The Best Luxury Houses to Rent in Papagayo, Costa Rica

If you’re looking to escape to Costa Rica, and are looking for where celebrities like the Kardashians and Michael Jordan stay when they come into town, look no further than the ultra-luxe golf community of Papagayo. 

Papagayo, Costa Rica is the kind of place you can totally disconnect, but still have all the comforts of a nearby Four Seasons resort (with amazing restaurants and bars), and one of the best golf courses in the world. You’re close enough to activities like hiking around a volcano, horseback riding, surfing, paddle-boarding, and the like, but also can just hang in a luxury villa with your group and a private chef if you want to. So where should you stay with a group in Papagayo?

The best luxury airbnbs and VRBO’s for groups and families in Papagayo

Casa Armadillo

7 Bedrooms | 7 Bathrooms | Accommodates 12+

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Casa Armadillo is a 12,000 square foot home with 8,900 square feet of interior living space, and 3,300 square feet of outdoor dining and deck space. All the rooms are equipped with the maximum comfort, luxury lines and details that will make you feel like home. The house is located in Papagayo Peninsula, a resort and residential community that sets new standards of luxury for the world. This home features Pacific ocean views, 2 master suites, 2 junior suites, 2 service bedrooms, 2 swimming pools, 2 outdoor showers,  4 private decks, built-in barbeque, Outdoor Dining, game room, separate service entry, chef’s kitchen, ping-pong table, high-speed internet, daily housekeeping, arrival amenities.

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Oceanview villa built into the jungle

Papagayo Peninsula Property with Free Golf and a Free Yacht

This luxurious, custom vacation estate in Papagayo with spectacular ocean views, gardens and jungly surroundings is perfect for families and couples alike, the 5,400 sq. ft. private villa has an additional 3,000 sq. ft. of usable outdoor space, too.

Ventanas de Papagayo

This beautiful Costa Rica airbnb affords panoramic jungle and ocean views. Spend days lounging by the community’s shared infinity pool and evenings sipping cocktails with friends on the villa’s private terrace or enjoying dinner from the barbecue at the al-fresco dining area with family. After sunset, switch on the TV or share the latest photos from your holiday via Wi-Fi. The name of this luxury property translates to “windows on Papagayo,” and the nearly wall-to-wall sliding doors in the villa’s great room certainly live up to it. Open the doors to connect the open-concept living and dining areas to the terrace, or simply admire the ocean views, even when they’re closed. The adjacent fully equipped kitchen is equally inviting, with its own large window and a convenient breakfast bar.

Villa Plaisance

Villa Belvedere

Perfect for multiple families, Villa Belvedere features dual king master suites with huge bathrooms, expansive outdoor areas with 2 pools, gourmet kitchen, and more. Our concierge plans the details of your stay, while you simply relax & enjoy.

Cielo Mar

Is this luxe airbnb in Costa Rica a house with a deck or a ship by a dock? The enormous coastal retreat is shaped like the bow of a ship with an ultra-wide deck and a bridge jutting out to the sea. Lounge at its point, dip in the infinity pool lined with charcoal-black volcanic lava stone, play ping pong, and hit the wet bar en route to a sunken Zen garden. A 5-minute buggy ride gets you to golf, tennis, shops, and a spa.

The Miramar Suite at the Four Seasons Papagayo

The three-bedroom Miramar Suite is certainly one worth the splurge at the ultra-prestigious Four Seasons Papagayo. An outdoor living space offers panoramic ocean vistas and overlooks the infinity pool that sits on an expansive deck. On that same terrace is an alfresco dining area that’s perfect for either a beautiful lunch or star-lit dinner.

Miami Vice in Costa Rica

This Villa is lovingly and creatively designed to offer all the amenities of modern life in an extraordinary tropical paradise.

Inside, you will find beautifully designed spaces, a 2 story tall green wall, water features inside and outside, a fully equipped open kitchen, formal dining area with seating for ten, lounge area featuring a grand piano sitting on water, and a recreation room, and fitness studio.

Is Papagayo good for families?

While many of Guanacaste’s beaches are coveted by surfers, those on the Gulf of Papagayo are protected due to the gated community, and the calm natural peninsula protection, making them great for families with children. The Four Seasons caters very well to young families. 

What are the best things to do in Papagayo?

Go to Prieta Beach Club for dinner (many of the villas below come with a golf cart to get around) and don’t miss the octopus at Prieta. Paddleboard (especially in the morning, when it’s so glassy out you might see turtles!), go on a sailing trip, or jet-ski around the gulf. If you want to adventure for the day, look into zip-lining, horseback riding, or these hot springs!





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