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Mary-Ellen Meyers

Speaks english
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This is one of Samara's most beautiful luxury homes. Designed by one of Costa Rica's top architects, Karin Nagel, Villa Mirador is spacious, elegant, and everything about it is well thought-out. All 4 bedrooms have king size beds, spectacular ocean views and are very well-appointed. The gourmet kitchen is custom-designed, modern, elegant, is and THE entertainment hub. The house has a private negative-edge pool with a huge sun deck where you can enjoy gorgeous panoramic ocean views and the look down into the canopies of jungle trees. The pool is salt-water (so there is no strong chlorine smell) and Mirador's unique location means that it is completely private. The property is literally SURROUNDED by gardens and jungle. An added bonus is that Villa Mirador is elevated - because of this, the house receives excellent ocean breezes, and is a few degrees cooler than it it is in town at beach level. What most people find truly spectacular about this vacation home is its forested, private setting and its stunning, panoramic views. It feels remote, perched at the edge of a beautiful forest canopy with your view including nothing other but blue ocean views and spectacular green canopy. Standing at the barbecue area, you are practically within arms length of surrounding lush green trees.

As one of the seven houses in Samara's premier gated community, Samara Reefs, Villa Mirador is peaceful, secluded, yet close to Samara and all its amenities: restaurants, banks, bakeries, surf schools, a scuba dive shop, boutiques, etc.

Villa Mirador has vaulted ceilings, a state-of-the-art kitchen with stainless steel appliances, solid hand-carved hardwood doors, and LOTS of glass, giving the house a very up-scale, glamorous feeling.

The main living area is an open design concept. The kitchen is beautiful and elegant, with all stainless steel appliances, European-designed kitchen cabinets and a fabulous sit-up bar, which seats four. Next to the kitchen is the dining room with a traditional dining room table that seats eight. The living room has two large comfortable leather sofas, and feels comfortable and elegant. All around you, there are view windows EVERYWHERE, each giving a beautiful views of the ocean, the jungle or the gorgeous tropical gardens. Near the living room is an indoor water feature, making the space feel fresh and cool.

The outer 'wall' of this large living space is actually two double-wide folding glass doors which, when open, make this huge, panoramic ocean view and a beautiful outdoor terrace part of your living space. With the glass doors opened up, your living room essentially doubles in size. This house was made for a large group so enjoy !

The large terrace has dark stone flooring and is enclosed with ultra-modern glass panels, so nothing obstructs this great view. On the terrace are 2 sets of tables and chairs, perfect for entertaining and for dining 'al fresco'.

At one end of this huge terrace is a large granite outdoor wet-bar and barbecue area. The deck extends further, wrapping around the corner toward the kitchen. Use this handy side door to take out food for the barbecue. One of the greatest features of this house is that this barbecue area is so close to the nearby trees that it feels like you can reach out and touch them. This spectacular setting, together with its large, glamorous living space, make this house great for entertaining, whether it is for one extended family, 2 families, or 4 couples.

All 4 bedrooms are beautiful. No one will fight over the master bedroom in this house. There is one bedroom upstairs and 2 bathrooms, while downstairs there are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. All 4 bedrooms have king-size beds, remote control air-conditioners, ceiling fans, solid wood doors, and gorgeous ocean views. One of the lower bathrooms has a glass door which conveniently opens up onto the deck and leads to the pool.

The pool is spectacular. It is very private, saltwater (which will mean you won't come out smelling like chlorine), it is an infinity-edge pool where you can enjoy an unobstructed panoramic view of the ocean. Its hard not to just stare out at the gorgeous view and the green canopy below. It is easy to see why the house is named Villa Mirador: 'mirador' means 'look-out'.

For nature-lovers, Villa Mirador is paradise. Right next to your driveway is a group of trees that happens to be one of the howler monkeys' favourite places to hang out in. At other times, they may be spotted in the trees over by the barbecue area. The number of birds in the area is also amazing. Here, you will awake to birdsong and you might even think you are miles away from civilization.

A unique feature of this house is its very large air-conditioned walk-in pantry. This is extremely handy -and practical - for storing food, beverages, fruit and vegetables.

Parking is easy. The covered carport is large enough for 2 SUVs and has a storage room and is great for storing boogie boards or snorkel gear. When you're ready to check out the beach, there are lawn chairs and beach towels provided for guests' convenience. And because your car is parked in the shade, it will not be uncomfortably hot!

For entertainment, there is a TV, a DVD player, and access to DVD movies. Remember to bring along your iPOD to plug into the stereo system. The house has an alarm system, outdoor landscape lighting, and the gardens are well-maintained by our long-time gardener, Wagner.

If you need assistance with anything, no problem. Just ask Daniel, our Administrator, who lives with his wife, Anna, in the small casita a few yards away. Daniel is a Master Builder and built the grand house next door; he is extremely knowledgeable and knows the houses very well. When you arrive at Villa Mirador, Daniel will give you housekeys, a gate controller, and provide an orientation session. He will show you how everything works: the alarm system, pool lights, etc. Anna is our Housekeper and will visit the house every few days for light housekeeping (bathrooms and sweeping).

Villa Mirador is conveniently close to town. It is a 5 minute drive to the town of Samara and a 10 minute drive to Carrillo and a short walk to the beach. From the gate the walk to the beach will take you about 7 minutes and will take 10 minutes back. Both Samara and Carrillo are spectacular beaches: beautiful and family-friendly. Many guide books, including The Lonely Planet, call them the prettiest, most 'unspoiled' beaches in all of Costa Rica. Plus, they are two of the safest beaches for swimming in all of Costa Rica, having beautiful and protective reefs located just off-shore.

Because of the half-moon shape of Playa Carrillo and Playa Samara, as well as the protective off-shore reefs, there are no dangerous rip-tides. The waves are gentle enough for beginner surfers, as evidenced by the 4 surf schools.

Another popular activity is zip-lining. In the hills behind Samara Reefs are the trees in which WingNuts Canopy Tours have their platforms. Their Office is well-signed and located between the road and the beach, you will see it on your walk to the beach.

There is lots to see and do in Samara: rent boogie boards, horses, bikes, kayaks, ATV's, go hiking, get a massage, do yoga, even charter a fishing boat. The choice of restaurants is great and you will find basic pizzarias, high end dining, sushi and a wine bar! Enjoy!

Keywords: Upscale villa, private, luxury, beach house, designer home, large terrace, panoramic designer home, ocean views, easy walk to the beach, spectacular forest canopy view, private saltwater infinity-edge pool. Suitable for 4 couples or 2 families.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Mary-Ellen Meyers

This advertiser has been with since 2011
Speaks english

My husband and I are from Vancouver, Canada. We fell in love with Samara and Carrillo when we visited in 1991. From then on, we started coming every year. Costa Rica is such a wonderful family-friendly and safe country that in 1995 we even brought our baby daughter, when she was only 6-months old. We started building in Samara Reefs in 2006 with our Canadian partners and enjoy sharing this piece of paradise with others. Because our children are school aged and we are limited to visiting during school holidays, we rent out Villa Mirador for the rest of the year.

Mary-Ellen Meyers purchased this villa in 2006

This property is spectacular - because it's elevated a bit, it has gorgeous panoramic views of the ocean, Samara Beach, and a dense green canopy below. It sits at the edge of a wonderful jungle. Secondly, it is located very close to the wonderful town of Samara and its amenities: close to restaurants, supermarkets, etc. and a 10 minute walk distance to the beach. The gorgeous views and fresh breezes are fabulous. From the pool deck or the house deck above, you see all a green canopy all around. When you stand at the barbecue area, it feels like you can reach out and touch the trees. You're that close. Local families of monkeys come to the trees around you almost every day.

Playa Samara is truly one of the most beautiful, picturesque beaches in Costa Rica. It is also one of the safest for swimming and surfing and the town is extremely family-friendly. Playa Samara and Carrillo have both been awarded BLUE FLAGS, indicating that they have achieved the highest rating for cleanliness and sanitation standards. The town of Samara is also very nice - it is a funky, friendly village. Big enough so there are plenty of choices for shopping, restaurants, and great activities. But it is very much a small town no all-inclusives, no vendors selling trinkets, and no gimmicks. Just great people, a great environment, a great climate, lots to do, and a very relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.

With this house, you get amazing privacy. The saltwater infinity edge pool is completely private and such a treat, especially having the jungle practically at your doorstep. At the same time, it is a part of Samara Reefs - a gated community with an on-site Administrator and Housekeeper who are long-time, trusted employees. Plus, it is an easy walk to the beach - 10 minutes from the house. From your own deck, monkey-viewing and bird-watching are fantastic, you don't even have to leave the property.

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Property Reviews

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Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Ocean Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Ocean Views
Samara Guanacaste
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

4 - 4 - 7 - Great!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
We were a group of 4 adults, 4 young adults (17-21); we stayed 7 nights and it was great! When we arrived at Villa Mirador, we were blown away! Villa Mirador is designed beautifully; the spaces open and bright and the view spectacular! We had lots of privacy and so enjoyed the sounds and sights of Costa Rica from the patio - the roosters, the birds, the surf and the howlers. We had everything we needed and the house was spotless. We had the pleasure of meeting Daniel one morning when he fixed our flat tire. Daniel is a very, very nice man. We had great days, great happy hours and great evenings. Most days we headed down the coast to check out the beaches - spending quite a few days at Guiones Beach. Beautiful! Our holiday was the perfect blend of family, relaxation and adventure. And
Villa Mirador and Mary Ellen's advice played a large part in that! You should go.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Ocean Views
Samara Guanacaste
St. Louis, MO

Complete Relaxation!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
Villa Mirador is a must see. The house, pool and grounds are all gorgeous. All is exactly as described, if not better. The layout of the house is perfect for multiple couples or more than one family. We stayed there with 2 couples and it was absolutely perfect. The bedrooms and bathrooms are comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked with everything you need.

Mary-Ellen, the owner, is wonderful to work with - the best homeowner I've worked with to date. She provided tons of information and is very responsive and helpful with all questions. Daniel, the onsite manager is very nice. We wish we would have been able to get to know him better, but we unfortunately don't speak Spanish.

The town of Samara is beautiful and we enjoyed exploring the beach and the town. We took a shuttle from the Liberia airport and then got a car in Samara - perfect for us. Our favorite activity was zip lining at Wing Nuts - amazing!! Our favorite restaurant was El Lagarto. The sushi is spectacular at La Vela Lantina. Playa Carrillo is also beautiful and we enjoyed the beach there too.

Villa Mirador and Samara are fabulous!! We highly recommend this house and the location.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Ocean Views
Samara Guanacaste

Villa Mirador

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
Great vacation! Villa Mirador was just as described - private, well-maintained, luxurious, with beautiful views, a fantastic pool, and plenty of space!
Mary-Ellen was extremely helpful by providing a wealth of information about the area and great recommendations of where to go and what to do! We would absolutely recommend this property to others and hope to return there ourselves some day!
Pura Vida!
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Ocean Views
Samara Guanacaste
Orillia, ON, Canada

Villa Mirador is everything you could want and MORE!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
Villa Mirador is so much more than we expected. Our jaws hit the floor when we walked in the door and were absolutely amazed by the breathtaking views!!! Our group stayed for 9 nights and we honestly felt right at home. The owner gave us a plethera of info on the Villa, Samara, directions, restaurant and activities etc. They were so helpful in making our stay a success.

The grounds are beautiful, filled with flowers which attract all kinds of birds. Everyday the same pack of Howler Monkeys would climb through the canopy right outside. Iguanas bathing on the paths. Great for photographs!

This villa has everything you could ask for. All you need to do is stock the fridge, order a case of wine from the Bill the neighbour, and put your swimsuit on! The pool was just the right size for six adults to relax and cool off.

The kitchen is HUGE and we enjoyed preparing and cooking some of our meals. However, Samara has a great selection when it comes to dining out. I loved sitting right on the beach for lunch, dinner or just enjoying a cerveza after surfing.

The walk to the beach was roughly 10 mins down the hill. Beautiful sunsets, horses running freely along the beach right out of a postcard. The nearby beaches such as Carrillo are a must see. Only a 5min drive!

There are too many activities to list but the highlight for our group was stand-up paddle boarding. We saw giant sea turtles, stopped at the island in the photos, and went snorkelling. Brenda and Chris at the Samara Info Centre were a tremendous help.

We had such a fantastic trip, I know it won't be our last!!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Ocean Views
Samara Guanacaste
Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Exceeds Expectations!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
A group of 6 of us recently enjoyed this villa and can't say enough about how enjoyable our experience was! The house was even more amazing than we imagined. The house was clean, the rooms had plenty of clean towels and the kitchen was well stocked as we cooked most of our meals there. Daniel and Anna are fantastic, although they don't speak English, they certainly try as hard as they can to make your stay comfortable. Mary-Ellen was also an INCREDIBLE resource, she is infinitely knowledeable about the house and the area! She provided us with exceptional directions and detailed information about everything for what to do, to where to eat to where to buy groceries... Truly an asset to this wonderful team! Bill the wine guy was also very friendly and helped us choose some lovely wine to compliment our stunning evenings by the pool!
Thanks to everyone and we will be back... As often as possible! :)
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Samara Beach(5 minutes) Carrillo Beach(5 minutes)
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Lavela Latina
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
9 Holes of Golf at Punta Islita
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Casa Esmeralda

Ziplining is just 5 min away. The two beaches have perfect waves for body surfing, boogie boarding, and the chest-high water is great for those learning to surf. Rent boogie boards for $2/day, bicycles, horses, ATV's or kayaks. Go ocean kayaking to the tiny island of Isla Chora. Go snorkelling or diving. Or take yoga classes on the beach. Ever wanted to fly in an ultraflight and gyrocopter? See the beach from overhead in the Flying Crocodile's gryocopter. Great to experience. Samara is close to 3 National Parks, including Barra Honda, an amazing underground limestone cave millions of years old! Go to Ostional - if you're lucky, you can see hundreds of Olive Ridley turtles laying their eggs ... or hatchching. Go to an internationally recognized massage school or an excellent Spanish language school. Go deep-sea fishing for sailfish or marlin or charter a smaller boat and catch tuna and dorado for dinner. See the fabulous tricks dolphins do in the wild. Animal lovers will want to see the exotic animals at La Selva Animal Refuge & Zoo - imagine watching up close a jaguarundi, kinkajou, anteater, a baby howler, a toucan or vampire bats! Golf 9 holes at Punta Islita, take the Palo Verde river cruise, or take a guided hike through the jungle. Tons to do!

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Availability & Rates

Samara Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
High Season
Feb 16 2014 - Apr 16 2014
7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Apr 17 2014 - Apr 22 2014
5 nights
July & August
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 nights
American Thanksgiving
Nov 25 2014 - Nov 30 2014
5 nights
Dec. 1-19
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
6 nights
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 27 2014
7 nights
New Years Week
Dec 28 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 nights
High Season
Jan 4 2015 - Apr 16 2015
7 nights
My Standard Rate
6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Payment can be made by mailing a U.S. cashier's check to our U.S. bank.
A deposit of 50% confirms your reservation. Balance is due 30 days prior to check-in.
December rental balances are due 60 days prior to check-in.
Once payment has been received, your reservation is confirmed.
We require a $500 damage deposit which is 100% refundable. it will be reimbursed via a cashiers check.
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Samara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Internet ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Stove ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • There are 4 bathrooms, all of which have glass-enclosed showers. None of them have bath tubs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , If you prefer this bedroom can be made up with 2 single beds
  • There are 4 bedroms, each with a king size bed. In one of the bedrooms, if you prefer, we can arrange to have two twin size beds. The downstairs bedroom has a desk and a sofa-bed. It can be folded down and would be large enough for either a short adult or a child.
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Music Library ...
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Communal Pool ...
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
As part of Samara Reefs Gated Community, entry is via a secure gate at the entrance operable by automatic gate openers. Our Administrator, Daniel Quiroz, and his wife, Anna, live in their house on-site and are available to help if assistance is required. Upon check-in, Daniel will meet you at the gate and give you an orientation of the house. If you need assistance with any feature of the house, he is happy to help. Anna is our housekeeper and will provide light housekeeping every few days. In the town of Samara is the Samara Information Center - basically a concierge service. Brenda and Christopher can help you (in English or Spanish) to rent a car, rent a cell phone, call a cab for you, arrange tours, make dinner reservations, etc! Villa Mirador has a security alarm system, a walk-in air-conditioned pantry, howler monkeys in the trees outside, gorgeous gardens, a butler's kitchen/bar, and a nice laundry room. Beach towels and 4 beach lounge chairs are provided.
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