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VILLA VISTA, Luxurious Villa with Awe-Inspiring View

Craig Hockelberg

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Craig Hockelberg

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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VILLA VISTA, Luxurious Villa with Awe-Inspiring View

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

Overview

Samara Villa Rental Photos and Description

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

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Craig Hockelberg (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2015

About Craig Hockelberg

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

Why Craig Hockelberg chose Samara

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Pay with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

5
based on 14 traveler reviews

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VILLA VISTA, Luxurious Villa with Awe-Inspiring View
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Calgary, Canada
5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute staying at Villa Vista. The view was spectacular and there was nothing better than idling in the pool watching the humming birds and iguanas.

The villa had everything we needed and the way the entire back of the villa opened up was fabulous!

We walked to the beach and the town each day and the highlight was spotting the monkeys.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Myla and I are so glad that you enjoyed your vacation at Villa Vista. Thank you for the great review and mentioning how easy it is to get to the beach and the amazing number of "critters" that live in our area! We hope you return next year! This winter Villa Vista has seen several repeat customers and several more who have already booked another visit for next year, all have had great vacations--Thanks to everyone!!! Craig & Myla
5

Great!

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. Everything was great!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mark It doesn't get much better than GREAT! Glad you enjoyed your vacation and hope you return soon. Craig & Myla
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5

Viva Villa Vista

  • 5 of 5

The "Vista" is the star at Villa Vista. The villa is no slouch either. It is a beautifully designed space, impeccably decorated and equipped for all your needs.

But ... the vista! Looking out over the lovely infinity pool to Isla Chora and Samara beach puts you in a trance like state, calm, serene. It is impossible to capture in pictures or words. The photos are good but you need to be there.

Samara beach is stunning and the town has all the amenities plus a laid back, surfer vibe. There are a string of restaurant/bars nestled in the palms along the beach. Gusto has tuna carpaccio that I will remember forever. There are great bakeries too. Bill, the property manager, kindly gave us an introductory tour of all Samara has to offer and patiently fielded questions during our stay.

We ran on the beach in the mornings, rented bikes (have to walk them part way up hill to villa). It is so much fun riding on the beach and you can get anywhere in town easily. Boogie boarding is a blast. Kayaking gives you a great view of the mountains behind Samara. We wiped out coming in to the beach on our last day. One pair of sunglasses were swept out to sea.

My only complaint is that Villa Vista has set the bar so damned high I will have a really hard job finding another vacation to measure up to it.

Incredible holiday.

Thanks Craig and Bill.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review Peter. Sounds to me like you have found your perfect vacation spot so I suggest that you quit looking! I'll hold a week or more open for you. We appreciate the comments on our home--we think it's a special place and are glad that others agree. As far as Samara goes we have traveled all of Costa Rica in our 5+ years there and have not found a better spot to enjoy and relax. Thanks again. We are glad that you enjoyed your vacation and hope that you return soon. Craig & Myla
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
5

Un pedazo de cielo (A piece of heaven)

  • 5 of 5

Villa Vista is an exceptional home from which we were able to enjoy two wonderful weeks, our own little pice of heaven! We were greeted by Bill, the property manager, who showed us around to all the places we would need, which was wonderful and a great help. The house and property itself is stunning, beautifully maintained and fully functional for anything that we needed for our stay. Would we return? Just try to stop us! We loved the house, the pool, the town, the shopping, the opportunities for adventure and the country itself. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful home. We'll be back....

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed Villa Vista and we appreciate all of the kind words in your review. We look forward to your return!! Craig & Myla
New York, NY
5

Five Star Experience

  • 5 of 5

We've spent ten years exploring Costa Rica, each time staying at a different house, and from that vantage point we can truly say that Villa Vista is an exceptional home. We should know: we just returned from our second visit and have already booked our third. Immaculately maintained - from soft linens to fresh beach and pool towels to the well equipped kitchen - we found everything perfectly prepared for our arrival and any questions we had during our stay were immediately answered. The views are spectacular, the bedrooms spacious and well air-conditioned and the outdoor kitchen makes dining alfresco a dream. Craig made the booking experience easy (he responds immediately) and Bill, the property manager, is always available to help. The friendly staff - from the housekeeper to the gardener to the pool cleaner - are excellent. We highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. We are proud of our home and very happy when our clients have a positive experience. We look forward to your return next year!! Craig & Myla
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
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

Map

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Liberia
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Playa Samara
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Punto Islita
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Playa Samara
Nearest Beach
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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Rates & Availability

From $3,000 Per week

Samara Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer High Season
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Christmas Week
Dec 20 2015 - Dec 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,250
 
 
New Years Week
Dec 27 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,250
 

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.

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Amenities

Samara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 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 designer 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 ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater 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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