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“More than "The Most Relaxing 4 Days You Will Ever...”
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Aerial detail of Rancho, Pool and Swim up Bar
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Formal Entrance Foyer
2 Level Grand Salon
Baby Grand Piano off of Grand Salon and Library
One of the 5 sitting areas in the Grand Salon
One of the 5 sitting areas in the Grand Salon
Alternate view Grand Salon
View of Tower and Manor House from Pool Bar
View of Pool Bar from Rancho
Grand Master Suite
Grand Master Suite
Grand VIP Suite
Manor House Lower Terrace set for Dining
Sitting Area Superior Rooms
Rancho set up for Dining
The Longest private Water Slide in Costa Rica
Tennis Court with Tower Spa in background
Formal Dining Room
Arrival, Departure or Tours...Use our heliport
Putting on one of our 2 golf greens
View from Tower of Manor House, Rancho and Pool
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11 Bedrooms, 13 Bathrooms, Sleeps 30
Esparza, Province of Puntarenas

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danshedd
New England
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8 reviews
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“More than "The Most Relaxing 4 Days You Will Ever Have"”
Reviewed 5 July 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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First let me share with you that the best way to book this wonderful property is directly with the owners as we did. This privately owned estate is managed flawlessly by Mr. Henry "Hank" Denzler; who made sure from our first inquiry that our visit would be exceptional. I am confident that we got a lot of additional value from going direct to "Hank" rather than booking through a property broker-listing agent.

We arrived at San Jose Int'l a little after noontime and emerged from customs to be greeted by Hank who had us loaded into the Castillo vans and on our way. It should be noted that Hank will arrange the commute by helicopter to the estate's helipad if you prefer.

We drove up the winding road to the front gate which opened to reveal El Castillo de Esparza which as you can see from the photographs is magnificent and really more impressive in person. Anna, the head of staff, opened the front door leading into the grand foyer where the entire staff of 10 were assembled to greet and welcome us with tall glasses of rum punch. Not a bad start to what was going to be a great 5 day retreat for 7 guys looking to escape and recharge.

Our group hails from across the USA and Europe. We are blessed with wives who encourage what we like to refer to as "The Global Economic Conference" - a considerably more exclusive confab than Davos or G20. The El Castillo de Esparza is easy for all of to reach with direct connections into San Jose from many hubs in the states.

After settling into our rooms - with 10 bedroom/suites spread through the main house and guest cottages, there is plenty of choice; we convened cocktail hour at the swim-up bar. The bartender and head waiter, Joshua, is quick to learn your preferences and invisibly attendant to your needs. Relaxing at the pool we began solving the global economic conundrum in earnest - the conference had begun!

At around 5PM we showered up and headed to the game room located on the open mezzanine in the main house to shoot a game of pool and enjoy Chef Minor's hors d'oeuvre offering. Dinner is served on the main outdoor portico deck looking out across the bay toward the bright orange setting sun.

The food served at El Castillo de Esparza is all delicious owing to both Chef Minor's knowledge of local sources of fresh everything! And his skills in the state-of-the-art kitchen which he is happy to show off, if asked; make every meal a culinary joy. In the course of our visit we enjoyed numerous seafood dinners, local beef, incredible salads, grilled veggies, chilled soups and amazing desserts. Breakfast menu starts with fresh local fruit, strong Costa Rican coffee followed by whatever you ask the kitchen to prepare. Lunch is served in the comfortable poolside "restaurant" which is big enough to invite your 30 best friends over to. So, suffice to say we all have nothing but great things to say about Chef Minor and his varied menu offerings - all delicious. That said, having a top to bottom friendly staff who work hard, have a great attitude and really enjoy extending the hospitality of the house to visitors is a huge plus!

Costa Rica is full of great opportunities for excursions to see jungles, alligators, big surf, zip lines, volcanos, deep-sea fishing, monkey tours and Cuban cigars. Here is where Hank can be of immeasurable assistance. When we booked our visit he inquired as to what off-property activities we would be interested in booking. We had a couple of ideas but he had a wealth of additional suggestions from which we selected a day of fishing and visit to the volcano. All of our side trips went off flawlessly and were huge successes.

I am writing this review on behalf of the entire "Conference". We had a great time; came back relaxed and are looking forward to returning to El Castillo de Esparza. Also thinking about booking a big family reunion because I know all the in-laws and their brood will love it - tennis, on-property chip and putt, basketball court and the most exhilarating water slide I have ever been down. Great location, great staff, incredible property, daily perfect weather and gourmet food. Enough said. Did I mention messages and piano recital by a member of the national academy? OK enough.

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Liked best: The property - we went off property a couple times but I could see just hanging out.
Liked least: Line at Boston Logan border control
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Large groups
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Tasha B
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“Amazing Getaway”
Reviewed 30 June 2013 for a stay in January 2013

El Castillo is amazing. From the minute we arrived, we were greeted with champagne and fabulous hors d'eouvres. The staff was attentive and helped us plan an amazing week. We went zip lining, croc tours and beach and saw crazy wildlife - the monkeys were the highlight.

The resort has a private pool and hot tub which is great if you just want to spend the day relaxing. We were even presented with lunch in the pool side patio. After lunch, we needed some exercise so we would venture to the waterslide.

There was never a lack of activities. One of our favorite parts of the day was having cocktails on the veranda as the sunset overlooking the ocean.

Can't wait to come back!!

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Liked best: evenings on the veranda
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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PearlTrav...
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
“An Oasis for Family and Friends”
Reviewed 24 June 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We needed a place for 4 families to get away for a week for fun and adventure. The castle worked perfectly for this purpose. The environment is such that the children could run around and play without concern, leaving the adults to enjoy the golf greens, tennis, and poolside cocktails. Also the buildings and property is absolutely gorgeous. An amazing paradise in an amazing place.

The location is great for day excursions to both the beach and rain forest. Allowing us activities such as deep sea fishing, and hiking and ATVing in the jungle.

The perfect location to relax as well as see the sights of Costa Rica.

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Liked best: The amazing grounds.
Liked least: Not enough time allocated to enjoy the place.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Donald M
Barrington, Rhode Island
1 review
“Private Paradise”
Reviewed 12 June 2013 for a stay in March 2013

If you're looking for a private getaway with a large group of family/friends, you should seriously consider the Castillo de Esparza in Costa Rica. This is a small private estate with great staff, service and amenities that rival the best hotels. The best part is you have complete access to the estate for up to 20 guests with a full staff and you make your own schedule - when to have breakfast, lunch, cocktails and hors d'oevres, dinner, where to go outside the Castillo, or just stay poolside; have a massage, play tennis, use the waterslide, jacuzzi...you decide. I've visited the Castillo many times over the years and i always look forward to returning. Enjoy!

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Liked best: Private Luxury
Liked least: Driving back to the airport to go home
Travelling group: Friends
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Recommended for:
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Reviewed 13 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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