My wife and I just returned from attending a small (30 person) destination wedding at the gorgeous Punta Islita Resort in southwestern Costa Rica perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort is small by most standards with only about 50 or so rooms all overlooking a small, remote harbor, with most situated on a hillside leading down to beautiful, rocky beach easily accessible via a paved path bordering a small 9 hole executive golf course. The staff goes overboard to provide a sense of very friendly and personalized service. We were greeted in the parking lot upon arrival by our own concierge assistant named Victor who provided a tropical drink while we completed the simple reservation process. The wedding itself took place in a thatch roofed area down next to the beach by a private, swim-up pool bar. The ceremony was suppose to take place on the lawn, but a last minute heavy tropical shower drove everyone under the roof, but we very impressed how seamlessly the staff took care of everything allowing the both the ceremony and reception to go off without a hitch. Over the next few days the Punta Islita staff arranged for awesome tours of the local area including deep sea fishing, jungle/monkey hikes, golf scramble, river/sea kayaking, etc.
Punta Islita (http://www.hotelpuntaislita.com) is an eco-friendly resort and they do seem to"walk their talk" when it comes to their business practices and other efforts to protect the local environment and give back to the community.
We elected to rent a car and drive from San Jose to the resort and found most roads in good condition, however, visitors should know that you will encounter some dirt sections which in the rainy season can become tedious with potholes, etc. Other members of the wedding party flew into San Jose or Liberia and then took a small puddle jumper to a small, local airstrip located just a few kilometers away from the resort. The rooms at the resort were very comforable with all needed ammenities, flat screen TV's, refrig, etc.
Highly recommend for a romantic getaway, small wedding, or just a great adventure vacation. Family friendly with plently of activities for families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Punta Islita is a luxury boutique beach resort set in a secluded ocean cove in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It's award-winning planet-friendly, people-positive model offers a unique opportunity to fully engage in intense eco-adventures and authentic cultural experiences. The property features Deluxe Rooms, Suites, and fully-outfitted Private Villas. Ideal for honeymoons, relaxation getaways, family vacations, extended stays, or destination weddings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Punta Islita Hotel
- Resort Punta Islita