Villa Mar

  based on 7 reviews
  •   5
  •   1
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  • SQM 60
  •  wifi
  •  A/C
  •  Pool
  •  Parking


Mar is a short walk from Samara’s beach, restaurants and nightlife. You’ll love Mar because of the equipped kitchen, great patio, handcrafted furniture, cozy window seat, fast WIFI, no TV and comfortable beds. Mar and 5 other villas share our beautiful pool on the Villas Espavel property, which is nestled against the jungle and a seasonal river. With our towering trees you’ll relish the cool shade of Villas Espavel when the rest of town is scorching. Mar is good for families and small groups.

We spend most of our time outside and I bet you will too. Favorite pass times are swinging in the hammock while looking at the green jungle and swimming in the cool pool.

Villa Mar is set on the peaceful grounds of Villas Espavel where you share a pool, tree-top yoga rancho, and riverfront jungle with the owner’s home and 5 other Villas. Each Villa also has its own patio or balcony. Villas Espavel is a 5 to 10-minute walk to the beach, restaurants, Intercultura language school and The Costa Rica School of Massage.

Villas Espavel is very secure as the property is hidden away down a long driveway where 4 parking spots are shared amongst the guests of Villas Espavel. All the windows have window screens and security bars.

You will see our manager, Tano, our head cleaner, Magali, and our gardener, Caliche, onsite most days and they will be available to answer your questions and help you settle in. We have a washer available if you need one during your stay.


1 Bathroom, 1 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room

  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 1 Child bed, 1 Double bed, 1 Queen bed, 1 Sofa bed
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning
  • Outside
    Private Terrace, Giant Jungle Swing, Artisan Zipline, treetop yoga rancho, bird watching, beach toys, outdoor showers
  • Entertainment
    Wireless Broadband Internet
  • Sanitary
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room
  • Parking
    Parking Included
  • Spa & Gym
    Unheated Outdoor swimming pool (Shared)
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Deck chairs, Private Garden, Gated-Community, Shared Playground
Children welcome, Low allergen environment, Smoking not allowed,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Housekeeper Included
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM


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Here is a link to the Google Map for Villas Espavel. Addresses in Costa Rica are almost useless for finding your destination. 

There is an exterior gate that should remain closed and locked after dark. The code is 5062.

The door code is 5061. Enter the code and then press the Kwickset button above the number keys and you should hear the lock turn. Lots more details are available in this guest information.

You will use this code on the first door to the left after you go through the wooden archway. You can find a plethora of information about your villa, the property and our favorite things in Samara in this guest information.

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based on 7 reviews
Leigh Ann (USA)
Great hideaway!

We stayed in both Villa Mar and Jardin and loved them both. This is such a special spot, short walk to the beach and amazing get away. The best place we stayed in Costa Rica. Our 5 and 7 year old boys loved the pool, surf, and special touches like the zip line and swing. Our last day several howler monkeys came near the pool to say goodbye. I really appreciated the extra efforts to support the environment like the compost station and recommendations on local guides etc. Highly recommend the horseback riding! Johanna was very accommodating and a great help on site.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 2/2020

Michelle (Canada)
Great stay for our family

This was the perfect place for us. my partner and I stayed in Villa Palm and loved the outdoor kitchen. Then when the rest of our family arrived, we moved into Villa Mar, which was a great size, beds were comfortable, and was a cool place to spend hot afternoons between bike rides to the beach.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 2/2020

Ainsley van Kleeck
Best place in Samara!!

Villa Espavel exceeded our expectations!! We stayed in Villa Mar and loved every second of our stay. Wish we stayed longer. Everyone there was so nice and accommodating. Also, very safe and close to town. I highly recommend and will definitely be back!

Family with no Children  |  stayed in 11/2019

Susannah (USA)
Felt right at home with two young kids...

“Such a lovely spot. Great location and thank you for all your kindness. I felt right at home and two young kids. We were safe and so well looked after. Each villa is lovely and outfitted perfectly. Our kids loved the jungle swing and all of the lovely staff to pieces. Taena and Noe were amazing and went out of their way to help. I don't think there is a better place to stay in Samara. Truly a special trip. Gracias and puravida!”

Family with young children  |  stayed in 7/2019

Brad (Maine)
Puro GringTico

What a special gem of a spot! Villa Espavel is uniquely located next to active forest with beautiful birds, flowers, and daily howler monkey visits while we were there. It is a quiet and beautiful spot, away from some of the bustle of downtown Samara; while at the same time extremely accessible (only a 5 min walk to the beach or into town). The kids loved having this lush hideaway "nook" with a perfect sized pool to cool off in the afternoon heat. The property has a zip line and rope swing that the boys also really enjoyed. One of our favorite things to do was to get up early and enjoy the peaceful mornings with our coffee; sitting in hammock swings up in the yoga/zen open air "treehouse" and listening to variety of bird songs. We also really enjoyed hanging around the pool making new friends with the other guests who were staying in the other Villas. We became "family" instantaneously. Thanks for the special memories Villa Espavel! We will definitely return and hope to bring my extended family sometime soon in the future.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 4/2019

Allison Corbett (USA)
We traveled Costa Rica for 1 month and this place is by far THE BEST!

Wish we could have stayed longer!! We traveled Costa Rica for 1 month and this place is by far THE BEST! The special touches and attention to detail are Ritz material- seriously. We had so much fun here, enjoying the pool, the zipline, yoga and bbq rancho. The experience here is on pointe!

Family with young children  |  stayed in 9/2018

Barbara Jaochum (United States)
A glorious stay in Samara at Villas Espavel

My family of four just returned from a glorious stay in Samara at Villas Espavel. The property is exceptionally maintained and so well thought out. We were in Villa Mar and it was the perfect size for us. The winding staircase up to the loft bedroom space is truly a work of art. The spacious patio served as a delightful way to spend the morning relaxing in a hammock with a french press coffee and a book. We also used the patio when we sat around the beautiful table playing card games under the twinkling lights in the evening. The pool and yoga space were also inviting and so comfortable with shade from the trees above. Another fabulous aspect was the owners; Mercy and Canuche were warm and welcoming and helpful to us by providing great information about the town and fun excursions. Two thumbs up!

Family with older children  |  Villa Mar  |  stayed in 3/2018

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Canuche Terranella and Mercy Rome

We're an active family with a 11 year old boy and 8 year old girl. Both Mercy & Canuche have worked in sustainable building in the Seattle Area before becoming your happiness engineers providing you with delight and fun in Samara, Costa Rica at Villas Espavel and in Seattle, Washington at Plum Modern. We live in Leavenworth, Washington. When we aren't helping guests create wonderful vacations, we love to cook, eat local food and spend time outside with friends and family. We are beekeepers, avid gardeners, hikers and campers. When the weather is warm we love to SUP, surf, boogie and snorkel. When the white stuff falls you'll find us on skis enjoying downhill, X-country or skate terrain. We have traveled much of the world, some of our favorite places are Costa Rica, Mexico, Turkey, Syria and Scandinavia. We love hosting people and sharing the beauty of Costa Rica and Seattle. 

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