Hotel Villas Playa Samara
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- All Inclusive Features
The Greeting front end staff are FANTASTIC- Max takes care of business and will upgrade when possible. He knows what people want and makes sure it happens- The rooms are slightly DATED and could use some upkeep work- They are comfortable and spacious but limited light and not very well furnished- They are Costa Rican Villas so they are above average for the industry areas. The all inclusive package is a great bargain but only if you are expecting mediocre food and always served Buffet Style so as long as it is fresh, it is edible and filling- Nothing OVERLY Creative and always the same accompaniments- (Pinto Gallo- two protein Choices- Spaghetti- Penne Pasta with two sauce choices and assorted breads & veggies)- Breakfast has eggs/omelets to order as well as Hot Cakes and "TYPICO" buffet fare- The staff is warm, helpful and on call 24/7. Great shell beach and swim up bar pool will keep you busy - Nice downtown area with plenty of great shopping spots and walk up bars and ALWAYS Ice Cold Imperial Beers- BW
We stayed at this property two nights as part of a tour group. Everyone we interacted with was friendly and informative. Daniel at the pool bar went out of his way to make sure we had a great time in Samara. He told us fun things to do and recommended the best restaurants we went to the whole trip. We had the best time in Samara and now want to return to the hotel thanks to Daniel!
First let me say I was mislead by their website. I believed there was going to be Mountain bikes, kayaks and snorkel equipment included in the all inclusive part of the deal, and maybe it will be in the future, but it is not now. The place is under major construction right now and looks like they are going to triple the size of the place in the near future. Right now you have to book with the on-site Monkey tours to do any activities. Playa Samara is not the most beautiful beach in all of Costa Rica but it is a fun beach and it is not too crowded and it is perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding, both provided through monkey tours. We did the kayaking/snorkel to Isla Chora. It was very well worth it. We were not rushed. We had plenty of time to snorkel, swim and explore the island. It was low tide and it was fun to see the pink beach and explore the caves and find all the hidden creatures trapped in the tidal pools. We also did the sea turtle excursion. I am a sea turtle fanatic so I knew ahead of time what to expect but many of the people we were with did not so pro-tip... this is done and night and takes a VERY LONG TIME. You can't really take pictures because you cannot use any flash or regular flash light. Bring your own flash light that has a red light setting or bring one and they will put a red film over it. They do not provide flashlights even though they say they do! We brought 4 and actually ended up saving the day for our tour group. This is nature so you will have to be patient. There is no telling how long it will take before you see a turtle and they are not fast. We saw 3 and we only watched one fully but it took 2 complete hours to observe it come up from the ocean, scout out a spot, dig a nest, lay its eggs, bury them and go back out to sea. Most of this is observed from a very far distance. These animals and this beach are extremely protected so do not do this excursion unless you are like me and just really love sea turtles. You will be bored or disappointed. The hotel does not provide shuttle service to nearby Samara. you have to walk the beach (not bad) or take the bus (we had a car). The food was better than most all inclusives, especially at this price point and the steak in the one 'fancy" restaurant was amazing. Daniel, the bartender at the swim up bar was the best. We love him! All the bar tenders and staff actually were great. The rooms were clean, the a/c was super clean. the showers were great. The pool was great. I would 100% stay here again. If you do stay in the area go to nearby Playa Carillo. Now that is a gorgeous beach! At sunset be on the look out for wild horses on the beach and just outside the front gates you will find many monkeys in the trees. The property is covered in gorgeous birds and iguanas galore. The drinks are very good!
Yulían Jímenez was extremely helpful and consistently offered us excellent customer service throughout our stay at Hotel Villas Playa Samara. He was the BEST waiter at the hotel. As far as the rooms, it would be helpful to know that you need to insert the key into the apparatus on the wall in order to get your electricity to work. Also, the room was fairly plain with no extras; however, we were mainly there to spend time on the beautiful, pretty secluded beach. The pool was awesome as well. We strongly recommend doing the All Inclusive for food and drinks; it was totally worth it.
Lizet was the sweetest, great customer service! Made my stay more fun and enjoyable. Always made sure I was comfortable and had everything i needed. extremely nice and always had a smile. super friendly
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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
- Breakfast Daily
- Lunch Daily
- Dinner Daily
- Domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Boogie Boards
- Water skiing
- Jet skiing
- Table tennis
- Horseback riding
- 59 Rooms
- 2 Bars
- 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
- 1 king or 1 single plus a queen
- 1 full bathroom
- 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
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Hotel Villas Playa SamaraLiberia,Costa Rica
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South From the Center of Samara Going Towards Playa Carrillo 3km, Playa Samara 50205 Costa Rica
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