Luxury 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Home - the most popular vacation rental in the area
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 Sámara
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 town that has the perfect mix of Gringo/Costa Rican culture with a pinch of European cuisine thrown in. Very few communities in Costa Rica offer the beautiful beach presents of Samara with its huge variety of bars and restaurants just steps from the Pacific surf. We promise you will fall in love here!
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. OR..........simply relax in the pool and contemplate life in a very private environment with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and Playa Samara.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wonderful family vacation
Even before you arrive at this incredible property, you'll be in for a treat! The communication from Craig (owner), Erin (property manager) and Bill (interim property manager) was stellar and helped us be totally prepared and at ease.
The property itself is exactly as described in other reviews and the view is completely stunning. My wife ended up tearing her hamstring in town on the first day of our trip. Watch out if it rains! It is slippery everywhere you go, not just the travertine tile in the house. Bill helped us get to a doctor in the middle of the night and Erin was checking in with us constantly, despite dealing with a family emergency of her own back home.
Unfortunately, due to my wife's injury, she was pretty immobile. Fortunately, however, the sanctuary of Villa Vista meant we still had an amazing time. Pull open the folding doors and let the breeze blow through your hair as you sip a glass of wine on the veranda and watch the waves slowly pulling into shore. Despite being right next door to two other houses, the property feels incredibly private. We felt like we had the whole of Samara to ourselves. The kids never got tired of playing in the pool and there was an excellent selection of movies upstairs when the rain rolled in.
Only negative that I can think of is that I couldn't find a shaker or shot glass for making Cadillac margaritas, but we ended up making do with a couple of the plastic cups. Overall, our time at Villa Vista was amazing and we hope to come back again soon! Thank you!!
Myla and I are so sorry that Stacy hurt her leg. Especially the first day of your vacation!! Sounds like she made the best of it and glad she had a good place to recuperate. You may have to come back so Stacy can catch up on all of the fun things to see and do. I’ll be sure there’s a shaker for you and perhaps even a good bottle of tequila!
Thanks again for visiting,
Craig & Myla
100% as advertised!
In fact, if anything, the photos do not do Villa Vista justice. The house itself is absolutely gorgeous and immeasurably comfortable. The pool is amazing. The view is awe inspiring. Erin (the property manager) is super personable and helpful and enthusiastic and probably the best property manager we have ever worked with. The house has a nice sense of privacy while still having neighbors close by which actually generates a sense of comfort and community. Having Playa Samara only a few minutes away by car also makes the trip that much more enjoyable as you can run into town for groceries, a meal or a trip to the beach and be back in no time at all. We have stayed at many fine properties over the years but Villa Vista is truly in a class by itself!!
Thanks for the fantastic review!!! We are glad that we met your expectations and you enjoyed your vacation. Our team works hard to make that happen!
Please come back soon!
Craig & Myla
Absolutely Amazing Property
We had the pleasure of staying in this magnificent home on our vacation to Samara. The home is situated in a very private and gated community, which we loved. We felt safe at all times. The pool is to die for! It is also bigger than any pool that we have had the pleasure to experience in a rental property before. The layout of the home and the room configuration is perfect for all guests to enjoy privacy. The home has a major sound system that really just tops off the experience. We spent a few days just enjoying the house, the million dollar view and the beautiful ambiance of the home. Thank you Craig and Myla for letting us have the pleasure of enjoying our experience to the fullest.
Fantastic!! You made our day!
I know you’ll be back in Samara—-I hope you will return to Villa Vista.
Craig & Myla
It isn’t often that the photos of a holiday rental live up to expectations but this one really does VILLA VISTA is stunning the views hit us as soon as we walked through the door although we didn’t spend any time indoors the house was beautiful and had everything you need we didn’t want to leave.
Overall our holiday was fantastic
Thanks for the great review and thank you for choosing Villa Vista for your holiday. You came a long way expecting a five star experience and it appears you got it!!
Come back soon.
Craig & Myla
Nicest Home/View in 20 Years of Travel
First off it is important to know we have been traveling to tropical destinations beginning with Costa Rica 20 years ago, and this home hands down is the nicest we've ever had the pleasure of staying at. The quality of craftsmanship, architecture, and level of finish in this home is perfectly melded. The massive folding accordion doors to the patio frame in the exterior view of the ocean, bay points, infinity pool, and island like an absolute masterpiece work of art. It is simply stunning. Comfortable beds, quiet location proximal to town and the beach, all the amenities of a gourmet kitchen, master walk in closet with ample built ins, multiple sitting areas. All this within this lovely little gated community with wildlife in the hills above and trees below the property. Craig is a man of honor and well respected by local business owners which was immediately evident in our initial interactions with him. VRBO had the wrong fees listed for his home and he without pause honored it. His property manager Erin was always available and wanting to make sure we were comfortable. She even gave us a ride to town for dinner the night of our arrival. 10 minute shaded walk to the beach is perfect in the am. Takes you through the locals housing area right to the middle of the bay away from the tourist area of town where you'll fine 2 to 4 people on the beach exercising. Lastly, you must get up for the sunrise! I wish I could share my photos here, but the peace and beauty of that experience had me up at 530 every morning. We never turned on a TV once. Pool time was all the time when not exploring the charming restaurants of Samara or the beautiful beaches near by like Carillo. One of the nicest in the world only a few minutes down the coast. We genuinely can not thank Craig and Myla for sharing this amazing home with us. We hope to see you next year!
What a GREAT review! Thank you very much!
Reviews like this are better than any advertising we can buy. Again thank you.
Myla and I tried to create an upscale tropical retreat which was originally our home for 5 years. For the last 4 years we have rented the home 6 months of the year and use it ourselves 6 months of the year. Judging by this review and the others we succeeded with the tropical paradise!
We are glad that we met your expectations for your family vacation and do hope you make it back next year.
Craig & Myla
Truly stunning villa in a superb location
It is hard not to run out of superlatives in describing our stay here. The listing is accurate, and the photos give you a good idea of what to expect. The villa itself is luxurious and well kept, and the property manager (Erin) was on call to answer every query. But the view from the terrace just takes your breath away, with the jungle and ocean before you. It really is hard work to drag yourself away from the side of the infinity pool, but it is a short 5 min walk to the beach and then a 10 min stroll into lovely Samara - - muy tranquillo - with great restaurants right on the beach. Our favourite was Gusto Beach - authentic Italian pizzas and wonderful tuna! Customer service was excellent - I think it is the nicest place we have every stayed. Highly recommended!
Thank you for the fantastic FIVE STAR REVIEW and thank you for having such a great family vacation at Villa Vista. Myla and I have always felt our most important goal is to provide our clients what they need to have a memorable vacation and it must have worked!
You are our first UK customer and we hope that market continues to grow.
Thanks for coming and please return soon.
Craig & Myla
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.