This is our first time visiting Costa Rica (what a beautiful country, but that's another review!). We could've chosen a number of other resorts, but we're glad we picked Villa Caletas.
We came in September, which is the off season, thus there was hardly any other guests. The 2 times we went to the pool we were completely by ourselves.
The Anfiteatro has a beautiful view of the ocean. The night that we went there we witnessed a lightning show. The food was nothing to write home about, but definitely not dissapointing.
The private beach is very relaxing. Just let it be known there's no sandy beach, but it's still a tranquil place to be. You need to take their truck down to the beach (or you could walk, if you like walking the trails). There's nothing like spending quiet time on a private beach, very peaceful.
We'd get a taxi when we wanted to go to Jaco. It cost us either $20 or $25 one way, I can;t remember. Then we'd arrange a time and meeting place to be picked up and taken back to the hotel. Definitely experience Jaco. Plenty of good restaurants, and you can surf and all that. You can also go to the supermarket and pick up supplies while you're down there.
To view the sunset from either the Anfiteatro or the pool was another great experience.
We also booked an excursion to Arenal volcano through Villa Caletas. The day we went a big eartquake happened. Thank God it happened way north from us.
Oh, the room. It was absolutely beautiful. Everything was in place and clean. The a/c works, and yes, there's wifi. I had to figure it out my self, but you just have to connect to your room (If you're in room 101, connect to "habitacion 101"). If you try to connect to "Villa Caletas" (or something like that), you wouldn't connect.
All in all, Villa Caletas is very unique. You're in Costa Rica, with rain forest around you. You're surrounded by nature (so yes, you'll see ants and the likes. Or a Toucan hanging around a tree on the driveway, or a huge spider on the way to the concierge). It was a unique experience, and defintiely would come again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Caletas Hotel Jaco
- Caletas Hotel Herradura
- Villa Caletas Costa Rica/Jaco