VILLA VISTA, LUXURIOUS VILLA WITH AWE-INSPIRING VIEW

Craig Hockelberg

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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VILLA VISTA, LUXURIOUS VILLA WITH AWE-INSPIRING VIEW

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Exquisite 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Home

Reserved for the discriminating traveler, there is nothing VILLA VISTA does not have! From the mammoth Living/Dining area with 22-foot vaulted ceiling, to the fully-equipped gourmet Kitchen, to the air-conditioned Library/Media room with large flat-screen TV, to the grand king Master Suite and 2 air-conditioned Guest Suites (queen and 2 singles/king), the open floor plan gives you breathtaking views overlooking the large infinity pool to some of the most spectacular vistas in all of Costa Rica. Even the outdoor Bar/Kitchen --- complete with DCS gas grill and side burner, clear ice maker, beer/wine cooler and more --- enjoys these breathtaking sights as well as the constant ocean breeze and subtle sounds of the breaking surf. You will look forward to daily visits from red winged parrots, hummingbirds, roseate spoonbills, wood storks and howler monkeys as well as the ever-present fragrance of the ylang ylang tree (the essence of Chanel #5) that welcomes you at the front entrance and is only one of many tropical beauties in the private gardens. The entire home opens directly onto the full width Terrace and infinity pool --- focal point of Costa Rican living --- and the perfect place to watch the world awaken, relax and lose yourself in a selection from the large library, sip a cocktail or two or enjoy a romatic dinner (private gourmet chef available). The many amenities of VILLA VISTA include full stainless Bar and Kitchen with granite counter tops, European travertine and stone floors throughout, imported marble walls and vanities in all 3 baths, exotic outdoor jungle shower, indoor/outdoor high fidelity stereo system, 2 large flat screen TVs with cable, VCR and DVD player, telephones, security alarm system, safe, extensive video library and Wi-Fi help make your stay in paradise perfect.

VILLA VISTA is one of only seven homes located in the exclusive gated community of Samara Reefs and is just 5 minutes (all on paved roads) from the funky surfing town of Samara and the world famous Carrillo Beach, rated by Lonely Planet as 2 of the most beautiful beaches in all of Central America. Samara's many beach bars and restaurants will satisfy any taste - Italian, Mexican, French, Argentinean, vegetarian, pizza, seafood, sushi, steak and more. Rather cook in? No problem in our spacious gourmet Kitchen as there are several grocery stores and bakeries, a butcher shop, produce markets, organic market and farmer's market located in Samara. For necessities we have 2 banks, ATMs, English speaking medical and dental centers, a pharmacy, spa, fitness and yoga centers in town. For adventure check with one of our tourist information centers to book surf lessions, scuba diving, horseback riding or white water rafting tours or rent kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles or ATVs. Up for some high-flying thrills? Book a flight on the gyro-copter and explore the Pacific coast or zip through the jungle on a canopy tour. Need to improve your Spanish? Samara has an internationally acclaimed language school that offers weekly classes. Or.........simply relax in the pool while keeping a look out for passing whales.

VILLA VISTA was constructed, decorated and furnished as a luxurious private residence, not as a rental property. You will enjoy old world antiques imported from Europe, Egyptian linens, fine china, crystal and silverware. The photos of our home tell you the rest of the story and are truly worth a thousand words. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to book an adventure in paradise. References are available upon request.

Craig and Myla

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Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Craig Hockelberg

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2012
Speaks english
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Following 15 years of ocean and Caribbean cruising, we (Craig and Myla) chose the Pacific coast of Costa Rica for our next adventure. Samara offers exceptional leisure activities as well as outstanding restaurants ranging from Tico beach bars to fine, European dining......all with the most gorgeous view imaginable. Come share our dream!

Craig Hockelberg purchased this villa in 2010

Simply walk in the front door and you'll understand how the view captivated us. You'll appreciate everything this luxurious villa offers. Samara is a funky, laid back, beach/surfing town that has the perfect mix of Gringo/Costa Rican culture with a pinch of European cuisine thrown in.

Not only can you enjoy all the activities listed above, but also ultra light flights, zip lining, surfing, turtle watching, whale watching (from your own terrace), ATV exploring and an internationally acclaimed language school.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

5
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VILLA VISTA, Luxurious Villa with Awe-Inspiring View
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
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Samara Guanacaste
Boulder
5

Pura Vida! Breathtaking views from Villa Vista!

  • 5 of 5
Upon our arrival in the dark of the night, we were greeted by the property manger of Villa Vista, who gave us a thorough tour of this beautiful home in Samara, Costa Rica. Information was provided in notebooks which included history and explanations of this stunning property. Local restaurant recommendations and "things to do and see" in the area were also reviewed. To orient us, the property manager picked us up in his car the next morning and gave us a tour of Samara - such a kind, generous person. We ended the tour at Lo Que Hay, a restaurant on the beach with beautiful views, where we ate delicious breakfast tacos and drank tasty fruit smoothies made with the local fruit called guanabana. Every day that we were hanging out at Playa Samara, we chose this restaurant as our "home base" as it was next to Ticos Surf School (go to Trip Advisor for a review of our excellent experience with Ticos).

Back to Villa Vista...WOW! Beautifully furnished, lovely floor plan, superb sound system indoors and outdoors, delightful infinity pool and pool deck with views of Samara bay and Chora Island that shall remain in our hearts forever. Dragonflies, butterflies, tropical birds, flowers and plants abound! Our 2 teenagers loved the spacious and air-conditioned bedrooms, but spent very little time there -- we all could be found lounging around the pool when we weren't at the beach. We enjoyed the 10 minute walk from Villa Vista to and from Playa Samara.

We will recommend Villa Vista to family and friends and we hope to return within the next couple of years for another wonderful tropical vacation! Thank you! Pura Vida!
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Liz,

Thank you so much for the great review! I could tell from the pictures you sent of your raft trip that you guys were having a fantastic time.

Myla and I consider it to be a great compliment when we get reviews like yours. We try to make our guests experience enjoyable and stress free from inquiry thru departure---looks like we succeeded!

Hope to see you again very soon.

Thanks Again,
Craig & Myla
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Samara Guanacaste
Mystic,CT
5

Over WIthe top!!

  • 5 of 5
I stayed at Villa Vista this past winter and it was amazing!! We had booked a house down by the beach for 17 days and we tried to extend our stay for another week but the house was already booked so we began our search. We were so happy when we found Villa Vista that we wished we had stayed the entire time at this house. Everything is over the top!! The views are spectacular the home is nicely appointed and I am a trained chef so I was quite impressed with the kitchen from the cookware and cutlery to the service ware and platters. We didn't want to leave!! I would highly recommend this house to anyone looking for a luxury vacation!!
  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hey Cheryl,

Thank you so much for the great review. Myla and I are very glad that you and your guests enjoyed our home and our very special community of Samara. I am sure you were reluctant to leave the beach but wasn't it great to have the fantastic views, constant breeze, privacy and a great pool without getting your feet sandy and still be able to walk to the beach. Now that you know the "lay of the land" we will expect you to return to paradise!

Thanks again,
Craig & Myla
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Samara Guanacaste
5

Best family vacation of my life!!!

  • 5 of 5
The Villa Vista is hands down perfection on a silver platter. My family and I (husband, mother, brother) spent 2 weeks at the Villa where our biggest dilemma was choosing whether to sip cocktails pool side or walk down to the beach for a late afternoon swim. The indoor/outdoor living afforded us the opportunity to spend long afternoons by the pool (listening to music through the deck speakers and grabbing drinks from the outdoor kitchen) while also being in the shade. The views absolutely NEVER get old.... they are completely stunning!!! To avoid rambling on... here is a list of my favorite experiences from this rental:
1) The Villa is truly a home in every sense of the world. It is beautifully decorated and quite intimate. Having stayed in rentals around the world, I feel it is very rare to find this type of quality in a rental home.
2) The views are spell-binding from the moment you enter the home. You can also lie in the master bed (open to pool) and just sip your morning coffee while admiring the views....
3) I loved cooking here. The views from the kitchen are stunning and, as you can open all the front doors to the pool/outside, you never feel that you are "inside".
4) We ate every meal on the deck whether with a pot of coffee or bottle of wine....the home is fully equipped with LOTS of different table wares for entertaining.
5) Swimming in the pool is a luxurious experience... the water quality, views and sense of being enveloped by nature make it a very special experience. We also loved swimming under the stars some nights!
6) Despite being situated in a gated community with other similar homes, the Villa feels extremely private.
7) The light ocean breezes throughout the house were constant - we never felt the need for AC!
7) Samara itself is a fantastic town. We fell in love with it from the beginning.
8) From the very beginning, the service provided by Craig was 5 star. Once we were fully set up with the rental, we were then connected to his property manager, Bill. Bill outdid himself to make myself and my family feel comfortable throughout our stay including giving us a personal tour of Samara upon arrival, helping connect us to a local chef and arranging a wine order for us.

We had a car during our stay but only used it to do some quick shopping runs (1 tank of gas for 2 weeks). We had no problem walking to the beach and town without a car.

BOOKING THIS VACATION MAY BE THE BEST DECISION YOU HAVE MADE IN A VERY LONG TIME!!
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to review our property. Myla and I are very happy that we met (possibly exceeded) your expectations and that the entire family had an unforgettable experience.

I am sure that prospects reviewing our listing read my descriptions and wonder just how much of what I said is true! Guests like you add credibility to the Villa Vista listing and provide great advertising for us! We appreciate it.

I am really glad that you brought up the fact that this is our private home and how it differs from the standard "rental or vacation" home. We try hard to make Villa Vista a positive experience and are glad that we succeeded with you and your family. We eagerly await your return.

Craig & Myla
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Samara Guanacaste
Jacksonville, Fl USA
5

The Last Vacation You Will Ever Want to Take!

  • 5 of 5
No the title is not deceiving at all. I vacationed at the opulent Villa Vista two years ago and after returning home I simply failed to stop thinking about this house and the wonderful experience of Samara, Costa Rica. After taking a few trips elsewhere I felt unsatisfied and decided to return to Costa Rica in April 2013. Having traveled to CR several times and having the option of staying in various new locals, the choice was easy to return to the Villa Vista. Villa Vista has anything you could possibly desire in a vacation to paradise. The home is what dreams are made of; being located atop of a large hill the house opens up to artistic views of the Pacific Ocean allowing natural ocean breezes to flow through the house keeping you nice an cool. Awe-inspiring sunsets can be absorbed from the relaxing Infinity pool with your spouse or enjoyed with friends and family at the outdoor kitchen patio. The house is riddled with every creature comfort your heart desires without looking overly cluttered or empty. There are appropriate furnishings that complement the luxurious personality of the house including comfortable furniture, relaxing beds, individual air conditioned rooms, carefully selecting literature, a large kitchen with oversized island for dinner parties, and the star of the house, the large sliding glass doors that open the entire house to the calls of the sea!
The location of the house is also fantastic being walking distance to many fabulous restaurants, beach bars, shopping, excursions, and beaches in the town of Samara. Everyone in Samara is friendly and made an effort to learn our names and to my surprise some individuals remembered me from my first visit. The beaches are perfect with medium size waves for the kids to play on learning to surf or snorkel, and plenty of sand to walk around while working on that perfect tan. Even with endless options of fun, dinning, and exploring, I chose to stay at the Villa Vista one day as the rest of my group ventured off into the jungle. Having the house to myself was my favorite experience. I simply read a book while the ocean breeze greeted me often, keeping me cool. This is truly a place for unwinding. Still do not know why I came home and can’t wait until I return.
I cannot say one negative thing about my experience in Villa Vista or the town of Samara except for I had to leave. The owners of this Villa obviously have put in considerable amounts of time to
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We are extremely glad that you enjoyed the Villa and our laid back town of Playa Samara. You have obviously figured out, and enjoy, what the Costa Rican's call Pura Vida!

We really appreciate repeat business because we know we are meeting your expectations and that we are getting a great visitor back.

We look forward to your next visit!

Thanks,
Craig & Myla
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Samara Guanacaste
Jacksonville, FL
5

A dream come true destination!

  • 5 of 5
It is difficult to put into words the beauty and comfort of this vacation get-a-way. The view from the Infinty pool overlooking the Pacific is simply stunning. When we arrived the house was turn key and ready for our arrival. I have stayed in several other vacation homes in other countries but this does not have a "rental" vibe that so many others do. The house is fully stocked, exceedingly spotless, and dramatically beautiful! The small beach town had all sorts of unique flair and activities for our family to have fun in the ocean and eat some pretty awesome meals but allowed us to escape back to the house and enjoy a meal while watching the sunset. My wife and I have recommended this house to all our friends and plan on going back ASAP!
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your gracious comments. We are very proud of our staff and the hard work they do to make VILLA VISTA such a wonderful vacation retreat. And, we are so glad you enjoyed our funky community of Samara. We are continually amazed at the excellent quality and variety our restaurants always provide. We are looking forward to your return stay at VILLA VISTA. Craig and Myla
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Samara Guanacaste
Texas
5

Four Times A Charm!

  • 5 of 5
Who says three times a charm? For my family and me our fourth long-term rental in Samara, Costa Rica, was definitely all charm at VILLA VISTA! My sons, husband and I especially enjoyed the infinity pool, comfortable beds and being within easy walking distance to the beach and Samara. It seems as if Mother Nature rewarded us on every walk with sightings of iguanas, monkeys, coati and Motmots.

VILLA VISTA isn’t just an empty shell “rental house” with bare minimum furnishings ---- as is so common in Costa Rica. VILLA VISTA is that getaway you have always dreamed about – the comforts of your own home with the views of paradise. Where in the world can you prepare dinner at your outdoor grill while staring at the turquoise ocean, watching iridescent emerald hummingbirds and brilliant blue Morpho butterflies flutter in and out of the floral gardens while listening to the Howler monkeys?

In comparison to the other houses we have rented in Samara on a long-term basis, VILLA VISTA is by far the most luxurious. It also enjoys the most privacy and is perfectly situated to capture the cool evening mountain breezes as well as the daytime sea breezes. Our 6 months in paradise was made so much better by staying at VILLA VISTA!
  • Submitted: May 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed our home for 5 months! Hope to see back soon.
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Liberia
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Samara
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Playa Samara
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Punto Islita
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Playa Samara
Car: not necessary

VILLA VISTA, located in the most prestigious gated community in Samara, is a short walk to the beach or a 5 minute drive to downtown Samara and its funky beach bars, world class restaurants and one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.

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Availability & Rates

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Samara Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
SUMMER BREAK
Jun 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
LOW SEASON
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
$2,600
 
 
High Season
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
THANKSGIVING WEEK
Nov 23 2014 - Nov 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
$4,000
Flat fee
 
 
CHRISTMAS WEEK
Dec 21 2014 - Dec 27 2014
7 night minimum stay
$4,000
Flat fee
 
 
NEW YEARS WEEK
Dec 28 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,000
Flat fee
 
 
GREEN SEASON
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Notes 1. 50% rental deposit plus $750 refundable security deposit due at
booking.
2. Remaining 50% of rent due 90 days prior to arrival.
3. EVENT Weeks due in full at booking and are non-refundable.
4. No booking is complete until deposit is received.
5. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
6. Inquire about long-term rental discounts.
7. Some "BLOCKED" dates available.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Samara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Sports & Activities
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Queen/Twin Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , This bath is shared between the Queen and Twin Suites
    Master Suite Bath - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower , Elegantly appointed with Eurpean marble throughout.
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Indulge in a refreshing shower in a jungle setting.
    Powder Room - toilet , Italian marble, above counter sink - gorgeous!
  • The Baths have European marble floors and walls, above counter sinks and come fully equiped with high-end linens, pool towels, hair dryers, and ceiling fans.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Guest Suite - 1 queen , Queen bed, ocean view, ensuite shared bath
    Twin/King Suite - 2 twin/ single , Twins convert to King bed, jungle view, ensuite shared bath
    Master Suite - 1 king , King bed, full pool and ocean view, ensuite bath, safe
  • All three Bedrooms are luxuriously appointed with custom-made spreads and window coverings, 500+ count Egyptian cotton linens, pillow-top mattresses, remote controlled A/C and ceiling fans, ample drawer and closet storage.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • VCR
  • DVD Player ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • surfing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • spelunking
  • rafting
Notes:
VILLA VISTA is in the town of Playa Samara, minutes away from two of Costa Rica's premier beaches, Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo. Many other beaches are a short drive away. There are wonderful restaurants ranging from typical Costa Rican food to international gourmet restaurants and a private chef is always available.
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