Stayed here for the first three nights of our honeymoon. Beautiful property, nice rooms, and romantic isolated location. Highly recommended, and if the hotel wasn't under construction likely would have garnered a 5 star rating.
The casita was decorated with local Costa Rican flair - much of it available for purchase at the local village - which was a nice touch. The room was clean, however, there were numerous spiders in the room -- likely can't be helped given the location but worth mentioning if you are squeamish like my wife. The property was gorgeous, the food good albeit expensive (try the fish burrito!), and the drinks were well-made. The service was very gracious and the staff truly went out of the way to be accommodating, especially considering the hotel was under construction at the time -- the infinity pool and main restaurant were closed during our stay, which meant that we had a long walk to breakfast each morning (the alternative is to call a shuttle, which they are happy to bring but it can be a long wait at times). But they did upgrade us to a casita with its own private pool and allowed us to get room service free of extra charge.
Further, the local restaurant is good and cheaper than the food at the hotel. It's the only choice besides eating at the hotel restaurants, which can get monotonous at times. The spa is excellent, and we got great service and fantastic couples massages for an affordable price. The only drawback of the spa is that the jacuzzis were not hot, but instead lukewarm which was very disappointed after a massage. Also, we did the kayaking tour, which provides a wonderful tour of the nearby mangrove forest, river, and beaches.
A word of warning: the drive in is very steep and difficult. We did it at night, and would advise doing it only during the daylight for safety reasons. Along the same lines, if you are walking around the hotel property at night, be sure to bring a flashlight (located in the closets) or you may find yourself enveloped in darkness.
- 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