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Hotel Villas Playa Samara

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Mediterranean style villas, gardens around beachfront hotel.
 
Location: Samara Beach; 35 km SW from Nicoya, Guanacaste Province, Nicoya Gulf.

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  • emmyfp : canada
Better late than never

We stayed at Hotel Villa Samara for the first week of July 2016. We got an incredible price for the all inclusive bungalow package. We had a two bedroom villa, the second in from the beach, with 2 bathrooms, a spacious living/dining room and a lovely open concept kitchen. As a family of 4 this was ideal. Vacationing with teenagers, with everybody in the same room is not my ideal way to relax. Having said that we spent very little time in our villa. In July we had a little rain everyday, just a quick downpour each afternoon, which was refreshing and seemed to make everything even more lush and tropical. Besides at 32 degrees, who cares. We spent most downpours in the ocean! The resort is a 20 minute beach stroll from town. The room: Perfect. We were a little alarmed initially about the local wasps who have nests everywhere and are GIGANTIC. Occasionally they would make there way inside, as I couldn't resist having the french doors to our ocean view patio open ALL. THE. TIME. (I live in the middle of the north atlantic, I can leave my door open 2 days a year if I'm lucky.) The housekeeper assured us they didn't sting, and proved it by picking it up in her bare hand to toss it outside. The Resort: Small and intimate, but not lacking privacy. Great if you are a pool side joiner, great if you like to keep to yourself. If you are a party animal...go to Cancun. This resort is laidback and mellow.The Food: One restaurant, variations on the same theme every day. Well prepared but uninspiring. By day 3 we were sick of it. (But not enough to cook in our fully equipped kitchen.) Our teens loved the snacks, and I loved the fruit. We never went hungry. The smoothies and fresh juices are delicious. The a la carte was very tasty but getting in was very confusing...see my bit about management.The beach: Dreamy. Grey and black volcanic sand. The ocean water is a little cloudy as the sand is so fine, but its warm and the waves are fabulous for playing around. Everyday we walked the entire crescent into town and back, we were there to surf and despite being led to believe we could do so at the resort we could not and instead trekked into C&C each morning...which was amazing.Pool: Decent size, kids loved it...but we are ocean people. The swim up bar was the highlight of the 12 and 15 year old for sure, we drank 3-4 virgin Crazy Monkeys and Pina Coladas a day each. Marcus the bartender was a wonderful host!Management: In terms of organization/communication not people. We found this a frustrating and offensive aspect of the resort. People were treated very differently by front desk personnel. Some people could use paddle boards and boogie boards for free, some had to pay. We experienced both depending on who we asked. Everybody quoted policy differently and if you explained that it was different yesterday they were inflexible and unapologetic. We had paid for an all-inclusive package and our travel documents said that included a la carte, non-motorized water craft. We had to argue and insist on this and only got the a la carte after one of our favorite waiters intervened on our behalf. Staff: (with the exception of front desk) Absolutely wonderful. We felt welcome, we felt invited, we felt like we were dear friends. Augustine, Elliott and Marcos especially those three who I would go visit even if I wasn't at the resort. But everyone (except the front desk) were warm, helpful, friendly and informative. We had incredible,insightful conversations with all of them.Monkey Tours: Skip it. We met two wonderful locals who arranged all of our excursions at a fraction of the cost, plus we made friends for life.Samara itself: Heaven. Happiness in a place. Perfection. I would move there tomorrow. Let my teens move there (not tomorrow.)I think this resort is a great option for people who require the comfort and amenities of a typical AI resort, but want to immerse themselves a little more in local culture. Its the best of both worlds, and a great introduction to Guanacaste if you are nervous about doing it all on your own.

  • slonsky3 : Toronto, Ontario
Beautiful location, quiet resort

I was there from Dec 25/16 to Jan 1/16. The resort is nice, the rooms are nice, located on a nice beach (bring water shoes as there are some rocks in the water). Nice and quiet, not overrun with pushy, complaining tourists. Close to town. Paolo and his staff were nice and helpful. They went all out for a fun New Year's Eve party complete with fireworks. If you want a nice quiet relaxing resort and good service, this is the place for you. I will definately be back!

  • TrTr2016 : Orillia, Canada
Christmas in Costa Rica

I just came back from this resort while vacationing with my two sons ( 21, and 20 Yo). I researched a trip that would allow for the perfect combination between all inclusive but would still provide enough freedom for these young men to enjoy themselves outside of the confines of a resort. This resort was PERFECT!! The staff were unbelievably friendly and attentive. Marcus at the bar was inventive and friendly. All the wait staff were on top of our every need and the front desk staff ( Mario, Ana, Eduardo, Paolo, and Dixie and Jorge). I was pleased with the accommodation for 3 of us although we spent little time in our room other than sleeping. They are in the process of renovating the rooms ( ours was not ) but still clean and comfortable. The staff were helpful right down to making local phone calls and recommendations on where to go in Samara and meeting our needs. I am already looking forward to a return trip.

  • CobaltConnection : Dublin, Georgia
Tremendous Potential

Many issues with this property. It was dark and the hotel entrance is not well lit. My name wasn't on the manifest, so I had to wait to be allowed entrance at the guard shack. Much construction here, so it is easy to get turned around. Parked at the lobby front as directed. The receptionist was concerned a tourist bus would arrive (at 7 pm) and my car would block the bus. He kept asking me to park before I unloaded my luggage. There is no valet parking and the round about is so small, no bus could make the turn. And there is no parking lot; cars and trucks everywhere. It's all dirt and crushed stone. We checked in and I was asked to produce a paper copy of my reservation. I made it online and showed the record from my phone. No map was given and no directions. Service was poor and very slow. No one spoke to us at any meal. Had to ask for everthing. And none of the maintenance or houskeeping crews spoke. Food was good, but nothing special. Our room very good and being near the beach was a plus. I will return and give them another chance, but will give a poor review again if needed.

  • Randy s :
nice and quiet

there the second week of December.I think this was once a time share community that is changing into a resort.if you want peace and quiet this is the place for you the beach is amazing with just a short walk on the beach into town. Check the tides before you go.the pool area is nice with a swim up bar . with a little work this will be a very good place to go.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

Available with Breakfast Plan or Optional All-Inclusive Meal Plan. Meal Plan includes:
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Lunch Daily
  • Dinner Daily
  • Snacks
  • Domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Boogie Boards
  • Water skiing
  • Boating
  • Jet skiing
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycles
  • Horseback riding
  • 59 Rooms
  • Restaurant
  • 2 Bars
  • Pool
  • Gift Shop
  • Children's programs
  • Room Service
  • Complementary coffee
  • Parking On Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge service
  • WIFI, in public areas and the rooms
Deluxe Room:
  • 1 king or 1 single plus a queen
  • 1 full bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • In-room safe
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Kitchen facilities including Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave, Cooking Utensils and Dining Room
  • Maximum occupancy of 4, up to 2 children
Kids Deals - Children 0-2 years old will stay free under All Inclusive and European plans. Children 3-12 years old have special All Inclusive rates available when sharing with two full paying adults. Children 3-12 years are free when traveling with at least one adult and booked under the European Plan.

For the Kids - Children's programs / Babysitting/Child Care.
Complimentary Honeymoon Package - Bottle of domestic champagne or domestic wine, Private romantic dinner (AI Plan only), Special gift, Specially decorated room & room upgrade to the honeymoon suite (subject to availability at check in). Note: Honeymooners should appear on the voucher/reservation in order to be eligible to receive the package.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Hotel Villas Playa Samara
    Liberia,Costa Rica

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Hotel Villas Playa Samara
South From the Center of Samara Going Towards Playa Carrillo 3km, Playa Samara 50205 Costa Rica

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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