Condo Begonia: Escape to Luxury. Beach & Ocean Views, One of a Kind in Playa Sámara. Book Now!

Alta Vista Condominiums

2 Bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms
$109  / night  •  for 6 guests

Playa Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Escape to Luxury. Beach & Ocean Views, One of a Kind in Playa Sámara. Book Now!

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 Begonia on the second 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 Samara. 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 relax fully. 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 Begonia, is on the second floor. It is a two bedroom, two bathroom condo approximately 1400 square feet. The master bedroom has a king bed and ensuite bathroom with views of the ocean and beach. The guest bedroom has two individual beds with its own balcony and views of the forest behind the building . 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 kitchen, dining area and family room all combine to a great room or open floor plan design. The kitchen has a breakfast nook with seating for four. The dining table has seating for six. The mattresses in the bedrooms 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 and 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 damage deposit is only $150 which I will return to your credit card 7-14 after your incident-free check out. 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!

Sincerly,
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 Samara neighborhood of Cangrejal, on the north end of the bay of Samara. 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 Begonia 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, provided by Alta Vista. The open floor plan allows for easy movement, relaxation, and enjoyment of the view. There are three individual a/c units to keep you cool.

Transit:

Most guests either choose to rent a car and drive from the airport or take some sort of private transportation. I do not recommend the bus it would take all day. 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 with two or more children who prefer their own beds.

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Amenities:

TV
Cable TV
Air Conditioning
Kitchen
Internet Wifi
Pool
Free Parking
Balcony Terrasse
CD/DVD Player
Barbecue
Dehumidifier
Ceiling Fan
Hair Dryer
Crockery Cutlery
Pots Pans
Oven
Microwave / Oven
Coffee Maker
Dishwasher
Toaster
Fridge
Gated Property
Safe Box
Sea View
Wardrobe
Is Family Friendly
Lock On Bedroom
Private Entrance
Room Darkening Shades
Washer/dryer (shared)

What guests are saying:

Frank Katebe
Mr.
The condo is spacious with air con and fans in all rooms(very important for Samara) It is very clean, very close to the beach and a nice view of the ocean from the bedroom. Behind the house is a hill with different kinds of wild animals, its amazing. Having stayed in other places in Samara, I would say It is one of the best in town. The communication, with Laura the manager and Patrick the proprietor, was fantastic. I will definitely go back and I recommend it highly.
Cynthia B.
Fantastic Beach Condo!
We absolutely loved our stay at this amazing condo in Samara! It is comfortable, well-equipped, safe and the scenery is just to die for. Waking up each morning to a view of the sunrise over the beach and horses in the pasture out front through the glass wall of the bedroom was unbelievable! Howler monkey, coati and bird sightings from the windows and roof top patio were a bonus. The location just can't be beat. It's quiet and away from the hustle & bustle of Samara, yet an easy 15-20 walk into town either on the road or along the beach. The beach itself is less than a five minute walk down a quiet road. Don't miss eating at Soda la Perla in the neighborhood - easily the best meals we had in Costa Rica. Playa Samara itself is fantastic too. Beautiful beach that's great for swimming, body surfing or learning to surf. Waves probably aren't exciting enough for serious surfers, but great if you just like to hang out & relax. Lots of great restaurants/bars right on the beach and plenty of tourist activities to choose from in the area. We loved everything about the condo and Samara and can't wait to come back.
Ryian B.
Great trip to Condo Begonia
We have been coming to Samara for about 10 years. Staying at Condo Begonia was a great choice. Just down the beach to town. A great three sodas are within a 5 minute walk. A small grocer as well. And of course the beach. The staff is attentive and accommodating. We would definitely stay here again on our next trip to Samara.
Sadie H.
Alta Vista is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it as the best place to stay in samara
Epic views, 2 minute walk to the beach, sweet plunge pool, monkeys that come and visit morning and night, birds eye view of an array of amazing tropical birds that fly right up to your patio, horses that wander by, you would think that you are in paradise and you are!!.... Alta Vista is situated at the end of the beach & is an easy walk to an array of restaurants and any thing you need. The facilities are trendy and well kept and the staff are amazing ....including zorro the security dog who I will miss xo. I will definitely be back with my family. Thank you Patrick for providing such an amazing property for guests to enjoy samara from
June C.
A Little Piece of Paradise
This was our 4th year vacationing in Costa Rica but our 1st year in Playa Samara. We're in love with this little piece of paradise and hope to come back next year. The people, the beach, the views and the Pura Vida lifestyle is what will bring us back. Staying at Condo Begonia was perfect for us and our family. The condo has everything you need and is in walking distance to town and the beach. The kitchen had all the necessities so that you could cook your own meals. The pool was amazing...always clean and refreshing. They provided beach towels, beach chairs, boogie boards and a cooler so that you could enjoy a day at the beach. There was nothing that was lacking. The service was great, Laura answered any questions we had, Dennis was always there to help out and make us feel safe, the maid service was top notch and being greeted by Zorro (the dog) always put a smile on our faces. I would highly recommend this property. Patrick was so helpful and easy to deal with. We're already planning our trip for next year and can't wait to see the familiar places again.
Kurt T.
An absolutely perfect facility
Rented the bottom and middle condos in November with another couple. These condos are absolutely spotless and have everything you need. The views are awesome and the location to the beach and town are perfect. You are close enough to walk to town on the road and the beach during low tide where there are great restaurants, shops and everything you will need. There is also a grocery about a 1/2 mile down the road with everything you need and very reasonable prices(some better than in town). The restaurant options in Samara are too numerous to even count. One day we purchased fresh fish, shrimp, vegetables and fruits from road side vendors and cooked out on the grill by the pool..all very amazing. The pool area is perfect for relaxing and cooling off and is kept spotless by the onsite caretaker Dennis. Dennis is there over night and seemingly is constantly working throughout the day touching up paint, sweeping etc... A couple of added benefits to this facility. First of all is the covered gated parking with room for vehicles for each condo...very, very nice to have. The best feature however has to be the "Congo lounge" located on the top of the condo. It is a covered area with a couple hammocks, a large comfy relaxation couch, tables, chairs and a sink counter. Great place for early morning coffee, monkey and bird watching as well as later afternoon/early happy hour. I know the next time we return to Samara we will be staying here again. Absolutely perfect!!!!
Travelerusn
Paradise at the beach! Impeccable and luxurious
Alta Vista is an amazing experience. It has all the modern luxuries of a 5 star hotel and is set in a beach setting with monkeys in the trees out your kitchen window. The condo is impeccable inside and out with all the conveniences of a full kitchen and incredible views. Wi fi services is excellent. Water out of the sink is super safe and tastes like spring water. The pool is refreshing and is impeccable since it is cleaned multiple times a day. The top level lounge is beautiful with incredible views. Great spot to relax, have a quiet read or a wonderful dinner in the open air watching the sun go down, which we did. Destination weddings from the United States have occurred in this open air lounge! Dennis is there for help and takes care of needs. The condo has safe and impeccable parking provisions. The flowers on the premises bring the beauty of Costa Rica out your front door every time you go out and in. We will go back in a heart beat.
Donche2010
second stay, many more to come
This was my second stay at the Alta Vista and I will hopefully be back for many more and sooner than later. This is really the best of both worlds. You have a modern condo with all the comforts and a fabulous view in a typical Costa Rican neighborhood on the undeveloped side of the beach. All the other reviews are on the money and making reservations with the owner Patrick is very easy. His manager is a very nice young woman who does a great job of taking over once the reservations are made and checks you in and out. The watchman/ maintenance guy is all Tico which means he is a happy friendly guy. The maid is very nice too. There are some sodas (cafes) attached to a couple of the houses in the neighborhood where you can eat fresh typical Costa Rican food at very reasonable prices or you can take a short walk to town and eat while looking at the beach and ocean. I have been to Costa Rica over 30 times and the Alta Vista and Samara Beach are now my favorite places. I just need to find a way to stay there forever.
Runningfree35805
Fabulous place
We are a family of four- we stayed in the Begonia, which was just perfect- clean, spacious, modern and fully equipped - from the living room balcony u could see the ocean and the mountains - the back balcony face a treed hill- the grounds keeper, Randall was available for just about anything- he was even there when we left at 2:30am to help with our luggage!! The property manager spoke perfect English - and arranged our transportation to and from the airport and everyone was on time- the beach is 5 minutes down the street- it is hard packed sand- perfect for walking or running- the water is warm and the waves are great for jumping- the sand bar goes out for at least 100 m - there is a great bakery and grocery store 5 minutes up the street- the town is about a 10 minute walk- the food was fresh and inexpensive by north American standards- we ate out 3 nights and had fabulous dinners for under $100 US for 4- my kids went biking, snorkeling and kayaking and had a great time- we felt safe even at night- everyone was friendly and helpful- I would highly recommend this place
Sally M.
The Comfort of Home in Paradise
This was my second visit to Begonia Condo at Alta Vista Condominiiums. EVERYTHING about my visit was perfect--from the flight into Liberia to my departure. The condos are accessible and well maintained. They are staffed by welcoming, helpful individuals who are Ticos so you feel as if you are really "in country." My sister and I could walk to the beach, walk into town for shopping, groceries and DELICIOUS food at local restaurants. We found EVERYONE to be friendly and we had no trouble having our questions answered, even tho we are not Spanish speakers. I have stayed at 5 star hotels and not felt as comfortable as I did at Alta Vista Condominiums. I felt so relaxed and safe. I would go back tomorrow if my schedule permitted! I am already planning my trip for 2011!!!!
Smartgburg1
Alta Vista - Best Place to Stay in Samara
Alta Vista is tops for a place to stay in Samara. You won't find anything better in the area. Its new, has a great view, has friendly cleaners and caretakers and is convenient to town. Great price for a 2 bedroom unit, you can't beat the value. Look no further.

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