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Samara Reefs Paradise: Ocean Views from all 5 Bedrooms, Gourmet Kitchen, 4+Baths
Casa Colibri is one of 7 high-end luxury beach houses in the beautiful Samara Reefs development. Located within easy walking distance of Samara Beach, Casa Colibri is located just 5 minutes from Samara's town center, and is an 8 minute drive to Playa Carrillo, considered by many (including the Lonely Planet) to be Costa Rica's most beautiful and unspoiled beach. Casa Colibri was designed and built by Karin Nagel, one of San Jose's top architects. It is one of four of the Samara Reefs homes owned by Canadians, specifically as a luxurious winter escape from rainy Vancouver winters. When we ourselves cannot be there we are happy to share what we consider to be 'our piece of paradise' with other families.
At over 5,000 sq. ft., Casa Colibri has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and is the largest house in Samara Reefs. Its central position gives it amazing, panoramic ocean and beach views as well as a great view onto the beautiful waterfall feature beside it. The beach house has been designed with comfort, elegance, and entertaining in mind. Designer Julietta Jurado's emphasis on elegance and design is found in every aspect of the house. Everything you need for a fabulous luxury experience is here: an outdoor dining room, a large bright gourmet kitchen, a separate air-conditioned media room, and ocean views from practically every room. There is a fabulous outdoor kitchen/barbecue area, and a 40-foot infinity-edge swimming pool. One of the best features of the house is how rooms flow seamlessly from one to another: from the living room to the kitchen to the outdoor dining room to the pool deck. From every room in the house, you are met with stunning ocean and jungle views. The kitchen, has three huge windows that capture a view of the ocean in front and the gardens to both sides. In the open concept living room, two extra-wide patio doors fold out of the way, doubling the living space and connecting the indoors with the outdoor pool deck. These doors open up a natural breezeway, making the interiors extremely fresh and comfortable. The large outdoor deck is equipped with lounge chairs, 2 shady hammocks, a 40-foot-long infinity-edge pool, and the covered outdoor barbecue kitchen doubles as a wet bar. Surrounding the beach house are mature trees and beautiful tropical gardens with a huge variety of exotic flowers that attract birds including hummingbirds, a variety of colourful birds, and butterflies. Whether you are inside the house, or out, you will find yourself utterly captivated by the stunningly beautiful panoramic ocean views, the shoreline of Samara beach, the small island of Isla Chora, and the protective reefs that appear and disappear with the tide. Windows from each room give you a bird's eye view into the surrounding hillsides where you can watch flocks of parakeets, families of monkeys swinging through the trees, people kayaking out to the deserted island, or fishing boats headed out to sea.
With the main living area located at pool level, most of your time will be spent there. Two bedrooms are tucked away on this level and three are upstairs. There will be no fighting over who gets the best bedroom view, however, because all 5 bedrooms have very large windows that have panoramic ocean views of Samara beach, the island of Isla Chora, and the offshore reefs. Throughout the house, earthy colors and natural materials create a very comfortable, relaxed feeling, while architectural features like the open spiral staircase and teh hanging bridge upstairs make it super-modern and sophisticated. Vaulted ceilings (which in some places are 30-feet-high) and floor-to-ceiling windows give the house a bright, open feeling. Though spacious, there are throughout the house and property, plenty of quiet nooks in which to escape with a good book. There are two peaceful hammocks, a rooftop deck, and the waterfall area, but the seat you might enjoy the most is in the comfy outdoor dining room. Located conveniently between the kitchen and the pool, it is possible to lounge many hours in these comfy chairs, go do some tanning on the loungechairs at the pool, and then have an afternoon nap in one of the inviting hammocks. Total relaxation is HERE.
We prefer to keep insects OUT so throughout the house are very-high-end doors that are well-sealed, as well as high-end windows with screens in every bedroom. While none of the houses in Samara Reefs have central air-conditioning, Casa Colibri has air-conditioners in each of the bedrooms plus the private media room and ceiling fans throughout the house. These, along with the fresh ocean breezes, provide constant air-circulation, which actually helps to keep the house a few degrees cooler than temperatures at beach level.
The most opulent bedroom is the grand master bedroom upstairs. It is very large and takes up 1/3 of the top floor. It has a king-size bed, solid almond-wood floors, remote control air-conditioning, a Tommy Bahamas ceiling fan, reading lamps, a large ocean-front deck with deck furniture, lots of storage and closet space, and a very beautiful and very large en-suite bathroom. From your bed, you can enjoy panoramic ocean views. Open up the sliding glass doors and enjoy the view from your large sun-deck. It is definitely our favourite spot for enjoying our morning coffee and waking up to the sounds of monkeys and birds.
Because of its fabulous southern exposure, from this house you can see both the sunrise at 6 am AND the sunset at 6 pm. From the en-suite bathroom, you can you can enjoy 3 different and very beautiful viewpoints. The ensuite has a large vanity with two beautiful sinks made of carved rock, Kohler faucets, a large glassed-in stone shower, with a garden view, and a full soaker bath tub which looks out into the hillside beyond. Features like frosted glass doors and a Juliette balcony make this bedroom over-the-top gorgeous.
The gourmet kitchen is fully outfitted and would meet even a high-end chef's expectations. It is extremely well laid-out, centrally located, bright, and inviting. It has high-end stainless steel appliances, a large granite kitchen island, a 6-burner gas stove, and a 4-person sit-up breakfast bar. Its huge granite countertops make cooking and meal preparation easy. A unique feature is the kitchen's large walk-in, air-conditioned pantry. This is an extremely handy place for storing dry goods, wine, beer, bread, and fruit. The kitchen is spacious enough to accommodate several chefs and is laid-out so well that no one bumps into anyone else. With ocean-view windows on three sides, the kitchen is very enjoyable to work in and its central location makes it the 'hub'.
Casa Colibri has a top-of-the-line Canadian-made Vermont Castings barbecue and a covered kitchen area right next to the pool. The granite counters and built-in sink make it a great wet-bar. You can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and the ocean view, all while grilling delicious gourmet creations.
To make the most of the view, the front of the house consists mainly of large windows. The window next to the winding staircase is two storeys high, allowing you to see from one end of Samara Beach practically to the other. On the back side of the house, the view of the dense green hillside is equally spectacular. The green canopies are lush and cover many, many acres. A large portion of this land is owned by WingNuts Canopy Tours and has been ecologically preserved. What you see is not unlike the densely forested areas in areas that are much more remote than this. This wilderness is a natural habitat for many species. It is a wonderful area to explore, whether you plan to try out WingNuts zip-lines and platforms or go hiking with Alvarro, of Samara Trails. Both tours are guided by very friendly and knowledgeable local experts.
In terms of distance from the beach, Casa Colibri is an easy 10-minute walk to Samara beach. Surf shops and a variety of good beach-front restaurants are just a few minutes further along. The walk is not strenuous at all; just walk down our paved road for about 600 meters, cross the street, and then walk 100 meters along a wide, shaded path, and you are at the entrance to the beach! Walk westly for another few minutes and you will be at the center of town, close to banks, the very helpful people at the Samara Info Center, grocery stores, etc. A cab back home will cost you $5.
A unique feature of Casa Colibri is its Rooftop deck - one of the area's best spots to watch fabulous sunsets and see the sun as it sinks below the horizon. With the sunset behind the perfectly situated palm trees, you have the perfect vacation photo. Our built-in concrete furniture is surprisingly comfortable.
If you are looking for a quiet spot indoors, the media room offers a pleasant change. It is a separate room located just off the living room, with remote-controlled air-conditioning, beautiful leather sofas, a ceiling fan, a TV, a DVD player, plenty of DVD's, and a sliding glass door that opens onto a small waterfountain feature. Because the media room has its own door, it is relatively sound-proof, offering a great space for kids.
Another unique feature enjoyed by Casa Colibri is the large and beautiful waterfall feature next door. The water flows through a 'river', through several small pools, then cascades over the edge into a shallow 'jungle pool' below. Surrounded by beautiful tropical shrubs, banana plants, tall grasses, and exotic palm trees, it is very serene. Sit behind in the grotto to get very cool or sit under the cascading water for an invigorating shoulder massage.
- not suitable for children
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
About Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
We are a family from Vancouver, Canada, (Tsawwassen, to be precise) with two school-age daughters. We have been coming to Costa Rica since 1992. Later, when we had children we brought them: our first daughter when she was 10 months old and our second daughter when she was only 3 months old. The four of us come at least twice a year and stay at Casa Colibri. During other times of the year, we rent the house to other familes. It gives us a great deal of satisfaction to be able to be able to share this paradise with other families. Our excellent caretakers, Daniel and Anna Quiros, help us do that by keeping the house well-maintained and incredibly clean. Also, our main partners, Tim and Isabel, live next door to Casa Colibri and are an incredible help.
We co-own a second house, located 2 doors over, with Tim & Isabel. It is Villa Mirador (vrbo 393786) and is also looked after by Daniel and Anna. Our partnership also rents out our original 5-bedroom beach house, Hacienda Punta Indio (395744) which is located on the peninsula of land between Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo. It is one house on 60 private acres with an infinity edge pool and a 15 minute walk to the beach.
Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada purchased this villa in 2008
Why Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada chose Samara
When my husband and I first visited Samara in 1992 we absolutely fell in love with the friendly little town and its fabulous beaches. Immediately we realized we wanted this tropical paradise to be a part of our lives forever. Not long after, we met fellow Canadian Tim Coates and his wife, Isabel Fuentes, in their San Jose geological firm, TC&A, and our dream came true. We became partners in their Samara/Carrillo property development called Punta Indio, a 60-acre property that separates Playa Samara from Playa Carrillo. Total serendipity!
Together with our partners in 1995 we built a vacation house & infinity-edge pool on this property and called it Hacienda Punta Indio (vrbo 395744). It was the perfect spot and for many years our group vacationed there happily.
Playa Carrillo and Playa Samara are 2 of the safest beaches in the country for swimming and both win awards for outstanding cleanliness standards. The town of Samara is very friendly; its amenities, activities, and size are perfect for families. The locals (who call themselves Ticos) are great people, friendly, positive, and happy. The beach, Playa Carrillo, is Costa Rica's national jewel - palm-lined, pristine and completely untouched by development. The Lonely Planet calls it THE PRETTIEST, MOST UNSPOILED BEACH IN ALL OF COSTA RICA.
By 2006, our group had grown too large for the Hacienda so designed 7 houses on an elevated ridge closer to town - on land that had been an unproductive beanfield. It is now Samara Reefs. Truly an amazing location, it is a short drive to town, it has outstanding panoramic ocean views, and its position on this ridge ensures cool tropical breezes! When our managing partners, Tim & Isabel designed Samara Reefs, they went ALL OUT, perfecting the water system, septic system, road system, water-conservation system, and now, installing solar-panels. Samara Reefs surpasses all other developments on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We are very proud to share a piece of it with you.
What makes this villa unique
The infinity-edge pool is 40+ feet long and, unlike most pools, it is mainly composed of salt-water so it doesn't have a detectible chlorine smell.
Beside Casa Colibri is a huge waterfall feature which is absolutely incredible! Inspired by the hotsprings at Arenal, you can sit right in the river or under the cascading waterfall to get an invigorating massage! Or on a particularly hot day, hang out in the underground grotto behind the waterfall to cool off and take in the incredible view.
A HUGE benefit of Casa Colibri is its wonderful caretakers. If you need assistance or help with the house, our Administrator, Daniel Quiros, and his wife Anna live across the street in their nearby casita. They are extremely helpful and will do everything they can to make your vacation even more enjoyable. Daniel has been called a God-send many times, once for tracking down a guests' lost luggage, another time for changing a guest's flat tire, and another for supplying a guest with fresh fish. Our guests love Anna and her delicious cooking. Guests rave about her ceviche and was called a godsend when she babysat their children so they could have a break.
At Casa Colibri, you will enjoy a feeling of total luxury, the convenience of being close to town, AND the magical feeling that you are sitting at the edge of real JUNGLE. Each time you look out your bathroom window at the canopied hillside behind, you see a large acreage owned by WingNuts Canopy Tours. This natural habitat for wildlife is carefully preserved and home to many species of animals. You will see monkeys from the rooftop deck. You can observe monkeys swinging from tree to tree, see (and hear) flocks of parakeets coming home to roost, and enjoy the sounds of cicadas in the evening. Absolutely paradise.
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