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Condo Amapola: 'Best Condo in Samara' Steps to the Sand. Exquisite Beach+Ocean Views! Look no further

Alta Vista Condominiums

2 Bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms
$89  / night  •  for 6 guests

Playa Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

'Best Condo in Samara' Steps to the Sand. Exquisite Beach+Ocean Views! Look no further

Hi! I'm Patrick the owner of this condo and the of the building. I am so excited you're searching for a great place to stay in Sámara and that you've found Alta Vista. I don't believe you need to look anywhere else - I am confident, and the reviews back this up, that our quality, location, and 'at home' feeling make us the best accommodation in Sámara for your vacation! This listing is for Condo Amapola on the first floor, a modern luxury two bedroom, two bathroom condo. As the owner-manager, my philosophy is to provide a place to stay that I would be ecstatic to discover and eager to come back to as a repeat guest. My goal is to exceed your expectations by providing a world-class stay in a beautiful unique location!

I completed the construction of Alta Vista December 2008 and no one would believe the building is ten years old - I have a full-time maintenance employee, Dennis, who keeps the property freshly painted and spotless. I work diligently to maintain all the electrical appliances as well as linens and kitchen accouterments like new. Laura, my administrator, and Xinnia the housekeeper round out the team - a huge part of what makes Alta Vista #1 in Sámara! For a quick glance at our amenities, all condos have free high-speed wifi internet, air conditioning, fully stocked kitchens, secure covered parking, cable TV internet ready for Netflix etc, and a splash pool.

What do our guests say about the property? That it looks better in person than the pictures show! A great compliment, I'm not sure how to get better pictures ( I hired a professional) but I think sometimes the synergy of a beautiful condo with breathtaking views combined with a meticulously maintained building, the best location in town and a great staff focused on exceeding your expectations - adds up to guests falling in love with Alta Vista.

Location, location, location! You don't need a car to stay at this property; the majority of our guests take the short stroll two blocks down to the beach with amenities we provide such as beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrella, cooler and boogie board. Walking to town is a gorgeous tropical 15 min walk along the beach. If you prefer to have a car there is a designated spot for you on-site in the secure, covered parking garage. Security? Best in Sámara. Meet Dennis, a local of Sámara and national fúbol (soccer) hero who played for the Costa Rican National team. He essentially lives at Alta Vista cleaning and gardening during the day and watches over the building at night. Rest assured you and your loved ones are safe! He also helps with your baggage, the bbq, finding the fresh catch of the day, or helping you to learn Spanish! He is a gem!

In line with the best service in town is Laura, who will meet you at check in! What other rental condo or home has this feature? Most simply have a lock box. Not us. Laura greets you with a smile, speaking English or Spanish, and will show you the building and your condo and answer all your questions. She knows the building inside and out as well as the town of Sámara making her a priceless addition to the team. She's available throughout your stay to help out and she'll be there at your check out as well. I'm available as well via email or phone call. Check in time is 3pm. Check out time is 11am. Both times are subject to change - it depends if someone checked out earlier that day, or if someone is checking in later that day. If someone is checking in later that day, the check-out time is 10am. If someone checked out earlier that day, check in is at 5pm. Please check with us - we will work to accommodate your needs!

What else sets us apart? Each of the condos faces the beach and ocean with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The sliding glass doors open to the furnished balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee or a sunset glass of wine with the best view in town. The balcony offers what few others can offer - outdoor living with a view! The condo is not directly on the beach but second best, it looks an empty over horse pasture to the beach and ocean. The recently re-paved tranquil road in front of the building is a dead-end at the beach which equals a safe and quiet walk to the sand, as well as pleasant people watching from your balcony. The building is located on the tip of the bay of Sámara, not in the downtown area, which is why I bought this property. It is close enough to enjoy the town and far enough away not to hear town when you want peace and quiet which is one of many reasons families prefer to stay at Alta Vista.

The modern decor inside the condo allows you to fully relax. The floor to ceiling windows facing the beach and ocean is a constant reminder you are in paradise! Ocean breezes flow through the condo if you choose to keep the windows open, or air conditioners will keep you cool - one in each bedroom as well as in the living room. The fully stocked kitchen has all you need, from full-sized stainless steel appliances to in-sink garbage disposal, it is modern and lacks for nothing. There is a shared washer/dryer for all guests to use for free, I simply ask you to provide your own detergent.

For additional outdoor living, I offer all guests the use of the shared Congo Lounge, the top (fourth) floor roofed patio terrace. There are hammocks, sofa's, armchairs, and a dining set. The view from your condo balcony is excellent, and multiply that a few times and you get an exquisite view from the Congo Lounge. Not only are the views of the beach breathtaking, but the forest views behind the building are also home to iguanas, pelicans, and monkeys! The trees team with families of monkeys perusing the branches for a snack. Look closely and you'll see tiny baby monkey's riding along on their mothers back.

The splash pool immediately in front of the building, perfectly visible from your balcony, receives the glorious sun all morning and is shaded in the afternoon making it perfect for families who explore the beach and surfing in the morning and lounge by the pool in the afternoon. The pool is only 4ft deep and it has huge stairs for growing children to play on. There are patio lounge chairs as well as a dining set and BBQ for all guests to enjoy.

As if all this wasn't enough to set us apart, we offer including regular cleaning. For guests staying more than four nights we include is a light cleaning every fourth day (mid-week) where we take out the trash, change the bathroom towels, sweep and mop the condo. For reservations more than seven nights, we provide a full cleaning on the 8th day and every 8th day after that. The full cleaning includes everything provided in the light cleaning plus changing of the bed linens and kitchen cleaning. More cleaning is an option at an additional cost.

Please note my team and I work exceptionally hard to keep the Condos perfect but there are occasional problems that arise, such as with the a/c, or power outages, ants, or on very rare occasions the wifi is finicky. Just please be patient, it is Costa Rica! Let us know and we'll start right away to get the problem straightened out. Our goal is to exceed your expectations by providing a world-class stay in a beautiful unique location!

This Condo, Condo Amapola, is on the first floor. It is a two bedroom, two bathroom condo approximately 1000 square feet. The master bedroom has a queen bed and ensuite bathroom with views of the forest behind the building. The guest bedroom which some guests prefer to use as the master has ocean views from its queen bed. The kitchen is white-line with first-world size and quality appliances, full-size stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, stove with range-top, microwave with extractor fan, in-sink garbage disposal, and all the smaller appliances like blender, toaster and coffee maker.

The living room has a flat-screen TV with the local cable service and DVD player giving you access to Netflix and other online streaming services. The living room has a plush chaise-lounge sofa combo with the main sofa folding out to the floor for a queen size sofa-sleeper, and the chaise-lounge which can work as a single bed. The mattresses are orthopedics - I personally picked out and approved each mattress - and I stay in each condo from time to time as a perk of the job as well as quality control - to ensure you get a good nights rest.

The bathrooms are modern and minimalist. You can flush the toilet paper just like North America or Europe! I designed the building with a two-chamber septic tank (same as I have here in Colorado) which allows you to flush toilet paper but just as you're probably used to - nothing else please! In Costa Rica, the normal septic tank has just one chamber so you can't flush toilet paper. The showers and faucets have hot water. The kitchen sink has a garbage disposal but please just like at your home - nothing more than plate scraps! No fruit peels, no fish bones, no coffee grinds, please.

All my listings have instant booking so if your ready go ahead and book! All prices are in US dollars. The system won't let you book dates that are not available. The pricing software automatically gives a 10% discount for a stay over six nights, and a discount of 33% of stays longer than 27 nights - essentially one week free for every four weeks stayed. The $150 damage deposit is pre-authorized to your card so you will only be charged in the case of something broken or missing. I have a legitimate Hotel license in Costa Rica, I pay taxes to the government, all legal establishments as such pay 13% tax. I believe in supporting the country that supports this piece of paradise!

Please ask any questions, I'm here to help!

Sincerely,
Patrick McGoey
Owner




Interaction:

This condo interacts with the other condos in that it is on the first floor in a four story building. The front section of the fourth floor is the called the Congo Lounge and it is open to all guests. There are tables, chairs, sofas and hammocks, as well as amazing views, ocean breezes, and howler monkeys hanging from the nearby trees!

Neighborhood:

Alta Vista is in the Sámara neighborhood of Cangrejal, on the north end of the bay of Sámara. Cangrejal is a Costa Rican neighborhood, an old fishing village, and is very quiet with no loud music or bars. There is a great casual restaurant in Cangrejal just down the street towards the beach from Alta Vista called "La Perla" which offers great healthy local cuisine at reasonable prices. Two blocks away from Alta Vista opposite the beach is a popular supermarket named "La Iguana Verde", a medium size grocery and liquor store. The neighborhood like Sámara is safe in general. However always be aware of your personal belongings on the beach or in public. Please be safe yourself and considerate to the other guests of the building by closing and locking your parking garage gate.

Access:

Alta Vista fronts the main street in Cangrejal that dead-ends at the beach. You can walk in from the street door or park your rental car in the covered secure parking garage. There is an intercom next to the front door. The front door has a sign which reads "Alta Visa Condominiums". If Laura or Denis is not there to greet you upon arrival, use the intercom to ring "Cuarto Servicio" (Service Room) where one of them will be waiting. You can also try Laura'a cell 8425-5526 or Dennis (Spanish only) 8327-3398.

Space:

The space inside Condo Amapola can be described as simple, modern, clean, and relaxing. The giant floor to ceiling windows that face the beach and ocean are the biggest picture frame you could have! There is a private balcony with furniture to enjoy this view from. The beds are upscale as are the linens. The open floor plan allows for easy movement, relaxation, and enjoyment of the view. There is three individual a/c units to keep you cool.

Transit:

Most guests either choose to rent a car and drive from the airport to Alta Vista or take some sort of private transportation. I do not recommend the local transportation, you'd be taking 3-4 buses! Just say the word and Laura can help you make a reservation for a private shuttle van, we have a company that has been providing dependable service for almost a decade. They will meet you at the airport with your name on a sign and drive you approx 2 hours to Alta Vista in a comfortable, air-conditioned van usually stocked with cold water and fresh fruit. The driver typically speaks enough English to get by. They will stop at a grocery store in Nicoya if you choose. Please call Laura 8425-5526 from Nicoya, you can use the driver's cell if not your own, to let Laura know you are 50 min away in Nicoya. To dial Laura or another local cell phone in Costa Rica you may need to dial first 011-506- (add eight digit number). If you use WhatsApp that is a great communication tool for Costa Rica where the majority of people use it regularly.

Notes:

Great for families who want fewer stairs to climb and easier access to the pool!


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Amenities:

TV
Cable TV
Air Conditioning
Kitchen
Internet Wifi
Pool
Free Parking
NO PETS ALLOWED
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Balcony Terrasse
CD/DVD Player
Barbecue
Dehumidifier
Ceiling Fan
Hair Dryer
Pots Pans
Oven
Microwave / Oven
Coffee Maker
Dishwasher
Toaster
Fridge
Gated Property
Safe Box
Sea View
Wardrobe
Iron
Is Family Friendly
Event Friendly
NO SMOKING ALLOWED
Hangers
Lock On Bedroom
Private Entrance
Shared building washer/dryer
Shared building BBQ

What guests are saying:

Louis Lipzkan
Mr.
My recent stay at AltaVista Condos was amazing. This trip was my 3rd trip to Samara and my 3rd trip staying at AltaVista. I continue to return to AltaVista because of how consistent the quality is. Not only do they manage my expectations of what a great rental can be, they exceed them every time! I will continue to rent from Patrick and the AltaVista team.
Michael
Fisher
The other reviews have talked about how nice the place is, the joy of seeing monkeys from the roof top deck in the morning and evening as well as the convenience of being a five minute walk from the beach. What really sweet the place apart for me was the people Patrick has working there. Laura who meets you and provides great insight if needed throughout the stay, Dennis who this the fix everything, help with anything guy and Zenia, who may be a house cleaner, but has the warmest heart. My family stayed at the condo for two months. I had to leave unexpectedly a month into the trip to return to the United States, leaving my wife and two young children. If it were not for the Dennis, Zenia and Laura, I would not have been as comfortable leaving them there for a month.
Traveler 1971 Toronto
Super Duper Pura Vida
You'll hear the term "Pura Vida" used often in Samara Beach and other parts of Costa Rica. It means "Pure Life". In surfing parlance it can mean everything from "Fantastic", “Beautiful”, "Cool", "Awesome", "Chill Out". All of these things describe the vibe and beauty of Alta Vista Condo’s three units and Samara Beach. Whenever we travel I search and read countless reviews on TripAdvisor before making a decision on destination or accommodation. In this case there were only 3 reviews regarding Alta Vista Condo at the time of our trip. Typically that's not enough information for me but the reviews were so convincing I booked Alta Vista. On this particular trip I was especially meticulous with our accommodation selection as this was our first with an infant – our 8 month old little girl. There are now 6 reviews, or 7 including the one I'm writing. I've read the rest and they're all 100% correct. Furthermore, during our stay in Samara I looked at various other properties just to prove to myself that we had actually found the best place in town. I was right. We had. I visited the 3 units and took lots of pictures for the sake of my friends and family since we're insisting they all go and visit. The design of the building and suites is Ultra Modern Beach Chic. Enjoy! Thanks again Patrick for building such a fantastic beach paradise for your guests. Pura Vida Bro!
Jules H.
Love this Condo complex
As I sit on the deck looking at the beach on our last full day, I am not sad as I know we will be back..this was our 1st visit to samara and to alta vista but it will not be our last. We love the location of the condo as it is just a short walk to town. It is quite and serene but close eoungh to everything..we were in the first floor unit...the unit it set up well and the beds are super comfortable ... Laura the manager and Dennis that does security as well as maintenance we're both wonderful.... we have no complaints except knowing we got to leave but we will be back.. the week was not long enough next time 2 weeks.... from the booking stage with the owner Patrick to the 7 nights in the condo it all went great. I almost hate to recommend the condo as I want to make sure there's time for us again
Jennifer C.
Loved it!
The condo was super nice, spacious, had everything we needed! The beds and furniture were very comfortable, and while we often didn't need AC, the units worked great when we did. Very quick owner response to inquiries, and Laura who checked us in and out, and Denis who took care of the apartment building day-to-day, were both so helpful and nice. Location was great! We can't wait to return.
Laura D.
Great Vacation in Samara
This place is great. Views are stunning, right off the beach, incredible roof top deck, birds and monkeys right outside the door. The pool is also a huge plus. Nice to have parking and laundry. House was well stocked and we never lacked for a thing. There is a grocery a couple blocks away and Samara is a short walk down the beach. The house has shared beach toys, cooler and grill. Loved every minute of our stay. Laura the manager is wonderful and can answer all of your questions.
Jennifer M.
LOCATION! LOCATION!! LOCATION!!!
We recently had the pleasure of staying at Alta Vista condominiums on our trip to Sámara! I cannot rave enough about how amazing our trip was and Alta Vista’s accommodation was a large part of that. My husband and I were traveling with our young children (2 and 4yrs old) and spend 2 weeks in the first floor condo. My kids didn’t even have an issue walking! Center of town was a mere 10min walk on the beach- 20 mins with kids who just wanna play in the waves! Lol. And there was a grocery store just up the road as well! We walked everywhere!! No need for a car! We honestly can’t wait to return!!! Thanks Laura and Patrick for all your help and Denis for EVERYTHING you do around there!!! It was a trip of a lifetime:) Thank you, The Martin Family
Tobie C.
Perfect location, complete up-to-date condo, great staff...don't miss this property!
Having all the benefits of Samara right there at that condo. Denys, the handyman, is always happy to help and doesn’t hesitate tongo above and beyond in order to make your stay the best possible. A/C in every room, full kitchen, very well made and maintained inground pool, best view of the howler monkeys when they travel along their daily route, 2 short minute walk to an insane beach virtually to yourself (never though Pacific water could be that hot !!)... Well, the list could go on and on... My wife and I are already planning our next visit to Costa Rica...what a change from our cold Canadian weather ! Owner is super nice ! Don’t look elsewhere, take this condo ! You won’t regret it...
Tracy R.
incredible stay, insane views.
We can not say enough positive things about this property. We had an amazing time in Samara and staying here at the Altavista had a lot to do with our experience here. We stayed in the Amapola unit and it was extremely comfortable. The grounds are pristine and very clean, thanks to Dennis! The construction of the condos is very high end as well. Every amenity one can imagine and needs on vacation is provided and the location is ideal for town. Of course the views are the best in the entire bay of Samara. We have traveled to Costa Rica many times and are planning on returning within a year and will definitely book our stay here with Patrick at the Altavista. Honestly, it was hard to leave. Samara is a gem of a town, it's not too blown up yet and with that being said, there are plenty of awesome restaurants and cafes to chose from. Food was awesome in town. Lots of activities to do in the area. Loved it!!!
George R.
Exceeded Expectations!
I can not come up with a single complaint about my stay. Everyone associated with this condo was extremely friendly and willing to help in any way possible. Every interaction showed how much they care about the guests as well as the property. Check in/out was as simple as could be, and the condo and amenities exceeded every expectation. The pool was spotless at all times and the rooftop deck (complete with hammocks and daybeds) could not be beat. Steps away from the ocean and town, howler monkeys all around. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Layton S.
New favourite getaway!!!
Condo was excellent from top to bottom! As other reviewers have stated, it's difficult to find anything to complain about. Building is beautiful and well designed and constructed. Laura was the manager and was helpful with local area etc. We had the good fortune of having some great neighbors above us. They had been staying for several weeks and were also very informative on day trips, restaurants and such. Location was superb! 10 min walk to town by beach everyday.....stunning sunrises. All in all ,likely the best VRBO rental we've had the pleasure of staying at. Will be back next year!!!
Flsgp 1
Best Place in Samara
Awesome view. Great security. All the comforts of home including a full size fully equipped kitchen. We couldn't have asked for more. My husband and I were here for 1 week at the end of Nov 2008 and this is the only place we would stay if we came back. Imagine yourself with a cup of coffee on the balcony watching the sunrise-- stunning. Most other places we looked at had units facing a garden. Why look at a garden when you can look at the beach and water from your unit. We stayed in the first floor unit which is equal to the secont floor at other places. Patrick, the owner/ manager is gracious and helpful. Have the caretaker hook you up with a fish from the fisherman down the street. We had fish all week, it was fantastic. If your idea of vacation is rest & relaxation with a good view and in close proximity to everything, Alta Vista is the place you want to be.

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