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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 15 nights


About the property

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

** New ** 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 Michele 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 Michele (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) to ensure optimal comfort yet as close to nature as possible.

The kitchen is very well equipped with all new appliances, including a Butcher block and a water purifying system (inverse osmosis) in the Bodega for your carefree enjoyment. Includes stainless steel fridge/freezer/dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, gourmet glass top cooking, 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 remote door

Alarm system w/ remote

As we are located on a private 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, *even while under the palm Rancho*, as you watch the monkeys playing in the surrounding trees, or imitate a lazy iguana sunbathing nearby.

Though Casa Michele is set on a hilltop lot 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. The 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 Michele.

Many inclusions in our rental fee : bed linens, kitchen towels, many pool and bath towels, even a new charcoal BBQ grill for the best grilled dinners. The weekly housecleaning, 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 Michele 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 Michèle!

More Details

Caroline De Guire
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Caroline De Guire

Michèle and André live in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. They've been married for over 50 years. After a trip to Costa Rica, they fell in love with Sàmara, 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".

Caroline De Guire purchased this villa in 2012

Why Caroline De Guire chose Guanacaste

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.

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 in 2014. New to the rental market (Dec 2015). Additional tropical landscaping and a true-charcoal BBQ grill, reupholstered dining room chairs and new cushions in the family room are just some of the latest additions made in 2016... We love making our guests' stay enjoyable.


Sámara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom (2nd level) - 1 queen , Huge Master suite occupies all the the 2nd floor. Half bath
    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
  • All new (2014) mattresses and top quality linens. All bedrooms equipped with ultra quiet ceiling fans. Master suite also has private 1/2 bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • 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
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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Private Hilltop 2-story Villa with Pool & Wi-Fi. Sleeps 6. Stunning Jungle View
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Quiet escape from hectic schedule.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa Michele was great. The pool view is exactly as seen in the photo. So glad we had the pool given the extremely hot weather during our stay (and the hammocks provided great afternoon naps!). The privacy the location provides is wonderful and it is peaceful. We were able to watch families of howler monkeys pass by the house through the adjacent trees a couple of nights. We also experienced their "communications" in early am a couple of mornings (glad we knew what the sound was before we heard them!). Enjoyed watching the wildlife in general (coatie coming for a drink in the pool, racoon, iguana, squirrel). The town of Samara is what we were looking for; not too touristy, smaller, friendly and helpful people. Our favorite restaurant was "Mama Gui" (Italian cuisine). We did a dolphin tour and were amazed at the number of dolphins we saw. Also did the McCaw and kayak river tour which were both good. The tour guides were very personable and pleasant. We were very happy with our stay and would recommend Casa Michele for anyone looking for a great getaway.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Samara and at Casa Michele. We loved the Samara area and the great restaraunts. We loved Playa Samara and Playa Carilla and exploring the area. The listing

talks about Playa Buenavista and I was excited about having a beach so close. However when we walked to the beach and saw the warning sign for crocodiles in the estuary we decided to pass. We loved hearing the howler monkeys each morning and looking up at the stars at night. We also enjoyed our time by the pool and laying in the hammocks. I will mention that during our stay the internet connection was poor/nonexistent and most days we could not connect with our children back home before leaving for the day. The internet never worked outside. The listing stated there was a local Costa Rica cell phone available for the guests which I would have been more comfortable with considering the internet issues in case you needed to contact the caretakers.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're happy you enjoyed you stay in the lovely Samara region! The nearby BuenaVista beach does have spectacular sunsets and is a great spot to walk to. We have been in contact with out local internet providers to check with the unfortunate internet issues you encountered during your stay and they have since been resolved; We've actually doubled up the line. Scott & Linda, our friendly local anglophone caretakers, are always willing and able to gladly help with any issues. All local beach restaurants have free internet, so all our guests are never without resources for contacts. Our main priority: Your enjoyment of the Pura Vida while at Casa Michèle! Merci d'avoir été des nôtres.
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible vacation at Casa Michele (me, my husband, and our 6 and 8 year old boys). The pool was absolutely gorgeous and well-maintained, and the hammocks are unbelievably comfortable. The views are stunning, the house is well-equipped and beautiful- we want to come back next year! The beaches in the area are lovely and perfect for swimming and surfing. The wildlife around the house is awesome- coatis, howler monkeys, raccoons and iguanas. If you're traveling with kids, you might want to show them a video of what a howler monkey looks like and how such a cute and harmless animal can make such a big noise- our kids were a little bit scared by the noise at first and then entertained once they figured it out. :) Thank you a million times for sharing your slice of paradise with us- I wish we could have stayed for a month instead of a week!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that your family enjoyed Casa Michèle. The pool area is indeed a great place to spend lazy afternoons... And I totally understand your appreciation for those awesome hammocks; we love them as well! We hope to see you soon and your family again at Casa Michèle! Pura Vida.
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Pool and View were Amazing!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here almost a week, after being in Tamarindo. We much preferred the quiet, laid back vibe of Samara. Tamarindo was OK, but more expensive and always windy with rocky swimming areas. As for our stay at Casa Michele, we were really happy with it, but we really missed A/C. It gets so hot and by 10 am you don't want to be in the house if you don't have to. Sleeping was difficult in this heat.. But we aren't used to it, coming from Canada. The pizotes and money's were entertaining, aside from the monkeys howling at 5 am every morning.... But it is their territory after all!! Short drive into town, too far to walk if you don't deal with heat well. Thanks for the hospitality to the owners and property manager!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Casa Michèle is indeed a special Villa with loads of extras and with an amazing view; We are so very happy to see that you truly enjoyed the Pura Vida. It's so easy to spend lazy hours on the terrasse and under the rancho just gazing out into the lush tropical surrounding and soaking in sun, pool and fun. We're so happy your family enjoyed Casa Michèle! Our Loma Verde private community goes the extra length to protect the local wildlife so you may enjoy them up close. Thank you for sharing your experience and travel tips with us; I'm sure it'll be helpful to all!
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  • 5 of 5

What an amazing view! We loved everything about Casa Michele. We stayed in four VRBOs during our 4 week vacation in Costa Rica and Casa Michele was one of our favourites. Our kids, 9 and 13, were entertained by the coaties. At one point there were 10 that visited us!! The howler monkies were awesome..though a bit loud in the morning. We had to go purchase ear plugs because they start at 0530 hrs.

Casa Michele is in easy driving distance of Playa Samara though our fave beach was Playa Carrillo. My husband went surfing with a local to Playa Camaronal. We made use of the Samara Information Centre.

Our fave thing to do in the morning was to go to Monkey's bakery for fresh fruit pastries. They were so yummy. The pool at Casa Michele was a needed in the afternoon. We also went for a couple of night swims under the stars. So much fun.

Even though I was worried about no AC, the fans were fine. The wind would come right through the house because you are on top of the hill.

THANK YOU so much for letting us use your beautiful refuge. Should we come back to Samara...we will book Casa Michele!!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Janis & Family, My family is so happy that you all enjoyed your stay so much at Casa Michèle; it's such a fantastic villa. I agree with you: All the local beaches are absolutely beautiful and deserve to be visited. Playa Carrillo is one of my favorite (along with nearby BuenaVista Beach for its spectacular sunsets!). Also, I'm glad you found the villa to be so comfortable, with the natural breezes flowing freely through the house. You and your family are welcomed back anytime in our special refuge. :-)
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Our stay at Villa Michelle was perfect

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the villa -everything was beyond what we expected. The location, the beauty of the surroundings, the howler monkeys, the birds, the villa.... We loved every minute and will return:)


  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara & Family, We are very happy that Casa Michèle exceeded your expectations. We do try to add "all those little extras" to make your vacation a beautiful and memorable one. We are looking forward to having you back in Samara. Pura Vida!
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Nearest Airport
106 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
BuenaVista (500m/9min walk ) & Samara (5min drive)
Car: necessary

"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

Sámara Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
*Spring Special*
Apr 27 2017 - May 25 2017
14 night minimum stay
Summer / Été 2017
May 27 2017 - Sep 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2017 - May 11 2018
5 night minimum stay
Xmas 2017/NewYear 2018
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 6 2018
15 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $475.67
Electricity (per week) $73.18

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. No pets allowed. As Proyecto Loma Verde is a private and quiet community, we ask that children be supervised, especially around unfenced pool.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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