If you have dreamt of the perfect vacation home, the perfect getaway, the perfect vacation rental, the perfect spa, the perfect boutique hotel, the perfect retirement home, the perfect recovery center, the perfect dream come true... No more dreaming because this is the real perfect one!

El Refugio de La Doña is located in the middle of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, between the Poas and the Arenal volcanoes, which impact the thermal waters. These are rich in minerals, which preserves the eternal youth and are famous for the treatment of some kinds of sicknesses. This Property is located in a tropical forest that is a preserved area, inhabited by at least 375 different bird species, in which the Toucan is the most common. In addition, there are more than thousands of different species of butterflies and exuberant vegetation of diverse colors and forms. Two rivers meet to celebrate nature in a sanctuary of towering trees, overpopulated by orchids and birds. It has a river of cold water and breathtaking blue ponds. The thermal waters of the river fill the swimming pools of the recreation area of the house. These healthy waters that are in continuous movement allow maintaining the purity of the swimming pools without using any chemical products in the process.

In this recreational area there is also a ranch equipped for gathering and events. It includes two dressing rooms, a deck and fine wood chairs to enjoy the sun and landscape. For the horseback-riding lovers, the ranch has a comfortable stable for five horses, facilities for the trainers and a big area for the horses to exercise and be trained. The property also holds a little and comfortable 2-bedroom house fully equipped, for housekeeping and cleaning crew. There are ecological paths surrounding the property that permit you to take walks around it, to enjoy this paradise. These paths are enclosed by a variety of trees, which are in danger of extinction. Most trees have been identified and some have a sign next to it with its specific scientific and common name.

In the middle of this tropical paradise, a beautiful mountain home, designed by the two internationally renowned architects Ronald Zucher and Mauricio Hernandez, hides peacefully inside the forest.

This house has been built with the best materials; including the most refine exotic hardwoods, and artisan handmade floors. The house is attached to the mountain, in the best quality of engineering work, and goes from the main entrance downwards to the river. In the first floor there is a big living room, kitchen, and dinning room, plus a main suite with a Jacuzzi placed outdoors in the middle of the forest. In the second floor, there is the laundry room, a TV room, and two suites. In the third floor a suite which can also serve as a playroom. The entire residence is surrounded by giant windows with the mountain and river view, filling the ambience with relax and tranquility. Once you are there... you donít want to leave!

Owners will enjoy all amenities including private clubhouse with exercise facilities, pool and tennis courts. 24 hours security service.


Construction area: 3,500 m2 plus horse stables and caretaker's house
Land extension: 82,400.82 m2
Price: $2,750,000
Architects: Ronald Zurcher and Mauricio Hernandez, internationally renowned architects

  • 4 suites
  • 4.5 bathrooms
  • Kitchen
  • TV room
  • Ample living room and dining room with balconies
  • Employee house: with kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, living room
  • Parking lot for up to 20 cars
  • Horse stables for 5 horses
  • Thermal waters swimming pool
  • Large rancho with bar and 2 bathrooms


    Francesca San Giorgio - Broker, ABR, GRI
    Conte Alain San Giorgio - Realtor, CIPS, TRC
    Toll-Free: (800) 868-6116
    Home Office: (434) 361-1121
    Four Seasons Realty Office: (434) 361-0230

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