Beautiful, modern home, high on a hill with gorgeous views of mountains and ocean. Very private place to immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a glass of wine in the infinity pool, which you can walk right into from the living area or master suite, or cook gourmet meals while you view the mountains, birds, and monkeys. The yoga deck on top is a truly amazing place to practice yoga, get creative and recharge your creative juices, or get a massage from a very gifted therapist. There are other sun decks for laying in the sun or shade to relax.
The location offers a real experience of serenity, being in nature while living in elegance and being close enough to town and the beach to access all of the wonderful conveniences Playa Samara has to offer.
The house is full of paintings and glass art installations done by the owner for your pleasure and or purchase. It is like living in a gallery in the middle of the forest. If you love elegance, art, yoga, bliss and/or serenity, this is the place for you!
The beaches which are close by are Samara and Carrillo Beach which were both named as the most beautiful beaches in Central America. Both are amazing! You will want a car while here preferably a four wheel drive. There is public transport if you do not want a car but we are about a 10 minute drive from town. There are many fabulous restaurants in Samara as well as Nosara which is a 30 minute drive.
Casa Candelitas is one of the best places we've ever stayed while on a vacation. It was the perfect oasis for our group of 6 visiting Costa Rica for our friends wedding.
With an infinity pool, yoga deck, open kitchen, outside dining area, 3 bedrooms and a 360 degree view that includes the ocean, hillsides and trees; this place really does have it all.
The pool was a definite favorite! The way it's situated right off the sliding glass doors of the living room, really make it feel integrated into the home. If we weren't in the pool, we were sitting on one of the perches with feet dangling in the water while reading a book or having a glass of wine. The temperature was just right for cooling off during the heat of the day or sitting and watching the stars before bed.
The yoga deck with lounge chairs was stunning. It's on top of the house and we could almost always get a nice cool breeze due to the 360 degree view. Read a book, practice yoga or simply watch the sunrise or sunset.
Kitchen. Perfect for group dinners and hanging out. During our week long stay, we cooked every meal at the house except for 2 dinners and 2 lunches. We'd go to the fish market, produce stand and Green Iguana market and stock up on necessities about every other day. Then we'd chef it up in the well stocked kitchen. It seemed to provide everything we needed, including a Weber bbq on the patio, perfect for grilling our meat and fish.
The outdoor dining area with easy access to the kitchen made for the perfect place to start and end a good meal. The day of the wedding we treated the bride and groom to a pineapple mimosa breakfast on the patio. So memorable!
The master suite with large open air shower and separate door to the pool was perfect for the couple getting married, while the other two rooms made for great privacy. All three rooms have plenty of closet space and storage while featuring open air showers offering a nice connection to the outdoors.
And then there was Camilla, Deanne's dog who was staying at the neighbor's house down the hill. Just like a good girl, she would come up the hill every evening to check on the house and greet us with a wagging tail and smile. If we were eating on the patio she would protect us by chasing potential critters down the hill so we could relax. She was the icing on the cake!
So many times throughout our stay we mentioned how much thought and care went into designing this house in such as way as to take advantage of the scenery and cater to the serenity and relaxation Costa Rica offers.
We'd love to stay at Deanne's place again and highly recommend it to those considering a trip to Samara.
Matt, Devon, Karsten, Becca, Andrea & Brad