El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica
El Castillo de Esparza - Esparza, Costa Rica

El Castillo de Esparza

5 - 15 Keys 5 Bedrooms 10 Guests 7 baths


El Castillo de Esparza

Retreat up into the mountains at this deluxe, luxurious Costa Rican estate! Boasting five bedrooms and 43,000 square feet, this royal caste is nestled near the sweeping Central Pacific coast, overlooking the romantic Gulf of Nicoya, and offering unsurpassed luxury to all who enter!

This gigantic estate is spread out over eight acres, surrounded by secure twelve-foot walls, and equipped with every luxurious amenity one could ever imagine. Built for royalty by a noted German architect, this sensational home is one of the most famous landmarks in Costa Rica. During your trip, you’ll be staying in the Manor house, and have access to the entirety of the resort grounds as well. The Manor House offers upscale living space boasting classic and elegant décor, including pristine, marble flooring and intricately designed wooden finishes. As you enter into each room, you’ll marvel at the grandiose atmosphere, complete with beautifully lofted ceilings, lovely art pieces, and large windows offering sweeping vistas of the beautiful nature around you. Multiple spacious living areas can be found throughout the main house, all boasting ample lavish seating for you and your guests. As your day winds down, refresh yourself by gathering in one of these spaces, reclining back, and enjoying a quiet evening with your family.

In each of the exquisite bedrooms, you’ll find luxurious linens and extravagant décor, truly making you feel like royalty. Located in the north wing is the master suite, originally built for the Contessa. It offers a lavish king-sized bed with a private en suite bathroom and dressing area complete with hardwood closets. Also in the north wing you’ll find a second full bedroom with twin beds and comfortable sitting area. The south wing holds the other bedrooms, including a beautifully designed VIP suite. This spacious, airy suite features a king-sized bed, a large sitting room and dressing room. Outside the double door is a veranda, overlooking the pool and the majestic mountains beyond. The other two bedrooms offer queen-sized beds and large en suite bathrooms.

When it comes to dining at el Castillo de Esparza, you’ll never have to lift a finger! Chef Minor and his staff will confer with you to plan each meal. The staff does all the shopping, and beverages, fine wines, and the freshest local produce will be available to you. The Castle provides many dining areas for you and your guests to enjoy, including the formal dining room, which can serve up to 20 guests. Or, you can take your dinner, on the main level veranda, framed by stunning views of the grounds, and the mountains beyond!

Known for unsurpassed, five-star service, no other destination in Costa Rica offers the amenities available guests of El Castillo. To help guests make the most of the their stay, El Castillo pampers you with all the comforts of home and the luxuries of a five star resort. The large free-flowing swimming pool is surrounded by a spacious wooden deck, furnished with comfortable chaise lounge chairs, just perfect for lounging the day away and soaking up some rays. The pool offers a 65-meter waterslide, allowing kids and adults alike to cool off on a warm Costa Rican afternoon. Golfers will love the two large greens located at the center of the Castle property, complete with several tee locations with varying obstacles that will challenge everyone! Make sure you take advantage of the concierge team provided to you, and work with them to plan exciting events such as live performances or even your own private firework show!

El Castillo de Esparza provides you with one of the most luxurious beach experiences in the world. Book your stay today, and spend the next week in true paradise!

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Property Details


Private Residence with 3 levels
5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 43000 square feet, 3995 square meters


King, King, Queen, Queen, and Twin
10 guests maximum

Nearest airport

Juan Santamaría International Airport - SJO
one hour

Property View

Views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the beautiful mountains beyond.

Property ID



No Pets Allowed
Not Handicap Accessible
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Additional Fees

For THIRDHOME members, there is a fee of $4,600 per week. This covers the 10 person staff, full-time chef, concierge service, spa, and the other amenities available to you on site. This does not include the cost of food and drink.

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Activities of Interest

  • Fish
  • Hike
  • Watersports
  • Deep Sea Fishing - Known as one of the best locations for deep sea fishing in the world, make sure you cast a line during your trip!
  • Zip Lines/Canopy Tours - Costa Rica is filled with lush jungles, and what better way to see them than soaring over the trees from above.
  • World Famous Tarcoles Crocodile Cruise - One of the most popular tours for nature lovers and thrill seekers alike!
  • Surfing at Playa Herradura - Considered one of the best beaches in Costa Rica,

Places of Interest

  • Arenal Volcano - This incredible natural wonder looms large and ominous over the gorgeous pastured green hillsides that surround its base.
  • San Jose or Los Sueños Casinos - Enjoy a night of swanky fun at one of these luxurious casinos!
  • Gulf of Nicoya - This area is full of natural beauty and rich in biodiversity, just perfect for exploring!
  • Curú Wildlife Refuge - Offering several walking trails through tropical forest, beaches, and so much more, this amazing wildlife refuge offers a serene retreat filled with diverse flora and fauna.


Lovely staff and place!

We came here for my mom’s birthday and it was exceptional! The grounds are stunning and the home is spacious. The biggest treat was the 10 staff members that offer beautiful service and extraordinary care. The Chef Minor catered to our vegetarian/pescatarian group better than we’ve ever had anywhere in the world. The food was so beyond anything we could have imagined. We spent our days playing tennis, swimming, using the water slide and hanging out. A perfect venue to bond in nature and to feel like a king or queen. A trip of a lifetime. Thank you Anabelle and everyone for making us feel so welcome. ”

JulieNovember 2019

El Castillo de Esparza

This property was fantastic! It is perfect for a family or corporate retreat. The set up allow for everything to be planned on property from meals, to pool lounging and tennis. There is not much to do very close by, but if you are looking for a place to unwind with a larger group, this is it!. The staff, particularly Annabelle and Josue, were so accommodating and responsive to all requests. Couldn't have been better”

GarrettNovember 2018

Wade was right about El Castillo

No other way to put it....El Castillo is jaw dropping. We booked it to have a large place to bring together immediate and extended family. No doubt the most opulent place we have ever visited. The staff treated us as family, and honored all our requests (except Hollandaise sauce). Staff to guest ratio: 1 to 1. Used clothing disappeared and reappeared laundered and neatly folded each day, as just one example of their attentiveness. This was literally the vacation of a life time. Really felt like royalty for a week. Jan plans weddings at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, and has looked into El Castillo as a destination wedding site, The owners were very receptive, I thought that the cover photo was taken with the “special” realtors’ lens which makes a pantry look like a gym, but not at all: this room is a miniature ball room. Our first visit to Costa Rica, and we love it, Very special, Do not miss this place. Just amazing! ,”

MarkJanuary 2017

Bygone era

El Castillo de Esparza undoubtedly was built at a time when Costa Rica was wild and untamed. Esparza and nearby Puntarenas has grown to engulf it. Nonetheless it is an island of tranquility and a nod to an era when Costa Rica harbored minor royalty that I guess was seeking refuge. The home is on a massive scale, very impressive and comfortable, but showing its age, which in and of itself is a bit charming. The staff is impeccable in all respects, especially the quality and talent of the kitchen and chef. However, the location is inconvenient to what Costa Rica offers; so don't expect to be near beach, national parks, zip lines, rainforest, and so on. This place is best experienced as part of a journey to Costa Rica, or as a destination unto itself on one's third visit when you've already done the other activities and are looking for a hideout....which is what the place was designed for anyway!!!!”

JonNovember 2017


What a wonderful stay we had at El Castillo de Esparza! The home and grounds were absolutely beautiful and the staff was amazing! We planned several excursions which we really enjoyed, but we also loved hanging out by the pool and getting massages at their on-site spa. They made suggestions for our daily activities, then they arranged for transportation, reservations, etc. One of the English speaking staff members accompanied us on all excursions, which was very nice. The canopy and ATV tours were great and they took us to a nearby beach to feed the monkeys. We had a great time touring the Jaco area as well. The chef is amazing! He prepared a large variety and we loved everything! The fresh fish was a group favorite. The staff took special care in preparing and decorating for two birthday parties in our group. They suggested we get a mariachi band and it was so much fun! I would highly recommend this home. It is truly a luxury vacation and you will be completely spoiled by the awesome staff. Special thanks to Scott, Hank and the staff. I miss it already!”

TammieNovember 2013

The Garrens

We had a marvelous week at El Castillo. The staff and service was superb and could not have been more helpful. Meals prepared by the chef were amazing. Service from the staff was always pleasant and executed to perfection. The house and grounds are spectacular. Our excursions into the countryside were expertly arranged. A true 5 star experience that I will recommend highly - thank you!”

KitNovember 2012

5 Stars in Costa Rica

Wade - As we sit here enjoying the beautiful views of the grounds and ocean we are relaxed and content! What an amazing place! It is like being in your very own resort. Each day decisions must be made - whether or not to play tennis on the private tennis court, practice putting on the greens by the waterfall, go down the water slide, play chess on the large scale chess board (where the chess pieces are 3'), relax in the float chairs or swim up to the bar for a margarita, the options are endless! Our biggest decision of the day is where we want the staff to set up for dinner - the upper patio, middle patio, dining room or down by the pool. The food is exceptional and the dinners rival any fine restaurant in the states! We can't say enough good things about the friendly, caring staff. We are having a fabulous time. In fact, we might not leave!!! ”

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