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Hotel Punta Islita
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Punta Islita, Punta Islita 50201, Costa Rica   |  
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 hotel reviews
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“Incredible service and view...but one watchout”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Our stay was incredible, thanks to Mavin and the crew. The view is incredible, the food was great, and the service was second to none. We had gone for our honeymoon 10 years ago and returned this year for our anniversary. Only watchout was that there is significant updating going on at the main building. They had completely renovated the bottom area but the top pool was not as usable due to the construction going on all day. While we found that disappointing (our favorite pool and area in the final trip), the folks there were willing to do whatever it took to make it an amazing trip. I would double check before going to see if their construction in the new kitchen is done. Even if we knew, we probably still would have stayed.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
We really appreciate your return visit, especially since it was for such a special occasion. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! It is certainly regrettable that your stay coincided with refurbishment work but I am glad to learn that our staff was able to compensate through attentive service and hospitality I am glad to report that all work should be completed by November 1st. Please write to me at: outreach@grupoislita.com I would love to have a chance to further discuss your visit. Warmest regards!
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Gillette, Wyoming
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We left the Under Sea Argo dive live aboard in Putaneras for our 3 hour 20 minute van transfer by VDT to the Hotel Punta Islita! Well worth the transfer...........we love the coast line and country side of Costa Rica! It was magic from the minute we saw the beautiful reception with resturant and infinity pool! Gorgeous views of the sea......breath taking! Marvin greeted us and did not waste time making our Avacado Hydrating Couples Spa treatment apt. (we loved this) and setting us up for the 6 MAX turtle nesting night adventure. We were disappointed to see 8 people and that there was absolutely no presentation. None.......first time we have ever experinced this kind of tour. Wish we could have had information on what to expect.....our guide did not volunteer information only gave us information as we asked him questions. Not enough to complain about.....we only focused on one Olive Ridley coming up from the sea, preparing her nest, laying her eggs, and returning to the sea. The 3 hour tour was over in less than 2 hours.
We enjoyed every day exploring the hotel grounds and all of the wildlife and every night in our Villa...........it was absolutley perfect - Manfred made our bedroom special everyday with his special touch!! The staff was wonderful - sharing all kinds of helpful hints to make Punta Islita outstanding! A special thanks to Jose - he spent time with us answering questions and sharing the Costa Rica culture when he had the extra time. We must also thank Edgar for the Praying Mantis - really nice!!!! The staff did a great job of making Hotel Punta Islita very special...........we are returning!
Thanks again Marvin for making Hotel Punta Islita a perfect finale to our Costa Rica adventure!
See you again soon!
Vern and Teresa Johnson
Wyoming, USA

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Dear Vern and Teresa,

Thank you so much for choosing Hotel Punta Islita as your extended Costa Rica destination. As a Costa Rican, I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed our magical coastline and countryside. I am glad to learn that your stay with us was very special, with diverse activities and staff-led details. I appreciate your comments about the sea-turtle expedition. It is one of our visitor's most memorable adventures and normally ranks high in terms of learning experience. I will find out what happened that night because we certainly want to ensure that all guests enjoy a top-quality eco-adventure. Thanks so much for the candid feedback!
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Denver, Colorado
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

The staff were extraordinary on every count. We rented three homes adjacent to each other and did most of the cooking. Yes, they gave us oversize owns and pots so we could cook and feed the entire group of 19. Everything was as expected . . . a little rustic, very charming, very welcome, exceptional staff, great service, and a wonderful time.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Dear Dennis,

Our enthusiastic thanks for your glowing review. Thrilled to learn that your travel group fully enjoyed a fantastic Costa Rica vacation. Thank you so much for choosing Hotel Punta Islita. As you note, our Private Villas are fully outfitted and offer a great lodging option for families or groups of friends. We look forward to many returns!
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

I flew in with nature air - a lovely scenic flight on a 12 seater (bit of a flying minibus) A good choice I think, hearing some of the rough road stories. From the moment we arrived we were looked after by Marvin. I mentioned that there was only one vegetarian dish on the menu and he spoke to the chef and the waiter had a list of choices for me by that evening! He also arranged for a bodyboard and fins so I could surf. The staff were all lovely and made the stay extra special. I did one organised activity which was turtle watching and saw olive rilley sea turtles come up the beach and lay eggs, back lit by lightning from a storm out to sea - amazing (but could have been better guided) The hotel is surrounded by dry tropical forest and you don't need to go far to see wildlife; howler monkeys just past reception and a coati walked under my hammock not to mention all the birds. I had a lovely time - it was a gorgeous place to relax (lovely infinity pool, good cocktails) with enough to do that I didn't get too restless (beach walks, wandering into the village, walking into the forest, birdwatching, surfing)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Dear Ali,

I enjoyed reading your review. Thank you for taking the time to share your helpful comments and advise with the Trip Advisor community. Nature Air is a great option because it lets you enjoy Hotel Punta Islita just 40 minutes after boarding from San Jose. For additional scheduling options, Sansa Airlines provides the service as well.

Hotel Punta Islita is proud to showcase some of Costa Rica's most amazing natural wonders and I am glad that you had a chance to spot monkeys, coatis, exotic tropical birds, and sea turtles. The egg-laying ritual of the sea turtle is a true gem and I would love to have more input as to how the viewing experience could be improved upon. I would welcome your comments at: outreach@grupoislita.com Warmest regards!
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Sevenoaks, Kent
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

Me and my fiancé spent 3 nIghts here. The staff were polite, friendly and helpful and the hotel had a friendly atmosphere.

Food: the restaurant was very good quality but drinks were expensive.

Acivities: there is a bit to do but only on selected days. We went on a nature walk and the guide was very knowledgable and professional. The sPa service was excellent and fairly good value.

Rooms: we stayed in room 7 which had its own zacuzzi, the room was really nice.

Overall we had a great time despite the ridiculously rough road on the way in!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Great to learn that we succeeded in providing a wonderful beach getaway to enjoy some of Costa Rica's best ocean landscapes and warm hospitality. Driving to Hotel Punta Islita entails fully asphalted roads until the last 10 miles that blend asphalt, gravel portions, and depending on the time of year, muddy conditions. We are also accessible via a 35-40 minute local flight. Our reservations staff will gladly assist guests in determining what is the most suitable transportation option :) Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences. Pura vida!
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Munich, Germany
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Punta Islita has been the last station we visited during our Costa Rica trip and to speak about hotels it has been our highlight.

We wanted to book a double-room but as all these rooms were fully booked we decided to take one of the casitas with plunge pool, which was a good choice. The casita turned up as a rather small villa but had a nice terrace and a private plunge pool. The bathroom was pretty small, the sitting area was nice and there are tee- and coffeemaking facilities in the rooms.

The service was excellent in the restaurant as well as at the beach. Friendly people are around just to pamper their guests. Dinner is served at the restaurant around the pool in a perfect romantic atmosphere. Once a week a dinner buffet was offered at the beach.

Staying at Punta Islita you should know that there is a lovely private beach but the stairs from the reception downwards to the beach will take about 10 minutes walk. You may spend your day at the beach, at the pool or on your terrace - anyway it's a fine place to relax.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Danke schon! It was a pleasure to have a chance to be your hosts. I certainly hope that you have a chance to visit us again, hopefully one of our larger offerings, a Two Bedroom Private Villa will be available for your full enjoyment. Although our Casitas are quite spacious, they are certainly much smaller compared to our Villas. Thank you very much for noting the friendly hospitality of our staff and for highlighting the romance-infused atmosphere that distinguishes dining at our 1492 Restaurant. We wish you many happy returns to Costa Rica!
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New York City, New York
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Punta Islita was the first stop on our honeymoon. We stayed there from 06/30 to 7/3. The resort is located in a secluded part of the Nicoya Peninsula. It is about a 3 to 4 hour drive from the airport in Liberia, along some rough roads. However, in my opinion getting there is part of the charm (My wife differs with me on this). We stayed in a suite that included a private jacuzzi which overlooked the Pacific.

Most Memorable Aspects:
- Amazing views of the Pacific
- Private Jacuzzi
- Incredible service & hospitality provided by staff
- Being able to learn about and take part in some of the sustainable work the hotel does with the local community and environment
- Infinity pool overlooking the Pacific

Negative aspects:
- Beach is not the best as it is located between two streams that flow into the Pacific. The beaches nearby are much better for sunbathing, swimming, etc
- Unless your version of nightlife is related to wildlife, this is not the place to stay if you are looking to party it up


What we remembered most about this location is the warmth of the staff there and the beauty of the local community of Islita which the hotel works closely with. More specifically if you travel there be sure to go on a guided tour with Eduardo. He is a great guide and goes out of his way to ensure that you that every question is answered. The general manager Alonso, took the time to give me a presentation on the sustainability work the hotel does with the local community and environment. There are many places that talk alot about sustainability but very few that actually do the work towards sustainability that Punta Islita does. We look forward to returning to Punta Islita!

Room Tip: Families and larger groups should definitely get the villas which come with private swimming pool
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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Receiving guests from all over the world is certainly one of the more fun aspects of the travel industry. Thanks for visiting us all the way from India and for taking the time to share your insights.

I am especially thankful for your sincere interest and enthusiasm about sustainability. We are very passionate about responsible tourism practices and are quite excited to note the many successful outcomes of our program. Our thriving community neighbors and healthy natural environment are key to the Hotel Punta Islita experience. Congratulations on your wedding and honeymoon. We wish you many blessings and many wonderful opportunities to discover our planet’s wonders.
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Address: Punta Islita, Punta Islita 50201, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Punta Islita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Islita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Punta Islita 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Punta Islita is a luxury beach resort set in a secluded ocean cove in Guanacaste (Costa Rica. Hotel Punta Islita features Deluxe Rooms, Suites, and fully-outfitted private Villas. Authentic experiences and eco-adventures highlight the best of Costa Rica's exciting cultural and natural treasures. Ideal for honeymoons, relaxation getaways, family vacations, extended stays, or destination weddings. ... more   less 
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