Playa Samara is located about 120 km from Liberia airport, and takes about 1.5-2 hours depending on traffic. Pierre (the owner) arranged for us a Taxi to come and pick us up, with a very friendly driver-Rodrigo. Taxi costs ($110-$130 depending on the time of day).
Our family of four stayed in the Iguana suite during the holiday season. the suite is very spacious (my guess approx 700 sqf ), has a master bedroom with a little office area, a living room with a second double bed, an equipped kitchen with all the basics and a beautiful covered portico that serves as a dining area. there's air condition for a small extra charge, and free internet. It is not luxurious, but rather rustic in a tasteful kind of way. Teak is used throughout the house, from exposed beam cathedral ceilings to cabinetry, doors and furniture. all hand made. Pierre's Photos decorate the walls, and make you think of your next holiday destination.
there's a small pool that is shared by all 4 units, which is really nice and gets some shade in the morning.
You are responsible for cleaning your room, and are provided with some basic detergents and broom.
Pali Supermarket is within a 100 yard distance, and Playa Samara supermarket within 250 yards. You can get groceries, additional cleaning supplies, and bug spray. The only thing we found you couldn't get because they sold out was a beach umbrella.
The hotel is situated within 5 minutes walk from the amazing Playa Samara beach, which we all loved. i have reviewed this beach separately, but will just say that because of the low tide you are sometimes required to sit in shade where the trees are, while the water is a good 20 yards away. (that's when the beach umbrella would come useful especially if you have little kids that don't want to come out of the water)
there's plenty of local restaurants, all within 5-10 min walking distance, ranging from decent to really excellent. our favorite was Casa Esmeralda. since they are all priced pretty much the same ($60 for 4 people) this one was by far best food, cocktails and service.
For the holidays there was a local fair going on just across from our suite, that included rides for kids, food and music. it was high decibels for sure but our young kids had such a blast to go there every night, that we couldn't complain. from Dec 29th-Jan 1 they also had a Rodeo show which was a thrill to watch.
to conclude i will highly recommend this place. Great suite,Great location, Great host- Thanks again Pierre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bienvenidos a Bambula, your home away from home. This casa is a jungle oasis in the heart of Samara. We offer the perfect location, easy walking distance to everything in town and only 200 meters to the beautiful beach. Bambula has all modern amenities, with typical Costa Rican woodwork and charm. Perfect for the solo traveler, families, and large groups alike, Bambula can custom fit to your needs to make your time in paradise unforgettable! ... more less