We were in Jaco to photograph a wedding, and had the opportunity to stay at 3 different hotels. This was our second, after staying in downtown Jaco. A lot of reviewers have complained about the town of Jaco itself. And they are right. It is dreary and run-down and feels pretty seedy at night. But there's good news. You can stay at Villa Caletas and avoid all that :)
If money isn't an issue for you, or you are celebrating a special occasion like your honeymoon, book yourself at Caletas. It is one of the most gorgeous properties I have ever seen. Located out of the city and high up, the views are jaw-dropping. You can sit on the edge of the restaurant and have breakfast or afternoon cocktails while looking out over the vast expanse of mountains and ocean. The food is fantastic, but very expensive. Ceviche was great.
The staff is trained to perfection. They are so nice, so helpful, always wanting to do everything for you, always smiling, always friendly, despite working in such humid heat.
The rooms are beautiful, huge beds (although ours was two fulls pushed together - kinda weird). Super clean, with little verandas. We sat out there and had room service several times. So nice.
Above everything, though, my favorite thing about Caletas was the pool. Oh my gosh, please go just so you can swim in this amazing pool. It's an infinity pool with a view over the mountains/ocean, and very lagoon-like with tree branches and vines hanging in the water. Seriously the most beautiful pool i have ever seen.
Oh, I should mention that they have a shuttle down to the beach that leaves every hour. We never went, but were told that it's a rocky beach. You really don't need the beach anyway when you have this incredible pool :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Caletas, a luxury romantic boutique hotel inspired by tropical Victorian architecture with a touch of neo-classical influence shining like a jewel among resorts, prized not only for its location, design and décor, but also for its outstanding facilities and first class service. Villa Caletas expresses a truly unique combination of mountain and seaside resort. Nestled 1150 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this unique hotel overlooks the Nicoya Gulf to the crescent beaches of Jaco, Herradura offering spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Caletas Hotel Jaco
- Caletas Hotel Herradura
- Villa Caletas Costa Rica/Jaco