My wife spent 13 months researching our trip to Costa Rica. At my request, I was kept in the dark about every aspect of the trip other than the day of the flights and the fact that I'd be driving the rental car. I will admit that as we worked our way into the heart of the peninsula from Paquera I was a bit concerned. We arrived mid-dry season and for the last 15 kilometers from Kalapiti, everything was covered in a mild carpet of ranch dust.
What a shocking difference when we arrived at the gate. A beautifully manicured drive lined by fragrant flower and fruit trees would its way 80 yards onto the property, yet kept the view of location hidden. Taking that right turn onto the final feet of the driveway was breathtaking. There is no other way to describe the beauty of that Moroccan villa nestled in the lush growth of the jungle. I was fully expecting a hotel and Kalapiti is most definitely not. It's more a tropical plantation built with exactness of purpose and detail that requires a keen eye to fully grasp. When we pulled up my 11-year old son made reference to the Garden of Eden.
Miguel and Piti have an amazing property that they open up to you. They are not so much owners as they are hosts and curators. The grounds are amazing, even in the dry season and the hospitality is first rate. The breads delivered for breakfast rivaled every bake shoppe we have visited in the States. The home-made jams were amazing as was the fresh fruits provided from the expansive gardens. Piti's dinner service - we had the paella - was stunning. My 72 year old father is more of a meat and potatoes eater and Miguel and Piti were more than happy to oblige. If you have the opportunity to stay more than a few days I would definitely recommend enjoying the paella and another night order a collection of pastas to share. My two sons consider themselves pasta connoisseurs and both described the four pasta dishes we enjoyed as being "the best ever in the history of mankind!"
If you find yourself on the Nicoya peninsula with desires to go surfing in Malpais, do your family a favor and stay at Kalapiti instead of one of the hotels in the beach side towns. You cherish your stay for as long as your family has photos to remember it by.