A vacation like no other, our stay at Kalapiti was beyond our expectations. Aptly named in a tribute to his wife, Miguel has created an oasis of peace, tranquility and incredible beauty. 25 years ago he had a vision of what this property could become and today the 14 acres of tropical trees and plants, the incredible pool and the surrounding wildlife are absolutely majestic. He has accomplished what most of us would never be able to envision. The newly built (opened 2012) villa (2 suites) and the property are stunning, clean, comfortable and spacious. The expansive suites are luxurious with every amenity. We rented both suites but there is ample room for the 2 suites to be booked by separate groups and each still find themselves with enough space for privacy and seclusion. The outdoor lounge areas are numerous, extra comfortable with huge day beds and sofas large enough for our entire family of 6 to lay together in sunshine, shade or under the stars at night as we lay listening to the visiting troop of howler monkeys banter back and forth.
Let's talk about the wildlife that's ON the Kalapiti property: the troop of howler monkeys that set up camp consisted of no less than 45-50 monkeys. They arrived swinging through the trees right over our heads and settled in a tree 30 feet away from the villa. They were as low as 20 feet off the ground. It made for some National Geographic quality photos as they were quite content to watch me move about beneath them as I aimed for more than 3000 shots. Additionally we were visited by a flock of toucans, parrots, lovebirds, hummingbirds, iguanas, enormous squirrels, beautiful (& huge) butterflies, the esperenza bugs, an agouti, and, of course, the ever present geckos and praying mantis! My photos depict what we actually saw at Kalapiti.
Off the property we encountered manta rays, a sloth, capuchin monkeys, wild boars, and wild turkeys, and many pelicans. While deep sea fishing we enjoyed a playful group of seven dolphins who entertained us as they swam alongside and in front of our boat for more than 15 minutes, and many sea turtles.
Our beautiful host family (Miguel, Piti, Sara & Rachid) were so gracious and accommodating, looking after our every need, providing concierge services for our activities, reservations, recommendations, and spot-on directions whenever we ventured out. Superb chefs, the meals Miguel & Piti catered were all 5 star family recipes from the menu reflecting their spanish heritage (although they were quite happy to tailor meals to their guests requests). Try the paella! It is superb. And the lasagne. And the fish. For that matter, try it all....everything was incredibly flavourful and fresh! And if there were any leftovers (that didn't happen often!) they were wrapped and left in the fridge for us to enjoy the next day. Piti's freshly baked bread, homemade yogourt, and different fruits from the orchard were delivered to us each morning. Catered meals were complimented by the fresh vegetables organically grown in their own garden. Decadent desserts by Sara rival those of a professional chef. And Rachid provided our children with an unexpected New Year's Eve fireworks show! We cannot thank them enough for making Christmas 2013 our best vacation ever!
We normally opt to stay in large hotels in order to enjoy the benefits of those properties, but Kalapiti offered all of those amenities PLUS the precious privacy, peace and quiet one usually craves when staying in a large resort. The only background noise was that provided by the birds, the crickets, the monkeys and the pool waterfall. Daily maid service was scheduled at our convenience. Days we planned to be up and about early Anna arrived early. Days we planned to sleep later she was scheduled to come in the afternoon. It was in every way a vacation tailored to meet our needs.
Kalapiti's location is ideal. It just feels like you're in the middle of your own rain forest (well, Miguel's own rain forest, I guess!), certainly far away from the major cities, but just far enough away from the little nearby towns too. Only a few minutes drive from the villa, Cobano is the closest town with the best grocery stores in the area. You'll find pretty much everything you'll need here (but maybe not all the brand names you're familiar with). Montezuma is also only a few minutes away by car. We went there to enjoy a zip lining tour, a climb up the waterfalls, deep sea fishing with Ivan from Zuma Tours (departure point), snorkelling & tour of Tortuga Island also through Zuma Tours (departure point), and a beach/national park horseback ride (4 hours) and a hike along the National Park pathway that runs along the coast. Mal Pais is the ultimate surfer's destination. This beach was fantastic for our surf lessons from Jobbie's Surf Shop (instructors were great--entertaining and encouraging for us new to the sport!). We learned enough in one morning to go back, rent boards and try it ourselves the next time. We also spent a few mornings enjoying the french pastries, breakfasts and specialty coffees at the Bakery Pastry Bistro on the strip in Mal Pais.
Simply put, this is paradise. Congratulations Miguel & Piti on the beautiful life you have created for yourselves and your family in this amazing oasis. Thank you for sharing it with us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kalapiti Luxury Vacation Suites is no typical vacation rental. Kalapiti is truly a unique experience set in a fantastic natural context.We are located close to Cabo Blanco Absolut Reserve,between Montezuma and Mal País/Santa Teresa beaches. Montezuma (5 min driving)has beatifull beaches where flowing streams with waterfalls.Horseback riding on the beach,Montezuma waterfall Canopy Tour,Playa grande o Los Cedros surf point... Mal País,(20 m. driving)long beaches,open ocean,bigger waves to surf. We designed Kalapiti in the heart of a botanical garden that we created ourselves.There are monkeys arround as a lot of birds and butterflies.The original property used to be a horse ranch but with much effort, passion, and time little by little we transformed this ranch into a botanical garden boasting hundreds of tree and plant species that will delight lovers of Costa Rica’s exuberant biodiversity. Our gardens have become habitat for countless animal species, particularly birds and mammals.Over time our dreams and ideas became a reality. Kalapiti wants our clients to experience our dream and enjoy ample rest, exquisite Mediterranean-style cuisine, all set in a luxurious setting. Our unique architectural design has an interesting mix of styles featuring soft curves that inspires relaxation and inner peace amidst a festival of nature Concierge service as daily maid service are included. We are spanish from Costa Brava,We are living here at Las Delicias for the last 22 years.We own two restaurants Montezuma downtown,and we can do all reservations for you as ATV,car rental,Tortuga Island tour (including snorkel ) fishing tour,horses,...meanwhile you take a drink at the pool,watching the monkeys !!. So it will be a pleasure help you in everithing that we can. Kalapiti it has an amazing full equiped professional kitchen,that you can freely use if desired or you can have restaurant service We are chefs.Spanish and mediterranean food specialties. We can personalize your meals and schedule respecting your preferences. you have the freedom to choose which days you want chef service, and how many meals a day you desire There is a nice italian wood-oven pizzeria (Tierra y Fuego) 3 minutes driving.Also there are many restaurants at Montezuma beach (5 min.)Kalapiti is a project that was born more than 20 years ago. We arrived from Cataluña, Tossa de mar (Costa Brava), Spain. While living our own tropical romance, we discovered this magnificent hamlet that seemed to us to be the center of the world, located on the south tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, a naturally gifted spot between the beaches of Montezuma and Malpais-Santa Teresa.Professional massage and yoga lessons are available. The huge private pool,with a funny slide and jacuzzi,Hammam(turquish bath) etc We start Kalapiti the last January.We try to do something diferent and really special ... more less
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