Isolated, beautiful, top-notch service - what more do you want! We stayed here with our 8-year-old and 6-year-old girls for spring break. We flew into the "airport" staffed by one person and were promptly picked up and driven 10minutes or so up the mountain to the hotel. Easy, convenient. They did not have the room that we requested but we were immediately upgraded to an even larger room (actually a casita I believe). It was clean and comfortable and nicely decorated.
This hotel is located on a hill so your legs will get a workout. They have golf carts you can call to get you around if you need but you'll have to wait 5-10minutes once you call them. There is a swing set area for the kids to play but they'll be busy in the pool or the beach most of the time. Oh, and there's a nice adults-only pool up near the main building if you need some quiet time:)
Our private pool at our casita was wonderful! We could sit on the patio at the end of the day and watch our girls in the pool and relax. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need if you'll be cooking your own meals. The market is walking distance but, again, you can arrange transport if you need it. You can do a little tour of the whole town in about an hour if you go into each shop and the church and mull about for a bit. The local school was out for lunch when we were there and my girls enjoyed trying to speak Spanish with the local kids - very cute.
The hotel restaurants were wonderful and even my picky 6-year-old was happy! The staff remembers you from day to day and are great with the kids. The grounds are beautiful and full of wild life.
We did the zip-line tour. Its a five minute ride up to the top and then back and forth across the jungle for 30minutes or so working your way back down to the hotel. My kids LOVED it! We also did the howler monkey tour. You can hear these guys in the jungle throughout the day but especially at first light, but going to see them (another 5-15minute drive) was pretty cool.
I got a swedish massage from the spa and it was lovely.
Bottom line: This place is off the beaten path and it has amazing service. Totally worth every penny and every minute it took to get there.
- 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