As an industry professional I have the opportunity to visit and stay in some pretty incredible places. It took me about 15 seconds to completely fall in love with Punta Islita - and here's why:
-from the moment you arrive you feel special - we were welcomed with cool towels at our car and assisted to the "check-in area" if you can even call it that. We were encouraged to take a seat in the al fresco lounge area while our personal concierge Marvin handled the check-in procedure for us. So instead of standing at a counter, we were sipping margaritas while we enjoyed the views of the pacific ocean - amazing right?
It only got better from there. We stayed in Suites 22 and 23 - which Marvin assured us had the best views on the property (and after completely a full site inspection I can attest to this!) Everything was smooth and seamless - we felt completely taken care of and totally relaxed - and for a business trip that is really saying something!
The Food - breakfast is awesome, tons to choose from and its included in your stay. Each of our meals were amazing - from the main restaurant to El Barranco beach house - all was just divine. Might I suggest "mixin it with Miguel" should you find yourself a free hour in the afternoon - the "honeymoon" martini Is delish!
CasaSpa is an absolute must - and I might recommened, especially if this is your first time to Costa Rica the Coffee Scrub & Wrap - Lizeth you've got magic hands! Once your treatment is complete you'll enjoy the most spectacular outdoor shower! there's even a couples room complete with Jacuzzi - you cannot get more romantic. I was listening to the tropical rain falling down into the jungle while my treatment took place as one of the room's side was a full size patio door that lets the breeze and jungle sounds in....words cannot describe how amazing it was!
The Service - Marvin and all the team at Punta Islita make it their daily goal to make you, the guest, feel special and welcome - they are there to attend to all of your needs and really allow you to feel the "pura vida" that the Nicoya Peninsula, and Costa Rica, are all about!
The views - well you've seen the infinity pool oceanview so let me tell you there's no photo shopping there...its just THAT GOOD!
If you've done your research you know this property isn't "beachfront" I wouldn't consider this a drawback but some people will - so make sure you're clear on what you want from your trip to Islita. The beach is lovely and it takes about 3 minutes by shuttle or golfcart - it would be a leisurely walk down (maybe 10 minutes) but a little longer on the way back because it's all uphill. There are plenty of beach chairs, a pool, change areas/washroom and a restaurant. You can ride horses on the beach, boogie board and surf. There is a rip tide that is clearly marked so you'll know how far out to go.
I didn't get the chance to bring my husband/son on this trip, as I said it was business - however would I return with them? 100% I saw lots of families here and it is a great option for the family traveller and honeymooner alike - I think Punta Islita is a property that can fit all types of travellers.
If you're there during August-September you'll be lucky enough to witness sea turtles laying their eggs at night - it was a true lifetime moment for me.
I could go on and on but I know you get the picture! please feel free to contact me if you want any more specific details about the property - but I give it an A+
Thank you to everyone at Punta Islita for your hospitality - I cannot wait to come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Punta Islita Hotel
- Resort Punta Islita