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“A Samara Must”
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Casitas LazDivaz
Ranked #5 of 32 Playa Samara B&B and Inns
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Berlin, Germany
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“A Samara Must”
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Perfect location, great rooms, brilliant architecture, exceptional service, 5star breakfast, friendly, funny and family like owners, impressive garden and empty beach right in front. You'll make friends there. Thanks guys for this perfect holiday.
Fabi & Jens

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

My bride and I spent several nights at Laz Divaz and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Roberto, Alvaro, and Andres were terrific hosts and the location is terrific. My only complaint would be about the howler monkeys that woke us up one morning fighting in the vicinity. If you like something off the beaten path and are open to something out of the ordinary, Laz Divaz is definitely for you!

Room Tip: If you want a clothes line, pick one of the casitas in the back of the property.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

My girlfriend and I were the first guests to stay at Laz Divaz under the new management of Alvero, Andres and Roberto and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to stay in Playa Samara. We chose it based on the previous glowing reviews on here and, from our experience there, the great reputation created by original owners Sara and Berit is sure to continue.

The setting is idyllic, right on the beach and far enough away from the town to feel peaceful and secluded but close enough to reach the seafront bars and restaurants by a short walk along the sand. As other reviewers have said, bring a torch! The casitas themselves are bright, modern and very clean and are complete with a ceiling fan and electric shower.

The breakfasts created by chef Andres each morning were fantastic; he obviously takes great pride in the food he creates and deservedly so. Always a choice of food, generous portions, and served in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.

The guys were all friendly, attentive, quick to respond to any issue and genuinely keen for us to enjoy our stay. We would definitely stay there again and hope to do so one day.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

I am 41 year old and I have travelled to over 30 countries in four continents (Australia is on the check list!). I have never made a review in the past, but the experience we had in LazDivaz compelled me to register and write.

First of all, LazDivaz runs under a new direction. Roberto, Andres and Alvaro took over at the beginning of March. So, one could fear that all the positive reviews written in the past will need to be further consolidated. It was a positive surprise to see that these three young men live up to the expectations. We spent a week in LazDivaz, me, my wife and our three year old daughter and this could be easily qualified as one of the best vacations ever.

First of all, location. As it is commonly accepted in real estate, location is everything. And LazDivaz has it. Literally steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (our beach standards are quite high, since we are Greek ;-), you don't have to put on anything but your swimwear. After having enjoyed genuine Costarican coffee and one of the most inventive breakfasts you will ever taste in your travels, you head to the ocean. The Pacific expects you and your family for a memorable holiday.

I need to write a few more words about breakfast though. Andres is a real chef. We stayed seven days and every morning he prepared a different delicious breakfast for us and the other guests. Whether it was omelette with guacamole, gallo pinto or nested eggs with cheese and ham, we started every day with a gastronomic surprise. Keep up the excellent work Andres.

Should you be bored of the beach after a few days, which I doubt, Alvaro has some excellent ideas for you. He runs the Samara Trails and he can organise excellent hiking in the surrounding areas. But in Samara you can find more than hiking. Whether we are talking about horse riding, kayaking or snorkelling, you can satisfy most of your hobbies. Of course, nothing can beat reading in the private hammocks that Roberto attaches to the palm trees every morning. And if you feel the sun is too strong, he will bring you down some cocos so that you will quench your thirst with agua de pipa.

Is this paradise on earth? Yes.

Room Tip: Just three casitas. We stayed in the one at the back, which had space for an extra bed for our angel...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

My friend and I spent weeks trying to find the perfect beachfront spot to lounge and do nothing in Costa Rica. I came across the thread of rave reviews for Laz Divaz here on TripAdvisor and I have to say they were spot on. This place could not get any better. The rooms were beyond clean, well designed and cool, you're steps away from the ocean, there are a bunch of glorious hammocks on the beach where I spent most of my vacation, there is a quiet bar next door where you can get ice cold beer and the property is beautifully kept. But most importantly and notably: the staff is about as good as it gets. Roberto, Alvaro and Andrés made sure we had the best time possible, their breakfast is world-class and the overall vibe they inject into this place is what sets it apart. Forget the impersonal, distant service you get from large hotels or overstaffed all inclusives. These guys know how to run a good business because they care. So look no further. Get to Samara now and prepare to rave about this place for weeks.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Vienna, Virginia
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Terrific beach location. Simple clean cottage in a very friendly and natural atmosphere that provided a great escape from a hectic city life. Sara is a transplanted New Englander like me and she's gone to great lengths to put together a comfortable place to stay on the beach. Her description of amenities offered is right on. We stayed two relaxing days, of the six we were in Costa Rica, as part of our wedding anniversary. I don't remember ever being so close to the water with only 50 yards of palm trees between us and the beach. Breakfast was tasty and great start to the day. The fresh fruit plate a great touch. Hammocks provide a great shaded spot to admire the beach and a terrific location to watch the sunset. It's a short walk to town via the beach but bring a flashlight to find your way in the dark at night when going and returning from dinner. Don't miss the spectacular night sky.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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oakland, ca
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

So beautiful. Really wish we had more time in the casita to hang out more with Sara. We found LazDivas through Curve and Purple Roof. Sara is so accommodating and sincerely looks out for you. Samara was gorgeous, the locals were right, no place like it. We really hope to return someday.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casitas LazDivaz
Address: 600 meters east of Samara center | entrance from the beach, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three stand-alone cottages in an intimate beachfront compound, for adults only. Each bright, breezy casita, shaded by many trees, has a queen-size bed, hot shower, ceiling fan, refrigerator, free WiFi, and safe; one, "Tina Turner," has full kitchen. Coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice served each morning. We practice sound ecological management. Share our excitement and concern for the environment and resident wildlife, from the armadillos to the zompopas. ... more   less 
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Casitas Lazdivaz Bed And Breakfast
Casitas Lazdivaz Hotel Playa Samara
Casitas LazDivaz Costa Rica/Playa Samara

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