Super-Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Panoramic Ocean Views
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- Minimum stay:5-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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.
- 5000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Private Chef
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- 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
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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
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
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Covered Parking
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Coffee Maker:
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- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
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
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- Lanai / Gazebo:
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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
Pool / Spa
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
- Housekeeper Included
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 21 - Nov 30, 2014
5 night min stay
Dec 1 - Dec 19, 2014
6 night min stay
Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Day & New Year's Eve
Dec 24 - Jan 2, 2015
7 night min stay
Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
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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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!
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 - 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's location is truly spectacular - not only does it have gorgeous panoramic ocean and beach views, views of the dense green canopy and jungle but it is within walking distance of the wonderful town of Samara. It is an easy 10 minute walk to the beach, and 5 minutes more to beach-front restaurants and excellent grocery stores. Perhaps most importantly, because the house is on an elevated ridge with a forested hillside behind it, it gets both on-shore and off-shore breezes, keeping temperatures a few degrees cooler than in town. The airflow is awesome. It is close to town but not TOO close to town. Being on an elevated hillside, you can enjoy watching flocks of parakeets flying around the trees behind you. From the sunset deck overtop of the carport, you can watch families of monkeys swinging in the nearby trees and watch the sun as it sinks below the horizon. Samara has amazing sunsets. From the pool deck, you can soak up stunning ocean views and cool breezes. In the evenings, when you stand at the barbecue area, it feels like you can reach out and touch the trees. You're that close. Playa Samara is one of the most beautiful, safest and cleanest, beaches in Costa Rica. The protective reefs in the horse-shoe bays ensure safe swimming with no undertow. The waves are large enough for beginner surfers and the town is extremely family-friendly and relaxed. In terms of cleanliness, both Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo have been awarded BLUE FLAGS, having achieved, and maintained, the highest rating for cleanliness and sanitation standards. The town of Samara is funky and friendly - it is big enough to have tons of choices in terms of restaurants, grocery stores, great activities, and every amenity you could want. But it is very much a small town: no all-inclusive hotels, no chain hotels, 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:
Besides the views and the green surroundings, the house has a saltwater infinity edge pool which is completely private. Samara Reefs is a secure gated community with a full-time on-site Administrator and Housekeeper (Daniel and Anna) who are long-time, trusted employees. This house is not a 'rental' property. It has been furnished carefully and lovingly by our family and it has everything YOUR family needs to enjoy their stay: fully stocked gourmet kitchen, walk-in air-conditioned pantry for the storage of all your food supplies, a full-time gardener, 3 super-comfy lounge chairs, 2 hammocks, 2 outdoor showers for your convenience, a huge supply of beach towels, a super high-end barbecue kitchen, a separate air-conditioned media room, a fully equipped laundry room, every kitchen tool, gadget you could want ... a high-quality blender, a citrus juicer, herbs in the garden, an outdoor washroom, a yoga mat, as well as high quality linens and towels in the bedrooms and bathrooms.
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Huge lower deck
Huge covered upper deck.
View of Isla Chora
upper master bedroom en-suite bathroom
The lower master bedroom en-suite bathroom.
Lower level bathroom.
Overview of the houses at Samara Reefs
The kitchen has everything you might need.
Upper master bedroom
Lower master bedroom
Bedroom #3, lower floor
The security gate to the the 8 houses in Samara Reefs.
Villa Mirador and the other Samara Reefs houses from Samara beach.
Villa Mirador is at the end of Samara Reefs' driveway.
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