About Villa La PAILA


La Paila is a fully equipped villa ready for you to use as your home in Costa Rica. Built and still owned by one family, the house is now cared for by a husband-wife team who are also a landscape architect and architect.To make your stay easy and relaxing, La Paila is staffed year-round with our permanent employee, Marilu. She is there for you Monday through Saturday to prepare and serve meals, do daily housekeeping and laundry…to ensure you have the perfect holiday.

The house comfortably sleeps nine in four bedrooms. You’ll love the elegant master suite with its private outdoor shower, newly renovated! The house is in a very safe and quiet location and all the bedrooms are secure and air-conditioned.

Situated on the Pacific coast of the Guanacaste Peninsula, the nearby towns of Carrillo and Samara are unspoiled by over development. You’ll spend much time at Carrillo beach which is just five minutes from the house and has no development along its gorgeous two miles. Some 30 years ago hundreds of palm trees were planted along its entire length making it one of the most beautiful and iconic beaches in all of Costa Rica. Still laid back and casual, the towns nevertheless cater to tourists both international and Tico and are home to numerous ex-pats making for a vibrant local community. In nearby Samara, you’ll find all your shopping needs but also try the numerous excellent restaurants and many activities!

La Paila is loaded with Tico flavor. The house was designed by a Costa Rican architect in the colonial style and is appointed with furniture, antiques, woodworking and arts made locally. ‘La Paila’ is Spanish for ‘cooking pot’ and refers to the five antique iron cauldrons on the grounds: these were used originally in colonial sugar cane plantations. Immerse yourselves a bit on your vacation at La Paila!

La Paila is also designed with entertainment and relaxation in mind! There’s plenty of space to relax in the amazing ‘big room’ which contains two dining areas, several seating areas and an indoor hammock and ping pong table! The swimming pool is just feet from the living room overlooking the Pacific; it’s where to be at sunset.


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1 mile east of Playa Carrillo, 5 miles to Samara.


up to eight adults plus 1 child in a bunk bed, 1 infant crib.


full time, permanent manager, cook and housekeeper.


Typically, you shop and plan meals with the cook. We offer an optional pre-stocking service for your first meal and the next day. Catering and additional kitchen staff is available for events. Don’t miss the numerous outstanding local restaurants!


TV, WIFI, CD player, DVD, backgammon table, ping pong, board games, volleyball court and horseshoes!.


Safe in master bedroom, outdoor grill, 2 car garage, laundry service at the house.


Four bedrooms, three full bath, 1.13 acres (land), 2,950 square feet (house)..


‘Brisa’ (breeze) is our lovely female, almost white, Labrador Retriever who watches the grounds and wants your attention and affection! For non-dog lovers, Brisa is kept at the separate house on the property away from the main house.


Hosting guests since 1992, long before Airbnb! The family has experience renting out a Caribbean villa since the 1980’s. This house was built with vacation rentals in mind and the staff is well practiced at and understands how to accommodate you on vacation!


La Paila is perfect for all types of get-aways. We’ve had groups of just two for a month of quiet seclusion…and wedding dinners of 25 people! We host many families: the kids love the pool and all the activities just at the house…not to mention the outstanding excursions and area things to do.
The parents love the room to spread out and the ease of having cleaning and cooking done while relaxing in your own home! So, you name it: bridal showers, honeymoons, family gatherings, reunions, celebrations…or just a vacation you won’t forget!


LaPaila – First Floor Plan

LaPaila – Second Floor Plan

SEA View First Floor

SEA View Second Floor

Mango Tree View Room First Floor

Mountain View Second Floor


— HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: macaw/parrot reservation, gyrocopter flights along the coast, deep sea fishing and whale excursions, authentic indian pottery village

— ON THE BEACHES: surf lessons, ocean kayak and snorkeling, numerous restaurants (Samara)

— IN TOWN OF SAMARA: ATV rentals, beach volleyball, Spanish and cooking lessons, manicure, massages, spanish lessons, cooking lessons

— LOCAL EXCURSIONS: ziplining, turtle hatching beaches, horseback tours, waterfall and nature hikes, , , beach walks and picnics,

— IN THE AREA AND NICOYA: seasonal festivals and horse parades,


This was a family vacation with friends.  The view was so spectacular (the pictures don't do it justice) and it was such a peaceful place to be. Coming from busy lives in busy cities, it was great to just relax and unwind. The kids loved being in the pool from morning until evening. The nearby beaches are quiet with perfect water temperatures, horses, and surfers. The howler monkeys were fun to watch in the backyard and birds, geckos, and toads on the property kept everyone entertained all day. The restaurant recommendations from Christine and Andy were fantastic, but the dinners prepared by Marilu were amazing (we chose to make our own breakfasts and grab lunch while we were out)! The house is about 10-15 minutes from Samara and just a ride down the hill to Playa Carrillo. There are grocery stores, banks and ATMs, butchers and fishmongers.  While we came during the rainy "green" season, we had sunny days with only occasional clouds - the rains would come in the evenings to cool things off. There is a wonderful macaw sanctuary in Islita and we explored Nosara beach to check out larger waves. We love the outdoors, so the open air style of the house was perfect. Playing some music, sitting in the hammock with a good book, playing in the pool at night, working on puzzles, playing a game of chess or ping pong while watching the sunset - we miss it and can't wait to go back. The rooms were kept cool with the air conditioners at night. We also miss Brisa, the house dog - she loves music and loves to just hang out with the family by the pool. The house had everything we needed for the beach and pool - towels, beach umbrellas, pool toys and sand toys.  The offered menu at the house is amazing - we need to go back for more of Marilu's pineapple crumble!
Beautiful Views, Perfect Pool, & Amazing Beach

La Paila has gorgeous views and the pool is great for both adults and children! My husband is Costa Rican and I have been visiting Costa Rica for the last 20 years so we've seen a lot of the country. Playa Carrillo is one of the few beaches which has not been developed and is as pristine and beautiful as it was 20 years ago! It is a great beach for couples and families and is never too crowded. If you want to get away from it all, and just rest and relax, La Paila and Playa Carrillo are perfect.

One of the best family vacations we’ve ever had!!! Wow! A house with no walls, or at least half of the walls aren’t there by design. To allow the guests like us, this amazing view over multiple bays below from the living room couch, or while playing ping pong, and definitely while having dinner at the dining room table from within the house! In under 5 minutes down the mountain you are literally at the beach, and no one else is there!  Choosing any spot (a new spot each time) on the beach and picking any two of the thousands of coconut trees that line the beach to hold the hammock was just unreal. Awesome beach for anyone, and we have little kids. The rooms kept very cool at night which was great, and everyone slept very well on the beds which were also in very good condition. You don’t see any neighbors while swimming in the pool or walking around the yard picking mangos and coconuts. You feel as though you are on the top of a mountain by yourselves. We’ve been all around Costa Rica now and Carrillo beach is one of our favorites. If you’re up for a quiet, beautiful and secluded beach and area, this is it!

We loved every second of our stay at La Paila. We were there with our two boys, ages 6 & 9 and our parents who are in their 70's. The open air layout of the house was so awesome - the temps were in the 90's all week, but it was never hot - breezes everywhere. The drive up to the house reminds you that you're heading to a spot away from it all. We loved being away from town and the drive down to the beach at Carrillo was easy when our boys wanted to spend time on the beach. The views of the ocean are incredible, we could hear monkeys throughout the week, and the house and pool made our stay different than being at a hotel. During our week, we took an ecological hike, a dolphin-watching tour, ziplined, and the boys took surf lessons - all of that was within a 10 minute drive. We didn't eat too many meals at the house because we wanted to try different restaurants in Samara and Carrillo, but we had breakfast there each day and two dinners.  Marilu, was attentive and friendly. We loved La Paila - a home off the beaten path of a town that's off the beaten path nowadays in CR.
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10% discount for short notice reservations (less than 30 days lead time).

Discounts for extended stays beginning at plus two weeks.

Per person surcharges apply for more than six guests