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Private Hilltop 2-story Villa with Pool & Wi-Fi. Sleeps 6. Stunning Jungle View

Sámara, Costa Rica
  • Villa2152 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights

3 bedrooms in private Villa, minutes from Samara Beach. Hilltop tropical view

* * CASA MICHELE IS NOW CASA LUNA DEL SOL* *

Our completely renovated private villa is set in our hilltop private community in a lush, tropical setting with *stunning* jungle views. A beautiful retreat for couples, families & friends! Set in a quiet, private and secure hilltop environment, yet just minutes away to all amenities and 2 beaches.

Set in a private hilltop development of only 12 exclusive villas (Proyecto Loma Verde), Casa Michèle is truly exclusive, yet so close to the beautiful town and beaches of Samara.

- Playa Buenavista is a short 9-min walk just down the hill from the Villa. It's a long and gorgeous uninhabited beach sought by surfers for it's remarkable waves. Beautiful sunsets are just steps away!

- Playa Samara is very close by: 1,4 miles (2,3km) (a 5-minute drive, or 25-minute walk). It's a beautiful beach to spend the day at: restaurants set on the beach w/ wifi, long walks, shopping...

Casa Luna Del Sol is a lovely open-concept, two-story family villa, which was recently completely renovated and features plenty of indoor and outdoor living space with magnificent tropical mountain views (over 270°!).

The house has lofted ceilings with beautiful local hardwood and tile floors, walk-in tiled shower with glass-block wall and a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a butcher block. On the second level is a huge lofted master bedroom (queen bed) on hardwood floors w/ half bath which occupies the entire 2nd-level. Two other double bedrooms on located on the main level.

Enjoy leisurely afternoons in the hammocks under the huge tropical rancho made of real palms leaves or cool off in our private 14x20ft tiled pool + outdoor nature shower as you watch parrots fly through the surrounding tree tops and palm trees, iguanas taking in the sun on the flagstone and monkeys... just monkeying around.

The large outdoor patio is covered in local flagstone (won't burn feet in the hot sun). The house is set atop the seaside hills, so it's naturally breezy and *very well ventilated*; the natural breezes flow freely through the house. There is no air conditioning at Casa Luna Del Sol (no need for it!). We are also proud to say that each of our bedrooms is equipped with top-quality mattresses, pillows and bedding.

The Villa has new louvered windows & screens, and each bedroom is equipped with ceiling fans (4 new ceiling fans on the upper level in the Master Bedroom), top quality mattresses and new quilted mattress covers to ensure optimal comfort.

The kitchen is very well equipped with all stainless steel appliances, including a Butcher block and a water purifying system (inverse osmosis) in the Bodega for your carefree enjoyment. Includes stainless steel fridge/freezer, microwave, large toaster oven (room for a pizza), gourmet glass top cooking surface, and a dining room for 8. All furniture is made of local solid wood.

Bedroom 1 - 12'x11' ground level with 1 Queen bed, safe, wardrobe and ceiling fan

Bedroom 2 - 12'x11' ground level with 2 twin beds, wardrobe and ceiling fan

Bedroom 3 - 26'x24' Master suite on entire 2nd floor with 1 Queen bed, private sink & toilet, 6 large wardrobes and 4 ceiling fans

Bathroom - 12'x7' ground level with 5' solid wood vanity, tile shower and glass block wall

Bodega (laundry room) with washer and purified (inverse-osmosis) water system

Private 1-car garage with electric door

Alarm system

As we are located on a private and steep hilltop, and Samara is such a beautiful region to visit - so much to see and do! -, we do highly recommend the use of a car during your stay. 4x4s are highly recommended during the Green season.

You may choose to take a leisurely short 9-min walk down to Buenavista beach, sought for its unique waves by many surfers. It's a short 5-min drive (or 25 min walk) to the fabulous Samara Beach, less than 1,4 miles (2,3km) away. Be sure to try out some of the local restaurants, directly on the beach (feet in the sand with wifi and drink in hand), and grab a few of the incredible papayas, mangoes, melons and bananas as you walk by the local markets. Such a treat!

There is a large flatscreen TV and private internet (Wi-Fi) so you can stay connected, watch movies and listen to music, as you watch the monkeys playing in the surrounding trees, or imitate a lazy iguana sunbathing nearby.

Though Casa Luna Del Sol is set hilltop in a quiet and secure private community, it remains close to everything, and it has it's own security system for your peace of mind. Our Loma Verde private community has certain restrictions, *including no pets* as we wish to encourage the local fauna and flora. The Villa is non-smoking. We thank you for not smoking inside Casa Michèle.

Many inclusions in our rental fee : bed linens, kitchen towels, many pool and bath towels, a charcoal BBQ grill for the best grilled dinners. The weekly pool maintenance and groundskeeping is included, to ensure you and your family's stay is most enjoyable. Our local caretaker/concierge couple are neighbours and friends; they help us manage the property and they live nearby. They are very knowledgeable about the area and will ensure you don't miss a thing.

We're sure you'll love Casa Luna Del Sol and your Costa Rican experience as much as we did the first time we visited the Samara region!

Come and experience la PURA VIDA at Casa Luna Del Sol!

Owner

Jay Lefebvre

Member Since 2015
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within one hour
Speaks:
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Jay Lefebvre

Our family lives in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. After a trip to Costa Rica, we felled in love with Samara, its luxurious vegetation and the local people (and monkeys and iguanas!). A few short months later, they purchased their private hilltop Villa in Samara and proceeded to update it with modern amenities, even adding a 2nd story. It is now a beautiful family 'tropical villa' jungalow and they are so very happy to share it with you. "Nous parlons Français". "We speak English".

Jay Lefebvre purchased this Villa in 2012

Why Jay Lefebvre chose Sámara

Set in a private hilltop development of only 12 exclusive villas (Proyecto Loma Verde), Casa Luna Del Sol is truly exclusive, yet so close to the beautiful town and beaches of Samara. Samara's beach town provides a charming balance of a typical Costa Rican atmosphere with the locals. From one end to the other, its enormous beach stretches some 3 miles (5 km), and a number of unique beaches are found nearby. To the north lies the gorgeous Playa Barigones and to the south sits Carillo and Punta Islita. We are very short walking distance to the gorgeous and unhabited Playa BuenaVista with it's breathtaking sunsets. There are plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy, including horseback riding, bike rentals, kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing tours.

What makes this Villa unique

Completely renovated with an additional story. Additional tropical landscaping and a true-charcoal BBQ grill, all new stainless steel appliances, plenty of top-quality linens and towels are just some of the perks of the private Villa... We love making our guests' stay enjoyable. :-) Welcome Home and PURA VIDA.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 2 (ground level)
        2 twin/ single, ceiling fan + night table + dresser
      • Bedroom 1 (ground level)
        1 queen, Beautiful room w/ ceiling fan, wall of dresser + safe
      • Master Bedroom (2nd level)
        1 queen, Huge Master suite occupies all the the 2nd floor. Half bath.
      • Each bedroom has new (2014) mattresses and top quality linens. All bedrooms equipped with ultra quiet ceiling fans. Master suite also has private 1/2 bath.

      Bathrooms

      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, On main floor w/ walk-in shower (Water-Pik) + glass blocks
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, Master suite private toilet + sink on 2nd floor
      • Bathroom 3
        outdoor shower, The outdoor nature shower is such a treat!
      • Tiled walk-in shower with glass-block wall and 5-ft long hardwood sink counter. Ensuite 1/2 bath in master bedroom on 2nd level. Also, additional outdoor nature shower.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Beautifully located on a tropical hilltop. 300° view!
        • Rural
          ...and still close to everything. :-)

          Theme

            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions

              Meals

                • Guests provide their own meals

                  General

                    • Clothes Dryer
                      As we are set hilltop, we use the private outdoor clothesline to naturally dry (within the hour!). Industrial dryers are available in town, but remember that weekly housekeeping is included. ;-)
                    • Garage
                      Indoor garage for 1 car with remote garage door opener
                    • Internet
                      Private large capacity Wi-Fi, easily accessed even while under the Rancho :-). Please note that wifi capacity in Samara can vary from time to time, and this is completely out of our control.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      All new bedding and top quality linens included. Top-quality mattresses in all bedrooms. Dish towel, beach towels and bath towels provided
                    • Living Room
                      Indoor living room + large 32" flatscreen TV and DVD player. (But we spend all our time under the outdoor palm rancho!) Bring your DVDs, external drives or Xbox to hook up. New cushions (2016).
                    • Parking
                      Indoor for 1 (w/ remote control). Exterior parking for 3
                    • Towels Provided
                      Many, many kitchen, pool/beach and bath towels are provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      New top-loading (2014) machine located in the separate Bodega (laundry room).

                      Kitchen

                        • Coffee Maker
                          Automatic Black&Decker OR Nespresso coffee (bring your capsules) + milk frother! :-)
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          for 8+. Plenty of mugs, glasses, plates and cuttlery. wine glasses and cold insulated drink mugs.
                        • Kitchen
                          New stainless steel appliances and glass cooktop, butcher block, tiled floor, loads of modern kitchen gadgets. Magic Bullet and Nespresso coffee machine. Inverse Osmosis water filtering. Dish towels.
                        • Microwave
                          Microwave Inverter
                        • Oven
                          Your choice of the microwave Inverter (*see microwave) OR large capacity Toaster oven (big enough for your pizzas).
                        • Pantry Items
                          Please use and replace as needed for the next guests to enjoy as well.
                        • Refrigerator
                          New stainless steel fridge+freezer
                        • Stove
                          Modern glass cooktop with many pots and pans for local or european dishes.
                        • Toaster
                          Brand new (2017) Toaster-oven (can cook a 12" pizza)

                          Dining

                            • Dining
                              All local hardwood furniture. Newly reupholstered chairs.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people

                              Entertainment

                                • Books
                                  Star gazing (enjoy our binoculars!), French books.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Bring your DVDs, external drives or Xbox to hook up. :-)
                                • Television
                                  32" flatscreen + DVD player. Bring your DVDs, external drives or Xbox to hook up.

                                  Outside

                                    • Bicycles
                                      Ask our caretaker about local bike rentals to explore Samara and region (but please remember we're located on a steep hilltop location!) ;-)
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Local Flagstone. 6 outdoor reclinable chairs + glass table + 2 rattan rocking chairs and coffee table + several hammocks under private palm rancho.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Palm Rancho 15'x25' with palm roof and outdoor dining table for 6.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      New floral landscaping (2015 and 2017). Mango and banana trees + 3 beautiful 'Cocos' (palm trees).
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Brand new (2016) charcoal BBQ grill - Mmmmmm !
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Snorkeling gear (Feb 2016) and inflatable cushions provided (in the garage)

                                      Suitability

                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          2 bedrooms are located on the ground level, as is the main bathroom. Please enquire.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Private Pool
                                              14' x 20'. 4 feet deep throughout with large steps for easy access. Chlorine filter. Not fenced, please take extra care. Weekly pool maintenance included; Don't be surprised if they pop by.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Concierge
                                                • Massage

                                                  Attractions

                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming

                                                                  Notes

                                                                    • Once you've reserved, you'll be invited to use the VRBO Hospitality App, which contains all the information and contact info to make your stay truly enjoyable. Our Caretaker will be able to assist you with special requests.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      19 Reviews

                                                                      Wonderful4.8/5

                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      It was better then in the photos

                                                                      Carlos S.

                                                                      My family and I stayed in this beautiful villa from the 7th to the 13th of april . Super clean nothing was missing compared to other place I visited in Costa Rica. We even had a bottle of wine and a six pack of beer waiting for us on our arrival.

                                                                      What a view and private place. It was a perfect place for us because we needed to relax after a very busy quarter in my business.

                                                                      What we liked the most was the sound of nature, the small monkeys, the racoons ,the iquana and coati ect. The private pool, the nice place to relax in the sun or in the shade under the rancho in the hammocks and since we were on the mountain we always had a cool breeze that we appreciated. The beaches nearby. We liked to go walk and eat on Samara beach where their is a lot of restaurants and activities.

                                                                      For sure we will come back to Casa Luna Del Sol but this time for a longer time.

                                                                      What a difference a year can make!

                                                                      Gail A.

                                                                      This was our second stay at Casa Luna Del Sol (formerly Casa Michele). My husband and I stayed at the villa in March of 2017. This year our adult children joined us for 7 days. We enjoyed watching the monkeys and birds and listening to the howler monkeys and splashing in the pool. But what a difference a year can make!

                                                                      Since I rely heavily on the reviews on HomeAway in choosing our vacation villas there are a few things I need to mention that have changed since our stay in March of 2017.

                                                                      Our favorite part of the day is waking up early, listening and watching for the monkeys and birds and enjoying my Costa Rican coffee. Unfortunately, for 7 out of the 10 days during our stay, we listened to continual construction noise starting at 6:00 am every morning except Sunday. (They start work early here due to the heat) The constant noise and beeping noise of the backhoe backing up was very, very annoying.

                                                                      We eventually had had to pack up and leave the beautiful surroundings of the villa and pool each day to escape the continuous noise. The noise drove us all insane! The reason for all the noise is at the bottom of the road they are clearing out an area of land where homes are eventually going to be developed. So please note the noise could continue to be an issue in the future.

                                                                      Also, there is a neighbor down the hill with at least four dogs which did alot of barking, which in turn would start other dogs in the area barking.

                                                                      Our stay last March was so peaceful and enjoyable. Although the noise is totally out of control of the owners, we just wanted to address the noise in the review since it greatly impacted our stay at Casa Luna Del Sol.

                                                                      Just as a side note, my husband and I stayed in the 2nd floor master suite. Our children slept in the first floor bedrooms. Just want to mention they informed us they could hear everything we said and every noise we made. Something you may want to consider if sharing the home with others.

                                                                      Please note it is extremely important to have a phone that works in Costa Rica in case you need to contact the caretakers in the case of an emergency. Our phone with an international plan did not work in contacting the caretakers.

                                                                      We also had several other minor issues that we had addressed separately with an email to the owner. Costa Rica is one of our favorite vacation destinations but with much disappointment our 10 day stay at Casa Luna Del Sol did not meet the same expectations as last year.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you for your comments. It is our pride to keep our villa at a high standard of satisfaction and be sure that your issues were taken care of.

                                                                      We know that you enjoyed a lot your first stay at Casa Luna Del Sol. Unfortunately on your second visit you were their at the same time the city decided to level two lots at the bottom of the mountain to put them on sale. I talked to our neigbours living nearby on the same side of the mountain and I can reassure you that everything is back the same way you loved on your first stay in Casa Luna Del Sol.

                                                                      Yours Truly Family Lefebvre

                                                                      Wonderful Place

                                                                      Sally B.

                                                                      We were lucky enough to spend the month of February in Casa Luna Del Sol. What a great place. The house is located at the end of short but very steep hill. This gives it incredible views, nighttime stargazing and a certain amount of privacy. This also makes the nights surprisingly pleasant. Not sure if it was the bed (we had the upstairs room) or the fresh air but we actually slept better than we have in years. That is until the howler monkeys often woke us up bright and early in the morning!

                                                                      Buena Vista beach is a short walk away. This was our favorite walking beach and is mostly deserted and beautiful. One year we even saw a turtle arrive to lay eggs. Samara Beach is a longer walk away (20 minutes) but an easy drive or bike ride. This is was our favorite lunch, dinner and lounging beach. There are lots of great restaurants in and around Samara. There are also numerous other interesting beaches up and down the coastline but all require a car and most, a four-wheel drive. If you are there for a while they are definitely worth visiting.

                                                                      The monkeys, birds, squirrels and iguanas were great viewing entertainment. Visits from the raccoons and coatis were also fun. The pool, which is perfectly situated to have sun and shade most of the day, was so refreshing. We loved the hammocks. I often have trouble getting comfortable in hammocks but not these --- they were so relaxing.

                                                                      The property managers (Scott and Linda) were also wonderful. They were quick to answer questions and also quite informative and interesting. They were there when we needed them without being intrusive. We also met the new owners who were quite kind in showing (actually driving) us to where the villa was located a month before our stay. Both the managers and owners were extremely responsive to emails and is with which to communicate. Always nice to interact with good people.

                                                                      If you really need real quick wifi then you will have to go to town although it is not always that good in town either. The wifi was fine for our vacation purposes. Although we relied on bikes and walking half the time, most people really do need a car. Hint: reserve with Alamo online before you arrive because if you go in person the rates are three times as much.

                                                                      At Casa Del Luna we felt secure and were so relaxed and content. Such a wonderful place. We are sure to return.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Wow! What a nice review, thank you so much! Our customers are very important to us. We will also have some news furnitures soon. We will be very happy to see you again.

                                                                      Superbe propriété dans la jungle et tout près de Samara

                                                                      Jean-François B.

                                                                      Nous avons séjourné dans cette maison du 1er au 6 mars 2018. La maison est superbement située en haut d’une colline qui surplombe la vallée à l’Ouest de Samara, a environ 5 minutes de route dépendamment des chevaux, vaches et chiens sauvages que l’on croise sur le route....Nos 3 enfants ont vraiment apprécié la belle piscine et les hamacs situés sur la terrasse, sur laquelle nous avons pris tous nos repas et admirer les étoiles et le clair de lune a tous les soirs. Les singes hurleurs, coatis, ratons laveurs et nombreux oiseaux nous ont visités tous les jours. La ventilation naturelle fonctionne très bien, car il y a toujours une petite brise qui se lève en fin de journée. Scott nous a procurer de bons conseils sur la région a notre arrivée et Linda a répondu rapidement à nos questions par courriel. Le seul hic c’est que tous les bruits de la jungle environnante et la clarté dès 5 heures du matin ne sont pas les meilleures conditions pour bien dormir, mais si vous êtes des amateurs de camping, ceci ne devrait pas trop vous affecter!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Nous sommes très heureux de savoir que votre séjour vous a été fort agréable. Merci pour vos bons commentaires. La satisfaction de nos clients est primordiale pour nous! Au plaisir de vous revoir 😊

                                                                      We loved our time at Cass Michele. It was the perfect place for our family of five. Peaceful!

                                                                      Amy B.

                                                                      We enjoyed and fully used the inside and outside spaces of Casa Michele. Most mornings we walked down Playa Buena Vista for an early morning beach Walk. Of course Buena Vista is also the best beach around for sunset. We cooked most of our own meals there to save money and the kitchen worked well. We used the pool more than we thought we would to cool off. We loved be so close to wildlife although we were startled by the howler monkeys the first morning. We highly recommend Cass Michele and both the owner and Scott are very helpful. Great trip. We hope to return.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      We are so happy that your time at Casa Michèle was such a great one! Buena Vista is also our very special spot., just a few minutes walk down from the villa. :)

                                                                      We’d love to have you as returning guests. Pura Vida!

                                                                      Great place, Quiet and well located

                                                                      Francis M.

                                                                      Our stay at Casa Michele was great. In the middle of the Jungle on the top of a mountain with an incredible view.

                                                                      Very quiet and private place, it has everything you need for a nice vacation.

                                                                      We had a great week in Costa Rica , Samara.

                                                                      Pura Vida ;)

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      We're so happy you and your family had such a relaxing time at Casa Michèle. The view IS spectacular throughout the year. We look forward to having you back as our guests. Pura Vida!

                                                                      Location

                                                                      Sámara, Costa Rica

                                                                      "One of the safest and prettiest beaches in the country is Playa Samara...." Lonely Planet - Destination Costa Rica: Off the Beaten Track "Playa Samara is the perfect long white sand beach with shallow, gentle waters." -The Key to Costa Rica Samara has a superb coral reef and its own picturesque wooded island in the bay ~ Isla Chora. It's popular with swimmers and windsurfers, and it's an ideal beach for your kids. Samara is not only a charming beach resort, with a wide choice of friendly and attractive hotels, restaurants, bars and discos, but, unlike other Pacific Ocean resorts, it is also a thriving fishing and farming community. There are fishing boats returning at sunset, exotic fruit harvests, specialty and organic farming, tree nurseries and reforestation projects and many other authentic and vital Sámara activities. There are unusual plant and animal species, ancient Indian sites, underwater caves and coastal and mountain nature trails. Guitar, Spanish, aerobic and dancing lessons and massages are available. And there is even a Sámara art gallery with its own resident artist.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Damage Deposit
                                                                      $509

                                                                      Rentals less than 7 nights will be charged additional housecleaning fees (C$80). Electricity fee of C$100/week will be added to your quote. Weekly housekeeper, groundskeeper, concierge, property manager and pool maintenance are included in all rentals. All top quality bed linens, kitchen towels, bath & beach towels provided. No pets allowed. No smoking, please. As Proyecto Loma Verde is a private and quiet community, we encourage local fauna and ask that children be supervised (especially around unfenced pool).

                                                                      $125avg/night
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