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Unmatched Ocean & Mountain views! Pool! Private cook/cleaning Included! Luxury!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,950 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

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La Paila is unique among most of the villas you will find!

-- broad panoramic views of the Pacific ocean are unparalleled. The house is set at one of highest elevations looking into Samara bay and valley offering dramatic views. The sky and light change throughout the day finishing often in spectacular sunsets over the Pacific.

-- staff will prepare meals, clean house daily and do laundry! The pool and grounds are professionally maintained. Relax and enjoy yourself! Staff live in a separate house on the property providing security and availability but also as much privacy as you want.

-- La Paila is designed with a huge open air living room that contains dining, sitting, entertainment and game areas. It boasts no walls so that you are directly connected to the views, breeze and nature! (All four bedrooms are secure and air-conditioned).

-- La Paila is very private, tranquil and quiet. We have only two close neighbors neither of whose houses can be seen.

-- designed in the colonial Costa Rican style of architecture, La Paila is appointed with art and artifacts that celebrate Tico and Guanacaste culture. The furniture is mostly locally made from tropical hardwoods. The staff is Tico and speaks Spanish. Immerse yourselves a bit in Costa Rica!

For your entertainment there is satellite TV with VCR/DVD, Bose stereo (with Ipod hookup) and free WiFi. But you can also laze in the hammock or lounge in the pool! We also have ping pong and backgammon tables and other board games, a volleyball/badminton court, darts and horseshoes! Take the boogie boards with you to the beach or use in the pool!

Nature abounds all around: flocks of parrots fly by each morning and evening, howler and capuchin monkeys will visit the trees, and maybe you'll see a coatimundi! Mangos fall off the backyard trees from May to August.

The sunsets can be stunning but also look for the Milky Way stretching across the sky, fireballs, green flashes, moon rings and rainbows!

Use the villa as a secluded retreat for pure R & R or as a home base for day trips. The daily destination for most?: just five minutes away by car is the iconic, palm lined, two mile-long Playa Carrillo (Carrillo beach), a certified 'blue flag' beach of Costa Rica (means it is safe and clean)! It offers unparalleled beach strolls, jogging, swimming and picnics. Horseback riding is available on several beaches. Go deep sea fishing for marlin, tuna, swordfish and mahi-mahi. Turtle watching is at nearby Playa Grande and Playa Langosta. Snorkeling. Zip line through local jungle canopies. Surfing lessons on the bucket list? Dine out in nearby Samara and Carrillo at numerous fine but casual restaurants. Explore the surrounding teak plantation. There is a small zoo in Carrillo and a crocodile to see. To the south, enjoy lunch or golf at Punta Islita, check out the macaw (parrot) reservation and explore Camaronal, a national wildlife refuge. You will not run out of things to do!

More Details

Andy and Christine Durham
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, korean
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Andy and Christine Durham

The owners are a husband and wife...she an architect and he a landscape architect. We manage the house ourselves -- not through a third party -- and make frequent visits to maintain and improve it.

Andy and Christine Durham purchased this villa in 2014

Why Andy and Christine Durham chose Puerto Carrillo

The property has been in one family since construction. The site was selected for its panoramic views of the Pacific but also the cooler air and breezes provided thanks to its elevation. It faces directly west for sunset views year round. With virtually no light pollution, the night skies can be spectacular too. You can see as many as four bays from the pool terrace but the primary view is of Playa Samara and the town of Samara -- at night Samara's lights glisten gently in the distance.

Tico flavor! The house was designed by a Costa Rican architect in the Spanish hacienda style. Our staff is Tico so you'll be closer to Tico cooking and Spanish language at La Paila. The house is appointed with Tican artifacts and art: guaitil pottery, sugar-cauldrons, a Sarchi cart and ox yokes, and more. Immerse yourself a bit!

Families welcome! Dogs OK.

What makes this villa unique

Broad, panoramic views of the Pacific!

Western view of stunning sunsets!

Great for families!

Huge living room open to nature and breezes!

Outstanding home-cooked by our staff -- included in the price!

Daily housekeeping and weekly laundry (included at no extra charge!)!

Safe, private, quiet, and tranquil!

Well appointed with Costa Rican artifacts and historical items.

Experienced owners-mangers and full time staff

Guestbook comments from the owner

La Paila is one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the pleasure to visit. The Villa is open and inviting high up on the mountainside overlooking the Pacific. The view is spectacular. The villa comes not only with a wonderful women, Luz, who prepares your meals, her husband Gilbert, who attends to everything else, but also a charming black lab named Perla -- all of whom made us feel at home. There are a gadzillion things to do. We rode horses to the waterfalls. We zipped through the jungle and soaked in the sun and sand. This is a treasure. Don't miss out!
Nov 2012
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Puerto Carrillo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom -- Upstairs - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom -- Dormitorio - toilet , shower , ensuite
    Bathroom -- Master bedroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , en suite, double sinks, closet space, view to outdoor garden
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom, ground floor,opens to pool - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Ocean View Room: upstairs - 1 king , balcony, armoire
    Yugo Room: upstairs, mountain view - 2 double , armoire
    El Dormitorio - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , sleeps 3
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Unmatched Ocean & Mountain views! Pool! Private cook/cleaning Included! Luxury!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

The perfect place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday. Nothing can compare to those views. My whole family miss Brisa

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warwick, NY, USA

You'll feel spoiled in this beautiful villa in a stunning, private setting with gorgeous views!

  • 5 of 5

We loved La Paila!! We were a family group of 9, which included 4 couples and one toddler (12 months old). The house was perfect for a group! The communal open-air living area extended out to the beautiful pool and property, overlooking gorgeous views of the mountains and foliage and beaches, and the sights and sounds of the beautiful butterflies and birds and monkeys and frogs and other animals. It is a party house! We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and coffee prepared each morning by Marilu and her sister Estelle (not sure if I have her name correct, if not I'm sorry!), before a dip in the pool and then heading to the beach/activities/lunch/shopping/etc. Arriving home sandy and full of sun later, we'd enjoy a few hours in the late afternoon/early evening with cocktails in/by the pool and music playing before heading out to dinner. We usually also had a late evening dip after returning from dinner, and enjoyed music, drinks, games and ping pong and the deck and living area. And the hammock! :) We had Marilu and Estelle prepare one lunch and one dinner for us in addition to breakfast each morning. They are excellent cooks and the food was outstanding, and the setting is so wonderful. But we also wanted to try the wonderful restaurants in the area and just relax and not have to shop for groceries. They discussed the menus with us and made up a shopping list. Having a full kitchen, we could also have snacks and drinks on hand. Marilu and Estelle also kept the house spotless and did all of our laundry! They are very sweet and pleasant and helpful yet unobtrusive. One thing I would mention is that the road up to the house is steep and rough, and to me, a bit harrowing. I just let my husband drive lol, but you definitely need a rugged, reliable vehicle with all-wheel drive, which I think is important to know. Also, the house could use some sprucing and updating, particularly the bathrooms. The master bath was updated and very pleasant, but the other bathrooms really need updating, in particular, their showers had very poor water pressure. Also, we struggled at times with hot water for showers. The air conditioner in the master bedroom needs replacing - it does not work very well, and the ceiling fan in there was so loud and squeaky we couldn't utilize that either. But the house is gorgeous and so much fun, and the private setting and views are to die for! A few fixes would make it perfect. We would definitely stay again! And hope to. :)

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We chose Andy and Christine's house because we needed a place to hold our family of 9 people who traveled to share in our wedding. What we didn't know is how much we would fall in love with this place...we had planned the wedding on the beach, but quickly realized that La Paila was the perfect place for the wedding. The view is spectacular...the house is beautiful and Marylou and her sister, Estrella are amazing! They kept the place so clean and cooked the best meals for us! We took Marylou shopping and then she cooked chicken one night. The next night, some of our party caught tuna during the day and she cooked that for us! She went out of her way to add special touches to our wedding.

There was plenty of space for everyone and we LOVED the open living area and patio.

This was a dream come true!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Breathtaking view, peaceful evenings, and delicious meals!

  • 5 of 5

This was a family vacation with friends - 4 adults and 3 kids (ages ranging from 4-12). The view was so spectacular (the pictures don't do it justice) and it was such a peaceful place to be, we didn't feel the need to pack in too many activities during the day. Coming from busy work lives in busy cities, it was great to just relax and unwind. The kids loved being in the pool from morning through the evening. The nearby beaches are quiet with perfect water temperatures, horses, and lots of surfers and surfing classes. The howler monkeys were fun to watch everyday in the backyard. The birds, geckos, and toads on the property kept everyone entertained all day long. The restaurant recommendations from Christine and Andy were fantastic, but the dinners prepared by Marilu were amazing (we chose to make our own breakfasts and grab lunch while we were out and about)! The house is about 10-15 minutes from Samara and just a ride down the hill to Playa Carrillo. There are grocery stores, banks and ATMs, butchers and fishmongers, between the house and Samara. While we came during the rainy "green" season with rain in the forecast everyday, we had sunny days with occasional cloud cover - the rains would come in the evenings to cool things off. There is a wonderful macaw sanctuary nearby and we drove up to Nosara beach to check out some larger waves. We love the outdoors, so the open air style of the house was perfect. Playing some music, sitting in the hammock with a good book, playing in the pool at night, working on puzzles, playing a game of chess or ping pong while watching the sunset - we miss it and can't wait to go back again. The rooms were kept nice and cool with the air conditioners at night. We also miss Brisa, the house dog - she loves music and loves to just hang out with the family by the pool. The house had everything we needed for the beach and pool - towels, beach umbrellas, pool toys and sand toys. Christine and Andy were very responsive and provided all of the information we needed in a pre-travel package. The offered menu at the house is amazing - we need to go back for more of Marilu's pineapple crumble!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place with incredible view!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in La Paila and could not be happier. The place was amazing! Marilu was very attentive and her food was delicious! Will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We have been visiting islands our whole life and know how to deal with any mishaps! Part of the char

  • 5 of 5

The house is located in a perfect area . Lots of things to see and do! Mary Lou ( our chef, house leader, now friend ) was wonderful and part of what Costa Rica has to offer. Always a smile always willing to please! I highly recommend a stay here and I can only hope my review doesn't slow or impact our return !

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
the living room, town of Puerto Carrillo, Samara
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Pan American Highway, Route 1, Route 27
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Carrillo
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

The only other cost is a tip for the staff. If they provide exceptional service, extra assistance or your group is over 6 people, we recommend a higher tip at your discretion.

Cancellation policy: Full refund up to 60 days before your arrival as long as we are able to re-rent your time slot.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.