Casa Colibri is a 5,000 sq. ft. luxury house located within the very up-scale and very private gated community called 'Samara Reefs'. Of the 7 houses in Samara Reefs houses, Casa Colibri is one of the largest and is owned by a Canadian couple; it was designed with comfort, elegance, and entertaining in mind. It is the perfect house for an extended family or for 3 couples looking for a spacious house close to town where all the bedrooms have stunning ocean views. There is a fully-outfitted gourmet kitchen, a 40-foot private saltwater infinity-edge swimming pool, an elegant outdoor dining room; on the pool deck is a high-end outdoor BBQ grill/outdoor kitchen. This house is completely surrounded by beautiful gardens and mature native trees that attract families of monkeys, parakeets, hummingbirds, and many species of tropical songbirds. Throughout the house, natural materials such as local hardwood, Colombian limestone floors, and bamboo accentuate the relaxed tropical ambiance. Situated among mature jungle trees and backing onto the Werner-Sauter ecological nature preserve, the house has jungle at the front and back of the house. From the poolside mid-day - and in the late afternoon from the front door - it is not unusual to spot a troop of howler monkeys in the trees.
Built in 2008, the 7 Samara Reefs houses are all situated along a 7-acre ridge that is150 feet above sea level. It has a picture-book ocean view: it overlooks the horseshoe-shaped bay of Playa Samara and in the center of the bay is the tiny island called Isla Chora. Casa Colibri has awesome views from all sides, for instance, from the front door the view is of a dense green jungle, and the Werner-Sauter protected ecological reserve. The reserve is filled with huge native trees that you would expect to find in much more remote regions of the country. Because of its elevated position on ridge, Casa Colibri receives both off-shore and on-shore breezes, which help to keep the house feeling fresh and cool. Its location allows not only stunning ocean views, but also picturesque sunrises, AND incredibly beautiful sunsets.
Unlike other high-end neighbourhoods in Samara or Nosara, Samara Reefs is accessed by paved roads the entire way. It is located within easy walking distance to Samara Beach (15 mins) and is close to Samara's many restaurants and bars. A car is not absolutely necessary, as taxis are available. The town of Samara is very friendly, offering vacationers a huge choice of excellent restaurants (including Locanda, Mama Gui, and Gusto's). For a small town, there are surprisingly large number of good restaurants, dozens of activities (including surfing, diving, fishing, kayaking, zip-lining, hiking, ATV's, horseback riding, boogie boarding, gyrocopters, etc), and all the amenities you'd expect in a larger town: 2 banks, 6 grocery stores, several souvenir boutiques, a dentist, an English-speaking doctor, several tour companies, and the very helpful Samara Information Center - which is like having your own personal concierge.
Casa Colibri Features:
- 2 Master Bdrm Suites, each with a large ensuite bathroom
- 1 King size bedroom (upstairs)
- 1 Queen size bedroom (upstairs)
- 1 Guest bedroom with single bed (main level) appropriate for a child or single adult.
- Large fully-outfitted gourmet kitchen with European gas stove
- Awesome outdoor dining room with seating for 8
- Covered outdoor BBQ/kitchen
- Air conditioning and screened windows in all the bedrooms
- A large TV room with a/c, comfortable leather furniture
- Ceiling fans in all bedrooms & throughout the house
- 4 bathrooms - plus one outside washroom by the pool
- A covered roof-top sunset deck
- 2 outdoor showers
- Full size washer/dryer
-40-foot private SALTWATER infinity edge pool, with jets, lights
Casa Colibri was built in 2008 by Architect Karin Nagel and interior designer Julietta Jurado; the house is elegantly furnished, extremely functional, and built to high-end US standards. From the huge floor-to-ceiling windows, the kitchen cabinets, all of the carved hardwood doors and the staircase, every feature of this house is custom-made. Important details like large windows with high-quality window screens and secure locks ensure maximum comfort. One of its best design features of the house is how the rooms flow seamlessly from one to another. Large glass patio doors off the living room open up fully and connect all the main rooms into one large open-aired living space: the kitchen, dining room, and living room, the pool, and the pool deck.
Chefs will appreciate the well-designed kitchen, the stainless steel appliances, gas stove, large countertops, and high quality knives and pans. The kitchen work space is bright and inviting, with windows on all sides; it is large enough to accommodate multiple chefs. The 4-person sit-up bar is very handy extra seating. A unique feature is the large walk-in kitchen pantry; filled with wooden shelves, this room is air-conditioned and humidity-controlled and is the perfect area to store dry-goods, wine, beer, and fruit.
The upstairs master bedroom is very large 650 sq.ft., and takes up one-third of the upper floor. There is a king-size bed, solid almond-wood floors, remote control A/C, a Tommy Bahamas ceiling fan, 2 reading lamps, tons of storage, a walk-in closet, a very large bathroom, beautiful frosted glass doors, and a large ocean-front sundeck. You can open up the curtains and enjoy huge panoramic ocean views - right from your bed! The sundeck runs half the length of the top floor and, being on the 2nd floor, you get a spectacular view of the entire Samara Bay AND gorgeous sunrises. A table with 2 chairs is perfectly situated for you to enjoy morning coffee on your deck.
From the en-suite bathroom there are 3 view windows; there is even a window in the walk-in shower. From the full-size bathtub, enjoy views of the forest reserve.
Beside the bedroom is an Executive Office - the perfect, quiet room to set up your computer and work 'from home'. Up on this bedroom/office sundeck is where we recommend enjoying your first cup of coffee and doing some birdwatching. The comfy chairs are perfect for relaxing in for enjoying the sunrise and morning sunshine. In the morning and throughout the day, you will see large flocks of parakeets, butterflies, and every day, dozens of hummingbirds (colibris) dart in and out of the pink-flowered trees below. In front of you the view is multi-layered: there is a dense canopy of trees, then beyond that, sandy Samara Beach, and beyond that, the island called Isla Chora - the view that Samara is famous for.
Because Costa Rica is so close to the equator, the sun rises at 6 am and sets at 6 pm year-round. The temperature stays warm in the evenings; there is no need to pack a sweater. Our barbecue area is perhaps the prettiest on the planet - it is located beside the swimming pool at the edge of the sundeck and overlooks the canopy below and is so perfect that it has inspired the phrase "Barbecue Envy" from recent guests.
The house has 2 pool-side hammocks, 3 lounge chairs, and is large enough so that, even with 8 people, quiet corners can be found to enjoy a book or have a nap. If someone wants to watch TV without disturbing others, there is a separate air-conditioned TV room.
Adjacent to the house is a unique feature - Samara Reef's amazing waterfall feature. Modeled after our favourite hotspring resort, Tabacon Resort in Arenal, there is a water fountain with water flowing along a rocky "river". The water falls down over a wall, cascading down into a "jungle pool" below. One of our favourite activities is sitting under this water and getting a great shoulder massage! It is exhilarating and ultra-relaxing. During the hottest hours of the day, do check out the shady grotto behind the waterfall. Note that the water comes on automatically each morning for only a few hours.
Another unique feature of the house is our "sunset deck". This is located on the rooftop of our carport. One day we realized how wonderful the sunset view was - and the views of the surrounding back hillside. So we built some seating and put a string of twinkling lights up. Now this area is one of our favorite evening spots where we regularly enjoy wine and appetizers. By day, it's a quiet spot to do yoga. It's also a great spot for watch troops of monkeys swinging in the jungle on the nearby hillside.
The tropics can be hot! But because of its situation on the hillside, there are wonderful cross-breezes that flow right through the house. Off of the ocean, cool breezes flow into the house while, at other times, the cool mountain air comes off the hillside and flows through the front door, keeping the interiors cool and fresh.
But the absolute best feature of the house is the view. Whether you are inside the house, or out, you will find yourself utterly captivated by the stunningly beautiful panoramic ocean views, the rounded shoreline of Samara beach, the island of Isla Chora, and the protective reefs that appear and disappear with the tide. From the bedroom windows you will have a bird's-eye-view into the surrounding hillsides watch, kayakers heading to Isla Chora, or fishing boats headed out to sea. It is truly a magical place.