PROS: The cliffside villa we reserved (a Junior suite) was spacious, unique --- hot pink and black --- and had a stunning, tropical jungle/ocean views. The large porch was totally private and had a hot tub. Landscaping was LUSHLY TROPICAL. A Toucan perched in a tree right beside our porch the 1st day. Staff were extremely pleasant; the concierge, Laura, was especially helpful. Meals we had at the terrace restaurant were delicious Costa Rican specialties presented beautifully, some wrapped in palm leaves. Sunset drinks in the mini-colosseum seating were perfect.
CONS: The beach (way down below) is accessible only by their jeep or a LONG, steep, jungle-y walking trail. They do provide walking sticks, and you will need them. The beach itself is so rocky it is not very desirable, even tho' there are comfy cabanas and a gracious attendant providing beach towels and serving food/drinks if desired. If you plan to swim, wear shoes! The one hotel pool is lovely, mostly shallow but small. We paid a driver to take us to the black sand Playa Herradura which we enjoyed one day, and we ate a nice Costa Rican lunch at the Pelicano restaurant on that beach.
While there is a beautiful yoga studio, there is only instruction on the weekend. There was confusion about whether or not we were even permitted to use it ourselves, which we finally did as my travel companion is a yoga instructor herself.
In summary, go there if you want a secluded, romantic getaway. Otherwise, keep looking...
- 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