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VILLA VISTA, Luxurious Villa with Awe-Inspiring View

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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. An added, and invaluable bonus, is our onsite ENGLISH SPEAKING Property Manager who will welcome you to the Villa, show you the area and is always available to ensure your stay in paradise is unforgettable.

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

Property Manager
Craig Hockelberg
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

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 Guanacaste

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.


Sámara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

VILLA VISTA, Luxurious Villa with Awe-Inspiring View
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We have travelled all over CR staying at beautiful rented villas for last six years.Villa vista was the absolute best one ever! stunning view, gorgeous finishings, extremely comfy beds, well equipped kitchen. I could go on and on. Close walk to beach so we could send our teen boys down to very safe beach to surf by themselves while we relaxed by pool. Short walk down the beach to town to great casual restaurants. Bill is a fantastic property manager. We highly recommend his advice for local activities, restaurants, etc. The best CR vacation spot ever!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Myla and I are so glad that you enjoyed your vacation at Villa Vista and thanks for the great review! It really is hard not to have a good time in Samara and it sounds as though you had a blast. Come back soon! Craig & Myla
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5 stars!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to make your friends jealous with all the amazing pictures you are going to post on Facebook then this is the place for you! The infinity pool views are amazing, beautiful flowers everywhere, absolutely every appliance you need in the kitchen, tons of tourist information, and really good internet! We always have a wonderful time when we stay here and have the most amazing vacation, yet still have the comfort of home. Highly recommended and we can't wait to go back!

Personal recommendations:

Restaurant: Gusto Beach, Cocos

Activity: horseback riding, paddle boarding (book through Outback in town for the best deals)

Random adventure: go to Carrillo beach and then stop by El Sueno Tropical resort, restaurant and bar they have deer and monkeys on the property!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always great to have you back! It's also great to see you and your group having such a good time. Ready to book next summer? Craig & Myla
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Jacksonville, Fl


  • 5 of 5

This is my second time staying at this amazing property! The view is absolutely beautiful! From the moment you walk through the front doors, it's like paradise! I honestly could stay at the house all day enjoying a cold adult beverage and taking advantage of the outdoor kitchen! We actually hired a local chef who prepared three amazing meals for us one day! I highly recommended this property! I will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will be ready for next year and thanks for returning. Your group all enjoyed themselves and I am glad that you added (and enjoyed) a private chef this visit. Thank you for the nice review, thanks for coming back and we look forward to next Summer's visit. Craig & Myla
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Once again, best of the best!

  • 5 of 5

This was my 4th. stay in Villa Vista and as always am completely blown away. The seclusion of the home, the view from the terrace and pool, the amenities of the home, and the pure luxury the property offers create an amazing recipe that simply can't be reproduced. I always travel with friends and on this trip we were able to do some zip-lining (right behind the home), horse back riding, 4 wheeling through the rivers on the ATVs we rented and spent some time on the beautiful beach. I travel often but purposefully keep coming back to Costa Rica FOR Villa Vista! I could not recommend it anymore.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Myla and I are grateful that your return trip was as great as your previous TRIPS!! Sounds like you had a great time end enjoyed Samara and all that it has to offer. We will be ready to welcome you again next year! Thanks, Craig & Myla
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Total relaxation

  • 5 of 5

You simply can't find a more fantastic property than Villa Vista. Spectacular views, complete seclusion, and a wide variety of amenities make this house a wonderful place to stay--for couples or families alike. Taking advantage of the full equipped patio kitchen, we hired a local chef who prepared for us a tasty dinner each night while we stared at the stars. It is well maintained, and service is on demand when needed. We won't hesitate to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! We do aim to please. Another happy family vacation at Villa Vista! Hope for your speedy return! Craig & Myla
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New York, NY

Beyond Five Star Experience

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly remarkable house - beyond five stars! The views are amazing, the house is impeccably maintained and the service provided while on-site is instantaneous. We have stayed at this house three times over three years and that's the biggest endorsement we can make because we have traveled to Costa Rica for the last 12 years, visiting at least twice a year, and this is one of the only houses that we have returned to more than once. We have also invited our (older) in-laws and the house is so very comfortable for any age. We know we will return soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Three visits in three years is FANTASTIC. We appreciate your loyalty and stand ready to book your next visit! Craig & Myla
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Sámara Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 10 2017 - Apr 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years Week
Dec 28 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 4 2018 - Mar 28 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mar 29 2018 - Apr 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Jul 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
Fourth of July
Jul 2 2018 - Jul 9 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jul 10 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2018 - Dec 28 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750

1. 50% rental deposit plus $750 refundable security deposit due at
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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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