If you seek a peaceful, quiet vacation with spectacular views and just a short drive to some of the most desirable sites in Costa Rica, then Casa Grande is your dream come true. We rented this house on our recent trip and wish we could have stayed forever. Morning coffee on the huge veranda watching the birds peck away at the bananas and nuts that we offered while listening to the monkeys (although we never actually caught sight of them, darn it!) and watching the sun peek above the mountains and reflect on Lake Arenal. The house was impeccably clean and adequately stocked, although we chose to eat at one of the many delicious nearby restaurants for nearly every meal. And the property's landscaping is amazing! A short drive (45 minutes) to Arenal and the thermal springs is a must! Take Tom and Maria's advice on where to go -- we bypassed Tabacon and went to Los Lagos thermal pools -- a great deal to be had for a full day of soaking in the warm springs water with a fabulous lunch for only $29. Away from the city lights, we enjoyed cool evenings star-gazing on the veranda. Although we didn't use it, the hot tub was warmed and ready and perfectly placed to enjoy the stunning views - day or night. If you're looking for a relaxing vacation, you definitely belong here. Thanks Tom and Maria, for your wonderful hospitality and for sharing your property with us! I hope to return for a longer stay next time.
As four seniors, we truly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and the stunning views from both the patio and the interior of this open design mansion. Tom and Maria were gracious hosts as well as old hands in the community who took the time to appraise us of shopping and restaurants nearby.
Nueva Arenal is somewhat of a German expat enclave on the northwestern shores of Lake Arenal, .so you can go out in the morning to enjoy either your fruhstuck or your daysayunos at a number of interesting nearby establishments, take your pick.
We made use of both the pool.in the afternoon and the spa in the evening, My wife Kathie fed visiting tropical birds fresh fruit every day but was less successful at tempting our visiting our Capuchin monkeys down from their arboreal perches by proffering banana treats..
The kitchen is fully equipped and we ate in about half of our evenings. Bring your own favorite spices since since availability is limited in the nearby supermarkets.
The paved driveway up to the top where Casa Grande is situated can be intimidating at first but take your time and enjoy this beautifully landscaped vehicle pathway. If you can drive in Costa Rica, the last few hundred yards to home will be easy..
If you enjoy quiet solitude and stunning natural beauty experienced from a grand and lofty mansion, this is your place.. .
We rented the whole property for our family. (16 people+ 1 child) It was spectacular! The accommodations were extremely comfortable. The owners were lovely to work with, and were there within minutes after a call. Other than that we only saw them upon arrival and departure. The property has incredible landscaping as well, and the view is amazing. Thank you Tom, and Maria for making us so comfortable, and sharing this little heaven on earth with us. We will be back as soon as possible.
Arenal Springs Villas by the lake and Casa Grande are simply spectacular. We normally don't write reviews but we felt a need to share this with others. We were a little worried about another clients words about humidity and not having air moving thru the Villa was completely unfounded for us. The Villa was amazingly clean and weather was very comfortable with nice cool nights for sleeping. Tom and Maria were exceptional hosts and Tom was very knowledgeable about the area as he has been in Costa Rica for more than 13 years. Maria planned all of our tours for us and was spot on defining where we should visit and where to dine. Tom has a hand-drawn two page map highlighting all the useful information such as tours to see and places to eat. Casa Grande is a very private part of the property and we were able to look out the windows or walk just out the door to see exotic birds and animals. My children like us will have these perfect memories for a lifetime. This property is absolutely incredible. We hope to return someday and we highly recommend Arenal Springs Villas by the Lake to all.
The Port Family
We had an amazing time in Tom & Maria's property. The property is very well situated and there are many great restaurants and activities nearby. We literally looked out the windows and saw monkeys, parrots and toucans in the trees at the property. The actual villas are very large, clean and nice. The property overall is beautiful and the views of the lake are amazing. Maria also does an amazing job of suggesting and arranging activities. We had two large families in two of the villas and were very comfortable. I highly recommend Tom & Maria's place.
This property is gorgeous. We arrived 'late' (dark, 830p) and Tom had the gate open and waiting to greet us. We stayed in Casa Grande, and it was beautiful. The views are spectacular, and it was only a short drive to Nuevo Arenal. Looking off the patio is a great place to watch birds in the morning. We saw toucans and macaws, in addition to the rest of the many species in the area. Hot tub was fantastic after a long day.
Tom and Maria were great hosts. We have been to Costa Rica many times, so didn't really have a need to book tours or any of that, however, Maria has the inside scoop should customers want to. We plan to return soon!
2nd time I have visited Arenal Springs. Previously stayed at Casa grande and this time my family and I stayed at Casa Primera. Home is beautiful and home spectacular. Tom and Maria are great hosts too. Highly recommend this home and owners. Pura Vida