading this, I would advise that you read all of the other reviews that go back 4 years that give a much better picture of what we truly offer our guests!
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West Palm Beach Fl

Fantastic Get Away, Amazing Views!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Pie in the Sky Property that is up the hill from the Grand Villa, it was the most amazing view in all of La Fortuna and Arenal.

Picturesque views from all areas of the property. Very Private Grounds, Very Spacious. The House we stayed in had all upgraded amenities, very large bedrooms and bathrooms, wifi, cable, high-end linens and lots of towels (bonus). Each Room has its own private bath. The pool has amazing views of the volcano and I woke up to Toucans in the trees.

There is a large deck pavilion with outdoor grill, we cooked every night- Nice Pots, Pans and Dishware- Not normal for rentals.

Would definitely recommend this property to large groups/ families. Very comfortable accommodations, it feels like home away from home. The perfect place for a retreat or to recharge your battery.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are thrilled that you had a nice time here and must say that you were wonderful guests! I hope that you will return someday! Nancy
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
San Jose and Liberia are equal distance
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
one block from the house
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
highway 4
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
one block from the house
Nearest Beach
250 Miles

Directions to the Majestic Lodge - Take the Pan American Highway to San Ramon,Exit when you see the sign directing you to San Ramon and drive through the town of San Ramon following the signs of the volcano route. You will go through Bajo Rodriguez, La Tigra, Chachagua and then finally, La Fortuna. When you get to La Fortuna go through the town and pass Tabacon on your right, then go a few more miles(about 4 miles) until you see a tiny little police station on your right..you will take a left there onto a dirt road. Go 3 or 4 miles until you get to an intersection where you must take a left or a right. You will see a lot of signs directing you to different places in El Castillo. You will take a left. Go another few miles until you go over a small bridge and take your next right...at more signs. Keep going straight. You will pass the Sky Trek and continue to follow the road for a few miles, keep driving until you go over another small bridge. You will pass the school on your left. You will see signs directing you to the Majestic Lodge and Howlers Bar and Grill. Continue about 1 more km and you will pass our bar/grill, Howlers, on your left and then you will see the Majestic Lodge. Please try to get here before dark, as it is extremely difficult to navigate here at night if you don't know where you are going. My number is 8-703-1561 and the number at the Majestic is 2479-1085.

Majestic N10.42843 latitude and W84.75634 longitude

There is so much to see and do here in El Castillo! Local activities include: Sky Trek zip line, Hanging bridges, Eco Zoo, Butterfly Conservatory, Kayaking on the lake, Horseback riding to the waterfall, The National Park, Arenal 1968, and the Observatory.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in El Millon, Alajuela region

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Green Season
1 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
18 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season
5 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Summer Peak Season
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
1 Sep 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £82 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

We rent this Villa as a B&B for large groups and the rates are then paid per room and include breakfast. The rate for this Villa privately,(breakfast not included) is based on 6 people and is $25 for each additional person up to 21people. There is a cleaning fee of $100 and 13% tax.
We offer full concierge services. All Holidays are subject to a rate increase that covers the maximum value of the home when fully occupied.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in El Millon in Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 21 people
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
    Bathroom 10 -
  • 11
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Ginger Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Private Bathroom
    Orchid Blossom Room - 2 Double Bed , private bathroom
    Bella Dona Room - 1 Double Bed , private bathroom
    Hummingbird Room - 1 Double Bed , private bathroom
    Hummingbird Room - 1 Bunk Bed , Full on the bottom/Twin on the top bunk bed/private bathroom
    Toucan Room - 1 Double Bed , private bathroom
    Butterfly Room - 1 Double Bed , private bathroom
    Bougainvillea Room - 2 Large Double Bed , private bathroom with a jacuzzi tub
  • All bedrooms have private bathrooms and airconditioning, as well as orthopedic mattresses and include a starter kit of soap, shampoo and conditioner.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We offer yoga privately or group by reservation. We offer full concierge services and are happy to plan all of your activities while you are here as well as set up catering, meals, etc.

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