Words can't describe how wonderful our time was at Villa Caletas. We were there during the rainy season in August, but you could nearly bet on the rain starting at the same time every day (2pm). When we were driving up the road to the grounds for the first time, it felt magical--it was very misty after a rain, a rainbow was visible, and you could see the breathtaking view of the ocean below. I was hesitant to book during the rainy season but I'm glad we did. It felt that much more enchanted, and there were no crowds anywhere. We were still able to do outdoor activities in the morning and early afternoon each day. A few evenings, we were blessed with spectacular sunsets as the rain subsided. The pool was lovely (and definitely free), never crowded.
The staff were genuinely friendly and wanted us to have the best experience possible. We stayed in a junior suite with an ocean view and each morning as the sun was rising, I felt like I couldn't get out of bed fast enough to sit on the balcony to see what beautiful wildlife we could watch. Our first morning, we were visited by toucans, macaws, and my eyes were drawn to exotic spiders that were stationary in webs going down the cliffs. We were in their territory, and I am so appreciative of how Villa Caletas respects that-so many resorts would scrape away anything that would be unpleasant to some, but it made it that much more authentic to us.
The location was wonderful-we were able to make day trips to Manuel Antonio National Park, and to Uvita to enjoy whale watching (which we saw amazing amounts of whales!).
In short, our stay here was like something out of a dream and we cannot wait to be able to return. Just magical.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Caletas, a luxury romantic 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