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Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 4,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxury 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Home - the most popular vacation rental in the area

Reserved for the discriminating traveler, there is nothing VILLA VISTA does not have! From the mammoth Living/Dining area with 22-foot vaulted ceiling, to the fully-equipped gourmet Kitchen, to the air-conditioned Library/Media room with large flat-screen TV, to the grand king Master Suite and 2 air-conditioned Guest Suites (queen and 2 singles/king), the open floor plan gives you breathtaking views overlooking the large infinity pool to some of the most spectacular vistas in all of Costa Rica. Even the outdoor Bar/Kitchen --- complete with DCS gas grill and side burner, clear ice maker, beer/wine cooler and more --- enjoys these breathtaking sights as well as the constant ocean breeze and subtle sounds of the breaking surf. You will look forward to daily visits from red winged parrots, hummingbirds, roseate spoonbills, wood storks and howler monkeys as well as the ever-present fragrance of the ylang ylang tree (the essence of Chanel #5) that welcomes you at the front entrance and is only one of many tropical beauties in the private gardens. The entire home opens directly onto the full width Terrace and infinity pool --- focal point of Costa Rican living --- and the perfect place to watch the world awaken, relax and lose yourself in a selection from the large library, sip a cocktail or two or enjoy a romatic dinner (private gourmet chef available).

The many amenities of VILLA VISTA include full stainless Bar and Kitchen with granite counter tops, European travertine and stone floors throughout, imported marble walls and vanities in all 3 baths, exotic outdoor jungle shower, indoor/outdoor high fidelity stereo system, 2 large flat screen TVs with cable, DVD player, telephones, security alarm system, safe, extensive video library and enhanced Wi-Fi throughout the property help make your stay in paradise perfect. An added, and invaluable bonus, is our onsite ENGLISH SPEAKING Property Manager who will welcome you to the Villa, show you the area and is always available to ensure your stay in paradise is unforgettable.

VILLA VISTA is one of only seven homes located in the exclusive gated community of Samara Reefs and is just 5 minutes (all on paved roads!!!) from the quaint beach town of Samara and the world famous Carrillo Beach, rated by Lonely Planet as 2 of the most beautiful beaches in all of Central America. Samara's many beach bars and restaurants will satisfy any taste - Italian, Mexican, French, Argentinean, vegetarian, pizza, seafood, sushi, steak and more. Rather cook in? No problem in our spacious gourmet Kitchen as there are several grocery stores and bakeries, a butcher shop, produce markets, organic market and farmer's market located in Samara. For necessities we have 2 banks, ATMs, English speaking medical and dental centers, a pharmacy, spa, fitness and yoga centers in town. For adventure, check with one of our tourist information centers to book surf lessions, scuba diving, horseback riding or white water rafting tours or rent kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles or ATVs. Up for some high-flying thrills? Book a flight on the gyro-copter and explore the Pacific coast or zip through the jungle on a canopy tour. Need to improve your Spanish? Samara has an internationally acclaimed language school that offers weekly classes. Or.........simply relax in the pool while keeping a look out for passing whales.

VILLA VISTA was constructed, decorated and furnished as a luxurious private residence, not as a rental property. You will enjoy old world antiques imported from Europe, Egyptian linens, fine china, crystal and silverware. The photos of our home tell you the rest of the story and are truly worth a thousand words. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to book an adventure in paradise. References are available upon request.

Children 10 and older and adults with a active sense of adventure are welcome! PURA VIDA!

Craig and Myla

More Details

Property Manager
Craig Hockelberg
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 May, 2018

About Craig Hockelberg

Following 15 years of ocean and Caribbean cruising, we (Craig and Myla) chose the Pacific coast of Costa Rica for our next adventure. Samara offers exceptional leisure activities as well as outstanding restaurants ranging from Tico beach bars to fine, European dining......all with the most gorgeous view imaginable. Come share our dream!

Craig Hockelberg purchased this villa in 2010

Why Craig Hockelberg chose Sámara

Simply walk in the front door and you'll understand how the view captivated us. You'll appreciate everything this luxurious villa offers. Samara is a funky, laid back, beach town that has the perfect mix of Gringo/Costa Rican culture with a pinch of European cuisine thrown in. Very few communities in Costa Rica offer the beautiful beach presents of Samara with its huge variety of bars and restaurants just steps from the Pacific surf. We promise you will fall in love here!

What makes this villa unique

Not only can you enjoy all the activities listed above, but also ultra light flights, zip lining, surfing, turtle watching, whale watching (from your own terrace), ATV exploring and an internationally acclaimed language school. OR..........simply relax in the pool and contemplate life in a very private environment with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and Playa Samara.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Sámara in Canton of Nicoya

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Queen/Twin Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , This bath is shared between the Queen and Twin Suites
    Master Suite Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Elegantly appointed with Eurpean marble throughout.
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower , Indulge in a refreshing shower in a jungle setting.
    Powder Room - Toilet , Italian marble, above counter sink - gorgeous!
  • The Baths have European marble floors and walls, above counter sinks and come fully equiped with high-end linens, pool towels, hair dryers, and ceiling fans.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Guest Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen bed, ocean view, ensuite shared bath
    Twin/King Suite - 2 Single Bed , Twins convert to King bed, jungle view, ensuite shared bath
    Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King bed, full pool and ocean view, ensuite bath, safe
  • All three Bedrooms are luxuriously appointed with designer spreads and window coverings, 500+ count Egyptian cotton linens, pillow-top mattresses, remote controlled A/C and ceiling fans, ample drawer and closet storage.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
VILLA VISTA is in the town of Playa Samara, adjacent to two of Costa Rica's premier beaches, Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo. Many other beaches are a short drive away. There are wonderful restaurants ranging from typical Costa Rican food to international gourmet restaurants and a private chef is always available.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
New York, NY

perfection in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

home and property are gorgeous, well situated--everything you could ask for!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed your time at Villa Vista and we appreciate another Five Star review. Hope you return soon! Craig & Myla
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Iowa City, IA

fabulous home in amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Villa Vista is amazing. It's beautiful, well-kept, luxurious, and close to everything in Samara and Carillo. You can watch the ocean from the porch, cool off in the infinity pool, and go down to the beach by car or walking. Lots of helpful folks to figure out planning your day, and lots of on-site staff for cleaning and maintenance. It's the perfect place to relax.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your complimentary remarks about Villa Vista and our staff. The staff has now been with us for more than 5 years. Your biggest compliment is that you chose to return to Villa Vista again this year with your family. Myla and I appreciate it and hope to see you a third time in 2019. Pure Vida, Craig & Myla
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Canada, Toronto

Absolutely stunning and luxurious vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year in a row vacationing at Villa Vista with our family. I can't say enough good things about the overall experience from the cleanliness, comfort (the king size bed was a dream) the large pool, fully equipped kitchen and beautifully landscaped grounds. Bill Knight, the Property Manager goes out of his way to ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your vacation including arranging for excursions and rentals. Craig and Myla, the owners are always a pleasure to deal with and have created such a luxurious and comfortable home to ensure you experience the best possible vacation. I would highly recommend Villa Vista as a vacation home because you will not be disappointed and falling waking up to the stunning view will set you on the right path each morning. Thanks again Craig, Myla, Bill & Donna.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW!! What a great review! Myla and I are so glad you enjoyed your return visit to Villa Vista. We hope to see you again in 2018. Thanks again, Craig & Myla
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  • 5 of 5

We have travelled all over CR staying at beautiful rented villas for last six years.Villa vista was the absolute best one ever! stunning view, gorgeous finishings, extremely comfy beds, well equipped kitchen. I could go on and on. Close walk to beach so we could send our teen boys down to very safe beach to surf by themselves while we relaxed by pool. Short walk down the beach to town to great casual restaurants. Bill is a fantastic property manager. We highly recommend his advice for local activities, restaurants, etc. The best CR vacation spot ever!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Myla and I are so glad that you enjoyed your vacation at Villa Vista and thanks for the great review! It really is hard not to have a good time in Samara and it sounds as though you had a blast. Come back soon! Craig & Myla
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5 stars!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to make your friends jealous with all the amazing pictures you are going to post on Facebook then this is the place for you! The infinity pool views are amazing, beautiful flowers everywhere, absolutely every appliance you need in the kitchen, tons of tourist information, and really good internet! We always have a wonderful time when we stay here and have the most amazing vacation, yet still have the comfort of home. Highly recommended and we can't wait to go back!

Personal recommendations:

Restaurant: Gusto Beach, Cocos

Activity: horseback riding, paddle boarding (book through Outback in town for the best deals)

Random adventure: go to Carrillo beach and then stop by El Sueno Tropical resort, restaurant and bar they have deer and monkeys on the property!!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always great to have you back! It's also great to see you and your group having such a good time. Ready to book next summer? Craig & Myla
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Jacksonville, Fl


  • 5 of 5

This is my second time staying at this amazing property! The view is absolutely beautiful! From the moment you walk through the front doors, it's like paradise! I honestly could stay at the house all day enjoying a cold adult beverage and taking advantage of the outdoor kitchen! We actually hired a local chef who prepared three amazing meals for us one day! I highly recommended this property! I will be back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will be ready for next year and thanks for returning. Your group all enjoyed themselves and I am glad that you added (and enjoyed) a private chef this visit. Thank you for the nice review, thanks for coming back and we look forward to next Summer's visit. Craig & Myla
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Playa Samara
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Punto Islita
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Playa Samara
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Samara
Car: not necessary

VILLA VISTA, located in the most prestigious gated community in Samara, is a short walk to the beach or a 5 minute drive to downtown Samara and its funky beach bars, world class restaurants and one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Sámara, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Memorial Day
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 1 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fourth of July
2 Jul 2018 - 9 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
10 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving Week
19 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Week
20 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Years Week
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 18 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2019
19 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £560.32

1. 50% rental deposit plus $750 refundable security deposit due at
2. Remaining 50% of rent due 90 days prior to arrival.
3. EVENT Weeks due in full at booking and are non-refundable.
4. No booking is complete until deposit is received.
5. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
6. Inquire about long-term rental discounts.
7. Some "BLOCKED" dates available.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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