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Super-Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Panoramic Ocean Views

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Last updated: 09/12/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Samara villa description

This beautiful Samara Reefs villa has spectacular, panoramic views of the ocean, the everchanging off-shore reefs, and the tiny island of Isla Chora. It is located within easy walking distance to wonderful, sandy, Samara beach and is only a 5-minute drive to the town of Samara or to the pristine neighbouring beach called Playa Carrillo. Villa Mirador is equipped with everything you would expect to find in a high-end, luxury beach-house: each of its four spacious bedrooms has an ocean view, the 2 master bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, there is a private infinity-edge pool, a large ultra-modern gourmet kitchen, a large living room and dining room, a huge upper outdoor deck, an even larger lower pool deck, a butler's pantry, an on-site care-taker couple, a security gate, comfortable lounge chairs, a wonderful outdoor barbecue area/wet bar, beach towels, even beach chairs to take with you to the beach.
Villa Mirador is, in every way, a perfect “getaway”. There are no neighbors' cars in sight, no roads in sight, in fact, no other people other than the caretakers … just complete privacy and tranquility. At Villa Mirador, what you WILL hear is the soothing sound of ocean surf, the sounds of the many songbirds, and, from time to time, the hooting and howling of several families of monkeys (Mantled Howler Monkeys) - all from your lounge chair on your deck. It is easy to see why the house is called Villa Mirador; a “Mirador” in English is a viewpoint or a balcony.
Throughout the Samara Reefs acreage and lined along the interlocking brick driveway there are many beautiful, well-maintained gardens featuring a stunning variety of beautiful and deliciously-scented flowers and shrubs that are prized by florists: red ginger plants, Gardenia, Bougainvillea, the very exotic Bird-of-Paradise flower, and Frangipani, which is the flower found in Hawaiian leis. What differentiates Villa Mirador from the other 6 Samara Reefs houses is that it is located at the farthest end of the driveway from the gated entrance. And, because it is situated a bit lower on the hillside, its 'yard' is a beautiful green mature jungle canopy native to this dry tropical rainforest. The huge trees, which you can practically touch from the kitchen sundeck, add to the feeling of serenity and beauty. This piece of preserved jungle canopy, which stretches down hundreds of yards towards Samara beach, is something you would only expect to find 'off the beaten path'.
This house was designed by one of Costa Rica's top architects, Karin Nagel, who is a Lecturer at the International Center for Sustainable Development in San José, Costa Rica and who was trained as an architect at the University of London. This house, in every way, makes the most of this gorgeous natural setting. Everything about its design is well-thought-out and there is great flow from room to room. All 4 bedrooms are very large, each with a king size bed (or 2 singles if you prefer), spectacular ocean views and stunning rock floors. The gourmet kitchen is fully outfitted, with ultra-modern European cabinets, a granite sit-up bar/wet bar for four - it is, without question, THE entertainment hub. Extras include a walk-in air-conditioned pantry and a butler’s kitchen with even more granite workspace.
As a guest of Villa Mirador, we welcome you to enjoy the centerpiece of Samara Reefs – the stunning waterfall feature located next to Casa Colibri (vrbo 383817). Every day the waterfountain comes on at 11:00 a.m. Water flows down through a series of pools carved into a rocky riverbed called “Rio Corto”, then flows over a wall, down into a shallow jungle pool below. Inspired by the waterfall and Hotspring pools at Tabacon Resort in Lake Arenal, this setting is just spectacular. And sitting UNDER the waterfall is spectacular because for a brisk, refreshing shoulder massage, there is absolutely nothing like it. Behind the waterfall is a cool shaded grotto with a concrete built-in bench. This provides a hidden spot to sit and enjoy the wonderful vista of Isla Chora. This is definitely an interesting spot to seek out during the hotter hours of the day. There are many many activities available in Samara, something different to keep you busy and entertained every day: surfing lessons, boogie-boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, renting ATVs, bicycles, go for a guided nature hike with Samara Trails, go zip-lining with the wonderful guides from WingNuts Canopy Tours, all highly rated. Ask Brenda at the Samara Info Center for her recommendations and check out their website.
At Villa Mirador you’ll find everything you might need: bath, pool, and beach towels, Wi-Fi, a large TV, a selection of DVDs, even beach chairs that you are welcome to take to the beach with you. When you arrive at Samara Reefs gated entrance, you will be greeted by our Samara Reefs Administrator, Daniel Quiros. He will show you how everything works in the house: the telephone, the alarm system, the room safe, the pool controls, etc. If you need any assistance with anything to do with the house, the pool, or the remote-controlled security gate, he will be able to help you. His wife, Anna, is our trusted and valued Housekeeper - she will come to the house every 3 days. Anna and Daniel live on-site across from the water fountain feature and will be available throughout your stay, should you need assistance.
Villa Mirador is an easy 10-minute walk to the beach and a 5-minute drive to town. Because of its convenient location, a car is optional. A taxi ride from central Samara is just $5. Pick up some steaks and cook them at home in this barbecue-dream-location, hire our special in-house chef and enjoy delicious food served on Villa Mirador’s outside dining room, or eat in town from a choice of wonderful and varied restaurants in Samara and Carrillo. The hardest decision you might have all day is whether to have Italian food at Gusto Beach, mouth-watering Argentinian outdoor grilled entrees from the ultra-romantic El Lagarto, seafood pasta from the #1 local favourite, Casa Esmeralda, wood-grilled steak at El Colibri Steak House, Mexican, French, Mediterranean, sushi, French dining at the highly rated Samara Pacific Lodge, burgers at beach-front Vela Latina, traditional whole fried fish at beach-front El Ancla, or the wonderfully healthy creations at LuvBurger. A quick check with TripAdvisor shows even more - the choice boggles the mind.
In the town center you will find several very good grocery stores, a fresh and very well-stocked produce store called Dona Lechuga, 2 ATMs, the very helpful people at Samara Info Center, several bakeries, a few excellent beach-front surf schools, a scuba dive shop, great souvenir and clothing boutiques, unique jewelry stores, a large and very popular organic grocery store/café/Farmer’s Market, 2 pharmacies, a Medical center, two Dentists, a Fitness center, Spa, Massage, etc.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Minimum age 35...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king


              • Bedroom 3: 1 king


              • Bedroom 4: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

                If you prefer this bedroom can be made up with 2 single beds...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon


              • There are 4 bedroms, each with a king size bed. In one of the bedrooms, if you prefer, we can arrange to have two twin size beds. The downstairs bedroom has a desk and a sofa-bed. It can be folded down and would be large enough for either a short adult or a child....moreless

              Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                This home has all stainless steel appliances, plenty of dishes, glassware, serving dishes, coffee maker, blender, and toaster. There is a kitchen island which seats 4 and a dining room table which seats 8. ...moreless

              • Dining:

                There is a large dining table between the kitchen and the living room. There are 2 patio tables outside that can be used if you want to dine outside and enjoy the view....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                There kitchen is filled with beautiful dishes, a huge variety of glassware, a full set of pots and pans, and every kind of utensil you could want....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Fabulous Frigidaire Professional Series refrigerator with ice-maker on door....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                A large walk-in, air-conditioned pantry is located next to the kitchen....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Pots, pans, knives, and all cooking utensils provided....moreless

              • Stove:

                High end Frigidaire Stove and Oven...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                Frigidaire Professional Series...moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                Coffee maker in the kitchen...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Child's Highchair
              • Oven
              • Toaster
              • Ice Maker
              • Microwave
              • Seating for 6 people


              • Towels Provided:

                The house is stocked with bath towels as well as beach towels. Please only take the beach towels to the pool and the beach, not the bath towels. Thanks....moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                There is air-conditioning in all 4 bedrooms, operated by remote control. There are also celing fans in all the rooms....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                High Capacity, High Efficiency Washing Machine...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                High Capacity, Front Load Dryer...moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Covered Parking
              • Parking
              • Garage
              • Living Room
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • Entry is via a secure gate at the entrance opened by automatic gate openers. Our Administrator, Daniel Quiroz, and his wife, Anna, live in their house on-site and are available to help if assistance is required. Upon check-in, Daniel will meet you at the gate and give you an orientation of the house. If you need assistance with any feature of the house, he is happy to help. Anna is our housekeeper and will provide light housekeeping every few days. In the town of Samara is the Samara Information Center - basically a concierge service. Brenda and Christopher can help you (in English or Spanish) to rent a car, rent a cell phone, call a cab for you, arrange tours, make dinner reservations, etc! ...moreless


                  • Television:

                    Enjoy watching tv in the main living room - 2 leather couches for comfortable seating....moreless

                  • Music Library:

                    Handy iPOD station, just bring your iPOD to plug in....moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    Ask us for our list of DVD titles available....moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable


                  • Telephone:

                    The house does have a telephone. Dial 81 to phone out. Inexpensive cell phone rentals available from Samara Information Center....moreless

                  • Internet:

                    Excellent internet service. Reception very good as the receiving tower is not far away....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    The house has a wireless router. No code required....moreless

                  Pool & Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    In the center of Samara Reefs is a wonderful water feature shared with Casa Colibri vrbo 383817: a water fountain and waterfall. A large water fountain flows through several small pools then drops 10 feet into a jungle pool below. Sit underneath for a great shoulder massage! Or cool off in the shady grotto behind for a unique view of the off-shore reefs....moreless

                  • Private Pool:

                    Enjoy the spectacular panoramic ocean view from your own private, salt-water, infinity edge pool. Huge deck and lounge chairs makes it the perfect spot to relax....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Over by to the barbecue area, you find yourself looking right into the jungle canopy. It is a perfect place to experience the beautiful and incredibly peaceful nature of the Costa Rican jungle....moreless

                  • Balcony:

                    Off the living room is a HUGE balcony. The line that separates indoor living space and outdoor living space disappears when you open the 2 sliding glass doors. ...moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Kayaks are for rent both at Samara Beach & at rental shop at the foot of our road. They are very inexpensive and a great way to explore the sights off shore....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    Play 9 holes of golf at nearby Punta Islita, half an hour away (takes longer in rainy season). Excellent Pro....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    The pool deck area is huge! There is a panoramic view of the ocean, plenty of lounge chairs....moreless

                  • Lanai / Gazebo:

                    All the lower bedrooms open onto a private lanai. One has a garden view out to the side....moreless

                  • Bicycles:

                    Biclycles are available for rent in Samara. They are very inexpensive....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Surrounding the house are gorgeous gardens and green lawns....moreless


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    Villa Mirador is is built on a ridge overlooking Samara Beach. Other than the ocean and the beach, the only you will see is lush, undeveloped jungle and a thick canopy of beautiful green trees....moreless

                  • Beach View:

                    From both the pooldeck and the three upper bedrooms, you can see a huge stretch sand on beautiful Samara beach. There is more sand showing at low tide, less at high tide. You can hear the surf....moreless

                  • Ocean View:

                    Because you are on an elevated ridge, you get fabulous, panoramic ocean views. Directly in front you will see Samara's impressive offshore reefs and the small island of 'Isla Chora'. ...moreless


                  • Restaurants
                  • Kayaking
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Tennis
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Medical Services
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Surfing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Swimming
                  • Spelunking
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Laundromat
                  • Zoo
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Walking
                  • Boating
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing


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                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  American Thanksgiving
                  Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  Dec. 1-19
                  Dec 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                  6 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  Dec 20 - Dec 27, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  New Years Week
                  Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2015
                  7 night min stay

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


                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  Easter, 2015
                  Apr 1 - Apr 8, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  High Season, Spring 2015
                  Apr 9 - Apr 30, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  My Standard Rate
                  6 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                  • Taxes Included


                  Payment can be made by mailing a U.S. cashier's check to our bank or wire transfer

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

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

                  We require a $500 damage deposit which is 100% refundable. It will be reimbursed via a cashiers check.

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                  Last updated: 09/12/2014
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                  65 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Liberia International Airport
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Samara Beach(5 minutes) Carrillo Beach(5 minutes)
                  1.6 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Lavela Latina
                  30 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  9 Holes of Golf at Punta Islita
                  1.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Casa Esmeralda

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Zip-lining with top-rated WingNuts Canopy Tours is just 5 min away in the hillside behind Samara Reefs gated community. Playa Samara is perfect place for beginner surfers and there are several good surfing schools. Playa Carrillo, just a 5-minute drive away, has absolutely perfect waves for body surfing, boogie boarding, and the chest-high water is super-warm. Rent boogie boards for $2/day, bicycles, horses, ATV's or kayaks. Go ocean kayaking to the tiny island of Isla Chora. Go snorkelling or diving. Or take yoga classes on the beach. Now is the perfect time to experience flying in a gyrocopter. See the jungle from a bird's eye view with The Flying Crocodile. It's a very thrilling and worthwhile experience. Samara is close to 3 National Parks, including Barra Honda which is an amazing underground limestone cave millions of years old! Or go to Ostional - if you're lucky, you can see hundreds of Olive Ridley turtles laying their eggs ... or hatching. Go to an internationally recognized massage school or an excellent Spanish language school. Go deep-sea fishing for sailfish or marlin. Charter a small boat and see the fabulous tricks dolphins do in the wild. Animal lovers will want to see the amazing variety of animals being cared for at La Selva Animal Refuge & Zoo - now is your chance to observe up close a jaguarundi, kinkajou, anteater, talk to parrots, a toucan and check out some vampire bats! Golf 9 holes at Punta Islita and then have lunch (a real treat), take the Palo Verde river cruise, or take a guided hike through the jungle with a botanical guide. There is literally something different to do every day!


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2006

                  About the owner: My husband and I are from Vancouver, Canada. We fell in love with Samara and Carrillo when we visited in 1991. From then on, we started coming every year. Costa Rica is such a wonderful family-friendly and safe country that in 1995 we even brought our baby daughter, when she was only 6-months old. We started building in Samara Reefs in 2006 with our Canadian partners and enjoy sharing this piece of paradise with others. Because our children are school aged and we are limited to visiting during school holidays, we rent out Villa Mirador for the rest of the year.

                  Why the Owner Chose Samara:
                  This property is spectacular - because it's elevated a bit, it has gorgeous panoramic views of the ocean, Samara Beach, and a dense green canopy below. It sits at the edge of a wonderful jungle. Secondly, it is located very close to the wonderful town of Samara and its amenities: close to restaurants, supermarkets, etc. and a 10 minute walk distance to the beach. The gorgeous views and fresh breezes are fabulous. From the pool deck or the house deck above, you see all a green canopy all around. When you stand at the barbecue area, it feels like you can reach out and touch the trees. You're that close. Local families of monkeys come to the trees around you almost every day. Playa Samara is truly one of the most beautiful, picturesque beaches in Costa Rica. It is also one of the safest for swimming and surfing and the town is extremely family-friendly. Playa Samara and Carrillo have both been awarded BLUE FLAGS, indicating that they have achieved the highest rating for cleanliness and sanitation standards. The town of Samara is also very nice - it is a funky, friendly village. Big enough so there are plenty of choices for shopping, restaurants, and great activities. But it is very much a small town no all-inclusives, no vendors selling trinkets, and no gimmicks. Just great people, a great environment, a great climate, lots to do, and a very relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                  With this house, you get amazing privacy. The saltwater infinity edge pool is completely private and such a treat, especially having the jungle practically at your doorstep. At the same time, it is a part of Samara Reefs - a gated community with an on-site Administrator and Housekeeper who are long-time, trusted employees. Plus, it is an easy walk to the beach - 10 minutes from the house. From your own deck, monkey-viewing and bird-watching are fantastic, you don't even have to leave the property.

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                  • Huge lower deck

                    Huge lower deck

                  • Front door

                    Front door

                  • Huge covered upper deck.

                    Huge covered upper deck.

                  • View of Isla Chora

                    View of Isla Chora

                  • upper master bedroom en-suite bathroom

                    upper master bedroom en-suite bathroom

                  • The lower master bedroom en-suite bathroom.

                    The lower master bedroom en-suite bathroom.

                  • Lower level bathroom.

                    Lower level bathroom.

                  • Overview of the houses at Samara Reefs

                    Overview of the houses at Samara Reefs

                  • The kitchen has everything you might need.

                    The kitchen has everything you might need.

                  • Ultra-modern kitchen

                    Ultra-modern kitchen

                  • Upper master bedroom

                    Upper master bedroom

                  • Lower master bedroom

                    Lower master bedroom

                  • Bedroom #3, lower floor

                    Bedroom #3, lower floor

                  • The security gate to the the 8 houses in  Samara Reefs.

                    The security gate to the the 8 houses in Samara Reefs.

                  • Villa Mirador and the other Samara Reefs houses from Samara beach.

                    Villa Mirador and the other Samara Reefs houses from Samara beach.

                  • Villa Mirador is at the end of Samara Reefs' driveway.

                    Villa Mirador is at the end of Samara Reefs' driveway.

                  VRBO #393786

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                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Friday, September 12, 2014

                  $400 - $571 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 9

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