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“Secluded couples or wedding spot; we were neither category” 4 of 5 stars
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Villa Caletas
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 km after Punta Leona | Herradura, Jaco 12358-1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 43 Hotels in Jaco
Northern VIRGINIA
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Secluded couples or wedding spot; we were neither category”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

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...

Room Tip: I think we spent more than necessary in order to get two beds. Probably you should call re your des...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_Caletas, General Manager at Villa Caletas, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Dear Friends, thank you very much for your review ! We are happy to know that you enjoyed your room and the Toucans that came to visit you !!. Best regards. manager@villacaletas.com
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed in one of the newly-built suites, with its own pool and a short walk down from the main hotel. Views from the large balcony were stunning, with capuchin monkeys seen frolicking in the trees below on our first evening. Shame the wet weather ruled out any proper sunsets, which would have been magnificent from the balcony. Our package included a great selection of a la carte breakfasts at the semi-outdoor Amphitheater restaurant. Although we didn't partake in the spa, the setting and facilities looked inviting were we in more of a mood to splurge. Ditto for the handmade crafts and textiles in the boutique. The only annoyance during our 2-nights stay was during check-out when the lady at reception charged us for the breakfasts - this was of course rectified but only after a seemingly unnecessary delay.

A great base for the Jaco region, including the golf and facilities at Los Suenos, away from the surfing horde.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_Caletas, General Manager at Villa Caletas, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Dear Friends, thank you very much for your review ! We are glad to know that you enjoyed your Junio suite superior. They are indeed a very good option and as you said boast from an amazing view from the bay and the nature around. We hope to see you back with us soon. Best regards. manager@villacaletas.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Villa Caletas is a little far from town, but they make it very easy to get a taxi ($20) and head to Jaco, or they can book any tour/adventure you want to go on. The restaurant was very good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The pool and views were amazing. The walk to the beach was long and pretty tough but definitely something to do at least once. The beach is very rocky and not recommended for swimming, but we went in and it wasn't bad at all. It's best to go at low tide so you can walk around and explore more while to tide is out. Rooms were clean, and out suite had an amazing view. If your looking to be able to walk places and to town this isn't the place for you, but if you don't mind taking a taxi and enjoying the grounds of the resort then definitely check out Villa Caletas.

Room Tip: We stayed ocean view and it was excellent. Room 34 was also very close to central location of the h...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_Caletas, General Manager at Villa Caletas, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Dear Friends, thank you very much for your review ! We are glad to know that you had such a great moment with us. We hope to see you back with us soon. Best regards. manager@villacaletas.com
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Maple Valley, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Villa Caletta's is just what all the positive reviews say. The only thing I would mention is that you are in a forest. Think big spiders, bugs, and roaches. The ambiance is lovely, but if you can't handle these oversized creatures, you are better off staying closer to town. WE Had a great time, but I would highly recommend getting a car so you can do what you want to. We would have died never being able to leave. We got a GPS and did so much that way. Seven days in Jaco was way to long for us. We loved Manuel Antonio. We are in our late 30's married, not crazy, so Jaco at night was a bit yucky. Our room here was super clean, staff friendly and it is breathtaking. I had seen someone else say that they did not get their wakeup call, we also had a problem with that which could have resulted in us missing our tour.

Room Tip: We staye in a Villa. I don't know what all of them are like, but they are pretty small. Room 3...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_Caletas, General Manager at Villa Caletas, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Dear friends, thank you very much for your review. As you shared in your review, nature has create wonderful insects that all of our guests can approach in a safe way. That is part of the experience of the Tropical Forest !! As we have said before, Villa Caletas is deeply involved into Sustainable Tourism and will do all that can be done to keep them in their natural environment.
Best regards. manager@villacaletas.com
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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Stayed 6 nights in January, just Stunning. Rooms were amazing. View Spectacular. We stayed 3 nights, went to Tabacon for 2 nights and came back for 3 more nights. Small boutique hotel in Great Location, on top of mountain, with a beach. Incredible sunsets. Very close to Zip-lining, monkey and butterfly farms, Hermosa Beach (Surfing Capital), Jaco, alligators pits, active volcano's, hiking with hanging walking bridges.

Room Tip: Really, almost any room.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_Caletas, General Manager at Villa Caletas, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Dear friends, thank you very much for your review. We are happy to know that could not only enjoyed the hotel but all the activities around. Villa Caletas can indeed be a wonderfull base camp to take avantage of all the incredible options around the country !! Best regards. manager@villacaletas.com
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Orange County
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Everyone at the Villa did a great job. My wife and I enjoyed our time here and they took care of us the whole time. The location is great but the staff makes this place fantastic. Food was great and so was the staff. They were always helpful and responsive. We did not have a language issue, most of the staff speaks English with little issue. Edgardo was great to us! Sun sets at the bar were the highlight of this location.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 10 and it was great. Other rooms are kinda far and there are a lot of stairs. A/C...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_Caletas, General Manager at Villa Caletas, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Dear friends, thank you very much for your review. We are happy to know that our staff gave you the service you deserved and that you had a "Fantastic" time with us as in your words.
We hope you will visit us again soon !! Best regards. manager@villacaletas.com
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Bedford, NS
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Put this hotel at the top of your list when visiting Costa Rica! Where do I start to describe such a wonderful experience - the drive to the top of this lush mountain with panaromic scenery; the friendly staff; the one of a kind sunset from the amphitheatre; clean, beautiful room; excellent meals in the dining room - breakfast to dinners; best margaritas!!; a unique infinity pool with incredible views; enjoyed and made purchases in the gift shop which I rarely do! We walked to the Zephyr Palace and enjoyed the views; and so glad that we took the trip to the private beach which was remarkable! We enjoyed our afternoon in the water, enjoying the seclusion that the beach provided, and the friendly staff that served us cold refreshments! This gem of a location makes for a memorable visit - not far to enjoy zip lining and other activities or just stay put and enjoy everything that this hotel has to offer!

Room Tip: Not sure that there is any room that would not be considered "good". Our room overlooked t...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_Caletas, General Manager at Villa Caletas, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Dear Friends, Thank you very much for your glorious review !! All the hotel's staff is very proud of words. Best regards. manager@villacaletas.com
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Address: 2 km after Punta Leona | Herradura, Jaco 12358-1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
#2 Spa Hotel in Jaco
#2 Luxury Hotel in Jaco
#3 Family Hotel in Jaco
#3 Romantic Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Caletas 4*
Number of rooms: 45
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

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