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“Pura Vida! Wonderful vacation at Villas Kalimba!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villas Kalimba
Ranked #1 of 32 Playa Samara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Pura Vida! Wonderful vacation at Villas Kalimba!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

We just returned from an incredibly blissful week at Villas Kalimba. Roberto, Diego and staff are warm and gracious and made our stay perfecto! This is also a great place for families. All the villas surround the pool so it was very convenient for us and the kids. Having a kitchen was also great and even your own private laundry room/luggage storage too. We enjoyed eating breakfast on our terrace every morning and kids loved sitting in the hammocks (which I want to buy now!) Also, you must take advantage when Roberto cooks. His meals were incredible and it was lovely to sample this homemade cooking. The location is across from the beach and was very close to everything. We fell in love with this laid-back surfer beach town and never want it to change. We will definitely be back again. Muchos gracias Villas Kalimba! - The Hansen Family

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

We stayed in Villa Gauchito for 3 nights and it was great. Villa is located walking distance from beach ( 200 meters ) and supermarket Pali is very close. Villa itself has all you need ( including the iguana's and occasional monkeys in the garden :) ) with secure parking and pool. We cannot comment on Roberto's meals as we unfortunately did not get a chance to taste them. Staff is really friendly and excellent service from Diego at reception.
Can definitively recommend staying here.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

We had an amazing stay at Villas Kalimbas for 3 weeks! It was perfect for our family! We have a 5 year old and a 3 year old and between the 6 villas there was a constant flow of families with kids that our kids could play with. I would definitely recommend Kalimbas for a family vacation. While it's not right on the beach, it is directly across the street, which was very convenient when packing sand toys, bags with snacks, and other kid "necessities". :) Other hotels mention that they are "short walk" to the beach, but be careful, because once we actually arrived in Samara, a "short walk" according to other hotels was about 15 to 20 minutes for an adult. It would have taken us an hour to walk to the beach if we would have chosen one of those hotels. I can assure you though….Villas Kalimbas is literally a "short walk" to the beach!

The service at Kalimbas is AMAZING! Their main concern is making sure that you enjoy a wonderful stay in Samara. From planning excursions to cooking amazing meals, and keeping your villa clean, they will attend to your every need. And, if you are ever unhappy with anything, they will be sure to fix it as soon as possible. If you stay here, you MUST eat at Roberto's restaurant next to the pool. He does not cook everyday, but will let you know what nights he will be, and trust me…you will want to sign up. It is an amazing 4 course Italian meal. We ate there 5 times for dinner during our 3 week stay. I miss his cooking so much!

The grounds were kept up very well and the pool was great for our kids when they needed a break from the sand at the beach! Both our kids learned to swim at Villas Kalimbas! :) It was also great to have a kitchen. We shopped at a grocery store that was less than a block away and were able to save money by making breakfast, lunch and some dinners in the kitchen in our villa. The villas are simple but very clean and have everything you would need (stove top, microwave, fridge, but no oven….I can't imagine wanting to bake anything anyway when it is soooo hot!) There is also air conditioning which is a must in Costa Rica. Oh, and you can flush your toilet paper at Villas Kalimbas…in most places you can't (you have to put it in a garbage can). :)

All in all, the staff is very helpful and friendly and felt like family by the time we left. We miss them and we hope to return someday to visit!! A big thank you to Roberto, Diego, Jose, Isabella and the rest of the staff! Sorry it took us so long to write a review! We miss you and hope to come back soon!!!

Room Tip: All the villas are located around the pool except for 1. I'm not sure which one it is, but if yo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed at Villa Sandy, (6 Adults), lots of room. Good location, great house with own pool. Staff exceptional around the house and at the hotel. We saw crocs in the local river, took a gyrocoptor ride, paddle surfed and explored all the beautiful beaches close by, Playa Barrigona was my favourite! Also great to watch the sunset, sipping a cold beer at one of the bar/restaurants on Samara Beach.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 6 nights just last week and loved it. Diego was great and very helpful with everything from making our reservation to extending our stay. In fact all the staff were friendly and nice but that just seems to be the way in Costa Rica. I heard the food Roberto cooks was also amazing although we did not have chance to try as the nights he cooked we had already made arrangements. The villas are lovely all set around the pool. Hopefully we will be back

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Halton Hills, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Roberto and Diego were perfect hosts. As the Villa we had requested was not available , they notified us of an upgrade to another Villa at no extra cost.
Villa Sandy was perfect, though larger than we needed with 3 bedrooms. The private pool was sparkling clean, thanks to Marco, the friendly and helpful staff on the property.
You do need a car to get to this property about 2 km down the road from Samara.
A perfect Villa for a family or couples wanting the beach, as well as, privacy away from the beach.
The property is also gated with secure parking.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Smithers, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

We loved this place and the people. In early Feb/14 our family stayed in Kamar and some family/friends stayed in a couple of the Kalimba villas for our daughters wedding that took place on Carillo beach. It was perfect for our group. Kamar was private, but yet very spacious, we had our own pool, each bedroom was beautiful with their own private bathrooms and we were right beside the villas and Roberto's wonderful restaurant.
Roberto cooked dinner for our small wedding reception that evening it was all so beautiful and so delicious. The only complaint was that it was too much good food and we couldn't eat it all, even though we put a very good effort into it.
I have never written a review on tripadvisor before but I have read them all the time, always wondered if people exaggerated or if what they said was true....... now I know it was true. We told Roberto his pictures on his website do not do his resort justice, that it really is much more beautiful than the website pictures.
I hope if you are considering this place you consider that all these reviews are so true. The location was amazing, close to stores, banks, restaurants and the beach was seriously only a few meters walk, private, clean, safe and comfortable.
Enjoy...... can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Kamar is perfect for a group, we had 9 adults and one small child.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Villas Kalimba
Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are just steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean and within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shops, grocery, and other services. Our villas feature fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, internet connection, in-room safes, and 24 hour security. We offer a perfect and safe place from which to explore the many attractions of the area, or for relaxing in the swimming pool and inviting jacuzzi. ... more   less 
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