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Craig Hockelberg

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

VILLA VISTA, Luxurious Villa with Awe-Inspiring View

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Guanacaste Villa Rental Photos and Description

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

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Craig Hockelberg (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

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.


based on 20 traveler reviews

VILLA VISTA, Luxurious Villa with Awe-Inspiring View
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

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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Did not want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Vista. Is. Spectacular. My response to people who ask about the highlight of our week long trip to Samara is "Villa Vista." Seriously. The pictures, while absolutely accurate, do not do justice to how beautiful this place is. Our family spent hours and hours near the pool enjoying the indescribable view. Mornings were spent with freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee (1820 and Café Rey brands) in the poolside chairs, watching the birds, and listening to the monkeys. The local fish market is within walking distance so most of our evenings were spent grilling fresh red snapper or grouper in the outdoor kitchen and eating poolside. The beach is a 5-10 minute walk away. Senor Bill Knight (on site property manager) was a great help to us. We certainly hope to visit Villa Vista again in the not-too-distant future!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Donna, Thank you so much for the fantastic review. We are really happy that you and your family enjoyed your vacation at Villa Vista. Positive comments like yours validate the information that we present on our VRBO site and give potential customers an unbiased look at our home. Come back soon! Craig & Myla
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Paradise On Earth

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (3 teen girls) ... arrived for a two week stay over holidays this past Christmas. From the moment we arrived, Bill the property manager and soon to become great friend, saw to it that every need was looked after and that we enjoyed ourselves every minute. Craig and Myla's villa is exquisite. From the unparalleled views of the ocean to their exquisite taste, we truly did not want to leave. After a day at the fabulous Samara beach, we would often come "home" to Villa Vista to cook freshly caught fish in the outdoor kitchen, cocktail in hand and truly relax and appreciate all. Thank you so much Craig, Myla and dear Bill for an unforgettable holiday.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the outstanding review and we are so happy that you enjoyed your vacation at Villa Vista. I also appreciate your comment about Bill, our property manager. Having a competent and caring person to assist you with your needs and providing "local knowledge" is an important ingredient in having a great time!! Hope to see you return soon, Craig & Myla
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Arlington, VA, USA

Didn't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

This was our best vacation ever thanks to Villa Vista. The house is beautiful and well equipped. The views are fabulous. We loved the pool. The property manager was very attentive and set us up with two excellent chefs. There is so much to do in Samara -- surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, zip lining, and horseback riding. You can enjoy your own private nature show poolside in Villa Vista. We were all sad to leave.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! Better yet sounds like the vacation was everything that you expected and we are very happy about that. Your kind comments about Villa Vista are due in part to the fact that this is our private home that we rent while we are traveling rather than the basic vacation rental. You guys and our previous renters appreciate the difference! Samara has lots of activities and it sounds like you hit most of them including a week at the language school. Thanks again. Glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you return soon. Craig & Myla
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Perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place! The house was so beautiful and peaceful, luxurious, up on a hill, overlooking the ocean with beautiful birds entertaining us. My husband and I travelled with 4 teenage girls and there was so much for them to do in the town - horseback riding, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, atv rides. The town felt very safe and the girls were able to have a lot of freedom. Everything was easy and low key. We walked down the hill to the beach and town, and when we were feeling lazy we took a cab back. We stayed a full week and could have stayed longer! can't wait to go back!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: NOTHING makes Myla and I happier than knowing visitors have had a great vacation and thank you for the outstanding review. When we decided to rent our home thru VRBO we were very nervous that guests would appreciate Villa Vista and Samara as much as we do and obviously your family did! Thanks again for visiting and we hope and that you and your family return soon! 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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas Week
Dec 20 2016 - Dec 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Years Week
Dec 27 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
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.

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Guanacaste Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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