|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
Located in the beautiful Samara Reefs gated community, Villa Mirador offers luxurious accommodations in a super-private jungle setting. The minute you arrive at the house, you are met with a sense of luxury and spaciousness - then you are drawn into the HUGE stunning huge ocean view. The front wall of Mirador is all glass. Two double-wide glass doors open up, bringing you face-to-face with the spectacular, panoramic view of Samara Beach, then, further away, the rocky off-shore reefs and the beautiful island of Isla Chora: the centerpiece of Playa Samara. Surrounding the house, are mature, green jungle canopies, beautiful trees that feel close enough to touch, the sound of gentle surf, and the sounds of birds and monkeys. This setting is simply gorgeous.
Inside Villa Mirador is everything you expect to find in a super high-end, luxury beach-house: vaulted ceilings, beautiful flooring, wonderful exotic hardwoods, floor-to-ceiling view windows, a large gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a wine-fridge, a butler's pantry, a walk-in air-conditioned pantry for food storage - every amenity you could wish for. Standing on the sundeck are stunning panoramic views, and below is your very own, very private infinity edge swimming pool.
There is a large living room, indoor dining room, as well as a huge upper outdoor deck with outdoor dining tables. On the large pool deck there are comfy lounge chairs where you can soak up the sun. There is a beautiful barbecue/outdoor kitchen area, two outdoor showers, even beach chairs to take with you to the beach. The house has four spacious bedrooms, each with an ocean view and a walkout onto the garden and pool grounds. Two of the bedrooms have king-size beds and their own bathrooms - ideal for a large family, 2 families, or 3 couples.
Situated 125 feet above sea level, Villa Mirador is an easy 12 minute walk to wonderful, sandy, Playa Samara and only 7 minutes more to the hub of Samara - Restaurante Locanda, Gusto on the Beach, Lo Que Hay, the Samara Info Center, and Super-Samara, the main grocery store. By car, the trip to the town-center is faster - 5 minutes. To Playa Carrillo, it is an 8 minute drive. Villa Mirador is, in every way, a perfect “getaway”. Located at the very end of the driveway in Samara Reefs, you will see no other cars, and no other people (other than the caretakers and neighbours in Samara Reefs) … just complete privacy and tranquility.
At Villa Mirador, what you WILL hear is the soothing sound of ocean surf, the sounds of various songbirds, and, from time to time, the hooting of several families of monkeys (Mantled Howler Monkeys) - many which are visible from your lounge chair on your deck or from their favourite trees, just outside the front door. “Mirador” means viewpoint or a look-out point. From this house, there are look-out points in all directions.
Throughout the Samara Reefs property and lined along the interlocking brick driveway are many beautiful, well-maintained gardens featuring a stunning variety of beautiful and deliciously-scented flowers and shrubs: red ginger plants, Gardenia, Bougainvillea, the very exotic Bird-of-Paradise flower, and Frangipani, even lemon-trees and a starfruit tree nearby. What sets Villa Mirador apart from the other 6 Samara Reefs houses is its very private location and proximity to the canopy. Because it is situated a bit lower on the hillside, you are eye-to-eye with the beautiful green mature jungle canopy native to this dry tropical rainforest. The huge trees, which you can practically touch from the kitchen sundeck, add to the feeling of serenity and beauty. This piece of preserved jungle canopy, which stretches down hundreds of yards towards Samara beach, is something you would only expect to find off "the beaten path".
Villa Mirador was designed in 2007 by one of Costa Rica's top architects, Karin Nagel, who is a Lecturer at the International Center for Sustainable Development in San José, Costa Rica and who was trained as an architect at the University of London. This house, in every way, makes the most of this gorgeous natural setting. Everything about its design is well-thought-out and there is great flow from room to room. All 4 bedrooms are very large, have spectacular ocean views, and excellent bathrooms. The gourmet kitchen is fully outfitted, with ultra-modern granite countertops, European cabinets, a sit-up bar/wet bar for four, a butler's kitchen, wine fridge.... it is, without question, THE entertainment hub.
As a guest of Villa Mirador, we welcome you to enjoy the centerpiece of Samara Reefs – the stunning waterfall feature located next to Casa Colibri (vrbo 383817). Every day the waterfountain comes on for an hour at 11:00 a.m. Water flows down through a series of pools carved into a rocky riverbed called “Rio Corto”, then flows over a wall, down into a shallow jungle pool below. Inspired by the waterfall and Hotspring pools at Tabacon Resort in Lake Arenal, this setting is just spectacular. And sitting UNDER the waterfall is spectacular because for a brisk, refreshing shoulder massage, there is absolutely nothing like it. Behind the waterfall is a cool shaded grotto with a concrete built-in bench. This provides a hidden spot to sit and enjoy the wonderful vista of Isla Chora. This is definitely an interesting spot to seek out during the hotter hours of the day. There are many many activities available in Samara, something different to keep you busy and entertained every day: surfing lessons, boogie-boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, renting ATVs, bicycles, go for a guided nature hike with Samara Trails, go zip-lining with the wonderful guides from WingNuts Canopy Tours, all highly rated. Ask Brenda and Christopher at the Samara Info Center for their recommendations and check out their website.
At Villa Mirador you’ll find everything you might need: Wi-Fi (no code required), a large TV, even beach chairs that you are welcome to take to the beach with you. When you arrive at Samara Reefs gated entrance, you will be greeted by our Samara Reefs Administrator, Daniel Quiros. He will show you how everything works in the house: the telephone, the alarm system, the room safe, the pool controls, etc. If you need any assistance with anything to do with the house, the pool, or the remote-controlled security gate, he will be able to help you.
Villa Mirador is an easy 10-12 minute walk to the beach OR a 5-minute drive to town. Because of its convenient location, having a car is optional. A taxi ride from central Samara to your doorstep is just $5. Pick up some steaks and cook them at home in this barbecue-dream-location, hire our special in-house chef and enjoy delicious food served on Villa Mirador’s outside dining room, or eat in town from a choice of wonderful and varied restaurants in Samara and Carrillo. The hardest decision you might have all day is whether to have Italian food at Gusto Beach, mouth-watering Argentinian outdoor grilled entrees from the ultra-romantic El Lagarto, seafood pasta from the #1 local favourite, Casa Esmeralda, wood-grilled steak at El Colibri Steak House, Mexican, French, Mediterranean, sushi, French dining at the highly rated Samara Pacific Lodge, burgers at beach-front Vela Latina, traditional whole fried fish at beach-front El Ancla, or the wonderfully healthy creations at LuvBurger.
In the town center you will find several very good grocery stores, a fresh and very well-stocked produce store called Dona Lechuga, 2 ATMs, the very helpful people at Samara Info Center, several bakeries, a few excellent beach-front surf schools, a scuba dive shop, great souvenir and clothing boutiques, unique jewelry stores, a large and very popular organic grocery store/café/Farmer’s Market, 2 pharmacies, a Medical center, two Dentists, a Fitness center, Spa, Massage, etc.
Pura Vida - ENJOY!
Our group of Canadian partners began building the 7 Samara Reefs beach houses in 2006 . Our partners - who live mostly in Vancouver and Toronto - love the warmth of Samara and its tropical sunshine over the cold and rainy Canadian winters. When we ourselves cannot be at Samara Reefs, we very much enjoy sharing our piece of paradise with others.
Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, Canada purchased this villa in 2006
The location is truly spectacular: set amount lush green trees with panoramic ocean and beach views, and an easy walk to Samara Beach. Watch troops of monkeys every day in your own backyard. From the pool deck, you can soak up stunning ocean views and cool breezes, never seeing or hearing a car. When you stand at the barbecue area, it feels like you can reach out and touch the trees. You're that close!
Samara is one of the most beautiful, safest and cleanest, beaches in Costa Rica. The horseshoe-shaped bay and its protective reefs ensure safe swimming with no dangerous undertow. The waves are large enough for beginner and intermediate surfers and perfect for boogie-boarding. In terms of cleanliness, both Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo have achieved and maintained the highest rating for cleanliness and sanitation standards.
The town of Samara is very family-friendly and relaxed - people call it "funky and friendly" and say it has "a great vibe". It has a variety of choices in terms of restaurants, grocery stores, a large list of activities, as well as every amenity you could want. But there are NO all-inclusive hotels, no chain hotels, 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. Home to an International Language School, an accredited Massage School, many local Costa Ricans, many expat Europeans and Americans, as well as many surfers and outdoor-lovers, the population is diverse and super-interesting.
Samara Reefs is a secure gated community with a full-time on-site Administrator and Housekeeper (Daniel and Anna) who are long-time, trusted employees. We also have 2 full-time gardeners (Wagner and Ramone). Villa Mirador has a fully outfitted gourmet kitchen, a walk-in air-conditioned pantry for the storage of all your food supplies, super-comfy lounge chairs, hammocks, 2 outdoor showers for your convenience, a huge supply of beach towels, a wonderful barbecue kitchen, a fully equipped laundry room, every kitchen tool, gadget you could want ... a high-quality blender, a citrus juicer, herbs in the garden, an outdoor washroom, lawn chairs to take to the beach with you.
We are a family of seven, ranging in ages from 7-44. Villa Mirador is amazing!!! Trust me, the pictures are awesome, but do not truly do the property justice. If you're not careful you will get an uneven tan as you stare out over Samara and the Pacific Ocean from the infinity pool. The grounds are beautifully kept, all while allowing the natural dry forest to flourish around the villa. This allows for you to be one with nature and see Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, and beautiful birds all within reach. Daniel and Anna, the caretakers at the property, were lovely and very helpful. We really had a great family vacation, memories that will last us a lifetime. We cannot wait to return to Samara and Villa Mirador.
We have a group that goes to Costa Rica every year for 8 years running. We have stayed in all kinds of accommodations all over the country and this was hands down one of the nicest places we have ever stayed. The view from the pool alone is worth a trip to Costa Rica. The open layout is perfect for a large group and Daniel, the caretaker and his wife were amazing and taking care of our needs. Looking forward to going back!!
Very nice house, view , breeze, quiet.
ten minute walk to the beach but steep return uphill. Fine for us, we like the cardio!
However taxis are easy for return at night. Note taxi's telephones and call when ready, $4.00 for the ride.
We felt safe walking at night back from restaurant.
We will return for sure.
WE SPENT A DELIGHTFUL TEN DAYS AT VILLA MIRADOR THIS PAST FEBRUARY FOR A FAMILY CELEBRATION WITH OUR GROWN CHILDREN, SPOUSES AND TWO ADULT GRANDCHILDREN. EACH SPAN OF AGES IN OUR GROUP HAD NOTHING BUT SUPERLATIVES TO SAY ABOUT THIS EXQUISITE HOME WITH ITS BREATHTAKING VIEW OF THE PACIFIC AND ISLA CHORA. FOR ALL OF US, IT WAS A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY OF A TRANQUIL AND PRIVATE "HOME AWAY FROM HOME".
VILLA MIRADOR WAS MASTERFULLY DESIGNED BY A WELL-KNOWN ARCHITECT WHO IMPARTED HER LOVE OF NATURE AND NATIVE WOODS. HER ATTENTION TO DETAIL, PRIVACY AND INDOOR-OUTDOOR GRACIOUS LIVING IS RIVETING. IT WAS HARD FOR ANY OF US TO PULL AWAY FROM LOUNGING POOLSIDE AND ENJOYING THE OPEN-AIR DINING AREA TO EXPLORE OTHER PLACES IN THE VICINITY.
THE ENTIRE STAFF OF SAMARA REEFS WAS VERY ACCOMMODATING TO US WITH ATTENTION TO UPKEEP, COOKING FOR US UPON OUR REQUEST [BE SURE TO ASK FOR THE DELICIOUS CEVICHE!] AND WITH INFORMATION ON RESTAURANTS AND PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE AREA. SPECIAL KUDOS GO TO MARY-ELLEN MEYERS, OUR VILLA OWNER, WHO CORRESPONDED WITH US OVER WEEKS OF PLANNING AND WHO IS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON, AS WELL AS A TREASURE TROVE OF VALUABLE TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL VACATION TO THE NICOYA PENINSULA.
AS FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE, SAMARA IS A DELIGHTFUL SMALL TOWN THAT HAS A FRIENDLY MIX OF INTERNATIONAL AND TICO RESIDENTS. THE ECLECTIC MIX TRANSLATES INTO MANY EXCELLENT RESTAURANT CHOICES OF VARYING CUISINES. WE FOUND THE TOWN'S PACE UNHURRIED AND A SOURCE OF RELAXATION.
INDELIBLE MEMORIES OF OUR VACATION INCLUDE AWAKING TO NATURE'S SOUNDS OF THE OCEAN ITSELF, COLORFUL BIRDS AND HOWLER MONKEYS, WALKING A SHORT DISTANCE TO ONE OF THE PRETTIEST BEACHES IN COSTA RICA, STROLLING IT'S PRISTINE SANDS WITH COFFEE IN HAND AND WATCHING FISHERMEN IN ACTION AT DAWN'S ARRIVAL, AND SIMPLY GAZING FROM OUR INFINITY POOL TO NATURE'S UNPARALLELED CANVAS AND ITS FINAL TOUCHES OF COLORFUL SUNSETS AND CRYSTALLINE STARS.
IN A WORD, WE WOULD DESCRIBE OUR STAY AT VILLA MIRADOR AS "SPECTACULAR". WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS WONDERFUL GETAWAY TO ANYONE SEEKING A PERFECTLY EQUIPPED AND ELEGANT HOME WITH A PANORAMIC VISTA, AS WELL AS A CLOSE PROXIMITY TO A CHARMING, LAID-BACK TOWN THAT DESCRIBES THE TRUE MEANING OF THE NATIONAL SLOGAN, "PURA VIDA".
We had an absolutely fantastic time staying at Villa Mirador. The house layout, the privacy, and the beautiful backdrop worked perfectly for our family and Mary-Ellen was such a wonderful and helpful host. The pictures cannot begin to explain how beautiful the backdrop is and we will miss it dearly. The family of howler monkeys in the tree next to the property was always very entertaining for everyone. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone and we will be coming back in the future.
Each year our family gathers for winter break to thaw out a little from winter in the Northeast USA. We rent a house at the beach or take a cruise to someplace warm. This year we were 7 adults and 3 young children in grade school. We stayed 2 weeks at Villa Mirador and can share that the house and the owners were a perfect fit for our family. We regularly have great rental experiences, but this one was exceptional!
The sound of the ocean, the view, the pool, the large covered patio, the large open concept living/kitchen, and the large sleeping and bath rooms were perfect. Mirador is a beautiful home that is simply and tastefully furnished and decorated - a very nice home overlooking the ocean. We appreciated the privacy of the house located down the hill at the end of the driveway away from the other Samara Reefs homes.
A large family of howler monkeys (25+) provided close up viewing 3 or 4 mornings/evenings as they either slept in or commuted through the trees next to the house. The birds and iguanas were also abundant for viewing.
The adults in our family enjoyed the 20-25 minute walk to and from Samara via the beach once or twice a day. The children were not as happy with the walk back to the house since the last 10 minutes are a fairly good uphill walk. We did not rent cars and used taxis when not walking. This worked out really well for our family.
The owners' information about the house and Samara was extremely helpful. All questions about the house and Samara not included in the information were quickly answered. The owners even helped our children visit a local school which turned out to be a great learning experience.
The children's favorite places to eat were Casa Esmeralda and the covered courtyard outside of Samara Organics. The adults really enjoyed Samara Pacific Lodge.
Our activities could not have been better. The hike with the biologist, learning to surf with Didier at C&C, multiple outings with DondeJaviTours, zip-lining with the 2 brothers, horseback riding to Playa Buena Vista, and a lot of R&R at Villa Mirador - all perfect!
Zip-lining with top-rated WingNuts Canopy Tours is just 5 min away in the hillside behind Samara Reefs gated community. Playa Samara is perfect place for beginner surfers and there are several good surfing schools. Playa Carrillo, just a 5-minute drive away, has absolutely perfect waves for body surfing, boogie boarding, and the chest-high water is super-warm. 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. Now is the perfect time to experience flying in a gyrocopter. See the jungle from a bird's eye view with The Flying Crocodile. It's a very thrilling and worthwhile experience. Samara is close to 3 National Parks, including Barra Honda which is an amazing underground limestone cave millions of years old! Or go to Ostional - if you're lucky, you can see hundreds of Olive Ridley turtles laying their eggs ... or hatching. Go to an internationally recognized massage school or an excellent Spanish language school. Go deep-sea fishing for sailfish or marlin. Charter a small boat and see the fabulous tricks dolphins do in the wild. Animal lovers will want to see the amazing variety of animals being cared for at La Selva Animal Refuge & Zoo - now is your chance to observe up close a jaguarundi, kinkajou, anteater, talk to parrots, a toucan and check out some vampire bats! Golf 9 holes at Punta Islita and then have lunch (a real treat), take the Palo Verde river cruise, or take a guided hike through the jungle with a botanical guide. There is literally something different to do every day!
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
Please note that there is a 7-night minimum stay for Christmas and New Years.
If dates are unavailable for this house, please inquire about availability of 2 neighbouring houses in Samara Reefs: we have a 3-bedroom as well as two 4-bedroom houses (2 doors down and 4 doors down)
Discounted rates offered for stays of longer than 7 nights.
Return guests will be given preference, discounted rates.
Payment is via check or wire transfer to our U.S. bank account.
A 50% deposit confirms your reservation. Balance is due 60 days prior to arrival date.
December amounts due 90 days prior to arrival date.
A $1000 refundable damage deposit is required.