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Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, Canada

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Your Own Private Retreat: Beach Views, Sleeps 12, Infinity Pool, Walk to Beach

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

Overview

Sámara House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedroom-bathroom suites, infinity-edge saltwater pool, panoramic ocean views

Hacienda Punta Indio is the perfect Costa Rican retreat/adventure vacation! Here you can enjoy comfortable accommodations and your own private infinity-edge pool while immersing yourself in a spectacular jungle setting. The spacious 5-bedroom house and 30-foot salt-water pool is perfect for multiple families, family reunions, or even yoga retreats.

The house is all on one level - it has 5 bedroom/bathroom suites, a kitchen, living room,, dining room, laundry room, and even an air-conditioned walk-in pantry. With a total of 6 bathrooms, your group will have more than enough privacy. This house is located up on a hillside overlooking the bay of Samara and is accesible on all-paved-roads; there is no need for a 4x4. A regular car is fine. The quiet end of Samara beach (near Hideaway Hotel) is a 10-minute walk.

Each of the 5 bedroom suites has an en-suite bathhroom, a king-size bed, remote-controlled air conditioning, two bedside tables with reading lamps, plenty of storage space. In addition, each bedroom suite has its own private front door (with its own key). All bedrooms (except one) have a back door which opens up onto a shaded deck area - perfect for enjoying the warm morning sunshine and lush green views of the mango grove. The pool is especially refreshing because it contains salt-water and only a tiny amount of chlorine, resulting in almost zero chlorine smell. It is very easy to spend hours just relaxing in the pool (from sun-up to sun-down) and enjoy watching the incoming and outgoing tides of beautiful Samara Bay, the greenery in the surrounding hillsides, and the evening lights along Samara's beachfront.

The house sits in the center of a large peninsula called Punta Indio; this peninsula divides the two horseshoe-shaped beaches of Carrillo and Samara, two of Costa Rica's favourite beaches. From the pool you can see all of Samara Beach but other views are seen throughout the property: north towards the town of Samara, south overlooking the open ocean, west to the small island of Isla Chora (where the kayaks head out in the morning) nad east to gorgeous palm-lined Playa Carrillo.

So go ahead and let the kids make noise and enjoy having NO neigbours nearby! Relax in your own private infinity-edge pool, go for morning nature walks throughout the property, and explore the 3 beaches: Samara, Carrillo, or Bahia Media Luna, a private beach at the north side of the peninsula. All this, while still being an 8-10 minute drive from Samara's town-center.

Whether you have spent the day at the beach or in town, it is a real treat to return to the comforts of the Hacienda, its pool, and its complete privacy. The kitchen is fully outfitted for gourmet meals and the outdoor grill makes it very easy to enjoy dining al fresco. A private chef is available, ask for details.

Please note that this is not 5-star accommodation. The house was designed to be very comfortable and functional. Its peaceful, natural surroundings are well suited to those on a yoga retreat, nature photographers, bird-watchers, people seeking an out-of-the-way spot who like to explore on their own or a group who is looking for something different.

While the house does not have central air-conditioning, each bedroom has remote controlled air-conditioning and the living room/dining rooms have overhead ceiling fans. These, along with 3 sets of sliding wooden doors, create good air-flow. When these wooden doors are open, the living space is literally doubled and the refreshing outside ocean breezes can flow through.

Hacienda Punta Indio is a great place for young families to hang out in. Its large covered porch provides plenty of shade throughout the day and its very large dining room is centrally located, with plenty of seating. Comfy sofas, several lounge chairs and hammocks all provide good places for book-lovers. One of the many benefits is that because there are no houses nearby, the sky is dark enough for great stargazing.

Because of the huge property size, there is an opportunity to see a lot of wildlife here. Monkeys are always somewhere on the property - either in trees by the carport, in the jungle below the pool and other times in the mango grove along the back of the house. Iguanas are frequently seen scooting into culverts near the carport. And at night, you will hear and see small owls. It is truly a nature-lover's paradise. Because of the property's higher elevation, there are noticeably fewer mosquitoes here than down at beach-level restaurants in the evening.

A car is recommended, but not necessary. Taxis are plentiful, reliable and inexpensive. Ask me for a list of our favourite taxi drivers.

Pura Vida!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, Canada (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, Canada

The 60 acres on Punta Indio is owned by a small group of mostly Canadians. We built the beach house and its infinity-edge pool in 1995 and, for more than a decade our families have spent our winter vacations there. It is a great place for extended families or for 3 or 4 couples. When our families became too large for us to all fit in this house, we each built a home on the 7 acres of Samara Reefs gated community. Hacienda Punta Indio remains a wonderful, special paradise.

Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, Canada purchased this house in 1995

Why Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, Canada chose Guanacaste

We chose this property because of its fantastic location: it is the only house on a huge, forested peninsula that separates 2 gorgeous horseshoe-shaped beaches: Samara Beach and Carrillo Beach. The peninsula has many trails, 6 of which lead to awesome terraces, some with views of Samara, some of Carrillo, one overlooking the tiny island called Isla Chora, and some overlooking the open ocean. The property comprises over 60 acres which is like a private wildlife reserve - it is home to many families of howler monkeys, green iguanas, and a huge variety of birds. Being located half-way between Playa Carrillo and Playa Samara, it is easy to visit both beaches. There is also a third beach called Bahia Media Luna (half-moon bay) - it is only accessible through our property, by kayak, or by walking around the rocky, craggy point.

This is an incredibly beautiful peninsula and, when it is not being used by our own families, we love to share it with other families.

What makes this house unique

Complete Privacy: your own salt-water, infinity-edge pool on your own 60 acres of jungle paradise.

From your doorstep, you can explore many walking paths, seeing monkeys in their natural habitat, a variety of birds, iguanas (gorobos), bats, owls, and red-tailed squirrels.

From Punta Indio, you are within walking distance to 3 beaches: Carrillo, Samara and a private little-known beach in-between called Half-Moon Bay (Bahia Media Luna).

The 5 private bedroom suites give everyone his or her own space.

The lack of nearby lights makes for fabulous star-gazing at night.

Punta Indio has a trusted care-taker couple to help you should you need any assistance with the pool, a/c, or room safe.

The beach house is on 60 acres of private jungle yet next to two of the country's prettiest beaches, and all the amenities you could ask for in two nice small towns.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)
Your Own Private Retreat: Beach Views, Sleeps 12, Infinity Pool, Walk to Beach
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 21 reviews
5

So Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We love Samara, and loved this place. It is a little bit outside of town, which we weren't sure about, but we ended up really liking the location. The drive back to town and the Samara beach is about 10 minutes, and about the same to Playa Carillo. It's extremely private, with only this home on the property.

The home is a great layout, with the bedrooms all along one side, opening to the patio and pool, and the kitchen and living area also open to the patio. The house is not brand new, and doesn't have high end appliances, etc., but is very classic Tico and charming. We had 3 families staying together and the space was perfect for us. The patio has views of the ocean and beach, as well as the surrounding woods on the peninsula. There were lots of animals on the property which we enjoyed. We saw monkeys a couple of times, as well as lots of iguanas, some bats, an owl, and many different species of birds. The caretakers were very friendly and helpful, and responded quickly whenever we called them.

We loved this place -- it is the real unspoiled Costa Rica, and we will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Second time visitor

  • 5 of 5

We love the town, the quiet, the pool and hammocks (very relaxing). The rooms are private and the property has a lot of walks on the grounds (with hills and views). I recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Warm and relaxed

  • 5 of 5

You can hardly believe such an idyllic place exists in the modern world! A private preserve on a high peninsula with views of the coast in either direction, walking trails, and its own tribe of howler monkeys. Low-key but complete and comfortable accommodations perfect for family gatherings or sharing with friends, linked to the outdoors by a cooling veranda, and complemented by infinity pool. All well maintained by friendly caretaker. Marvellous swimming beach within an easy walk, and opportunities to explore the area and enjoy the many restaurants of near-by Samara. We've visited twice and hope to return next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New London, NH
5

Another great trip

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've stayed at Punto Indio in the last year and it just keeps getting better. This is the best location in the area for privacy and is still extremely convenient to town. The size of the home makes it easy for large groups to find places to relax without tripping all over each other. We had a party of 8 had plenty of room in the house and pool. Driving through the gate on the long private drive is like stepping into your own secluded oasis. We'll be back again!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely home with a PHENOMENAL view!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Punto Indio over the Christmas holidays. The house was well appointed and perfect for our three families. There is lots of shade for those who wish to escape the brilliant Costa Rican sun. From the infinity pool, you can watch the sun set over Samara Beach which is a 10-15 minute drive away. The house is a 3 minute drive or 15 minute walk to the very quiet Carrillo Beach. The Mary-Ellen provided fabulous information on places to eat and where to shop. Rent this house, and enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Hacienda Punta Indio is a gorgeous place. The home sits on a mountain with great views of the ocean. We loved the infinity pool and spent a lot of time there. The house is comfortable and clean. Jorge is a really nice attentive caretaker. We loved the wildlife: the monkeys (with babies!) in the mango trees, the iguanas and the cute green parrot flock. Playa Carillo was our favorite beach. (a 5 minute drive). It is unspoiled. Try the shaved ice they sell there! We cooked a lot of our meals on the grill. Pali has a good butcher. We also discovered Lizano Salsa...good on burgers, pork and chicken. Even brought some home. My husband and son in law enjoyed the hiking trails on the property as well. I would highly recommend this home and if we ever get back, I would reserve this again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Liberia International Airport (LIR)
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Villas Playa Samara
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Punta Islita Executive 9 hole golf course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
El Colibri Argentinian Steakhouse
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Samara Beach & Carrillo Beach
Car: recommended

Punta Indio is a peninsula of land approximately 150 acres in size - the rental property consists of about 60 acres and is the only structure on the property. It is essentially an untouched nature reserve: a wooded forest that is home to many types of birds, families of howler monkeys, and iguanas (the smaller species called gorobos). From your own private pool, you can see gorgeous Playa Samara, and the surrounding jungle mountainside. Punta Indio is a peninsula that separates 2 very large beaches, so they are both within easy walking distance. From the beach house, you can walk a short ways and have a stunning view of Playa Carrillo on the other side. Or take a longer walk and overlook the small islet known as Isla Chora and Playa Samara from a different angle. There paths are fairly well-maintained though caution is always advised. For nature lovers, the spectacular views and glimpses of wildlife are immensely enjoyable. This region is a photographer's dream: lush forest, rugged coastline. It is a short drive to the town of Samara where you can enjoy many great restaurants, activities, boutiques and stores, and all the amenities you could want. But it is always a treat to come back and enjoy your completely private hideaway. Samara is a very cute town with a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. You can have lunch at many restaurants with your table right on the beach. You can rent horses, boogie-boards (for $2/day), surf boards, ATV's, bicycles. You can go ocean- kayaking, take surfing lessons, or go zip-lining with WingNuts Canopy Tours, truly a world-class tour.

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Rates & Availability

Sámara House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season Fall/16
Aug 21 2016 - Nov 18 2016
6 night minimum stay
$380
$2,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
American Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
Flat fee
 
 
High Season 2017
Nov 19 2016 - Apr 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,800
Flat fee
 
 
New Year's 2017
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,800
Flat fee
 
 
Easter 2017
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,600
 
 
July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$400
$2,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $100

Discounted rates are available for rentals over 7 nights.
Unless otherwise stated, Rates are based on 8 people. Add'l $20-per-person-per-night.
Discounted rates are available for 14-day rentals during Christmas & New Year's
Returning Guests receive a Friends & Family Discount

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Payment is made by mailing a U.S. cashier's check to our U.S. bank.
We require a 50% deposit. The balance is due 60 days prior to check-in.
Discountred rates are offered for rentals longer than 7 nights.

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Amenities

Sámara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Brand new renovated bathroom with shower.
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , This 6th washroom lis ocated near the living room area.
  • All 5 bedroom suites have their own en-suite bathrooms. Each bathroom has a shower, toilet, and a countertop with double-sinks, a large mirror, bath and beach towels, plus lots of storage space for toiletries. Toilet paper, hand soap and shower soap are included in rental.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, reading lamp, pool view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, reading lamp, pool view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, reading lamp, pool view
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, reading lamp, pool view
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 kingsize bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, jungle view
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
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
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Located between the pool area and the house are 3 extra-wide wooden sliding doors that, when open, literally double your living space. Open the doors out the back to add more airflow. By the kitchen there is a very handy walk in air-conditioned pantry with plenty of shelving. It is an excellent area for storing fruit, beer, wine, etc. Our caretaker couple, Jorge and Flory, will show you how everything works, including the perimeter alarm system and room safe. They live only 5 minutes away and are available to help if you need assistance with the house. While they speak only Spanish, they know the house extremely well and will do their best to help you. In town Brenda and Christopher at the Samara Info Center are like your personal concierge and can arrange transportation, activities, and can book restaurant reservations and massages for you.

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