My husband and I spent a week on an all inclusive package at Villas Playa Samara at the beginning of April. The beach really is the most beautiful we have ever seen and we are seasoned travelers. This hotel is ideal if you are looking for a low key relaxing break. If you are looking for a party atmosphere or 5 star service, look elsewhere. This is a 3 star hotel and we felt that it was good value. With a few minor repairs and a little tlc, this hotel would be outstanding as the location is unparalleled.
The villa we were first put in we didn't like as it was one of the non renovated ones even though our package stipulated that we were to have a renovated villa. We went back to reception and without any fuss were quickly given keys to a villa two doors down that was a massive improvement. The villas are large in size, with comfortable beds and great outdoor patios with a hammock. Ours had a great view of the ocean and we felt very at home. The cleaning was a bit patchy, some days the bins were not emptied and other days the cleaning lady did not come until 3 pm.
There were never any problems with sun loungers by the pool or at the beach and the most fantastic thing was that there were no hawkers trying to sell us anything which was very refreshing.
The beach is clean and safe, with security guards discreetly patrolling, the sand is soft and the water in the ocean is very warm. There are a few stones on approach into the water but overall it's mostly a sandy bottom. Definitely take the kayaks out to the island, it's a quick 10 minutes and you will feel like Robinson Crusoe.
We walked into Samara town along the beach which takes roughly 20-30 mins but go at low tide, otherwise the currents can be quite dangerous and it will take much longer.
The hotel was not very busy when we arrived and we found ordering from the menu very easy. The service wasn't quick but Alfredo, who we got to know quite well by the end of our trip, was great. There were plenty of food options, all well prepared and fresh. The red snapper is amazing! Towards the end of our trip a large group arrived and then we had the buffet for one night which, as discussed in previous reviews, wasn't as good.
The drinks at the bar are fantastic, you have got to try the strawberry daiquiri, it's phenomenal!
My advice is, manage your expectations and you will have a great time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a hotel with fully equipped villas and deluxe rooms. We are located in front of the beach very close yo downtown Samara. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villas Playa Samara Costa Rica