We arrived mid afternoon and were greeted with a welcoming drink and every effort to make us comfortable. The view from the dinning room which is at pool side, over looks the beach and the Pacific Ocean. It is breathtaking. They drove us to our villa, Mariposa and when they opened the door it was a view that like being on a movie set, even more breath taking than the dinning area. The Mariposa pool was great and the beds were comfortable. As mentioned in some of the other reviews we did have a few guests from time to time but we were in the tropics so it was expected. Scorpions do have a reputation and although these are apparently not deadly, when you find them in your room or on your leg after a shower, they do make you jump and pay attention. This wasn’t a serious invasion but they were there. The living room was completely open with a view to die for. One night late I was in the living area and reading, I had a visit from a coati who some how got to the side of the coach. I really don’t know who was more startled. They are cute when you see them but when not expected***!!! The geckos were very active at night and noisy which we thought was cute until they left their little poop around. I guess this is better than having misquotes and flies which they were excellent in ridding the place of. I only mention this and not to detract from the excellence.
DON’T miss doing a massage if you go, the ladies were absolutely great.
The main ocean beach is great with lots of lounge chairs, tables and a pool with a swim up bar and great service by all staff. The food is also good for being some distance to be served. We golfed; don’t expect too much with this executive par 3 course but it is just getting out there and enjoying your company and the weather. We also zip lined and kayaked with guides Nelson and Eduardo and had a great time. We took a trip to the next larger town Samara for an additional adventure as arranged by the staff. All staff were great and very accommodating. The only thing that detracts form the hotel excellence is the dinners. The menu has potential but the food was always delivered lukewarm and lacked something special to tantalize your taste buds. Even when we ordered soup, we would ask for it to be hot (temperature); it was delivered lukewarm. The breakfasts were great with plenty of variety and the lunches were good as well.
This resort is near perfect and I am sure the new manager, Andre, a caring person, will improve it even more.
- 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