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“Fantastic Views, Great Food, Very Isolated” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Punta Islita, Punta Islita 50201, Costa Rica   |  
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Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
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“Fantastic Views, Great Food, Very Isolated”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. The views are stunning. The property is extremely well maintained and clean. Our room(Casita) was large with a small private plunge pool (room 22).. Breakfast was incredible (when we we were there it was a buffet on the weekends and a la carte during the week We found the staff to be very friendly, attentive and helpful. Be aware, the beach is located a a considerable distance from the rooms/ hotel. If you are renting a car the roads in and out of the property are primarily single lane and dirt/ gravel (pretty bad even by Costa Rican standards) however, they are passable and a small rice to pay to get to this hidden gem.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, August 29, 2013
Thrilled to learn that you had an amazing time at Hotel Punta Islita. Thank you so much for detailing your experience. Hotel Punta Islita is set in a tiered layout overlooking a secluded cove that stands out for its privacy and low-key vibe. The main restaurant and most of the lodging options are interspersed in the higher part of the property to ensure our stunning signature views. Our Borrancho Beach Club is located at the lower terrace, adjacent to the sand. It features an informal tropical restaurant, oceanside gardens, and a family pool. Guests can reach our beach-level facilities from the Reception area via a 15 minute walk or on our complimentary shuttle. The latter is especially popular to avoid the return walk up the hill :) Warmest regards and thank you so much for your visit.
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We had an amazing time at Punta Islita. Marvin and the rest of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect. The room and view were beautiful and our entire vacation was a delight. Thank you so much to all the staff for such an amazing vacation!

  • Stayed August 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, August 28, 2013
As we say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida! Thank you for your warm review. It was a pleasure to be your hosts and we are thrilled to have inspired many wonderful memories of Costa Rica. Perhaps next time you could combine your stay with a few days at our sister cloud forest property, El Silencio Lodge & Spa (elsilenciolodge.com). Warmest regards! :)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Great Hotel, best costumer service experience I'd had in Costa Rica, I would like to congratulate the staff and owners of this Hotel that made this such a wonderful experience.
Will recommend to anyone and for sure I will be coming back!!!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Topping our guests' "best experience ever" list is always our goal! Thank you so much for your visit and for sharing your wonderful impressions of Hotel Punta Islita with fellow travel enthusiasts. Costa Rica is an inspiring country and we certainly aim to be the very best home base to explore its natural and cultural wonders. Gracias!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

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!

Highlights -

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!

Brandi Merchant

Room Tip: Suites 22, 23 have the absolute best views of the ocean - they are the best value for money! (for co...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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, August 28, 2013
Gracias! As a luxury travel industry professional, your impressions and assessment of our facilities, setting, and service are particularly insightful. Thank you so much for providing such valuable guidance to our potential guests. Thanks for acknowledging our staff's commitment to making the Hotel Punta Islita experience as wonderful as you describe. I must take a moment to enthusiastically agree with you about the view. Nothing prepares you for that amazing WOW moment when you first gaze upon the Islita ocean cove, as framed by our infinity pool. :) Saludos!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

By the second day most of the staff knew our names. Everyone on the staff was kind and helpful and no details were overlooked. Speaking of overlooking. There is a great view of the ocean from the pool which in itself is worth the trip. Thanks to Isel for taking care of us.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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, August 21, 2013
Thanks Tim! Thanks for your enthusiastic appreciation of our staff's attentiveness and heartfelt friendship. It was a pleasure to be your hosts! And thanks for highlighting the amazing view from our infinity pool. Did you know that it was featured in Trip Advisor's Top Ten Swim-Up Bars in the world? Now you know why! Warmest regards.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I would have to say that the Hotel Punta Islita is at the top of my list for best places to have stayed. The views are breathtaking but its the staff that really makes this place special. From the moment you arrive until the time you leave they go out of their way to assure that you have a fantastic time. Hector and Luis were exceptional as were Miguel and Antonio in the dining room and at the pool bars. The infinity pool overlooking the pacific is beautiful and the beach is a must do even though its a little rocky. Only down side is that the restaurant is a bit pricey and there's few options nearby. The Room service was a good alternate to a formal dinner as was the local restaurant in Islita. Despite the heat the golf was fun on the executive course - the cold towels at the turn and finish we're a nice touch. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong. Every room has an amazing view!
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  • Stayed August 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, August 21, 2013
Gracias Chris! Thank you for selecting Hotel Punta Islita as your home-away-from-home in Costa Rica. I will happily relay your kudos to the many staff members you singled out. Their enthusiasm and friendship is extraordinary. I would love learn more about your experience and potential suggestions for our dining options. Please feel free to contact me at any time: outreach@grupoislita.com We certainly hope to see you and your family again very soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I mean. Ticos are great people and friendly already but this resort's employees bend over backward to be helpful and gracious. The food was very good, the infinity pool beautiful, the rooms and little garden patios with their own pool fabulous. The only proviso is that the beach is so so being rocky, but that in itself was pretty cool as we were able to check out the tidal pools and explore a bit.

One final note--the highlight of the trip in a way was seeing the Scarlet Macaws from the Ara Project fly around wild from our private garden patio. Hotel Punta Islita helps sponsor this project and I would like to thank them for that. It is certainly worthwhile for your hotel as well as seeing a flock of these birds every day was in itself worth the price of the hotel.

  • Stayed July 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, August 21, 2013
Pura vida Jeff! As a tica, I am sincerely thankful for noting my country's friendship mantra! We are especially grateful for your acknowledgement of our partnership with The Ara Project to host a Scarlet Macaw recovery center. I wholeheartedly agree with you... seeing these amazing birds adding playful color to Islita's skies stays with you forever. Saludos!
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Address: Punta Islita, Punta Islita 50201, Costa Rica
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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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Islita
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Punta Islita 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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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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