We were pleasantly surprised by our love of this resort, being another Groupon purchaser & not sure about whether it would turn out to be a deal or not. Oh what a deal! From the friendly welcome onward, we were impressed & so happy with our "risk": the Groupon was the reason we even considered Costa Rica, as there are no nonstop flights from Mpls. & we always try to get those when we travel. We arrived after dark, & were so happy to find our spacious, beautiful, cool suite waiting for us. Lovely beds :-) Upon awakening to our Jr. Suite's view of the jungle & ocean, we could only smile from ear to ear & hurry to explore the rest of this paradise. As we hiked up to the restaurant, we encountered enchanting fountains, pools, & the prettiest route I've ever taken in any resort, including Hawaii & Tahiti. Plants & flowers & birds, oh my! Once at the restaurant, we were seated at the top edge of the amphitheater with a view that is the best of any I've seen - including mountain villas in St. John! The pix can't do this place justice - the views are spectacular! We found the food to be very good, & knew to expect higher prices; they weren't out of line with other resorts with this type of location/service. There's a large tree with orange fruit just before the restaurant entrance that was full of toucans every am, with a few even later in the day. They turned out to be the only toucans we saw in 12 days (we stayed 3 nights then went on to Manuel Antonio, Arenal volcano, & Poas). The lovely concierge showed us where to look (steps up to her office). A pizote (coatamundi) climbed up to peek at us one night in the huge hot tub on the balcony! We enjoyed the aerial tram tour in the canopy nearby, & weren't charged any more by having the concierge book it than if I had done it directly. A quick ride - definitely worth it! We were treated to a troop of "capuchinos" (white-faced monkeys) crossing above us on the tram. The fun, bumpy ride down to their private beach was a gorgeous tour in & of itself, & we spent several afternoons playing on their unique beach. While not a sandy swimming beach, it's interesting & exciting to walk farther & farther out on the flat black volcanic rock as the tide recedes, with giant waves breaking out at its end. Got caught in a sudden downpour which was one of our most memorable times, as we were on a sunbed under a palapa, drinks in hand (good beach bar/rest.), cozy & blissed out together. Only competition was my time in the amazing infinity pool, edges dripping with tropical vegetation & flowers...sigh. The thing you need to know is that you will have to climb a lot of stairs to get from your room (perched on the mountainside) to the rest of the resort. Our legs look great now! Also, follow their informed directions: I didn't, stepped on a stinging ant at night on the balcony, & spent agonizing couple of days recovering. They sent a medic upon our distress call who examined my foot (nothing showed for 2 days!) & gave me tylenol & ice, & assurance that I would be OK - thank you VC!!! After 12 days in 5 other top-notch resorts, we both agreed that our stay at Villa Caletas was the best. The staff are great, gorgeous property, met nice fellow travelers, wildlife, beautiful Victorian-Greco/Roman architecture, and winner of BEST VIEW!
My romantic Tarzan & Jane fantasies came alive! Can't wait to return, probably trying its next door sister property, the Zephyr.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Caletas Hotel Jaco
- Villa Caletas Hotel
- Caletas Hotel Herradura
- Villa Caletas Costa Rica
- Villa Caletas Costa Rica/Jaco
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Caletas, a luxury boutique hotel inspired by tropical Victorian architecture with a touch of neo-classical influence shining like a jewel among resorts, prized not only for its location, design and décor, but also for its outstanding facilities and first class service. Villa Caletas expresses a truly unique combination of mountain and seaside resort. Nestled 1150 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this unique hotel overlooks the Nicoya Gulf to the crescent beaches of Jaco, Herradura offering spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. ... more less
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