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.
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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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