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Aerial detail of Rancho, Pool and Swim up Bar
Aerial detail of Tower Spa
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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JuneKL
Fords, New Jersey
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“AMAZING!! ”
Reviewed 10 March 2018 for a stay in February 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

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Sankofa55
Warwick Parish, Bermuda
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Met Expectations”
Reviewed 7 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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My bookclub spent 7 days at El Castillo de Esparza and from the moment we landed in Costa Rica and were met at the aiport by Josue we couldn't have asked for anything more. Anna met us at the door of the castle with open arms. From Breakfast on the Patio to Lunch by the Pool and Dinner, I must say wonderful meals prepared by the Chef, we were treated like Ladies of the Manor. The tours we wanted to do were arranged for us and Josue was our constant and patient chaperone. I could go on and on, but all in all it was a wonderful stay. Thanks again to Anna, Josue, Dena and the rest for a wonderful stay.

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Abby C
Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
1 review
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“Amazing!!”
Reviewed 25 August 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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I went to stay at the castle with a group of 10 people. We had such an amazing stay. We stayed for over a week. From the moment we landed at the airport we felt very accommodated by the castle and staff. There were so many activities at the castle. We would wake up and play tennis then use the pool to swim or start up a game of water volleyball with friends. There was also a separate pool near by which had a really fun water slide for any age. The castle also had a chipping green, giant chess game, and a hot tub. It was beautiful to sit and relax as well as swim up to the bar to be waited on by such wonderful, respectful, and helpful staff. They are there to ensure you have a great stay! The food was superb. Presentation and taste was impeccable. Every meal was fresh and enjoyable. The staff was very flexible with time and place with meals inside the castle. The staff recommended taking a trip the beach, zip line in the forest, and a crocodile tour. All were excellent recommendations and would recommend anyone else to do the same things. However, there are more activities outside the castle in which you can do! Overall, I am definitely coming back to the castle. Not only is there so many activities and the staff was wonderful, our stay had great value for our money spent. Well worth every cent!

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Liked best: Pool, food, staff
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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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.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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