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Breath-Taking Ocean and Mountain Views, 5 Bedroom Luxury Home

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Last updated: 10/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Samara villa description

Casa Colibri is one of 7 high-end luxury beach houses in the beautiful Samara Reefs development. Located within easy walking distance of Samara Beach, Casa Colibri is located just 5 minutes from Samara's town center, and is an 8 minute drive to Playa Carrillo, considered by many (including the Lonely Planet) to be Costa Rica's most beautiful and unspoiled beach. Casa Colibri was designed and built by Karin Nagel, one of San Jose's top architects. It is one of four of the Samara Reefs homes owned by Canadians, specifically as a luxurious winter escape from rainy Vancouver winters. When we ourselves cannot be there we are happy to share what we consider to be 'our piece of paradise' with other families.

At over 5,000 sq. ft., Casa Colibri has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and is the largest house in Samara Reefs. Its central position gives it amazing, panoramic ocean and beach views as well as a great view onto the beautiful waterfall feature beside it. The beach house has been designed with comfort, elegance, and entertaining in mind. Designer Julietta Jurado's emphasis on elegance and design is found in every aspect of the house. Everything you need for a fabulous luxury experience is here: an outdoor dining room, a large bright gourmet kitchen, a separate air-conditioned media room, and ocean views from practically every room. There is a fabulous outdoor kitchen/barbecue area, and a 40-foot infinity-edge swimming pool. One of the best features of the house is how rooms flow seamlessly from one to another: from the living room to the kitchen to the outdoor dining room to the pool deck. From every room in the house, you are met with stunning ocean and jungle views. The kitchen, has three huge windows that capture a view of the ocean in front and the gardens to both sides. In the open concept living room, two extra-wide patio doors fold out of the way, doubling the living space and connecting the indoors with the outdoor pool deck. These doors open up a natural breezeway, making the interiors extremely fresh and comfortable. The large outdoor deck is equipped with lounge chairs, 2 shady hammocks, a 40-foot-long infinity-edge pool, and the covered outdoor barbecue kitchen doubles as a wet bar. Surrounding the beach house are mature trees and beautiful tropical gardens with a huge variety of exotic flowers that attract birds including hummingbirds, a variety of colourful birds, and butterflies. Whether you are inside the house, or out, you will find yourself utterly captivated by the stunningly beautiful panoramic ocean views, the shoreline of Samara beach, the small island of Isla Chora, and the protective reefs that appear and disappear with the tide. Windows from each room give you a bird's eye view into the surrounding hillsides where you can watch flocks of parakeets, families of monkeys swinging through the trees, people kayaking out to the deserted island, or fishing boats headed out to sea.

With the main living area located at pool level, most of your time will be spent there. Two bedrooms are tucked away on this level and three are upstairs. There will be no fighting over who gets the best bedroom view, however, because all 5 bedrooms have very large windows that have panoramic ocean views of Samara beach, the island of Isla Chora, and the offshore reefs. Throughout the house, earthy colors and natural materials create a very comfortable, relaxed feeling, while architectural features like the open spiral staircase and teh hanging bridge upstairs make it super-modern and sophisticated. Vaulted ceilings (which in some places are 30-feet-high) and floor-to-ceiling windows give the house a bright, open feeling. Though spacious, there are throughout the house and property, plenty of quiet nooks in which to escape with a good book. There are two peaceful hammocks, a rooftop deck, and the waterfall area, but the seat you might enjoy the most is in the comfy outdoor dining room. Located conveniently between the kitchen and the pool, it is possible to lounge many hours in these comfy chairs, go do some tanning on the loungechairs at the pool, and then have an afternoon nap in one of the inviting hammocks. Total relaxation is HERE.

We prefer to keep insects OUT so throughout the house are very-high-end doors that are well-sealed, as well as high-end windows with screens in every bedroom. While none of the houses in Samara Reefs have central air-conditioning, Casa Colibri has air-conditioners in each of the bedrooms plus the private media room and ceiling fans throughout the house. These, along with the fresh ocean breezes, provide constant air-circulation, which actually helps to keep the house a few degrees cooler than temperatures at beach level.

The most opulent bedroom is the grand master bedroom upstairs. It is very large and takes up 1/3 of the top floor. It has a king-size bed, solid almond-wood floors, remote control air-conditioning, a Tommy Bahamas ceiling fan, reading lamps, a large ocean-front deck with deck furniture, lots of storage and closet space, and a very beautiful and very large en-suite bathroom. From your bed, you can enjoy panoramic ocean views. Open up the sliding glass doors and enjoy the view from your large sun-deck. It is definitely our favourite spot for enjoying our morning coffee and waking up to the sounds of monkeys and birds.

Because of its fabulous southern exposure, from this house you can see both the sunrise at 6 am AND the sunset at 6 pm. From the en-suite bathroom, you can you can enjoy 3 different and very beautiful viewpoints. The ensuite has a large vanity with two beautiful sinks made of carved rock, Kohler faucets, a large glassed-in stone shower, with a garden view, and a full soaker bath tub which looks out into the hillside beyond. Features like frosted glass doors and a Juliette balcony make this bedroom over-the-top gorgeous.

The gourmet kitchen is fully outfitted and would meet even a high-end chef's expectations. It is extremely well laid-out, centrally located, bright, and inviting. It has high-end stainless steel appliances, a large granite kitchen island, a 6-burner gas stove, and a 4-person sit-up breakfast bar. Its huge granite countertops make cooking and meal preparation easy. A unique feature is the kitchen's large walk-in, air-conditioned pantry. This is an extremely handy place for storing dry goods, wine, beer, bread, and fruit. The kitchen is spacious enough to accommodate several chefs and is laid-out so well that no one bumps into anyone else. With ocean-view windows on three sides, the kitchen is very enjoyable to work in and its central location makes it the 'hub'.

Casa Colibri has a top-of-the-line Canadian-made Vermont Castings barbecue and a covered kitchen area right next to the pool. The granite counters and built-in sink make it a great wet-bar. You can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and the ocean view, all while grilling delicious gourmet creations.

To make the most of the view, the front of the house consists mainly of large windows. The window next to the winding staircase is two storeys high, allowing you to see from one end of Samara Beach practically to the other. On the back side of the house, the view of the dense green hillside is equally spectacular. The green canopies are lush and cover many, many acres. A large portion of this land is owned by WingNuts Canopy Tours and has been ecologically preserved. What you see is not unlike the densely forested areas in areas that are much more remote than this. This wilderness is a natural habitat for many species. It is a wonderful area to explore, whether you plan to try out WingNuts zip-lines and platforms or go hiking with Alvarro, of Samara Trails. Both tours are guided by very friendly and knowledgeable local experts.

In terms of distance from the beach, Casa Colibri is an easy 10-minute walk to Samara beach. Surf shops and a variety of good beach-front restaurants are just a few minutes further along. The walk is not strenuous at all; just walk down our paved road for about 600 meters, cross the street, and then walk 100 meters along a wide, shaded path, and you are at the entrance to the beach! Walk westly for another few minutes and you will be at the center of town, close to banks, the very helpful people at the Samara Info Center, grocery stores, etc. A cab back home will cost you $5.

A unique feature of Casa Colibri is its Rooftop deck - one of the area's best spots to watch fabulous sunsets and see the sun as it sinks below the horizon. With the sunset behind the perfectly situated palm trees, you have the perfect vacation photo. Our built-in concrete furniture is surprisingly comfortable.

If you are looking for a quiet spot indoors, the media room offers a pleasant change. It is a separate room located just off the living room, with remote-controlled air-conditioning, beautiful leather sofas, a ceiling fan, a TV, a DVD player, plenty of DVD's, and a sliding glass door that opens onto a small waterfountain feature. Because the media room has its own door, it is relatively sound-proof, offering a great space for kids.

Another unique feature enjoyed by Casa Colibri is the large and beautiful waterfall feature next door. The water flows through a 'river', through several small pools, then cascades over the edge into a shallow 'jungle pool' below. Surrounded by beautiful tropical shrubs, banana plants, tall grasses, and exotic palm trees, it is very serene. Sit behind in the grotto to get very cool or sit under the cascading water for an invigorating shoulder massage.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Concierge
          • Private Chef
          • Staff

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Not Suitable For Children:

            Because of the many potential hazards, children under the age of 8 are not permitted....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Executive Office

            Large office next to master bedroom, ocean view, deck...moreless

          • 3rd Upstairs Bedroom: 1 queen

            This bedroom shares a bathroom with the Kingsize Room....moreless

          • 2nd Upstairs Bedroom: 1 king

            This bedroom shares a bathroom with the Queen-size room....moreless

          • Downstairs Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

            This downstairs bedroom has its bathroom across the hall...moreless

          • Grand Master Bedroom (located upstairs): 1 king

            Huge bedroom with ensuite bathroom & large ocean-front deck...moreless

          • Downstairs Master Bedroom: 1 queen

            En-suite bathroom. Glass doors open onto lanai and pool....moreless

          • There are 5 bedrooms in total, all with gorgeous ocean views of the beach, the off-shore reefs and the small island of Isla Chora. There are 2 king-size bedrooms, 2 queen-size bedrooms, plus 1 bedroom with two single beds. The two master bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, one is located upstairs and the other located downstairs. All bedrooms have remote control air-conditioning, premium linens, plenty of high-quality pillows, large closets with plenty of storage space, bedside tables and reading lamps, large windows with screens, quiet ceiling fans, attractive high-end furniture, solid wood floors, and high-end solid custom-designed doors....moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub

            This is the Master en-suite; it is large and luxurious....moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            Natural rock, glassed-in shower, high end Kohler fixtures...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

            Natural rock tilework, glassed-in shower, Kohler fixtures...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

            Natural rockwork, glassed-in shower, Kohler fixtures...moreless

          • Bathroom 5: toilet, outdoor shower

            This pool-side washroom is very convenient....moreless

          • There are 4 bathrooms, plus one located outdoors for pool-users. Only one of our bathrooms has a bathtub, the other 3 have large glassed-in showers. In each bathroom there are high-end shower fixtures and designer sinks. The house is stocked with plenty of cotton hand, face and bath towels, bath mats, and soap dispensers in each of the showers, and a supply of toilet paper. ...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Our Administrator, Daniel, will greet you at the security gate upon arrival, give you house keys, gate keys, walk you through the house and show you the security system, the room safe, the office where the router is kept, the air-conditioners, etc. He will be on-hand to help if you need assistance with anything to do with the house or pool. Anna, our Housekeeper, will come to the house every 2 days (sweeping and cleaning bathrooms). Ask Mary-Ellen if you have ANY questions about ANYTHING....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                Our library contains a large variety of books, including a variety of novels, bestsellers, guide books on Costa Rica, a flora and fauna guide and a stargazing guide....moreless

              • DVD Player:

                The media room has a DVD player. The room is off the living room and is quite sound-proof. It has a ceiling fan and remote control air-conditioning....moreless

              • Games:

                Assortment of games in cabinet beside media room (scrabble, crib board, etc.)...moreless

              • Music Library:

                IPOD docking station - bring your Ipod and plug it in....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                TV has cable....moreless

              • Stereo:

                Bring your iPod and plug it into our portable stereo system....moreless

              • Television:

                Sony Brava wall-mounted flatscreen TV...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Beside the DVD player is a drawer containing approx. 35 DVDS, including many kids titles. Many are new and unopened....moreless

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Restaurants
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beach View:

                From both the pooldeck and all 5 bedrooms, you can see the sand on Samara beach, the protective off-shore reefs, and the small island of Isla Chora....moreless

              • Mountain View:

                Out of the grand master bedroom and the ensuite bathroom, you can enjoy sweeping views of the lush jungle beyond, flocks of parakeets flying to their trees at night, and families of howler monkeys....moreless

              • Ocean View:

                Because of your position on an elevated ridge, you will get fabulous, panoramic ocean views....moreless

              • Water View

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Spelunking
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming

              Dining

              • Dining:

                The dining room is outdoors, and open on 2 sides. The table seats 8 - 10. The furniture is very high end, chairs are cushioned and very comfortable...moreless

              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 8 people

              General

              • Air Conditioning:

                There is NO central air-conditioning. There are air-conditioning units only in the bedrooms and in the the media room. In the kitchen there is an air-conditioned walk-in pantry....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Super Capacity, multiple settings for Delicates, Towels, etc. (Frigidaire Gallery Series)...moreless

              • Covered Parking:

                A covered carport is conveniently located a few steps from the front door. There is plenty of space for 2 SUV's....moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Internet:

                Internet with wireless router, excellent reception....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                All bed linens are of high quality, with a thread count of approx. 300 and made of premium cotton. An abundance of towels and beach towels are provided as well as beach mats and a beach umbrella....moreless

              • Living Room:

                Living room with 2 comfortable sofas and a round coffee table....moreless

              • Parking:

                Parking for 2 SUVs under covered carport....moreless

              • Telephone:

                There are 3 telephones for guest's use. Dial 81 for an outside line. The phone is connected to the intercom at the gate so you can let people in from any of the phones....moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Bath towels, kitchen towels, and beach towels are all provided....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Equipped with a Heavy-Duty Super- Capacity High-Efficiency washing machine and Extra Large Dryer for guest use. (Frigidaire Gallery Series)...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                A router is in the Executive office upstairs. A nearby cell tower ensures excellent service....moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                Excellent coffee maker conveniently located....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                The kitchen is loaded with gourmet cooking utensils: rotary parmesan grater, garlic press, wine opener, spatulas, carrot peelers, baking pans, BBQ skewers, oven mitts, baking trays, you name it....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Fully equipped with 12+ place settings, serving platters, Paderno cutlery, coffee mugs, glassware, stainless steel wine glasses, plastic cups for kids. Plenty of serving dishes, appetizer dishes. ...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                The Frigidaire Professional Series dishwasher works very well. Its location is super convenient as it located between the dining room table and the kitchen sink. Detergent provided....moreless

              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                This large gourmet kitchen is a wonderful feature - surrounded by windows, there are views in 3 different directions. If you like cooking & entertaining, you will love the high-end gas stove, the large granite counter tops & stainless steel appliances. The island has a handy breakfast bar. Also has a huge walk-in, air-conditioned pantry, great for storing food & beer...moreless

              • Microwave:

                Frigidaire Professional Series microwave oven located above the wall oven....moreless

              • Oven:

                Stainless steel Frigidaire Professional Series Convection wall oven with microwave on top....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Fully stocked with toaster, Oster blender, fruit juicer, salad spinner, Paderno pots and pans. Stocked with flour, sugar, coffee filters, garbage bags, spices, teas, cooking oils, condiments, jam....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                The refrigerator is a stainless steel Frigidaire Professional Series, with an ice cube maker on the door....moreless

              • Stove:

                High-end European brands: a 6-burner Lentz gas cooktop is situated on a centre island. Overhead is a Kupper exhaust fan....moreless

              • Toaster:

                Excellent toaster....moreless

              Outside

              • Balcony:

                Enjoy panoramic views from the huge balcony in the master bedroom. The view is so big that you can see both sunrises and sunsets. The bedroom also has a 'Juliette' balcony looking out towards the jungle canopy....moreless

              • Bicycles:

                Available for rent in town....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                The huge poolside deck is made of colourful native Costa Rican rock. It extends the full length of the property. There are 3 chaise lounges, 4 sling-back chairs and 2 hammocks, perfectly positioned outside the lower bedrooms....moreless

              • Gazebo:

                Casa Colibri has a Rooftop gazebo or 'sunset deck' accessed by a staircase leading from the carport. The Rooftop is the PERFECT spot to enjoy Samara's famous sunsets and cocktails....moreless

              • Golf:

                Golf 45 minutes away at Hotel Punta Islita....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Kayaks available for rent at bottom of driveway....moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                There is a small lanais located outside each of the lower bedrooms, accessible by patio doors which lead onto the pool deck....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Beside the pool is a large grassy area and a tropical garden area with lemon trees and a huge variety of exotic flowers. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Enjoy this huge, up-scale Canadian-made Vermont Castings gas grill. The area is covered and has overhead lighting. There is a granite counter top and sink. ...moreless

              • Tennis:

                Available for rent in town....moreless

              Pool / Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    Casa Colibri has its own private pool - 40+ feet long, salt-water, infinity edge, and incredible panoramic ocean views. It has a shallow toe-dipping area, in-pool seating, lights, and jets....moreless

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Green Season
                      Sep 1 - Nov 5, 2014
                      5 night min stay

                      $2,600
                      Thanksgiving
                      Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2014
                      5 night min stay

                      $3,000
                      flat fee
                      December 1-19
                      Dec 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                      6 night min stay
                      $400
                      $2,800

                      Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

                      Christmas Week
                      Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      $4,000
                      New Year's Week
                      Dec 29 - Jan 5, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $4,000
                      High Season
                      Jan 6 - Mar 31, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $3,300

                      Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

                      Easter
                      Apr 2 - Apr 7, 2015
                      6 night min stay

                      $3,000
                      flat fee
                      Low Season
                      Apr 9 - Jun 30, 2015
                      6 night min stay
                      $400
                      $2,800

                      Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

                      July & August
                      Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
                      6 night min stay
                      $440
                      $3,000
                      My Standard Rate
                      6 night min stay
                      $375
                      $2,900

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Taxes Included

                      Notes:

                      We do require a $500 Damage Deposit this is 100% refundable, provided there is no damage.

                      The rates are based on occupancy of 6. Over 6 people, there is a $150 charge per person per week.

                      Payment can be made by mailing us a U.S. bank draft (cashier's check).

                      A deposit of 50% confirms your reservation. The balance is due 30 days prior to check-in.

                      December rental balances are due 60 days prior to check-in.


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                      Calendar

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                      Location

                      • Vela Latina

                      • WingNuts Canopy Tours

                        "WingNuts Canopy Tours is a wonderful zip-lining adventure for all ages. The guides are fant..."

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                      • Samara Beach

                        "Center of town, 5-minute drive from Casa Colibri. "

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                      • Super Olas

                        "This is the main grocery store and has EVERYTHING you might need: dry goods, snack foods, co..."

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                      • Playa Carrillo

                        "One of the prettiest, quietest beaches in the world - white sand, palm-lined, great waves fo..."

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                      • Hacienda Punta Indio

                        "This is the original beach house of the Samara Reefs homeowners. It is vrbo 395744. It has..."

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                      64 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Liberia International Airport
                      1.6 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      La Vela Latina
                      52 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Golf at Playa Conchal, Papagayo
                      1.5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Casa Esmeralda
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Playa Samara - 5 mins. Playa Carrillo - 10 mins.

                      Car: Recommended

                      From Casa Colibri, worldclass ziplining canopies operated by the fabulous guides at WingNuts are just 10 minutes away. The two beaches, Samara and Carrillo, are a 5 minute drive away and have every activity you need to have the perfect vacation: perfect waves for body surfing, boogie boarding, and the chest-high water is great for beginner surfers. Professional waves are just 30 minutes away. Rent boogie boards for $2/day, bicycles, ride horses on the beach, rent some ATV's, kayaks, or paddleboards. Go ocean-kayaking to the tiny island of Isla Chora or kayak slowly through wide rivers, observing the natural jungle off the beaten path. Go snorkelling or diving and see a huge variety of sealife, including colourful fish, turtles, and even lobster. Or take a yoga class right on the beach. If flying in an ultraflight or a gyrocopter is on your bucket list, then the Flying Crocodile pilots are the perfect guides and now is the perfect time! Try something that scares you everyday! Explore some National Parks - Samara is close to 3 of them: Barra Honda (an amazing underground limestone cave that is millions of years old!) Not very far away is the beach called Playa Ostional where, if you're lucky, you can see hundreds of Olive Ridley turtles laying their eggs ... or depending on the season, hatching and racing out to sea. The 3rd National Park is Palo Verde River where you can take a leisurely river cruise -take your camera because it is a birder's paradise. You will feel like an Extra on National Geographic.

                      For another thrilling adventure, go deep-sea fishing for sailfish or marlin or charter a smaller boat and catch tuna and dorado for dinner. Or go dolphin-watching and see their fabulous tricks in their natural habitat. Animal lovers will want to check out the many exotic animals at La Selva Animal Refuge & Zoo - an amazing opportunity to watch up close animals including a jaguarundi, kinkajou, anteater, baby howler, a toucan, chatty parrots, and fascinating vampire bats! (Most of these animals are being rehabilitated for future release.) For stunning ocean views and a day of fun, golf 9 holes at one of the World's Best Boutique Hotels, Hotel Punta Islita, which is 45 minutes away. Be sure to stay for lunch and enjoy their amazing atmosphere. Get dirty and take ATVs off-road - go for it and drive through rivers! or take a guided hike through the jungle with a fascinating biologist with Samara Trails. Guaranteed, you will not run out of thrilling and thoroughly enjoyable activities, spectacular sights, and memories that will last a lifetime.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2008

                      About the owner: We are a family from Vancouver, Canada, (Tsawwassen, to be precise) with two school-age daughters. We have been coming to Costa Rica since 1992. Later, when we had children we brought them: our first daughter when she was 10 months old and our second daughter when she was only 3 months old. The four of us come at least twice a year and stay at Casa Colibri. During other times of the year, we rent the house to other familes. It gives us a great deal of satisfaction to be able to be able to share this paradise with other families. Our excellent caretakers, Daniel and Anna Quiros, help us do that by keeping the house well-maintained and incredibly clean. Also, our main partners, Tim and Isabel, live next door to Casa Colibri and are an incredible help. We co-own a second house, located 2 doors over, with Tim & Isabel. It is Villa Mirador (vrbo 393786) and is also looked after by Daniel and Anna. Our partnership also rents out our original 5-bedroom beach house, Hacienda Punta Indio (395744) which is located on the peninsula of land between Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo. It is one house on 60 private acres with an infinity edge pool and a 15 minute walk to the beach.

                      Why the Owner Chose Samara:
                      When my husband and I first visited Samara in 1992 we absolutely fell in love with the friendly little town and its fabulous beaches. Immediately we realized we wanted this tropical paradise to be a part of our lives forever. Not long after, we met fellow Canadian Tim Coates and his wife, Isabel Fuentes, in their San Jose geological firm, TC&A, and our dream came true. We became partners in their Samara/Carrillo property development called Punta Indio, a 60-acre property that separates Playa Samara from Playa Carrillo. Total serendipity! Together with our partners in 1995 we built a vacation house & infinity-edge pool on this property and called it Hacienda Punta Indio (vrbo 395744). It was the perfect spot and for many years our group vacationed there happily. Playa Carrillo and Playa Samara are 2 of the safest beaches in the country for swimming and both win awards for outstanding cleanliness standards. The town of Samara is very friendly; its amenities, activities, and size are perfect for families. The locals (who call themselves Ticos) are great people, friendly, positive, and happy. The beach, Playa Carrillo, is Costa Rica's national jewel - palm-lined, pristine and completely untouched by development. The Lonely Planet calls it THE PRETTIEST, MOST UNSPOILED BEACH IN ALL OF COSTA RICA. By 2006, our group had grown too large for the Hacienda so designed 7 houses on an elevated ridge closer to town - on land that had been an unproductive beanfield. It is now Samara Reefs. Truly an amazing location, it is a short drive to town, it has outstanding panoramic ocean views, and its position on this ridge ensures cool tropical breezes! When our managing partners, Tim & Isabel designed Samara Reefs, they went ALL OUT, perfecting the water system, septic system, road system, water-conservation system, and now, installing solar-panels. Samara Reefs surpasses all other developments on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We are very proud to share a piece of it with you.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                      The infinity-edge pool is 40+ feet long and, unlike most pools, it is mainly composed of salt-water so it doesn't have a detectible chlorine smell. Beside Casa Colibri is a huge waterfall feature which is absolutely incredible! Inspired by the hotsprings at Arenal, you can sit right in the river or under the cascading waterfall to get an invigorating massage! Or on a particularly hot day, hang out in the underground grotto behind the waterfall to cool off and take in the incredible view. A HUGE benefit of Casa Colibri is its wonderful caretakers. If you need assistance or help with the house, our Administrator, Daniel Quiros, and his wife Anna live across the street in their nearby casita. They are extremely helpful and will do everything they can to make your vacation even more enjoyable. Daniel has been called a God-send many times, once for tracking down a guests' lost luggage, another time for changing a guest's flat tire, and another for supplying a guest with fresh fish. Our guests love Anna and her delicious cooking. Guests rave about her ceviche and was called a godsend when she babysat their children so they could have a break. At Casa Colibri, you will enjoy a feeling of total luxury, the convenience of being close to town, AND the magical feeling that you are sitting at the edge of real JUNGLE. Each time you look out your bathroom window at the canopied hillside behind, you see a large acreage owned by WingNuts Canopy Tours. This natural habitat for wildlife is carefully preserved and home to many species of animals. You will see monkeys from the rooftop deck. You can observe monkeys swinging from tree to tree, see (and hear) flocks of parakeets coming home to roost, and enjoy the sounds of cicadas in the evening. Absolutely paradise. Please check All My Rental Listings below


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                      • The grand master bedroom has ocean views, a huge deck, and a gorgeous en-suite.

                        The grand master bedroom has ocean views, a huge deck, and a gorgeous en-suite.

                      • 3rd upstairs bdrm has a queen size bed, ocean view and A/C.

                        3rd upstairs bdrm has a queen size bed, ocean view and A/C.

                      • Front entrance of Casa Colibri, the carport, and the covered sunset deck.

                        Front entrance of Casa Colibri, the carport, and the covered sunset deck.

                      • Grab your wineglass, iPod, and enjoy the sunset!

                        Grab your wineglass, iPod, and enjoy the sunset!

                      • Front entrance & carport

                        Front entrance & carport

                      • 2nd upstairs bedroom has a king-size bed, ocean view and A/C

                        2nd upstairs bedroom has a king-size bed, ocean view and A/C

                      • The main floor master bedroom opens onto a lanai and pool deck.

                        The main floor master bedroom opens onto a lanai and pool deck.

                      • Handy shower at front door/carport area.

                        Handy shower at front door/carport area.

                      • From the gated entrance, it is a 7 minute walk to the beach.

                        From the gated entrance, it is a 7 minute walk to the beach.

                      • Casa Colibri's location within Samara Reefs

                        Casa Colibri's location within Samara Reefs

                      VRBO #383817

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                      This listing was first published here in 2011.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

                      $371 - $571 per night (USD)
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                      5 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

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                      Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
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                      Breath-taking Ocean and Mountain Views, 5 bedroom LUXURY home

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