Casa Colibri is a 5000 sq ft luxury house located within the Samara Reefs gated community. It is the largest of the 7 homes, is very private, and was designed with comfort, elegance, and entertaining in mind. With two full master bedroom suites and a total of 5 bedrooms, it is the perfect choice for an extended family or 3 couples looking for a spacious house close to town with a large pool, a large sundeck, and lots of room to relax. Each of the bedrooms have spectacular ocean views, there is a fully-outfitted gourmet kitchen, a 40-foot private saltwater swimming pool, an elegant outdoor dining room, and an over-the-top bbq grill/outdoor kitchen. The house is completely surrounded by gardens, mature trees that attract parakeets, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and other birds. Throughout the house, natural materials such as local rock, local hardwood, and bamboo accentuate the relaxed tropical ambiance. From the pool or from the front door, it is not unusual to spot troops of howler monkeys in the nearby trees or to hear the zipline whizzing in the hillside behind the house.
Built in 2008, Casa Colibri is one of 7 luxury houses in the Samara Reefs Gated Community in Samara. The houses are situated along a ridge 150 feet above sea level and overlook the horse-shoe shaped beach of Samara Beach. Behind the Samara Reefs development is a dense green jungle canopy - a protected forest filled with huge native trees you would expect to find in much more remote areas of the country. Because of its elevation and position, Casa Colibri receives both off-shore and on-shore breezes, which help to keep the house feeling fresh and cool. The location is unique - you have stunning ocean views plus the sunrises to the east, AND incredibly beautiful sunsets to the west.
Unlike other luxury developments in Samara or Nosara, Samara Reefs is accessed by paved roads the entire way. It is located within easy walking distance to Samara Beach and to the town-center of Samara. A car is not necessary, but handy. Grocery stores and restaurants are a 7-minute drive and walking the beach takes approx. 10 minutes. The town of Samara is funky, friendly, and has many excellent restaurants (including Locanda, Gusto's, and Mama Gui's), dozens of activities (such as surfing, diving, fishing, kayaking, zip-lining, hiking, ATV's, horseback riding, boogie boarding, etc), with great, and amenities including 2 banks, 4 grocery stores, souvenir shops, a dentist, a doctor, several tour companies, and the very helpful Samara Info Center - which is like having your own personal concierge.
Casa Colibri Features:
- 2 Master Bdrm Suites, each with a large ensuite bathroom
- 1 King size bedroom (upstairs)
- 1 Queen size bedroom (upstairs)
- 1 Guest bedroom with single bed (main level)
- Large gourmet kitchen with European gas cooktop, microwave, wall-oven, and refrigerator/freezer/ice-cube dispenser on door, completely outfitted.
- Awesome outdoor dining room with seating for 8
- Pool-side covered outdoor grill/kitchen
- Air conditioning in all the bedrooms plus tv room.
- A large TV room with a/c, comfortable leather sofa, sliding door opens onto shaded garden.
- Quiet overhead ceiling fans in all of the rooms in the house.
- The main living room has two comfy banana leaf sofas and a round coffee table.
- 4 bathrooms - one is outside by the pool
- A covered roof-top sunset deck
- 2 outdoor showers
- Your own laundry room with full size washer/dryer
-40-foot SALTWATER infinity edge pool, with jets, lights. Because it is salt-water, very little chlorine is used so there is almost no chlorine odor at all. you will notice that the doves like to drink out of the water, so there is very little chlorine in it.
Casa Colibri was built in 2008 by Architect Karin Nagel, and interior designer Julietta Jurado, -
- it is elegant, extremely functional, modern, and open. The vaulted ceilings and huge floor-to-ceiling windows add to the feeling of spaciousness. Throughout the house, soft colors and natural materials create a comfortable, relaxed feeling. Details like super-high quality windows and doors make the house extremely comfortable and the various ceiling fans and well-placed screened windows ensure maximum comfort. One of its best design features of the house is how the rooms flow seamlessly from one to another - this house has great flow! Large glass patio doors off the living room open up and connect all the main rooms into one large living space: the kitchen, dining room, and living room, the pool, and the pool deck.
The kitchen is the hub in this house. It is extremely well designed, has all-stainless steel appliances, and high quality wooden cabinets. Gourmet chefs will appreciate the gas stove, the large countertops, and the super-functional layout. It is bright and inviting, with windows on all sides and is large enough to accommodate multiple chefs. On the large kitchen island there is a high-end European 6-burner gas stove, two full length granite countertops, a wall-oven, microwave, and a 4-person sit-up bar. A unique feature of this house is the large walk-in pantry adjacent to the kitchen. This room is air-conditioned and humidity-controlled and is the perfect area to store wine, beer, fruit, vegetables, and dry goods.
The upstairs master bedroom is very large, taking up 1/3 of the top floor. It has a king-size bed, solid almond-wood floors, remote control A/C, a Tommy Bahamas ceiling fan, reading lamps, tons of storage and closet space, a very large bathroom, beautiful frosted glass doors, and a large ocean-front sundeck. You can open up the curtains and enjoy huge panoramic ocean views - right from your bed! The sundeck runs half the length of the top floor and, being on the 2nd floor, you get a spectacular view of the entire Samara Bay AND gorgeous sunrises.
The en-suite bathroom is very large. It has 3 windows from which you can enjoy 3 very different, very beautiful views. A large portion of the hillside to the northwest is owned by WingNuts Canopy Tours and is an ecological forest reserve.
Also accessing the sundeck is the Executive Office. Bring your computer and make yourself comfy. There is a desk, an office chair and it is a perfect, quiet place to catch up on emails. In the morning, this sundeck is our favourite place to enjoy that first cup of coffee. At that hour in the morning, the birds are singing and the place feels incredibly private, peaceful and intimate. The comfy chairs are perfect for relaxing in for catching the sunrise, with the pastel colors of the sky changing literally before your very eyes. Enjoy seeing the many varieties of songbirds flying around, the hummingbirds, and the sound of howler monkeys off in the distance. Throughout the day, you will see large flocks of parakeets (2:30 and 4:30 pm), butterflies, and every day, dozens of hummingbirds (colibris) dart in and out of the pink-flowered trees below. In front of you are layers: a dense canopy of trees, then sandy Samara Beach, and beyond that, the island called Isla Chora - this is the view that Samara is famous for.
Because Costa Rica is so close to the equator, the sun rises at 6 am and sets at 6 pm year-round. The temperature stays warm in the evenings; there is no need to pack a sweater. The barbecue grill, located at the edge of the sundeck overlooks the canopy below and is so perfect that it has inspired the phrase "Barbecue Envy" from recent guests.
The house has 2 pool-side hammocks, 3 lounge chairs, and is large enough so that, even with 8 people, quiet corners can be found to enjoy a book or have a nap. If someone wants to watch TV without disturbing others, there is a separate air-conditioned TV room.
Adjacent to the house is a unique feature - Samara Reef's amazing waterfall feature. Modeled after our favourite hotspring resort, Tabacon Resort in Arenal, there is a waterfountain with water flowing along a "river". The water falls down over a wall, cascading down into a "jungle pool" below. One of our favourite activities is sitting under this water and getting a great shoulder massage! It is exhilarating and ultra-relaxing. During the hottest hours of the day, do check out the shady grotto behind the waterfall. Note that the water comes on automatically each morning for only a few hours.
Another unique feature of the house is our "sunset deck". This is located on the rooftop of our carport. One day we realized how wonderful the sunset view was - and the views of the surrounding back hillside. So we built some seating and put a string of twinkling lights up. Now this area is one of our favorite evening spots where we regularly enjoy wine and appetizers. By day, it's a quiet spot to do yoga. It's also a great spot for watch troops of monkeys swinging in the jungle on the nearby hillside.
Another surprising feature of this house is the wonderful cross-breezes that flow through the house; off of the ocean, cool breezes flow into the house. At other times, the cool mountain air streams from the hillside behind flows through the front door, keeping the interiors cool and fresh.
But the absolute best feature of the house is the view. Whether you are inside the house, or out, you will find yourself utterly captivated by the stunningly beautiful panoramic ocean views, the rounded shoreline of Samara beach, the small island of Isla Chora, and the protective reefs that appear and disappear with the tide. From the bedroom windows you will have a bird's-eye-view into the surrounding hillsides watch, kayakers heading to Isla Chora, or fishing boats headed out to sea. It is truly a magical place.