Top 11 Vacation Rentals In Costa Rica With A Chef - Updated 2024

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Costa Rica has become a highly popular vacation destination in Central America. The country is bordered on two sides by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The majority of the country is covered in tropical rainforests full of wildlife including monkeys and brightly colored birds of numerous species. More people come here on vacation due to the mild climate and array of activities and attractions, including beautiful beaches and popular dive resorts. Water lovers can enjoy some of the best surfing at Playa Negra beach or charter a boat and go deep sea fishing or snorkeling. Adventure seekers love the zip lining through the jungle canopy or hiking along the miles of scenic trails. No matter what you choose to do on your vacation, don’t spend your time cooking and cleaning. Read on to enjoy staying at one of these vacation rentals in Costa Rica with a chef.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to an in-house chef. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 09, 2024.

1. Beachfront villa with a pool (from USD 600)

Experience the wonders of indoor-outdoor living in this beachfront villa in Costa Rica. Enjoy scrumptious meals with the private chef or request a massage to relax fully. The property offers stunning ocean views with an infinity pool that overlooks the beach for a tranquil swim in the comfort of home. Guests can stay indoors, watch a movie on the 72-inch HDTV, or venture out to the beach for a picnic or an invigorating swim.

It also features a fully equipped kitchen and a dedicated workspace for the remote worker or the vacationing businessperson. Stay fit even on vacation with the exercise equipment available in the villa or just lounge around and read a book on the hammock.

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Puerto Carrillo, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
37.43 km (23.3 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda
101 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 8 Beds 14 Guests 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the master bedroom has an amazing large balcony which overlooks the pool
most days we just stayed in all day long enjoying the view and the infinity pool
do yourself a favor ask for a sunrise breakfast at least once
we love the pool we love the ocean view from every where
and the facility is the nicest we’ve seen in costa rica
the house itself is very clean and spacious
my stay at this property was amazing the house is even more beautiful in person very spacious and clean
to top it of sonia is the best host ever
beautiful villa and land great host and staff
the hosts are a delight and were so accommodating to our needs
costa ricans are warm kind and lovely people
the daily breakfast prepared by their caretaker and chef sonia we great a great start to each day
the location is breathtaking and feels really remote
easy access super close to the carrillo beach
monkey's birds of every kind and iguana await your visit to this special place
the location is great for all sorts of activities and the house is comfortable and welcoming
location is perfect for those who are looking for some quiet and relax vacation
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2. Casa Royal (from USD 1820)

As the name suggests, you will feel like royalty in this Airbnb in Costa Rica with a chef, so you don’t have to worry about cooking on vacation! This home in Playa Potrero has the beach a few steps away and also features a beautiful swimming pool. Enjoy the garden and sea view from the private balcony while you have your morning coffee, and let the sound of the waves lull you to sleep at night.

The property also features a fully equipped kitchen, a backyard, and a grill for a fun cookout on a good night.

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Potrero, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
53.19 km (33.1 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda
9 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 8 Beds 14 Guests 7 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14

Top guest reviews
the hosts were very nice and communication was fast and easy on whatsapp
we were extremely happy with this location and the house itself
we especially loved the restaurants/markets within walking distance such as hemmingway's and la forketta
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3. Luxury casa with an infinity pool (from USD 986)

Vacation in luxury in this all-inclusive villa with a private chef in Costa Rica. The spacious casa is located in Puerto Carrillo. The house features two identical wings, each containing a master bedroom and a standard bedroom with full bathrooms. You will have a large dining room with a table that seats 12 and a smaller breakfast nook right off the full, modern kitchen. There are two lounge areas, one for watching TV or reading one of the many books, and the second features a wet bar with a refrigerator and a wine rack that opens onto the patio and pool area.

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Puerto Carrillo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
37.23 km (23.2 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda
Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen had everything one would need and the air conditioning units kept us all comfortable at night
breathtaking views fabulous infinity pool comfortable and beautifully appointed rooms
the pool isn’t heated and we didn’t get in it nearly as much as we would have liked
having the private pool and such an incredible view make this a dream vacation
from the pool (consistently between 85-88 degrees ) to the rooms to ana and her fabulous cooking and personality
the property is immaculate and the house is sparkly clean and well maintained
first off the house was amazing as was the extreme cleanliness of it
the home was clean and well kept with breath taking views as the pictures indicate
friendly and professional staff
she is a delightful host
she was very helpful in recommending activities and attractions
ana is very friendly and efficient
all the people in town were very friendly and welcoming
this was a great location for a low-key relaxing vacation
however we've made an exception in this case because this place is so wonderful
interesting to walk through the rainforest and learn about butterflies trees bats and termites
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4. Beachfront villa with pool (from USD 380)

This party villa with a chef in Costa Rica is located outside one of the most popular tourist towns in Costa Rica, Jaco. The spacious home has six bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a living/party area, a modern kitchen, and a huge dining area on the front porch that overlooks the ocean. Outside, enjoy the playroom with foosball and ping pong tables located near the pool and barbecue area. Then this beachfront property also has a chef and maid, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning or cooking during your stay. In the lower backyard, there is a long tire swing and both a volleyball and tetherball court. You don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying yourself during your stay.

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Jacó, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
102.05 km (63.5 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda
195 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 9 Beds 16 Guests 6 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fans are available to help move the air in rooms without ac
especially the atv tour which was a fan favorite among us
the pool is nice with a grill situated nearby
also with the three bathrooms we all felt like we had our own space and privacy
it's also worth noting that the wi-fi worked great in the house and on the back porch
the house is clean and comfortable
also gary keeps a crystal clear clean pool that we enjoyed daily
the clean and inviting swimming pool was a big hit as was the ping-pong table
she kept the house very clean and cooked dinner for us three nights
it was clean and comfortable for our large family (14 adults)
gary our host was fantastic
gary is a wonderful host
gary is the perfect host
gary and his family were great hosts
our host family was great
the location was great
this location is absolutely beautiful
the location of the house is perfect
the location of gary’s house was fantastic
we all loved the place and location
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5. Private retreat with forest views (from USD 180)

Another Costa Rica rental with a chef, this private villa lies along the coast in the town of Puntarenas. The house sits atop a hill so you have stunning views of the ocean and the rainforest. The villa features a spacious living area, a fully stocked kitchen, including a cook, a dining room, two bedrooms, and two and a half bathrooms. Outside, you have your own infinity pool and gazebo with a BBQ and stove top. The subdivision where the villa is located gives you access to two private beaches and a private pier for fishing. Along with the maid service and cook, massages, manicures, and pedicures can also be scheduled and done at the villa.

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Puntarenas, Costa Rica
53.38 km (33.2 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda
217 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 4 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the spectacular view fantastic pool and deck area and all the amenities that we needed
the view is so soothing and the tree over the pool bloomed for us for two days
nature is everywhere and breezes were perfect by the pool
the backyard area pool and view are wonderful
a great villa with a beautiful view and a private pool
this place is beautiful and really clean
very clean safe and you can’t beat the view
the view is gorgeous the house is clean it is pretty much paradise
the staff was super helpful
raj is a great host who communicates quickly and clearly
raj was a good communicator and the local hosts and managers were responsive and welcoming
the staff at roma del mar are super helpful in planning our trip to cr
staff at roma del mar are very responsive to any of your needs
raj’s place is in a beautiful remote location
my husband & i absolutely loved the location of this house
it is immaculate and the perfect location to get away from it all
great central location for us we drove to montezuma playa samara monteverde and visited tortuga island
the house is a gorgeous location looking at the gulf of nicoya
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6. Beautiful home with pool near the beach (from USD 1550)

If you’re looking for a Costa Rica villa rental with a chef, then you’ll love this stunning home that is located just a few steps from the beach and the town of Tamarindo. The home features a large living/play area, fully stocked modern kitchen, dining room, five bedrooms, and six bathrooms. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and there is a half bath on the ground floor. Outside is a large terrace with sun loungers and a pool. Enjoy your stay in luxury with a maid and cook included, along with grocery shopping for you, which is an additional fee.

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Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
52.81 km (32.9 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda
Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 10 Beds 14 Guests 5 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14

7. Unique, upscale villa with spa access

Posted by CieloMar Costa Rica on Saturday, 20 June 2015

This unique, luxury villa is located on the Papagayo Peninsula. The home is designed in a bow and arrow shape, with the house being the bow and the entry ramp and bridge as the arrow. The home features a living/lounge area, theater and spa room, gym, kitchen, dining room, two studies, six bedrooms, and 10 bathrooms. The attention to detail and amenities will astound you. To give you an idea, the master bedroom has it’s own sunken Zen garden with outdoor shower off the ensuite bathroom. During your stay, you have full access to the Four Season golf course, tennis courts, restaurants, and spa facilities.


Number of Guests: 10

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8. Elegant mansion with pool (from USD 1265)

Located in the town of Tamarindo sits this elegant mansion that is ideal for weddings, family reunions, or company retreats. The eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom Costa Rica vacation rental encompasses two stories. On the bottom floor is a large communal area with a kitchen, living/lounge space, and a dining room that seats up to 30. The upper floor has the bedrooms, with bathrooms, and another communal living space. Outside in the garden, enjoy the relaxing sun deck and pool. There’s a housekeeper who cleans the property daily and a chef who can prepare your meals daily too. The mansion is located within one of the largest gated communities in the area so you have a golf course, tennis courts, canopy tours, and great surfing spots all within a short distance.

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Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
51.78 km (32.2 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 32 Guests 8 Bedrooms 10 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi was reliable and located in every room and never had a problem connecting
very comfortable for our group of 22
the place was clean and well maintained
the house was spotless the pool was great and the rooms were cleaned each day
the 8 spacious and comfortable bedrooms included their own bathroom sitting room beach towels bathrobes and mini-refrigerator
eugene and his wife were excellent house managers and very helpful
they are so kind and professional
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
i was very happy with the location
i was very happy with the location
i was more than happy with the location
the villa is such a special place for a family vacation
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9. Villa Don Vito (from USD 892)

This unique and elegant villa located in Tamarindo is unlike any vacation rental you have seen. Designed by an artist, everything inside is made to make you feel as if you are outside. From the sky and cloud painted ceiling to the painted hibiscus floors, you will be immersed in the beauty of nature without leaving the villa. The home features an entertainment area, dining area, modern kitchen, eight bedrooms, and nine bathrooms. If you do venture outdoors, you will find a covered patio area next to a tropical garden with its own waterfalls and pool. The villa can accommodate up to 21 guests making it ideal for weddings and company retreats.

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Villa Don Vito

Address: Avenida Central 10°17'44.9''N I 85°50'13.0''W
52.5 km (32.7 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda

10. Romantic getaway castle best for couples

The Castle is the ideal romantic getaway for two, or can accommodate large groups for weddings or company retreats. No matter what size group you come with, you still get the full use of the private property and staff. The castle has two multi-room suites, eight bedrooms, a large kitchen with a chef and sous chef, living room, and dining room. Outside, enjoy the covered patio area by the pool and let your private bartender serve you tropical cocktails while you relax.

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Espíritu Santo, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
78.49 km (48.8 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda
Wifi Available
Castle 14 Beds 16 Guests 10 Bedrooms 10 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

11. Ocean-view paradise with swimming pool and hot tub (from USD 250)

This beautiful villa is located in Guanacaste Province on the the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Your pool and hot tub offer such stunning views of the ocean you will feel as if you are in it. Villa Oceanis has everything you need for a vacation full of adventure or peace and quiet, which ever you prefer. The home features a living/lounge area, kitchen, dining area, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. You can enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings and watch the wildlife, including monkeys, at play. Or use the included equipment to go snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, or enjoy a relaxing massage at home.

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Villa Oceanis

Address: 75 mts south of hotel Iguanazul playa junquillal de santa cruz
47.74 km (29.7 mi) from Parque Nacional Barra Honda

Vacation in style

When you are on vacation in a paradise-like Costa Rica, don’t spend your time doing mundane tasks. Check out the different islands and best places to visit. Then enjoy relaxing in style while your private staff takes care of the cooking and cleaning. After all, you can do those things when you get home. Don’t forget to browse our list of the best Costa Rica villa rentals with chefs, for a more convenient holiday ahead.

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Frequently asked questions about vacation rentals in Costa Rica with a chef

1. Which vacation rentals with a chef in Costa Rica have a pool?

A pool is a must on vacation! This private retreat with forest views features an infinity pool and a gazebo for you to relax. This elegant mansion with pool is also a great choice!

2. Which vacation rentals in Costa Rica have parking?

Drive along the coast to enjoy the sea breeze. This beachfront villa with a pool, this luxury casa with an infinity pool, this beachfront villa with pool, and this beautiful home with pool near the beach all have parking available.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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