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Hotel Punta Islita
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Punta Islita, Punta Islita 50201, Costa Rica   |  
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Olympia, Washington, United States
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“Top quality in every way.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Friendly, knowledgeable staff, incredible views and beautiful accommodations made our stay most enjoyable and a vacation we'll not soon forget. We took a flight in on Nature's Air from Pavas Airport near San Jose and was just a 40 minute flight. 'Golf 1' was the name of our Villa, right on the golf course and quite a short walk to the beach. It has 2 private pools, one shallow for paddling and cooling off and another smaller jacuzzi-like tub. Lots of comfortable seating outdoors, including a hammock. We rented a golf cart to get back and forth to the restaurants, into town and any where else on the lovely grounds we traveled. There's also a shuttle on stand-by that transports guests as well. Our room was incredible with a fully equipped kitchen, beautiful decor/ furniture and every attention to detail right down to the fluffy towels and comfortable beds. The activities offered by the hotel were varied and would keep a person as busy as they'd like to be. My husband and I are retired and still enjoyed zip-lining one morning, enjoyed making an art project in town and exploring the rest of the town on foot. We enjoyed our time so much that we asked the hotel to contact our travel agent and make arrangements for a day's extension. We both were pleased and impressed with the food selections in both restaurants. Truly something for every taste and served with a flare and creative touch. Dinner on the beach was very special and I'm glad we took advantage of that offer our last night at Hotel Punta Islita. We will miss the beautiful beach & wonderful staff. Would love to return to this lovely facility in the near future.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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, March 15, 2013
Dear Sheri,

Muchas gracias for your thorough and thoughtful review. Your detailed comments are sure to be helpful for anyone planning a visit and I thank you for taking the time to post. I am thrilled that you were able to engage in so many activities, especially the art making session with local community artists and the torch-lit beachside private dinner. Please return very, very soon!
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Green Valley, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is truly a 5 star establishment. Service, accomodations, and food were over the top and all this was in the most beautiful location nestled high up, over-looking the Pacific.
Attention was paid to every detail that would please a guest. Rooms were well maintained,(more than once a day) and lovely. Beach access was easy, either by van or down the paved steps. Lunch on the beach was very special. The beach has plenty of shade trees, so it is not necessary to get "baked." Tours were offered, but some of us just enjoyed the beach walking, photographing howlers, trip to village and reclining in our chaise reading a book, having done the routine touring previously. My husband and I are seniors and truly enjoyed all that the Punta Islita offered-we'll return!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, March 15, 2013
Thank you so much for choosing Hotel Puna Islita and for taking the time to share your experience. I am delighted to know that you and your husband enjoyed your stay so thoroughly and that we ay look forward to your return. You will always be welcome! Warmest regards!
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Ellicott City,USA/Epsom, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

I booked the Punta islita/El Silencio combo trip for my husband's birthday, but we loved Punta Islita so much we asked to stay! The location is stunning. I had been to Costa Rica before but it was my Scottish husband's first trip. We were wowed immediately by the beautiful lounge area adjacent to the pool bar, infinity pool and dining room, all of which overlook the ocean. Our room (unit 11) had a fantastic view of the ocean and a wonderful private, outdoor hot tub that we used at least twice a day. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The staff were very attentive the entire 6 nights of our stay, and if we had any issues they were immediately remedied and staff went out of the way to make amends--an example, the dinner table we reserved for my husband's birthday dinner was given away before we arrived; there was a lovely bowl of fresh fruit in our room an a letter of apology waiting for us. The staff were very concerned about how such a mistake could have happened. Dinner service was slow one night, and the waiter brought a selection of desserts on a tray for us to make up for it. We took advantage of the activities, and went horseback riding one day (another first for the husband) and it was a great ride--a real ride, not a sedate path. If you go, let the horse find it's own way over the rocks and ruts! They know the way. We went night ziplining--pretty sedate since it's pitch black darkness; best to go during the day. We were just there to chill out so the place was perfect for us. My husband played a few rounds of golf, I went to the spa--BEAUTIFUL--a couple of times and the services were fantastic. We lazed in the sun and shade at the beach, ordered drinks and snacks and napped in the warm breeze. The dinner options were very good--plenty of fresh seafood. At breakfast, you could ask for something not on the menu and they accommodated you if at all possible. I don't understand another reviewer's report about a car break-in at the beach--the place felt very safe the whole 7 days we were there. Plenty of staff and guests around. However, the beach area is public and if you don't lock your car in Costa Rica, well, that's what happens. The resort itself is very well staffed and safe. My husband had a memorable birthday and we would definitely return.

Stayed February 2013
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Connie: Thank you so much for letting us help you celebrate your husband’s birthday! Thrilled to learn that you enjoyed Hotel Punta Islita so much that you decided to stay for the entire vacation. I appreciate your thorough comments detailing the experiences you enjoyed. Costa Rica is a generally safe destination but, like every country, it is hardly immune to opportunistic, petty theft. I hope you do have a chance to return soon to Costa Rica to sample El Silencio Lodge & Spa for a relaxing wellness escape. Saludos!
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Mariposa Villa is a view to die for with a great little pool. We did a little cooking there but it n...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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, March 7, 2013
Thrilled to learn that your welcome was superb and that you really enjoyed so many of our signature activities with your family. Thanks for your kind understanding regarding critters. Tropical settings are indeed exuberant and sometimes finding unwanted guests is unavoidable. Open layouts make it more difficult, but as you graciously observe, the view and sense of connection with nature more than compensates.

Thanks for your extra kudos to the Spa! I will relay your comments about the restaurant service. Thank you so much for giving us pointers to help us improve our services. Warmest regards!
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I had the pleasure of spending a couple of nights at this property. Getting there is an adventure as you have to negotiate a dirt road for some 25km (they claim that come July it will get paved but don't count on it) Once there you find yourself in a great and beautiful environment. This resort is small as resorts go and is nestled in its own valley. Not for everyone! Unless you are traveling with friends or are looking for a place that will take you away from everything, this is not for you as there are no activities except what you do for yourself. There is a par-3 9-hole course that you can play and the beach but that is about it. The rooms are very nice and if you are traveling with another couple or two, a villa is for you as they offer lots of space and very nice amenities.
Dinner at the restaurant is very good with a very nice menu, but breakfast falls a little short on options. All in all, it is a great place to visit for the right person.

Room Tip: Two and three bedroom villas is the way to go if you travel with friends
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, March 7, 2013
Thanks for sharing us two days during your recent visit to Costa Rica and for taking the time to write a thoughtful review. Your description of Hotel Punta Islita as a small resort nestled in the middle of a secluded cove is right on the mark. I am glad that you were able to enjoy golfing and lounging at the beach! I am enclosing a link to our experience menu to help the Trip Advisor community better evaluate the activities offered at our property. Hope this is helpful!

http://bit.ly/ExperienceCatalogHotelPuntaIslitaCostaRica

Thanks for your useful feedback :)
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Short Hills, New Jersey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We just returned from a week at Punta Islita. It is a gorgeous property with a terrific, peaceful beach.The water was just rough enough for teens to enjoy and warm enough for me! The rooms are beautiful, setting gorgeous and the staff just can't do enough for you. We did many of the activities: horseback riding, kayaking and monkey quest. Our guide was Nelson who was excellent and extremely knowledgable. Our driver Heiner also excellent. We also played golf, perfect course for a first timer like me. Calis runs it very professionally. I had a body wrap that was extremely relaxing. We went to Samara one night for dinner and it was very good (El Lagarto).Its a bit far and the road is bumpy. I understand they are paving the roads to the town which will open up more dining opportunities. Overall excellent experience. The staff exceptional. We hope to return.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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, February 28, 2013
Wonderful to read about some of the highlights of your family vacation. I am delighted to learn that our staff had such a positive impact on your experience. Thank you so much for acknowledging them. Looking forward to your return!
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Williamstown, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is a beautiful resort hotel located in a remote location. We had a group of 33 fly in for a wedding at the hotel. My husband and I are the most adventurous of our group and we really enjoyed the nature hikes, zip line, horseback riding, kayaking, bird watching, golf, and the monkey quest. The tour guides were highly educated, very professional, Costa Rica natives who could answer any and all questions about the local flora, fauna, climate, customs, etc. Everyone at the hotel was vey professional, ready and willing to accomodate any request. Not an easy task with a group of 33! I have never experienced a more attentive staff. We did not have any children in our group but observing the staff with the kids that were there I would not hesitate to bring our grandchildren on our next visit. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and included native children dancing at the rehersal dinner, luau style reception, and fireworks! It was the most wonderful wedding ever. We absolutely plan to return. This is the pefect place to go for your first trip to Costa Rica. We learned so much about projects to protect all the plants and animals native to this beautiful place, especially the ARA Project to repopulate Islita with Scarlet Macaws which were almost hunted to extinction. W highly recommend Hotel Punta Islita.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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, February 28, 2013
What an honor to have had a chance to be part of your amazing celebration. Thank you so much for letting us stage your wedding and thank you so much for detailing our staff’s attentiveness and heartfelt enthusiasm. Many blessings and best wishes for a lifetime of wonderful memories.
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Address: Punta Islita, Punta Islita 50201, Costa Rica
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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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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Punta Islita 4*
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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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