Firstly, a note about the tour company: I travelled with Air Transat/ Nolitours out of Toronto for the first time. I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought the air and hotel package was a great deal, so I wondered what "compromises" I might have to endure as a result of the price. (I am a frequent international business traveller, so I think I've experienced the full range of possibilities.) I was so surprised to find the travel to be comfortable and well-organized (from check-in, to courtesy sparkling wine on take-off, to good food, entertainment, and service on the flight, to efficient ground transfers on arrival). All representatives of the company were courteous, professional, and competent as well. Congratulations on the excellent service. I hope Air Canada is paying attention!
As far as the resort is concerned, it felt like an authentic insight into Costa Rican culture to me. (The resort is obviously a destination for Costa Ricans, since on the weekend, it was full of families we guessed had come to the coast from San Jose.) If you're looking for a 4-5 star hotel or gourmet food, this is not the place for you. You should be planning a trip to Europe. If you're looking for an unique experience in the thick of the rainforest; teeming with wildlife, with lots of options for outdoor activities, and basic, clean, and affordable accommodations, you will be very pleased with this resort.
We stayed in one of the stand-alone chalets, as we weren't on the all-inclusive package. These are basic and a little worn, but they include full kitchens and sitting areas, so we were able to cook for ourselves and relax in our rooms at the end of a full day.
The beaches and amenities at the resort are great and offer something for everyone, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and overall the resort feels safe and well-maintained. The beaches are about a 20-minute walk from most of the rooms. We enjoyed the opportunity to experience the outdoors in this part of the world and didn't use the shuttles once over the course of a week.
All in all, if you're interested in exploring Costa Rican landscape and culture, you will enjoy Punta Leona. We will be returning.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel And Club Punta Leona
- Punta Leona Costa Rica
- Punta Leona Jaco
- Punta Leona Hotel Costa Rica
- Hotel & Club Punta Leona Costa Rica/Jaco