Super-Private Luxury Villa Surrounded by Jungle Canopy & Panoramic Ocean Views
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- Minimum stay:6-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
Located in the beautiful Samara Reefs gated community, Villa Mirador offers luxurious accommodations in a super-private jungle setting. The minute you arrive at the house, you are met with a sense of luxury and spaciousness - then you are drawn into the HUGE stunning huge ocean view. The front wall of Mirador is all glass - two double-wide glass doors open up, bringing you face-to-face with the spectacular, panoramic view of Samara Beach, the rocky off-shore reefs, and the beautiful island of Isla Chora - the centerpiece of Playa Samara. Surrounding the house, are mature, green jungle canopies, beautiful trees that feel close enough to touch, and the sounds of birds and monkeys. This setting is simply gorgeous.
Inside Villa Mirador is everything you expect to find in a super high-end, luxury beach-house: vaulted ceilings, beautiful flooring, wonderful exotic hardwoods, floor-to-ceiling view windows, a large gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a wine-fridge, a butler's pantry, a walk-in air-conditioned pantry for food storage - every amenity you could wish for. Standing on the sundeck are stunning panoramic views, and below is a very private infinity edge swimming pool.
There is a large living room, indoor dining room, as well as a huge upper outdoor deck with outdoor dining tables. On the large pool deck there are comfy lounge chairs where you can soak up the sun. There is a beautiful barbecue/outdoor kitchen area, two outdoor showers, even beach chairs to take with you to the beach. There are four spacious bedrooms, each with an ocean view and a walkout onto the garden and pool grounds. In two of the bedrooms there are en-suite bathrooms.
Situated 125 feet above sea level, Villa Mirador is an easy 10-15 minute walk to wonderful, sandy, Playa Samara and only a 5-minute drive to the town-center of Samara. It is an 8 minute drive to the neighbouring beach of Playa Carrillo. Villa Mirador is, in every way, a perfect “getaway”. Located at the very end of the driveway in Samara Reefs, you will see no other cars, and no other people (other than the caretakers and neighbours in Samara Reefs) … just complete privacy and tranquility.
At Villa Mirador, what you WILL hear is the soothing sound of ocean surf, the sounds of various songbirds, and, from time to time, the hooting of several families of monkeys (Mantled Howler Monkeys) - many which are visible from your lounge chair on your deck or from their favourite trees, just outside the front door. “Mirador” means viewpoint or a look-out point. From this house, there are look-out points in all directions.
Throughout the Samara Reefs property and lined along the interlocking brick driveway are many beautiful, well-maintained gardens featuring a stunning variety of beautiful and deliciously-scented flowers and shrubs: red ginger plants, Gardenia, Bougainvillea, the very exotic Bird-of-Paradise flower, and Frangipani, even lemon-trees and a starfruit tree nearby. What sets Villa Mirador apart from the other 6 Samara Reefs houses is its very private location and proximity to the canopy. Because it is situated a bit lower on the hillside, you are eye-to-eye with the 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".
Villa Mirador was designed in 2007 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 Italian granite, European cabinets, a sit-up bar/wet bar for four - it is, without question, THE entertainment hub. .
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 and Christopher at the Samara Info Center for their recommendations and check out their website.
At Villa Mirador you’ll find everything you might need: Wi-Fi (no code required), a large TV, 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.
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.
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- 5000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Children Welcome
- 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 help you check-in 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. Be sure to check out the Samara Information Center - a free, unbiased concierge service. Brenda and Christopher can arrange your car rental, rent you a cell phone, 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
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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
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- Covered Parking
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
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- Coffee Maker
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Dishes & Utensils:
The kitchen is filled with everything you need for a gourmet dinner: a beautiful set of dishes, a large variety of glassware, a full set of pots and pans, and every kind of utensil you could desire. ...moreless
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Water Sports Gear:
1 mile away: C&C Surf School rents boogie boards for $2/hour. Excellent surf lessons for beginners and intermediate surfers. Lessons include use of board for a week. Dive Shop located in Samara....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
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June 25 - July 30
Jun 25 - Jul 31, 2016
6 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Low Season 2016
Aug 1 - Nov 18, 2016
6 night min stay
Rates are based on 7 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2016
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 7 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2016
7 night min stay
New Year's 2017
Dec 30 - Jan 4, 2017
6 night min stay
High Season 2017
Jan 5 - Apr 7, 2017
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Apr 8 - Apr 14, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
Rates are based on 7 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $200
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
Please note that there is a 7-night minimum stay for Christmas and New Years.
If dates are unavailable for this house, please inquire about availability of 2 neighbouring houses in Samara Reefs: we have a 3-bedroom as well as two 4-bedroom houses (2 doors down and 4 doors down)
Discounted rates offered for stays of longer than 7 nights.
Return guests will be given preference, discounted rates.
Payment is via check or wire transfer to our U.S. bank account.
A 50% deposit confirms your reservation. Balance is due 60 days prior to arrival date.
December amounts due 90 days prior to arrival date.
A $1000 refundable damage deposit is required.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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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: Our group of Canadian partners began building the 7 Samara Reefs beach houses in 2006 . Our partners - who live mostly in Vancouver and Toronto - love the warmth of Samar and its tropical sunshine over the cold and rainy Canadian winters. When we ourselves cannot be at Samara Reefs, we very much enjoy sharing our piece of paradise with others.
Why the Owner Chose Sámara, Costa Rica:
The location is truly spectacular. Not only does it have gorgeous panoramic ocean and beach views and is surrounded by green jungle canopies, but it is an easy 10-minute walk to the beach, and 5 minutes more to the town-center of Samara (and several good beach-front restaurants). It is close to town but not TOO close to town. Also, because Villa Mirador is located on an elevated ridge, Samara Reefs is breezy! We receive both on-shore and off-shore breezes, keeping temperatures a few degrees cooler than in town. The airflow is super refreshing! From our hillside location, you can enjoy watching flocks of parakeets flying around the trees behind you. And you can watch families of monkeys swinging in the nearby trees and catch the sun as it sinks below the horizon. From the pool deck, you can soak up stunning ocean views and cool breezes, never seeing or hearing a car. When you stand at the barbecue area, it feels like you can reach out and touch the trees. You're that close! Samara is one of the most beautiful, safest and cleanest, beaches in Costa Rica. The protective reefs inside the horseshoe-shaped bay ensures safe swimming with no dangerous undertow. The waves are large enough for beginner and intermediate surfers and makes for excellent boogie-boarding. In terms of cleanliness, both Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo have been awarded BLUE FLAGS. They have achieved and maintained the highest rating for cleanliness and sanitation standards. The town of Samara is very family-friendly and relaxed - people call it "funky and friendly" and say it has "a great vibe". It has a variety of choices in terms of restaurants, grocery stores, a large list of activities, as well as every amenity you could want. But there are 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 House:
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. We also have 2 full-time gardeners (Wagner and Ramone). Villa Mirador has a fully outfitted gourmet kitchen, a walk-in air-conditioned pantry for the storage of all your food supplies, super-comfy lounge chairs, hammocks, 2 outdoor showers for your convenience, a huge supply of beach towels, a wonderful barbecue kitchen, 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, lawn chairs to take to the beach with you.
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The living room, dining room and kitchen all connect to the outdoor patio.
Two sets of extra-wide glass doors open up, letting in refreshing breezes.
This upper bedroom has a great view (even from bed) and an ensuite bathroom.
The lounge chairs await you! Cocktails are ready and sunset is at 6.
Enjoy panoramic views from your private salt-water pool.
Stunning ocean views await you from the living areas and all 4 bedrooms.
The outdoor patio is a great place to soak up the views in comfort.
Very family-friendly, Mirador is comfortable and relaxed.
The front door to Villa Mirador. Lots of parking, and a handy outdoor shower.
This is an overview of the 7 houses at Samara Reefs. Mirador is at the very end.
The glass railing around the house is invisible yet safe barrier for children.
Everywhere you look there are stunning views, tropical gardens, or green jungle
This private hideaway is the perfect spot to enjoy Costa Rican "pura vida".
Lounge in the sun or enjoy the great views from the spacious shaded deck.
This is the lower master bedroom. Adjoining it is a ensuite bathroom.
This open and very spacious living room is great for families and large groups.
Mirador is equipped with a tv, wi-fi, and has its own security system.
There are so many windows around, making it bright and airy.
This gourmet kitchen is fully outfitted with cookware, plates and glassware, etc
Located at the end of the Samara Reefs driveway, Mirador has complete privacy.
This is the ensuite bathroom connected to the main floor bedroom.
This second lower bedroom has one king size bed and bathroom across the hall.
Outside the kitchen is a handy bbq, an outdoor kitchen area, and handy bathroom.
Samara Reefs gated community, taken from Samara Beach - spring 2016.
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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